Janet McAlpin is the stilted, lavishly costumed host of Burlesco Notturno (Michelle Bates Photo).

Janet McAlpin is the stilted, lavishly costumed host of Burlesco Notturno (Michelle Bates Photo).

Spicy series is back with ‘Flights of Fancy’

Burlesco Notturno will unveil its latest installment this weekend.

Vashon’s own burlesque series, Burlesco Notturno, will unveil its latest installment at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Open Space for Arts & Community.

The new show, “Flights of Fancy,” will include top talent from Seattle and beyond. One of the dance groups performing that night will be The Atomic Bombshells, founded by original members of the Shim Sham Revue in New Orleans’ historic French Quarter.

Jamie Van Stratten and Inga, Seattle-based burlesque stars, will perform, as will Kitten n’ Lou, a comic duo that has shared the stage with the likes of Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

Waxie Moon, who performs a gender-bending form of performance art known as “boylesque,” will also take the stage. Moon is also the subject of Wes Hurley’s award-winning documentary film “Waxie Moon” and appeared in “A Wink and a Smile” directed by Deirdre Timmons.

Hosting the show, as usual, will be Open Space founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey, as Mme. X and her silent lawyer. McAlpin performs on high stilts, clad in an ever-shifting (and sometimes slipping) array of elaborate and gauzy costumes by designer Patricia Toovey.

Live music will be played throughout the show by The Love Markets, a band dressed in black slips, bright makeup and berets, that draws inspiration from the tawdry decadence of 1920s Berlin.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit openspacevashon.org. All tickets at the door cost $35. VIP tickets sales are now closed. The evening is strictly for adults only, as much of the material is spicy and because … burlesque.

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