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Red Light Variety Show

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 12-14

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Strike from your mind notions of clowns pouring from tiny automobiles and whiskered women twirling their 'staches to the amazement of adolescent gawkers--it's time to accost your senses and delve into a world of the surreal.

Red Light Variety Show presents its latest creation, "Imaginarium: Sideshow and Circus Oddities," for a three-weekend run at Visual Arts Collective, beginning with a pay-what-you-want preview Thursday, Sept. 12, with regular shows running Friday, Sept. 13-Saturday, Sept. 14, Friday, Sept. 20-Saturday, Sept. 21 and Friday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Sept. 28.

As with all Red Light shows, this production is based on a slightly twisted backstory. In this case, a young vagabond comes across the ruins of an abandoned circus caravan in the woods. When he puts a coin in a weathered fortune teller's box, the magic of a circus full of both wonders and monstrosities is set loose.

The performance is designed to dazzle and perplex audiences with a spectrum of gymnasts, pole dancing wonders, aerialists and a variety of burlesque and merlesque dancers (that's male burlesque dancers to the rest of us) sure to make more than a few faces flush.

This celebration of self-expression is a 21-and-older event, so bring your ID and leave the kids at home. Tickets cost $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door.