Perhaps it's the sign of the growth of a local festival that it starts issuing a poster by a local artist. The New Orleans Burlesque Festival (Sept. 19-21) is marking its fifth anniversary, and it just released the poster image. Artist Brandon Delles also has created posters for French Quarter Festival and local events.
The festival features top burlesque performers from around the world, and dancers are coming from Sweden, Italy, England and Australia. The festival has had male burlesque dancers perform before, but this year there is an entire showcase of men, including several Chicago dancers from The Stage Door Johnnies, who have performed in New Orleans before in STRUT, a show created by New Orleans Burlesque Festival and Bustout Burlesque founder Rick Delaup. There are appearances by Tammi True, a dancer who performed in Dallas in the 1960s at the Carousel Club, which was owned by Jack Ruby. Also appearing is Leslie Zemeckis, who created the documentary Behind the Burly Q, and released a companion book in June. The festival presents workshops open to the public, and there are parties where attendees can meet performers.