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Preview: New Orleans Burlesque Festival 

The 7th annual fest features dancers from around the world for four days of shows and parties

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The seventh annual New Orleans Burlesque Festival features dancers from as far away as Norway and New Zealand, with showcases mixing traditional and contemporary styles of striptease, appearances by former Bourbon Street stars including "Champagne Girl" Rita Alexander and more. The Queen of Burlesque competition (8 p.m. Friday at Harrah's New Orleans) features 2014 winner Elle Dorado, New Orleans' Miss Stormy Gayle and Ginger Valentine performing Kitty West's Evangeline the Oyster Girl act, Vancouver's Ariel Helvetica, New York's Puss-N-Boots and Hazel Honeysuckle and others. Visiting dancers include Boston's Femme Brulee, Australia's Agatha Frisky, Brooklyn's Poison Ivory and Nina La Voix, Canadian male dancer The Great Gadso and Norway's Kiki Cherie. Actress and author Leslie Zemeckis (Behind the Burly Q) returns to sign her new book about legendary performer Lili St. Cyr, Goddess of Love Incarnate. The festival also includes workshops and parties. Visit the website for details.

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