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Michele Balan, Golden Pastie Awards, 13th Annual New York Burlesque Festival and other exciting events!

The much-anticipated 13th Annual New York Burlesque Festival takes over The Bell House in Brooklyn Sep 24-27. Celebrating more than a decade of glitter and glamour in Gotham, over 100 performers will come from all around the globe to strut their stuff at this fantastic festival! Times, prices and locations vary depending upon the performances, so check the event website ( for the deets. It all culminates with the Golden Pastie Awards at the Highline Ballroom on Sep 27. That night, join Thirsty Girl and Pontani Productions as they present all the festival’s stars for a final night of sexy performances, mischievous hijinks and an awards ceremony that certainly doesn’t take itself too seriously. Categories include awards for “The Hottest Freshman” and “Eleganza Extravaganza.”

Rosie O’Donnell hits the Gotham Comedy Club stage for a two night engagement opening October 16. Come out and see this multiple Emmy Award winning television/stage/movie star, active philanthropist, bestselling author, talk show and satellite radio host in an intimate comedy venue! (Think she’ll mention her not-so-secret admirer, Donald Trump?)

Older, yes, but so much funnier! Join high priestess of hilarity Michele Balan and her fabulous, funniest friends for her big birthday stand-up comedy bash at Gotham Comedy Club on Nov 4. It's her party, and you'll cry laughing if you want to. Since Michele has been performing on cruises and on the high seas most of the time (or is that high on the seas?), she hasn’t done a full show in NYC for quite some time. We’ve been waiting for it, so here it is! Come out, have fun, laugh, and it will be a great birthday celebration for her. (Of course, gifts will never be discouraged!)

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