Brooklyn Ed’s New York Burlesque Calendar
A brief listing of regular burlesque shows and somewhat related cabaret, circus, variety and vaudeville events in the New York area of which I am aware (locations in Manhattan unless otherwise noted). Click on a day of the week to bring up a listing of upcoming events for that day.
A REQUEST from the Reigning Queen of Burlesque: Trixie Little is creating a new play that combines the art of burlesque with classic theater in a fuckloric folktale for the ages set to open March 17th in Baltimore and April 1st in New York. Check out the Indiegogo page and help bring this project to life!
MANY THANKS ARE DUE to Ri Ri SynCyr: Six years ago she created a detailed online spreadsheet of Burlesque Festivals Information. She has now passed on the work of maintaining and curating that spreadsheet to the BurlyCon crew. Why not drop her a note of thanks?
Items to note:
· 21st Century’s Burlesque Magazine’s Top 50 poll results have been post. Congratulations to the top three: Kitten n’ Lou, Perle Noire, and Roxi D’Lite as well as all the others in the Top 50 Poll. National lists continue to be tabulated and will appear shortly.
· Company XIV returns to the Minetta Lane Theater (18 Minetta Lane) with their mix of ballet, baroque, & burlesque for a dark take on Snow White, through March 12th.
· The 10 Annual Frigid Festival will take place at Under St. Marks and The Kraine Theater from February 15 to March 6. Among the many offerings is The Gospel of Sherilyn Fenn, written & performed by Brad Lawrence, directed by Cyndi Freeman, at Under St Marks (94 St. Marks Pl), Feb. 19, 24, 27; March 3, 5.
REMEMBER: This list is far from complete and is subject to change as schedules and venues may suddenly change. Check any links beforehand for last minute schedule changes and ticket/cover charges. (Note that many of these events are also listed on FaceBook.) I try to update this listing at the start of the week so let me know via e-mail of other shows or updates at least a week in advance.
There are a large number of annual burlesque related events in New York worth noting: Burlesque at the Beach; the Coney Island Mermaid Parade (June); Coney Island Rockabilly Festival; and, of course, the New York Burlesque Festival. Aside from the big national events such as the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas and Tease-O-Rama, there are a growing number of regional multiday festivals in the US and Canada. For a partial listing, click here for Brooklyn Ed’s Burlesque Festival Calendar (updated for 2016). You can also check out the Burlesque Festivals Information spreadsheet created by RiRI SynCyr and now maintained by the BurlyCOn crew..
Interested in learning the art of Burlesque in New York? Professor Jo "Boobs" Weldon operates the New York School of Burlesque - check the website for details of the various classes offered. Or drop by your favorite bookstore and pick up a copy of The Burlesque Handbook by Jo Weldon. In addition, Brown Girls Burlesque also offers workshops.
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Want more? Don’t forget to check out websites of performers and troupes for their current schedules. On FaceBook? – check out the new page created by JZ Bich – NYC Burlesque Shows and related arts – for the latest show notices by NYC area performers. Traveling out of NYC? Check out BurlesqueBeat and Lilli Von Schtupp’s Burlesque411 for info on shows in various cities. There are also some city-specific listings such as Maxwell Wood’s blog which covers San Francisco area shows.
Created January 2005; Updated 9 February 2016