Performance Art

“Everything in South Florida is refined, polished, and perfected — we are trying (without trying) to break that mold,” says neo-burlesque performer Tuesday Lee Afton. She and a handful of others in the recently formed, Lake Worth-based performance troupe Cabernet Cabaret (a group that supports and promotes an atmosphere free of bigotry, oppression, and all forms of discriminatory repression) are aiming to debunk any stale and stiff cultural norms on sexuality and gender in performances highlighting burlesque’s best qualities of comedy, imperfections, and the belief that each one of us is a sex bomb. Saturday, Cabernet Cabaret presents “The Beginning Is Near,” a meta performance centered around a burlesque troupe as it prepares for opening night of its show. Audience members will get a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of offstage antics and dressing-room drama as the troupe breaks the fourth wall with crowd interactions. “We have five group numbers and a slew of burlesque entertainers, and none of these acts are going to win any kind of award... at least, we hope they don’t,” Afton says. Doors to Lake Worth Playhouse’s Stonzek Films (709 Lake Ave., Lake Worth) open at 9 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and are available at
Sat., Nov. 29, 9 p.m., 2014