Mills College’s Littlefield Concert Hall will be more “glitterific” than usual on Friday Sept. 16, thanks to a production put together by prominent Bay Area activists and performers Kentucky Fried Woman, Drew Montana and Starr 69.
“It’s a show that will make you laugh, turn you on and make you think,” performer Starr 69 said. “What could be better than that?”
The event Rally the Troupes VII: The Revolution will Include Glitter will include a wide variety of special theatrical treats, from butch tap dancing to drag burlesque, all oriented around social justice, anti-racism, body positivity and queer performance. While the performance will focus on these issues, there will be plenty of strutting around in lingerie to make it an enjoyable evening.
How did Mills land such an act? Colleen Kimsey met Krista Smith, also known as Kentucky Fried Woman, last year at the Sex Positive Panel, which Kimsey helped host. Kimsey, the president of the Team Awesome Club on campus, was extended an invitation by KFW to come to one of her shows in the near future, but Kimsey, age 20, couldn’t attend due to many of the shows being held in bars.
Since Kimsey couldn’t hit the bars, she brought the performance to Mills.
“I’m a huge believer in, if you want something done, then get it done,” Kimsey said. “It’s one thing to talk about things and another to actually make things happen.”
Kimsey, who also helped host Andrea Gibson’s performance earlier this school year, said she thought Mills would be the perfect place for the event.
“Mills’ strong rhetoric for body postivity seemed like a good fit,” Kimsey said.
The extravaganza is free for the first 100 Mills students, so be sure to get there early. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. After the first 100 free tickets, student tickets are $5.