Toil & Trouble's Saturday Morning Burlesque Show: Win tickets!

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This weekend, Toil & Trouble burlesque troupe will return to Mounds Theatre for an evening of performances inspired by Saturday morning cartoons. There will be references to loud toy commercials, hangover stumbling, and sweet animation. Audiences are encouraged to come dressed in their best pajamas, and a cereal bar will even be offered for guests who need a sugary snack.

City Pages has three pairs of tickets to give away, including a VIP pair to the later show. Interesting in attending? Here's how to enter to win:

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Trash Film Debauchery at HOBT for Puppets after Dark Cabaret

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Trash Film Debauchery and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre team up this Friday for a Valentine's Day themed night of sex-ed videos, video dating montages, puppets, animated shorts, burlesque, and more at Avalon Theater. So now's your chance to get a jump-start on your V-Day plans with a sex-positive night of silliness and art. 

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Burlesque Dolls' Diversi-tease: Win tickets!

L-R: Visiting talent *BOB*, locals Queenie Von Curves and Sweetpea, visiting talent Toni Elling
The weather outside might be frightful, but that won't stop things from getting hot at Burlesque Dolls' Diversi-tease this weekend. Over three days, performers from around the country will team up with local talent to present evening shows, workshops, classes, and other fun and naughty happenings. Visiting guests include *BOB* (seen in Sean Cameron Mitchell's Shortbus) and grande dame of burlesque, Toni Elling.

We've got a pair of tickets to each of the late shows (8 p.m. Thursday, 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Want to go? Here's how to enter to win:

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Busta' Nutcracker at the Southern this weekend

This weekend at the Southern Theater, burlesque troupe the Wicked Wenches Cabaret turns the classic Nutcracker story into a a satirical and sexy romp for Busta' Nutcracker. Set in the 1950s, the piece incorporates various dance styles -- from modern to pole dancing -- as an 18-year-old Clara gets whisked away to Land of Vice.

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After six-year hiatus, the Suicide Girls burlesque show is back in town [NSFW]

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The show in rehearsal.
When Missy Suicide decided to put some photos of her alternative friends online in 2001, the internet was a different place. Twelve years later, those early photos have grown into the Suicide Girls, the alternative pin-up empire that spans books, movies, and a website with photos of more than 2,500 women.

For a few years, that spectrum also included a traveling burlesque show, but six years ago, the tour went on hiatus. Now, it's back with 45 shows across the country boasting five Suicide Girls, plenty of props, and dancing riffs on everything from The Big Lebowski to Kill Bill. Dressing Room caught up with Missy before the show hits the Varsity Theater this Friday.

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- Cynical, Bitter, Jaded as Hell. Also Naked. Websites like Suicide Girls provide porn with an indie rock attitude

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Le Cirque Rouge celebrates 10 years

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Le Cirque Rouge Cabaret & Burlesque, the Twin Cities' longest running current burlesque troupe, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall. The troupe came about after a serendipitous stop at Sex World when Amy Buchanan, the group's founder, went into the shop to buy cigarettes. The visit spurred a series of events that eventually led to 10 years of music, dancing, and wild, sexy fun.

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Twin Cities Top Drawer Burlesque Exposition: Win tickets!

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L-R: Sweet Lilly Bee, Coco DuPree, Dahlia Dulce, Ophelia Flame
This weekend, the Twin Cities Top Drawer Burlesque Exposition will celebrate the local burlesque scene with an epic, two-day event. The happening, which will take place at Mounds Theatre, will feature a mind-boggling variety of cabaret, drag, vaudeville, burlesque, and more with over 60 performances scheduled. Talents in attendance include top acts from every Twin Cities troupe, and appearances will include sets from folks such as Sweet Lily Bee, Sweetpea, Coco Dupree, Foxy Tann, Queenie Von Curves, Dahlia Dulce, Ophelia Flame, the Playful Peacock Showgirl Academy, the Gentleman King, Pepper Sunshine, and many others.

City Pages has three pairs of general admission tickets, plus one VIP pair for the late-night show Saturday. Here's how to enter to win:

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Shannon Blowtorch on Bomp, Grown & Sexy, Pride Fest, transphobia in Minneapolis

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Shannon Blowtorch 
Shannon Blowtorch is the kind of person that if something is in front of her, she's going to learn how to use it. That's what happened to her back when she was the entertainment director at Pi Bar. There, she just started teaching herself how to use the DJ equipment that was in the space.

After Pi's brief lifespan (2007-2008), Blowtorch began DJ-ing around town, and was so successful that she does it full time now. This week she's got two events. The first is BOMP or Bust!, a dance party that started in Bedlam's old space, and moved around quite a few times before settling at Ground Zero. The second is at Hell's Kitchen's Grown & Sexy: A Way Gay St. Paddy's Day, a happening catering to the LGBTQ community.

We talked with the Blowtorch, the mastermind of some of the best parties in town, to find out about the upcoming events and what she's been up to lately. 

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[UPDATED] Tomahawk Tassels protested over Native-themed burlesque performance

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Tomahawk Tassels poses for an event poster
Beware of the hipster headdress. With more frequent sightings extending beyond Halloween, it has become a mass-merchandised fashion faux pas. Big names like Victoria's Secret, No Doubt, and Paul Frank Industries have been under fire recently for their alleged racist, misappropriated, displays of Native-themed culture.

All three have issued public apologies and avoided lawsuits, but Urban Outfitters wasn't so lucky.

Shortly after Minneapolis resident Sasha Houston Brown (Santee Sioux Nation) wrote her open letter to Urban Outfitters' CEO Glen T. Senk, the Navajo Nation brought suit against the company for trademark infringement, citing the "Navajo Hipster Panty" and the "Navajo Print Wrapped Fabric Flask" were "derogatory and scandalous."  

The lawsuit is pending. Brown, an academic advisor at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, continues to speak out about racism and violence against Indian women. When she saw that Shannon Edberg was organizing a protest this weekend of the "Cherokee Seductress" Tomahawk Tassels, there was no question-Brown had to show up and vocalize her support.

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Minneapolis Burlesque Festival: "This is a bigger, splashier show than the average burlesque show"

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This weekend is going to be fabulous.

Beginning today, the first annual Minneapolis Burlesque Festival takes over the Ritz Theater for three days packed with 80 of the very best burlesque performers from all over the world, along with a stacked lineup of drag, comedy, and aerial acts. In addition to the four sold-out shows, the festival will also feature classes for aspiring burlesque performers on everything from tassel twirling to glitter makeup.

Before the burlesque bash begins, event promoter (and performer) Gina Louise took a few minutes out of her insanely busy schedule to talk about the fest and what it means to the Minnesota burlesque community.

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