One of our favorite old Tom Waits’ songs was “Pasties and a G-String,” an ode to the old days of burlesque, before the hardcore era surged in and way before the internet turned every possible sexual delight (or perversion) into something a click or two away. The Boston Babydolls, a leader in the new burlesque revival, come from that old-school, but, of course, with new twists. The Babydolls have a special Valentine’s Day show Friday Feb. 14 at Somerville’s Davis Square Theatre (Jimmy Tingle’s old spot). They’re at 7 and 9 and they’re called “Love Actually (not actually)” – the burlesque equivalent of Was (Not Was)? Your host Mr. Scratch will be joined by performers that may include Betty Blaize and Brigitte Bisoux in an evening of provocative R-rated entertainment. Vaudeville and comedy also promised. S. Tix: $30.
255 Elm St., Somerville, 800-838-3006. www.bostonbabydolls.com