So long, Emergency Arts!

Emergency Arts building

The Emergency Arts building prepares for the Life Is Beautiful festival (Photo by Dustin M. Wax, 2016)

Six years ago, the Burlesque Hall of Fame opened our “modest” space at the front of the Emergency Arts center. And so once again, from our origins as Exotic World in the Mojave Desert, burlesque’s history, heritage, and unique contribution to society had a home.

And now we say farewell and thank you to the Emergency Arts center as we enter a new bump in our grind. The Burlesque Hall of Fame will be briefly closed starting tomorrow, September 23, until we reopen on October 7 in our interim space at 1017 South First Street, Suite #195–right next door to where our brand new building will be in 2017!

BHoF ribbon-cutting at Emergency Arts in 2010

Surrounded by burlesque Legends and Miss Exotic Worlds, then-Mayor Oscar Goodman cuts t...

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Closed 9/22 – 10/7 for relocation to temporary space

BHoF's new museum site under construction

The Burlesque Hall of Fame will be briefly closed starting tomorrow, September 23, until we reopen on October 7 in our interim space at 1071 South First Street, Suite #195.

Right next door to our new home, our interim space is inside the Art Square at the center of Las Vegas’ Arts District. Our hours will be 10am – 6pm, Tuesday through Sunday (open to 9pm on the first Thursday and Friday of the month). Plenty of free parking is available in the Art Square parking lot to the east of the building.


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DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER: Tales of the 2016 BHOF Weekender by 2016 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship Winner Egypt Blaque Knyle

Egypt Blaque Knyle
As I sat at work contemplating if I should even write the essay for the Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship I remember saying to myself “Why is this scholarship important to you and you have never even met Sparkly Devil in person”? I stared at the computer all day just thinking about that one question. This scholarship meant everything to me because this young lady was out in the communities making a difference, building bridges between burlesque legends and new generation performers, knocking down doors and making space for what was new to come.

I saw myself as a diamond in the rough. Not a performer who lacks manners or style but lacks education of our history...

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Relocation update: Leaving the Emergency Arts building

Artists rendering of 1st and Main

Greetings BHoF supporters!

Some of you may have already heard that IKE Gaming, Inc. – owners of the building at 520 Fremont Street in which the Burlesque Hall of Fame currently resides – has announced that they will be repurposing the property to house a new restaurant facility.

As a result, the Emergency Arts Center, tenant of the building and host to the Burlesque Hall of Fame since 2010, will be significantly reducing its footprint in the restructured building, and our space is among those that will be affected.

We expect to remain in Emergency Arts through late September, and are working closely with our Board of Directors to determine if we will re-open in a temporary location or if we will take a hiatus between this venue closure and the official opening of our new space in the Las ...

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Join us for an evening of Las Vegas Stories

Las Vegas Stories flyerCome hear the sizzling story of burlesque in Ls Vegas at the Clark County Library this Thursday, August 4, at 7pm. BHoF Director Dustin M. Wax will tell the story of burlesque in Las Vegas, using photos from our archives. Joining him on-stage will be a panel of performers to share their own experiences, including burlesque Legends Dusty Summers and Gina Bon Bon, both of whom performed during Las Vegas’ heyday as the entertainment capital of the world, and current performers Blanche Debris and Buttercup, who are doing their part to bring burlesque back in Sin City. A short Q&A session will close out the evening. The event is free and open to the public in the library’s main auditorium.

Thank you to the Clark County Library for inviting us to participate in their “Las Vegas Stories” series...

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