3BQ_SHIMI_Banner Tassels and Transgressions on the Third Rail: Shaking It Up for Social Justice through Burlesque -

Article by S.T. Shimi | October 7, 2015

Editor’s Note: We’re thrilled to publish this article by one of our Barbeque, Burlesque, and Bourbon headliners and longtime members, S.T. Shimi aka Black Orchid. Come on out to see Black Orchid, Sadie Hawkins, and a host of other fierce and fabulous artistsRead more


Today, with the spotlight on us, it is harder than ever to deny that Baltimore has deep-seated problems that run sharply along the lines of race, class, and the distribution of power. Would-be allies to protesters have been vocal in advocating what they believe to be good and appropriate ways to protest,… Read more

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