Evening of casino games and burlesque performances will honor World AIDS Day

The Mirage
In addition to burlesque and drag performances, The Mirage will have a ‘condom casino.’ — photo by Håkan Dahlström

Iowa City’s Les Dames du Burlesque and the IC Kings and Queens will perform at The Mirage, the third annual free casino night put on by the University of Iowa this Saturday, Dec. 6 in the IMU second floor ballroom. The performances and costumes will have a glamorous James Bond flair, inspired by several classic films of the super-spy’s golden age.

The Mirage will promote diversity, sexual health and honor World AIDS Day with the burlesque and drag performances, as well as a condom casino (where condoms are bet instead of poker chips). There will also be free, onsite HIV testing.

The evening kicks off at 9 p.m. with amateur performances, where beginners dabbling in burlesque dancing will have the opportunity to show off their budding talent. After these performances, the audience will vote for the best dancer. Individuals can sign up for the amateur portion of the show by contacting Les Dames du Burlesque.

“[The Mirage] is a great opportunity to do something different,” said Analia Alegre-Femenias, director of Les Dames du Burlesque. “This is a place where you can hang out with your friends, do some betting just for fun and watch some people on stage doing their thing!”.

Les Dames du Burlesque go on stage at 11 p.m., with several solo and group performances by IC Kings and Queens.

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