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Fresh Air benefit an evening of outrageous entertainment
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Fresh Air benefit an evening of outrageous entertainment

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Fresh Air January 16 West Hall OddFellows Bldg

On January 16, local performing arts producer and talent EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! produced, performed in, and emceed Fresh Air: A Benefit for the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation at West Hall OddFellows Building in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The benefit was in loving memory of Josie Moggia.

"Last June, my mother died from lung cancer," EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! told SGN. "There is so much misconception surrounding lung cancer. My mother succumbed to the disease, even though she'd never smoked a cigarette a day in her life." Devastated by the loss, EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! took a hiatus from producing and performing in Seattle shows. Eventually, he participated in a walk-a-thon aimed at educating the public about lung cancer and wondered how else he could help. The answer, he says, was an easy one: put together a performance benefit and donate the proceeds to a charity.

"This is what I know how to do," he told SGN. "The hardest part was coming up with a theme. I decided to go with Fresh Air because each one of the performers in the show are [either] new or so talented that they are simply a breath of fresh air."

The two-hour show featured 22 different performers. EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! was right; the performance art pieces were truly a breath of fresh air. Not one performance mirrored another as each artist brought a unique perspective to their burlesque, boylesque, dance, and music acts. The show was broken into two halves, with a 15-minute intermission. Although the evening was full of talented performances, three stood out as show-stoppers.

Ben DeLaCreme, "Seattle's Premiere Fancy Lady," is always a crowd favorite. The best thing about Ben DeLaCreme is that her imagination knows no bounds; each performance is like a snowflake, unique and intricate by design. At Fresh Air, she entered the stage from behind the audience, dressed head-to-toe in a female nude bodysuit as the eater of the forbidden fruit, Eve. Once onstage, Ben DeLaCreme pulled a snake from a tree, had a conversation with a bird, ate the forbidden fruit, and performed a reverseburlesque, meaning she entered naked and left covered up, with a bra and panties made of leaves.

The second captivating act was the overthe- top and outrageously sexy Jean du Jour. If you haven't had the pleasure of watching this boylesque star in action, you are seriously missing out. Tall, dramatic, and sparkly, Jean du Jour turns whatever stage he performs on into his own twisted world, and you are invited. For his Fresh Air performance, he did some very unwholesome things with cherries at a "whore clinic" and gave himself a simulated - gulp! - cherry enema.

In another standout performance, Scandal from Bohemia & Hoi Polloi performed a very schizophrenic song and dance about 44 different women. Virtually motionless, Hoi Polloi sang the songs lyrics and handed Scandal from Bohemia different comical props as she did a burlesque strip. The crescendo of the piece came as Hoi Polloi talked of a woman who joined The Church of Scientology while a scantily clad Scandal from Bohemia held up a poster of a rather deranged-looking Tom Cruise.

Other performances included live singing by Holly Small, Stella Rose and EmpeROAR Fabulous!!!, tunes spun by DJ Cassiepants, and burlesque/boylesque numbers by Ultra, Lucky Penny, Iva Handfull, Roxie Moxie, Jacqueline Hyde, Queen Clam, Pinky Shines, Wiggy Stardust and Mickey Doe Eyes. Fosse Jack and Grahamorous debuted their first boylesque performances during the show.

At curtain call and throughout the rest of the evening, Soul Kata provided music as performers and audience members alike danced the night away.

The benefit was not an exclusively Gay event; however EmpeROAR Fabulous!!! told SGN that when casting for shows, he specifically focuses on entertainment for the Queer community. "Keep your eyes open, Seattle," he said, "I'm back and ready to whip out more amazing shows soon!"

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