Kiss Kiss Cabaret Holds Fundraiser for Burlesque Hall of Fame, 8/31


The Kiss Kiss Cabaret is partnering with other Chicago burlesque troupes to produce "Chicago Teases for The Strip: A Benefit for The Burlesque Hall of Fame"on Friday, Aug. 31 at 10 p.m. at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave. This benefit will help The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF) save its current location and memorabilia. All funds raised at this event will be donated to the BHoF relocation project. This is the first production of this kind, but it is scheduled to become an annual event. For tickets visit or call 773.404.7336.

The Burlesque Hall of Fame (BHoF), located in Las Vegas, Nevada, archives, displays and celebrates one-of-a-kind memorabilia from the earliest days of burlesque. In addition to their well known burlesque festival, the "Miss Exotic World Competition", the BHoF currently houses a unique collection of burlesque costumes, posters, playbills, and other memorabilia from the legendary greats like Gypsy Rose Lee, Tempest Storm, Blaze Starr and more. Due to a local freeway expansion project, the BHoF has until Aug. 31st to raise the funds needed to move all of their memorabilia out of storage to a new location before the building is lost.
"Chicago Teases for the Strip" is a two hour, one-time-only comedy and burlesque revue featuring dynamic performances from members of The Kiss Kiss Cabaret, Plan 9 Burlesque, Hot'n'Heavy Burlesque, The Belmont Burlesque Revue, and more to-be-confirmed, all culminating in the largest burlesque group striptease ever seen on a Chicago stage.

The $25 admission price (purchased in advance of August 31st) will secure the ticket buyer's name on the list of donors to the BHoF. A larger donation begets a bigger bonus. See below for the various sponsorship levels. Show representatives will be available to take donations, throughout the performance.

Chicago has always enjoyed a deep connection with burlesque. From the earliest known striptease by "Little Egypt" at the 1893 World's Columbian Exhibition to the modern age of bar-top beauties and superhero spinoffs, Chicago is undeniably a hotspot in the worldwide burlesque community. The neo-burlesque movement thrives in Chicago, today with very active troupes such as Michelle L'Amour's Starlets, Plan 9 Burlesque, The Stage Door Johnnies, Gorilla Tango Theater, Vaudezilla Productions and The Kiss Kiss Cabaret.

Admission to "Chicago Teases for the Strip" is limited to 200 seats, and donor recognition is only guaranteed on advance purchases, so make sure to secure seats for this momentous occasion before it's history!


$25 - Audience
Your name on a special "Thank You" wall on the Burlesque Hall of Fame website

$50 - Fan
Your name on the "Thank You" wall AND a 2012 Weekender T-Shirt

$100 - Stage Door Johnny
Your name on the "Thank You" wall, a 2012 Weekender T-Shirt, AND an exclusive BHoF logo tote bag , made special just for this fundraiser

$500 - Inner Circle
Everything already mentioned AND an invitation to attend (free of charge, of course) a special VIP Event held in Las Vegas during 2013 BHoF Weekender, where you will join other elite BHoF supporters and a bevy of special guests

$1,000 - Inner Circle (for two)
Everything in Inner Circle above, for you and a guest. Two shirts, two tote bags, and two invites to the VIP event in 2013.

For more information about the BHoF fundraiser, visit this site:

The Kiss Kiss Cabaret is Chicago's finest weekly, live comedy and burlesque cabaret. Performances regularly feature live comedic music, magic, juggling and stand-up comedy and classic burlesque performances by The Kiss Kiss Coquettes. The Kiss Kiss Cabaret regularly sells out their 200 seat theater. The Kiss Kiss Cabaret is produced by Jenn A. Kincaid and directed by Chris O. Biddle, with choreography by Erica Reid & Jessica Reschke.

Founded in 2008, The Greenhouse Theater Center, NFP, continues its commitment to maintain a theater building and artists' space rich in Chicago theater tradition. Located at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue in Chicago's prominent Lincoln Park neighborhood, it was the original home for such theater luminaries as the groundbreaking Body Politic Theater and Victory Gardens Theater.


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