Mystery, romance, glamour. Pull out the feather boas and garter belts; it's time to shimmy the night away in you slinkiest garb with your favorite Valentine or, maybe, the Valentine you're destined to meet. The Beat Vixens, who you read about in these pages not long ago, present Cupid's Coquettes, a Valentine's burlesque event at Nocturnum, slightly in advance of Valentine's Day, this Saturday, Feb. 11.
Co-producers Susie Kidd, also known as Madam Vixen Lily Rivers, and Kandice "Kandilicious" Morri are the Beat Vixens offering a classy spin on burlesque often with a hip hop twist. Kidd's definition of the striptease is more allure than getting buck-naked, invoking images of Gypsy Rose Lee, known for removing her elegant gloves and evening gown ever so slowly -- more tease than strip.
Augmenting the Vixens troupe are guest artists, all of them trained as dancers, among them Ramblin' Rose Pelosi, Kimberli Hudson as Lady Lustre, Lindsay Bond as Eden Goode, Jenni Nexus and Brian Smith.
Get ready for a rowdy evening of bawdy entertainment. The show also includes the local bellydance-inspired burlesque troupe Les Singes De La Mer and aerialist Silky Smith (Heather Lewis) who does her silk dance above the crowd.
There will be music: The ladies of Vidagua, plus vocalist Miss Gina Figueroa, with Jesse Jonathon on percussion and Zach Rye Stone on sax. Keeping things flowing: Marjhani as MC.
The Forget-Me-Not Photo Booth will be open for business with loaner costumes hanging inside (red satin bras with tassels and the like), so you can let lose your inner Vegas showgirl and vamp it up for an old-school photo strip. The Oracle will be on hand to read insight into your existence.
After selling out last year's Beat Vixens major production, Nocturnum has moved this event into their auspicious big room. Tables up front near the stage will be auctioned off, if being up close and personal is your thing. And when the show is over, DJ MXMSTR KRSHN2N will transform the nightclub dancefloor with dance music to take you and your Valentine further into the night.
The Beat Vixens present Cupids Coquettes on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Nocturnum, 206 West 6th St. Eureka. Advance tickets are $20, available at the Works in Eureka and The Lotus Café in Arcata; admission is $25 at the door. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org