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By day, the club was transformed into the College of Strip Tease. The Pink Pussycat was not the only American strip club to have an adult-education division, but it undoubtedly had the most distinguished faculty: Sally Marr, the noted striptease artist, was for many years its de facto chancellor, provost, dean and sole professor. (Ms. Marr’s son, the comic Lenny Bruce, sometimes appeared on the Pink Pussycat’s stage.)
The most newsworthy death in American arts this weekend was the tragic passing of the great singer-songwriter Vic Chesnutt, but I would be remiss not to mention that of Alice Schiller, Indiana Harbor native and co-owner of the legendary Pink Pussycat strip club.