By the 1970s, burlesque was practically dead in the United States. The art form, fueled by the flow of liquor, suffered a crippling blow during Prohibition. In the 1950s, titty mags like Playboy replaced the striptease and the big reveal with no-holds-barred centerfolds. Finally, the fast-food sexuality of video porn upset burlesque's balance between sensuality, performance and humor.
But in an age when music lovers are turning away from MP3s and (back) toward vinyl records--and more than a few gamers are abandoning their PlayStations for board games--some people are also retreating from the unconvincing sexuality of Internet smut and returning to the spectacle and winking suggestion of burlesque.
Boise lovers of the outrageous, hilarious and stylish have long savored Red Light Variety Show, which is now staging performances of its 2014 winter showcase. RLVS' latest performance series, Nostalgia, has been running since Jan. 9, but there are still plenty of chances to catch the RLVS crew's antics. This time, their partners include special guest Joe Golden of the Fool Squad, with music by Frim Fram 4.
Catch Angela Bryson, Frankly Frankie, Juniper Rose, James Sharp, Kate Ponozzo, Kelly Green, Kristen Hill, Allison Holley, Erynn Leonardson and Lynn Knickrehm-Fisher as they perform acrobatic feats, Vaudevillian skits, stripteases and more Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.