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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Future of NYC Forty Duece in jeopardy

If you think New York City is all about big business and loose morals, think again.

Residents of the formerly-grungy and increasingly gentrified Lower East Side have recently banded together to stop the opening of a swanky burlesque club backed by aging rockers Sting and David Bowie. Earlier this year, Ivan Kane's Forty Deuce excitedly announced its foray into New York, promising a classy entertainment experience and late-night burgers.

Then community activists took up arms, claiming that Forty Deuce would be nothing more than a glorified strip joint. The project was unanimously rejected today. The irony of conservatives fighting for the integrity of the Lower East Side was clearly lost in the midst.

With the future of Forty Deuce in jeopardy, where does one satisfy that late night burlesque fix? Glad you asked. Read on to find out where the tassels are still swinging.

Mr. Choade's Upstairs/Downstairs in the Slipper Room on Orchard Street claims to be the longest running burlesque show in New York. Whether that's true or not is tough to say, but once you see the rock 'n roll-infused shenanigans, you won't care. Saturday shows start at 10:30 and tickets are just $5.

Filthy_burlesque_perrinpost_3 Every Friday, Corio on West Broadway presents the city's newest spectacular called, appropriately, Filthy Gorgeous. The show features burlesque stars Gigi La Femme, Angie Pontani, and many others who practice the arts of titillation. Doors open at 7:30 and tickets are $20.

If you're feeling brave, the New York School of Burlesque will bring out your inner exhibitionist.

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