FRIDAY

Taking one’s clothes off for the entertainment of others never really goes out of style, does it? Though modern audiences hear “burlesque” and think “nekkid ladies,” the genre was actually the inspiration for vaudeville, with acts that incorporated elaborate scenery, music, comedy—and, of course, lovely lasses. While vaudeville removed the va-va-voom from these variety shows to become a bit more family-friendly, burlesque stayed true to its bawdy beginnings and always kept the “tease” in the strip. Burlesquefest is a first-of-its-kind national tour that celebrates the neo-burlesque movement—and promises enough sass and punch to knock memories of the ho-hum swing-dance revival out of your head for good. Highlighted performers include Catherine D’Lish (pictured, the “founding father” of the movement—and otherwise known as Miss Nude International), Miss Kitty Crimson (“Mae West for a new generation”), and Lola Lush (though with her touted ability to “turn her breasts into balls of fire,” it’s hard to know what to make of her profile’s claim that she’s “one of the best entertainers Canada has to offer”). Check the balance of naughty and nice when Burlesquefest comes to town at 8 p.m. Friday, June 13, at the 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. (703) 218-6500. (Tricia Olszewski)