A shimmy for the ages: how a burlesque dance rankled Milwaukee

Published Sept. 12, 2013

Though so tame by current standards that Miley Cyrus wouldn't be caught dead doing it, a shimmy dance performed on a downtown stage 86 years ago was considered "shocking, suggestive, immoral, indecent and highly improper" by the cop that arrested Mary Karras for doing it.


Turner straps on Los Straitjackets

Published July 11, 2011

Mexican wrestling surf rock stars Los Straitjackets and The World Famous Pontani Sisters burlesque dance troupe play at Turner Hall Ballroom at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 20.


Gay, burlesque Circus Club puts down stakes in Milwaukee

Published May 21, 2011

The Circus Club, 906 S. Barclay Ave., will open on June 4 and bring a completely classy and sassy new nightspot to Brew City. The massive complex will feature three bars, a "fantasy" dance floor, live performers, DJs and tented lounges.


Masked Mexican wrestling returns to Milwaukee

Published Sept. 10, 2010

It's been two years since it debuted in Milwaukee at the Turner Hall Ballroom and if you still don't know what Mondo Lucha is, you'd best read on and catch up.


Saucy for a good cause

Published July 14, 2009

It might not have been quite as colorful as the likes of San Francisco's Barbary Coast or The Tenderloin in Manhattan, but there was a time when Milwaukee had its own pleasure quarter, and "Spectacular! Spectacular! A Burlesque Bash" is doing its damnedest to recreate those late-19th century days.


Foreplay Mondays steam up the start of the week

Published March 9, 2009

This January saw the launch of the Erotic Milwaukee Show's Foreplay Mondays and let's just say that the start of the work week has never been so steamy. It goes down every Monday at the Miramar Theater, 2844 N. Oakland Ave., but it's got the sauciness of a Saturday night. In fact, it's probably the most action you're going to get all week.


Interview with a burlesque dancer

Published Sept. 25, 2008

Meet Ava Von Sweets, a burlesque performer who likes to perform -- and get super sassy -- for Milwaukee audiences. Von Sweets is in the Alley Cat Revue, a new Brew City burlesque group with two upcoming performances at Stonefly Brewery.


Mondo Lucha is much more than Mexican wrestling

Published Sept. 23, 2008

The Mondo Lucha Variety Show draws inspiration from performance art's strange, seedy past with enough retro kitsch to fill a historic ballroom. It takes the art of Mexican Lucha Libre wrestling, the sass of burlesque, and the curious intrigue of carnival freak shows and throws them into a blender to create a nonsensical, yet totally mesmerizing experience.