When: Fri., Sept. 16, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sat., Sept. 17, 8 p.m.-12 a.m. 2016
When people hear the term “burlesque” some still think of that 2010 film with Christina Aguilera. For others—like performers Lita Deadly, Jasper St. James and Dino Foxx—it’s a more nuanced label, one associated with radical, freeing self-expression. Those performers will shake up the city this weekend with San Antonio’s fifth annual San Antonio Burlesque Festival. Attendees will see everything from burlesque and sideshow to drag and aerial acts, says Lita Deadly, founder and producer of the festival who’s been involved in the burlesque scene for several years. Organizers say the festival showcases both classical and neo-burlesque, which can incorporate comedy and satire or political motivation. The festival will feature politically motivated acts that involve gender-bending, and something called “nerd-lesque,” where performers cosplay on stage and create a story through intentional choreography. This year's special guest performers include Violet Chachki, Dusty Summers, Perle Noire, Chola Magnolia and JD Hickcock.