Hurly Burly Burlesque Gives Magic Mike a Run For Its Money (Video)

Categories: Burlesque, Culture

Warning: Video is NSFW.

Imagine big, burly men thrusting their hips on stage underneath bright florescent lights. The shirt buttons pop and a chest full of hair is revealed. The Velcro on the handmade police-inspired costume snaps off and BOOM: a pair of boxer-briefs.

Dollar bills start flying.

No, it's not a scene from the upcoming Magic Mike 2, but rather a burlesque striptease by a bunch of real men who were inspired by the original Channing Tatum film. Fun fact: the same day Magic Mike premiered in theaters on June 29, 2012 was the first ever performance of the Hurly Burly troupe.

See also: Photo of Hurly Burly Burlesque at Gramps (NSFW)

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Florida Burlesque Festival To Bring International Striptease Artists to South Florida (NSFW)

Photo by Ian Witlen
Burlesque is not quite like your typical stripping. It's more performance art done scantily clad and heavy on the sex appeal. So, like, classy strippers who keep some clothes on.

Though modern audiences often associate burlesque with hot ladies like Bettie Page, Dita Von Teese, and sadly, the movie Burlesque starring Christina Aguilera and Cher, the art form has origins in Vaudeville variety shows dating back hundreds of years. Local burlesque performer Bambi La Fleur will bring both sexy and humor back with the Florida Burlesque Festival next month.

See also: Circ X Seeks A "Kickstart" To Make Regular Burlesque Show At Fillmore A Reality

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Circ X Seeks A "Kickstart" To Make Regular Burlesque Show At Fillmore A Reality

Categories: Burlesque, Culture

Photo courtesy of Circ X

Circ X, the traveling Miami-based performance group, is trying to change the local arts scene with a regular burlesque show at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater. But in order for this dream to be a reality, the group is asking the people of Miami to help out by donating to its Kickstarter campaign.

Diana Lozano is the founder and owner of Circ X, a organization that came about in 2002. Lozano said that Circ X can be best described as, "one part circus, two parts burlesque, a pinch of class and a dash of trash."

The idea is to create an affordable and mainstream burlesque option in South Florida, something that the group thinks is lacking.

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Pinned Miami: "Everybody Can Be a Pin-Up Girl" (Video)

Ian Witlen
Last weekend's Pinned Miami festival brought a touch of charm to Miami's typical Memorial Day Weekend mayhem, as participants decked out in vintage styles congregated at the Miami Airport Convention Center to celebrate all things retro.

Classic cars, skilled tattoo artists, and rockabilly and surfer bands enticed both long-time fans of the pin-up scene, as well as curious newcomers to the culture. But the main attraction, of course, was the pin-up girls themselves, dressed in polka dots, halter tops, cat-eye glasses, and pin curls -- and excited to show off their style.

See all that and more in our video from the event below.

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Pinned Miami: Eleven Things to Look Forward to at Miami's First Pin-Up Festival

Barry Fidnick
Pin-up girls, strip teases, vintage cars and enough rock 'n' roll to bring Elvis back from the dead. What's not to love about Pinned Miami, the three-day pin-up, rockabilly, burlesque and tattoo festival that's hitting Miami this weekend? It's a retro renaissance, with enough cheekiness and '50s cheese to hold your pin curls over for the next half-century.

Here, in no particular order, are ten things to look forward to at Pinned Miami -- besides having a reason not to go to the beach on Memorial Day Weekend, which is something we can all twist and shout about.

See also: Art of the Pin-Up Girl Brings Florida-Born Sex Appeal to the Big Apple

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

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

Categories: Burlesque, Culture

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

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

Categories: Burlesque, Stage
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

Categories: Burlesque
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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