June 27, 2010
On Monday, I had the chance to see a show I had been looking forward to for quite awhile. In honor of PRIDE Week, Precious Little and Bastard Keith put together a show (this was the second annual one) in order to raise funds for Empire State Pride Agenda and marriage equality. I was excited about this show because 1) it was a benefit I can get behind and 2) the roster of performers was amazing. The show also had a great slew of raffle prizes, but we’ll get to that later.
The show was hosted by Bastard Keith, who is always a pleasure to be entertained by and in addition to his traditional singing and jokes, he read a tribute to David Bowie’s song, 5 years, which was really quite touching. The show’s performers were Nasty Canasta, Madame Rosebud and Marlo Marquise (hot girl on girl tango that was beautiful to watch) , Gal Friday, Legs Malone, Tigger!, Bea B Heart, Cybil Libertease, The Schlep Sisters (Darlinda Just Darlinda and Minnie Tonka) and Jezebel Express. I was really excited to finally see Tigger! (who I had heard so much about) as well as Jezebel who I had taken so many classes with, but was yet to see actually perform burlesque.
Now, raffle prizes at the show included gift certificates for a yoga class, a krav maga class, crystal jewelry, original comic book art by artist Robert Walker, bull whip lesson from trick roper Chris McDaniel, a 2 hour photo shoot with Beau Allulli, a goodie bag from Toys in Babeland and pasties made by Nasty Canasta. So many great options to choose from, I ended up putting in the the toys, the photo shoot, the pasties and the bull whip lesson. I ended up winning…drum roll please….the 2 hour photo shoot! So now, in addition to the Dale Rio photos and a shoot I did with Chris Zedano, I’ll have some nice headshots to add into the mix!
Even without the prize, the night was still all I could have hoped for and ended with a gay prom party on stage in solidarity for Constance McMillen, who was in town for PRIDE week. At one point Tigger! and Gal Friday switched dresses and danced and hugged before going to take a (prom) picture. It was a truly a magical moment during one magical night.