Holy rhinestones, Batman! NOLA Nerdlesque Festival returns

Capes, pasties and bustier-clad versions of your favorite comic book characters (or villains).

by Mary Staes
November 13, 2018

When you’re taking the time to pay homage to Stan Lee this weekend, you’re probably not thinking about capes, pasties or bustier-clad versions of your favorite comic book characters.

Dangrrr Doll performs as the killer rabbit from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Photo via Mis Guided

Well, maybe you should. The weekend of November 16-17, the 4th Annual Nola Nerdlesque Festival returns, putting together unique versions of your favorite heroes and villains on two stages in the city.

So what is nerdlesque? It’s touted as a ” form of burlesque that parodies pop culture, particularly beloved geeky territories like comic books and video games.” It’s also rooted in the classic burlesque parody and neo-burlesque movement, and New Orleans isn’t a city to shy away from the art of the striptease.

The festival brings performers from around the country to four shows over two days. It kicks off Friday night at the Contemporary Arts Center, at 8 p.m., where the them of the show is Striped Crusaders. The second show that night is at 10:30 p.m., with Tease from the Crypt, filled monsters and murderers.

Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Getting there
900 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Hours
Mon 11am–5pm
Tue Closed
Wed-Sun 11am–5pm
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Saturday, the shows continue at the Allways Lounge and Theatre at 8 p.m., with Cyberlesque, a robotic, laser powered sci-fi themed show. Closing the festival out is Just Drawn That Way, featuring animated and video game characters.

The AllWays Lounge & Cabaret
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Getting there
2240 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
Hours
Mon-Fri 6pm–12am
Sat 6pm–2:30am
Sun 6pm–12am

The fest is only the second nerdlesque themed festival in the world, and will feature more than 40 performers over the weekend.

General admission to all of the shows is $15. Click here to buy tickets or find out more about the festival.

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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