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Under the Wig a Q&A with Candy Pantzzz

Posted in Arts & Entertainment, Drag, Uncategorized on September 23, 2009 by ericrvaphotoguy

CandyPantzzzEric: Who is Candy Pantzzz? Where did she come from and how did she get her name?

Candy: Candy has evolved over many years. I started making my own clothes before going to college to earn a BFA in Fashion Design. Along with fun clothes, wild hair has been a huge part of my life. I’ve done everything from colorful mohawks, braids and hair extensions to short bleached-blonde styles. I wish there were photos of my hair styles over the years, there would certainly be a thick “coffee table” book of wildness! I’m currently enjoying my shaved head which allows me to wear glue-on hair pieces, which I also make. With all the years of craziness, true drag didn’t come into the picture until about four years ago. The name “Candy Pantzzz” was given to me by my dear friend, Dayna Cleveland-Cobb, makeup artist and owner of Vamps and Vixens Makeup Studio. I added the Z’s on the end of Pantzzz, 2 of them are “silent” and are there just for effect!

Eric: What DIVA inspires you the most and why?

Candy: If I had to pick one inspirational Diva, it would have to be Esta Bunny. She is a dear friend and we work closely together on projects, shows and just plain fun! However, with most queens, there are many inspirational Divas’ that we look to for talent, music and style. Some of my personal favorites include Nina Flowers, Acid Betty, Jackie Beat, Lady Bunny and the list goes on!

Eric: You competed in the first season of ESTA’s DRAG RACE, what did you learn from that experience about competitions?

Candy: That was the first competition I’ve ever participated in. I learned that I am not a “pageant queen” and I am only in it for fun! I don’t enjoy being in competition with others, I prefer to be in competition ONLY with myself! I did figure out that I enjoy trying new things and pushing my personal envelope in new directions.

Eric: What made you decide to run for the Second season?

Candy: I thought about it long and hard. Figured if I was going to be there every week, I may as well jump on in again!

Eric: You perform regularly with the TRAILER COURT, what do you like about ensemble performances?

Candy: First of all, it’s really a gift to have such a wonderful “drag family” to work with. We are always available to help each other, bounce ideas around with and most of all, and have a grand old time with!

Eric: You make some of the most amazing outfits and wigs the Purina bag dress was amazing, what inspires you to create such wild looks?

Candy: Glad you liked the Purina dress! I saved dog food bags for well over a year, just waiting on the right opportunity to compose the costume. When Stormie moved on to the “Go Green” week, I knew she NEEDED to have the dog food dress! I enjoy designing and making my own costumes and hair. I find inspiration all over, a song, a piece of fabric or even a piece of art. Most people that know me will tell you that I have a strange sense of design. Why be normal cuz normal (what ever that is) surely can’t be FUN!! Also, I’m somewhat of a pack rat, saving and buying odd things for future projects. Ya’ll would flip over all the drag and such I’ve collected over the last few of years! For me, drag is not serious and is meant to be fun!

Eric: What are three things we don’t know about Candy’s alter ego Jonathan Bennett?

Candy: Jonathan isn’t nearly as much fun as Candy! Jonathan loves to watch Food Network and Project Runway. I have been with my partner, Kevin (aka Enya Pantzzz) for four years. We have 3 dogs, Zoe, Scooter and Bart, as well as 2 cockatiels Big Johnson and Diva. See, I told you Jonathan wasn’t as entertaining as Candy!


Buju Banton’s Shows Cancelled Across Nation, Scheduled to Play Richmond

Posted in Arts & Entertainment with tags , on August 31, 2009 by GayRVA

Buju BantonLast week, the LA Gay & Community Center sent out this press release announcing the cancellation of Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton’s shows in several cities by Live Nation and AEG Live:

Through his music, Banton promotes a culture of violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, singing in his most notorious song “Boom, Bye Bye” that “faggots get up and run” when he comes, that “they have to die,” and that he will shoot them in the head or “burn them up bad.”

“In his home country of Jamaica, Banton and his fellow performers of ‘murder music,’ have helped to create and sustain a culture in which violence against LGBT people is not only tolerated, it’s sometimes celebrated,” said L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center Chief Executive Officer Lorri L. Jean. “The Center is an ardent supporter of free speech and artistic expression, but we cannot–and will not–tolerate speech in any form that promotes violence against LGBT people.”

Tickets are still available to some of these shows through Ticketmaster including a date scheduled for The National on September 26.

Beneath the Wig: A Q&A with Natasha Carrington

Posted in Drag with tags , on August 31, 2009 by ericrvaphotoguy

Natasha CarringtonWe wanted to check in with one of Richmond’s divas and find out more about the person beneath the fabulous wigs who swirls around the floor while performing on heels that would topple a runway model. So I did what any other modern journalist would do. I hit them up on Facebook.

And here is what I learned about Natasha Carrington.

Eric: Who is Natasha Carrington? Where did she come from and how did she get her name?

Natasha: Natasha started out as a way for me to let my hair down and have a good time. She has evolved from a club going diva in DC to a performing queen here in Richmond. The name has evolved several times, starting as Natasha Fatale, and then becoming Natasha Suede and finally I was adopted by Miss Beverly Carrington and assumed the family name to carry on the Carrington legacy. Personally I feel Natasha is a show queen, she strives to give the audience a little bit of everything; drama, comedy, a love affair of sorts.

