Saturday, January 6, 2018

Our Pineapple Princess Gone Too Soon

As you might have noticed, I got into a funk with my writing.  A couple weeks ago, I was ready to return with a post, ironically, about timing, and then I got the news.  2017 was already filled with tragedy for both me personally and the queerlesque community, and it had to deliver one last blow on the final day.  The beautiful, sparkling Pineapple of Burlesque, Jette Blaque, had died that morning.

Jette was a frequent performer on the Dallas and Denton queerlesque stages.  Her mentor was my teacher for when I got started at the Academy of Queerlesque, and we first crossed paths at during my second solo performance.  We'd see more of each other as the Sue Ellen's stage became a home for us, and I became familiar her shining presence.  She was full of laughter and joy backstage, and on-stage she could deliver so much attitude.
Panty Raid: Bare Necessities - our 2nd show together
Photo by Kevin Huckabee

We also had the pleasure of working for each other.  I loved having Jette for Tuesday Tease—she was a consummate professional yet a total goofball.  During one of the POC Teases, she became instant friends with the queens I had booked, as they went ga-ga over handsome men and quoted Empire.  It was a riot!  She had also booked me for her POC show at Glitterbomb, and I was so honored to be a part of that experience. 

The last time I saw her was when we were performing for our friend Mina Panamour's surprise birthday party.  Jette was not only going to do a cake sit, but she also planned to stick googly eyes on her butt and twerk during intermission.  Since I was going from Hana to Tony, I had to miss that, but the cake sit was epic!

Dirty 30: Mina's birthday show
Contagious Fantasies Photography
In addition to being a lot of fun, Jette was so kind and generous.  She had organized a surprise Christmas gift basket for the Glitterbomb producers and our dear friends, Lillith Grey and Milo Cox.  It was a great idea, and all of us queerlesquers worked hard to find the perfect items to contribute.  Since I had a Shutterfly account, I made a calendar, and Jette's excitement upon receiving it seemed as though she were the intended recipient.  She and I had also made plans for her to come to my place to give me and The Companion haircuts for a great price.  Previously she had talked about trying to provide cuts for queer clientele who may have faced discrimination or not gotten the cut they had wanted.  Having dealt with microaggressions relating to my hair, I thought the idea was wonderful.

Pineapples were her favorite thing.
Artwork by Jo Moulton
Jette didn't let her health slow her down, and even though she had her struggles, she always had a smile when I saw her.  I didn't know her as well as some other performers, but she still invited me to her and Nate Jones' wedding, which was so sweet and beautiful, and I was planning to get to know her better when she made her house call.  She has taught me to not let misfortunes bring me down, to take more selfies, and to be more like the regal pineapple she was.  Jette Blaque, we miss you so much, but your sparkle will remain with us forever.

(The title of this post was partly inspired by a poem by her maternal grandmother Daisy Kincheloe, "Gone Too Soon".)

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.