FYI there are going to be a damn lot of exclamation points!!!!!!!!
4 nights of shows
4 after parties
shimmy shuttle to museum
This isn't really in any order, but I'm sure you all can see it is a weekend of awesomeness. Each night was something different when it came to shows and each night I was mesmerized it was hard not to be excited over everything. It's been a month and the numbers that still hold a special spot in my memory are from Rubenesque burlesque from the first night, Holiday O'Hara from the second night along with Fannie Annie and Grabrielle Maze on night two, Midnight Martini, Ruby Revue, Eddie Van Glam, Kitten n Lou, Jeez Louez, Aurora Galore, and in all honesty it's hard to just pick a few from the competition because I was constantly in awe. And on the last night OH MY GOD the last night we had Perle Noire and Trixie Little and Evil Hate Monkey, Tigger, and Foxy Tann ant the Wham Bam Thank you ma'ams. Seriously I was on performance high the whole weekend and it was a huge boost to the creative part of my brain.
And if anyone has ever told you that the performers who have made a name for their selves are nice they weren't kidding!!!!! I get super nervous and I started freaking out to a point where I don't know if I should talk to them, but luckily I had one of my girls May Blush as my side kick pushing me to talk to those I adored. I spoke with several legends, who all by the way are the sweetest ladies I have ever met. Tony Eling called me risqué and she sounds so damn adorable when saying it!!! Holiday O'hara about made me cry and Fannie Annie made me laugh with all her sass. As for performers there weren't many that I went out seeking accept Trixie and Monkey and can I just say I was so happy and nervous that I am sure each time I spoke to them I sounded like an idiot, but the best part about them is that my friend Anita Brassiere had them sign shot glasses for me during their tech rehearsal (I swoon over her always my Anita).Trixie was so excited and full of life when we spoke briefly and I even said I have a number that is a mixture of them. Monkey is actually quiet off stage, can I just say I love when they are the opposite of what their act is, and he was super sweet too. Jeez Louez was super awesome and she is so tiny. You know I forget that we are human sometimes because if you saw her perform she is bigger than life on stage. JL also just happened to be a performer a friend adored so I made sure to tell her I knew who she was because of Melons Collie. The other duo I am in love with due to Melons are the fabulous Kitten n Lou. They had the most amazing outfits the entire weekend. And they were gracious enough to take pictures with me each freaking time too!!!! I adore them and wish I lived any where remotely close to them because I would love mentorship from them any day. I even told them I was available to adopt and I would be their poodle( It's a World famous Bob comment).The last major performer I had the guts to talk to was Perle Noire. Oh my sweet baby jeebus this woman is a force of amazing, humble, sweet, and power all rolled into one. I only spoke with her for a very brief moment but she is the most amazing woman to watch on stage, she owned that shit while up there and to me she was like an entire Broadway production in a single body. I can feel myself freaking out inside about all these people all over again as I write and it feels great!!!!
So as for the weekend I had bought a ticket for classes and the shimmy shuttle, but to be honest I cuddled with my local family a lot that weekend. I had been "out" of the scene for a few months and had been missing everyone terrbly. So instead I curled up in beds, got smothered by boobs, smacked a few asses, and just talked. I never just talk with many of the local fambam. we are always in a performance environment so I have many people I love that I have not had the chance to get to know on a personal level. That changed a bit over this weekend and I am so damn grateful for it. My money still went to a good cause ( well my hubs money ;) love you baby with all my heart) and that is what really matters, though I could have learned a lot. As you can see I am still a bit torn about it. Over all it was a great weekend knowing my Vegas family a little better.
The after parties!!!!!! These were so much fun. It's kinda like going to a gay bar and dancing your heart out. I was surrounded by so many people I didn't know and we loved dancing and being goofy with each other. I didn't feel like I was being judged and I even came home with many boob pictures on my phone each night from my Vegas peeps. I drank and didn't feel the need to be trashed, though trashed is okay too. I met people I can't remember (sorry) and left with a few I never want to forget. Those nights were great and I feel so lucky to have had them.
Before I forget can I please take a moment to talk about Ray Gunn's butt?!?! He is so damn adorable and when I saw him walking through the casino I wasn't exactly sure if it was him or not I was talking about how I wanted to touch his butt. Then later that night when I was feeling a little flushed from dancing and drinking I saw him at the food court and told him how I wanted to touch his butt, and HE LET ME!!!!!! I also got in on a picture with him as well since my girl Vivi Vegas started it. He is super sweet and has a dance background!! Anyway that is all his butt is amazing and he is super sweet.