Clear your calendar (or at least part of it) this weekend for some schooling in the art of burlesque as well as some entertainment. The first-ever annual Minneapolis Burlesque Festival commences tonight with appearances from the best local, national, and international burlesque artists. The four-day festival features the finest variety acts, aerialists, comedians, and cream-of-the-crop drag and burlesque performers, including Judith Stein and Frenchie Kiss.

Interested in learning more about burlesque? Take part in classes taught by local and visiting instructors known for being the best in the biz. Or if you’re more interested in the entertainment side of the festival, you will not be disappointed; check out the weekend schedule, show lineups, and parties. Attend the festival and add some heat to these below-freezing days! Th-Sa $30-$150. —RO

Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-623-7660,

(Featured image: Frenchie Kiss)