Super Queer: A Lusty Fun Xtravaganza in Portland, Ore.



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Kina Williams

It’s time to gear up for the second edition of SUPER QUEER: A Lusty Fun Xtravaganza On Saturday, Nov. 1. Berbati's Pan in Portland, Ore., will throw open its doors for the biggest, most xtravagant night of belly-dancing, burlesque, drag kings and queens, stand-up comedy, acrobatics, music and lusty fun you can imagine. “I am telling you,” says co-producer Dustina Haase, “Every time I look at our line-up, I get a little turned on.”

Haase and actor Jennifer Lanier (aka Bruce T.D. King), her partner and the founder of SUPER QUEER, have worked tirelessly with their production team to top last year’s show.

This year brings performances by the Pacific Northwest’s best-know lesbian burlesque star of color, Sahara Dunes, contortion and pole-dancing by Blaze, fire-dancing by Pegatron, kinging by Johnny O (aka Johnny Oh-Oh-Oh!) and the long-awaited debut of B6, aka Bang Bang Betty's Big Beautiful Bombshells. Bang Bang Betty is none other than Curve’s editor in chief, Diane Anderson-Minshall. She is joined by five voluptuous queer-friendly babes, including Haase.

And, as if that line-up weren’t enough, you’ll also be able to try your luck with the great raffles and grab a sexy souvenir from one of the vendors to remind you of the lusty fun you had.

Haase and the seriously hot Lanier, who is featured in the December 2008 issue of Curve, will also be performing together, so look out for lots of howling, shrieking, and throwing of bras from their exuberant lesbian fans. “I love working with Jennifer,” says Haase. “She is brilliant and fun and funny and I would work with her even if we weren’t partners because she has a great vision and a wonderful work ethic.

“People usually think she is the artist and I am the businessperson, but in reality we both have creative souls and we both have a great business sense. We are just clear on the boundaries—only one of us is allowed to go crazy at a time.” It’s this business sense, paired with their signature creative flair that has made SUPER QUEER such a success.

“Jennifer wanted to put together a show with a Vaudeville theme, a queer variety show that would bring in lots of different people in the Queer community and follow it up with a dance party to keep those people interacting,” says Haase, who manages to co-produce and perform in two of the acts, all while holding down a regular job and being a mom to her two kids.

How does she manage it all? “Honestly, I am not even sure how I do it. I guess I’ll quote Empire Records: ‘There are 24 usable hours in everyday.’ I learn as I go and take it a moment at a time and we laugh a lot. If it weren’t for the laughter we would so not make it.” Haase also credits her talented production team and everyone’s willingness to make event planning a family-friendly experience (even though the show itself is strictly a 21 and up event). In fact, out of the 10 acts that are part of the show, eight of the performers are parents.

And all this fun is not without a good cause. This year’s show is a benefit for the Portland Women’s Crisis line. Both Lanier and Haase are passionate about fighting domestic violence, and for Haase it’s a personal issue. “After enduring eight years of abuse, I fled my captor and used resources like PWCL to get my children and me safe,” Haase recounts. “After recovering from this horrific existence, I was able to pull myself together and found my calling in helping other survivors do the same.”

Really, if you’re anywhere near Portland, you’d be crazy not to go. Where else can you get an event that welcomes folks from the entire rainbow spectrum and their friends, put together buy a fun-loving creative queer duo and supports a cause we can all feel good about? We’ll see you there!

Tickets are $10 before the event on ticketweb, at Berbati's Pan or from one of the production team members out and about. Or, get them at the door for $15. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the fun starts at 9 p.m. Berbati's Pan 231 SW Ankeny, Portland, Ore.

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