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EXTRA LARGE

2010 Oct by Burlesque of North America

This Friday, I'll be pulling back the curtains on my new monthly dance party at First Avenue's Record Room, home to Burlesque-approved dance nights of present day and yesteryear: Get Cryphy, Street Sounds, Honeymoon, and Let's Get Electric! Each second Friday, I'll be inviting a guest DJ to come spin with me. We'll be playing everything from hip hop to disco to dancehall to electro to Afro-funk to Miami Bass and all points inbetween. No gimmicks, no funny business, just big tunes, big bass, and big fun. My guest on Friday October 8th will be Jonathan Ackerman, a man who's made quite the name for himself around town, winning the hearts of dance-hungry music fiends at his own parties like Honeymoon and Hotel, plus as a guest at Wezz's monthly Bomp! party. Listen to / download the mix I put together for the party: EXTRA LARGE mix by Mike 2600 Check out the EXTRA LARGE blog for more free music and fun stuff. RSVP to EXTRA LARGE on Facebook.

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Arcade Fire vs. St. Paul

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Sometimes the first show of a new tour can be nerve-racking for both band & audience. Not this time. The crowd was buzzing with anticipation as the lights dimmed and Arcade Fire took the stage with force. So much action to take photos of! These are a few of my favorites I snapped over the night. Many more can be found on my flickr HERE I'm having a really hard time coming up with the words to describe how much fun this show was. If Arcade Fire is coming to a town near you, do whatever it takes & go.

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Aaron Horkey's Midwestern Heart

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

When most people think of a world-class artist having a gallery opening, fancy spots in New York or L.A. come to mind. Surely the coolest of cool show up in their awesome-pants. This one was a little different. Windom, MN. Population: 4490. Aaron's hometown, and no place more fitting. Hosted by The Remick Gallery at Cottonwood County Historical Society, the happily overwhelming amount work on display ranged from original pen & ink drawings, screen printed concert posters & art prints, skateboard graphics, album artwork, source material & more. Some came from as far as Japan (Hi Shingo!), while others merely walked down the street to see what that Horkey kid was up to these days... It was pretty amazing to see the amount of work all together in one space. I highly recommend taking a day trip from Minneapolis if you can. There really isn't a better time to drive through rural southwestern Minnesota. Take your time to soak in the surroundings that inspired all of this handcrafted mastery. Stop and listen to the wind. The show runs through November 20th. Remick Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-4pm, Sat. 10-4 See more photos from the opening on my Flickr.

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Flatstock 27 @ Bumbershoot!

2010 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Back in Minneapolis after yet another successful Flatstock at Seattle's Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival! These poster conventions/music events are always a little overwhelming. So much to do & see, all crammed into a very short amount of time. I tried to sneak away during the work part of the day every once in awhile to capture some music shots & various Bumbershoot moments. Clickclickclick as fast as possible, then rush back to the Burlesque Flatstock booth to hustle those posters. Big thanks to the Larsen Family for putting us up again this year. So much appreciated! Here's a handful of some of my favorite shots from the weekend. Feast your eyes on the entire set of photos HERE. Booker T. Jones! Napping For America! Mike Davis Ollies! Georgia Anne Muldrow! Ozomatli!

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BRLSQ Garage Sale this weekend!

2010 May by Burlesque of North America

We are doing some serious rearranging in our office and that is leading to some even more serious Spring cleaning! We have come across stacks and stacks of cool stuff we just don't have room for, so we're passing it on to you! WHEN? Friday May 28, 12-8pm Saturday May 29, 10am-5pm WHERE? Burlesque of North America / First Amendment Arts 1101 Stinson Blvd at Broadway in NE Minneapolis WHAT'S FOR SALE? • vintage art, culture, music, and science books • music and art magazines • scratch + dent posters and one-of-a-kind test prints • paper and envelopes (great for printing, greeting cards, etc) • shelving and other home, studio, and office furniture • magazines, stickers, shirts, posters, and other gems from the Life Sucks Dynasty • new and used rap, rock, funk, jazz, dance, and metal LPs and CDs • VHS and DVD movies • hard to find vintage graphic t-shirts • vases, plates, glass jars, and other kitchenware • PLUS discounts on all of the other awesome Burlesque posters, t-shirts, and other merchandise * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * We will also have a raffle - enter for your chance to win some super awesome BRLSQ gift packs! Admission is FREE, so bring a friend and don't miss this rare chance to pick up all sorts of cool BRLSQ stuff!

