When: Fri., Sept. 22, 7-11:30 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 7-11:30 p.m. 2017
To cap off the first month of fall, the San Antonio Burlesque Festival plans to make a big splash. Friday night headliner Satan’s Angel describes the fest as “a tight little show everybody wants to be in,” and that rings pretty true when you take a gander at the long list of names attached to the weekend’s events. In contrast to typical burlesque shows, which feature somewhere between eight and 10 performers, each night of the festival showcases a whopping 25 different acts that cover the full range of burlesque styles, from classic and neo-burlesque to circus and sideshow acts, giving a “vaudeville-style feel” to the event, as co-founder and co-producer Lita Deadly puts it. The lineup truly places diversity at its forefront, with performers of color and an overwhelming percentage of queer-identified performers in the mix, many of whom are local to San Antonio. Also, for the first time, co-producers Lita Deadly, Foxxy Blue Orchid and Jasper St. James will co-headline the Friday night showcase, giving the audience a taste of the talent that has been toiling behind the scenes in years past.