Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Forget Vegas! NOLA is First American Sin City

It's strange that sometimes we can even be jealous when a "bad" image is stolen. The exception is being known as something like "Death City," which New Orleans has sometimes been called. With that in mind, I remember that I grew up hearing NOLA called not only the Crescent City but Sin City, thanks to Bourbon Street.

I was a tad miffed when Las Vegas, that was a dust bowl when New Orleans was born, started calling itself Sin City. I was young, but strange, and even at a young age, I understood Vegas was trying to steal dollars from us.

And now I see this advertisement for a Burlesque party here suggesting party-goers come naked if possible, and I've got mixed feelings. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that NOLA has burlesque events? Is it an artistic feather in the cap?
'Brothel' Burlesque dance party @ Dragon's Den

Saturday, May 30 2009, 10:00pm - 3:00am

On May 30th New Orleans Partying will be throwing a 2 floor party @ Dragon's Den called 'Brothel'. This event will feature a performance by the Slow Burn Burlesque Collective consisting of comedy, performance art, burlesque, and a host of other surprises that will no doubt keep you entertained all night. The party kicks off @ 10pm downstairs with DJs Tony Skratchere and Yamin on the 1's and 2's. Downstairs will be free all night. The Burlesque show will start @ 11pm upstairs. There is a $5 cover for the burlesque performance. After the show, there will be a dance party on both floors, w/ DJ RQ Away spinning dirty booty bounce jams downstairs, and DJ to be announced spinning good time vibes upstairs.

In the spirit of burlesque, come dressed in as little as you want, come dressed as a freak, come to get undressed, come to get freaky!
Hmm. I can go as freak with a purple wig but not naked. Wonder if they'll allow a Flip camera inside. I'm sure there's a good blog post there.


Blue State Cowgirl said...

I agree with you, Vegas is such a Johnny Come Lately. San Francisco was later than NOLA on the Sin City meter, but we had the Barbary Coast cranked when Las Vegas's only visitors were javalinas and coyotes.

Vérité Parlant said...

Yes, Lisa. And that Vegas sin is prefabricated, packaged sin. NOLA & SF have old-school organic sin. ;-)