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This week in burlesque

Welcome to your weekend wrap-up of Burlesque news, guaranteed to help you start the new year off in high style:

Operation Bombshell: The New York Times ran a profile piece on stripper/author/military wife/burlesque star, Lily Burana. The author of “Strip City” and “I Love a Man in Uniform,” Burana has now turned her attention to the wives of enlisted men with Operation Bombshell. Canvassing the country with boas and satin gloves, Burana gives burlesque lessons to women whose husbands have been sent overseas. “Mainly it is about breaking the doldrums of long, lonely deployments,” she says.

Crystal Palace Burlesque:
Tickets are going fast for the Crystal Palace Burlesque show taking place Saturday, Jan. 23 at Dallas’ Lakewood Theater. Headliner Catherine D’Lish leads an all-star cast of Texas beauties, including La Davina (who is also the show’s producer) Athena Fatale, Ginger Valentine, The Jigglewatts, Angie B. Lovely, Rose Darling, Courtney Crave and Bunny Bailey. For tickets, call the Lakewood Theater box office at (214) 821-7469.

Viva Las Vegas: Online voting is underway to choose the burlesque contestants who will compete at the Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend in April. Visit their website to view contestants’ videos, read bios and place your vote.

Top 50 Burlesque of 2009: Voting has just ended over at 21st Century Pinups for the top 50 burlesque stars for 2009. After culling through thousands of responses and more than 800 nominations, the site it releasing the top 50 names bit by bit (so far, 50- 21 have been announced). So keep checking back to see if your favorites have made the grade.

Alice Schiller Dies:
The proprietress of L.A.’s famed Pink Pussycat Club passed away at the age of 95. Although a non-drinker and non-smoker, Schiller helped to elevate the club to mythic status (even creating the club’s own school of striptease) and bring burlesque to the masses. “She came to see burlesque as an art form and fun entertainment. She treated people with respect and dignity and wanted to make the place something she was proud of,” says Carole Feld, Schiller’s niece.

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