Olde City Sideshow: Bug Eaters, Sword Swallowers, Human Blockheads Take Over Churchill's

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Olde City Sideshow
Living in South Florida, you may feel like you're part of one big circus. Whether it's escaped wild animals and endless palmetto bugs or that crazy lady tossing her baby at a police officer, this region is awash in a weirdness that never seems to settle.

Maybe what Miami needs is a professional touch, someone to take all that freaky behavior and put it in the capable hands of trained performers. Enter Olde City Sideshow, a traveling evening of performance art in the stylings of vaudeville, burlesque and the historical sideshow atmosphere, mixed with Philadelphia's counter-culture flair.

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New South Beach Cabaret Promises a Classy Night Out in Miami's Party Scene

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All photos courtesy of Edison Farrow
Ever feel as if something is missing as you drive past the neon lights on South Beach? We're not talking about soul searching. We're talking about the nightlife.

There are plenty of bars and clubs in Miami, but one thing our city lacks is classy cabarets. But soon, it shall lack no more. Opening tomorrow night on the sweet streets of SoBe is The Cabaret South Beach.

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Fetish Star Mosh Celebrates Submission South Beach's Two-Year Anniversary

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Fetish star Mosh, performing Sunday at Dream.
In over 20 years stomping the concrete down Washington and Collins Avenues, Submission founder Robert Frost has seen a lot come and go in South Beach. But Submission, South Beach's only fetish party, helmed by Frost, celebrates its two-year anniversary Sunday, showing the rest of the beach that it is here to stay.

"South Beach is not what it used to be," said Frost. "It used to be chic, underground and original. Now it's Top 40, pretentious, and every place is doing the same thing. It feels good to create something original and have it be so successful."

To celebrate two years of freaking people out, Submission welcomes Mosh, one of the country's hottest fetish performers, Sunday at Dream nightclub.

Cultist caught up with the gorgeous talent on her drive home through tenacious Los Angeles traffic.

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Circ X Launches Kickstarter Campaign for Blowout Fillmore Show

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Image courtesy of Diana Lozaro.
Burlesque at its best.

See Diana Lozano, Ring Master of the Night.

Forget Cirque du Soleil and their occasional Miami residency. Circ X has served as Miami's edgier answer to the burlesque scene for almost 10 years. And with a little help from their friends, they're looking to plan a blowout anniversary bash at the eternally iconic Fillmore Miami Beach.

To fund the celebratory show, the group has launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising $6,000. They have big plans for the stage extravaganza (dubbed an "interactive circus cabaret"), but they need community support to make it happen. A gig at the Fillmore ain't cheap, and while the venue itself is absorbing some of the cost, the group still needs dollars to fund technical production costs (video production, tech, costumes and marketing) -- not to mention paying its performers.

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Glamour Goddesses' Billie Good and Izzy Rich Talk Classical Burlesque

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The Glamour Goddesses
These days, burlesque is a term as abused as a stripper's feet at the end of a night in clear heels. Oops, that was a bad comparison -- especially because, dammit, despite all the misuse, burlesque is not, in fact, a euphemism for stripping. In its classical form, the term referred to a grown-up variety show full of bawdy humor, music, and any number of miscellaneous acts. Sure, this included the occasional skin-showing female dance, but that was only part of it. Stand-up comedy as we know it sprung partly from the burlesque circuit of the early 20th Century.

Good Theatre, a one-off event this Thursday at Churchill's Pub, aims to resurrect that multidisciplinary spirit under the tag line "adult theater for adult audiences." The evening of performances will be spearheaded by Billie Bee Good and Izzy Rich of the Glamour Goddesses. That's a local burlesque troop that not only hopes to revive the art form's traditions, but also do it with a more colorful and shapely range of performers than other groups.

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Jenna Beth on Cupcake Burlesque and Performing at MiMo Madness Festival

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South Beach has a whole weekend devoted to celebrating its Art Deco architecture. But, damn it, the little strip of mainland just across the causeway needs love for its buildings too. The Upper Eastside is pretty much the only place in the world where you can find a concentration of Miami Modernist, or MiMo, buildings.

