“In a world now brimming with burlesque festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSFest is known for embodying the true spirit of vaudeville and nurturing creativity and empowerment,” says producer Lauren “Madame Onca” O’Leary. This year marks the 11th anniversary of the Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival with three days of performances and workshops. The celebration begins at The Grey Eagle on Friday, May 26, at 8 p.m., with a series of fandom and nerdlesque tributes to pop culture ($25). On Saturday, May 27, at 8:30 p.m., The Orange Peel hosts the Saturday Spectacular, featuring headliner Sydni Deveraux, the Golden Glamazon ($24/$45 VIP). The show returns to The Grey Eagle for a Burlesque Brunch on Sunday, May 28, at 12:30 p.m., hosted by DC Cryptozoology experts Dr. Dour and Peach, pictured ($15). absfest.com. Photo courtesy of the performers
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