6 Essentials to Pack for DragCon (Hint: Leave the Shade at Home)

DragCon_DragConNYCPackingDragCon NYC is this weekend, and we’re here to make sure that you don’t get left in the dust (…or rather, the glitter). During all the hustle and bustle, our LGBT event specialist Victor shared some tips for getting ahead of the stress.

Visit Victor and our New York crew at vendor booth #423. There will be giveaways, swag, and lots going on. Follow us at @BPTNYC  to find out when to race to our booth and get in on the giveaways.

Essentials for DragCon NYC

1. Badge and Lanyard
The earlier you get your badge the better. Make sure you have your printed ticket or download it on your phone to receive your badge. DragCon suggests getting your badge early on Friday to skip the lines on Saturday morning.

2. Memorabilia to be Signed
Do you have some favorite merch from your favorite queen? Want to make a gift even more special? Bring it along for that signature it’s begging for. Most performers’ booths will have signing opportunities that you won’t want to miss.

3. Comfortable Shoes
While heels may be the cherry on your outfit’s cake, remember that you will be on your feet, walking all day with little rest. Bring a pair to switch out, just in case.

4. Charged Phone and Charging Cord
There will be selfies a plenty. Arrive with a fully charged phone, and bring a charging cord so you don’t miss any photo or social media opportunity. If you are on SnapChat – scroll through and make yourself over with our Brown Paper Tickets’ DragCon filter.

5. A Reasonable Size Bag
While you may want to pack everything and the kitchen sink, remember, if your bag is much bigger than a purse, it will not be allowed past registration. Pack your day bag light, and leave room for the fun giveaway items you may pick up along the way. Luckily, the eyelashes we will give away at our booth won’t take up much room.

6. Love
Leave the shade at home. DragCon is a self-proclaimed “lovefest” and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

DragCon starts Saturday, September 9 at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, NY. More information can be found here.

See you soon!

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The Pronto Podcast — Brown Paper Tickets’ Event Guide for Seattle

BPT_buttonWelcome to The Pronto! Brown Paper Ticket’s event guide for Seattle.

Tune in every Tuesday to check out a few of our favorite events in the Emerald City! You can check back to the blog every Tuesday at 10am or hit “subscribe” on the player and get each week’s Pronto delivered right to your computer.

Have a friend that’s visiting Seattle this week? Why not share this podcast with them and give them ideas of something to do? 

This week’s podcast features our top picks including a belly dance dinner, an improv happy hour and a benefit concert for the Philippines.

By tomorrow, Thursday, December 26, it’s probably time to get out of the house. So head on down to High Dive for Hip-Hop at the High Dive featuring Dirtay, Mike G. and M.A.R., and the The Sav among others. Good tunes in Fremont.

It is the giving season. On Friday night, December 27, help people who are in serious need. Roosevelt High School in Ravenna hosts An Evening with Stephanie Reese & Friends : A Benefit Concert for Victims of the Typhoon in the Phillippines. Great music, great cause.

Sick of Santa? Weary of wreaths? Tired of Tinsel? Unnatural Redhead Productions brings Midwinter Madness to the Jewelbox Theater in Belltown on Friday, December 27. That’s all kinds of burlesque for your viewing pleasure.

Friday, December 27, and Saturday, December 28, head on over to Unexpected Production’s Market Theater for Improv Happy Hour. That’s a sampler of improv formats and styles during what some would consider the best hour of the day.

Saturday, December 28, catch La Faux at Julia’s on Broadway on Capitol Hill. This show features a full cast of impersonators, dancers and outrageous acts. And if you’re hungry, chow down on some dinner while you enjoy the show.

Saturday, December 28, have a nice meal and check out some belly dancing at Kezira Cafe in Columbia City. The show is free with dinner. You really can’t go wrong with this one.

Dress up in your favorite handmade attire or make something new for Maker’s Masquerade at Jigsaw Renaissance in the ID on Saturday, December 28. While you’re there, learn how to make simple circuits using aluminum tape and LEDs. Pretty fun, right?

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Tuesday Tease: When the boys come out to play…

In its tireless march toward world domination burlesque has evolved far beyond it’s original incarnations. It’s Lamarckian transformations have allowed it to branch out into many and varying forms, creating a lush and vibrant (and sparkly) family tree.

The branch of the burlesque family tree we are focusing on today is boylesque! No longer is the world of glitter and feathers the strict domain of women. More and more men are stepping out on stage to show audiences what they’ve got. The art has even gotten a recent write up in the New York Times!

Often the boys are preforming along side of the girls so it can be a challenge to find a show where you can just watch the boys dance. But, luckily for you, I have gone and done that heavy lifting and here are the fruits of those labours. The best boylesque shows (and burlesque shows featuring male performers) from every corner of the county!

Los Angeles, California

Monday, November 26 | Monday Night Tease! presents MEATFEST 3 Come join Monday Night tease in celebrating the men of burlesque with their third annual production of Meatfest! This all male show will feature performances by Bobbie Burlesque Harry Merkin, Mr Snapper, Tito Bonito, Lee T Killer, Doctor Lust and “the reason it’s always wet in Portland” 2012 Reigning King of Burlesque, Russell Bruner!

Seattle, Washington

Friday, December 14 through Monday, December 24 | Homo For The Holidays! This December Homo for the Holidays will be bringing you two shows a night on the 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd at 7:00pm and 10:00pm. Along with a Christmas Eve show on the 24th at 10:00pm! “Homo For The Holidays! is a seasonal spectacle guaranteed to make even the most stubborn Yuletide gay! An unforgettable all-star cast of burlesque, cabaret, dance, drag, and musical local luminaries come together in a display of glittering grandeur.”
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West Hollywood: Peter Mac Brings Garland Back For the Holidays!

Good news West Hollywood! Judy is back, just for the holidays.

Female impersonator Peter Mac is bringing his spot-on impersonation of everyone’s favorite diva to the stage for four nights this week in “The Judy Garland Christmas Special Live.” This show opens tomorrow night, Wednesday, December 14 and is an homage to one of the greatest performers of our time.

In her brief 47 years, Judy Garland accomplished a lot. She was a celebrated singer, both on record and live, and was renowned for her contralto voice. She was an international celebrity for her roles in musical and dramatic performances on film and on stage, most notably as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. She received multiple Grammy Awards, a Special Tony Award, was nominated for the Academy award for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress and was the youngest recipient, at 39, to recieve the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry.
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