Category Archives: Drag

Getting Into Face with JoJo Baby and Sal-E

Legendary club kid, doll maker, makeup artist, costumer, and penis-sculpture enthusiast JoJo Baby costars with his clubbing companion, Sal-E, in Bernard Colbert’s lush new  12″ x 12″ coffee-table book Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e
(Schiffer).

Bernard’s lifelong passion is to capture high energy, emotionally charged portraits of interesting people.

For 17 years, Bernard has been perfecting his craft, working in the field of commercial and advertising photography.

‘In the vibrant community where I live and work, I find what I have
always been searching for- a sublime energy. Nightlife activity blends
with the arts and diversity of self expression abounds. Here, I can
freely pursue my dream: to document and celebrate that spark within,
which defines the unique nature of our human experience.’

GETTING INTO FACE is a visual feast in the tradition of 1990s club kids. See
performance artists JoJo Baby and Sal-E use their bodies as canvases to
become inspired and whimsical conceptual characters, executed with
expert skill using original, theatrical makeup and costumes. In more
than 100 portraits, photographer Bernard Colbert rigorously captures
these two performance artists in genius moments as psychedelic Hindi
gods, comic book villains, fantastical creatures, astronauts, and much,
much more.

 Colbert’s stunning portraits document these delightful
transformations over a five-year period and are the same body of work
featured in the Clive Barker documentary titled JoJo Baby. Through
Colbert’s collaboration with JoJo and Sal, viewers can experience a
front row seat to an ongoing show which has been entertaining club goers
in Chicago for two decades. This is a portfolio for the visually
adventuress and fans of true creative vision.

Every Monday night, JoJo Baby with friend Sal-E have gone to work as
hosts of Chicago’s largest and longest running house-music dance party,
the Boom Boom Room, which is currently on hiatus from its usual location
at Green Dolphin St., 2220 N. Ashland Ave., while the building
undergoes renovation. It took the duo hours to prepare, and Colbert was
there every week to capture the endlessly entertaining process. He said
he usually only had 10 to 15 minutes to photograph them before they went
on stage.

“Sometimes they would show up and I would look at what they were
wearing and try and quickly comprehend what they were up to, because
sometimes it’s high concept and it’s not obvious right away,” Colbert
said. “It’s interesting right away, but it’s like, ‘What the heck is
going on?’ So I scramble and try and make it happen.”

Colbert, who took courses in commercial photography at Columbia from
1989–1991, said he loves portrait photography and has been drawn to
performers such as models, musicians and athletes—people who are both
interesting and like being photographed.

The combination of unplanned imagination and spontaneity kept Colbert
continually inspired. He said the most successful images captured an
indescribable magic that would often occur.

“It was something that would elevate it from an interesting time to
really high art, and it’s something that fascinates me,” Colbert said.
“It feels elusive, but when you find that you can do it time and time
again, it’s really fun to keep trying to do it.”

 
The book will also be available at local
bookstores in Chicago and Amazon.com.
Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e

Glitz and Glam with Aurora Sexton New Years Eve @ KIT KAT Lounge

AN EVENING of 

GLITZ AND GLAM 
with the one and only 
AURORA SEXTON, 
New Years Eve at 
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club!

Aurora has  been  crowned the title “Entertainer of the Year”. She does amazing performances!

The Entertainer Of the Year F.I. (EOY) contest system is a Fund Raiser
Event presented for The SLS Pride Foundation, Inc., a non-profit Arts
and Humanities foundation, “Dedicated to the betterment of Diverse
Cultures.”

Many community non-profit organizations have benefited from
the funds raised by The SLS Pride Foundation, Inc., including Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville, Kentucky Theater Project,
Louisville International Film Expo, Louisville Youth Group, Gallopolooza
Louisville Sidewalk Derby, Crusade for Children, Louisville Deaf Oral
School, Bluegrass Classic Tournament, William-Nichols Institute
Educational preservation fund, Fairness Education Fund, Beaux Arts Ball
for Voices of Kentuckiana, University Of Louisville Foundation, Inc.,
Kentuckiana Pride Festival, The Chance School & The Louisville
Visual Arts Association.

Aurora lives in Nashville but gets back to Chicago about once a month.


