BENNINGTON >> The Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE) is excited to welcome Gypsy Layne back to perform for two nights at Oldcastle Theatre as part of VAE's Basement Music Series. Please join us on Feb. 12 and 13 at Oldcastle Theatre in downtown Bennington. Doors open at 7 p.m., the show begins at 8 p.m.
"The Gypsies go out of their way to be cheeky," Take magazine states, "Theirs is not a watered-down striptease patched together with a few corny jokes." Gypsy Layne is a coed troupe that creates intimate, playful numbers to songs by artists ranging from Pearl Bailey to Edith Piaf, Frank Zappa to Lady Gaga, as well as original compositions. Their shows are lauded for their vintage cabaret feel, cheeky comedic elements, and dynamic dance routines. At the Wanderlust Festival in Bondville, Vermont, in addition to performing, the troupe taught workshops on burlesque as a vehicle for self-empowerment and self-expression, which is one of Gypsy Layne's core values. What resonates the most with audiences is the troupe's promotion of self-acceptance and positive body image.
As if burlesque weren't enough indulgence for you and your love, enjoy delicious chocolate treats at the theater on the 12 and the 13. Decadent chocolate desserts, both homemade and donated by local experts, will be for purchase during the show with all proceeds benefiting VAE.
Tickets to the Gypsy Layne shows are $22 through Brown Paper Tickets, the first and only fair-trade ticketing company, at brownpapertickets.com or vtartxchange.org/bms.php, or by calling (toll free) 800-838-3006 — a small processing fee will be charged. Tickets are $26 at the door on the day of show on a first-come, first-served basis. Libations will be available from Thyme Tables Catering. Follow the current season on the Vermont Arts Exchange Facebook page (facebook.com/pages/Vermont-Arts-Exchange/207632432604757).
Up next: Feb. 27, Tessa Souter — "One of the finest and most fearless jazz vocalists to have emerged in recent years." -Boston Globe.
March 11 The Cash Registers — "A night of old school punk with the boys that defined the term."
March 12, Peter Mulvey — "The cream of the crop sings with a clarity reserved for the likes of legends." -Davis Enterprise.
March 19, Chris Bergson — "If you like the music of Coltrane, Muddy Waters and The Band, you will definitely like the Chris Bergson Band...Bergson's guitar work is magnificent and his voice is aged and full of soul." – Rootstime.