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Hot New Quad-Cities Troupe, Taboo Burlesque, Debuts Saturday!

June 10th, 2021
Hot New Quad-Cities Troupe, Taboo Burlesque, Debuts Saturday!

Karen Westmoreland and Andrea Stueve are super-friendly moms, who have regular jobs and kids, but when they get on stage, they literally become someone else – uninhibited, unpretentious, fun-loving burlesque dancers. Westmoreland, 45, who performs as Kinky Taboo, and Stueve, 40, who is Kitty Bardot, are burlesque veterans who are leading a brand-new troupe – Taboo Burlesque. They make their debut Saturday, June 12 at 8 p.m. at the Village Theatre, Village of East Davenport. The 100-capacity in-person show is sold out, but you can livestream it for just $5 – reserve your ticket HERE. “There’s... Read More

‘The Ghost Of Vaudeville’ Bids Goodbye At This Weekend’s Burlesque At Rock Island’s Speakeasy

April 30th, 2021
'The Ghost Of Vaudeville' Bids Goodbye At This Weekend's Burlesque At Rock Island's Speakeasy

The Ghost of Vaudeville is fading away, at least for now. After a decade as the emcee and co-leader of the Bottoms Up Burlesque Troupe, Joshua Kahn, “The Ghost of Vaudeville,” is doing his last shows this weekend, before taking an extended sabbatical to celebrate the birth of his child and to spend time with his wife and family. Bottoms Up announced the move about a month ago on social media, after Kahn had announced it live at their late March shows. They posted: “Well the cat is out of the bag, and the Ghost of Vaudeville is leaving the building. After dedicating 10 years of... Read More

Bottoms Up Burlesque Invites You To Masquerade At Rock Island’s Speakeasy!

April 30th, 2021
Bottoms Up Burlesque Invites You To Masquerade At Rock Island's Speakeasy!

Join Bottom’s Up Burlesque as they present their MASQUERADE show Friday and Saturday at the Circa ’21 Speakeasy, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island! This show will include your favorite BU members and special guest performers! Join them for a fun filled night with masks they actually want to wear! Your favorite QC burlesque troupe will keep you on the edge of your seat while they tantalize and entertain you! Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 the day of the show. Doors open at 7 and the show begins at 8 both nights. You can order tickets online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com. Due to COVID regulations... Read More

Davenport’s Village Theatre To Host Burlesque Variety Show Tonight

July 24th, 2020
Davenport's Village Theatre To Host Burlesque Variety Show Tonight

Rein Razer participated as a guest performer at the last burlesque show at the Village Theatre – a March 14 gig from the new Crystal Crown Cabaret – and the Rock Islander is back organizing a special return, Friday, July 24 at 8 p.m. The theater is at 2113 E. 11th St., Village of East Davenport. Rein Razer’s Court of Royalty was originally intended to be an online-only show, to help out her community performers, as most shows and events have been canceled due to Covid. Now that things are beginning to open back up, Razer has teamed up with the Village Theatre to produce a showcase that can... Read More

Circa ’21 Proves the Show Must Go On – Outside

June 12th, 2020
Circa ’21 Proves the Show Must Go On – Outside

Even though it’s been closed nearly three months, Circa ’21 Dinner Playhouse got a pretty great 43rd birthday present Thursday, June 11. Within a day of announcing it, the theater sold out all tables (totaling about 140 people) for its unique “Music on the Marquee” cabaret on Sunday, June 21. “The public is hungry to see activity in the arts,” Ron May, music director of Circa’s not-yet-produced “Saturday Night Fever,” said Thursday – which also happens to be the 43rd anniversary of his marriage to wife Cindy. Ironically, they wed (at Davenport’s Trinity Cathedral) the same... Read More

Q-C Burlesque Dancer Reveals More Than Skin in First Novel

May 25th, 2020
Q-C Burlesque Dancer Reveals More Than Skin in First Novel

Despite its title, there’s not a ton of burlesque in “Burlesque River,” a new romance novel set in the Quad-Cities, penned by veteran burlesque performer Kitty Bardot. There are key club scenes — at the start and near the end of this beautifully written book (part of a planned series) — that reflect the raunch, playfulness, camaraderie, the yearning to be someone different and glamorous, and the ecstatic high you get on stage with an appreciative audience. But the bulk of the 173-page debut novel, released in April by Boroughs Publishing (which specializes in romance fiction),... Read More

Speakeasy Debuting ‘(Not So) Newlywed Game Show’

June 23rd, 2019
Speakeasy Debuting '(Not So) Newlywed Game Show'

For the last eight years, The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island has been the diverse entertainment venue in the Quad Cities!  From Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque and Manscape (the area’s only male burlesque revue) to Windy City Dueling Pianos, Viva La Divas Drag Show, The Manny Lopez Big Band, countless stand up comedy and improv comedy shows and monthly trivia contests, there is truly something for everyone at The Speakeasy! The theater is thrilled to announce its newest show THE (NOT SO) NEWLYWED GAME SHOW. The first performance will be on Saturday, June 29. This will be similar... Read More

Luck Be Several Ladies! Burlesque Roulette Scores At Speakeasy

August 16th, 2017
Luck Be Several Ladies! Burlesque Roulette Scores At Speakeasy

The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island is excited to welcome back Bottoms Up Burlesque to the stage this weekend with two all new shows!  On Friday night the members of the recently completed Bottoms Up school of Burlesque will be showcasing what they have learned in their very own show!  On Saturday, the show cast returns with all the performers you love in a show like never before – Burlesque Roulette!  The performers won’t have idea what number they will be performing to until the show emcee spins the wheel to determine their song.  “We are really excited about these two shows” said... Read More

Pianos and Burlesque Headline Speakeasy

June 14th, 2017
Pianos and Burlesque Headline Speakeasy

The Speakeasy in downtown Rock Island has an exciting weekend of entertainment planned this Friday and Saturday night! Tickets for both shows can be reserved by calling 309-786-7733, Ext. 2 or online at www.thecirca21speakeasy.com.   FRIDAY NIGHT – WINDY CITY DUELING PIANOS Windy City Dueling Pianos combines high-energy live music played on two pianos by highly skilled and talented players! The performers, hailing from Chicago and across the Midwest, have decades of dueling piano experience performing in nationally renowned clubs! The musicians play off each other in the traditional... Read More

Bottoms Up Celebrates Fifth Birthday This Weekend

January 19th, 2017
Bottoms Up Celebrates Fifth Birthday This Weekend

It’s bottoms up for Bottoms Up this weekend as the local burlesque troupe throws down some drinks in cheers of five years on stage bringing entertainment to the Quad-Cities, and continues the legacy with shows Friday and Saturday. Five years ago a group of young performers all of whom shared a love of burlesque decided to join together and form their own troupe.  That troupe became known as Bottom’s Up Quad City Burlesque.  Five years later performers have come and gone but Bottom’s Up still continues to entertain Quad City audiences. “I remember the first phone call I received... Read More