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BDC is Back and Wants to PARTEE

Posted in BrownDownCrown, HARD FRENCH, Partee on November 8, 2010 by browndowncrown

Hey all —

BrownDownCrown had to take a few months off to do some incredibly awesome things — the most exciting of which is the dance party, HARD FRENCH. The party is put on by six amazing folks in San Francisco (one of which is BDC’s Devon Devine), and we just wrapped up a mind blowing season. The party took us to NYC and Toronto, we had a celebrity WhiteTightRight guest DJ John Cameron Mitchell and coming up in January is a winter ball at a haunted lodge in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Its a simple formula — daytime soul party with a BBQ, photo booth and the most mixed ass crowd of folks on a huge back patio in the Mission. We just wrapped up our season finale this weekend which happens to coincide with the resurrection of BrownDownCrown the blog and TV show! Find out more on our facebook page… and we are glad to be back reporting on all things brown and down!

Hard French Crew

Hard French Crew


BDC hearts La Chica Boom

Posted in BrownDownCrown, Kaleidoscope, La Chica Boom on September 23, 2009 by browndowncrown

La Chica Boom

La Chica Boom

The first time we met La Chica Boom she fisted a piñata in a full dominatrix outfit and BDC knew we were in love with her. She is a Bay Area performance artist who is so brown she holds the title Ms Gay Latina 2005 AND 2006 (hey La Chica Boom can you help BDC get that title for 2010?)! She is also the founder of Kaleidoscope, the Third
Annual People of Color Cabaret
happening in San Francisco on September 26th!

The lineup looks gaymazing this year and there are even pre show workshops on September 25th and 26th!! Great Brown Minds must think alike because the same day BDC was going to get a hold of La Chica Boom for an interview she contacted us!

BDC: Are you BrownDownCrown?
LCB: Yes, I am BrownDownCrown, because I am La Chica Boom and am hella brown, down and I certainly wear a Swarvosky covered crown! I’ve been working actively in queer communities of color being “brown and down” for about 10 years now. I’ve been organizing with communities of color to destabilize the white heteropatriarchy by day and by night I seduce audiences with my witty ethnic drag and burlesque performance. I am from the El Paso/Juarez border and have been weaving my cultural, political and sexual identity through alternative dance, theatre, performance art, burlesque, clowning and street performance across North America. In the past I’ve worked with a broad range of movements including the prison abolition, anti-rape, domestic violence, and reproductive justice movements with an emphasis on queer and sex worker of color issues.

BDC: Tell me about yr upcoming show and workshops! Can anyone attend?
LCB: Upcoming Show: Have you gone to the website, it is beautiful! It has a video of the past year’s show and the bios/pics of all performers this year. The show is open to everyone! It’s first of its kind in burlesque, in that the show, Kaleidoscope, The Third Annual People of Color Cabaret show-cases performers of color. I bring down men, women, and transgender performers from all over the country each year to showcase a broad range of performances that include drag, burlesque, song, and aerial art and they promise to be erotic, sexy, and witty.

BDC: What can we expect to see at the show?
LCB: This year Toni Elling will be joining us. She is 84 years old now and hella amazing! We will honor her for paving the way for burlesque performers of color today, she is one of burlesque living legends.

There will also be workshops taught by all the pros in the show! Some are FREE! Join us September 25th and 26th from 10am-4p at the Mission Cultural Center for an array of pre-show workshops. Explore your understanding of desire and take one of many classes: The art of BIG burlesque, Masculinity in the world of Burlesque, POC burlesque history, Exotification and Race Representation, Saucy Choreography, Burlesque on a Budget, How do I look?: Drag/stage make-up application, Pasty-making, tassle-twirling, Oh My!, Glove Removal, and other tricks of the trade from the pros.

BDC: What is one of the highlights you are looking forward to seeing?
LCB:I am looking forward to seeing Orchid Mei work her special fans, she is definitely one my favorite classic performers! I am also looking forward to seeing all kinda poc’s in the crowd! I love looking at at their faces while they watch the show. Major satisfaction!

BDC: What will you be performing at the show?
LCB: I will probably be jacking off on tacos with Tapatio! Because I am a Tortillera (mexican slang for queer or lesbian woman) fo sho!

BDC: Why is it important to have an all poc burlesque show?
LCB: It’s important to have a POC show because although burlesque is an amazing art, it has traditionally used our bodies as exotic props and our images for profit. The show is about the politics of a people of color performance movement, about how performers of color redefine and shape our liberation through striptease and cabaret arts. The show is a platform for us to reclaim our images, our racialized sexualities, and to challenged cooptation and the appropriation of our bodies and images. I hope that the show will cast some light on the knowledge, actions, and transformations that pertain to performance, race-sex positivity, and politicize and enrich the neo-burlesque movement.

