If you haven’t sorted out a Valentine’s date yet (and you know who you are, out there), this one’s for you. How about a luscious dessert, glass of wine, shopping op for the girls, a scantily-clad burlesque show and a live DJ’d dance party afterward, all in the one venue? Yep, it sounds good, and the good news is there are still tickets. It’s the “Sweet and Spicy Valentine’s Day Burlesque” show at the Pantages next Tuesday night, featuring Tacoma’s Gritty City Sirens and Olympia’s Tush.
Even better, the whole evening is a benefit for both the Broadway Center’s theater programming and the YWCA, which works to eliminate racism, empower women and protect them and their families from domestic violence.
A burlesque show for the YWCA? You bet.
“I thought the positive messaging around body image acceptance and empowerment in burlesque would be a good fit, albeit non-traditional, with our vision,” says YWCA marketing manager Kelly McDonald. “I approached the Gritty City Sirens and they wanted to help, and got Tush involved. The show also allows us to tap a new demographic of ongoing supporters from attendees who may not know about our life-changing work.”
Plus it’ll give anyone who attends a raunchy good time. Since they started last year the Gritty City Sirens have been the toast of many smaller Tacoma venues such as The Swiss and Jazzbones. The five lacily-dressed ladies (Ava D’Jor, Rosie Cheex, Tizzy Van Tassel, Funny Face Fanny and Polly Puckerup) do the usual burlesque thing, which includes caricature, bawdy comedy and sensual dance. Olympia’s Tush troupe (Hattie Hotpants, Frida Fondle, Lowa DaBoomBoom, Princess LuckyButtons, and Ginger Smack) adds in diversity: The group aims to represent “women of all ages, body types and cultural identities…mesh(ing) together in a performance that validates individual representations of beauty,” according to the press release.
What’s cool about Tuesday’s show is that tickets have been selling so well the Broadway Center has moved it from Theatre on the Square to the Pantages.
“We’re completely thrilled to perform in the Pantages,” says Gritty City Sirens’ Ava D’Jor (the TNT uses stage names to protect the performer’s offstage lives). “The lighting will be more proper, the stage the right size…people can sit and see it properly.”
Every act will be a new one, says D’Jor, and performed to live music mixed onstage by local DJ Oliver Doriss, who’ll keep mixing afterward for an onstage dance party.
And for an hour before the show starts at 8:30 p.m., patrons can enjoy the dessert and glass of wine that the ticket includes, plus shopping opportunities for wine, chocolates, flowers, jewelry, clothes by Tacoma’s London Couture and cupcake bath bombs by local company Feeling Smitten.
“Sweet and Spicy” begins 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14, show at 8:30 p.m. $40. 21+. Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org