Beautiful Burlesque

The women of Modernesque Burlesque will bitch you out and strip down. They are Florida’s gothic answer to the Pussycat Dolls: sassy, bodacious, sequined, and — as the night goes on — increasingly less clothed. Now their act is at Respectable Street, a dance club/café that revels in the unusual.

Barring a nipple slip, there won’t be any bare tits, but there may very well be an auction of a Tampax holder, some silhouette play, or a salacious rendition of “Happy Birthday.” The six women, with Bond-girl names like Franceana Fanny and Isadora Bull, wield everything from whips to umbrellas to Hula-Hoops. They attract mixed crowds of men and women, and all the teasing and decadence go down without the ratty, gritty feel of a strip club. It’s respectable.

Doors open at 9 p.m. Saturday at “The Modernesque Burlesque Midnight Show” at Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $10 at the door, $5 in advance. Call 561-832-9999, or visit respectablestreet.com.
Sat., June 5, 9 p.m., 2010

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