This week in (gay) Vancouver: bent, burlesque and big hair

A writing workshop for LGBTQ++ youth, an evening of sexy laughs and some of the biggest hair this side of Texas are all on tap for this week in (gay) Vancouver.

The frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional LGBTQ theatre company, kicks off Telling It Bent (Jul 8-Aug 26), a drop-in writing workshop for queer, transgender, Two Spirit, and questioning youth, ages 14-25. The eight week workshop has been designed as a safe place for other queer and trans artists to meet, express and imagine together and to learn writing, editing, performance, and publications skills.  Led by Vancouver writers lee williams boudakian and Amal Rana, the workshops will culminate in a shared reading at the Heartwood Community Cafe on August 21.

Scott Thompson headlines Laugh Your Sexy Ass Off (Jul 11 & 12) at the Rio Theatre. Designed by co-creators Doug Thoms and Kirsten Hogan of Kitty Nights Burlesque, the evening is a modern-day re-imagining of the classic burlesque shows on the 1930s and 40s.  Well known to fans as a member of Canadian sketch comedy troupe, The Kids in the Hall, Thompson is anything but your average comedian. In addition to Thompson’s performance, the night will feature music from The Wet Spots and, of course, a striptease from some of Vancouver’s biggest names in burlesque.

The annual wearble art and performance festival Wiggle (Jul 11 & 12) returns for its 20th edition featuring some of Vancouver’s most innovative performers, artists and stylists including Carlotta Gurl, Joan-E, Quannah Styles, Conni Smudge, Peter Breeze, Vera Way, Crystal Precious, and the House of LaDouche. (Photo above: House of Venus).

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