Tongue N’ Cheek March 22 at the Rio Theatre

Vancouver burlesque dancer Lola Frost

Lola Frost with the Night Owl Revue at Electric Owl, Vancouver, Oct 2011. Photo credit: Jason Statler/The Snipe News

What happens when you put slam poetry together with burlesque and music? Why, you get Tongue N’ Cheek, a bawdy night of song, words and tassels at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway near Commercial) Friday March 22.

Now in its second year, Tongue N’ Cheek features some of the city’s top burlesque performers interpreting the erotic poetry of renowned spoken-word artists from Vancouver and the U.S.

In the spoken-word corner, C.R Avery, Jamie DeWolf, Duncan Shields, and “Mighty” Mike McGee will regale the audience with words dripping with sensuous appeal. McGee will also host with burlesque performer Crystal Precious.

In the strip-tease corner, Lola Frost, Little Miss Risk and Cherry on Top of Sweet Soul Burlesque will artfully disrobe. Local rock band The Broken Mirrors, who recently put on the BECKstravaganza at the Rio, will perform, along with the singers of Company B Jazz Band and Miss Quincy & the Showdown.

While most of the performers are local, a couple have journeyed north for this venture. Mike McGee, who was born with spina bifida, grew up in San Jose, California. He is the first person to have won both the National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship (2003) and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship (2006). His resumé includes pirate radio station disc jockey, altar boy, travel agent, floor sweeper, hip hop emcee, band leader, and screenwriter.

Jamie DeWolf is a slam poet, stand-up comedian, teaching artist and filmmaker from Oakland, CA. DeWolf is the creator of Tourettes Without Regrets, now the longest running freestyle battle and the largest slam on the West Coast. He describes the show as  “sex, drugs and spoken word.”

Tongue N’ Cheek March 22
Rio Theatre, 1660 E. Broadway
Doors at 7 p.m. / Show at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $16 advance $20 at the door.

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