Win, Wink

A new film follows women learning the art of the tease.

Are you curious about the current burlesque renaissance and the women who are learning to take it off? If so, you won’t want to miss A Wink and a Smile, a documentary opening tonight at Starz FilmCenter in the Tivoli, complete with an appearance by Denver’s own burlesque queen (and teacher!), Michelle Baldwin, aka Vivienne VaVoom.

“The film actually follows a class from Miss Indigo Blue’s Academy of Burlesque, which is similar to the kind of classes that I do here,” explains Baldwin. The participants comprise a homemaker, a doctor, a reporter, an opera singer, a taxidermist and a college student, all looking to learn a little bit about letting go.

“It’s something I see every month in my classes,” Baldwin continues. “I get people from all walks of life, and it’s funny to see. There are people who are ready to jump in — they already have a name and everything — and there are some people who do it because it’s something totally out of their world.”

Catch A Wink and a Smile through May 21 at Starz; Ms. VaVoom will perform a fan dance and answer post-film questions at tonight and tomorrow night’s 7:30 p.m. screenings. Tickets are $6 to $7.50; call 303-595-3456 or visit www.denverfilm.org for more
May 15-21, 2009

 
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