Frisky KC Burlesque Festival draws diverse dancers to the Uptown

Marisa MacKay wants to put Kansas City on the burlesque map — not that it isn’t there already, but MacKay wants to make sure it sticks.

And so Mackay and her husband, Scott Smith, are producing the second annual Kansas City Burlesque Festival, which gets under way Thursday and runs through Saturday at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway.

The headliners this year include Perle Noire of New Orleans, known for (among other things) her Josephine Baker tributes; Ilsa the Wolf of Tulsa, winner of Burlesque Queen of Kansas City at last year’s festival; LouLou D’vil of Finland; Lola Van Ella of St. Louis; Midnite Martini, an aerial performer based in Colorado; Lola Spitfire, also of Colorado; and Red Hot Annie of Chicago.

Other performers during the festival hail from San Francisco, Australia, New Zealand, Colorado Springs, Wichita and, of course, Kansas City. Among the local performers will be Annie Cherry and Damian Blake; Foxy Van Trapp; Hot Cocoa; Sweet Louise and Madame (aka Marisa MacKay).

Thursday’s masquerade ball emcee will be KC-based burlesque comedian Goldie Goldstein. On Friday, actress/director/comedian/chanteuse Missy Koonce does the honors. Also on Friday, neo-vaudevillian Dr. Sick (of New Orleans) will perform. And on Saturday the legendary Lucky DeLuxe will be the host of the festivities.

Tickets are available at

Ticketmaster.com KCBurlesque.com


Like ‘Peanuts’ but older

Ever wonder what the “Peanuts” characters would be like after puberty? Then you might want to check out Bert V. Royal’s “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” which began performances this week at the Living Room, 1818 McGee St.

Now, to be clear, the word “Peanuts” is never mentioned, nor do any of the characters go by the precise names familiar to readers of the long-running comic strip. But this “unauthorized parody” depicts kids with real problems — emotional disorders, mental health issues, sexual identity crises and so on. Bryan Moses directs. The actors: Bob Linebarger, Sean Hogge, Amanda Burkhart, Megan Turek, Phil Newman, Regina Weller, Kyle Dyck and Jessica Franz. Turek, by the way, is a busy costume designer making her local acting debut. And Weller is a scenic artist, model-maker and animator.

The show runs through May 13. Tickets are available at


. Call 816-533-5857.

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