Saturday, May 20th, features the 4th Annual Literary Burlesque performance by the morphing troupe of nine women and one guy who will drop layers, both literal and literary, at the Ah Haa School for the Arts. This year’s show—Geography of Resistance: Body Politic, Body Erotic—is a collective “No!” to the rising forces in the world that seek to strip from bodies of women and bodies of land the legal protections that ensure we run wild and free, as madams of our own ecology. But the theme is also a “Yes!” and a nod to Wallace Stegner’s “geography of hope,” a phrase that public lands advocates invoke in the ongoing effort to protect our last, best wild places. Meaning we’ll caress contours. Tease topographies. We’ll erode and expose. And we’ll peel away playfully the projections that seek to reduce us to mere resources for the taking. Coincidentally, the troupe will be performing on May 20th, designated in 2016 by Colorado lawmakers as Colorado’s Public Lands Day. “At its heart, burlesque has always been a response to socio-political tyranny. And so this year’s performance is, in large part, just that: Our collective response to pussy-grabs and land-grabs alike,” says Amy Irvine, Literary Burlesque’s founding director. A review of the 2016 show “Oh Sister, Where Art Thou?” by Art Goodtimes noted: “It’s so very good. I was teased, tantalized, thumped and thoroughly rattled. Hysterical with laughter. Close to tears. On the edge of a canyon and deep in the incredible world of the feminine.” Performers will include Kierstin Bridger, Daiva Chesonis, Craig Childs, Erika Moss Gordon, Amy Irvine, Elle Metrick, Lydia Peelle, Corinne Platt, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, and Samantha Tisdel Wright. Doors open at 7pm with a cash bar, the show will begin at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and are available at the Ah Haa School (970-728-3886) and Between the Covers Bookstore (970-728-4504). Always sells out, don’t delay!