It’s been a long, cold January here in Saskatoon, and the Menagerie has mostly been huddled together trying to stay warm while we get things in place for our 2019 season. We’ve briefly emerged from hibernation, though, because we love to offer sparkly, tasseled support to other local organizations and artists!
In mid-January, we performed at a fundraiser for Living Sky Wildlife Rehab. A small and enthusiastic group of animal lovers were treated to performances that featured some of our wildest creatures, while raising money to care for more vulnerable animals in the province. Now we’re gearing up to spend Groundhog Day on an entirely different stage. (If a burlesque performer sees their shadow, do we get six more weeks of glitter?)
Come to the Capitol Music Club on Saturday, February 2 for Pussy Pop!, an evening of feminist art in support of Scantily Glad Theatre’s SCUM: A Manifesto. Members of the Menagerie and other feminist, queer, and trans artists are preparing to share work including burlesque, spoken word, music, and more. If that isn’t enticing enough (which of course it is, but who doesn’t like an extra visual treat?), the venue is being transformed for the evening into Andy Warhol’s Factory, the New York City studio space where the artist held his famous parties.
SCUM: A Manifesto is a darkly comedic play which follows two modern young women learning about the work of Valerie Solanas, the author of the infamous radical feminist manifesto after which the play is named. These scenes are interspersed with exploration of the life of Solanas herself in the lead up to her 1968 shooting of Andy Warhol. The play runs from March 7 to 17 at Live Five Theatre. We’re all so excited to watch the play and to participate in this fundraiser!
Tickets to Pussy Pop! are $15-$20 on a sliding scale and are available online or at the door.
The Menagerie Burlesque Company presents After School Special: A Burlesque Show!
Last September, the members of The Menagerie ruined your childhood; this year we’re here to ruin your adolescence.
Music, dance, puberty, growing pains, awkward teenage angst–this show has got it all! With performances by your Menagerie favourites–as well as some very special out-of-town guests, Scarlette Fusion and Judy Lee from Edmonton (Saturday night only)–this is not a show you’ll want to miss!
Let us take you back to your adolescence–now with more #sparklyboobs!
September 14 and 15th, – La Troup Du Jour
914, 20th Street West, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, S7M0Y4
Doors at 7:30, show at 8. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. As with all our shows, this is a 19+ event.
Love hurts, love scars, love wounds, and marks. If Nazareth are to be believed (and they are), love is a big stank fest.
Luckily for you, The Menagerie Burlesque Company is under the same impression. We believe so strongly in this concept, in fact, that we’ve dedicated an entire show to that bad side of love. That love that has you and your mascara looking like you’ve been caught in a rain storm. That love that has you scream-crying those deep heavy sobs under your blanket while you question all your life choices up until this point and listen to freaking Hootie and Blowfish and sing along to “Let Her Cry” because those are feels, man. Big feels. This show is dedicated to that. It’s dedicated you—that person who pours out their heart in a text message, only to see that ominous “read” checked off, and you want to just barf because oops, you did it again, you sap, you.
Some people are hopeless in love; this show is for you. Come join The Menagerie Burlesque Company February 9 and 10 for our first show of the season, Love Stinks.
There will be a whole lot going on at this show that will distract you from your current heartache. We have sparkly boobs and sparkly bums and sparkly prizes and all sorts of hilarious pieces about the darker side of love.
If no one else currently wants you, please take some solace in the fact that we do.
Our heartbreak tour begins at 8 pm sharp, Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10. Doors open at 7, and we recommend you be there by then to grab a good seat and commiserate with your fellow lonely-hearts audience members.
And we’re going to give that and more in our next shiny presentation….
Everybody loves a sequel! The last set of BIG SHINY BOOBS brought you some of your favourite things! Live music, glamorous people, and this time, we’re bringing you EVEN MORE BIG SHINY (Sparkly) BOOBS!
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 19+ event. Doors at 7:30, show at 8 p.m. Buy tickets here!