Episode 35: The Burlesque Hall of Fame with Museum Director Dustin M. Wax

When I was in Vegas I got to see the Burlesque Hall of Fame, And, I was lucky enough that the director Dustin M. Wax agreed to sit down and talk to me. We talked about how the museum came to exist, why it’s important, a little bit about some of these amazing performers, how gender plays out in the neo-burlesque movement and the previous incarnations, as well as some advice for aspiring performers and so much more.

When you are in Las Vegas, you should plan on a visit, it’s right in the Downtown Arts District, easy to get to and well worth the time. To learn more visit https://www.burlesquehall.com

We mentioned so many great performers and teased you with little bits about a bunch of fun history, I thought I’d help you get a headstart with some links. And please be sure to visit whatexcitesus.com too.

Lydia Thompson and her contribution to 19th century American Theater: https://editions.covecollective.org/chronologies/lydia-thompsons-contribution-19th-century-burlesque-theater-america

Tempest Storm comes up a few times: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempest_Storm https://www.burlesquehall.com/tempest-storm/

Sally Rand: https://www.kqed.org/arts/13902628/the-burlesque-pioneer-who-fought-censorship-and-multiple-arrests

Every Rocky Horror’s Fan Favorite, Lili St. Cyr: https://www.burlesquehall.com/museumathome-burlesque-legends-lili-st-cyr/

A little bit about the Riot Grrl Movement: https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/brief-history-riot-grrrl-space-reclaiming-90s-punk-movement-2542166

The Something Weird Video Channel https://www.youtube.com/@SomethingWeirdDotCom/featured

An Interview with a couple of Burlesque Legends, including Jennifer Fox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTxj2Vi94sM

A little bit about Hedy Jo Star: https://zagria.blogspot.com/2012/01/hedy-jo-star-1920-1999-showgirl.html

The post mentioned about Marinka: https://www.burlesquehall.com/transgender-day-of-visibility-honoring-marinka/

Aida Overton Walker’s Wiki page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aida_Overton_Walker

Tony Midnite’s Wiki Page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Midnite

About Jennie Lee: http://redhotsburlesque.com/2013/legend-jennie-lee/

About Sherry Britton: https://burlexe.com/burlesque/burlesque-icons/sherry-britton-burlesque-history/

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