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Jaxin Ryan

"Portland's own burlesque heartthrob, emotive beast,  self proclaimed, 'Prince of Roses', and as one (very real) Yelp reviewer once proclaimed, "... some sort of raunchy drag queen."


Graduate of the Rose City School of Burlesque and Mr. Nude Portland 2016, Jaxin Ryan is an exuberant, fearless queer anomaly that has been teasing and titillating crowds up and down the Pacific Northwest, regularly. He has left wave after wave of poetic, glittering justice in his wake and though a solo performer at heart, Jaxin has traveled with Portland's premier all male burlesque troupe, Cocked & Loaded, and Portland's own traveling queer cabaret, The Caravan of Glam. His exploration knows no bounds and it's not unheard of for you to find his toothbrush left in your bathroom!


From nerdy to gritty, to poppy and campy,  there's nothing this sly moving, romp-shaking glitter-fiend won't try on for size. Every showcasing of Jaxin's unique, artistic stylization is a gift you'll surely want to cherish and nai miss out on!"


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Natasha Riot

Internationally touring showgirl who calls Portland home, Natasha Riot is a multi disciplined and award winning performer. She is the new producer of Burlynomicon, a darkly decadent burlesque and variety show running every 2nd Tuesday at the Lovecraft bar in Portland, as well as producing the campiest series of summer variety shows that the PNW has ever witnessed, aptly named Summer Camp, also at the Lovecraft Bar. Her past life(s) included touring as a featured performer and crew member with the band, Beats Antique, being stage manager and performer with the Hubba Hubba Revue (SF), touring around the world performing and teaching burlesque and bellydance, and living off the land in a remote village while running a dance school in a neighboring town. She could teach you about the engine of your old Toyota pickup while listening to Dokken and subsequently suggesting how you might move your body...and perhaps your mind...more effortlessly through life.

She's also the 2017 Queen of the Roses, as dubbed by the Oregon Burlesque Festival and the runner up in both the 2018 Shimmy Showdown (St. Louis) and the 2017 Miss Exotic Oregon competitions.


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Iva Handfull

Seattle’s Iva Handfull is the multi-fierceted rock star of burlesque.  A fashion icon in the burlesque world, she’s a neo-burlesquer known for her inventive, epic, and often impersonating performances.


When Iva's not headlining and featuring in burlesque festivals and shows across North America, she’s co-producing as IvaFiero Productions - Edge-of-Your-Seat, Rock Concert-Inspired Burlesque Entertainment and teaching performers how to bring concert-worthy performances to their own stages.


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Aleksandra Mistress of Fusion


Aleksandra is the Mistress of Fusion! She is the Burlesque monthly show producer at The Castle, dance instructor, and diverse performer of over 8 yrs; performing in 9 states, 47 different venues, and over a hundred performances coast to coast. With a dance background in belly dance, modern, hip hop, and burlesque, Aleksandra brings her Slavic swoon and high energy everytime she hits the stage!

Earlier Event: June 8
Comedy at The Castle
Later Event: June 27
Silent Reading Evening