Speakeasy: Q&A with Christie Walker 

Christie Walker is the organizer of "An Evening of Burlesque" at the Melody Inn, a charity event benefiting y-me.org featuring 12 lovely lady performers as well as The Warner Gear, Devil to Pay and Creepin' Charley and the Boneyard Orchestra. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $5 advance, $7 day of show.

Q: Explain "burlesque."

According to Webster's, burlesque is theatrical entertainment of a broadly humorous often earthy character consisting of short turns, comic skits and sometimes striptease acts.

Q: Can you pinpoint the seemingly recent resurgence of burlesque's popularity?

I can not pinpoint the resurgence but I have noticed that overall the culture seems to be looking more toward past artforms in an exceedingly nostalgic manner. Burlesque is no exception; people are yearning to be teased and not displayed to.

Q: Burlesque performers versus strippers? Please discuss what separates one from the other.

Burlesque is more funny in a vaudevillian manner. It does not take itself as seriously as traditional stripping. Both are hard work, both are beautiful, but burlesque is meant to be crass, vulgar and not necessarily for sexual enticement only. Burlesque sometimes includes stripping but is not stripping in and of itself.

Q: The performers?

I will be performing along with 11 other girls. Breezy Peyton will be MCing for the evening. Badriya B'int Da'ood will also be performing as a special guest.

Q: How have you and the girls prepared and what has gone into the show's production?

It is an amazing amount of work; we have been preparing the skits for a year. The skits have been prepared with a combination of a group effort and individual efforts. It will be a great show.

Q: Tell me about the choreography.

We have a skit, we have belly dancing by amateurs and a professional [Badriya] ... we have naughty routines and nice routines. I don't want to give too much away as I would love everyone to come out and see it for themselves.

Q: Are we talking about an R rating here or what?

HA! As you know in the state of Indiana nudity is illegal, or anyway I am sure by looking at most of our state representatives they would like it to be illegal for their own protection.

Q: Any precautions being taken to dispirit creeps from coming out to see some flesh? We will be having nice, big men stationed throughout the Melody to keep the creepies in line. So don't be naughty or you might get Sweaty B's foot up your tooshie.

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