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Introducing CO EXHIBITIONS

2010 May by Burlesque of North America

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CO is a new exhibition space located on the corner of Stinson and Broadway in Northeast Minneapolis, above the former First Amendment Arts gallery. Owned and operated as a partnership between Burlesque of North America and Permanent (an art and design group formed by Joseph Belk launching Mid June), CO presents thematic multimedia exhibitions in collaboration with artists, designers and curators. The space includes over 2000 sq. feet, 20+ ft. high walls, mobile walls, and suspendible ceilings. Other resources for exhibitions include screen printing facilities, artist residences, and media outreach campaigns. CO’s inaugural year will feature a range of exhibitions, including: the art of Doomtree, a Michael Gaughan - curated celebration of Spinal Tap entitled “Smell the Glove,” work from the Draplin Design Co. featuring acclaimed graphic designer Aaron James Draplin, an installation and series of paintings from Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship recipient Mali Kouanchao, and a mammoth retrospective of '70s-era blaxploitation film posters. ABOUT CO   The name CO was decided with our principles in mind. As a prefix, CO - modifies base words to mean together with, or associated with, and we approach projects in the same fashion. For each artist, designer, or curator who works with us, we are a resource for development, fabrication and talent, a dedicated partner in executing their vision. For us, the excitement is in expanding exhibitions so they transform the gallery into an ambitious multimedia spectacle.   ABOUT FIRST AMENDMENT ARTS In the summer of 2006, graphic design and screenprinting studio Burlesque of North America moved their operation into a 3000 square foot warehouse space at the corner of Broadway and Stinson in Northeast Minneapolis. The front room of the space housed First Amendment Arts, an award-winning gallery which held monthly exhibits of painting, prints, and photography. Over the course of their four year run, First Amendment featured the artwork of local artists Eric Inkala, Broken Crow, Jennifer Davis and Jenny Schmid, internationally recognized artists Shepard Fairey, Gary Baseman, and Jay Ryan, and musical performances from P.O.S, Chooglin', Calvin Johnson, Birthday Suits, and Cecil Otter. With plans of organizing even larger and grander art exhibitions, the First Amendment crew has closed its doors and teamed up with Permanent to open up this larger space with the flexibility to allow our artists to create just about anything they can imagine.   ABOUT PERMANENT AND JOSEPH BELK Joseph Belk for the past year and a half has produced, created, and curated some of the most highly acclaimed conceptual art exhibits in the great city of Minneapolis. Starting at age 26, he has developed installations such as a block long public art project Save Canvas, the follicle-themed screenprinted poster show turned Locks of Love fundraiser Sweet Hair, an exhibit of paintings and multimedia art from Keegan Wenkman and Aaron Bickner about foreclosure and vacancy entitled Final Notice, Keegan Wenkman's solo art show My Life as a Number, a floating circus of art installations, video projections, and live rock bands all aboard barges set assail on the Mississippi River entitled The Slow Mirror and the Metronome, Tribute to Radio Raheem - the annual hip hop dance party and boombox broadcast celebration with live cassette jockeys, and has continued to be a part of a variety of events like the fine food meets live rock music Gastro Non Grata and Bedlam Theatre art dance party Bomp! His large scale productions incorporating art, design, music, and interactive elements set all over the Twin Cities have now found a new home and a partner. With Burlesque's talents and experience in design, publishing, art and gallery success with First Amendment, it seems like a perfect mold for something different - a collaboration full of innovative and progressively approached projects and shows on a local and national level. Now with Joseph's new young team of collaborators including Edward Quinn and Adam Burchard, Permanent has formed. Utilizing artists, designers, writers, and developers in a malleable process while focusing on the concepts and synergy of both art and design, this versatility not only makes them capable of working in many different arenas at the same time, but is also a source of inspiration.  Follow CO on Twitter: @COexhibitions

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""My Life as a Number"" by Keegan Wenkman

2010 May by Burlesque of North America

Plain and simple, Keegan Wenkman is one of my favorite artists. I really like making prints for my favorite artists. I am happy to announce the release of ""My Life as a Number"". A six print, 4 color screen printed suite making it's debut TONIGHT at XYandZ Gallery in Minneapolis, in conjunction with Keegan's opening party. 7-11pm. 3258 Minnehaha Ave S. Here's a couple sneak peeks of the prints... I was lucky enough to get a quick look at the gallery yesterday and it is UNREAL. Cash in your piggy banks. Clean out your mattresses! How much plasma do you really need?! More info on the show here and a nice write-up in this weeks Vita.mn And if you happen to live in Minneapolis, there's a handful of ""My Life as a Number"" prints around town...how many can you find?

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How to quit smoking

2010 Apr by Burlesque of North America

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BRLSQ VS AUSTIN 2010 in photos, part 1 of many...

2010 Mar by Burlesque of North America

It's Saturday morning and I'm beat so I'm short on words. The good news is it's been a very fun year here in Austin for SXSW and Flatstock. Here's some highlights from Thursday's art show at Obsolete Industries with the HazeXXL posse and our Do It To It Vol III party which I'll have to say was official turned out by Cubic Zirconia.

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Neo OBSOLETE Post NASAL Surrealistic CARNAGE is TOMORROW!

2010 Mar by Burlesque of North America

We'll be setting up tonight in this very unique space. We'll have a few pieces we put together just for this show, Broken Crow prints and the BRLSQ low-tech high concept custom light show. Austin, Thursday will be your only chance to see it. It's after the day parties and before the main showcases. Walking distance from the convention center. Be there or cry later!

