Burlesque Live! at Hotel San Marcos: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Three signs of a good burlesque show: Hula hoops, pink lampshades, and a whole lot of fishnet.
Three signs of a good burlesque show: Hula hoops, pink lampshades, and a whole lot of fishnet.
photo by Maria Vassett

Countless cigar girls and ladies in spinning hoops took over the Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix this weekend and put on a show that satisfied any kind of appetite for fishnet stockings, feather boas and bad lipstick.

We checked out the scene at Burlesque Live!, took a few notes and are back to you with the essentials -- the Good's above, the Bad and Ugly are after the jump, and the whole steamy slideshow is right here.

Two signs of a bad (yet typical) burlesque show: Fuchsia lipstick and tiger-print heels.
Two signs of a bad (yet typical) burlesque show: Fuchsia lipstick and tiger-print heels.
photo by Maria Vassett
One sign of an ugly burlesque show: The only thing a pink flower headband says is "Paris Hilton Goes to Woodstock" -- not burlesque.
One sign of an ugly burlesque show: The only thing a pink flower headband says is "Paris Hilton Goes to Woodstock" -- not burlesque.
photo by Maria Vassett

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