Goodness Gracious

It takes a lot of balls to light your tits on fire. Angel Cecelia Helene Walker, better known as Satan’s Angel, has done it approximately 25,000 times over the last 40 years. Born in San Francisco to a devout Catholic mother, the burlesque queen once wanted to be a nun, but as puberty took hold the budding hellcat swapped charm school for reform school and learned to smoke reefer. During the '60s, she lost her virginity while dancing at the Condor, and packed in the crowds at Tipsy’s as frontwoman of a topless girl-band before heading for Vegas. In Have Tassel, Will Travel — presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival — she shares the glamour and the grit of being a world-famous exotic dancer, from her alleged flings with Clint Eastwood, Bobby Darin, Janis Joplin, and Hedy Lamarr to her head-on collision with a Mack truck and a bad cocaine habit. The play is part of Walker’s Ta Ta Flambé Tour, a farewell run through the old hometown before she retires her tassels. Walker also teaches classes, signs autographs, and makes things sizzle at several cabarets, starting with the Hubba Hubba Revue at the DNA on June 18 and culminating in a satisfying strut through the SF Pride Parade on June 27. Tonight features Have Tassel, Will Travel and performances by Kitten on the Keys, the Devil-Ettes, Satan’s Angel, and many others.
Wed., June 23, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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