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September 30
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October 1, 2023

The Charm City Burlesque & Variety Festival

The first annual Charm City Burlesque & Variety Festival (CCBVF) runs Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1 at Baltimore’s Creative Alliance, home to some of Baltimore’s first burlesque and variety shows.

Burlesque is many things. It is sexy. It is sly. It is seductive. It shines a light on the morals and foibles of modern life and mocks them openly. In Baltimore, burlesque is all of those things, and it is also unabashedly weird, strange, dark, funny and a little bit twisted. Baltimore’s burlesque and variety stages have always welcomed the different and the avant-garde. Baltimore marvels in the filthy, the strange, the strangely beautiful, and the sometimes questionable, and it makes it its own. The CCBVF celebrates all.
Additional performances for all 3 shows TBD! All performances will showcase our DMV burlesque & variety community!

FRI SEP 29 | 8PM | Filthy Gorgeous Variety
The festival kicks off with a celebration of the weird and twisted side of Baltimore’s burlesque and variety scene. Expect to be both titillated and uncomfortable at the same time, in the most delicious way possible.
Hosted by: Maki Roll & Kittie Glitter
Featured performances by: Essential Tease Instructor: Ruby Rockafella, Producer of Twisted Knickers: Tapitha Kix, “The Doll of DC” BeBe Bardeaux

SAT SEP 30 | 8PM | The Tell-Tale Masquerade
Masquerade with us through the eerie ambiance on Saturday night. Don your finest attire and join the sinister mischief makers and the dreamers as we take you on a journey into all that is dark and whimsy.
Let us entice you and titillate your senses with bewitching acts of burlesque, belly dance, sideshow, circus, and drag! Stick around after the show for a dance party with DJ Villainess as she spins dark beats and hypnotic rhythms.
Hosted by: Eden & Aurora Gorealis
Featured performances by: Producer of Art of the Belly: Naimah, Producer of Baltmore’s Best Burlesque Troupe-Gilded Lily Burlesque: Maria Bella, Miss-Disa-Burly-Tease: Jacqueline Boxx, Baltimore’s Award-Winning pole performer: Crystal Black

SUN OCT 1 | 2PM | Drag Me To The Stage
Drag shows are some of the hottest-themed events to hit the LGBTQIA+ community. From an underground scene to a pop culture phenomenon, drag shows have had many faces. Featuring performances from the drag glitterati across the DMV area, it’ll be an occasion to remember filled with music and dance that’ll leave you feeling entertained and delighted.
Hosted by Betty O’Hellno
Featured performance by Drag Legend: Cinnamon

The CCBVF runs Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 and is produced by performers Maria Bella, Tapitha Kix and Bella La Blanc. The three-day event will include performances, classes, lectures, and panels celebrating the history, art, and people of Baltimore’s wonderful, weird, and diverse burlesque and variety performing arts.

The festival is inclusive, respectful, and cognizant of the people and places who have helped make Baltimore burlesque and variety what it is today – this especially includes the voices of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ performers, vendors, and partners who have been an important part in both the planning and execution of all events associated with the festival. The CCBVF includes a committee that provides a forum for committed burlesque & variety community members to advise, inform, and offer critique to the festival.

Creative Alliance

Ticket Types: Weekend Pass • Early Bird $85 • Members Early Bird $80 • Full Price $100 • Members Full Price $90 • Festival Supporter $250 General Admission to Each Show • Early Bird $30 • Members Early Bird $27 • Full Price $35 • Members Full Price $32 Virtual Tickets for Each Show • Virtual Streaming $10

3134 Eastern Avern6927 Bank Street
Baltimore, 21224