When: Thu., Jan. 17, 5:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 18, 7 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 19, 7:50 a.m.
The sixth annual Vermont Burlesque Festival cranks up the heat with four nights of sizzling entertainment. For the first time, the steamy soirée incorporates film, kicking off with a screening of the indie drama Becoming Burlesque, in which a modern Muslim girl experiences the world of cabaret. Throughout the fest, more than 120 comedians, musicians, variety acts and, of course, burlesque performers sashay across stages in Burlington and Barre. Among the can’t-miss talent is the so-called Boss of Burlesque, Foxy Tann of Minneapolis (pictured), who emcees Friday’s Granite City Showcase. Festival proceeds support the Pride Center of Vermont and the University of Vermont Cancer Center.