Natasha Carrington

Eric: What diva inspires you the most and why?
Natasha: I’m a girl that loves Broadway, so show tunes and show DIVAS really hit home for me. But it’s really all about the performance; my favorite (cliché as it may be) is Liza Minnelli. I am however fond of most types of music and try to venture out when performing to not just one type of song or style of music.

Eric: You recently competed in Esta’s Drag Race, what did you learn from that experience about competitions?
Natasha: Well I learned mostly that not every competition and competitor is only out for themselves. While there are those that are, some times people are truly good and work together to just enjoy what they are doing and help each other.

Eric: You perform regularly with the Trailer Court and you have done a few shows with Variatease, what do you like about ensemble performances?
Natasha: Ensemble performing gives you a chance to work off of each other, the audience doesn’t always understand all of your inside jokes but it doesn’t make it any less funny. (Ham Biscuit!)Sometimes the real excitement in the show is backstage; the stuff the audience doesn’t get to see. It’s crazy back there when you’ve got 7-8 people all trying to get ready at once, you have to work together and sometimes you can’t help but laugh.

Eric: What are three things we don’t know about Natasha alter ego John Jessie?
Natasha: Well Natasha is John’s adventurous/creative outlet; I’m actually a home body at heart and love nothing more than curling up with a good book and a glass of wine. I also love spending my Saturday and Sunday’s people watching in Carytown. (It boggles my mind what some people wear out of the house!)

So I hope that sheds some light on some of the questions you ever had about the “Sex Kitten” of the Trailer Court.

Interview & Photos by Eric Russell

Six Flags Gay Day This Friday

Posted in Arts & Entertainment with tags , , , , on August 24, 2009 by GayRVA

SixFlagsGayDayIf you’re planning a trip to the DC area this weekend, loop over to Six Flags on Friday.  Out In Events presents the Official 2009 LGBTI Six Flags Tour to benefit the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.  From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., August 28, Six Flags America is closed to the public.  The event features the music of DJs Seth Gold and Justin Ryan.

The evening also includes a slew of live performances from Sylvia Tosun, Ultra Naté, Colton Ford, Daisy Spurs, and The DC Cowboys Dance Company.

Tickets purchased before Monday at noon are $30.  Afterwards, they go up to $45 in advance and $60 at the gate.  They can purchased online here.

There’s an official after party at Town Danceboutique.

Speaking of gay days, there’s one coming up at King’s Dominion on September 12.

Miss Capital City Gay Pride Pageant August 29

Posted in Drag with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by GayRVA

Miss Capital City Gay PrideIt’s time for another queen to be crowned.  The area’s top drag performers compete Saturday, August 29 at Godfrey’s for the title of “Miss Capital City Gay Pride.”

The evening includes Q&A, evening gowns, and a talent competition.  Special guests for the night include Tiffany Devereaux, Alvion Davenport, Chonda Taylor, Chantennah Spaulding, Satin P. Spaulding, Victoria Snow, and Malachi.  Miss Angelica Spaulding, 2008’s title holder, will also be honored.

Doors open at 9 p.m. with the pageant starting at 10 p.m.  The event is a fundraiser for Gay Pride Virginia and is $8 as the door.  Godfrey’s is at 308 East Grace Street.

Volunteer Opportunities with Richmond Triangle Players

Posted in Performing Arts with tags , on August 18, 2009 by GayRVA

RichmondTrianglePlayersFrom the Richmond Triangle Players:

Do you enjoy meeting new people and trying new things? Do you enjoy giving back to the community? Then Richmond Triangle Players is the place for you! If you have a few hours or many, occasional time or regular, particular skills or desire to learn something new – contact us. We’ll match your interests with our needs.

Currently, we are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated people interested in helping as:

  • Ushers
  • House Managers
  • Ticket Takers
  • Bar Help
  • Set Construction Crew
  • Poster Distribution

We recognize the invaluable, extremely important part the volunteer plays in the success of the theatre. While volunteer positions are not paid, there are perks to giving your time to us, including complimentary theatre tickets, free admission to selected other events, and volunteer appreciation programs.

If you would like to become a part of the RTP family, visit our website at and complete the volunteer form or contact volunteer coordinator Mary Isemann at

We look forward to working with you!

Volunteers needed for this season’s productions:

  • October 7-31, 2009
    The New Century
  • November 18 – December 12, 2009
    Scrooge In Rouge
  • January 20 – February 13, 2010
    Facing East
  • March 10 – April 3, 2010,
    Last Summer At Bluefish Cove
  • May 5 – 29, 2010
    Take Me Out

GCCR Seeks Pride Tattoos

Posted in Arts & Entertainment with tags , , on August 17, 2009 by GayRVA

Inked PrideThe Gay Community Center of Richmond seeks submissions for their upcoming gallery show during Gay Pride Virginia.

We’re asking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people with tattoos to submit photographs of their tattoos to, along with their story about why they got the tattoo and what it means to them. We hope the stories behind the tattoos will be a unique glimpse into gay life. We’re particularly interested in pictures of tattoos that relate to gay life, gay relationships and gay pride.

If you submit pictures please include your first name, city and age. We will select photographs to be enlarged and displayed in the Gay Community Center Gallery along with descriptions of the tattoos and their meaning.