Dita von Teese, her name itself harkens back to some past era of mystique, sexuality and glamor. With her luscious curves and corset trained body, she is a woman who has dedicated her life to the craft of burlesque. For those unfamiliar with burlesque, it is the art that mixes strip tease with vaudeville - sexy, playful, and always a fabulous show. This last Tuesday marked the last night of the San Francisco leg of “The Queen of Burlesque” and her talented entourage’s tour. I was lucky enough to score a last minute ticket and check out this fantastically magical show with some good friends.
The Fillmore was full of patrons decked out in retro outfits and fanciful ware. The drinks were large but pricey and there was already a line of enthusiasts at the table selling all sorts of risque swag. I must say, as a virile young man, that I was ultimately as distracted as a puppy in a yard full of bouncing balls with all the beautiful tattooed women in their vintage dresses and done up hair, until the MC drew the attention of the crowd behind a gigantic blue curtain. The crowd silenced, then exploded like a tsunami with the mere mention of Miss von Teese.