NEW YEARS EVE, see Aurora live – with 3 choices for the evening.

BOOK EARLY!
SLOTS WILL SELL OUT!
IT’S  NEW YEARS EVE!!

Born and raised in Denver, CO, Aurora Sexton is no stranger to the
stage. With an early childhood start in theater and the arts, Aurora has
always been in the spotlight putting her creative talents to work.

With an illustrious career spanning over a decade and an accolade of
titles/crowns and accomplishments to her name, Aurora has become a
staple and well respected icon of nightlife in Chicago since moving to
the windy city 5 years ago.

From her dead on illusions of Dolly Parton to Marylin Manson, exciting
dance routines to swaying the melodies of a ballad, gorgeous glittering
showgirl pieces to barely there sex symbol, this multi-faceted blonde
bombshell will keep you guessing what she’ll come out with next and
always leave you wanting more.

In her time away from stage Aurora works as a freelance makeup artist
for weddings & fashion events, runs party events/promotions and is a
print ad model, most recently becoming the face of Starr Jewels, a top
of the line jewelry company for stage.

KIT KAT LOUNGE   3700 N. Halsted   773-525-1111






Jackie Beat at HYDRATE – Holiday Show Dec 20

Jackie Beat is a very well known drag persona and actor, singer, songwriter and screenwriter.

I first discovered Jackie IN NYC about 15 years ago. She was doing amazing shows all over New York and appeared in Wigstock – The Movie
with love of my life, Alexis Arquette and Lady Bunny
Jackie is SO CREATIVE, and SO FUNNY. You can listen to some of  her crazy songs on her MySpace Page (yes, artists still use MySpace). And she has some crazy videos on YouTube.
 WARNING, most are NSFW!
Jackie was also part of the band DIRTY SANCHEZ. Dirty Sanchez is an electroclash band that formed in Los Angeles in 2001 and includes Jackie Beat, Mario Diaz and DJ BARBEAU.
Dirty Sanchez have a very strong following on the West Coast, where they play to full houses. 

Get a CD here…Dirty Sanchez

Jackie Beat: A Different Christmas Show!

Hydrate presents….JACKIE BEAT!

SHE’S BACK!!! Jackie Beat is back with her hysterical antics and she’s
giving you something to look forward to this holiday season!

ONE NIGHT ONLY!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20, 2012

Door open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm!

VIP TICKETS which included seating in the first 3 rows and a complimentary 4 Rebels Cocktail are only $30!

General Admission seating is only $20 in advance and $25 at the door!

Get your tickets today! 


THIS WILL SELL OUT!!!

Francesca’s Forno’s Drag Showcase Returns Monday, December 10th, 7-9PM!

As if you needed another reason to go to Francesca’s  Forno, well, here it is for you – mark your
calendars!

Back by popular demand, it’s Drag Mondays in Wicker Park at
Forno this time with  “The Drag Queen Who
Stole Christmas”
featuring  spectacular,
live performances from superstars Mimi Marks, Mercedes Tyler (pictured above in photos not large enough to fit in full-on hair), Sasha Colby and
Tajma Hall (pictured below with reasonably sized back-dos). 

If you haven’t already, start celebrating the holidays early
and get in the spirit with these FABULOUS ladies performances and perhaps enjoy
the wine flight specials of the evening and the Chef’s selection of Artisanal cheeses
and Charcuterie!

Just in case you’re a Forno virgin, shame on you, but here’s the 411. Forno’s reasonably
priced, authentically Northern Italian food is ALL freshly made from scratch
with seasonal ingredients. The menu is stacked with amazing dishes that are
perfect for sharing.


From lighter salads and appetizers to comforting Paninis, pasta
dishes and FAB pizzas, truly something for every taste and appetite.

Of course,
stellar entrées featuring top grade fish, meats and poultry are expertly
prepared and available as well.


Weekend brunch at Forno is the place to see and be seen
in Wicker Park while sipping a handcrafted cocktail or special-recipe Mimosa.

As with all
Francesca’s restaurants, the staff is engaging, knowledgeable and always
willing to go the extra mile for you.

So what are you
waiting for? Gather up your friends and  call (773) 770-0184 and RSVP Today!

Monday, December
10th, 7-9PM See you there!