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This year’s PRIDEFEST promises even more delightful
entertainment than last year. “The festival is 10 days,
so it’s shorter but jammed with more events,” says
Michelle Rigg, Pride WA co-president. The festival
gives the LGBTIQ community a chance to show what
they are made of and express who they are. “It’s the
one main event of the year for our community where
we can celebrate what we are about via the arts and
culture,” says Michelle. Get ready, people... Various
locations, Nov 14-23.
Living 40 Years Proud –
Celebrate our Community
Share stories of your journeys so far, as PRIDEFEST
begins. Harold Boas Gardens, Nov 16.
A Saucy Little Secret
The lives of five women whose music and attitudes
influenced modern blues, queer lifestyle and racial
tolerance are explored in this rich piece of theatre.
Connections Nightclub, Nov 19.
Who doesn’t want to play bingo hosted by a fabulous
drag queen? Connections Nightclub, Nov 20.
Rag & Bone
This cabaret show features a high-octane rock and soul
band with husky vocals. Connections Nightclub, Nov 21.
A snow-themed street party, with pop princess Samantha
Jade, to wrap up PRIDEFEST WA. The Court, Nov 22.
Drag shows, drag barmaids and cocktail specials.
Connections Nightclub, Thursday nights.
LIFE INFORMING ART
Artist Lex Randolph has intimate knowledge of
a secret society here in Perth. The 34-year-old arts
manager, community artist, crafter and self-confessed
yarn-bomber describes himself as a ‘trans’ person
(someone whose gender identity, expression or
behaviour is different from those typically associated
with their assigned sex at birth), having made the
transition from female to male. “I think the trans
community is often quite invisible to the public,”
Lex confesses. Many trans people are trying to
‘pass’ and be totally recognised as their true gender,
so don’t readily share their trans status. “When I first
came out as trans, I felt quite isolated. Since then
I have joined groups, made friends and connections with
many other trans people. I am now part of a strong and
supportive local trans community in WA.” Lex chooses
to tackle badly needed education about the trans
community through his artwork, with his most recent
exhibition an autobiographical work that came from
a general interest in body and identity politics. In Body
Fabric, Lex used watercolour painting, ink drawings
and textiles to explore how the body is increasingly
becoming something to be extended, merged, and
altered by medical intervention, art and technology.
Jillian to the max
Trainer, wellness expert and life coach Jillian Michaels
will be touring Perth with her Maximise Your Life
shows. The speaking performance is aimed to inspire,
and it’s hard not to be impressed by this TV personality
– she’s a fitness motivator, coaches on The Biggest
Loser, practises martial arts, produces weight-loss
iPhone apps, has recently launched her own company
(Empowered Media), is an ambassador for several
charities, and all while is raising two children with her
partner, Heidi Rhoades. Perth Concert Hall, Oct 26.
with his chest,
and his desire
(to have his breasts
chest altered). Another example of Lex’s journey was
evident in his piece My xx form – a watercolour and
ink work representing the female body, particularly
the internal anatomy. “It is quite quirky and illustrative,
I guess kind of tongue-in-cheek and playful, but also
showing that our bodies are just a vessel for the
person that we are to live in,” Lex describes. “Just
because I still have a uterus and ovaries does not
make me less of a man.” From here, Lex plans to
put his art to a very practical use – to pay for surgery.
“It would be nice to be able to give something back
to people who support me, so I am planning to create
a series of limited edition art zines and textile pieces to
sell as a fundraiser.”
You might know actor, You-Tuber and singer-songwriter Troye Sivan best as the young James Howlett in
X-Men Origins: Wolverine, or from our WA stages in performances of Oliver! or Waiting for Godot, but it’s
the Perth-based teen’s latest venture in the music world that has turned our heads. Troye’s trippy tune, Happy
Little Pill, hit the airwaves over winter and has proved popular. The mesmerising song’s success bodes well for
his next project, the release of his EP TRXYE, so watch this space.
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