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Brooklyn Queer Nightlife–Rebel Cupcake Salute to John Waters on Thursday, September 8th

I have a long and spotty relationship to John Waters movies. Much like certain famous authors whose work I didn’t follow in a proper order, the first John Waters movie I saw was Pecker and I hated it, didn’t understand it and I thus wasn’t interested in seeing any more, including Hairspray. I know, a fat girl with a bouffant who hasn’t seen Hairspray, odd, right? And I used to watch Divine videos on you tube but had never seen Female Trouble.

Fat role models I somewhat missed out on in my fat formative years.

Fast forward a few years and I’ve had some friends walk me through the John Waters filmography and now I’m a huge fan. I suggest starting with something like Hairspray or Cry-Baby. Johnny Depp as a swoon-worthy greaser. See exhibit below.

I recently saw Desperate Living for the first time (and I am channeling Liz Renay for my look on Thursday night) and Female Trouble and recommend both.


When Glenn Marla told me he was thinking about doing performance art about how many times he’s been asked to portray Divine I knew a John Waters Rebel Cupcake was just the thing.

Thursday, September 8th, 2011 * Brooklyn, NY
Bevin Branlandingham Presents
Rebel Cupcake 17: Salute to John Waters
10PM-2AM Dancing; show 11ish * $7
($2 off admission if you are on our texty texty list)
Late night dancing til 4a
Sugarland: 221 N 9th St @ Roebling, Brooklyn, NY
(3 blocks from the Bedford L subway stop)

Also featuring BAMBI GALORE, a blonde bombshell burlesquer, and Jean Aquafine, a John Waters inspired drag character all the way from Philly.

John Waters quote props for the photo booth by Nogga, projected images from John Waters dvds curated by my GF, Pink Flamingos cupcakes made by Morgan Hart, dance jamz with DJ Bryan Black.

Photo of me and DJ Bryan Black by Nogga for Rebel Cupcake.

The suggested dress is as follows: pencil mustaches, 1950′s greasers/squares, bouffants and beehives, clothing backwards and of course cross dressing/drag queen and trashy/filth wear!

As always, a beer and a shot at Sugarland is only $6! You should be drinking Brooklyn cheap in Brooklyn!!

Glenn Marla doing spontaneous performance art at an art gallery in December.

Accessibility notes and more info on the Rebel Cupcake page.

Also a few friends of mine have stories that start with “I need to tell you what John Waters said to me at a party once.” Someone once said to me at a party “I want to introduce you to John Waters” but this was prior to my proper induction and the person was giving me creepster vibes so I politely declined. I can’t wait to see what kind of stories come out of this night at Rebel Cupcake!!

Bambi Galore
Bambi Galore! Show us your cupcakes!


Help Me Get a Talk Show! Also, Rebel Cupcake!

I am involved in a really exciting contest! Sometimes my friends call me the Queer Oprah, because within five minutes of meeting someone I’ll get their life story. And my career goal to have a talk show. Well, Oprah herself is having a contest to pick the next talk show star for her new network, OWN.

It took a lot of work, but I submitted my entry and am on a mission to get 100,000 votes by Saturday, when the voting ends.


Here’s the description of my talk show. There’s also a video of me (bonus to you if you can figure out what my hair bling is) on the voting page.

Bevin Branlandingham is a warrior for self-acceptance and wants to create a show built around the lifelong journey to self love. Her show includes four major components: Health at Every Size (physical and emotional/mental health), Style at Every Size, Sharing Stories, and a Variety Show Aspect including the network of artists Bevin works with that celebrate the radical act of self love. Bevin has an open-minded and soothing spirit that will inspire viewers of all backgrounds to get to loving themselves.

Thanks in advance for your voting (I have no idea if there’s a limit on how many times you can vote), telling your friends and whoever else you think would be into supporting my dream to have a talk show about self love!


Life never ceases to be anything but a roller coaster. I had some incredibly great news and some incredibly sad news, within hours of one another. My California tour was really fun and amazing, I met some inspirational people, filmed a section for the Fierce Fat Femmes documentary with the insanely gorgeous Kelli Jean Drinkwater, performed, produced and then took some time off in Southern California. I came back to Brooklyn in the heat of Femme Pride Week, followed immediately by LGBTQ Pride Week. Now things are set to wind down for a moment.

Happy Pride! Photo by Nogga Schwartz from the last Rebel Cupcake: Queer Root. More photos here.

I’m super excited for the next Rebel Cupcake, July 8th. One of my besties, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is in town from Oakland. Along with her is Kit Yan (reigning Mr. Transman and brilliant slam poet), BUTCHLESQUE by Grrls Who Run with Foxes (who promise no sawdust and glitter in the audience) and Burlesque by Bambi Galore.


If you’re a plan in advance person, the August Rebel Cupcake is on August 26. The theme is Steel Magnolias!

And remember to vote for my talk show! Voting ends Saturday!

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