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Of Peepshows and Freaksheauxs

The Burly Beat

As she prepares to unbutton for a new chapter of life, NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac issues her final NoDef dispatch. Here, she sizes up the state of NOLA burlesque, and, as always, provides some info on where to see some action tonight.

Queerlesque Brings NOLA Pride Week to St. Claude Ave.

by Mary-Devon Dupuy

Ladies, gentlemen, and those who fall somewhere outside of those narrow definitions, get ready for a weekend of fun in your honor. It’s Nola Pride in the Big Easy, and if the official pride parade isn’t queer enough for you, the Allways Lounge will be hosting Pride All-Stars: The Queerest of the Queer in honor of the proudest weekend of the year.

Hot Fun in the Summertime

The Burly Beat

Summer in New Orleans is typically a time of hibernation, even for those of us who run around half naked to begin with.  

5 Reasons Vegans are Sexy

The Burly Beat: NOLA Veggie Fest Edition

You know how we do—as one festival winds down, another one is gearing up in the wings, ready to kick our collective asses with more drinking and debauchery and, wait, what’s that you say?  This weekend is the NOLA Veggie Fest?  As in, a weekend devoted to health, healing, and wellness?

The Burly Beat Guide to JazzFest Burlesque

by Moxie Sazerac

While it’s true that burlesque and live music go together like sunburn and mango freezes, there are just a few select offerings for this year’s festers. This Saturday April 28 brings the return of Mistress Kali’s Freaksheaux to Geaux to the All Ways Lounge and Marigny Theatre. The circus flavored show, originally conceived as a one off fundraiser now cultivates the best in traveling and local sideshow and burlesque.

Hot Humanitarian Action

The Burly Beat

Greetings, lovies.  It seems like every uptight dude in a suit is talking lady bits these days, amiright?  Thankfully, the fringed and feathered females of our fair city are offering ways to support women locally, and the burlesque community is right there to lend a hand (and some leg, buns, and tassels…).

Vixens of Verse

The Burly Beat

NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac previews this week's happy marriage of Storyville and the Gold Mine Saloon: The Poetry Brothel.

Ruby Rage Revealed

The Burly Beat: An Interview with NOLA Burlesque's Country Cutie

NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac talks to local burly up-and-comer Ruby Rage about NOLA music in local burlesque, watching girls take their clothes off on the Internet, and her background in fire.

Carnival Finest

A Mardi Gras Costume Primer

To get ready for the season of Carnival costuming, we turn to a seasoned veteran who pounds the pavement in search of a perfect getup all year long: NoDef Burlesque Columnist Moxie Sazerac.

(Still More) Views from the Fringe

More Reviews From N.O. Fringe Fest Day 2 To Ease Your Weekend Picking Pains

In this second round of reviews from Day 2 of the New Orleans Fringe theatre festival, NoDef's team ran into zombies, dance, an empty refrigerator, and much more. All of the plays reviewed here play at least three more times throughout the weekend, so check them out when doin' your cipherin' on which of the 70 shows to choose.

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