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Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, Our Hit Parade, Emily Roysdon and more

Dirty Martini and the New Burlesque, a feature-length, independent documentary film by Gary Beeber, explores the outrageous world of the performers who created the “new burlesque” scene in New York City. In a special April 16 screening at The Highline Ballroom (followed by a one-hour burlesque show), get to know Miss Dirty Martini and her friends Julie Atlas Muz, World Famous *BOB*,  Bambi the Mermaid, Tigger!, Scotty the Blue Bunny, and many other cult stars. The movie’s seductive edge comes from its sexy acts as well as  its dark exploration of the performers’ struggle to pay their  bills, quest for stable love relationships and inability to  envision the future after the burlesque is over.

May 6–7 at The Kitchen, New York-based artist Emily Roysdon (co-founder and editor of the queer feminist journal LTTR and member of the band MEN) presents a new performance event tentatively titled A Gay Bar Called Everywhere (With Costumes and No Practice). Inspired by the legacy of The Kitchen, Roysdon gestures to the intersections of performance history, queer culture and feminist intellectuals in New York City. Working improvisationally and collaboratively with a cast of characters, including MPA, JD Samson, A.L. Steiner and more, the evening will leave no legend untouched and will be an undisciplined interdisciplinary run at herstory.

May 20 at Le Poisson Rouge, prepare for an evening of “lips, tits and lashes” as Thirsty Girl & Daniel Nardicio present Glamour Ball. Hosted by Murray Hil and Bianca Del Rio, this rhinestone-studded event will feature brash acts by the best of New York’s drag and burlesque queens, such as the sizzling-hot Angie Pontani. Don’t miss it!

Our Hit Parade is a live top-ten countdown show created by Tony nominee and Obie winner Kenny Mellman, carnal chanteuse Bridget Everett, and pop song opera impresario Neal Medlyn and others. The show, at Joe’s Pub April 27 and May 25, is inspired by the musical sketch series Your Hit Parade that ran on radio and then television from 1935 to 1959. On that show, cast members performed the week’s most popular songs as comically literal skits. In this show, the hosts and special guest stars from the local performance scene present their renditions of current popular hits live on stage!

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