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Sex & Art: Alive and Well in the U.S.A.
Lakota Phillips

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Lakota Phillips is a writer, poet, painter, photographer, designer, and
illustrator. Born in Europe, she grew up all over the world, including
various parts of the United States, before settling in the southern
United States.

She has had stories printed in women’s magazines and has completed a
paranormal erotic romance novel that is in submission for publication.
A second novel and several short stories are her current works in pro-
gress. She is member of the Red Room Writers, under the guidance of
author Karin Gillespie.  Her paintings are regularly exhibited in the
south and she has won multiple awards for her illustrations.

Lakota is the art correspondent on the award winning DAMage Report
on LAtalkRadio with a weekly spot discussing Arts Issues every Wed-
nesday with host Johnny Dam and his guests.  Her topics are published 
each Wednesday at LakotaPhillips.blogspot.com and on her Facebook.

A huge advocate for the arts, Lakota is actively involved on several arts
boards and committees. 
To contact her: lakotaphillips@gmail.com, http://www.lakotaphillips.blogspot.com http://www.facebook.com/lakotaphillips, and podcasts of the DAMage Report can be downloaded from here: http://www.thedamagereport.tv/podcasts/damagerep.xml
After the multitude of topics bemoaning censorship, sexual repression, and worries that we are spiraling backwards into prudish Victorian hypocrisy, i thought it might be time to celebrate those cities and art lovers who not only continue to embrace sensuality in art but promote it.

"Neo-burlesque" is making a comeback according to a handful of sources. The flashy, cabaret-style entertainment with voluptuous women (and drop-dead gorgeous drag queens) has always been a fascinating form of performance art. More artistically-minded than stripping, while still flaunting the art of tease and seduction, burlesque is a feast for the senses. It encompasses the spectrum of raunchy sass to elegant pageantry.
notable troops and venues including The Slipper Room, Le Scandal Cabaret, and Pinchbottom Burlesque. In Greensboro, NC, there are burlesque revival performances by Foxy Moxy and her "Cabaret Risque" troupe in the Greensboro Fringe Theater Festival. In Seattle burlesque is queen with Miss Indigo Blue, Miss Trixie Lane, The Queen of Shame, Miss Kitty Baby, Ravenna Black, Paula the Swedish Housewife, Vienna Le Rouge, The Atomic Bombshells, Burning Hearts, The Von Foxies, Glitzkrieg Burlesque, and Sinner Saint Burlesque. In California the San Francisco Bay Area is home of the largest monthly burlesque and variety show the Hubba Hubba Revue.

It is interesting to note that in the 20th century, burlesque and cabaret-type shows gained popularity during repressed/depressed decades in our history. Perhaps Johnny is right, and as one segment of the population tries to restrict behavior and force conformity into a polished little box, there will always be another segment breaking free - loudly and with great flourish - declaring their rights to express.

Since burlesque hasn't made its way down south yet, someone is sooooo taking me to a burlesque show in LA when i come visit in January.

Cherie Fatale DeVille
Apparently the burlesque revival has found homes throughout the United States with the large communities on the East and West Coasts.  New York City  boasts  the largest community with
Pontani Sisters: Photo: FidelioNY
April 10, 2005 during a burlesque show at the restaurant Marion's in New York, NY
Lakota Phillips
The Super Late Show
  with host
Graig Dufferson