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January 10th, 2006

The Black & Blue Ball 12: Queens of the Night

by Violet Whiplash

This year’s Black & Blue Ball 12: Queen of the Night, ‘Taint Nobody’s Business If I Do, was held at historic Webster Hall, built in 1886 and a fitting locale for the evening’s theme of “Red Hot Blues Mamas.” The joint was filled to the rafters with said swells and dolls dripping in fetish and themed costumes. The throng of hot steppers, dolls & songbirds from the main stage was led by the multi talented Miss Shelly Watson and Webster Hall Director Shane Savant. The June Penthouse Pet, Valentina Vaughn, with microphone in hand, smiled sweetly for the cameras in her custom mint colored latex outfit courtesy of Vex Latex.

The ball got rolling so to speak by NYC band The Wicked Little Dolls. Fashion designer Miss Veritee Hill followed with feathered pieces from ISanti Azul. The show began with an aerialist wearing a 40-foot train while Ivonne Santiago performed “Down in the Depths” and “Stormy Weather” live for the fashion show. Blues singer Alice Tan Ridley (think Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith’s Lovechild) sang the theme song of the event. A young artist and writer named Dragonfly summed up the night’s theme. in her opening monologue. Dragonfly offered up a dramatic rendition of the controversial Billie Holiday piece “Strange Fruit” while aerialist Ula hung in the air above her.

Laura Petruelli, creator of Vex Latex of Chicago, presented a very sultry & surreal performance/fashion show appropriately titled: Van Helsing Vex-ed. On the main floor DJ Saint James spun his delicious sounding vinyl with Le Stat & Paradox holding sway with just the right musical moods in the VIP rooms; From Warm Leatherette to Minnie the Moocher!

The stage closed with Miss Maine Anders, in minimal grape costume as Josephine Baker, sang, danced and was joined by Tyler Fyre swallowing flaming swords. The stage closed with Maine shaking the grapes in devastating fashion to “Let’s Do It” as confetti canons showered color down on the crowd.

The BBB continued the tradition of “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished” for the twelfth year in a row: Global Fund for Women, Positive Health Project and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom all received donations from Ball proceeds this year. www.theblackandblueball.com

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