Lisa Ganser is back in town with a series of films at the Smitten Kitten! Plus Rocky Horror, drag, and burlesque in this week’s arts and culture calendar!


[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Bippy’s Burlesque-O-Rama [/sws_yellow_box]


If you think you’ve seen all that burlesque has to offer, you haven’t seen Bippy’s Burlesque-o-Rama. Bippy’s Burlesque-o-Rama embraces the concepts of fun and experimentation, leading to a sort of controlled chaos. Bippy’s Burlesque-o-Rama was created by performers who have worked in many shows across the Twin Cities, including Pouty Petals, Luna Rouge, and Barbara Gordon. Originally working together as cast members for the now defunct Abbie Rhode’s Psychedelic Spectacle, the producers wanted to keep the lighter, try-anything-at-least-once mentality provided by that show.
Upcoming Performances + Tickets

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Date: Friday, July 11 at 10:00 pm, Doors open at 9:30 pm
Location: 810 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55408
Admission: $10 in advance/$12 day of show
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Good for the Goose: Lisa Ganser at the Smitten Kitten [/sws_yellow_box]


Good for the Goose is a Minneapolis homocoming screening and short movie retrospective sampling of the film and video work and recent collaborations of Lisa Ganser (who moved to San Francisco June 2013). The screening will include Midwest Premieres of Nomy Lamm’s short movies Maggie Remembers and Cold Hard Facts as well as Ganser’s The Beginning Parts, all inspired by Nomy Lamm’s novel 515 Clues. It will also include hometown favorites from Ganser’s dvd Welcome to my Bedroom, because what is good for the goose, is good for the Ganser. for more information please visit

$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Seating is limited. To buy tickets, call 612-712-6088 or purchase in-store

(here is a great article about becoming scent-free:



Midwest Premiers:

The Beginning Parts (2:25); An animated short directed by Lisa Ganser that addresses the question “Where does your magic come from?” It is a story of new love, childhood trauma, moving across the country, and the healing opportunity of complete vulnerability. It is inspired by artwork taken directly from Nomy Lamm’s experimental (not-yet-published) novel 515 Clues, and is animated by Lark Buckingham with original stencils by Lisa Ganser. It includes music by Nomy Lamm and by Lisa Ganser’s band Central Standard, all set to a fast-paced monologue written and performed by Lisa Ganser.

Maggie Remembers (6:39), Nomy Lamm. An animated dream-time re-imagination of childhood experiences in the Shriners Hospital. Meet Maggie and her friend Justice, a tuf girl burn survivor who is growing a whole new layer of skin to keep the doctors out. When Maggie suggests growing wings to take them away from there, Justice latches onto the idea and asks Maggie to use her magical bird song to inspire her transformation.

Cold Hard Facts (11:21), Nomy Lamm. An investigation of memories related to medical experimentation in the Shriners Hospital. Nomy and Lisa interview a friend who helped tear down the hospital where her foot was amputated as a child. They take a tour of the new hospital facility, glimpse the strangeness of the fraternal order, and talk with a technician who discusses the removal of appendages for cosmetic reasons. Their perspective is further corroborated by an interview with a young black queer who shares an extensive history of Shriners surgeries. This short movie is currently being developed into a feature documentary on the same topic.

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Date: Saturday, July 12 at 7:00pm
Location: The Smitten Kitten, 3010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Admission: $10, no one turned away for lack of funds
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Un(dis)sing Our Abilities: Sexplicit Shorts with Lisa Ganser[/sws_yellow_box]


Un(dis)sing Our Abilities is an experimental sexplicit short movie showcase presented by Periwinkle Cinema that explores sensuality, intimacy, safety and consent through the lens of the less-represented. Curated by Lisa Ganser and Lorin Murphy, this screening implores the erotic pleasure and sexual abilities of those of us dissed, dismissed, (mis)labeled, disabled and generally passed over in mainstream queer crowds. Redefine sexy through sex and sensuality that is healing, empowering and arousing. You’ll get turned on by fat, word associate crip and porn, challenge and subvert your notions of gender, sexuality and self, while exposing what it means to “work with what we got (or not).” Experience images of (ourselves) sexually empowered within our own very different, and always changing bodies. We tell our stories on film and come together to experience each other’s in the dark, then see each other in a new way when the lights come up. This screening had its world premiere June 18th at the QCC’s National Queer Arts Festival in San Francisco and includes the brand new short movie Wall of Fire by and featuring Nomy Lamm and Lisa Ganser. Wall of Fire was completely underwritten and fully funded by the Smitten Kitten. Ganser will be in person to present the showcase and for a brief Q & A. 18+

$10, no one turned away for lack of funds
Seating is limited. To buy tickets, call 612-712-6088 or purchase in-store

(here is a great article about becoming scent-free:



movies that will be screened tonight

“beyondeep” by GWS & Kei X. TRT 5:00.
BEYONDEEP is a two person production directed by & starring queer people of color. A timeless journey of love, passion, bdsm, & mystery. Deep in the woods a lover is chased then captured and taken into their dungeon dwelling, a van, where fantasy comes true.

“EGG” by Sadie Lune with KAy Garnellen. TRT 11:37.
A sexy, funny, romantic & dirty visual poem. An exhibitionistic exploration of a peculiar deepening fascination as well as an intimate collection of erotic moments between two lovers. Food, penetration, hungry cunts (trans and miscellaneous), expulsion, surprises, joy, orgasms & love.