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It was Dre Day 2010 (And Everybody Celebrated)

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

It's February 19th, the day after Dre Day. Nevermind the 18th, today's the day that needs to become a federal holiday. No one's getting any work done and they really need the time to recover. Seems that people nationwide are choosing to celebrate all week long from the slew of parties that have been popping up! We don't even know who some of you guys are but keep spreading the Dre gospel far and wide. Also, get in touch so we can send you stuff! We're gonna put up a world map and stick pins in for each town that's started observing Dre Day. Or maybe a globe so we can spin it. We really haven't thought it through. Kinda like when we first thought of Dre Day back in late 2002. Here's an exclusivo interview I did with Tigger at citypages.com that goes into the Dre Day origins. BTW If you're in Chicago, your celebration is tonight! With Psalm One at Darkroom. Here's a few of Ben's photos from last night at the Triple Rock. Check out his Dre Day 2010 MPLS flickr set for way more. The entire BRLSQ crew was there and had a ton of fun, maybe too much (...the phrase ""Wes! I'm drunk! Gimme the keys to the truck!"" may or may not have been uttered.) Everything went smoothly with setting up, Triple Rock staff was their usual great selves, and the crowd was hellbent on doing nothing but partying all night. Oh, and next year? February 18th, 2011 aka Dre Day falls on a Friday. *Also, keep up to date with Ben's awesome photos with the handy flickr feed on the left. It used to be linked to mine but I haven't uploaded in ages. Once I start adding stuff again, I'll put mine back up. Ben shoots a lot more than party photos too!

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The Official Dre Day mix is here!!!

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Our man Jimmy 2 Times put together one hell of a mix dedicated to the even mainier man right now - Dr. Dre. One of the DJs performing at this Thursday's Dre Day at Triple Rock Social Club, Jimmy blew the roof off with this one! If you have even one grain of appreciation for the doctor, download this right NOW and get in the spirit! We are just ONE DAY AWAY from Dre Day! CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD or you can also grab the mix from our BRLSQOTHEQUE podcast! Go grab your advance tickets for Dre Day at triplerocksocialclub.com - don't get left out in the cold on Thursday!!! Tracklisting for the official Dre Day mix 1. Jimmy2times - Dre Day Intro 2. Blackstreet f/Dr. Dre - No Diggety 3. 50 Cent f/Mobb Deep - Outta Control(Remix) 4. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Tha Next Episode 5. Snoop Dogg - What's My Name 6. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Deep Cover 7. Snoop Dogg - Tha Shiznit 8. Dr. Dre f/Knoc'Turnal - Bad Intentions 9. Dr. Dre - Let's Get High 10. Snoop Dogg - Gin & Juice 11. N.W.A. - Gangsta Gangsta 12. N.W.A. - Fuck the Police 13. The D.O.C. - It's Funky Enough 14. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Little Ghetto Boy 15. Dr. Dre - Let Me Ride 16. Snoop Dogg f/Xzibit - Bitch Please 17. Dr. Dre - What's the Difference 18. Dr. Dre f/Hittman - Ackrite 19. Snoop Dogg f/Tha Dogg Pound - Doggy Dogg World 20. Mary J. Blige - Family Affair 21. The Game f/50 Cent - How We Do 22. Snoop Dogg f/The Lady of Rage - G Funk Intro 23. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Dogg - Still DRE 24. Dr. Dre f/Kurupt, RBX & The Lady of Rage - Lyrical Gangbang 25. Busta Rhymes - Break Ya Neck 26. Eminem f/Dr. Dre & 50 Cent - Crack a Bottle 27. Snoop Dogg - Lodi Dodi

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Get Cryphy turns 2

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

In a total coincidence, two of Minneapolis' best DJ-based dance parties celebrate their two year anniversaries this week. Last night, hundreds of muisc-hungry party people packed the Triple Rock Social Club for the two year anniversary of our weekly Triple Double party. This coming Friday, DJs Plain Ole Bill and Jimmy 2 Times will host the two year anniversary party for Get Cryphy, a monthly party crammed into First Avenue's VIP Room focusing on rap-related dance music. For two years, these fellas have been spinning everything from E-40 to Disco D to Blaqstarr to 2 Live Crew to Paul Wall to Missy Elliot and have featured guest sets from DJ Sega, Low B, Emynd, Prince Klassen, and Burlesque's own Mike 2600 and WZZWNSHP. The result is a big, sweaty, bass-filled mess with one of the most diverse crowds in town. We rides hard for Billy and Jimmy and support everything they put their energy behind, so expect to see many more collaborations between Burlesque and Get Cryphy! photo by Dennis Jeong Plaster Burlesque has been responsible for the design of 23 of the 24 Get Cryphy flyers and also a brand new t-shirt which will be debuting this Friday! Catch a sneak preview below. Get more info and RSVP on Facebook!

