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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Burlesque: Seattle's Best Kept Secret?

People say a lot of things about Seattle: It's rainy; it's progressive; it's metronatural. But words like sexy and edgy don't usually make the list.

Well, at least they didn't make my list - until now. Recently, I was surprised to learn that Seattle has one of the biggest and baddest (that's a compliment) burlesque scenes in the country. You could even say it's been a pioneer in burlesque's recent resurgence. Here are just a few of its offerings, considering there are too many to list:

Burlesque isn't for everybody (and it's not for all ages either - be sure to check listings). But like it or not, its resurgence is a reminder that Seattle isn't just about nature and technology - it's also got a colorful and subversive cultural side that's worth a mention, especially to my visitors from New York who think they've seen it all.
By Shiwani Srivastava

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