Miss Exotic World Pageant 2007: The World's Premier Burlesque Event
June 8 To 10
Various Venues In Las Vegas, NV
From Exotic World:
Encompassing three days and nights of performances, parties, and other special events, The Burlesque Hall of Fame's annual
Exotic World Weekend is set to kick off on Friday, June 8. For many participants, Exotic World Weekend is something akin to a spiritual
pilgrimage--they come every year from all four corners of the globe, to meet, greet and compete with one another for the most
coveted title in bump'n'grind: Miss Exotic World, the Reigning Queen of Burlesque.
Source: Exotic World Press Release
'We were looking for a way to let people know that we are here, as well as what we're celebrating and what burlesque is all
about,' said Hall of Fame spokesperson, Laura Herbert. 'These days, people tend to think the term applies to just about every
form of adult entertainment, but that's a total misnomer. Sure, most burlesque is a bit risque, but it's also sassy, surprising
and even a bit silly.'
The festivities are set to begin with a world record attempt worthy of the five decades of over-the-top spectacle they are
celebrating, as a multigenerational mix of Hall of Famers and aspiring starlets model 'The World's Longest Boa'--clocking
in at just over 1/2 mile. Doubled upon itself, the boa (provided by key event sponsor Ostrich.com) will run the entire length of the Fremont Street Experience.
Participation in the stunt is open to the general public, and is a precursor to the weekend's main event, which takes place
on Saturday, June 9. Winkingly referred to as 'The Anatomy Awards,' the Miss Exotic World Burlesque Pageant is both the longest-running
and most prestigious event of its kind. Far from your average 'strip show' the competition draws a wide range of performers,
representing an impressive variety of ages, body types and performance styles - everything from the elegant, ballet-inspired
striptease popularized by Sally Rand and Lili St. Cyr to fire-eating, circus-caliber hula-hooping, ribald comedy and gravity-defying
Ostrich.com is where the old school meets new: where nubile starlets still breaking in their g-strings can bump and grind alongside the
few surviving legends who enjoyed fame throughout the art form's Golden Age (1920s-'50s). 'Retired burlesque legends are a
close-knit bunch,' says 80-year-old Dixie Evans, curator of the Burlesque Hall of Fame, once dubbed 'The Marilyn Monroe of
Burlesque' by none other than legendary promoter Harold Minsky. 'The new generation is eager to learn about our heritage and
the 'legends' love to come back to the pageant--they enjoy knowing that people care about preserving their memory.'
In addition to hosting an all-star cast of the world's best neo-burlesque acts, the event attracts top-flight celebrity emcees,
judges and other guests, including this year's host, cult music icon El Vez, as well as such legendary bombshells as Tempest
Storm, Tura Satana (Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!) and Kitten Natividad (www.kittenclub.com)
- who will be headlining Friday's Striptease Reunion Showcase, an evening of once-in-a-lifetime tributes to and appearances
by some of vintage burlesque's biggest names.
Other activities scheduled throughout the weekend include a Burlesque Bazaar (June 8 & 9, from 11am-4pm); Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art
School live figure drawing event, hosted by Dr. Sketchy founder, Molly Crabapple; a walking Pinup Photo Safari with photographer
Don Spiro; a pinup & burlesque-themed 'breast casting' (in conjunction with Keep-A-Breast, proceeds from the sale of which
be donated to breast cancer research in the name of stripteasers affected by the disease) ; and an afternoon book signing
with authors Dita Von Teese (www.dita.net)
(Burlesque & the Art of the Teese) and Liz Goldwyn (Pretty Things: The Last Generation of American Burlesque Queens). Additionally,
the Atomic Todd Gallery will be feature an exhibit of the late Liz Renay's paintings, as well as a display of select treasures
from The Burlesque Hall of Fame collection.
Tickets for Exotic World Weekend are available via Ticketweb.com. General admission tickets are $35/advance, $45/day of show for the Striptease Reunion (Friday) and $45/advance, $55/day
of show for Miss Exotic World (Saturday). The 50th Annual Striptease Reunion (Friday) will take place at the Shag Showroom
at the Plaza Hotel & Casino, 1 South Main Street. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show begins at 8:00 p.m. The 17th Annual Miss Exotic
World Pageant will take place at Krave, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m. There
are no tickets being sold to the Sunday Night Closing Gala & Poolside Dance Party.
About The Burlesque Hall Of Fame
The Burlesque Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our mission is to inspire, educate and entertain the
public, fostering an appreciation for and understanding of the unique history and heritage of Classic American Striptease--including
but not limited to the art, artifacts and personal histories of Burlesque's biggest names and brightest stars.
In 2006, the Burlesque Hall of Fame relocated from Helendale, California to Las Vegas, Nevada--in hopes of establishing a
permanent, first-rate tourist attraction and research/exhibition space for our one-of-a-kind collection.
For a complete schedule of events or more information about the Exotic World Weekend and Burlesque Hall of Fame, please visit
the Exotic World website at www.exoticworldusa.org.