Heels of Horror Gets SPOOFY

It’s always so much fun to work on these shows and try new things. One of my very favorite things to do are these big, ridiculous spoofs.

The Story Behind “Hello”

For a few years, we have so desperately wanted to spoof the Book of Mormon song “Hello” as a homage to trick-or-treating as a kid. It never seemed to come together. I mean, we had this idea in 2011 when the musical cast album was released. But I just could not get it together. I mean, we have done song spoofs in the shows for years. I think the first was to David Powter’s “Bad Day” as “Bad Gay”, shaming celebrities who stay in the closet. And that was probably in 2006. But we had never done a big choral spoof. And it proved to be very challenging.

And then, a few years ago, something kind of serendipitous happened and two people came into my life – Que Jones AKA Gretta Goodbottom and Terrence Brown. Terrence is this force of incredible energy who dabbled in community theater and performance before he found his way to West Family productions. He mentioned wanting to sing in a show. I hadn’t really thought about that or how it would work, but it pushed me to want to do it. So, Patricia Taylor and I wrote Heels of Horror 8: Dead Air, where we tried live singing onstage in our “radio show” telling of the headless horseman. It went off well, with some minor tech difficulties. We used multiple voices on stage. IT COULD BE DONE! Now, how could this be done with a huge sound? Enter Que, a musical savant who is so incredibly talented. He wrote sheet music, gave us rehearsal times, and opened the door to recording studios. He worked his magic. And he allwoed us to do this big chorus Broadway songs. Our first was a spoof of “The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” and then we did a spoof of Hamilton’s “The Schuyler Sisters”. That immediately put “Hello” back on the table and we began to work. Below is the final show product. I know we are in a different holiday season, but I hope you enjoy this.

The Story of “SCIENTOLOGY”

What can I say? I love Leah Remini. And I am terrified of Scientology. So, why not write a spoof about it? Set to Paula Abdul’s “Vibeology” (my favorite lyric in any song of all time may just be “horny horns!”), this spoof almost wrote itself. Enjoy.

 

Feeling Beachy

Feeling Beachy

Choose your own adventure. Nina gives us pro tips for doing Disney World solo. Even if it’s not Disney, we’ll remind you to get out and find some adventure. We’re up for anything– except maybe for Swiss cheese ice cream. We’re also talking about destination weddings, getting ready for Christmas, the sad news out of Sutherland Springs and what we do next. And don’t forget to vote today!

Check out this week’s DragCast!

Shout outs:

Silva-Warnock nuptials

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Citadel Cafe

Also in this episode:

Disney tours, Election day, St Pete, Christmas countdown,Turkish delights

Katya

Gun control

Starbucks give good spot

Starbucks

Katya

DragCast 120 is here!

DragCast 120 is here!

It’s happened! RuPaul announced the cast of Drag Race All Stars Season 3 so of course we’re talking about it. We’ll also recap Highball Halloween, featuring the cast of Heels of Horror and their special guest Jennica McCleary. Plus, therapeutic chores and how to spot a genius.
Also in this episode: Halloween costumes, Monica Day, ZooClue, Riverdale, Heels of Horror 10, Jennica McCleary, Hocus Pocus, ironing, Hunt the Wumpus, Martha Stewart, Oprah, talking to yourself, and more.
 
The Candle Lab + Nina West = Halloween Fun!

The Candle Lab + Nina West = Halloween Fun!

In honor of our 10th Heels of Horror, we are partnering with The Candle Lab on some amazing seasonal scented soy candles. There are two amazing candle blends and the proceeds will benefit The Nina West Fund and the 6 organizations we are raising much needed monies for during the run of #HeelsOfHorror .
Besa, Equitas Health, Family Pride Network of Central Ohio, Kaleidoscope Youth Center, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Ohio, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio
Candle #1 is a blend of pumpkin spice, clove, and cedar
Candle #2 is a blend of pumpkin spice, hazelnut, and black and tan

The candles are on sale now at The Candle Lab in the Short North and will be available online over the weekend.
Smell the magic of the season AND give to charity at the same time!
THANK YOU to Steven Weaver and my amazing friends at The Candle Lab!
Happy Halloween and HAPPY HEELS OF HORROR!

Waitress! WIN TICKETS!

Waitress! WIN TICKETS!

I cannot wait for this show to be in Columbus!

Come out for a very special Showtune Shenanigans and find out “what’s inside” the delicious national touring production of the Broadway musical sensation WAITRESS, proudly presented by Broadway in Columbus/CAPA! Showtunes begins at 6 pm with the WAITRESS fun and festivities beginning at 8:30 pm! ORDER UP!

It will also be Halloween showtunes! Come sing along with Nina to some of your spooky favorites or come dressed as your favorite Broadyway icon! You never know what magic could happen! Anything can happen on Halloween!

Howard Ashman

Howard Ashman

A few months ago, my friend Heather Llewellyn approached me about taking part in a new series of events and fundraisers for Equitas Health called Art for Life: On the Town. We sat with our friend Chris Hamel of Gateway Film Center and began to think about what kind of unique programming we could provide that would engage people all while helping to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS.
 
Pretty immediately, I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate the life of Howard Ashman, one of the brilliant minds that helped create Little Shop of Horrors, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin. Howard died in 1991 at the age of 40 due to complications of AIDS.
 
A Celebration of the Life of Howard Ashman will take place at the Gateway Film Center this Saturday at 1:30 pm. Every penny from every ticket goes to further the mission of Equitas Health in fighting HIV/AIDS, through education, awareness, testing, and advocacy.
 
