On October 11, at the Black Cat, The Best of Burlesque(er): Hedwig VS Rocky Horror revue came through DC. If you weren’t there you should be sorry you missed it because
A dazzling showcase of dancers from up and down the East Coast were ready to blow your minds with acts paying homage to the fabulous cult classics of Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Palace Productions presented you with Dr. Ginger Snapz (a recently returned DMV native and burlesque icon), Dick Jones (a rising burlesque star all the way from Harlem), Cherie Sweetbottom (a DC local with an affinity for dramatic acts), and introducing for the first time ever Cockodoodle Dandy and James Fondel of The Sparkle Bois (DC’s very own Trans Boylesque troupe).
The lights dimmed low and the spotlight in the middle of the small stage, the night began. With acts dedicated to the musical showstoppers from Hedwig along with his notorious freak-outs (artfully displayed by the dramatic Dick Jones), the night began without a glitch. Pausing for an intermission with the chance to win a raffle bag with some pretty epic prizes including sexual education workshop for you and friends, organic meals, and more, the show concluded with stunning performances paying tribute to the wonderfully confusing classic Rocky Horror Picture Show. Acts ranged from Meatloaf’s character, to the cross-dressing Dr. Frank-N-Furter (who was a woman dressed in drag as a man dressed in drag as a woman, crazy fun right?), and the whole shebang ended with the explosive cult favorite the time warp!
With your magnificent hosts Dainty Dandridge and Dutch Oven and leggy stage kitten Glam Gamz, the night was a hoot and hollering good time. Brownie points and real prizes were given out to the best-dressed audience member who nailed his Hedwig costume.
If you missed this enthralling group of dancers, fear not, there is another delightfully entrancing burlesque show coming your way this Thursday October 17th at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA. Boo-B-Tastic is sure to get you in just the right mood for Halloween. Sorry young bloods, this is an 18 and over (with a valid ID) kinda night. Buy your tickets in advance for the cheap price of 12$ at http://www.thestatetheatre.com/events/e1688.xml or on the day of the show for 15$!!
(originally posted on BrightestYoungThings.com)
By Jordana Hall
Participating in the aforementioned program, Corcoran’s THEARC, Jason Edward Tucker is a Fine Art Photography major (though he dabbles in many other mediums) at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. He also is a Co-Founder of the District’s well-loved Boys Be Good.
JH: What has been the hardest part of working with the youth at TheArc?
JET: The hardest part thus far in working with the youth at THEARC has easily been the limited time we have to complete our projects. The project spans two months, but within that period we only have about 8 meetings with our mentees.
JH: Ouch, that’s a squeeze! What about the most rewarding aspect?
JET: The most rewarding piece of this experience has been watching the mentees engage and get just as excited as we are to create these costumes. Though I rarely collaborate in my creation process, having these kids (who have little or no costume design experience) has been fantastic. Seeing these kids use their imaginations to sketch out ideas and then have the ability to manifest them in a piece of wearable art is actually pretty inspiring.
JH: That’s incredibly inspiring. Can you give us a sneak peek into the concept of the costume that you and your partner are working on?
JET: Courtney [my partner] and I are working on a hybrid creature that is based in 4 unique species. We chose the peacock, the lionfish, the horse, and the orchid. The most I can tell you without giving too much away is that the costume will be large, spiky, and flourescent red.
JH: I can’t wait to see the final product! You spoke earlier about not having much collaboration in your creative past. This must be really different for you. So, how much of the work would you say is guided by you, and how much does your partner bring creatively to the table?
JET: The process of sketching and designing the costume was split as we decided over which animals we wanted the suit to embody. As for the actual craft of the piece, I am doing much of the behind the scenes work as we are only able to meet once a week and the deadline is rapidly approaching. That being said however, the days that Courtney and I do get together have been incredibly productive. I generally teach her a certain craft (such as hand stitching or pattern making) throughout the beginning of the class period and by the end she’s flying through it, almost entirely independent. My hope is that she’ll be able to take these skills and apply them elsewhere, artistic or otherwise.
For more information regarding Corcoran’s THEARC, click here!
Disclosure: Jordana Hall is a student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.
By Jordana Hall
Image Source: TheArc DC
The Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC created a group for public workshops called THEARC, twenty years ago. Cleverly called an “art-reach” program, (like outreach… get it? Out reach, but art. Get it? Get it?!) this program is growing in popularity, and even being covered by local news stations as an important part of DC events.
Since founded in 1992, the program has been evolving, and this years project features some mentoring from Corcoran’s finest and most outrageously creative students. They are assisting DC youth in costume making!
Yes, I said it. Costume making.
The final product of these student art-duos will be worn by the Washington Ballet for their performance on November 28th.
One to keep an eye out for in the future is Armando Lopez Bircann, performance artist, mentor for ArtReach, and senior at the Corcoran. If anyone is familiar with Armando Lopez Bircann’s performance work that has been seen at many events throughout the District, ya’ll know he is pure glamour. He works it out in his eye-catching fantastical costumes made with various materials such as glitter, wigs, leather, and even silver body suits.
Also from the Corcoran: Jason Edward Tucker (Founder of Boys Be Good), Rene Medrano (celebrity, sparkle, and anything gold obsessed artist), and many other crazies from the local College.
(Image Sources: Boys Be Good)
The students (youth ranging from 8th grade to seniors in high school) appreciate the outrageousness of the Corcoran student’s creativity as it opens their eyes to accepting anything outlandish or otherwise misunderstood, as “real” art.
And the collaborative aspect of pairing a Corcoran mentor with one student is sure to be a learning experience for both parties.
Every week, the mentees show up to their sessions with new ideas, sketches, or even unrelated projects to present to their mentors.
These kids are beyond stoked to be a part of something that elevates their self-esteem and creativity, and the Corcoran students couldn’t be happier to be there, too!
Disclosure: Jordana Hall is a photojournalism major at the Corcoran College of Art & Design. (…And I hear she’s friends with these weirdos, too!)