Performing Arts

Show Me Burlesque Festival

When: Thu., May 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., May 19, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 20, 9 p.m. 2017

As the temperature climbs, St. Louis sheds its winter clothes and embraces the classic shorts 'n' sandals look. But the women and men of the Show Me Burlesque Festival don't need a seasonal change to take it off — an appreciative audience does the trick every time. The eighth installment of the popular burlesque extravaganza spreads across three days and multiple venues. The party officially starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Thaxton (1009 Olive Street) with the Speakeasy Soiree. At 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, Cherokee Street's 2720 (2720 Cherokee Street) hosts the Red Light District Revue. The candle is lit once again at 9 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Casa Loma Ballroom (3354 Iowa Avenue) for the show-stopping Spectaculaire. This year's featured performers include Midnite Martini, Annie Cherry, Dirty Martini and Gurl Haggard; the roster changes from night to night. Visit www.showmeburlesque.com to ensure you don't miss your favorite ladies and lads. Tickets start at $25 and go up to $120 for the VIP weekend pass good for all three shows.

Paul Friswold

Price: $25-$120