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This week in burlesque

Kitten LaRue performs her "Hot Chocolate" number in "Land of the Sweets."
Kitten LaRue performs her "Hot Chocolate" number in "Land of the Sweets."
Photo courtesy of Chris Blakeley, The Seattle Times

Here's a happy holiday wrap-up of some of the best burlesque news taking place in the past week:

Vegas burlesque club opening date still uncertain: Opening day for The Rose - a burlesque-themed cocktail lounge slated to fill the space formerly occupied by Ivan Kane’s Forty Deuce - has been pushed back due to legal issues between the club and Mandalay Place’s parent company MGM Mirage. The dispute began last month when Mandalay Place attempted to make changes to terms of the club’s lease.

Both coasts boast naughty versions of "The Nutcracker": In Seattle, producer-performers Lily Verlaine and Jasper McCann unveiled their fourth annual "Land of the Sweets." The show includes jazzy versions of the iconic ballet's original songs and swing dance, striptease, aerial acrobatics and ballet performances. Meanwhile, in Boston, creator and director Vanessa “Sugar Dish” White presented “The Slutcracker,” an adult-themed romp through the holiday classic, involving a boring Christmas party, a mysterious sex toy and a magical journey of sensual discovery.

Americans view burlesque as taboo, says Dita:
Showgirl icon Dita Von Teese made several more stops on her book-signing tour and spent some time explaining to reporters the differences in American and European attitudes toward burlesque. “I don’t mean to America bash, but it is interesting that burlesque is an American invention,” she said. “Burlesque as we know it and the great burlesque that was prevalent in America in the ‘30s and ‘40s in big theaters with big stars that were in the movies and on TV and wrote books. It’s shocking to imagine it is now 75 years later and people are still saying 'I don’t get it, she’s a stripper.'”