PU$$Y GIVES BACK offers freaky burlesque and dance party to counter Trump/Pence win
In response to the post-election political chaos, the Richmond Burlesque Revue will host “PU$$Y GIVES BACK: When They Go Low, We Get Nasty!,” a burlesque show and dance party at Gallery 5 on Saturday, Nov. 26 to benefit Southerners On New Ground (S.O.N.G.).
The show is meant to serve as a retaliation to the beginnings of a Trump administration. After the results of the presidential election which many believe will lead to a reduction in reproductive and LGBTQ rights, the group decided to use all the different emotions they were feeling–anger, sadness, disbelief–and do something constructive with that energy.
“We definitely have some very powerful women who are going to be in the show,” said Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside, co-producer of the Richmond Burlesque Revue and famed local drag queen, adding that they want to “provide people with a place that they can let out their emotions and be with like-minded people and an opportunity to have fun and be crazy.”
All proceeds from admission and raffle ticket sales will go to S.O.N.G., the Atlanta-based intersectional Queer Liberation organization.
According to Burnside, the group chose S.O.N.G. as a way to give back to all groups of marginalized people, since they noticed that they all had passions lying in different areas, such as LGBT rights, women’s rights, immigrants’ rights, the Black Lives Matter movement or battling xenophobia.
“Because we’re such an eclectic, diverse bunch in ourselves, we decided we needed an organization that helps all marginalized people, and that’s why we picked S.O.N.G,” Burnside said.
In addition to Burnside, local burlesque dancers Kelli LiMone, Gordita Maricona, Jo’Rie Tigerlily, Zhora Nova, Venessa Chevelle, Nia Burks, Ophelia Derriere and RunAround Sue are scheduled to appear at the performance.
“I’ve never been one to idly sit by and let injustice take its course,” Derriere said in a press release. “When the reality of having a deranged, racist, bigoted, homophobic piece of citrus as our elected president became official, I started making a list of all the ways to juice said tangerine. Turns out I wasn’t the only one thirsty for resistance.”
The event will include a Continental Divide taco truck outside the venue, as well as a post-show dance party with local DJ collective Ladybrain.
“We cried, we screamed, and now it’s time to do something about it,” Burnside said. “The performing arts is a way that you can take your emotions and do something productive with them. When you’ve been given a soapbox, you’ve got to use it for good and use it to help other people who can’t help themselves, and use it to help people who may not be as loud as you are.”
General admission tickets are available at the door with a suggested donation of $10-20. You can purchase limited advance ticket options online for $25, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/puy-gives-back-tickets-29379457749 which includes guaranteed admission before 10 p.m. or V.I.P. tickets for $100, which includes a pair of pasties and a signed cast poster with guaranteed admission.
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