A burlesque battle royale The Main Event is a competition amongst some of the best in burlesque! Over $1,000.00 in prizes are up for grabs in this year's Howard Awards.
Awards may be given in the following categories:
Best Solo Performance
Best Group Performance
Performances are judged by the current Howard Award winners, alongside special guest judge Miss Mina Murray.
Feb. 11, 2017, 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Check out our fabulous Performers!
Boysinberry Cupcake will have your mouth watering in delight. This pint-sized cutie has been performing burlesque in the Bay Area for the past four years creating solo, duet, and group acts, along with dancing in Bombshell Betty's Showgirl Chorus. After five years of performing improv comedy, she discovered the art of sparkly things. She bought a few pounds of glitter and took to the stage to take it all off. Through burlesque she blends her love of comedy with a sultry tease. Boysinberry Cupcake is sinfully delicious.
From Texas to Toronto, Alaska to Australia this traveling temptress has been stealing hearts world wide. Born from the bright lights of Hollywood, LA's sexual intellectual is ready to teach you a thing or two. Are you ready to be schooled?
Chakra Tease, whose favorite philosopher is Socrates, began as a VaVaVette, with Cora Vette and the VaVaVettes. The VaVaVettes performed at Harrah's for Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend and at the House of Blues for the New Orleans Burlesque Festival. Locally Chakra performs at The Clocktower Cabaret. She has performed at the Colorado Burlesque festival for the past two years and was a soloist at the Ohio Burlesque Festival in 2013, performed and taught at the Great Burlesque Expo in Boston in 2015, 2016 and 2017, performed and taught at Southern Fried Burlesque, and performed at the Great Southern Exposure burlesque festival. In 2014 she became the choreographer as well as a performer for D'Sanez Productions "Feel This Moment" variety show. She was in the 2014 California Burlypicks, the 2016 Colorado Burlypicks, and the Golden Legends Champion Challenge in 2016.
DeeDee Queen is a drag queen trapped in a cis-woman’s body—a performing woman who is performing “woman.”
DeeDee Queen is rewriting her story, disrupting Diet Culture, and taking down the patriarchy by taking off her clothes in body positive burlesque, pole dance, and drag performances and classes around California’s Bay Area (and beyond!).
She recently took home a gold medal for “Entertainment” at the Pacific Pole Championships, and is a certified Pole Level 1 instructor through Elevated Education. She currently teaches body positive burlesque classes in person and over Skype.
Diamond DeVille started performing burlesque 6 years ago with the fabulous ladies of Lady Luck Burlesque. After moving to Portland ME a few years ago, she decided to take some time off to pursue other hobbies. She still performs as a solo artist from time to time, for special events and some festivals. In 2017 she competed for the first time at the GBE, and won the category of Most Beautiful.
Francine "The Lucid Dream" is a New England girl currently residing in New York City. She is a singer, burlesque performer and producer of The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque. Francine has performed in the New York Burlesque Festival as well as The Great Burlesque Exposition, winning "Angie Pontani's Favorite Act" in 2014. Recently, Francine has been seen on big and small screens alike in The Immigrant, Royal Pains & The Knick.
Chicago based burlesque and variety performer, this lightly alternative lady is a theme queen known to stop audiences in their tracks with her bulletproof booty. She creates heavily themed burlesque acts with variety elements through work as Production Manager of Dramageddon Arts in Chicago. Whether it is scary, nerdy, sassy or on fire, her style mashup will be sure to shock you. When you hear thunder it can only be, Kevlar Bitch, LIGHTNING
Lady Sapphire Noir (the sultry dark jewel of burlesque) is a burlesque singer, host and dancer from Los Angeles, California. A principal singer for The Dollface Dames cabaret and burlesque troupe. She primarily performs sing and strip acts but occasionally does dance only pieces. Known for her deep sultry sexy voice she has performed many shows in Southern California such as: The Bronzed Beauties of Burlesque, Peepshow Menagerie, WTF-lesque, TripTease, JamborTease, Babylon Cabaret and Monday Night Tease. She is the 2016 International Burlypicks Master of Singing winner.
Mary Strawberry is an internationally known award winning Atlanta, GA based theater artist. She finds herself at home both on the stage and behind it, and can be found sharing her art across North America. Whether performing, designing, building, or teaching, she is sure to inspire. Mary is a member of the Mayhem Femmes and the award-winning Greater Atlanta Goddess Society.
May is known as "The Sassiest Thing in New Orleans" and has been dubbed the "Cocoa Barbie" by Vita DeVoid of Florida. This lady has a larger than life personality and has been gracing the stages with nerdlesque, neo burlesque, and much more since 2011. A member of the Storyville Starlettes and The Bluestockings, she performs regularly at Burlesque Ballroom,Big Deal Burlesque, and many more independent shows and private events around NOLA.
With that said, May has started her own production by the name of Haus of MayHem that has traveled to Jackson, MS and will soon have a base in New Orleans. She has also begun a monthly production called Bohemian Burlesque at United Bakery Gallery which is the last Thursday of every month in NOLA.
Her solo debut has included performances at the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival, Arizona Burlesque Festival, Great Southern Exposure, and many other productions for the troupe BurlEscapades in Phoenix, AZ. She was recognized in 2015, as the Master of Tassels in the Louisiana Regional Burlypicks and is both the 2016 Shimmy Showdown Siobhan Atomica Brown Noser and Jeez Loueez Boo Bitch Bye award winner.
