Saturday, October 12, 2019
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
Greenhouse Theater Center
Anghell from Venezuela
Lil Cotton Flower
TEA! just TEA!
Hosted by Magnoliah Black
Produced by: Team StarFox (Andi Stardust & Laika Fox)
Co-produced by: Belladonna Darling
VIP: $45 (includes reserved front row seating, signed cast poster, and swag bag), GA: $30
This is a seated theater show. VIP ticket holders will have reserved seats. GA seats are first-come, first-serve.
Anghell from Venezuela
Anghell is a mischievous rule breaker who was born and raised in Venezuela. He has been always involved in the entertainment industry, during his childhood he participated in TV commercials and plays, later on jumped to the model industry, participating in Fashion Shows and different kind of campaigns.
Being Latino helped him to be a passionate dancer who enjoys different kind of music. Throughout the years he took some dance lessons, until he discovered his passion for Pole dancing… the rest is history.
He has filled so many stages with his energy. On (and off) stage Anghell is disobedient and messy; is the kind of guy that loves to play and mess around with the audience; it is your call if you want to follow him in each adventure…
Bessie Snow is a Burlesque Artist from sunny California. She draws upon her Japanese and Creole heritage to bring you magnetizing and mesmerizing performances. She dances from a sensual and sacred place, and often enjoys adding some play and sexy tease to enliven her connection with audience members. She wants all who see her perform to remember that “being cold can be hot, too.”
Known as “Chicago’s Own Community Chest”, Cruel Valentine is an award winning, international burlesque entertainer. A lifelong singer, actor, dancer, writer, and artist, Valentine began performing the art of burlesque in 2007. Since then, they have spent the past several years performing their way across the nation and abroad, racking up multiple awards and honors.
Valentine is an independent performer, producer and teacher of burlesque, as well as an alt model and adult performer with The Lust Garden and Pink and White. CruelValentine.com is your go-to for all things Valentine, including a line of professional grade pasties, vintage pin up couture, and other titillating burlesque accessories. In addition to touring and teaching privately, Valentine has worked as a board member with several Chicago performance art organizations, as well as consulting with various alternative, creative, and adult companies.
Their teaching credits include various educational engagements both domestically and abroad, including workshops at the collegiate level at several of Chicago’s major universities. With extensive experience in theatre, music and dance, Cruel Valentine is a triple threat and then some, fusing multiple styles in their performances. A dedicated storyteller, they are never afraid to go there, or to make a mess with their art.
Darius Simpson is a spoken word artist, writer, proud wearer of crocs, and social justice advocate born in Akron, Ohio. He received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University and is currently an MFA candidate in the Creative Writing program at Mills College. He is the author of Conversion Theory (2018), and uses poetry as a tool with which to engage, inform, and connect with his audiences.
His work represents a deep dive into both the questions he has about himself and the worlds around him and a call to action for both to take hard looks at themselves. Darius aims to disrupt forced silences and build community through words.
Jean Wildest is on a mission to normalize nudity and is conquering the world one strip at a time! Jean is a nonbinary performer and choreographer, with a focus in burlesque and hip hop dance. They are based in Chicago, but you can catch them performing all throughout the midwest.
They are a founding member of PS…Burlesque, and a BAD TASTE Haus member. Wilder than Wilde, they’re Jean Wildest!
Lil Cotton Flower
Lil Cotton Flower is a funky black feminist fantasy with too much South in her. a poet, dancer and writer, Lil Cotton is a smart black play thing with a lot to say. From a long line of black laborers, artisans and organizers, Lil Cotton approaches the stage as a venue of transformation. As she courts her own personal liberation, Lil Cotton invites audiences to confront themselves and everything they think they know about black wimmin.
Lil Cotton Flower made her burlesque debut at Nudie Nubie’s SF in January 2019. There she won her first competition and has been twirling through history ever since…
Magnoliah Black is a Queer writer, performance artist, art model, witch and eater of food in public. Magnoliah has danced on stages throughout the country with the award winning and internationally traveled troupe Rubenesque Burlesque. As a solo performer her work continues to reflect body positivity, fat liberation and self possession. Magnoliah was celebrity model for the first annual Queer Fashion Week in 2015 & 2016, Curvy Girl Lingerie and has been photoed for Curve magazine in Bertha Pearl’s Size Queen Fashions.
She is a contributing co-founder of the A Sovereign Embodiment Healing Collective. Magnoliah has facilitated and spoken at events such as Baycon, NOLOSE, Fatty Affair, Pantheacon, Mystic South and The Northwest Pagan Conference. She has spoken at several universities including Berkeley, Stanford and San Jose State regarding intersectionality, sex, fat, feminism and health and she has sat on panels about disability. Her most recent published work can be found in “The Politics of Size” co-authored with Juana Tango and edited by Ragen Chastian and her journey documented in interviews in Nia King’s “Queer and Trans Artist of Color”.
MO LESS is a drag and burlesque artist whose tongue-in-cheek stylings challenge gaze and expectation in performance. They are the Executive Producer of BAD TASTE, a revue of queer and camp curiosities.
Sheffield Belmont started taking bellydance, or raqs sharqi, classes when she was in her late 40’s. In her 50’s, she started taking Burlesque classes. She has been surprising and exciting Chicago audiences as a soloist since 2017.
Sheffield breaks the boundaries of the Burlesque box. You may find her floating in feathers, or stripping off a suit. She loves Nerdlesque and has performed as Wolverine and Milton, from Office Space. She is a saucy shapeshifter! A honey of a ham on a hot croissant, it’s Sheffield Belmont!
“The Steamiest Asian Dumpling” – Siomai, pronounced show-my, is the Filipino version of the dim sum dumpling “shumai”. Siomai Moore is a tasty, award-winning performer based in Chicago. After nearly 4 years of studying burlesque, she debuted in 2018 after her GRINDuation from Delinquent Debutantes in Nashville.
Siomai Moore is a daughter of World Famous *BOB* in the House of *FAMOUS*. Siomai Moore is also host of The Pastie Tapes – a burlesque podcast where Siomai gives space for performers to let their voices and stories be heard in intimate interviews. She is a self-proclaimed fat babe who brings her sensual, captivating, attitude-filled, and sometimes comedic energy to the stage.
She has served up delicious performances to hungry crowds across the country. Siomai Moore brings her own flavor of big-bodied burlesque wherever she rolls! Siomai Moore is The Steamiest Asian Dumpling!
TEA! just TEA!
TEA! was born in 1952. By 1958 she knew she was transgender but stayed in the closet for 50 more years. Three years later she joined the Bloomington Burlessque Brigade and started producing routines that usually have a gender queer aspect.
She is most well known for her black light hula hoop routines and a unique use of light and storytelling. Her favorite routines often times bring joy and tears to the audience at the same time.
VERA has been in the performance/drag/dance world for 8ish years, known for holding awkwardly long eye contact, resembling an Armenian Weird Al, and hitting the splits. VERA is a proud member of the Rebel Kings of Oakland, the Bay Area’s longest running drag king troupe, drag father to several drag children, as well as a member of the drag king boy band, Nine Inch Males.
In addition to being a performer, Vera is Board President of the Pacific Center (LGBTQ Center in Berkeley), an operator on the LGBT National Hotline, and longtime volunteer at the YEAH! Youth Homeless Shelter. Vera is also a member of SWANABAQ (South West Asian North African Bay Area Queers) and co-facilitates a Queer Middle Eastern Femmes peer support group.
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