Coney Island’s Nerdlesque festival puts pop culture-inspired ‘fantasies’ on display

By Rosemary Misdary

A squad of storm troopers in rhinestone-studded helmets yanked off their white leather miniskirts at the Coney Island Sideshow Theatre this past weekend. The choreographed gyrations to a techno mix of the Star Wars Imperial March were interrupted by the ominous appearance of the Sith Lord. “Killer Queen” played as Darth Vader tore his blinking life support panel from his latex bustier.

It was time to get nerdy.

At the fifth annual international Nerdlesque Festival, nerd and pop culture get down to drop-splits, pasties, swords, ray guns and thongs (think naughty Comic Con).

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