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Photos: Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School Burlesque at Club Cafe (NSFW)

Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School hosts sketching of burlesque models at Club Cafe on January 25, 2012.
January 25, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  February 03, 2012

Turning feminist theory into a visceral rape deterrent

In Africa, your vagina can get spikes for $2. No longer just a revenge dream, this device — called Rape-aXe — was actually distributed for free last year at the World Cup in South Africa.
Striking back
By DENA RIEGEL  |  April 29, 2011

From here to Aeternitas

On July 15, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters, dealing the final Avada Kedavra to the biggest fantasy franchise of our generation.
Fighting fading fandom dept.
By MICAH HAUSER  |  April 29, 2011

Photos: ''Talk Nerdy 2 Me'' with Rogue Burlesque

Rogue Burlesque presents "Talk Nerdy 2 Me" at the Middlesex Lounge on April 13, 2011.
"Talk Nerdy 2 Me" | Middlesex Lounge | April 13, 2011
By ANDREW MCFARLAND  |  April 15, 2011
Global warning

Global warning

 Not that it should surprise anyone after Pia Zadora won their Best Actress Award in 1981 for her performance in “Butterfly” and Sharon Stone won...
By Peter Keough  |  December 20, 2010

Photos: The Slutcracker 2010

The Slutcracker: A Burlesque takes its sexy  Nutcracker makeover to the Somerville Theatre through December 24, 2010.
A burlesque take on The Nutcracker
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  December 17, 2010

Golden Globalization

Golden Globalization

The Golden Globes, regarded as a bellwether of the Oscars (why? what is the Hollywood Foreign Press Association? Who are these people? No one ever...
By Peter Keough  |  December 14, 2010

Review: Burlesque

It's no great surprise that Christina Aguilera can sing.
A film that's been done before. Many times.
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  December 03, 2010

Photos: Jerkus Circus at Oberon [verging on NSFW?]

Jerkus Circus takes comedy, burlesque, and freaky stunts to Club Oberon on November 12, 2010.
Jerkus Circus, live at Oberon, on November 12, 2010
By NINA MASHUROVA  |  November 19, 2010

Photos: Lucha Vavoom hits the east coast [NSFW]

 Lucha Vavoom, live at the Royale in Boston and Webster Hall in New York City on November 8 and 9, 2010
 Lucha Vavoom, live at the Royale in Boston and Webster Hall in New York City on November 8 and 9, 2010
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  November 19, 2010

Review: Chupacabras, solid gold robot dancers, and dirty rudos -- Lucha Vavoom storms Royale

The cartoonish faux-violence of pro wrestling and the cartoonish faux sexuality of burlesque make such an obvious combo, it's a cultural travesty that there aren't...
By Barry Thompson  |  November 12, 2010


Classic burlesque star swings into town

"I've always been a class act," says Tempest Storm, the 82-year-old Burlesque Hall of Fame dancer. "I have a personality that really connects with the audience — the expression on your face, your eyes, your smile — I've been told that . . . when I hit
Octogenarian dedication
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 05, 2010

Spongebob Grabass: We squeeze actor Tom Kenny for info on masked-wrestling melee Lucha Vavoom

Wander into Royale this Monday, and you'll be treated to pituitary cases in chicken masks and pubic wigs pummeling each other and busty "buxoticas" putting on their best Cirque du Soleil moves.
Mucha Lucha
By SHAULA CLARK  |  November 05, 2010

Photos: New Jew Revue at Club Cafe | October 17, 2010

Presented by Truth Serum. [Possibly NSFW?]
A drag, burlesque, humor, music, dance party benefit for Keshet
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 22, 2010

[NSFW?] Photos: Spookadelica at the Somerville Theatre

Black Cat Burlesque join with Something Weird Video to stage an event called "Spookdelica" at the Somerville Theatre on September 25, 2010.
TerrorThon's Spookadelica, live at the Somerville Theatre on September 25, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMIJIAN  |  October 01, 2010

Thrust it, Xtina, Thrust it!

