Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Change of Plans!

Ok, so it has been brought to my attention my multiple people that blogging is soooo last decade!  And I'm realizing that I kind of tend to agree.  So I'm kicking the blog to the curb and am going to focus on all things social media.  So link up with me for all the fun!

Facebook - www.facebook.com/artemischase

Twitter - @ArtemisChase   https://twitter.com/ArtemisChase

Instagram - http://instagram.com/artemischase

Monday, December 09, 2013

I'm baaaaaack!!!

Hello Darlings!

I'm sure this won't be news to most of you who are friends with me on Facebook.  But after taking the last two years off to focus on other parts of my life, this queen has finally come back!

The past two years have been wonderful and something I really needed!  I was able to focus on other parts of my life and do manly things like grow a beard.  ((sigh))  I miss my beard already!

But during that time I came to the realization that of everything I have ever done in my life the thing that has brought me the most joy has been getting up on stage and entertaining all of you!  So here we go again!

And I'm not just bringing Artemis back.  I'm bringing her back BIG!  This is not just a comeback, it's going to be a reinvention!  To kick things off I am taking part in a competition to join the cast of The Superstar Divas Show at CC Slaughters.  Then December 27th I'm performing alongside the fabulous Jinkx Monsoon and Ben de la Creme!  And then things will really start rolling in January as I join the Caravan of Glam for a traveling tour around the state of Oregon with shows in Portland, Salem, Eugene, Ashland and Bend!  (And those are just the things I'm allowed to announce so far...)

There will be no half-assing it this time around!  There is no plan B!  I am back to do drag for a living full time and that is what is happening!

I will have new pictures and videos up soon and in the mean time....OMG they just announced the new Rupaul's Drag Race cast!!!  So I've got some intro videos to watch and then you know we are gonna have to dish!

Much Love and Kisses!!!


Thursday, September 02, 2010

Peep Show Featuring Pandora Boxx!

Hey Darlings!

This coming Tuesday is a very special edition of Peep Show featuring the always fabulous Pandora Boxx!!!  This is going to be the most amazing show I have been a part of since moving back to Portland!  You do NOT want to miss it!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Just Out Article About Portland's New Drag Scene!

Hey Darlings!

Just Out published an article about the new drag scene of Portland!  It is an absolutely fabulous article that really expresses what is going on with drag in this city!  Check it out at http://www.justout.com/arts.aspx?id=239 

I've been working tirelessly ever since moving back to Portland to make the drag/nightlife scene here more entertaining and things are finally taking off!  Just be forewarned everyone...this is only the beginning!  So practice your power naps and get your steel liver transplants, because there's going to be a lot more incredible nightlife heading your way!

Friday, June 04, 2010

June Peep Show!

WOW!  WOW!  WOW!  That's about all I can say about Peep Show this past Tuesday!  Last month was brilliant with Sherry Vine and Joey Arias!  But this month we featured 100% local Portland talent and they truly blew me away!  It was one of those rare shows that just seemed magical to me and will forever be one I will remember and hold dear to my heart!

I opened the evening with a parody of "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga called "Outer Space" where it claims that Gaga is an alien.  Many thanks to Allison, Kim, and Nichole for ally being in the number with me!  You were all brilliant (and gorgeous)!

Sally Ingus Wilder then took to the stage with her rewrite of Shirley Bassey's "Hey Big Spender" done as "Hey Big Boner" complete with deep throating balloons and juggling.  The most amazing thing about that number for me is that Sally lip synchs while Allison May sings the song live from off-stage.  And let me tell you...that's NOT easy to do!

We got more live vocals right after with Zora Phoenix performing "Hot Child in the City", with a few humorously rewritten lyrics of course!

One of the most exciting surprises for me was seeing the incredibly talented Mona "Sphongledhoops" perform her hoola hoop act!  It was truly sensational and I don't know how she pulled it off on our little stage!

Laura Beth and Little Tommy Bang Bang brought us a tribute to Marilyn Monroe's birthday with an adorable rendition of "You Ain't Nothin' But a Houndog" sang live by Laura Beth while Tommy hammed it up on stage as only he can!

Burlesque sensation Sadie LaGuerre gave us a fabulous number set to Goldfrapp and I learned a fabulous new trick of filling a giant balloon with confetti and popping it on stage.  Yes girl, yes!

My dear friend Vegas Platinum is leaving Portland in a few weeks, so I had to get her to perform at Peep Show once before she left.  And she tore it up like I knew she would with her outstanding "Plastic Surgery Mix"!

After intermission the incredibly talented boys of Burlesquire got the crowd all worked up with their super sexy dancing!

Little Tommy Bang Bang returned to the stage with his lady friend Dixie Cup for a hilarious white trash rendition of "Livin La Vida Loca" that had me laughing from start to finish!

