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Book Club Burlesque Does The Curious Sofa

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While Bushwick Book Club combines bitchin’ music with works of literature, the Inbred Hybrid Collective’s book club multiplies the sexiness of reading times five. Their Burlesque Book Clubs feature local artists and performers in shows about a piece of literature. They’re starting the year with The Curious Sofa, Edward Gorey’s pornographic tale. It’s pornographic in the same way that Greek plays are violent; all the action is implied. When the Curious Sofa‘s main character gets it on with a dude she meets in the park inside of a cab, all you see is her hand pressed up against the window. In general, Gorey’s books are twisted and a little bizarre (they involve children falling down stairs, women dipping their husbands in acid, etc.), so his soft core porn tale is perfect for a burlesque stage show.

Book Club Burlesque presents The Curious Sofa
The Parkside Lounge
317 East Houston Street at Attorney Street [Lower East Side, Manhattan]
Tuesday, January 26, 8pm

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After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.