Nobody puts Baby through a dismal winter

Winter abides. We’ve still got the rest of this month, plus that deceptively long month of February, plus a bunch of March before we’re out of the cold. No judgment if you want to spend the next three months in fleece long johns and ear warmers, but if you’re feeling the need to heat things up a notch or five, there are a number of happenings taking place in the city this week:

Warm up with what is probably the greatest film of all time, Dirty Dancing, at the Crest Theatre (1013 K Street) on Friday, January 22, at 7 p.m. Before the show, Knock Knock will be providing live tunes in the lounge where bartenders from Empress Tavern will also be slinging drinks. Tickets are $8-$10, and trust Bill Medley, Swayze and Baby on this one: You’re going to have the time of your life.

On Sunday, January 24, at 6 p.m., the Crest will be hosting the California La Femme Magnifique Pageant 2016, a contest of female illusionists (of the RuPaul variety rather than David Blaine) from all over the state. Contestants will show in evening wear, creative costume, performance and a showgirl outfit, and the winners will go on to represent the Golden State in the international competition in Portland. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at

Over at Laughs Unlimited (1207 Front Street) on Thursday, January 28, at 8 p.m., The Sweet Spot presents an evening of burlesque, performance poets, live body art, comedians and music. This particular show will have a Mardi Gras theme, and tickets are $20-$60. More information can be found at Alternatively, at the same night and same time, Tommy T’s (12401 Folsom Boulevard in Rancho Cordova) is hosting Bad Girl: Burlesque and Variety Show featuring the Darling Clementines. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at