“Shaving/Shorn” by Lorin Murphy. TRT 6:32. MIDWEST PREMIERE
“Shaving/Shorn” is an erotic shaving ritual.

“Forbidden Acts” by Leroy Moore & Todd Herman. TRT 12 min. An engaging glimpse into a black disabled writer’s exploration of his own sexuality and the limits that social institutions attempt to impose upon it’s expression. Sweet sperm meets sexy crip prose in this 3 part series of video poems.

“Wall of Fire” by Lisa Ganser. TRT 6:04. MIDWEST PREMIERE
Roles switch, paddles hit & control shifts when two fat bodied gender queer women, lovers off camera, push limits of pleasure, penetration & trust, engaged in intense, consensual amputee sex. Original Score by Nomy Lamm. This movie was completely underwritten & fully funded by the Smitten Kitten.

“visible” by seeley quest. TRT 11:03 MIDWEST PREMIERE
a queer’s look at layers of exhibitionism, vulnerability, & hir shifting relationship to sexuality & gender through encounters with disability.

“Untitled” by Patricia Berne. TRT 2:26.
This erotic short reflects the poet’s cantor of desire in role play.

“Money Shot Blues & How to Fake Ejaculation” by Tobi Hill-Meyer. TRT 10:34.
In Money Shot Blues Tobi recalls her brief experience in mainstream shemale* porn and some of the unexpected difficulties she encountered. How to Fake Ejaculation is a humorously presented short instructional demonstration of several techniques for faking ejaculation on camera. (*Note: this is a derogatory term & it is not okay to use this word for Tobi or anyone else who does not explicitly choose to use it. It is used here only to describe the industry that has named itself using this term.)

“In My Own Hands” by Crystal Mason. TRT 3:50.
“In Our Own Hands” explores the possibility of self love in the ruins of a society that teaches us to hate ourselves from the cradle to the grave & asks the question, “How do we fight back?”

“Going Here” by Courtney Trouble featuring Jiz Lee and Lyric Seal. TRT 13:00. MIDWEST PREMIERE
In this scene from the unreleased feature Wet Dreams, Lyric and Jiz explore the edges of danger, public sex, experimentation, & lust. This exclusive excerpt is about letting our fantasies take over all else.

“scars, ma[p]s, skin” by MOON RAY RA. TRT 1:56. MIDWEST PREMIERE
Tracing queer of color scars & skin, this film leaves the pleasure to your imagination.

there is also rumor of being serenaded by Minneapolis’ own Trailer Park Queen.

Periwinkle Cinema is a queer experimental monthly screening venue that happens on the third wednesday of every month at ATA in san francisco. this screening originally played (slightly different line up) to a sold out audience at the Queer Cultural Center’s NATIONAL QUEER ARTS FESTIVAL. Minneapolis marks the second screening.

if you would like to bring Un(dis)sing Our Abilities to your town please contact for Perwinkle Cinema.

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Date: Saturday, July 12 at 9:00pm
Location: The Smitten Kitten, 3010 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55408
Admission: $10
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″] Summer Slam Drag Show [/sws_yellow_box]


Now that Summer is in full swing (we’re all finally able to wear shorts at least once a week) it’s time to turn up the heat even more with a jam-packed drag show!

Scheduled to perform:
Anastacia Rose
Arianna Montrese
Brandy Merlot
Carmen Love
Dexter Maine-Love
Ginny Tonic
Kamen Cider-Love
Madelyn Ashton
Nickita Kyle
Perdita Rogers
Tawnya Tootsieroll

Hosted by Ariel Thunderpussy! (she’s been gone far too long and has a lot of sass saved up for everyone)

Pre-show by Sahima Fusion starts at 9:45!

The usual rules apply:
-Show starts promptly at 10:00
-To get a front row seat, you’ll want to get there early
-Always room for everyone
-Feel free to invite all your friends to this event, the bigger the audience, the more excited the performers are!

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Date: Saturday, July 12 at 10:00pm
Location: Flame Nightclub, 1612 Tower Ave, Superior, Wisconsin 54880
Admission: Free
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]The Women in Crisis Film Series [/sws_yellow_box]


The Women in Crisis Film Series returns! Join us for our latest unsympathetic viewing of a Lifetime TV-movie of the week. Our panel of lively gays will mock the film in real time and there’s always lots of trivia and prizes. Come check out the late-night cult camp event that has audiences shouting at the screen and begging for more!! “Think ‘Mystery Science Theater 3000’…. but gayer.” -Star Tribune
Upcoming Performances + Tickets
Women in Crisis Film Series XI: Midwest Obsession

What could a grass fed Dairy Queen and Tracy Gold have to fight about? Has Tracy bitten off more than she can chew? Will the busty bovine leave Tracy starving for her man? Find out the answers to this and more as Women in Crisis Present: Midwest Obsession- the true story of a bitter butter queen gone loco for love.

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Date: Saturday, July 12 at 10:00 pm, Doors open at 9:30 pm
Location: Bryant Lake Bowl
Admission: $7-$10 sliding scale / Buy tickets
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[sws_yellow_box box_size=”100″]The Slammers in: ROCKY HORROR [/sws_yellow_box]


A fundraising event supporting The Slammers as TCGSL representatives in the Dallas World Series 2014. The night includes Games, Prizes and more, including a “BEST ROCKY” Contest for a $100.

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Date: Sunday, July 13 at 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: The Saloon MN, 830 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Admission: $10 beer bust
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