SG Creative Studios
God Save the Kitty: Benefit Show for Chairmyn Meow, Sept. 16, 7-10:30 p.m., Zodiac Venue and Bar, facebook.com/ChairmynMeowFanPage.
hen we spoke to burlesque performer Chairmyn Meow in 2017 about the art of burlesque
, she gave us this insight: “Almost everyone who is in burlesque is coming from a place of either healing or storing, to reclaim some part of their sexuality and body awareness, or gender fluidity.” As she did four years ago when she began performing, she will again turn to burlesque for healing.
Recently diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer, Chairmyn Meow, known offstage as Joyce Garcia, has been given a hard-to-swallow prognosis — three to six months. Moreover, the treatment she requires must be paid for out of pocket. To help raise money, she has recruited her friends and fans from the burlesque world to host two fundraising shows. One in Denver, and one here in Colorado Springs.
The Colorado Springs show, held at the burlesque-loving Zodiac, will feature Fort Collins burlesque star Bang Bang Von Loola as a headliner, with performances from Bailee Bandersnatch, Kougar DeVille, Albuquerque’s Venus de Folie and many more. Alongside the performance, guests can enjoy auction items, a raffle, a Chairmyn Meow Costume Contest, and a sale of some of Chairmyn Meow’s iconic costume pieces. Despite the gravity of Garcia’s diagnosis, it should be a hell of a party.
Garcia says this fundraiser was a good way to reach her friends in the performing world, though she wants to be clear that her identity doesn’t begin and end onstage. She has been in the massage and healing field for 18 years, was once a birth doula, and has hosted support groups and worked with oncology patients. “Not only am I a performer,” she says, “but I’m a mother, and a wife. I’m a sister and I’m an aunt. I’m someone who’s part of a community and family.” All she wants now, she says, is a little more time with her child. Those who wish to donate but can’t make the show can contribute to Garcia’s GoFundMe page