One performer I was absolutely thrilled agreed to be in the show was one of the legendary Sissy Boys, Fannie Mae Darling!  She enraptured the crowd as she belted out "Purple Rain"!

Sally Ingus Wilder and I both returned with second numbers.  Sally doing her funny as all hell "Party in the USA" and my "Whitney on Crack" number.

And finally we saved what many would call the best for last!  Ecstasy Inferno TORE UP the stage with her 4 backup dancers to "Sex Shooter" and a new track by Erika Jayne!  Nobody in Portland can touch Ecstasy when it comes to dance numbers and I am so blessed to count her among my many talented friends!

If you would like to see videos from the night check out our brand new youtube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/PeepShowVideos and add the Peep Show Facebook Page to stay up to date on all the latest party news!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Peep Show is a Smashing Success!

The time has come for a change in Portland's drag scene!  And Tuesday night we began that change with the the incredible kickoff of my new monthly event, Peep Show @ The Red Cap Garage!  Opening night we brought in the legendary and epic talents of Sherry Vine and Joey Arias and they truly were phenomenal!  Their singing, humor, and even when they were just chatting with the audience took drag to a whole new level!  I was incredibly inspired and thankful to be able to have them here!

I kicked off the night with my tribe of cannibal queens for a gruesome yet funny rendition of "Maneater".  Many thanks to my backup performers Sally Ingus Wilder, Saturn, and Brandon!  It was by far one of the favorite numbers I've done since moving back to Portland!

The second set was opened by the always amazing Ecstasy Inferno with a rousing Missy Elliot mix!  Now this was a seven minute number, which usually would have me shaking my head in frustration, but this girl pulled it off!  And we will be seeing much more of her in the coming months!

Peep Show will continue to happen on the first Tuesday of every month!  We are going to be bringing you the hottest drag talent as well as a mixture of singing, dance, comedy, and so much more!  We want to take Portland's nightlife entertainment to an entirely new level and I think we are off to a great start!  Plus we are working on bringing you more very special out of town guests in the upcoming months!  One hint...think outside the boxx!  So make sure to mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 1st for the next installment of Peep Show!

(Photos by Marty Davis, Just Out)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Queen of the Week - Sally Ingus Wilder

Name: Sally Ingus Wilder

Age: 26

Location: Portland, OR

Single or taken? I'm a single Sally

What is your drag style like?  Being from the Midwest originally, there's definitely a bit of "Minnesota Nice" in my personality. When I perform I tend towards theatrical, choreographed numbers. I love props, magic and special effects! I'm more interested in performance and spectacle than straight up dancing, lip-synching, or pageantry.

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? Around and hour and a half, or 3 PBR tallboys.

Do you have a favorite number you perform? It's too soon to say. I'm working on a more serious piece involving projected home videos of me as a child when I used to secretly dress in drag and videotape myself, which I hope will be tragically hilarious and moving at the same time.

Where can we see you perform? I'm currently loving performing at Miss Thing each month here in Portland, hosted by the legendary Heklina of Trannyshack! I'm also really excited to be performing in the new alternative drag show Artemis is hosting beginning in May!

How did you first get into drag? I've always had an interest in performance, makeup and costume, but never had the right connections growing up in Minneapolis. It wasn't until moving to Portland that I found an encouraging network of friends and professionals. It's here that I met my drag mother Allison May, who has a rich background in theater and loves drag queens more than anything on earth. She really helped me make the leap, and I'm oh so glad she did!

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Traditional drag really does nothing for me. I love anything androgynous, experimental, and spectacular. I'm currently a huge fan of Suppositori Spelling for the rawness of her performances. I love the look of Minneapolis's Kysa Bong. Sissyboy is super inspiring — I love a good gender fuck! I also have a huge crush on Portland performance artist/Sissyboy Kaj-anne Pepper.

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? Well being a new drag queen myself, that's a tough one, so here's advice I've received that's been really helpful:
1. BE HUMBLE. Your drag persona is one thing, but you personally must always remain humble (thanks Fannie May Darling!)
2. Drag queens are allowed to be filthy as fuck, but do it with just a touch of class… sometimes.
3. Drag is addicting, no one can do it just once!

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I was raised in an evangelical home, and I performed in one of those Christian Hell Houses as a teenager — I played the role of a tortured soul in hell (ha!) and it was really homophobic and horrible. I'd like to go back in full drag, and reach out to all the poor young queer kids and tell them they're beautiful the way they are.

