Summer of nerdlesque in Seattle

Seattle is home to many nerds and geeks. The Seattle Times recently dedicated an article to the growing geek community, GeekWire gives us in-depth coverage on the startup and technology community, and, of course, Seattle has GeekGirlCon (have we mentioned you should get your passes now?). We are also home to tech companies like Amazon and Microsoft, engineering masters like Boeing, and global health innovators like PATH, Seattle BioMed, and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Yes, the nerds are taking over Seattle. And this summer, they’re also taking over Seattle’s burlesque scene.

That’s why we’re calling this the “Summer of Nerdlesque.” So far, we counted four — yes, four — nerdlesque shows in Seattle this summer.

Starting at the end of June, geeks can enjoy Behind the Blue Door: A Doctor Who-inspired Cabaret. This will be a tribute to everyone’s favorite Time Lord, his TARDIS, and his companions! From their website: “With eleven Doctors, multiple companions, several spin-off shows, and an entire universe to explore, anything can happen!”

Behind the Blue Door
When: Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Annex Theatre, 1100 E Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122
Cost: $16 Advance / $20 At the door
Who: 18+, Must have valid ID

Game of Thrones fans can enjoy Stark Naked in mid-July, presented by FAUXDUST. It might be summer by then, but Winter is Coming to Seattle’s Theater Off Jackson. From their event page: “Stark Naked features a burlesque khalasar, singer-songwriters of Ice and Fire, actors, and dancers from all over the Seven Kingdoms — Seattle, Olympia, and Portland!”

Stark Naked
When: Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Cost: $20 Advance / $25 At the door
Who: 21+, Must have valid ID

The following week, GeekGirlCon hosts a nerdlesque tribute to the world of video games. Whether you like modern-day MMORPGs or old-school NES games, JOYstick! will have an act for every gamer! One of the best things about JOYstick! is that it was created by gamers, for gamers — every performer is a video game aficionado. All proceeds benefit GeekGirlCon, so get your tickets to help ensure we can keep hosting our convention and other special events and nerdlesque shows throughout the year. (Keep an eye on our website for a TV Dinner at Central Cinema featuring video game-themed TV shows, where you can catch a sneak peak of some JOYstick! acts.)

When: Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Cost: $20 Advance / $25 At the door / Click here to buy tickets!
Who: 21+, Must have valid ID to enter

Finally, combine the world of Joss Whedon with burlesque, and you get Whedonesque Burlesque. In late August and September, show-goers can enjoy acts inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers, Firefly, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-long Blog, Dollhouse, Angel, and maybe even Cabin in the Woods. Tickets went on sale last Friday, and they are almost completely sold out. Didn’t snag a ticket? Keep an eye on the Facebook event page to see if additional tickets go on sale.

Whedonesque Burlesque
When: Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104
Cost: $20 Advance (Premium and VIP tickets also available)
Who: 21+, Must have valid ID to enter

As if these four events weren’t enough, our neighbors north of the border are putting on an event that will make most GeekGirlCon fans squeal out loud: Geeks After Dark is hosting a Firefly-themed burlesque show this August in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Wow, that’s a lot of nerdlesque for one summer. And we’ve probably missed some. Which shows do you plan on attending? Which ones did we skip over? Let us know in the comments!

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3 responses to “Summer of nerdlesque in Seattle”

  1. Just barely missing the Equinox is one other nerdlesque show–NERDZ! The Revenge, a Purple Devil Production, on September 22nd at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre. Details to be posted at closer to show date.

    And if you accept Steampunk as part of nerdlesque culture, you’ll also want to check out Gears, Pasties & Other Curios, also a Purple Devil Production, July 21nd at the Rendezvous Jewelbox Theatre. Details at

  2. And how did I neglect to mention Burlesque the Body Electric, a tribute to Ray Bradbury, this Friday, July 20? Details at

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