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Seasonal Special Happenings

Burlesque Fest

When: Thu., Aug. 4 2011

Conceived as an homage to the Roxy burlesque house that once stood on East Ninth Street, the inaugural Ohio Burlesque Fest has drawn beauties from around the country, including St. Louis headliner Lola Van Ella (a.k.a. "the derriere beyond compare"). Also on the bill for this weekend's fan-dancing fest: Naughy Natanya from Chicago, Goldie Glitteratti from Fort Wayne, Elizabeth Couteau from Pittsburgh, and Bella Sin, the local force behind what she hopes will become an annual event. "People are going to be blown away by the performers," says Sin. "They are a true delight." Today's kick-off features a free 9 p.m. dance party at Twist Social Club (11633 Clifton Blvd.) with DJ Saint. The main event happens tomorrow at 9 p.m. at the Beachland (15711 Waterloo Rd.); tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. For a full schedule and to purchase tickets, check out — Kelly Maile