Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Carnivalesque, a Spectacle of Burlesque, Circus & Sideshow
WHERE: Creative Alliance, The Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD
WHEN: March 2, 8 PM 
TICKETS: $20, $15
Helen Yuen 
helen@creativealliance.org 410-276-1651 ext. 218 For More Info

Harkening back to a bygone era of dust bowl circuses & traveling sideshows, Carnivalesque stars international cabaret legend Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher, Burlesque Hall of Fame's 2012 "King of Boylesque" Russell Bruner, "Baltimore's Sicilian Queen" Maria Bella, Sideshow phenom, "Pain Proof Girl" Mab Just Mab, vaudeville contortionist, juggler & magician Jonathan Burns, aerial & pole artist Patsi Cake, the burlesque delights of Gilded Lily's Gigi Holliday & songstress Sophia Sunday, as well as a bevy of buxom beauties and handsome hunks plying their trade at the Carnivalesque Cooch Tent & along Mab's Midway.

  Far more than your run-of-the-mill burlesque or nightclub event, Carnivalesque offers an immersive experience into the enticing world of acrobats, freaks, roustabouts, barkers, dandies and women of questionable virtue.

  • Try your hand at games of skill on the Midway!
  • Be shocked & amazed by oddities inside our "Ten-In-One" with sideshow poster art by James Taylor! 
  • Witness the libidinous temptations of the dance of forbidden vice!
  • Hear dark tales of extraordinary madness whispered into the ears of fallen maidens!
  • Thrill to lithe sensuality of aerial artistry and athletic aplomb!
  • Enjoy the twist & turns of flexible comedic contortion!
  • Step Right Up!  All who enter will be transformed! 

About Carnivalesque
Carnivalesque is the latest creation of Armitage Shanks, The Carny Preacher and Gilded Lily's Maria Bella.  Armitage Shanks was the co-founder and ringmaster of the legendary underground circus, Circus Contraption.  Hailed by Time Out London as "One of the darkest-hearted performers on the Burlesque/Cabaret Circuit",best-selling author and columnist Dan Savage wrote Armitage Shanks has, "A voice like honey-coated gravel.  A sinister and louche presence, who put some sex in the air." Armitage stars as "Johnny Valentine" in the upcoming feature film 'The Burlesque Assassins".  Maria Bella founder of Baltimore's hometown heroines, "Gilded Lily" is a rising star in the neo-burlesque movement, with triumphant performances throughout North America.  She was a featured artist in the 2012 New York  & Toronto Burlesque Festivals. 

Creative Alliance is Baltimore's premier multi-arts center, presenting over 200 events a year in film, music, workshops, and visual art in its theater, art galleries, bar/restaurant, classrooms, and artist studios/apartments.