hat is ABSFest? The Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival is now in our TWELFTH year of celebrating the Vaudeville Revival here in Asheville. Three thousand people have reveled in the company of our satin and sparkle, our unicorn-feathered starlets and our fish-eyed zombie boys.
Nominated for Best Show in the Mountain Xpress Readers Choice Awards, ABSFest has attracted renowned circus and burlesque artists from across the USA, as well as Scotland, Germany, and Japan. We offer fashion, contortion, trapeze, and tease!
In a world now brimming with Burlesque Festivals, from Vegas to Amsterdam, ABSFest is known for embodying the true spirit of Vaudeville and nurturing creativity and empowerment.
The festival is one of several annual productions of Future of Tradition, a seminal force in the underground Asheville arts community since 1999. ABSFest has spawned a sister event, the Virginia Burlesque & Sideshow Festival in Richmond, VA, now in its third year, and festival Producer Lauren ‘Madame Onça’ O’Leary travels internationally teaching and performing bellydance, music and stagecraft.
Our convention will be held on Saturday April 7,2018 from 12-6pm at the Russell County Conference Center in Lebanon, VA. Join us as we celebrate our community heroes – law enforcement – and the world of comic books, anime, science fiction and pop culture!!! We plan to have panels, vendors, gaming, food & lots of fun. We are also honoring our Russell County law enforcement at this event. For more information, please contact Rhyli Drakeat 276-889-8206 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cosplay is encouraged!!!
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Big Boi Fly Fashion Show
Saturday January 27, 2018
Doors 7 // Showtime 8
Tickets $15 // Door $20
Fashion Show & live music!!!
Big Boi Fly is a fashion wave representing all different sizes of men from 2x to 6x.
“Every time I look in a magazine, or look online for clothes, I see people advertising a big and tall section, but then they have a model in a large shirt and just say that the shirt goes to 4X. I never see how it looks on a 4X person. I want to see how the clothes look on me personally.”
Joe Greene grew up in Asheville and attended Asheville High School. After surviving a tough adolescence, he worked hard to turn his life around and become a vocal champion for the local African-American community. He is an entrepreneur and has been involved in numerous community outreach programs in the city, including Asheville Goombay Festival, the Funny R’ Us comedy show and the My Daddy Taught Me That youth outreach program. He also recently became a member of the Civic Center Commission, a city-appointed group that makes recommendations for the management and use of the U.S. Cellular Center.