Friday, July 28, 2017

Upcoming show: Texas Queerlesque Festival 2017

Hey, I'm back!  I didn't mean to disappear, but I went on vacation and had the time to rethink how I wanted to do this blog.  Rather than recapping events, I want to write about different subjects and how they affect my art.  Naturally you'll still hear about my experiences with various shows, and I will return to look back at some of the more unique ones from back in the fall.  However, I want to get to the good stuff about my struggles with body image, the importance of queer and POC representation, and the intersection of fandom with burlesque... just to name a few.

I already have a lot to say not just from previous ideas, but also a recent series of Tweets by #NotMyPresident .  I'm going to wait because I sliced my thumb in lab a couple of days ago, which put a roadblock in preparations for the Texas Queerlesque Festival, and because my TXQF act has become a statement about gender norms through a military video game character.

In the meantime, please check out this article which features Mad Max Morrison, whom I met at the festival last year: "Transgender service members in Texas react to Trump's military ban".  He's performing this Saturday while I'll be in the Friday show.  I hope y'all can join us!  Click here for tickets to the shows and unicorn school.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Upcoming shows: Tuesday Tease and Dallas Burlesque Festival

I promise I'll make a real post eventually.  It's been just super hectic with an event every weekend this month, and I wasn't even at All-con that long.  Thank you to everyone who came out to my panels!  Now it's back to performing.

Tonight Tony Fo-Hawk and I will be at Tuesday Tease.  Show starts at 10 PM.

Then I'm back at the Dallas Burlesque Festival after making my debut 3 years ago!  I'll be in the Friday early show which starts at 8 PM (doors at 7 PM).  Click here for tickets.

Friday, March 17, 2017

All-con 2017 panel schedule

Extra extra!  I'll be appearing at All-con this weekend.  Due to work and DBF approaching, I won't have too much downtime, but you can catch me at my panels.

By Neither Noir
- 6 PM: Nerdlesque

- 1 PM: Ignorance in Fandom: Dangerous Situations
- 6 PM: History of Burlesque

- 2 PM: Nerdlesque
- 3 PM: Ignorance in Fandom: Media Representation

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Upcoming shows and film debut

My hectic month for lab work, burlesque, and conventions has started.  As a result, I've pushed back posts again, but Bazuka Joe is starting his #NoseToTheRhinestone challenge this Monday and hopefully that I will make me rearrange my schedule better so that I'm not falling further behind.

If you get a chance, please come to Viva Dallas Burlesque tonight.  I know Dita is also in town, but I bet her show doesn't have so much fabulous nerdlesque.  Not that there's anything wrong with classic but we like to have an alternative for people who want more geekiness in their burlesque.

Then on Friday, I make my return to Denton AND my short film debut with Tim Stevens Films.  I will performing with some musicians and a belly dance before the premiere of his short film, The House Beyond the Hill.  Catch my little role.  Performances start at 9:30 PM.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Upcoming shows: Glitterbomb and Tuesday Tease

I'm getting ready to kick off a very busy month (plus a week).  I'm working on a new post too.  It's a very personal one, another Body Acceptance entry, so instead of rushing, I'm giving it some more time.  In the meantime, catch me at these two very exciting shows.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Show news

Bad news first: unfortunately Nerds in Technicolor has been cancelled.  There are tentative plans to reschedule for the fall.  In the meantime, Fort Worth will have to wait before it gets to see Hana Li.

Good news: you can catch me behind the scenes tonight as I bring you a queer love-themed Tuesday Tease!  We're exploring love in all its form, and we have a little game too.  So come be my Valentine at this show!

As a special treat today, check out some photos from my shoot with Madison Hurley Photography.  I'll be uploading more on my Facebook so be sure to follow my page.  Make-up by Violet D'Vine, hair by Rosa Lee Bloom.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tribute to a fallen queen

Glitterbomb: It's Called Pride Motherfuckers
Photo by Maddy Waltz

We only got to share the stage once.  Tragedy brought us together.  The show was Glitterbomb's response to the Pulse shooting.  She was assisting one of her drag sisters, Christina DeLeon, in a touching tribute to the victims.  The circumstances surrounding that night led to more performers than usual backstage and a greater storm of emotions than usual nerves and frantic excitement.  As a result, I never got to talk to her.

However, I noticed her prominence in the Denton drag and burlesque scenes.  It made me think about reaching out to see if she wanted to come over to Dallas for a performance.  I was still planning to ask about her when the Tuesday Tease Team got the news.  Because I didn't know her, I wasn't as hard hit.  Nevertheless I felt great sadness because it hurts to see one's friends in so much pain.  Pulse brought all of us in the LGBTQIAP community together such that a loss in one community is a loss for all of us.

I've been thinking about the missed opportunity, the subsequent what-ifs, and fears of what-next?  I'm still reeling from past tragedies, yet death stops for no one. Let this be a lesson to always embrace your castmates, to get to know performers beyond the stage, and to take a chance on that newbie.  Life is too short for anything else.

 Ivory Dior, know that you are greatly missed and that your memory will be with us always.