From some classic clips to some intimate performances from my friends Que Jones, Ricky Locci, and Jordan Shafer, I hope you will consider joining me for this special afternoon.
 
Honestly, my ‘lil Disney heart is so excited to celebrate a man who has had such profound impact on my life. <3
 
Tickets are available now and are limited:
http://onthetown.equitashealth.com/speakers/howard-ashman-nina-west/

September 23

On the twenty-third day of the month of September

in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence. And this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places.

LGBTQ Community Day and Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! (KQIB News)

LGBTQ Community Day and Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! (KQIB News)

Excited to share some news that I just read about! Kings, Queens, And In -Betweens will be featured in the LGBTQ Community Day at The Ohio History Connection this Saturday!

LGBTQ Community Day and Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live!

https://www.ohiohistory.org/lgbtqday

Sat., Sept. 23, 2017 • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Ohio History Center, Columbus
Sept. 23 is a free museum day when you download a Museum Day Live ticket
(excluding film).

Celebrate Ohio’s LGBTQ history with free museum admission through the
Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! initiative. LGBTQ Community Day
is part of the Ohio History Connection’s Gay Ohio History Initiative
(GOHI) project designed to preserve, collect and share the stories of
Ohio’s LGBTQ community by digitizing materials that represent the LGBTQ
experience in Ohio. We will also be sharing Ohio’s LGBTQ past through a
display of current GOHI collection items, special curator talks and
exhibitors from Ohio LGBTQ organizations. Sign up to have up to three
items digitized here!

September 23rd can be a FREE admission day thanks to the Smithsonian
Magazine’s Museum Day Live!, an inititive in which participating museums
across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian
Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission
every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum
Day Live! ticket.

Film: Kings, Queens and In-Betweens, 2:30
Beginning at 2:30pm, we are partnering with Equitas Health for a special
showing of Kings, Queens and In-Betweens a nationally recognized
documentary film that explores the thriving Columbus drag scene through
the compelling stories of 8 performers. After the film, stay for a panel
of performers in the film as they discuss drag, gender and life as a
performer.

Admission for Kings, Queens & In-Betweens:

$5 can be purchased individually or as an extra add on to Community Day
admission (movie admission will be free for Ohio History Connection Members)

Purchase your admission to Community Day or Kings, Queens and
In-Betweens or both! HERE

Schedule of Events

All guests are welcome to celebrate Ohio’s history with these activities

Craft Station: Proud Flags & Rainbow Octopuses • All Day (while supplies
last)
Feeling crafty? Learn about the many flags of the LGBTQ movement and get
hands on making your very own rainbow octopus.

Ohio LGBTQ Community Organization History • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Come learn about the history of LGBTQ organizations across Ohio and the
resources they provide to their communities.

Collection Connection: Gay Ohio History Initiative • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Stop by and talk to one of our curators to see the objects that we
currently have in the Gay Ohio History Initiative collection.

Manuscript Madness: Gay Ohio History Initiative • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Take the elevator to the 3rd floor reading room to discover some of the
photographs and printed materials in the Gay Ohio History Initiative
collection.

Digitizing History • 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Schedule an appointment to have your history digitized by our team of
experts! Drop ins are allowed on a first come, first serve basis for any
slots not already scheduled. Sign up to have up to three items digitized
here.

Challah! Food Truck • 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Hungry? Challah! will be serving up lunch at the main entrance. Seating
and vending to help you enjoy your meal are available on the Plaza level.

Guest Curator Talk: Transgender Ohio Veterans • 12 p.m.
Hear personal histories from transgender Ohioans who have served their
country.

Echoes in Time Theatre • 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. & 3 p.m.
11 a.m. & 2 p.m.: Natalie Clifford Barney. Join us as we take a look
into the life of Dayton native, poet and gay rights activist Natalie
Clifford Barney.
1 p.m. & 3 p.m.: Crash of the Airship Shenandoah. Listen as an onlooker
recalls the day the Shenandoah fell from the sky.

In Partnership with Equitas Health, a special showing of Kings, Queens &
In-Betweens • 2:30 p.m.
Through the compelling stories of 8 performers in the thriving drag
scene of Columbus, Ohio, Kings, Queens & In-Betweens dives into the next
frontier – the often misunderstood topic of “gender” itself, making a
complex topic approachable for mainstream audiences. Join us for a panel
of the performers featured in the film as they discuss life on and off
the stage. There is an additional $5 fee for admission to the film.

Admission for Community Day events (excluding film) and Ohio History Center:
Adult: $10
Youth (6–12): $5
Senior (60+): $9
Member & Child (5 & under): Free
Download a ticket for Museum Day Live! and receive free admission to
Community Day events and Ohio History Center.

TONIGHT? 2night!

TONIGHT? 2night!

Tonight! I hope you will join me for all of the fun!

First, I am so excited to help celebrate and commemorate the first 5 years of one of my favorite organizations, Besa! The fun begins at 6 pm at Strongwater Food and Spirits! AND Jeni Britton Bauer and I are your camp counselors! Do good for the greater good!

After, I will be at Union Cafe with a fantastic promo event! Will & Grace returns next week to TV, but before Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack come back, we are throwing a party! Come win some incredible swag and giveaways and prepare yourself for the return of TV’s most fabulous sitcom on September 28! The show will start at 10 pm and feature Selena T West, Bianna Reyonce, and Hiliana Perez!