/ The DC Traveler
Washington DC — By Jon Rochetti on June 25, 2010 at 3:15 am
Filed under: dance, nightlife, The Arts, theater

Burlesque-A-Pades Invades DC

Burlesque-A-Pades, a throwback to the glamorous days of Burlesque is coming to Washington DC.

The show, featuring the World Famous Pontani Sisters and their precision choreography and over-the-top costumes.  Known for their high-kicking, syncopated tapping, and sexy go-go style shimmies, the thee sisters will be joined by Kitten Queen of the Shakes DeVille, and the twirling tassels of the sexy Peekaboo Pointe.

Pontani Sisters  westernAdditional acts, including acrobatics from Trixie Little and the Evil Hate Monkey plus a couple other acts performing in just one show at The Birchmere, in Alexandria, Virginia.

The show will be hosted by Mr. Showbiz Murray Hill, a polyester suit wearing, throwback Vegas lounge comedian from Brooklyn.

Accompanying the acts will be the 3-piece 9 instrument Fisherman Xylophonic Orchestra and it’s eclectic sounds ranging from 1960s surf music to Jewish polka tunes — just the right sound for non-stop burlesque.

The genre-blending one-man singer-songwriter-accordion-rocker Corn Mo will also be performing, perhaps even performing his hard-rock version of Hava Nagila.

The show is bound to be campy, cute, clever and of course sexy.  With some of the best burlesque dancers in the business bringing the classic 1950s glamour back into entertainment, how can it not be an titillating night of retro fun.

Burlesque originated in the mid-1800s as an alternative to high-brow entertainment and theater.  It involved a series of comedy and singing acts, skits, jugglers or acrobats and the main attraction,  scantily-dressed dancers.

Burlesque houses were also a proving ground for comics as they honed their craft before moving on to larger venues and to Hollywood.  Household names such as Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, W.C. Fields, Red Skelton, and Bob Hope all did time in burlesque.

Burlesque-A-PadesThe Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia  (map)

Date & Time – Sunday, July 25, 2010, 7:30 pm

Tickets – $29.50 and are available online.

Nearest Metro Subway Station - Pentagon City – Blue and Yellow lines, then a 5-mile cab ride.

Parking - Limited free lot parking and street parking is available.

Image – courtesy of the Pontani Sisters,

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