Burlesque Legend Marinka to Appear at ABurlyQ! Burlesque and Sideshow Spectaculár

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Now in its fourth year, New Mexico's only festival to honor burleque, vaudeville, sideshow and circus arts will present two days of performances and classes, featuring award-winning performers from across North America, including living burlesque legend Marinka. Tickets on sale now through Brown Paper Tickets.

Marinka, a world-famous living legend of burlesque, is one of more than 40 award-winning variety and burlesque performers who will take the stage and host classes at ABurlyQ! festival Aug. 21-22.

"We're thrilled to be bringing in another cast of incredible performers for our audiences here in New Mexico! With each passing year, ABurlyQ! gets bigger, better, and bolder- a glittery feast for the eyes unlike anything seen before on stage."

Burlesque living legend Marinka is one of more than 40 award-winning variety and burlesque performers who will take the stage and host classes at “ABurlyQ! Burlesque and Sideshow Spectaculár,” Aug. 21-22, at the African American Performing Arts Center, presented by Albuquerque's Gilded Cage Burlesk and Varietė. Now in its fourth year, ABurlyQ! is the largest burlesque festival in New Mexico, featuring male and female burlesque performers, belly dancers, sideshow artists, vaudeville acts and more from across North America. Advanced tickets for both nights are $15 for general admission and $17 for VIP at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/697253 or by calling Brown Paper Tickets’ 24/7 event concierges at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets will be $17 for general admission and $19 for VIP at the door.

Festival organizer Raven Del Rio says, "We're thrilled to be bringing in another cast of incredible performers for our audiences here in New Mexico! With each passing year, ABurlyQ! gets bigger, better, and bolder- a glittery feast for the eyes unlike anything seen before on stage."

Other featured acts include Donna Denise, named “Queen of the Sweet Tease” at the Carolina Burlesque Festival and “Queen of the Great Southern Exposure Burlesque Pageant” in North Carolina, The Victory Variety Hour, voted one of LA's “Top 3 Burlesque Shows” by LA Weekly, Seattle's Sailor St. Clair, winner of the 2015 “Best Soloist” award at the Great Burleque Exposition in Boston and MC Cora Vette, co-producer of Denver's BurlyCute burlesque troupe who was also featured in the role of Tanya for three years in Mamma Mia! at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. For anyone with a nostalgic streak, an admiration for the female form, and a penchant for extravagance, this will not be an event to miss.

“ABurlyQ! Burlesque & Sideshow Spectaculár” debuted in the summer of 2011 as a way to present sideshow and vaudeville arts together on stage alongside burlesque, as it was done around the turn of the last century. That event was the first in New Mexico to feature burlesque living legends such as Satan's Angel “Queen of the Fire Tassels” and “The Sparkling Diamond of Burlesque” Gyna Rose Jewel, in addition to recent award-winning and acclaimed performers from across the nation. The practice is now the norm in burlesque festivals throughout the southwest.

Living legend Marinka will share top billing for the 2015 "ABurlyQ!" festival. Known as the “Queen of the Amazons,” Marinka’s performance career has spanned over five decades and she’ll share top billing at ABurlyQ! event after her performance at the 2015 Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend's “Titans of Tease” showcase in Las Vegas. She came to the United Sates from Cuba in 1959, and was trained by burlesque legend Rose la Rose in Toledo, Ohio. In the early ‘60's she appeared in Ann Corio's off-Broadway show, “This Was Burlesque,” and was featured in Bob Fosse's 1979 film “All That Jazz.” In 1992, Marinka was asked by legendary actor Tony Randall to be one of the featured dancers in a burlesque-style benefit show for the Actor's Studio at the Lyceum Theater in New York. She just finished work on a documentary called “The League of Exotic Dancers,” and is currently writing her autobiography.

The weekend will also offer a host of classes on the art of burlesque, with a complete listing coming soon to http://www.aburlyq.com.

For more information on the event visit the ABurlyQ! web site at http://www.aburlyq.com, or follow the event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/ABurlyQ-A-Burlesque-Sideshow-Spectaculár. Physical tickets will be available soon at the Gilded Cage School for the Creative Arts (formerly the Gilded Cage School of Burlesque) at 233 San Pedro NE in Albuquerque, at Ten Penny Tattoo LLC at 225 San Pedro NE, via the artists of The Gilded Cage or online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/697253.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: High-resolution photos of last year’s “ABurlyQ!, “and of any of the featured artists for “ABurlyQ!” 2015 are available. If you would like to interview Marinka, or producers Raven Del Rio and Jane DeVito of the Gilded Cage School for the Creative Arts, or if you’d like any performers to appear in full costume, in-studio for a broadcast interview, call Raven Del Rio at (505) 266-4228.

More about the headliners:
Marinka: Marinka “Queen of the Amazons” has been in show business since 1961. She came to the United Sates from Cuba in 1959, and won a beauty contest in New York City in 1960. Part of the winning prize was a spot in a follies review as a show girl. After a few months, she had a belly dancer spot in the same review. From there, she became an exotic dancer, moving into burlesque. Burlesque legend Rose La Rose helped her in her career and Marinka worked extensively throughout the burlesque circuit of the time, performing as much and as often as she could. In 1979, Director Bob Fosse cast Marinka in the film All That Jazz, with a role of a stripper in a Chicago club. Bob also gave her the name of "Melanie Hunter," which appears in the credit reel. She used the name in films and toured Europe under the moniker. In 1990, legendary actor Tony Randall called her agent and asked her to do a burlesque show with him at the Lyceum Theater in New York. She continued working until 1998 when she had her last contract, after which she became involved with Exotic World, which evolved into the Burlesque Hall of Fame. She also recently finished a documentary entitled The League of Exotic Dancers, celebrating the stars of 1950's, 60's & 70's burlesque. Currently Marinka is working on her autobiography, and lives in Las Vegas. She loves to perform at modern burlesque festivals and loves telling the new ladies how the business was in her time.

Donna Denise: Donna Denise is an exotic, award-winning burlesque performer from Texas. Her style is uniquely classic with a touch of southern sass. Described by her peers as “a stage powerhouse” and “always one to watch,” she proves to be an audience favorite. Having begun her burlesque career a few years ago, she has already won a multitude of awards including the “Queen of the Sweet Tease” at the Carolina Burlesque Festival and “Queen of the Great Southern Exposure Burlesque Pageant” of North Carolina.” Her ability to dazzle an audience with her twirling skills garnered her win for “Master of Tassels.” "Most Classic Performer" and “Legends Favorite” are two of her most-cherished awards, as they inspire her dedication to true vintage striptease. While Miss Donna Denise performs regularly in her hometown of Dallas, she has also ventured across the US, performing in Boston, Philadelphia, Seattle, New York, and many more. Gracing the stage in Montreal and headlining Italy’s “Queen of Burlesque” in Milan, have also gained her international recognition. Pin-up Model can now also be added to her list of accomplishments. She has appeared in Pin-up Perfection and was the cover girl for Black Pin-Ups magazine. You can also see her in the recently released hardcover book Chocolate Cheesecake. It is a collection of pin-up images showing a blend of retro-styles of the past with women of the present. Through performing, modeling, and education, this delightful entertainer continues to be a familiar face in the burlesque scene.

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