Posts Categorized: Burlesque history

e. e. cummings was a burlesque fan

e. e. cummings, the American poet I quoted on 28 August 2014, was a huge fan of burlesque from the 1920s (when he was in his 20’s) until his death in 1962. His wife was a former Ziegfeld showgirl. At a time when the politicians and press were calling burlesque obscene and demanding laws to ban… Read more »

The Birth of Lap Dancing

Lap dancing was invented in the mid-70s at the Mitchell Brothers’ O’Farrell Theater in San Francisco, and I was there the week it happened. Jim and Artie Mitchell were a couple of pot-smoking, acid-tripping hippies who bought an old building in the Tenderloin and decided to convert it into a theater in 1969 for the… Read more »