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Triple Double at Two

2010 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Tonight we celebrate the two year anniversary of Triple Double. Way back in February 2008, Wezz and I set up a pair of turntables on the floor in front of the stage of Triple Rock Social Club. Along with DJs TRL from Modern Radio and Tanner Klouda (of First Avenue and Triple Rock employment fame), we spun a mix of hip hop, funk, post-punk, '80s, and more. Rockers, rapsters, hipsters, skaters, punkozoids, and b-boys came out to dance, see their friends, and drink 2-for-1 beers. The $0 cover, cheap drinks, relaxed atmosphere, and great music has been the perfect recipe for this long-running weekly dance party. We've heard dozens of DJs spin thousands of songs and seen thousands of dancers do their thing, helping make our Tuesday nights look more like a Friday. Come out to Triple Rock Social Club tonight to hear more of the great dance music you've been loving for the last 103 Tuesday nights. with your DJs: Mike 2600 WzzWnshp Jimmy2Times & Plain Ole Bill Rambo Salinas TRL Shannon Blowtorch King Otto Jeff Dubois 717 Boys

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LIKE WE ALWAYS DO ABOUT THIS TIME

2010 Jan by Burlesque of North America

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Report from San Francisco

2010 Jan by Burlesque of North America

Thank you thank you thank you to EVERYONE who came to check out A Visit from BRLSQ at Lower Haters gallery in San Francisco this past Friday night. There sure were a bunch of you there. If you missed it, our prints will be hanging up in the shop for the next month. Lower Haters is located at 597 Haight St. at Steiner in the Lower Haight, just around the corner from our buddies at Upper Playground.

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What 2009 looked like

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

What happened this year? I thought about doing some top 5 lists but nobody wants to read those and people always want to question them and get all judgmental. Does anyone who looks at this blog care if I loved Inglorious Basterds or can't think of any good albums that came out this year off the top of my head? Here is a multimedia chronological look back at some of my memories from 2009. First, I traveled to our nation's capital with my good homie Joe (A.K.A. Bitch Ass Darius) to try to look at the inauguration. This is about how close we got: Joe and I returned home and got real serious with our glockenspiel band, New Kids On The Glock: As a gigantic icicle melted outside our building, our office flooded the week before Dre Day! Ain't no punk ass icicle gonna stop us! Survived yet another brutal winter in Hoth Minneapolis: We rang in another SXSW with our second DO IT TO IT vinyl record, release party, and promo video: Eric Inkala, John Grider, Isaac Arvold, and Keiko Yagishita rocked our First Amendment Arts gallery with their Almost Homeless show. Syl Johnson put on an incredible performance at Numero Group's Eccentric Soul Revue in Chicago: I got to design the poster for the show as well: Traveled to Vancouver BC for a DJ gig and was floored at how gorgeous the city is. My Kidrobot Alphabet keychain series was finally released and I couldn't have been more excited: As part of Walker Art Center's ""Don't Sleep On It"" 24 hour art-making marathon, we led a roomful of high schoolers on a 3-6am adventure filled with building a wall of giant speakerboxes, overlapping video and slide projections, and plenty of BASS! Went to Sedona Arizona for my brother's wedding, stayed for the crystal healing sessions, wizard potions, and magnetic spiritual vortexes... brah. Added another Bonnaroo poster to our repertoire: One week after Michael Jackson died, I was in New York and ended up at an MJ tribute night hosted by the great DJ Spinna. It was one of the best all-Michael DJ sets I've ever heard and one of the most intense experiences I've ever had while listening to a DJ spin. I'm talking like... religious experience level shit here, people. Had to switch gears from Michael to Prince to DJ at the Purple Rain 25th Anniversary dance party at First Avenue. We were honored to have Minneapolis' Mayor R.T. Rybak attend, share his thoughts on Minneapolis' rich musical history, and then hand First Avenue a custom-made key to the city! I spent a year staring at international postage stamps and used all that inspiration to design the packaging for my buddy BK-One's new CD ""Radio do Canibal."" Autumn kicked into gear and things like this happened: The whole BRLSQ team helped put together a crazy art installation at SOO Visual Arts Center for the super cool ""Non-Consensual Constructivist Post-Dada Cerebral Warts"" show with Haze XXL and Aesthetic Apparatus: King Otto and I rocked the crowd at 7th Street Entry for another Halloween night all-oldies Monster Mash dance party! The art school at Illinois Wesleyan University hosted Wes and I for the weekend as we installed and opened our largest gallery show yet, simply titled The Screenprinted Work of Burlesque of North America. My dude Emynd released a digital EP of my music on his Crossfaded Bacon label. ""Ready to Rock"" is my first ever solo EP and I made a video to promote one of the choons: We cut our teeth in the craft fair scene at the No Coast Craftorama. Expect to see us at many more arts & crafts-related events in the near future! We bout that craft, son! 2009 was a year of big changes both good and bad for myself, Burlesque, and my friends. I'm looking forward to a clean slate in 2010 to see what great things will come for everyone. LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

