The burlesque girls have on the suits and ties – well

New venue aims for class and sass

NANAIMO – Nanaimo exposes its classier side in a suit-and-tie burlesque affair at the new Voodoo Lounge.

Nanaimo exposes its classier side in a suit-and-tie burlesque affair at the new Voodoo Lounge.

Ruby Soda, hostess and producer of the show, said the evening will be reminiscent of the cabaret scene of the 1920s with all the glamour and glitz and an added dose of hot and sizzling.

“There will be boas, feathers, white gloves and a hint of the Moulin Rouge,” she added.

Performers of the neo-burlesque-revival include Gabriola Island’s Skandal Anna, Lalani Electrica, Roxy Lee, Poke A Hotness and a new talent from Vancouver, Goldie Luxe.

“It’s like the theatre,” said Soda. “Each girl has her own character and performance styles. Their stories are funny, kitschy and loaded with tease and reveal classics.”

Previously a favourite at the Rendezvous downtown, the production needed a new location when the restaurant closed last summer. The new venue above the Millstone Eatery and Catering, behind the Howard Johnson, provides a larger space and more opportunity for expanding the show.

At one time known as the Grizzly Bar, the new retro Voodoo Lounge will serve a dual purpose, providing a private lounge for rentals and catering as well as intimate evening events.

Darcie Callsen, floor and event manager, said she is excited to be opening the space once again and giving it a new personality and classier feel.

“It’s a great space we’re turning in to a show lounge,” she said. “We’ve got Ruby this month and starting in October we’ll be hosting a regular blues show.”

Tapas and full bar service will be available for the burlesque performance. And Callsen will be introducing the Voodoo lounge signature cocktail.

The show is set for Saturday (Sept. 21). Doors open at 7 p.m., with the show beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Millstone Eatery or through Ruby Rocket Productions for $15 or $20 at the door.

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