Typically, when we think of winter, we think of putting on more clothes—not less. But not so at the Collective: Unconscious Winter Festival, which kicks off tonight with the preview of Sex Crimes Cabaret, L. Gabrielle Penabaz’s scantily clad singing and dancing exploration of sex laws and the lives of sex workers. On Wednesday, check out The Veneration of Bettie Page, a celebration of the life of the beloved pin-up star, and Filthy Lucre: A Burlesque Christmas Carol, a retelling of Charles Dickens’s classic holiday story by the bawdy folks at Pinchbottom Burlesque (and take note, Heebs, a special Hanukkah edition is set for December 10). And if you saw all the nudie photos from Naked Girls Reading (yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like) on our website and were sad you missed it, the girls are back on December 9 to read you the abridged version of A Christmas Carol. What better way to stay warm?

Dec. 1-13, 2009