At Tipitina Theater
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Burlesque in New Orleans

At Tipitina Theater in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the tradition of burlesque is making a comeback. Rick Delaup, director of Bustout Burlesque, and his exotic dancers are a part of the revival, which many believe is a sign that New Orleans is on the way to recovery. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
‘PAYING TRIBUTE’: From left, dancers Maria Frangos, Nedra Nequan, Alexis Graber and Kacey Fonger close a recent show at Tipitina French Quarter theater in New Orleans. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Singer Debbie Davis puts on powder before the show. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
At Exotic World in Helendale, Calif., home of the Burlesque Hall of Fame and Historical Museum,a performer who goes by the name Marilyn is protégé to Dixie Evans (not pictured), the so-called Marilyn Monroe of burlesque. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)
Tempest Storm, known as the most famous stripper of all time, performs for an enthusiastic crowd, including many photographers. (Carolyn Cole / LAT)