Dixie Evans and Joan Arline to appear at ‘Gypsy Centennial’
The honored guests attending the upcoming Gypsy Rose Lee Centennial Celebration just got even hotter: the event’s producer The Swedish Housewife announced today that burlesque legend Dixie Evans will be in attendance. Not only that, Joan Arline (The Sexquire Girl, who once upon a time performed with two Russian wolfhounds) will perform alongside modern-day trailblazers Catherine D’Lish, Lily Verlaine, and Inga Ingénue.
The multi-media celebration doubles as a fundraiser for The Burlesque Hall of Fame, the Las Vegas museum dedicated to preserving the history of not only Gypsy (who incidentally, was born in Seattle), but the many other glamorous outlaw performers whose colorful lives made a lasting mark on history. Actress/singer Sarah Rudinoff will read from American Rose: The Life and Times of Gypsy Rose Lee, the forthcoming biography by Karen Abbott, and there will be a special video presentation created for the event by Deirdre Timmons (director of “A Wink and a Smile”).
There are scads of reasons to attend this show, not the least of which is that it will be hosted by Miss Astrid, my personal favorite burlesque emcee of all time. One of the original performers with The Velvet Hammer- the infamous LA troupe that helped ignite the current era of neo-burlesque- Miss Astrid has a devilish wit that no one is spared from- not even The Swedish Housewife, who brought her to Seattle last summer for Mid-Century Modern.