Odd Talks Part Six, Learning from the Sexperts — Striptease, Burlesque and Erotic Rebellions

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Vancouver, BC | In partnership with Rough & Tumble, Odd Society Spirits presents Odd Talks the last Monday of every month. With the intention of sparking spirited conversation, and camaraderie amongst those who live and work in East Van and the surrounding communities, Odd Talks is a series of inspiring educational talks paired with elevated cocktails. Drinks are prepared by some of Vancouver’s finest bartenders and topics range from distillation to honey terroir, to the science of the hangover, to the history of being gay in Vancouver. Building on previous success, the team at Rough & Tumble have curated an evening for the curious-minded that is a foray into the weird and wonderful.

The sixth edition of Odd Talks goes down on Monday, October 28 at Odd Society Spirits (1725 Powell St.), and will illustrate the changes in the business of commercial striptease in Vancouver, from fan dancing at the State Burlesque Theatre, to Miss Lovie’s infamous moves at the Penthouse Cabaret, to the emergence of neo-burlesque troupes such as Sweet Soul and Virago Nation. Our guest storyteller Becki Ross is a queer anti-colonial feminist who teaches in the Department of Sociology and the Social Justice Institute at UBC. Becki will reveal why exotic dancing has had such enduring appeal while unpacking the imposed shame of the stripper stigma, the patriarchal, racist packaging of their bodies on stage, and how dancers fought for respect as workers, artists, and innovators.

While we listen to these life stories and studies and discuss this highly provocative and inspiring subject matter, Rough & Tumble, along with guest bartender Cyan Cody (AKA Sweet Baby Cy) of Chambar, Uncle Abes and The Narrow Lounge, will be shaking things up on the bar. No tickets required and space is limited—doors at 7pm, speakers at 8pm.

About Odd Society Spirits | Odd Society Spirits is a small-batch B.C. craft-certified distillery located in the heart of East Vancouver. Dedicated to combining old-world distilling traditions with new-world ingredients and ingenuity, Odd Society Spirits has created a family of spirits that entice and intrigue. Open Thursday through Sunday, Odd Society Spirits distillery and cocktail lounge is located at 1725 Powell St., Vancouver, B.C.

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