The revival known as neo-burlesque celebrates comedy, dance, performance art and striptease -- picture Dita Von Teese, not Elizabeth Berkley from Showgirls. From May 17 to 19 the Show-Me Burlesque Festival features talent from the Midwest and beyond, with performers hailing locally and from such far-flung locales as San Francisco, Baltimore and Brisbane, Australia. Tickets can be purchased individually for events during the three-day festival, while a special V.I.P. package gives guests preferred seating for the three main events: the Show-Me Burlesque Gala at The Coliseum (2619 Washington Avenue), the Show-Me Spectacular at the Sheldon Concert Hall (3648 Washington Boulevard; 314-533-9900) and Carnivalesque/The Beggar's Carnivale at Casa Loma Ballroom (3354 Iowa Avenue; 314-664-8000), as well as general admission to the Late-Night Sexy Soiree and collectors' items. The kickoff Show-Me Burlesque Gala begins at 8 p.m. on May 17. Tickets range from $20 to $140. For more information visit www.showmeburlesque.com or call 314-632-6369.
May 17-19, 2012