Burlesque and WHY: The Naked Truth
San Francisco, CA
The average American conjectures many reasons why a woman takes her clothes off on stage, but rarely gets the opportunity to ask her. In Red Hots Burlesque's first stage show Burlesque and Why!, an intimate cast of Red Hots' star performers will get even closer to you with a behind-the-curtain storytelling stage show. Over the first weekend in August this cast of diverse women will bare their stories, addressing the gamut of sex work, body image, sexualization and more.
"Burlesque and WHY is finally sharing what I go through that I never talk about. Ever," says performer Alexa Von Kickinface, a five foot tall performer who developed breasts very early. "I never talk about my boobs and what it's like or how I feel about them... I almost feel like they're my fault so why should I complain about them? Alexa Von Kickinface is not just a surface person. I'm also someone who thinks about the existential questions we all think about."
With Burlesque and WHY performer Lay-Si Luna tells her story of how burlesque is a celebration of atypicality. "Being different and not fitting any kind of norm doesn't mean that you're bad. It doesn't mean that you're unlovable," says performer Lay-Si Luna, who illuminates the duality of gender and everything that falls between the two.
"Burlesque and WHY is a way that I can tell my story to other women who have shame surrounding their body regarding their size... You don't have to treat your body like a cage," says fat performer Magnoliah Black.
"We are more than what exists right now. We are all the people that have come before and all the people that we're representing, their struggles are a thing," says the Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins.
For more than 10 years Red Hots Burlesque has brought New York City and San Francisco a home for some of the world's biggest marqueed burlesque stars and local talents to your dive bars and community spaces. Red Hots Burlesque has been featured in many publications, such as The San Francisco Bay Guardian, The New York Times, and the San Francisco Weekly. Some of these performers are stepping out from the costumes and big hair and makeup to shed a stark light on their stories, with humor, grace, and, yes, tease.
This all-star cast includes legend Ellion Ness, Red Hots Burlesque producer Dottie Lux, the Lady Ms. Vagina Jenkins, Magnoliah Black, Lay-Si Luna, and Alexa Von Kickinface.
Our VIP tickets include admission to the show, preferred seating, as well as a souvenir button, a free pair of tickets to Red Hots Burlesque, and a signed limited edition commemorative poster.
446 Valencia Street
Red Hots Burlesque
Come with your sense of humor and get ready to ogle, hoot and holler. Every show features hot bods, pasties, outrageous costumes, a lot of humor and, of course, bumpin' and grindin'!
RHB has seen 6 years of successful shakes and shimmies in NYC and has been covered in The New York Times, on NBC, Current TV and Curve Magazine to name a few. They have made the cross country journey to bring you a show with out boundaries including bizarre beauties and senseless sideshow. Not for the faint of heart or weak of humor.
Red Hots Burlesque have found their happy home at El Rio in San Francisco since Feb 2008 in 2010 Red Hots Burlesque was voted #1 in nightlife from YELP, was called "The City's Best" by Aol.com and was featured at The Treasure Island Music Festival.
The Red Hots organize all types of events such as their highly acclaimed stage show, private parties, corporate events, opening for bands and even sports games like theGotham Girls Roller Derby.
Dottie Lux is also a proud professor who curates workshops. She teaches many of the classes, but welcomes professors from all over the world. These classes are taught as a series (culminating in graduate performances) as well private parties year round. Please see the School of Shimmy page for full details.
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