Truce Is Beauty

Taking it all off is all in a day’s work for members of Colorado’s busy burlesque community. But the various troupes rarely mingle while they’re doing it, and many are downright competitive, because after all, a girl’s got to make a living! It would, therefore, take a very special cause for them to throw aside the ongoing rivalries and spats, one like tonight’s Salute to the Legends of Burlesque, which brings together burlesquers from the metro area, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Pueblo to benefit the Burlesque Hall of Fame in Las Vegas. More specifically, a portion of the funds raised at the event will be earmarked to help transport some of burlesque’s most treasured living legends to the Hall’s annual tribute weekend in June.

“There’s not much of a retirement plan for burlesque performers,” quips BurlyCute’s Cora Vette, who organized the Salute, which takes place in conjunction with a nationwide network of similar galas. “And I just hope that when I’m seventy or eighty years old, someone does it for me.” The Hall of Fame’s Living Legends, she adds, have so much to offer today’s neophyte burlesque girls in terms of advice: “They are really kind of amazing. I’ve met a few of them, and they were the coolest, most fun people.”

Such local stars as the lovely Midnight Martini, Vivienne VaVoom, Lola Spitfire and many others will star alongside hostess Cora Vette, beginning at 8 p.m. at Bender’s Tavern, 314 East 13th Avenue, in front of a giant video screen projecting the acts of the greats. That will set the stage ably for the modern interpretations: “I told everybody to bring their most classic pieces — the ones that are most consistent with what you’d see back in the day,” says Vette.

Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door; visit www.benderstavern.com. For more information, go to www.burlycute.com.
Thu., May 19, 8 p.m., 2011

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