Brittni Larson, MSUM Photojournalism
In the land of Minnesota nice, things that are sexually provocative are not always broadly accepted, but Bad Weather Burlesque is pushing those boundaries and exposing the Fargo-Moorhead community to the exciting world of burlesque.
For those of you out there who aren’t sure what burlesque is, it’s a humorous and provocative stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, risqué songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus.
What? Scantily clad provocative stage shows in Fargo-Moorhead? Is our quiet, mild mannered community ready for something like this? They sure are, Bad Weather Burlesque is gaining a fairly big following around the area.
This group of performers pushes the boundaries of what is socially acceptable for the area and loves showing off their talented group. Skits can range from a lady belting out a ballad to a guy dressed up as a unicorn and stripping down to his skivvies.
Bad Weather Burlesque doesn’t discriminate on gender; men and women are both welcome to perform. This helps them add variety to their shows and keeps the audience interested.
Bad Weather performs at multiple venues including private shows, events at the Plains Art Museum and now they perform weekly for ladies night at the Hub Entertainment Destination. They even performed at Grindfest, held at the Fargo Theatre. This year at Grindfest they played movie clips and trailers from the 40’s and 50’s that they lay new voices over the real ones. Usually the new voices make fun of the social norms back then, which is why Bad Weather Burlesque fits right it.
Randal Black was announcing Grindfest this year and was very excited to have Bad Weather performing this year.
“We are so lucky to have this group here performing tonight.” Said Black. “Bad Weather Burlesque is a unique group that is providing a very different form of entertainment for our area. You can’t even find this type of performance in the [Twin] Cities so we are grateful to have them in Fargo.”
Mixing burlesque and the grindhouse movies is something that is not normally done together but Black and the audience agreed that these two art forms fit together very well.