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Los Feliz is pretty quiet on a Monday night unless you find yourself at The Derby. Bella Beretta demands that you hoot and holler. She is the mistress of ceremony for the venue's weekly striptease showcase. The Pussycat Dolls might get all the press and the Forty Deuce dancers might get all the celebrity boyfriends, but on Monday nights, at "Dial "M" for Monday", Angelenos in the know are treated to the true classic art of burlesque.With a soundtrack of mostly classic 40s and 50s tunes, the ladies shadow danced and stripped for us behind feather boas and umbrellas. All graduates of Bella's Girl School, the dancers seemed buoyed by the small but enthusiastic crowd. They smiled brightly through wardrobe malfunctions (the kind where you can't get your clothes off) and DJ miscues. A shimmy and a wink and the audience forgave all mistakes by cheering and begging for more.

Next week's show is Burlesque Bingo. LAist will spend all week pondering what could be better than an evening filled with boas, bingo cards, and $2 Rolling Rocks hosted by someone named Audrey Deluxe.