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Slinkily re­mov­ing el­bow-length lace gloves with shiny in­cisors framed by scar­let-painted lips is not the pre­serve of twen­tysome­thing Goth girls who are proud of their as­sets at Glas­gow’s Cabaret Fes­ti­val. No sir­ree!

Lynn Ruth Miller has trav­elled all the way from San Fran­cisco to present her show, Ap­proach­ing 80. A vet­eran cougar on the prowl, she will, in fact, cel­e­brate her 78th birth­day dur­ing her visit, although it is as yet un­clear how far bur­lesque’s old­est strip­ping granny will go. She’s at Glas­gow Art Club on Fri­day from 8pm.

Other stars of the very varied pro­gramme in­clude Frisky and Man­nish (pic­tured), the pop­u­lar mu­sic send-up dou­ble-act whose Ed­in­burgh Fringe shows have paved the way for tele­vi­sual star­dom (The Arches on Fri­day and Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 7.30pm) and Zoie Kennedy, who ap­pears in and co-cre­ated Once Bit­ten, at Cot­tiers The­atre tonight, 7.30pm. She is bet­ter known as Staff Nurse Meryl Tay­lor in ITV’s retro med­i­cal drama Heart­beat spin-off The Royal, which flat­lined and breathed its last in July of this year. Ms Kennedy is yet in her early 30s.

Fur­ther per­for­mances take place at the Tron, the Garage, the Rio Cafe, the Pav­il­ion, Glas­gow Univer­sity Union, and, of course, Nude in Ash­ton Lane – visit www.glas­gow­cabaret­fes­ti­ for full de­tails. The whole event is be­ing funded in the modern way by crowd­sourc­ing and those with deep pock­ets can still help out and pick up the prime in­cen­tive of a full cabaret per­for­mance in the com­fort of your own (or some­one else’s) home.

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