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Gualala Arts LocalEyes Series presents:
Les Filles Rouges
"Stars & Strips Forever"

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center
doors open at 7:00 p.m.
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It's true! Les Filles Rouges is returning to Gualala for an unforgettable night of song, dance and underpants!

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What happens when a flock of Filles and their devilish MC travel here from gay Paree? They end up with a show of pure Americana burlesque: Stars And Strips Forever! Showing off their knowledge of the Fifty States (of undress...) they skip and strip their way from sea to shining sea; from hoe-downs to hootenannies, and everything in between.

Les Filles Rouges With their trademark blend of class and sass, Les Filles Rouges' new show delivers the ridiculous AND the sublime, as its ladies put on their cowgirl boots and giddy-up across the stage.

Polaris Dance Troupe's founder Melinda Miller-Klopfer is bringing her acclaimed burlesque troupe 'Les Filles Rouges' back to Gualala by popular demand, and it is definitely a show not to be missed. It marks the return of a troupe whose goals are not only to bring unique and relevant dancing to small communities, but also a European-style burlesque show with a strong foundation in feminism, empowerment and self-awareness.

Miller-Klopfer has spent extensive amounts of time in Paris and Berlin - two cities instrumental to the development of burlesque. She found the creative possibilities of the art form to be incredibly liberating and beautiful. Parallel to her own experience, most European burlesque dancers were classically trained ballerinas who, due to injuries, could no longer perform as ballet required them to. Thus her continental burlesque tends towards sophistication rather than vulgarity...with a healthy dash of slapstick.

As always, a portion of the show's proceeds go to Melinda's students in Bihar, where and self-respect and sexual empowerment are of the utmost importance. So come on out and join the revelry: doing good was never so much fun!

Tickets are $25 in advance, $5 more on the day of the performance. This is an adults-only performance, attendees must be 18 years of age or older; photo ID will be required. For advance purchase, go to Brown Paper Tickets or call them at 800-838-3006. To purchase in person, visit the Gualala Arts Center or Dolphin Gallery in Gualala.

Reserved Premium Seating VIP Tables for Four are $200. VIP Tables include 4 admission tickets, complimentary bottle of California Champagne & snacks served at intermission by the stars of the show, and a photo op with the ladies (images emailed after show). Purchase at Arts Center only.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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