Burlesque is about more than just buxom broads wearing nipple pasties and teasing audiences with feather boas. Granted, some would argue that this come-hither coquettishness is a big part of the draw, but burlesque is a performance art that has deep roots in vaudevillian theater and encompasses not only scantily clad dancers but also sketch comedy and considerable acrobatics. This weekend, the premiere edition of the Florida Burlesque Festival will have every facet of burlesque represented. And yes, that includes male performers too. (In case you didn't know, dudes get down with burlesque as well; the industry term is "boylesque.") Starting Friday night, there will be a cornucopia of entertainers from the far reaches of the globe. The curvaceous German performer Aphrodite DeVine will be making her American debut. Then there are the Schlep Sisters; these self-described "Jewish Princesses of Burlesque" will entice audiences with a Yiddish style that's equal parts rock 'n' roll and Manischewitz.
Catch all this global tease this Friday at 8 p.m. at Cinema Paradiso, located on 503 SE Sixth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $30 for general admission and $50 for VIP. Visit floridaburlesquefestival.com, or call 954-525-3456.
Fri., Sept. 5, 8 p.m., 2014