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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Special Hours for Small Space Fest, Monday, June 20

Small Space FestBHoF will be open special hours this Monday, June 20, from 6pm-10pm, as part of the opening festivities for the Small Space Fest.

Small Space Fest is taking over the Emergency Arts Building and filling it with unique, site-specific art from both local and national artists. These works will be installed all over the building including cabinets, bathrooms, ceilings, elevators, hallways, broom closets, mop sinks, windows, small rooms, and more!

BHoF will be putting on special burlesque performances both in the museum space and throughout the building.

Tickets for opening night are “Pay What You Can” (suggested ticket price: $20). Proceeds from ticket sales will go directly to the performing artists.

For more info about the event, go to

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Congratulations to our 2016 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient!

2016 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship recipient, Egypt Blaque Knyle

Congratulations to Egypt Blaque Knyle, winner of the 2016 Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship!

As the scholarship recipient, Egypt will receive a full pass to all four showcases and all Legends Master Classes during The Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend at the Orleans Hotel and Casino this June 2-5, and will be paired with one of the attending Legends to act as her escort for the Weekender.

“I am truly honored, humbled and thankful to be awarded this opportunity to learn from our Legends who have paved the way for us,” said Egypt on learning she’d been selected for this year’s Scholarship. “Dancing is like dreaming with my soul and this journey will go down in history.”

The Sparkly Devil Memorial Scholarship is intended to encourage a stronger relationship between the younger and older g...

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