Dating from the '50s and '60s, the style took the clean lines of popular postwar architecture and then, of course, Miami-fied them by adding brighter colors, squigglier lines, and loopier, more off-kilter forms. To celebrate the funky structures and the burgeoning walkable neighborhood in which they stand, boosters have revived the annual MiMo Madness Festival, which takes place all day Saturday along Biscayne Boulevard from 66th to 72nd Street.

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Erika Moon Mixes Moulin Rouge and Broadway in Evolution of Burlesque

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Miami has given burlesque a bit of a bad name. So thinks Erika Moon, who has arrived from France to show us a thing or two about how it's done in a "classy, elegant way," she says. Moon is inaugurating the Evolution of Burlesque tonight and Friday at the Colony Theatre, a show that will combine many aspects of the genre, from dancing, acting, and costuming to the more risqué and cabaret -- something we don't get much of around these parts.

"Here, mostly it's the nightclub cabaret style," says the French-born performer, who wears many hats (and feathers) when on stage. That style, she explains, relies heavily on acrobatics at the expense of some of the more subtle forms of burlesque. In this evolutionary show, she'll combine them all.

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Dangerfun Brings Tramps, Pasties, and Vaudeville Back to Miami

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All photos by Jipsy.
Ginger Bardot
When you hear that there's going to be a burlesque show at Churchill's Pub, you might wonder: Who do they think they are, Moulin Rouge? And if you've never been to Churchill's Pub, we highly suggest it for many reasons. Sure, it's not in the best part of town and it looks a little sketch from outside, but it's probably one of the best drinking spots in Miami. Not only does 50% of their staff have accents, but the drinks are cheap (and we mean cheap).

Last night, the pub and Dangerfun Entertainment hosted a variety show called the Millionaire Tramps Vaudeville Debut. The night started out with a semi-burlesque little dance, then quickly changed over to stand-up, which lead to a sketch comedy show. The comedy was very Whose Line Is It Anyway? with bits on "a day in the life of a pimp" or "the principal's office," but much, much dirtier and with a lot more cursing (which is exactly why we loved every sleazy minute of it).

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Betty Pickle Explains Why Miami-Style Burlesque Involves A Little Blood

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This Thursday night, a variety show called the Millionaire Tramps Vaudeville Debut lands at Churchill's Pub with Dangerfun!'s handpicked selection of South Florida tramps. Settle in for some stand-up and sketch comedy by Skitsations, slapstick jugglers, bunnies pulled from top hats, and the wiggles and jiggles of Hellion Burlesque.

For previous shows, dancers Hellion, Daisy Harley, Betty Pickle, Lizzy Lighting, and Ginger Bardot have re-created scenes from Eyes Wide Shut and giggly séances from slumber parties -- yes, while wearing only their panties.

We talked with Betty Pickle about Miami-style grotesque burlesque, how she swallows a three-foot balloon, and why there's no such thing as sexuality without grit.

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Shameless Burlesque's Elvis Tribute: A Review

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All photos by Lindsey Snell.
Living in South Beach -- the world capitol of bad techno music -- it was a pleasant change to head over the causeway to the Vagabond for a night of '50s nostalgia.  At Saturday's Shameless Burlesque's Elvis Tribute, twenty-something hipsters jived on the dancefloor to Fats Domino and hugged their darlings to Johnny Cash. As a callow 21-year-old, it made me pine for the pre-digital era before music had all the life compressed out of it.

After the music died down, the flamboyant host for the evening announced the Shameless Burlesque, featuring Randy "Elvis" Walker in a tribute to the King of Rock-n-Roll. The host wore a dinner jacket with thin lapels and sported a conk hairstyle. He looked like a cross between Chuck Barry and Little Richard.

The first performer to hit the stage was Morgan La Rue, a fiery little pin-up doll who teased the crowd to Elvis's song "Trouble." This petite cutie strutted around the stage, taking off her clothes bit by bit. The audience gasped for more as she posed in pasties, panties, and stockings. More »

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