As summer starts to cool down, the heat starts to rise from some of the city’s hottest burlesque stars! The 6th Annual New York Burlesque Festival strips down to its Golden Pasties Awards after four costume-packed nights of teasing and partying, featuring an incredible line-up of performers each night with some of the city’s most beloved hosts: The World Famous *BOB*, Scott the Blue Bunny, Murray Hill and Miss Astrid. There isn’t a moment to be missed! Parties can be found in Manhattan at several venues in the West Village and at the brand new Brooklyn art space, The Bell House.
If you don’t get enough shimmying and shaking at the festival, you can catch more performances of the uber-edgy Hypergender Burlesque as they bring you their take on some famous novels. If you want to know what’s been on their reading lists, you’ll just have to show up at the WOW Cafe to find out. The troupe is proud to call themselves “the first post-neo-burlesque show” who utilize video, performance art, poetry and anything else they can muster to tap into the NYC underground artist community. Expect full-frontal nudity and other no-holes-barred forms of expression.
The Cockettes are coming! You have been warned. The “seminally outrageous gender bending legendary hippie performance troupe” will be reviving their ‘70s underground smash Pearls Over Shanghai at this year’s HOWL Festival, now through September 11. This year’s lineup is packed full of amazing performances from some of New York’s most favorite artists, including Debbie Harry and Karen Finley, and takes place primarly in East Village venues, with many events occurring in Thompkins Square Park and the St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. The extensive line-up can be found at howlfestival.com.