What is something that might surprise us all about you? In addition to my day job as a graphic designer and illustrator, I've been a professional live caricature artist for 8 years, and have drawn over 10,000 faces at all sorts of venues including Theme Parks, County Fairs, and San Francisco Pride. And you thought drag was trashy…

What makeup items could you not live without? Portland diva Poison Waters once said never to spend more than $2 on a pair of lashes, and its true. I'm a regular at the local Mid-K beauty supply store… they've got the goods for cheap! The people at Hollywood Lights here in Portland are really helpful with stage makeup as well.

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? My outfits are usually pieced together from thrift stores, things I've made, and borrowed items. My sewing machine is my best friend! I've just started learning to style my own wigs. It's amazing what you can do with a cheap wig, synthetic hair extensions, a can of Aqua Net and a blow dryer!

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? Winning the March 2010 title in the Miss Thing talent search! I did a lyrically-altered version of "Big Spender", lip-synched to live vocals, swallowed a balloon, and there was a juggler on stage. Besides walking away with the title for that month, it was also my first time on stage in drag, so that would have to be the greatest moment of my young career.

What else should we know about you? Friend me on Facebook and find out! 

Monday, April 05, 2010

Queen of the Week - Sonique

: Sonique aka Jason Edwards

Age: 26

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Single or taken? Taken. ( pretty much married)

What is your drag style like? It changes from day to day, I never like to put myself in "a box" but I do enjoy my leather and metal accessories, I love any animal print I like to mix and match , I'm a rocker. :-)

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? It can take me anywhere from 30minutes to 1hour and 30 minutes maybe longer depending on how dramatic I want to be.

Do you have a favorite number you perform? I have a few that I enjoy, recently I have been doing" Te Amor" by Rihanna but my all time favorite would have to be Peaches "Boys wanna be her" or my Catwoman mix that I made a few years back.

Where can we see you perform? I'm pretty much all over Atlanta, GA. Blakes on the Park on Mondays. Shout on 14st on Tuesday. Club Jungle on Wednesdays, The Heretic on Thursdays. and on the weekends I travel around the US on the weekends.

How did you first get into drag? I guess I have always been in drag, I use to get into trouble for wearing my sisters clothes when was a kid, The first time I ever dressed up and went out I was 18 and I went to a gay club, it was awful but I didn't think so then, I didn't really get into performing until I turned 21, so I have been doing it of 5 years.

Who have been your biggest inspirations? I'm inspired by most everyone I meet but I like what i like and I love learning from people. I like the classic movies ,The 80's , super hero chicks, PINK, MADONNA, LADY GAGA, Anime, Rock music, and bright colors and rhinestones.

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? learn as much as you can because drag is forever full of tricks and shortcuts. Never be afraid to try something. If you have to ask if it looks good, it probably doesn't so take and learn from the critiques'.

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Saturday Night Live because thats where all my favorite singers have performed!!!!

What is something that might surprise us all about you?  I'm a transexual and held off on my transitioning to be on Rupaul's Drag Race. It was so hard on me to do that, and I'm glad I did, but I'm a much pleasant person now that I'm back to my transitioning.

What makeup items could you not live without? Lip gloss, Liquid liner, mascara , Full coverage (MAC) ,301 Eye lashes, and clown white.

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? I love making costumes, I'm not the best with wigs, but I do add extensions and cut a few pieces every now and again.theres not much I can't do when it comes to drag.

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? I think seeing myself on TV for the very first time it all seemed like a dream and it has been a blessing. I'm very thankful.

What else should we know about you? I'm a lead singer/rapper in a rock band.

To find out more about Sonique check out her facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504810189

Monday, March 29, 2010

Blow Pony 3 Year Anniversary Party!

Oh my god!  Our Blow Pony 3 year anniversary party was INSANE!!!  Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the night and to our very special guests, Tammie Brown, Jer Ber Jones, Anna Conda, and Muthachucka!

I haven't gotten many pictures from the night yet, but here are a few I've been able to track down!

Tammie and I on the Portland drag bus pub crawl before Blow Pony!

Part of the drag bus pub crawl crew!

Tammie Brown working the crowd!

Addicted to chips!

Jer Ber Rocking out on stage!

Jer Ber, Tammie, and I having a photo opp!

Queen of the Week - Bianca del Rio

Name: Bianca Del Rio

Age: 34

Location: NYC

Single or taken? Single

What is your drag style like? Cartoon, Mod, 60's

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? 45 minutes

Do you have a favorite number you perform? No

Where can we see you perform? All over NYC

How did you first get into drag? By mistake 14 years ago

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Jesus and Oprah

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? Don't do it!...Kidding!  Be true to your art, always.

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Right here in NYC, cause it's the best!
What is something that might surprise us all about you? That I'm a man.

What makeup items could you not live without? Lashes, Black Shadow, and White Liner.

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? Yes, all of the above.

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? Meeting Madonna.
What else should we know about you? That I don't take myself too seriously.