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Published on March 28th, 2012 | by Wild Gender


Femme Roadshow Glitters Across Northeast

By Adelaide Windsome

The Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow tours the United States annually with a dazzling cabaret of performance art works and acts of resistance by queer folks of femme-inine spectrum genders. The show itself consists of five performers, featuring a raucous, thought-provoking line-up of multi-media, literary and performing arts, music, puppetry, participatory art — and even dance parties. Our fearless artists rampage across the femme-inine spectrum-from hi-femme to femmedrogyny, dandy darling to ladybeast — in a wild revue of visceral, poetic, performance, emotional escape plans in wild workout gear, dark whimsical puppetry, innovative intersectionality, and rocknroll you can sink your heels into!

“The Heels on Wheels Roadshow is a glorious campaign to put femininity in the spotlight. I totally applaud and approve. It is a delicious combination touring glitterati and local sparkle that showcases some serious queer talent. Don’t let them pass you by!”
– Lois Weaver, Obie-Award Winning Performer, Lecturer Queen Mary University of London

The 2012 tour is the third, and features experienced performers Damien Luxe, Geppetta, Heather Acs, Najva Sol, and Shomi Noise, with wrangler/visual artist Lizxnn Disaster, and runs April 6-14, 2012. This show is unique to and engaged with each place it lands in. Heels on Wheels lives the dream by including local acts, facilitating discussions on activist art, and will install “Femme That Frame,” a temporary political art intervention each day of the tour!

By actively complicating what it looks like, sounds like, IS like to shamelessly and lovingly  represent femininity, dandyness, fey, femme and queer lady, this work confronts misogyny and sexism and uses cultural works to sabotage the hegemonic status quo of gender, sexuality, and “feminine” appearance, replacing it with many visions and ideas of what thriving and surviving as femme folks can be.

Heels on Wheels emerges from an active anti-oppression, intersectional, liberatory standpoint: who is touring, the art they share onstage, and community organizing in their home city of Brooklyn all intend to build power for traditionally-marginalized LGBTQ stories and people. The tour is working class-led and multi-racial, and includes cisgendered and trans folks, QPOC, mixed race folks, sex workers, immigrants: all fiercely political feminist queer artists whose work weaves punk herstories, survival strategies, and wild costuming into escape artistry. These are stories that do not have enough outlets on a regular basis and that’s one reason this tour is important!

Stillettos fly, gender justice prevails, and fairytales fracture as we travel through space, time, and stardust to a city in the Northeast near you!

Full Tour Schedule:

  • Friday April 6: Hampshire College @ QIPOC Block Party with local artists and a band and a dance party! [893 West Street, Amherst, MA; Arts Village outdoors venue; wheelchair accessible; all-ages; $Free; doors 7:30/show 8p]
  • Saturday April 7: Providence, RI @ Youth Pride Inc., 3-5pm [743 Westminster st., Providence, RI 02903]
  • Saturday April 7: Providence, RI @ B16, email for location
  • Sunday April 8: Boston, MA @ Lorem Ipsum Books [1299 Cambridge St., at Inman Square) Cambridge MA; 7pm doors/event 7:30; $5-10; Sponsored by the Papercut Zine Library]
  • Monday April 9: New Jersey [Venue TBA]
  • Tuesday April 10: Baltimore, MD @ Whole Gallery [405 W. Franklin St. Floor 3  Baltimore, MD 21201; doors 8/show 8:30p; all-ages; $5-$10]
  • Wednesday April 11: University of Maryland [Benjamin Banneker Room in the Stamp Student Union, University of MD, College Park, MD; all-ages; $Free; time TBA]
  • Thursday April 12: Washington DC @ DC Center [1318 U Street NW Washington, DC, 20009; doors 7:30/show 8p; all-ages; $5-$12]
  • Friday April 13: Philadelphia, PA @ Vox Populi, [319 North 11th, Philadelphia; doors 8:30/show 9p; all-ages; $5-$12]
  • Saturday April 14: Brooklyn, NYC @ The Spectrum, [59 Montrose Ave 11206 near L, G, and J Trains; doors 8:30/show 9p; all-ages; $5-$15]

Find the Heels on Wheels Glitter Roadshow online!
Twitter: @howroadshow // #heelsonwheels
Pre-sale tickets & tour Donations:

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Wild Gender

is an online magazine and creative hub born out of gratitude for the gift of full expression. We are dedicated to creative practices that celebrate gender fluidity, identity and expression. Wild Gender prioritizes visual art, creative writing, and journalistic work by trans/gender-variant individuals who have never before been published in a public venue. Run entirely by volunteers,we are always in search of writers, thinkers, and creators hoping to participate in our growing community.

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