The red carpet rolls out as burlesque stars, prestigious producers, and fabulous fans join together to celebrate queer burlesque heritage with this inaugural event. Queerlesque is the space where burlesque and cabaret-style performing arts meet the wild, vibrant, culturally rich Queer community. The festival’s aim is to “unify, celebrate, and elevate,” in order to represent a community that is both diverse and proud. The four-day festival will showcase Texas’ premiere performers in two mainstage shows, with guest performers from across the country. Performance styles featured in the festival include burlesque and drag stars, aerialists, performance troupes, and fusion bellydancing. The festival also features 8 workshops, 5 parties, 4 networking events, and a large vending area.
The event will take place at two Dallas locations: Sue Ellen’s, located at 3014 Throckmorton St., and Viva’s Lounge, located at 1350 Manufacturing St. #120.
Thursday, July 28th @ 9pm, the festival will kick off at Sue Ellen’s with the Unicorn Sparkle Party, which will feature a performer and headliner meet-n-greet, Queeraoke (karaoke with a touch of fabulous), games, prizes, drink specials, and the ever-so-sparkly TXQF photo booth.
Friday, July 29th from 4pm-6pm, at Sue Ellen’s, the festival will host a Networking Happy Hour with door prizes, appetizer buffet, and drink specials, then guests can head over to the Sequins and Sass Showcase at Viva’s Lounge. The show features more than two dozen sassy and sultry queer performers, with headliners Queertini Time, Draconis, and Chola Magnolia. Vending and doors open at 8pm, show begins at 9pm. Tickets can be purchased at texasqueerfest.eventbrite.com. Immediately following the show are the Fabulous Friday Afterparties at 2 locations (Viva’s Lounge and Sue Ellen’s), where you can rub elbows with performers, vendors, and dance your heart out.
Saturday, July 30th, from 11am-4pm at Sue Ellen’s, the Unicorn School workshop series features our headliners teaching about surviving and thriving in burlesque (full workshop descriptions on our website). Immediately following the workshop series is another Networking Happy Hour (4pm-6pm), where guests can join us for a chance to chat with performers and producers. The party then moves back to the Viva’s main stage for the All That Glitters Showcase, featuring over two dozen performers, with headliners JD Hickcock, Foxxy Blue Orchid, and Jeez Loueez. Doors open at 8pm, show starts at 9pm. Tickets can be purchase at texasqueerfest.eventbrite.com. Immediately following the showcase are the Saucy Saturday Afterparties from 11pm-2am at both locations. Drink, dance and be merry!
Sunday, July 31st, the festival comes to a scorching end at Unicorn School featuring Twerk and Jerk with Jeez Loueez from 12-1:30pm, and a wind-down patio party with live music at Sue Ellen’s, beginning at 2:00.
A little about our Headliners:
J.D. Hickcock (Houston), “The Peasant of Please, The Servant of Sleaze. The Varmint of Tease.” This star of stage, screen, & stag show has been showcased on stages across the south. He is the 2015 San Antonio Burlesque Festival “King of Burlesque,” and can often be seen up-to-no-good with Dem Damn Dames Burlesque.
Jeez Loueez (Chicago), “The Powerhouse of the Midwest.” A lethal combination of drama, hilarity, and killer kinetics, the Honey Badger of Burlesque is known for bringing audiences to their feet! She’s the 2012 (and first African-American) Miss Viva Las Vegas, the 2013 Shimmy Showdown Champion, and the Reigning 2014 Southern Fried Burlesque Queen.
Foxxy Blue Orchid (San Antonio), “San Antonio's Gender-bending Glam-Bear Queen.” She is co-producer and emcee for the San Antonio Burlesque Festival, co-producer, emcee and cast member with the Midnight Menagerie in Austin, and was voted one of the Best Drag Queens in San Antonio’s Best of 2015. While not on the stage you can catch Foxxy recording her saucy new podcast, “Deep Throat.”
Queertini Time (Austin), “This Queer Cocktail is Always Shakin’.” An award-winning, gender-bending burlesque duet from Austin, Queertini Time is a potent mixture of striptease, spirit gum, comedy, and camp. They were awarded the Best Duet and the Audience Choice Awards at the Southern Fried Burlesque Festival in 2011, Best Ensemble at the 2013 Texas Burlesque Festival, and Best Duet at the 2015 San Antonio Burlesque Festival.
Draconis (Dallas), the “Androgyne Fusion Belly Dance Artist” is our very own home-grown, multi-award winning 'Eclectic Fusion' belly dancer! His androgynous appearance and explosive stage presence charms audiences worldwide. He is a dancer, choreographer, and instructor at the Dallas School of Burlesque.
Chola Magnolia (San Antonio), “Curvy and Pervy Burly-q Dame of Your Dreams.” She has graced the stages of the San Antonio Burlesque Fest, Black Widow's annual Spanksgiving, and countless other groundbreaking fiestas throughout Texas. Her gracious assets, latina sangre, and spitfire attitude can be seen in upbeat Tejano cumbias, fast paced psychobilly thrillers, or slow and low erotic canciones.
The mission of the Texas Queerlesque Festival is to unify, celebrate, and elevate Queer performers and to push the boundaries of Queerlesque as an art form. We aim to provide captivating showcases of exceptional talent, high-quality education, safe(r) social spaces, and networking opportunities for all members of the burlesque and performing arts communities. Queerlesque shows are fabulous spectacles of awesomeness created by, for, and about the queer community, and aim to provide a safe and supportive space for performers of all gender identities, sexual orientations, expressions, and styles.
We define Queer as a personal sexual and/or gender identity that can range anywhere on the LGBTQIA spectrum. Queer is a space where we can see past labels and checkboxes to celebrate gender and sexual fluidity, and share with others our self-defined identity. We don’t want to forget our straight and cisgender allies, though, who are such an important part of our communities and our movement. Although our cast and crew spots are limited to Queer-identified folks, we welcome everyone who wants to celebrate and connect with the Queer community. If you are a heterosexual, cisgender performer interested in helping elevate and amplify the work of queer performance artists, please consider working as a volunteer, offering sponsorship support, and attending the event. We value and appreciate your support and enthusiasm!