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Burlesque and Queerlesque and Boylesque, Oh My! THE ART OF BALTIOMORE BURLESQUE BY LYN MULDROW Burlesque, the vaudevillian offshoot of striptease, comedy, and counterculture, tickled many a bootlegger’s fancy back in the Roaring ‘20s. This month, the risqué art of storytelling takes center stage in Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Workin’ The Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque. The exhibition, which highlights burlesque’s scintillating history in Baltimore will be on full frontal display April 22–May 7 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric. With over 70 intricate pieces of living history on display, Workin’ the Tease will include historical artifacts from The Block in Baltimore, as well as contemporary costumes, posters, and photographs. Additionally, several companion events are scheduled during the exhibitions run, including a Best of Baltimore Burly-Q reception and performance at the Lyric on April 22, which will highlight the city’s best and barest in contemporary and classic burlesque. The idea for the exhibition was conceived by the practicing art curators of MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) and serves as a means for MICA students and patrons to learn more about the evolution of burlesque in Baltimore, from Baltimore Street’s bustling scene in the early 20th century to its current raunchy redux. “Workin’ the Tease is first and foremost an art exhibition, and the students are basically training to be art curators,” said Jeffry Cudlin, EDS Instructor at MICA. “The night of burlesque is a component of the larger show­—a major one, to be sure.” As a precursor to drag and one of the oldest art forms to embrace unique gender expressions, burlesque exudes progressive thinking by way of comedic caricatures of society. Included in the exhibition’s Best of Baltimore event are queerlesque and boylesque performances, to emphasize the generational and historical importance of gender fluidity in this art form. “Though not recorded in many of the history books, queerlesque, boylesque, and their corollary drag have always been a part of burlesque,” said Sydney Lewis, a performer who will be part of Workin’ The Tease and veteran BALTIMOREGAYLIFE.COM

of the queerlesque and burlesque scenes. “As burlesque became more about the stripping, drag queens, transwoman, and cisgender burlesque performers often appeared side-by-side especially in the carnival and roadshow circuits. [Now,] many of the shows I have been involved in emphasize queerlesque, boylesque, and drag as integral parts of burlesque.” As part of the exhibition, Lewis, who transforms into Dr. Ginger Snapz on stage, will be performing Prince’s “Baby I’m a Star.” Many acts use contemporary music—particularly pop music—combined with a classic burlesque aesthetic. “I like the juxtaposition of old glamour with contemporary music,” Lewis mused. Additionally, the exhibition will include a panel discussion with burlesque performers and a workshop on the history of printing and historical burlesque posters as presented by the Globe Poster Printing Corporation and hosted by MICA. “The best contemporary Baltimore performers are definitely out to reclaim and re-deploy the elements of traditional burlesque that seemed threatening to early audiences,” said Cudlin. “Baltimore Burlesque can be funny, and can feel like old time vaudeville, but it also offers a space for reflection on gender, sexual identity, and transgression.” WORKIN’ THE TEASE Tues., April 22–Weds. May 7 • Free The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric 140 W. Mount Royal Ave.

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Women’s Programs



A safe, respectful, confidential environment where all transmen can share their story and their journey. 2nd Wednesdays - 6pm


A support group for trans* men (FTM). 3rd Thursdays - 6:30pm


A support group for trans* women (MTF), but anyone who varies from traditional gender expression is welcome. 2nd & 4th Saturdays - 8pm


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ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS LGBTQ centered AA recovery groups, welcoming to all. Mondays - 7:15pm Thursdays - 8:30pm Saturdays - 6:30pm



A safe, confidential, and supportive space for LBTQ women of all colors. 2nd, 4th, & 5th Thursdays - 7:30pm


A support, social, and discussion group for LGBTQ teens and allies ages 13-19, in partnership with PFLAG Baltimore. Tuesdays - 7-9pm RYABaltimore


(QUEER YOUNG ADULT GROUP) A discussion, support, and social group for young adult LGBT identified or questioning individuals and their allies. Tuesdays - 5:30-6:30pm

Men’s Rap group for men in recovery. Sundays - 11:30am

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Gentle beginners’ yoga with instructor Tim Hurley, RYT. $9 Sundays - 3:30pm


FREE and confidential testing from the Baltimore City Health Dept. Wednesdays - 5-8pm


SILhouette (Spiritually In-tuned Lesbians) is a spiritual community of women who love women desiring to discover, embrace and live as their spiritual-authentic self. 1st and 3rd Tuesdays - 7pm

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A free, weekly, peer-led support group for HIV-positive individuals in the LGBT community. Wednesdays - 7-8pm


A welcoming book club for LGBTQ individuals to discuss selected readings. Due to snow cancellation last month, the selection will again be Local Souls by Allan Gurganus 3rd Mondays - 7pm groups/139583666184199

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