Judging by the originality of the Burlesque trailer, it’s a pretty safe bet that the Xtina-helmed film (with Cher--CHER) was probably even shot in the...
By Marianna Faynshteyn  |  August 06, 2010

Glitter II: Coyote Showgirls a.k.a. Christina Aguilera's big film debut

It seems that the newly returned (and showered up) Christina Aguilera is ready to make her bid for next Oscar season, if the trailer for her upcoming feature film...
By Alexandra Cavallo  |  August 05, 2010

Photos: Discoteca Sexadelica at Club Oberon [slightly NSFW]

Discoteca Sexadelica with Babes in Boinkland and the Notorious P.U.S.S.Y. Galore Go-Go Girls, at Club Oberon on July 2, 2010.
Burlesque babes present a cabaret dance-off
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  July 09, 2010
Dr. Who's fifth season closes with Big Bang + Dr. Who burlesque

Dr. Who's fifth season closes with Big Bang + Dr. Who burlesque

PHOTOS: Burlesque dancer gender-swaps the Doctor in her Dr. Who-themed piece Two days ago, the fifth season of Dr. Who -- or the 31st season,...
By Maddy Myers  |  June 28, 2010

Photos [NSFW]: Naked Girls Reading at the Coolidge | April 23, 2010

Hey, our books are up here.
Naked Girls Reading presents "Down the Rabbit Hole" (extremely NSFW)
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  May 07, 2010

Photos: Scenes from the Great Burlesque Exposition

Latex, fur, and feathers -- and lots of tiny hats. (Surprisingly SFW.)
Making the rounds at the Burlesque Exposition, at Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 2-4, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 09, 2010


Photos: Performances from the Great Burlesque Exposition (NSFW)

A burlesque battle royale, drawing acts from all over the world.
Catching the acts at the Great Burlesque Exposition, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, April 2-4, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  April 09, 2010

Naked Boston

Every year, Ol' Man Winter cruelly turns Bostonians' bodies into shriveled, cracked sacks of atrophied muscle and lumpy goo — not exactly fodder for Playmate of the Month.
Spring has finally arrived! So take off all your clothes with these seven ways to celebrate nudity in greater Boston.
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  March 19, 2010

Slideshow: Boston's Combat Zone and Burlesque (NSFW!)

Images from Boston's Combat Zone at Howard Yezerski Gallery and the "Henry Horenstein: Show" at Walker.
Images from “Boston Combat Zone: 1969–1978” at Howard Yezerski Gallery and “Henry Horenstein: Show” at Walker Contemporary
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 19, 2010

A walk on the wild side

Everyone looks so weary in Howard Yezerski Gallery's gritty documentary photos of Boston's dear departed Combat Zone from 1969 to 1978. The year's still young, but this glimpse into our past from Roswell Angier, Jerry Berndt, and John Goodman may be one
The Combat Zone, plus burlesque, drag, cross-dressing, and the avant-garde
By GREG COOK  |  February 19, 2010

Tonight: The Slutcracker returns to the Somerville Theater

The best thing to happen to the holidays in Boston since Boston Ballet got kicked out of the Wang? That'd be THE SLUTCRACKER, Babes in...
By Carly Carioli  |  December 10, 2009

Boston Zombie Survival Guide: How Not To Get Your Brain Devoured This Weekend

Boston Zombie Survival Guide: How Not To Get Your Brain Devoured This Weekend

Easter is upon us, and -- as is the custom -- the dead are rising. For anyone who hasn't been keepin...
By Carly Carioli  |  April 09, 2009

Slideshow: The Slutcracker

A burlesque take on the Nutcracker
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 08, 2008

Photos: Burlesque meets Dr. Who and Indiana Jones

Burlesque dancers doing female versions of the Doctor of Dr. Who and Indiana Jones during the Great Burlesque Expo at the Hyatt Regency on April 2-4, 2010.
The Great Burlesque Expo | Hyatt Regency | April 2-4, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  January 01, 1900