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Solange on Aug 11 2015

- Ish, trois e9tages, je trouve e7a pas mal dense pour le quetriar Blague e0 part, e7a fait bien trente ans qu il y a un terrain vague le0, il e9tait temps qu une de9cision soit priseJ aime bien le commentaire de feue la mairesse Boucher, sur ce dossier : ab Cela aurait e9te9 un terrain exceptionnel pour une centrale de police, a commente9 la mairesse. On aurait pu y construire un hf4tel ou des commerces. Mais non, ces gens, qui connaissent tous les trucs, veulent s’installer tout pre8s du Grand The9e2tre. bb

Solange on Aug 11 2015

Hit It and Quit It

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Coming up this evening we have another edition of the fabulous Tuesday Triple DJ event we put on every week at the Triple Rock Social Club. 2-4-1 drink specials, funny videos, dancing and all around goodtimes. Tonight's lineup- TRL Wzz Wnshp Lenka Paris 9pm-2am If you haven't been yet, get familiar. Facebook rsvp.

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Our Holiday Bonanza is this Saturday!

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Come celebrate the start of the holiday season with Burlesque! Our halls (aka First Amendment Arts) will be decked with some of our finest screenprinted posters and artprints, we'll be stringing up Christmas lights and serving up mulled cider and egg nog. Dance to the music of the Wants VS Needs DJs, playing all evening! Marvel at an array of screenprinted rock posters and fine art prints, hung up right where it was created! There's even going to be a few new items just in time to get slapped on the walls. Enter our first ever Coloring Contest! Color in awesome Burlesque line art right in our studio! Get free stuff made by us! Pick up inexpensive, unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list! RSVP on Facebook * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 1101 Stinson Blvd (at Broadway & Stinson in NE Minneapolis) 7-10PM All ages FREE View Larger Map

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Craftorama report / new shirts!

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at No Coast Craftorama this weekend. We had a great time meeting local arts supporters and eating all the crazy good food in the Midtown Global Market (we're lookin' at you, West Indies Soul Food). Here's our booth - the smallest merch table we've ever had! Sardine steez. Petey and Bennie holdin' down fort and slangin' shirts and posters. Our hottest shirt was this brand new design by our own Peter Bekke A.K.A. Petey Wheatstraw! All those napkin doodles during Burlesque meetings finally paid off with this stylized tribute to all the things that make us proud to call Minnesota home. We'll be printing more of these shirts in different color schemes and will have them up on our online store this week. Sign up for our mailing list to keep up with all of our new shirts, posters, and events! We also reissued this classic shirt from back in the Life Sucks Die era! Go gophers! These shirts and all the designs in the following blog entry coming to our online store THIS WEEK!

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- Yeah I just used to make notes on my iPhone. In fact I still do, but now I carry around one these, eelacislpy for concepting. Nothing replaces good ol’ pencil and paper. Comes in pretty handy Have you seen the ones? Pretty smart idea and you get a little old school type setting class. Brilliant!

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No Coast Craftorama this weekend!

2009 Dec by Burlesque of North America

We're getting excited for this weekend's No Coast Craftorama, a pop-up market of Twin Cities' finest independent crafters, designers, and artists all showcasing their best arts, crafts, gifts, and more! Looking for something unique for your friends and family this holiday season? We've got a ton of screenprinted art prints, rock and hip hop concert posters, kids clothing, zines, sticker packs, even boxcutters and beer coozies all packed up and ready to put on display! NEW STUFF FROM BURLESQUE? PROVE IT! Okay, here are some photos of our brand new t-shirts we'll be debuting! SOUNDS AWESOME! WHERE AND WHEN IS IT? The Midtown Global Exchange Building Lake Street @ 10th Avenue in Midtown Minneapolis Friday Dec 4th, 3-8PM Saturday Dec 5th, 9AM - 5PM Admission: FREE! IS THERE A WEBSITE WITH EVEN MORE INFO?!?! You bet yer sweet little tush there is! It's right here ---> nocoastcraft.com

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BRLSQ Kidz Coloring Contest!

2009 Nov by Burlesque of North America

Burlesque is hosting our very first coloring contest! Kids of all ages (even adult-aged kids) are invited to download our Winter holiday-themed artwork (right-click the image above to save to your computer, then print on standard 8.5 x 11"" paper) and color it in any way you want. Bring your colored artwork in to our studio or mail it to us at Burlesque of North America 1101 Stinson Blvd #12 Minneapolis MN 55413 We will hang all of the entries up in our gallery at our Holiday Bonanza art show and winter party on Saturday December 12th from 7-10pm at First Amendment Gallery (same address as above). Partygoers can vote for their favorite entry and the winning artist will receive a pack of posters from Burlesque!

