The New Orleans Burlesque Festival starts its series of showcases Thursday at Harrah's New Orleans. There are five showcases split between Harrah's and the House of Blues. Two feature dancers stripping to live music. The Queen of Burlesque competition requires working with a live band. The festival also includes workshops and panel discussions. A mixer with the festival's featured dancers kicks things off tonight at Loa in the International House Hotel from 8 p.m. to midnight. (More on the festival here.)
For a look at videos of previous Burlesque Festival performances, see the festival's YouTube channel.