OOTD: So Very Alive feminist and queer performance art exhibition

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of attending So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center in Humboldt Park. Curated by performance artist and pink-haired maven Amanda Stefanski, nine radical Chicago-based acts addressed the possibilities for transformation, the beauty of resilience and survival, and illuminated the glimmers of liberation that exist in the world.

I volunteered to run the bar for the night, snapping photos in between beer runs, all the while dressed in this intoxicating little number:

Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 4 Anita Butch OOTD 1 Gold longline disco bra with ASOS Curve black pencil skirt with gold sequin panels back stage
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 14 Anita Butch OOTD 2 Gold longline disco bra with ASOS Curve black pencil skirt with gold sequin panels no jacket

Outfit details

Between body heat and slinging drinks, Rumble Arts Center was warm and toasty, so I ended up jettisoning my stockings and blazer.

My top is a black vintage-style longline bra from Torrid that I embellished with gold mirrors pried off a disco ball and a cascade of crystals in gold, gray, champagne and clear. Many people thought my separates were actually a dress, and now that I see the photos, I kinda wish it was. If  had a gold sequin half circle skirt to attach to a bodice like that, I’d be in full-on drag queen glamour heaven. (Note to self: Source the gold sequin fabric, and make that skirt.)

And while my outfit was great, the performances were even better. Queer centaurs playfully courted one another. A cyborg woman simulated surgery on herself with a live biofeedback noise composition. A glittery goddess protected their communities through dance. And there was so much body paint. Really, the entire lineup was a dream, featuring performances from:

Some of my favorite shots from the night are below, and the full set is on the Plump Pinup Life & Style Facebook page.

Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 1 Body painting AMINA ROSS AND ALLISON SHYER gold back stage
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 2 AMINA ROSS AND ALLISON SHYER spread sugar and candy all over the floor
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 3 Anita Butch holds a tip sign that reads "Help send the artists to Space Camp."
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 6 Carrie and Ri
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 5 Brooks orange CUNT necklace
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 7 The Centaurs puppets by AMBER MARSH WITH KATE PUCKETT AND LOLLY EXTRACT
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 8 Nic K
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 11 hair singer
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 10 pink centaur squatting while watching performance Amber Marsh
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 9 Vajaqueque Brown headshot
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 12 Vajaqueque Brown performance blurry
Photo: So Very Alive: Performing Feminist and Queer Utopias, Futures and Dreams at Rumble Arts Center. Image Source: Google Images 13 Carrie legs with run in stockings

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