TELL is an evening of story telling from the mouths and minds of queers in NYC hosted by Drae Campbell at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division since February 2014.
My Queerantine is the theme of the 64th TELL, on Saturday, August 15, 2020, 6 to 7:15 PM (EST). Featuring Mariel Reyes, Substantia Jones, and Bianca Dagga.
The event will take place on Zoom.
This is a free event, but you must register on the Eventbrite page in advance of the event in order to receive the Zoom meeting link.
Donations for the performers are much appreciated!
Make a donation when you register on the Eventbrite page.
Drae Campbell is a writer, actor, director, story teller, dancer, and nightlife emcee. Drae has been featured on Late Night with Conan O’Brien and on stages all over NYC. Drae’s directing work has appeared in Iceland, NYC, Budapest and in the San Francisco Fringe Festival. The short film Drae wrote and starred in with Rebecca Drysdale, YOU MOVE ME won the Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short at OUTFEST 2010 and has been shown in festivals globally. Drae won the grand prize at the first annual San Miguel De Allende Storytelling Festival in Mexico. She once reigned as Miss LEZ and also got dubbed “the next lezzie comedian on the block” by AfterEllen.com for her comedic stylings on the interwebs. Campbell hosts and curates a monthly queer storytelling show called TELL at the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division. Check her out online! www.draecampbell.com.
An art photographer since the ’80s, and a radio producer and host for the better part of 25 years, Substantia Jones became a photo-activist in 2007, launching the Body Politics campaign the Adipositivity Project, featuring her photos of those with non-conforming bodies (fat people, disabled folks, trans and genderqueer), always with the overwhelming focus on fat people. The website, adipositivity.com, hosts approximately 800 of her photographs of unapologetic naked fat people, and has been visited over 11 million times. She describes the project as “equal parts feminism, fuckyouism, and fat.” Her photography has been featured internationally in books, magazines, and news outlets, and has been exhibited in galleries and museums across the globe. She lectures about her Fat Liberation work in schools, universities, museums, and conferences, but storytelling kind of scares her, so please be gentle.
Mariel Reyes is an Queer Afrolatinx performance artist & producer, with works based out of some of your favorite experimental theater spaces in NYC (Dixon Place, Brooklyn Arts Exchange) She has also appeared on screen in the film “Appropriate Behaviour” which premiered at Sundance in 2014 and the award winning web series “The Feels” currently in its third season.
Bianca Dagga is a fierce, queer multi-cultural burlesque performer based in NYC. Since stepping into the spotlight in 2009, Bianca has toured the country gracing stages all over the U.S. map. In February 2016 she made her international debut in Macau, China with Brown Girls Burlesque. In September 2019 Bianca was featured in the Taormina Burlesque Festival, in Taormina, Italy. In 2014 she was crowned Princess Of Latin Burlesque at the inaugural Latin Burlesque Festival in Dallas, TX. She was awarded “sexiest burlesque performer”at GO! magazine’s lesbian nightlife awards in 2010.
All of Bianca’s acts speak true to who she is at her core. The Nuyorican Warrior Woman comes out in every hip roll, thrust, and twirl! When she is not on the burlesque stage, she is also a gogo and pole dancer. Aside from dance, Bianca is a professional art model, and a fine jeweler. Bianca stripteases for the sake of humanity, because at the end of the day when we take off our clothes, what is left is our minds, hearts, and souls.