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Photos from Cabaret Risqué: FELLA-nies and MISS-demeanors

Photos from Cabaret Risqué: FELLA-nies and MISS-demeanors

Earlier this month, the Gateway Men’s Chorus held its annual major fundraising bash. The May 5 event at Mad Art Gallery featured louche and lovely performances, cocktails and a silent auction. Lovely Lola Van Ella produced and emcee’d. Ken Haller sponsored the VIP reception entertainment, Macspertise brought the dessert reception, and Michael Simon sponsored the

Jeez Loueez Is About To Give St. Louis Burlesque a Dose of Color

Jeez Loueez Is About To Give St. Louis Burlesque a Dose of Color

When St. Louis-born burlesque artist Jeez Loueez staged her first annual variety show here several years ago, she had to recruit performers of color from other cities. There weren’t enough locals. But this Friday, she says, about half the acts in her show, “Jeezy’s Juke Joint,” will be homegrown. With the Saint Boogie Brass Band

For This St. Louis Mom, Being a Bio-Queen is Both Liability and Liberation

For This St. Louis Mom, Being a Bio-Queen is Both Liability and Liberation

Charlotte Sumtimes talks, walks and acts like it’s the 1920s. She’s a middle-aged drag queen running St. Louis’ underground jazz scene, rubbing elbows with bootleggers and staying clear of the Klan. She drinks bathtub gin, she curses, she fights, she meanders on cobblestone streets past breweries and brothels. In reality, Charlotte shares a body with

Raised Voices: Gateway Men’s Chorus Performs “We Will Rise”

Raised Voices: Gateway Men’s Chorus Performs “We Will Rise”

Over its 30-year history, the Gateway Men’s Chorus has performed plenty of light-hearted tunes, but at their concerts this weekend, they’ll be trying something different: the 55-member chorus will use song to reckon with harsh truths. The show “We Will Rise” has music that touches on transgender rights, suicide, mental illness, and other issues. Perhaps

A Candy Crush

A Candy Crush

Justin Allen knew from a young age that the line between genders was blurry. Though plagued by social anxiety, he began spending time at Van Ella Studios, that well-known local workshop of burlesque, vaudeville and variety entertainment. While there, he transformed himself into a female-presenting character, Sugar Rush, who will be one of many artists

MTUG’s Telethon: “Community Made it Happen”

MTUG’s Telethon: “Community Made it Happen”

Last week’s 24-hour fundraising telethon by the Metro Trans Umbrella Group was the talk of the internet—it was such a cool throwback idea, updated for the social media age. “Old-school fun with a trans queer twist,” says MTUG’s executive director and co-founder Sayer Johnson. “Community made it happen.” So, how did it turn out? Well,

Physician Ken Haller Has a Not-So-Secret Talent: Cabaret

Physician Ken Haller Has a Not-So-Secret Talent: Cabaret

“I think of myself very much as a storyteller — probably a storyteller first and then a singer second.” For cabaret artist Ken Haller, the stories that weave his songs together are the important part of his shows. “The thing about the cabaret is that it’s about creating an emotional space for the audience so

Ericka Hart’s Art is Resistance and Yours Can Be, Too

Ericka Hart’s Art is Resistance and Yours Can Be, Too

This weekend, expand your ideas about what art can do in a conversation with Ericka Hart. Hart is a queer black femme who describes herself as a kinky, poly activist and sexuality educator—as well as a cancer warrior, after surviving a diagnosis of breast cancer at 28. Sex Positive St. Louis and Afrosexology are co-presenting

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