“Burlesco Notturno: Gone Bananas,” a choreographed stage celebration of the art of burlesque, returns to the newly renovated Open Space for Arts & Community at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 12. Doors open at 7 p.m. with live music and libations.
Emceed by Vashon’s own glamorous Mme. X and her sidekick, loyal lawyer, the event will feature the jazzy, sultry cabaret sounds of Angie Louise and The Love Markets.
The multitalented Burlesco cast includes The Luminous Pariah, a celebrated Seattle-based cabaret performance artist. Lumi tours extensively and has performed in over 100 international productions throughout Europe, Canada and Australia. He performs as a soloist as well as one-fourth of acclaimed boylesque collective Mod Carousel.
J. Von Stratton brings her own brand of fabulous theatrics, dance, camp and kitsch. She has wowed audiences in Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Portugal, China and Australia. Part of Seattle-based burlesque troupe The Atomic Bombshells, Von Stratton holds the title of 2015-16 Queen of the Roses, winner of the Oregon Burlesque festival.
The Atomic Bombshells, founded by original members of the Shim Sham Revue in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, learned their moves from original stars of burlesque’s Golden Age.
The performance will combine burlesque, theater and dance performance to celebrate and subvert everything from classic burlesque and MGM-era musicals, to jukebox drag, twin club kids and vaudeville. General admission tickets are $25. VIP and Special Occasion packages are also available, including reserved tables, chocolates, heavy appetizers and extra attention from Mme. X. Get tickets at OpenSpaceVashon.com.