Last night was the first night of Hamaganza, a sick twist on the Holidays starring local politicians, drag queens and media people in a variety show that raises money (or hams) for Feed More.
This years first of two performances happened at Hardywood Brewery in Richmond and featured our annual hostess, Dirt Woman, Magnolia Picket Burnside and Gene Cox as MC’s and a host of the biggest Hams Richmond has to offer (see poster for a list of names). I had an absolute blast arm wrestling with RAWFL member, Patty Cakes, who kicked my ass in the first round of arm wresting for the evening. Rivals onstage, pals backstage, we are pictured below.
Then I got to perform that wonderful holiday ditty, “Ring of Fire” with VCU chum and recent runner up for City Counsel, Charlie Dirador – it was hot and the crowd burned for more.
My final performance of the evening was another Holiday classic, “These Boots” made famous by Nancy Sinatra. I have to say it brought down the house, or maybe it was the Rent the Runway Dolce and Gabana dress- whatever. Sadly, the dress has to go back today so I will be gracing the stage at Lulu’s tonight in a little black fringed number. (Jewelry provided by Firefish Gallery)
This is the 17th year for Hamaganza and my sixth performing in it. I can safely say it is a unique event and if you have never seen it, you should get down to Lulu’s tonight when TV 8 news anchor, Juane Conde will be taking Cox’s place at the mic.
pictured above: me and former Art Cheerleader compadre, Rebecca Behrman, who kicked off the evening with “We Will Hock You”!