The All-Star Burlesque Birthday Bash

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Editorial Review

The Red Palace has emerged from the combination of the Palace of Wonders and the neighboring Red and the Black bar. Some things feel kind of awkward -- to get to the upstairs stage, you have to walk through the former Palace of Wonders ground-floor bar, which turns into a makeshift dancefloor when there's a DJ down there. But the upstairs, which has its own bar, is a much larger space to see bands and, in the Palace tradition, burlesque. Here's a perfect excuse to check out a show: New York burlesque promoter Casino O'Fortune Cookie -- run by dancers Anita Cookie and Clams Casino -- is bringing some Big Apple naughtiness to H Street. (Baltimore's Kay Sera is repping for the locals.) Expect music, audience participation games and other fun between performers.

-- Fritz Hahn (Dec. 7, 2010)