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“Let it Snow” beamed live from Tipsy Bear Berlin, with Lola Rose and Judy LaDivina!

Judy LaDivina at Tipsy Bear Let it Snow Jan 29 2021 by Suzanne ForbesHere’s beloved Drag Mama Judy LaDivina at Tipsy Bear Berlin !

She performed live for the “Let it Snow” special with Lola Rose!

It was my first time drawing wildly charming Miss Judy and I had such fun. She is so pragmatic, so wise, so funny. Check out this Taimi video to hear about her inspiring journey from Tel Aviv to Berlin’s drag scene and find out how drag saved her life!

Miss Judy has lots of other performances online. You will love them 🙂

Lola Rose for Let it Snow by Suzanne Forbes Dec 13 2020Lola Rose had so many incredible costume changes!

Each number had a different look and the wigs were flying. Lola Rose is one of my very favorite Berlin performers, and this show was a thrill.

Lola has two new livestreaming shows coming Feb 3 and 10th, from Tipsy Bear’s stage.

Lola’s 2nd annual Black His/Herstory (Theirstory) Month show will run two Wednesdays of February with ten performers altogether. Five performers each week with a variety of burlesque, drag, stand up, theatre, & singing. The lineup is fantastic!! Even if you can’t catch the show, you can contribute to the money pool here to support these Black performers during this hard time.

Lola’s 2nd annual Black His/Herstory (Theirstory) Month, on https://www.twitch.tv/tipsybearberlin

03.02.20 8pm CET/20:00
10.02.20 8pm CET/20:00

I am incredibly grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support makes it possible for me work safely at home.

As usual these drawings are licensed Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) for all to share and enjoy!

In addition, I release the copyright on each drawing to the performer shown and they may use the drawings for their own profit and pleeeasssure in any way they choose.

Two generations of Berlin gender-interrogation performers share the stage and double the power!

Bridge Markland with cigar Nov 17 by Suzanne ForbesI was so excited when I saw Bridge Markland would be performing with Buba Sababa!

Bridge, who’ve I have drawn many times, is an incredible icon of Queer Berlin, a Drag Queen/King and genderfuckery artist who has created decades of transgressive works. During the early quarantine days Bridge shared archived show ephemera like press, flyers and posters on Instagram. You can really see what a pioneering role she played in international gender performance theater.

Plus, she has created some of the strangest and most unnerving puppet shows you will ever see! And danced and written and taught and modeled for artists and so much more. Bridge celebrates 35 years on stage this year!

This show, queens + kings special with Bridge Markland + Buba Sababa, included multiple acts and reveals and so many sheddings of skin!

And Bridge shares the stage with generosity and grace, welcoming Berlin’s new generation of gender-play performers.

Buba Sababa Nov 17 by Suzanne ForbesSeeing Venus Boy Buba Sababa onstage with Bridge Markland was fantastic.

Buba Sababa is a radical talent, a fearless performer who really gets into it with the audience. In the drawing above you see Buba eating sweets and dancing to “Sugar Sugar” in macho persona, which was layered and intense. There was also a video collage piece spotlighting toxic masculinity which was hard to watch and yet heart-wrenching, and Buba dancing in femme mode in veils, and much more. Buba is part of the amazing Venus Boys, “a collective of Berlin based Drag performers who paint from the palette of performative masculinity”. I have drawn Buba before as well, and hope to draw Buba many times in the future.

In the chat people were saying things like “I feel like I should have paid 125 euros ticket for this and I don’t have any money” and “DED FOREVER DED”. It was a Tuesday night twitch show but it felt like we were in some prestigious theater watching an experimental show funded by Udo Kier. Seeing these two generations of Berlin gender-performance work and dance together was stunning.

queens + kings special with Bridge Markland + Buba Sababa was part of Camillo Queer Cinema Week, which is online this year. You can see the programm here. There are more events to come!

I am so grateful to my Patreon Patrons, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s drag and burlesque performers while I work safely at home.