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A Shimmy Shakin’ November

Written by  Audria Larsen
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November is filled with decadent delights and extraordinary sights. Enjoy acrobats on wacky bicycles, unusual pizza recipes, a burlesque anniversary bash and a romp through a den of chocolate.


Shimmy Shack Burlesque Six-Year Anniversary Show
Rezervoir Lounge
1418 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids
Nov. 22, Doors 8 p.m., show 9 p.m., $5

Shimmy Shack Burlesque has been shaking up the stage at Rezervoir Lounge since 2009, showcasing wild and raucous burlesque talent hailing from near and far. This month, Shimmy celebrates six years with a Valley of the Dolls-themed tribute show featuring Sadie Sparkles from Detroit and EV Velour from Chicago, along with local entertainers. “It’s a good first burlesque show to go to because it’s very casual and intimate,” said Sarah Jean Anderson, host and comedian. “It’s like we are having a party together between the performers and the audience.” Anderson notes that the show “is always different,” based on new themes and with a rotating line up of guest stars. The anniversary features contests, prizes and a rollicking good time. I have it on good authority. (Full disclosure: I’m the founder and producer.)

Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk
Miller Auditorium
2200 Auditorium Dr., Kalamazoo
Nov. 1, 3 p.m., $25–$45, (269) 387-2300

Cirque Mechanics, “a rowdy circus where the mischief is on wheels,” presents Pedal Punk, a steam punk-inspired circus show that is not what you might expect. Described as an “acrobatic whirlwind where cycling is the escape from technology-obsessed society,” the show takes ordinary objects like bicycles and transforms them into exotic aerial apparatuses and naturally leads the audience on a journey to another world. From an old-timey penny farthing style bike crafted into an aerial hoop, or lyra, and the impressive German wheel (a large wheel, powered by an acrobat inside it), to teeny tiny tricycles, Circus Mechanics presents an endless array of custom, bicycle-themed props and a powerhouse cast of strong and bendy-flexy badasses to leave you wide-eyed.

Woodpecker Pizza Party
DeGraaf Nature Center
600 Graafschap Rd., Holland
Nov. 14, 2 p.m., $6, (616) 355-1057

Pizza is a passion that sways the majority of the population. And as evidenced by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and house pets everywhere, most creatures will vie for a bite if they get a chance. Woodpeckers are no different. Join the DeGraaf Nature Center for their Woodpecker Pizza Party, where you can learn about our native species and create a special pizza to tempt them with from your own backyard. But, like good stewards of nature, your woodpecker pizza will be crafted with the health of our feathered friends in mind. The crust is made out of suet and topping choices include seeds, nuts, dried fruit and even sand, which means you get to keep all the ooey-gooey traditional style pizza for yourself. Please call to register.

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