Thursday, December 22, 2005

We need to all come to this benefit for Heather McCallister!
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Fat-Bottom Mama’s Benefat
A benefit for the Founder and Artistic Director of Big Burlesque and The Original Fat-Bottom Revue, Heather MacAllister

December 20, 2005: San Francisco, Calif. —
On Saturday, January 14th at the Center For Sex and Culture (at 398 11th Street @ Harrison), a benefit will be held at 8pm to raise money for Heather MacAllister.
Battling ovarian cancer for over two years, this young Detroit fat and queer activist needs the support of her community at large.

She is also the founder of the Venus Group, a social and support network other fat artists and activists.

Performing under the name, RevaLucien, she brought her passions to San Francisco, and onto the burlesque stage. She created the world’s only touring plus-sized burlesque troupe (The Original Fat Bottom Revue).

Performers at the Benefat will include those in the Bay Area that have supported and performed with Heather in the past – including burlesque, dance, spoken word and song performances. On the list to date are: Annie Sprinkle and Elizabeth Stevens, Carol Queen, Scarlot Harlot, Big Burlesque, Kitten on the Keys, Big Moves’ Phat Fly Girls – West Coast, Creamy Goodness, Jennifer Blowdryer, the Diamond Daggers, Kelly Keggers, Lori Selke, Marilyn Wann, and appearances by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. There will also be various donated items up for auction.

In 2005 Big Burlesque traveled the country-wide. A smash-hit East Coast tour, a Southwestern swing with Candye Kane (including knocking off the celebs socks at the infamous Brown Derby in LA), elegance-extraordinaire at Tease-O-Rama, and our flabulous production, `Hot Summer Nights` at Theater Rhino, PanTease II, and performances at the following events: Dyke March, NoLose Conference, NAAFA Conference, Exotic Erotic Ball and many other shows, including our usual frolicy fun at The Dark Room.

Big Burlesque has also had a great deal of amazing press from being featured in Leonard Nimoy`s photographic series, “Maximum Beauty”. This includes the following magazines in international circulation: Time, New Yorker, Bizarre, and Juxtapoz, and several newspapers. These photographs were also featured on the Style network in an interview special with Leonard Nimoy. AND, we hope you caught the KQED SPARK episode that featured Big Burlesque.

In the November 2005 issue of Bizarre Heather says, “Any time there is a fat person onstage as anything besides the butt of a joke, it’s political. Add physical movement, then dance, then sexuality and you have a revolutionary act.”


The Bare Facts
What: Fat-Bottom Mama's Benefat

When: Saturday, Jan. 14th. 8 – 11pm

Where: Center for Sex and Culture, 398 11th Street (@ Harrison), SF

Who: Fat activists and artists come together for burlesque, dance, song and spoken word performances in honor of the founder of Big Burlesque and the Venus Group, Heather MacAllister (aka RevaLucien). (www.bigburlesque.com)

How Much: $15-20 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Volunteer work exchange acceptable.
Wheelchair access is available.


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