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Burlesque in the Land of Lincoln

2009 Nov by Burlesque of North America

Wezz and I have been in Bloomington-Normal IL for the past few days getting ready for the grand opening of The Screen Printed Work of Burlesque of North America, our largest gallery installation to date. With the indispensable help of the student workers, we've been installing almost 150 posters in the Merwin Gallery at Illinois-Wesleyan University. Are you in the Central Illinois area? We'll be giving a lecture Tuesday November 10th upstairs from the gallery from 4-5pm, followed by a reception in the gallery until 6pm. Where that afterparty at? Bloomington-Normal, come show us a good time! Let's get it crackin'!

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Non-Consensual Success!!!

2009 Oct by Burlesque of North America

Thanks to everyone who came out to night #1 of NCPDCCW at Soo-Vac!!! There are still three more nights to come experience our enormous pyramid of test print cubes, a huge installation of prints from Aesthetic Apparatus, and an exhibition of 100 hand-assembled CD packages by Haze-XXL! Live music schedule: Friday night: Gay Witch Abortion Saturday night: Halo of Flies Sunday night: The Melvins Here are a few photos of our installation...

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Non-Consensual Post-Dada Constructivist Cerebral Warts TONIGHT!

2009 Oct by Burlesque of North America

Tonight is the kick-off of four consecutive nights of art, music, film, and mayhem at the old Hi-Pointe Printmaking Center (just next to SOO-Visual Art Center on S. Lyndale). We've got some craaaayzaaaaay things going on, so come check it out for yourself! See soovac.org for more info.

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GRINDIN'

2009 Oct by Burlesque of North America

Thanks to everyone who came to our booth at the Walker Art Center's PosterMart last night. We met some cool folks and saw some fresh work from our friend Flora Fauna and others. It's so great to live in a city with some much poster design talent. Here's Wezz at our table: Our Factory Sale starts TODAY!!! Check out the sneak preview photo below for an idea of what's waiting at our studio. So many deals! Had your eye on one of our $20 or $30 posters but been waiting for the price to come down? Now's the time! This is it! Can't make it? Get in touch with a friend and have them pick up some posters for you. We don't do these kinds of deals that often, so this is the perfect chance to get your hands on some inexpensive fine art made right here in Minneapolis! 3-8pm Friday 12-5pm Saturday Free admission, all ages welcome 1101 Stinson Blvd NE, Minneapolis MN 55413 (612) 379-4151

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Burlesque Factory Sale

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

WE'RE SLASHING PRICES! Time to clear off our shelves to make room for the 2010 models. We're holding a HUGE sale where you'll have the chance to take home rare and classic Burlesque of North America posters, t-shirts, stickers, CDs, vinyl, and more! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Take 10 - 75% off on most items! Scratch & Dent posters! One-of-a-kind test prints! T-shirts, magazines, and CDs we haven't even put up for sale on our website! Refreshments and snacks! Music from the BRLSQOTHEQUE DJs! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * FRIDAY OCTOBER 2, 3-8PM SATURDAY OCTOBER 3, 12-5PM 1101 Stinson Blvd NE, Minneapolis

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Bye Bye Inkala

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Our friend Eric Inkala is packing up his paintbrushes and moving to New York. We're sending him off with a proper party and everyone's invited! Saturday September 19th at First Amendment Arts: E-ROCK-OUT? Artwork by Eric Inkala and friends Live music from The Millionth Word DJ set from Paper Tiger 7-10pm free admission all ages welcome RSVP on Facebook

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Flatstock 22!

2009 Sep by Burlesque of North America

Our Flatstock crew has returned to our desks and our presses after a fun filled weekend at Bumbershoot. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth, shared drinks and laughs with us, the wonderful Larsen family for putting up with our posse, Sarah Silverman!, the folks at API for putting together another great Flatstock event, and all the great musicians we saw at Bumbershoot. Here's a small photo gallery of our time in Seattle...more can be found at Ben's Flickr site... See ya next year!

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DELIRIOUS

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

WOOOOOOOOOOOOW Thank you to EVERYONE who came out to our Let's Go Crazy party last Friday! We packed First Avenue with 700 Prince fanatics who sweated it out to DJ sets from me and Dan Speak. We spun nothing but classic Minneapolis funk all night, mixing all of the legendary Prince songs with bangers from Morris Day & The Time, Jimmy Jamm & Terry Lewis, Mazarati, Cherrelle, S.O.S. Band, Alexander O'Neal, and of course The Twin City Rapper! We were also blessed with a dance performance from Minneapolis' newest red-hot dance troupe The Velvet Whips, and some memorable and meaningful words from Mayor R.T. Rybak. Wezz's dad, Larry Winship, helped us build the Prince symbol-shaped key to the city, which Mayor Rybak presented to First Avenue on the occassion of the 25th anniversary of the release of ""Purple Rain."" What a night! photos by Wes Winship and B Fresh Mayor R.T. Rybak presents the new key to the city to Sarah Sandusky from First Avenue. The Velvet Whips heat up the stage.