Performing since 2012, this winner of 2015 Colorado Burlypicks has been performing across the country in various shows and festivals-aptly titled the "Naughty Body of Burlesque" . She brings raunch to the stage in diverse, fun and sensual acts.
An artist in the truest sense. Fierce with passion and loaded with talent, this lightning bolt performer has been striking the stage with his electric presence for over a decade. He is definitely no stranger to getting his hands a little dirty, and has done just that all over the Midwest. With an extensive background in dance, theater and cabaret, his fearless, raw style is sure to make you sweat.
The dessert so rich, you can only survive one bite. OD Kimani.
Phaedra Black is a villainous seductress best known for her perilous contour hailing from Chicago. She formerly appeared on the Gorilla Tango Burlesque, and can regularly be seen performing at Ties 'n Tassels and Festival of Flesh. She is also a founding member and producer for Chicago's newest burlesque troupe The Better Boobie Bureau.
Roxxy Reckless is a published pin up model, award winning burlesque performer, and the producer of Triple Threat Burlesque based in Dallas Texas. She has been featured on stages throughout the US, and has been described by audiences as “strange and fascinating”. She began her burlesque career in 2014 under the tutelage of the world famous Ruby Revue. Known as the showgirl who just won’t stop, she is best recognized for her style which fuses classical elements from the golden era of burlesque with a modern edge and rock n’ roll attitude.
Ruby Mechant's wonderfully wicked presence has graced the stages of New York City's red hot burlesque shows for nearly four years. Based in NY via Italy she first danced with the bold and tantalizing troupe, The Pink Chardonnays, but quickly realized she wanted to forge her own scandalous style as a solo artist. She has twirled her sequined adorned tassels and frolicked at festivals from Vermont to Montreal. From the first peak of her seductive stems from behind a velvet curtain you will have no doubt that this Italian ingénue can turn on the red light. Ruby Mechant captivates audiences everywhere.
The fiery dame who cannot be tamed; watch your proximity or you may find yourself ablaze! Satine finds her flair in the art of the tease through channeling the sultry seductresses of the moulin rouge and the belle epoch. With twenty years of musical and theatre experience under her shimmy belt, Satine is no stranger to center stage. A published pinup model and photographer, Satine loves all things vintage.
Scarlett Letter has been dazzling the world since 2004 and stunning them even longer. Besides performing all over Southern California, she has been seen across North America and Europe. Awarded burlesque titles at The Great Burlesque Exposition and The Great Southern Exposure, she is also an award winning costumer and choreographer. Scarlett currently co-produces Peepshow Menagerie and The Naked Show (and Tell). Red hair, a vintage flair and very calculating feet are her calling cards.
A Chicago burlesque performer and model, Shimmy LaRoux is your bad girl with good home training. Bringing a combination of refined charm and exotic good looks, Shimmy is able to channel classic Hollywood, be playfully cheeky or serve fierce diva realness.
Raised on a steady diet of classic musicals and golden age science fiction, Trixie Santiago combines elegance and a sense of limitless possibilities. Inhabiting the space between yesterday and tomorrow, dress and undress, dreams and reality, she brings audiences along on a journey of ecdysiac transformation.
Trixie is a frequent performer at WTF Queerlesque. She has also performed at Rogue Burlesque's "Lucky 13" amateur burlesque competition, the Newcomers' Showcase at the 2014 Great Burlesque Exposition, and the Royal Court's New Talent Showcase.
UmA ShAdow - 馬A車道 International multi award-winning Boylesque Dancer
Performing around the world. In 2015, He won the 1st place in TheWorld Burlesque Games as a International Newcomer Crown and 1st prize and best costume award in Edmonton Burlesque Festival.
In 2016, He appeared Chaz Royal's 10th London Burlesque Festival as a Headliner and won the 1st Place-Crystal Corset Award at The 7th Annual Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, King of Burlesque at The 5th annual San Antonio Burlesque Festival and as well as Legend in the Making at The 4th Annual Hebden Bridge Burlesque Festival.
He also received 2nd runner-up at Golden Legend Champion Challenge, the title of Most Theatrical at Arizona Burlesque Festival, Most Original at Oklahoma City Burlesque Festival and Best Costume at Texas Burlesque Festival.
At Burlypicks World Championship 2016, He won The Burlesque People's Choice Award ; Burlesque Bitch of 2016 and Bronze Medal (2nd runner-up) - Best Overall.
Vanessa a "mature" gal who doesn't want to quit.... burlesque that is! She started her burlesque experiences about 4 years ago through classes with the Boston academy of burlesque education . Their classes led her to the Great Burlesque Expo where Vanessa has performed in the newcomers showcase. She has been a stage kitten for: the Great Burlesque Expo, Boston The New York City Burlesque Festival 2014, 15. Key West Florida's Burlesque and Pole Competition 2014. Perrformances: great burlesque Expo 2013-14 TeaseDay club Somerville Massachusetts Student Recital Showcase, Boston Academy of burlesque education Providence Rhode Island, Corrine Southern's Speak Easy show. Key West Florida's Burlesque and Pole competition performer 2015. Nurse Betty's in New York City and Boomers Bar in Las Vegas Nevada.
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