Sis boom bah: It's Trixie Little's burlesque show

Expect lots of acrobatics, tap dance and comedy

Stage: theater, music, dance

July 01, 2004|By Katie Leslie | Katie Leslie,SUN STAFF

What's more American than apple pie? How about apple pie with a side of burlesque?

If this sounds like more fun than fireworks, check out Trixie Little's Stars and Stripes Show on Saturday at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson.

Charm City's own burlesque star, Trixie Little, is slated to perform with her sidekick, the Evil Tap-Dancing Hate Monkey, and New York's "World Famous Pontani Sisters" at a show with a July Fourth theme.

"This show is going to be lots of fun, like the seedy side of Mayberry," says Little, also known as Keri Burneston, 28, who along with her boyfriend, 25-year-old Adam Krandle, created the characters of superhero Trixie and her foil, the Hate Monkey, almost three years ago. "There will be lots of acrobatics, tap dance and lots of comedy. Some skits are narrative, and others are just fun, but all are set to music."

Baltimore's Rodney the Pie Guy is emceeing the event, and his "Dangerously Delicious Pies" will be available by the slice (in flavors including, natch, apple). Between sets, the Swingin' Swamis will serve the crowd their jazzy sounds.

But the real treat, says Burneston, will be the Pontani Sisters, a trio of New York-based women, famous in certain circles for their trademark go-go boots, false eyelashes and high-energy choreography. The sisters are scheduled to perform five dance numbers in the show, an hour-and-a-half extravaganza that includes music by George M. Cohan and an All-American striptease on a trapeze.

Burneston, a Maryland native, created her alter-ego Trixie Little after performing with Fluid Movement, a Baltimore dance troupe geared toward "kitschy things, like water ballets," she says. "That's where I got my training. But I started to want to do things with less people that were edgier, wanting to explore the notion of sexuality. It just made sense for me to get into burlesque."

Burneston, who is part of the current "neo-burlesque" movement, says that while her show is not appropriate for children, it is cleaner than more extreme burlesque, which often includes full nudity. Burneston's barest costumes include a variety of "pasties" and 1940s-esque bloomers, while the Pontani Sisters never go barer than their bras.

As of late, Burneston and Krandle have been garnering wider fame in the burlesque community, each getting a win at the New York Burlesque Festival Golden Pastie Awards, Krandle for "Best Derriere" and Burneston for "Best Role Model for Girls and Boys Everywhere."

Show times at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., are 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 ($12 for Creative Alliance members). For more information or advance tickets, call 410-276-1651 or visit www.

For more theater, classical music and dance events, see Page 31.

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