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LIPS & DRIPSSS

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

Wes Winship's brand new art print Lips & Drips is available right now in our online store! It's a 21st century homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show and was used as promotional art for June 2009's BOMP party which Mr. Winship co-organizes. Get your time warp on!

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Subscribe and win!

2009 Jul by Burlesque of North America

Wanna keep up with all of the latest Burlesque posters, events, and other news? Wanna win free posters and more? Then keep reading! To subscribe to our newsletter, just fill out the form below: Name: E-mail:

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Wants vs Needs

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

This Friday night myself and a couple of other local DJs/good peoples are throwing a dance party at Club Jäger in Minneapolis. In an effort to add to the good times, we are giving away a limited number of mix cd's and t-shirts for FREE, so get there early to get your hands on some free thangs. You can find more info about the night on our blog. Big thanks to the ever impressive Adam Garcia of The Pressure for designing the flyer/logo for us. Don't forget to download Espada's half of the mix here. See you Friday! Friday June 19th Club Jäger 923 Washington Ave N. 10pm FREE

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Formidable Flat - the opening

2009 Jun by Burlesque of North America

Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening of Formidable Flat. Drew Peterson and Kristina Paabus truly transformed our gallery into a visual wonderland. We'll have some of the prints from the show available for sale on our website in the coming weeks and the show will be running in our gallery through June 23rd.

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FAMILIA TRUE HEADS Vol. 3 PARTY!!1

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

Third year in a row we've (FAMILIA Skateshop) been doing this.  Come out and celebrate another release of ""True Heads"" decks.  Nominating 4 more  dudes that have helped out the Twin Cities skateboard scene in big ways.  DJ Millions Billions will be tearing apart your ear drums all night with a mega party mix for all ya'll.  Let's help support these dudes, and help support local skateboarding. Friday (tonight). 9 P.M. till 2 Free to attend. 21+

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Triple Double Tuesdays

2009 May by Burlesque of North America

Looks like another great lineup this month for Tuesday nights at Triple Rock. Swing on through for free admission, two-for-one drinks, three outstanding DJs spinning all your favorite hip hop, funk, disco, rock, and dance music, and all your friends on the dancefloor. May 5th features an out-of-town guest DJ - the one and only Mr. Supreme from Seattle. Whether it's rare funk, deep disco, or even bottle service R&B, Supreme does it right. Also there may or may not be a surprise Cinco de Mayo performance from a certain rap group celebrating something large on the 5th. You'll have to come to Triple Double to find out!

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Eccentric Soul Revue pt. 2

2009 Apr by Burlesque of North America

Just got back from a weekend in Chicago to see the Eccentric Soul Revue. BRLSQ blog devotees will recall the poster I designed for the show a few months ago and typed about here. If you don't remember and don't feel like clicking, here's the poster: Awesome sign above the Park West Theater: The lineup for the night: Renaldo Domino. I was trying to get a good photo of his killer name buckle, but I'm no Wes Winship and my partytime photo skills are elementary. The Notations. Sweet, sweet soul in four party harmony. All of the singers were backed by Chicago's own JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, filled out with a string and horn section. They did a hell of a job of keeping the night not only sounding good, but flowing super smoothly from singer to singer. The man of the hour, Mr. Syl Johnson! He's an incredible performer. 100% dynamite. He performed a lot of songs I was hoping he would, including ""Conrete Reservation"" (which he's only done live a handful of times), ""Come On Sock it to Me,"" the breakbeat classic ""Different Strokes,"" and ""Is It Because I'm Black?"" Syl performing ""Come On Sock it to Me"" Make sure you're sitting down for this one... Syl and the Uptown Sound hit it TEN TIMES: Syl Johnson listing all the rappers who sampled the intro to ""Different Strokes"" The Numero Group merch table, featuring the Brotherman poster and the Eccentric Soul Revue poster, both designed and printed by us! The Eccentric Soul Revue poster will be going onsale at our online store this Thursday along with Aaron Horkey's INITFEST 2009 poster! Be there!

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No Rest For the Weary

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

Just a few days after we get back from SXSW, we are proud to present the sequel to First Amendment Art's ""Almost Famous"" art show from 2007. Isaac Arvold, Eric Inkala, John Grider, Keiko Yagishita return with ""Almost Homeless"". The opening is Saturday, March 28th at 7pm. First Amendment Arts 1101 Stinson Blvd NE Minneapolis, MN

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enjoi just another skateboard art show

2009 Mar by Burlesque of North America

i have a few things in this show, some watercolor/screen prints as well as 2 full screen prints that you may have seen in a post below...

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Familia Grand (Re-)Opening in Minneapolis

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Burlesque's favorite skate shop, Familia, is opening up their new store in Minneapolis this Saturday, featuring a Todd Bratrud Art Show. So why isn't Todd writing this? I don't know. He's busy ""drawing"" or something. We're just wrapping up a pair of prints of deck art for Enjoi Skateboards: Louie and Jerry the Octodeer. Anyway, that Familia thing...Noon to 6 at their new shop, 2833 Hennepin Ave. S. Click the photos for more of these prints in production.

