Whatever the reason, here are the best girlie shows coming up in Birmingham.
DIRTY DANCING New Alexandra Theatre May 29 - June 3 Probably the ultimate girlie show is back at the Alex, because nobody puts Baby in the corner!
It has a mouthful of a name that could mean anything-- the International Independent Showmens Museum--but in reality it's all about the world of the midway, with its games of chance, Tilt-a-Whirl rides, corn dogs-- and yes, freaks and girlie shows.
The most eye-opening part of the museum concerns sex, specifically the girlie shows. As a child in East Texas, I can vaguely remember going to fairs and always being perplexed by the attraction that involved some scantily clad women in a tent.
Pickled Punks & Girlie Shows
comes from a fifty-year sideshow veteran who takes readers behind the scenes in his life as a showman.
Daschner alludes not only to "neo-burlesque"--a genre from 1990s New York that harked back to the Follies of the 1920s and '30s, the girlie shows
of the '40s, and burlesque striptease, but also to filmmaker John Waters and the artist Jurgen Klauke.
Burlesque may conjure thoughts of buxom blond bombshells in pasties and tassels, but the latest resurgence of these girlie shows
is all about diversity.
The two seaside resorts combined popular modernity, mass consumption, and a new collective experience while offering also traditional entertainments from dioramas, firework spectacles, and music and dance halls to freak and girlie shows
. They were sites of what we called "industrial saturnalia." Crowds there shared with their ancestors many saturnalian customs: food and drink in excess, social inversion, mockery, and a fascination with the supernatural and abnormal that provided psychological release for people who daily endured the rigors of scarcity, tedium, and the humiliation of authority.
One observer points out that, somewhat ironically, it was in providing musical settings for the girlie shows
at the Cotton Club that Ellington developed an orchestral depth and evocative depiction of exotic locations which set his music apart from the more conventional dance and swing rhythms of his competitors in big band jazz.
Many of the booths on the NATPE floor resembled the dressing rooms of Vegas girlie shows
, crowded with dozens of young women sporting bikinis and scanty attire.
And then there are more Girlie Shows
in the pipeline.
Do you put on wee-hour girlie shows
With dead stars of black and white films?