Burlesque

This weekend: Satan's Angel's Ta Ta Flambe Tour raises eyebrows (and funds for the Colorado Burlesque Festival)

There are burlesque girls and there are legends. No question about which category Satan's Angel, the Devil's Own Mistress, Queen of the Fire Tassels belongs to. Perhaps the greatest tassel-twirler alive, 66-year-old Angel Cecelia Helene Walker retired at her prime, but decided to hit the road again in 2002, to do what no one else in their right mind would do: light her formidable "assets" on fire. And twirl like crazy.

Yes, it's a sight to behold:

That noted, it'll be a hot time in the old town tonight: Satan's Angel is here to help light a fire under the Colorado Burlesque Festival, and to that end, she'll perform tonight at a fundraiser with a bevy of local beauties, including Lola Spitfire, Fannie Spankings and more, as well as host Naughty Pierre at the Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake Street, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $20 (or $30 for VIP seating). An after-party with the legend follows at 11:30 p.m. at HER Bar, 629 Colfax Avenue, and is free with your ticket stub.

Tomorrow, the fiery one offers a master class for serious burlesquers at Lannie's, 1601 Arapahoe Street, from 2 to 4 p.m. (email Lola Spitfire for information and registration), and she'll finish up her stay with an evening reprise at Beauty Bar, 608 E. 13th Avenue; admission is $5 at the door. Try not to break the glass on the fire extinguisher, boys and girls.

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