Nothing says Christmas like the melodious tones of classic R&B–centric carols. And nothing says downtown like feather fans and pasties. Joe’s Pub invites you to mix those two tastes together for this holiday show featuring the Brown Girls Burlesque troupe and a live soul band tackling holiday classics from the ’60s and beyond.
Yes, the performers (all women of color) are as sexy as they want to be, but these skilled dance artists are very much in control. Brown Girls Burlesque leader Chicava HoneyChild has developed a school called Sacred Burlesque that harks back to the historical roots of the art and nods to “sensual liberation and spiritual rejuvenation” as goals for dancers. Even more refreshing, her troupe promotes body types and standards of beauty that tend to be excluded from the generally more bourgeois (though perhaps not “bougie”) world of downtown performance art.
Like a silent film, one of the great joys of live burlesque is the music. Brooklyn singer and musician Nucomme prepared a set list that includes powerhouse spiritual and secular soul from Sharon Jones, James Brown, Albert King, Etta James, Clarence Carter, Miles Davis, and the Whispers. This risqué holiday wreath promises to be a treat for all the senses.
Why You Should Go: If you know a better way to celebrate the reason for the season than to get a martini at a cabaret room amid a burlesque show, I’d like to hear it.
Dirty Honey X-mas Featuring Brown Girls Burlesque and Nucomme
425 Lafayette Street (between Astor Place and East 4th Street), East Village
Saturday, December 2
Doors open at 9 p.m.; show at 9:30 p.m.
$20 in advance; $25 at door
’Tis the season for a spirited night in the East Village (or somewhere else).