Best Burlesque Show
Hubba Hubba Revue
Though they perform over quirky, contemporary glam-rock songs or pop hits like the Beastie Boys' "Girls" (OMG, irony alert!), the dancers in local burlesque troupe Hubba Hubba Revue have an old-fashioned approach that would probably qualify as "classic striptease." If the flapper-ish Bootsy La Rue removes one fishnet stocking, the crowd erupts in enthusiastic cheers and jeers. Bombshell blond Isabella Minx can elicit such reactions just by swiveling her hips. Their dance pieces are slinky, highly choreographed, and often peppered with Buster Keaton antics (like battling the pair of pantyhose that won't come off), and usually favor stage presence and sensuality over salaciousness. Not to mention Hubba has a different look, more dressed up than even a more conventionally sexy troupe like the Suicide Girls: Dolly Parton wigs, page-boy haircuts, peeping Tom overcoats, and of course the obligatory tramp-stamp tattoos. Such aesthetics go over well in Oakland, especially when coupled with two goofy barbershop-style emcees in straw hats and horn-rimmed glasses, and a guy in a gorilla suit. The "tease" takes up most of the show, but it's so artfully stylized that by the time each dancer gets down to her pasties, everyone is salivating.