Cheesecake meets beefcake when Portland's Cocked and Loaded boylesque troupe bumps and grinds it out at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the Eureka Inn's Palm Lounge ($12 door, $10 advance). Caravan of Glam emcee Ecstacy Inferno hosts this male revue with strip that's heavy on the tease.
The brains behind all this brawn is Justin Buckles, who says the show is "very sensual and not crass or in your face" — an old-fashioned approach he credits for the less-than-a-year-old act's sold-out shows. Expect performers Todd Allen, Romeo Bedwell, Jaxin Yoff and Gabriel to bring all of burlesque's winking humor, costumes (from lumberjack to S&M), and group and solo numbers — swapping out the sequins and feathers for six packs. This is the troupe's first trip away from its hometown fan base and Buckle says, "The boys are all really nervous." So be gentle with them. Photos and video are fine, and you're welcome to run up to the stage with cash tips, but no lap dances, ladies and gents. Be nice and you can stay for the after party, dancing with the boys "until they kick us out."
The next morning, Sunday, April 26, skip the walk of shame and have breakfast with the fellas at Pancakes for Pride at 9 a.m. at the Bayside Grange, where they'll do a few numbers with the Caravan of Glam drag stars ($8 brunch, $12 brunch and show). That show is daylight rated, but likely still hot enough to melt the ice in your Bloody Mary.
— Jennifer Fumiko Cahill