Enzi Tanner

And just in the nick of time, we have the interview from newcomer-to-the-Cabaret Enzi Tanner! Currently working to attain his Masters of Divinity, Enzi was introduced to spoken word in high school and has been attending open mics since then. He thinks of the genre as “hiphop poetry…[one] that has the ability to operate as a tool for activism and to be a voice for the voiceless.” Working with homeless youth has given him the opportunity to expand and diversify his writings, for which he is grateful.

Enzi hopes that his work will increase visibility for the transgender community, especially trans men of color who “often times seem to be invisible.”

Ali Sands

Ali Sands will be “pushing myself out of my very comfy comfort zone” this weekend, not only performing here at the Cabaret for the first time but also venturing bravely into her first time performing spoken word–“Gender Lovin'”! We’re all very excited to have the author of “I Know You Are, But What Am I?” (a memoir about her experiences as her partner transitioned from male to female) with us this weekend, and trying something new, which is always exciting. This line-up just keeps looking better and better. Join us this weekend and leave with Ali’s beautiful words about the fluidity of gender. And perhaps, with a lighter heart as well.

Heidi Barton Stink

Heidi is super pumped for her first performance here at Patrick’s Cabaret. Check out her awesome music video:

“Love Who” by Heidi Barton Stink from Dan Huiting on Vimeo.

Growing up in South Minneapolis, Heidi was attracted to hip hop because “if you can make people bob their heads they will listen to what you have to say. You can be very direct as long as you make it sound nice.” She has been influenced by a wide variety of artists, from “that positive sounding east coast stuff like Tribe Called Quest and De La Souls” and “harder stuff like Nas and Wu Tang” when she was growing up, to “indie and locally based stuff like POS, Doomtree, Heiruspecs, Aesop Rock, and Mirconauts” when she began preparing to  perform. She also became very aware of queer artists such as Tori Fixx, Scream Club, deep dickcollective and Soce the Elemental Wizard, who proved influences as well. Heidi began her hip hop career more interested in abstract word play before using the music to delve into issues, which she called “a good starting place, because I had the privilege of learning how to make my raps sound cool first, then when I came out as trans and had some issues I wanted to talk about I had a medium that I had already refined to serve as my outlet.”

This weekend she will “express some of the thoughts and feelings I and a lot of the people I know have about gender, sexuality, oppression, capitalism and how people relate to one another…I want to trigger as many emotional responses as possible. If I leave a show, performance or movie, having laughed, cried and/or learned something I will probably come back for more.”

You can download her music for free at http://bartonstink.bandcamp.com/

Vas Littlecrow

Well, the Transgender Cabaret is almost upon us, and you know what that means: more interviews!

Vas Littlecrow collaborated on a video project with Tommy Stone awhile back at Patrick’s Cabaret, but Friday will be her first time in front of one of our live audiences. When explaining who Vas Littlecrow is, she calls up her mother’s definiton: “an overworked and creative naturally-born drag queen with no discernable conscience–but this is far from an insult. An artist dynamo, this weekend’s show comes from her “anger and…compulsion to make all that is ugly and fucked up with my life into stuff that’s superficially cute and sparkly. As a model and a cabaret dancer, my whole career is based on being hyperfemenine…Also, puppets make everything better.” She dances, sings, models, draws, and “lives to entertain and make people think without realizing that they are doing so.” Of her multidisciplinary work, she says, “I often wonder how people can chose to work in a single discipline without getting bored out of their skulls. Working in multiple disciplines just feels natural to me. It appeals to all of my senses.”

Visual Arts Services by Littlecrow, or VAS Littlecrow “came out of the ashes of ZNLArts, an underground zine and publishing outfit” that she started as a teenager. “After making efforts to end a post-divorce pill, sex, and booze habit, society congratulated my accomplishments by making me completely unemployable and unqualified for government aid. I rebuilt my business under it’s new guise using nothing but library Internet access, moochable friends, art supplies scrounged from a garbage can, and my naked body.” Two years later she was a minor Internet celebrity (and doing much better financially). “My current husband, generous patron and dom, who we’ll call Loki, is the only original member of the VAS Littlecrow team besides me that remains. The VL line-up changes more often than Cher changes outfits, but the current crew has been pretty solid thus far.”

Her biggest hope for the show is “that people can see how much I care about my creations. My silliness will shine through. You see, when we ridicule our fears and turn our tears into creativity, our inner demons lose their power. It’s amazing stuff to me.” Hear, hear.