FIERCE! Queer Burlesque Festival Will Shock & Awe You

Published On April 28, 2015 | By Jenna Moen | The Arts

Nina La Voix

From April 30-May 3, over 100 performers from across the country and Canada will descend upon Pittsburgh for FIERCE, the International Queer Burlesque Festival! Get ready to witness an underworld of erotic appetites explored with no shame. FIERCE is dedicated to honoring and celebrating the history and diversity within the queer burlesque community, and on this weekend, it will flourish before our eyes. Queer Burlesque is often more revealing, and yet more ambiguous, which pushes the conventional burlesque boundaries of gender and sexuality and heightens the excitement to a new degree.

The kickoff party begins at 10PM on Thursday, April 30 at Blue Moon Bar (5115 Butler Street, Lawrenceville), and will be hosted by Joe King, a local gay celebrity and former editor of deceased Pittsburgh LGBT magazine, Equal. The headliner is Janet Granite, a local drag queen who does community work with LGBT centers.

world famous bob

World Famous Bob

On Friday, May 1, at 10PM, a showcase will be held at Cattivo Bar and Lounge (146 44th Street, Lawrenceville) in the downstairs show bar, hosted by Kaiser Colonic from St. Paul, Minnesota (aka King of Camp, Your Royal Heinous, and Queen Flaming Anus). Colonic is more than gender bending – he’s gender revolutionizing. His alternative female identity, KiKi Colonic, works as the bearded lady at The Vigilantease Collective in Minnesota. The night also includes Nina La Voix from NYC and GiGi la Femme from Nashville. Nina La Voix is a burlesque performer, alternative model, singer, and dancer. She won Best Soloist at the 2014 Great Burlesque Exposition in Boston. Later that year, she was first runner-up at the Pennsylvania BIG REVEAL Burlesque Festival, making audience members’ jaws drop when her booty hit the stage in a full split. Jazzy horns exploded in the background, and with her back to the audience and booty on the floor, she made a single butt cheek dance, as if she were winking at the audience. She looked out at the whole affair and laughed, knowing there were tricks up her sleeve yet to be revealed. We’re excited to see Nina La Voix awe the audience at FIERCE.

Saturday, May 2 will feature another showcase at 10PM at Cruze Bar (1600 Smallman Street, Strip District) hosted by the World Famous Bob from NYC, who is known for mixing martinis in her cleavage. Also featured is Poison Ivory, who left her Stepford-wife lifestyle in California to move to New York City in search of an alternative pursuit with never-ending surprise (which is where she found burlesque). Her acts often start off sweet as a rose, but before you know it, the petals fall off to unmask her true, venomous spirit. Saturday will also feature Michael J. Morris from Columbus, OH; and Toronto drag king headliner, Flare.

Finally, Sunday, May 3 will bring guests a brunch show starting at 1PM in Cattivo’s dining room and hosted by local drag royalty Georgia Bea Cummings, hostess and drag performer at There Ultra Lounge.

Tickets for FIERCE are available on showclix. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary event that is sure to shock and awe you.

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