BDC: If you could wrap any performance artist in bacon — who would it be and why?
LCB:If I could wrap any artist in bacon it would definitely have to be Jesusa Rodriguez, queer Mexican performance artist. Because she’d probably take that bacon and shove it up her ass and then make it a really compelling performance art piece!

Kaleidoscope, The Third Annual National People of Color Cabaret

Kaleidoscope, The Third Annual National People of Color Cabaret

The show will take place at the historic Brava Theater on 2781 – 24th Street in San Francisco on September 26, 2009. Doors open at 7pm and the show begins at 8pm, buy your tickets at the door for $25 in cash or in advance for $20 at
Fore more information on La Chica Boom visit

BDC Exclusive! Jenna Riot Video Release!

Posted in BeyonceWouldLoveIt, BrownDownCrown, Homo A Go Go, Ice Cream Socialites, Jenna Riot, Katastrophe, the gays on August 5, 2009 by browndowncrown

Jenna Riot has a new music video coming out just in time for the Homo A Go Go festivities! It is currently sitting pretty on our harddrive so we’ve watched it – a few times – and besides being hella BrownDownCrown, it is filled with hot writhing ladies in a kiddie pool, confetti laden gayz dancing in tight spaces and Jenna Riot rolling around on astroturf without missing a beat. The video was directed by porn princess, Courtney Trouble — who found time to make it in between receiving the SF Guardian’s Best of the Bay for and while editing her as of yet unreleased second feature length porn, Nostalgia. And did we mention she also has a photo show up at Seventh Heart called ‘Queers With Their Clothes On’? Whew! All that AND there is a video release party — this Friday! Not to be missed — there will be a special performance by Jenna Riot, Katastrophe and their long missed collaborative project, Ice Cream Socialites. After party baby. Also — the rough and tumble DJ Hot Lunch spinning Rock N Roll classics! If you can’t make the video release party we will screen the music video exclusively on BrownDownCrown this Friday! Jenna Riot Video Release Party

BrownDownCrown does Cable TV

Posted in BrownDownCrown, on demand, world takeover on July 14, 2009 by browndowncrown

As part of our ever extending empire BrownDownCrown decided that we needed to get on cable TV. The best way we knew how was to get ‘On Demand’ — and the only way we knew how to do that was to create a personal ad. Check out this video to watch our personal ad and see how you can watch Devon Devine on your TV at home! BrownDownCrown — taking over living rooms one home at a time…

Bacon Wrapped Iconz: Girl in A Coma

Posted in bacon wrapped icon, BrownDownCrown, Girl in a Coma, hella ethnic, Homo A Go Go on July 7, 2009 by browndowncrown

Girl in A Coma
These three girls from Texas are basically hella fierce — they are so BrownDownCrown they are this week’s Bacon Wrapped Icon. I am freaking out that they are headlining Friday night of Homo A Go Go — their mesmerizing vocals combined with their Rock n Roll sound and homegrown attitude make them, well, family (and I swear that one girl looks like my cousin). I can’t wait to see what they sound like live — and maybe even share a tamale with them afterward. Remember to get your tix to this show before it sells out! Check out their music video below (if you know the boy with the water gun tell him I’m looking for him) — let’s fill up their SomArts Homo A Go Go show with as many brown people as we can!

BDC invades the Gayz. LA invades SF. Holy Paparazzi!

Posted in anavan, benefit, Bianca O'Blivion, BrownDownCrown, dancedancedance, Homo A Go Go, icy lytes, the gays on June 24, 2009 by browndowncrown

It is finally upon us — the LA invasion of San Francisco with our friends Anavan, Icy Lytes and DJ Bianca O’Blivion at Paparazzi! It started last year cuz we had hella pride at BrownDownCrown but all the parties going on in SF were over run with clones, flip flops and bad music. So we started Paparazzi and churned em out with some kick ass punk bands and dance party! We’re also splitting the proceeds with our favorite music festival, Homo A Go Go, so they’ll be passing out festival guides, recruiting volunteers and announcing their new Saturday night headliner! As for me, BrownDownCrown will be invading the Pride festivities throughout the week like a brown alien with short shorts and rainbow suspenders. Look for the gold glitter bacon sign and you’ll know we’ve arrived so say hi. For now — put on those white pants, get out yr cha cha heels and get ready to party down this Saturday night — beers, burgers and bjs!