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pics: ‘Twin Peaks: The Return’ provides striptease fodder for Pink Room Burlesque

After the long-awaited return of of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks completed its run on Showtime a few months ago, NYC’s Lynchian burlesque group The Pink Room arranged a tribute at Joe’s Pub and another in Philadelphia. At the NYC show (11/4), Joy Nash (who you may remember as Senorita Dido in the new Twin Peaks) was in the audience to witness her doppelganger Bunny Buxom perform a tribute to the character and later posed with the cast. But the rest of the show was just as exciting.

The show kicked off with Buxom, Minx Arcana and Pink Room producer Francine “The Lucid Dream” performing as casino girls Candie, Sandie, and Mandie, and Schaffer the Darklord as Dougie Jones, awaiting his coffee fix. Schaffer, in various roles, was the MC for the evening though he continued his appearance as Jones for a rap about coffee. Francine then returned for a number as Dougie’s wife, Janey-E Jones. Other burlesque performances included Seedy Edie as Girl 1956 and Wally Brando, Minx Arcana as Mr. C (aka Evil Coop), and Francine as Diane Evans. Interspersed were a couple of tributes to late Twin Peaks actors from Amelia Bareparts and Anna Copa Cabanna (who was also on go-go duty).

Meanwhile, the annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant will return to Joe’s Pub on Jan 27 for its seventh incarnation (tickets TBA) but Francine the Lucid Dream and the rest of the talented cast will be performing regularly in and around NYC. Check out Francine’s schedule here and see pics from The Return above.

The Pink Room Burlesque will also perform at Little Cinema event called “Club Silencio: David Lynch Special” happening on Wednesday, November 15 at a secret Lower East Side location. The one-off, site-specific, intimate show will focus on the relationship between music and film:

Through intense video remixing drawing on Lynch’s retrospective of film + TV, together with live music and thoughtfully interspersed performances, you’ll be submerged in the clean and bizarre aesthetics that are found only in the mind of David Lynch.

This will not be one of our typical, immersive Little Cinema fiascos at House Of Yes, but rather a new format we have been experimenting with — site specific, mostly about music + video, looking at Lynch’s body of work as a whole.

In addition to Pink Room Burlesque, the event features Black Lodge, a band led by Geoff Gersh, live vocals by Martina DaSilva, and an afterparty featuring DJ Mike Simonetti of Italians Do it Better. Tickets are on sale now.

More Peaks: “Fuck You, Tammy!” happens at Bluebird Brooklyn on December 8, offering “twisted takes on David Lynch classics” with Winkie and A Place Both Wonderful and Strange (more info). A Place Both Wonderful and Strange were also supposed to be part of a “Peaksgiving” event at The Bell House on 11/21 but that has been postponed till 2018.

The DVD/Blu-ray set for the new season of Twin Peaks is out December 5.

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