Lent Day Thirty-Seven


Lent Day Thirty – Seven

Thursday, April 10, 2014 – I am late again. I see there is another festival in Austin this weekend. It seems as though there is a festival every weekend. In addition to traffic reports, there are the road closure reports for festivals. This weekend’s festival is the Texas Burlesque Festival. It seems that burlesque is making a comeback and Austin has companies, training schools and amateur clubs. Burlesque was in its heyday during vaudeville. In today’s paper there is a story about Toni Elling who will be dancing at the festival. Ms. Elling is 85 years old. Most people I know that are 70 or 80 years old would not look good taking off their clothes. But this 85 year looks pretty good – at least on paper. Just the fact that she can dance let alone take off her clothes impresses me. Ms. Elling disapproves of today’s stripping. It is “too much nudity and no class.” She continues that “it really isn’t stripping, it is acrobatics.” So if you are looking for something to do this weekend, and the roads are not closed, perhaps you could enjoy a burlesque show. Even if the main attraction is 85 years of age. The Texas Burlesque Festival has performances and competitions. I hope Ms. Elling wins her age bracket. I wonder how many others are in that age bracket?

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