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Jimmy 2 Times Brings The Dre Day Love

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

Here's a Jimmy joke about your Mama that you might not like: We heard she tried to front on Jimmy 2 Times. Check out our main man pullin' off a hoo-ride of a mix of unforgettable Dre classics in honor of our other main man's birthday celebration. It's amazing what one man can do when BRLSQ locks him in a room with a gang of weed and won't let him out till he's finished both the indo and the mix. What up 4am upload? Dre Day VII: Minnesota Love Tracklist- -Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Fuck Wit Dre Day -2Pac - Can't C Me -The Game - Westside Story -50 Cent - Heat -Dr. Dre - Keep Their Heads Ringin' -Lady of Rage - Afro Puffs -Snoop Dogg - Gz & Hustlas -NWA - Dopeman -Eazy-E - Boyz in the Hood(remix) -Eminem f/Dr. Dre - Guilty Conscience -Dr. Dre - Fuck You -Eminem f/Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, & Xzibit - Bitch Please 2 -Obie Trice f/Nate Dogg - The Set Up -Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Nuthin But a G Thang -Dr. Dre - Housewife -50 Cent - In Da Club -Eminem - Role Model -50 Cent - Gunz Come Out -Dr. Dre, 2Pac & BRLSQ Gangstas - California/Minnesota Love -D.O.C f/NWA - The Grand Finale Length- 43min 42sec • Free BRLSQOTHEQUE Podcast subscription. • Just the direct link to Minnesota Love please.

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Dre Day is just two days away!

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

We've been burnin' the candle at both ends as we finish up all of our last minute Dre Day preparations. Here's a glimpse into some of the brand newness you can expect at this year's festivities in Minneapolis. Wrestling with Illustrator to wrap up the new t-shirt design. Wes getting some ink organized while Pete starts printing the new shirt. A stack of blank tees looms in the foreground. You are now about to witness the strength of screenprinting knowledge. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH HA HA HA HA HAAAAA!!! 2009's sticker pack with 24 all new designs! Be the first to cop all this hot new shit and more (for cheap!) at Dre Day VII: Minnesota Love. Saturday February 14th at the Varsity Theater. 9pm - 2am $8 advance, $10 door 18 up

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Minnesota Loooooove

2009 Feb by Burlesque of North America

In case you still haven't been convinced to come party with us at Dre Day, we offer you this promotional video, simply entitled MINNESOTA LOVE. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvAS0OWvl9g Music by Andrew Broder, Wes Winship, and of course Dr. Dre. Video edited by Mike Davis. Don't forget to RSVP on FACEBOOK!!!

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Do it to me one more time.

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

If you were at SXSW 2008, you hopefully dropped by our big ass dance party at Silhouette. We had a killer lineup of some of our favorite DJs - Dave Nada, Cosmo Baker, Smalltown DJs, Bird Peterson, DJ Mel, Prince Klassen, and Burlesque's own Mike 2600 - rockin' it all night long. Nada and Cosmo wrapped up the night with an hour-long set of monster Baltimore club stompers and it was just insane. It was a stupid fun party. It was free to get in. Our good friend Drue from Silhouette really hooked it up for us! The DO IT TO IT night was also the release for our vinyl EP of the same name! Here's the promo video we hooked up for it: SO, it's just about time for SXSW 2009 and of course we're gonna do the party all over again! Be sure to visit burlesquedesign.com/doittoit for links to all the different DJs' sites and to RSVP!!! More info and fun stuff coming soon!

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Arik Roper on ""The Sighting""

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

Our inquiring minds weren't content just to look at Arik Roper's new print, ""The Sighting"" we're set to release tomorrow. So we asked him what was behind it. Here's what he had to say- ""The Sighting illustrates a metaphor of gaining insight and perspective from a new position. The Ice Age era hunter and his Wolf companion represent the Mind in its unadvanced stages, wandering and laboriously ascending the mountain in search of nourishment. The floating Apparition represents the Revelation flash of the advanced Mind, gained from the new point of view and progress on the mountain. The encounter initially appears as a meeting of two separate entities but is ultimately a meeting with the self."" The Sighting will be available in our webstore starting Thursday, Jan 29th 2pm central time.    Photos- Bjorn Christianson

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Junebuggery

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

Preliminary sketch for The Blinding Light's forthcoming full length album, Junebug, to be released via INIT Records spring 2009. Expect an art print...

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First Amendment is back in effect!

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

We printed a whole bunch of posters in 2008 and came up with the idea to try to hang all of them up in our gallery at the same time. Mark your calendars!

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Amateur Fight Night

2009 Jan by Burlesque of North America

i could explain this event right here right now, but once you look at the image below you will see all the same info, but really im just tryna show you this art i designed for the Amateur Fight Night ads and posters. its a skateboard contest if you hadnt figured that out...

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