On Saturday, March 1st, I will be performing with some of Baltimore’s best burlesque performers at AREA 405 to raise funds to help support the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) presentation, “Workin’ the Tease: The Art of Baltimore Burlesque,” in partnership with the Modell Lyric Opera House. The ticketed fundraiser includes live burlesque performances by Mourna Handful, Cherie Nuit, Tapitha Kix, Sunny Sighed and Bal’d Lightning, and Hot and Bothered music, a themed dinner, and auctions of merchandise, memorabilia, and original artwork. Femme-cee for the evening is the exuberant Short Staxx and Sierra Ho and Kat Zotti from MICA’s burlesque troupe will serve as the stage kittens.

Proceeds from this event will help EDS further develop “Workin’ the Tease” and will kick off the celebration of Baltimore’s incredible burlesque scene. Tickets can be purchased here: http://eds.ticketleap.com/fundraiser/ . Please see the Facebook event page for updates.

Mourna Handful, The Sweetheart of Dark A delectable dichotomy of sweet and spice, Mourna Handful is a DC/MD/VA-based burlesque performer and a co-founder of Black Tassel Boolesque, who produce shows from the dark and decadent to the creepy and campy. She focuses on character and narration to create storytelling striptease that will make you scream with delight. Mourna made her way from wide-eyed audience member to onstage ecdysiast by way of Trixie Littleā€™s Burlesque Bootcamp. Since then she has performed up and down the East Coast and has appeared in the Jim Thorpe Burlesque Festival, the Pennsylvania Burlesque Festival, and ABSfest. She has been a three-time guest performer for Queen of Burlesque Angie Pontani's Burlesque-a-Pades and has shared the stage with 2012 King of Boylesque Russell Bruner and the incomparable compere Armitage Shanks, as well as musical acts Voltaire, Hellblinki, and This Way to the Egress. When you see this buxom contradiction of naughty and nice, be prepared to be whisked away to a storyland in another time and another place, and where the inhabitants are slightly naked.