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/
DragCast and Sasha Velour

DragCast and Sasha Velour

I am so excited for this week’s episode of DragCast with Nina West. I really can’t believe we had the chance to sit down with Sasha Velour, the newly crowned winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. She is real. She is honest. She is beyond intelligent. She is incredible. I hope you will take the time out to listen to this week’s episode and share it with the drag fans in your life!

Thank you Sasha, for sharing your time with us! I hope we have more fun together soon.

105: Sasha Velour

DragCast Episode 91, HENNY

DragCast Episode 91, HENNY

So, this week’s episode, I was feelin’ extra silly and chatty. It could have been the coffee. But we talk a lot about RuPaul’s Drag Race again, Wendy Williams, Detox, ranking the Ru girls, and so much more.

Check out this week’s episode here!

DragCast Episode 91

We’re talking Drag Race drama with Selena T. up in this cucu. She’s hanging out to dish and give us the RuCap of episode 2, season 9. Wendy Williams, best Race queens ever, and the new drinking game everyone’s going to be playing, herny. We’ll also get to the rest of the week’s news and share our good vibes to get you through the week.

#TransIsBeautiful #BeautifulTrans #RuPaulDragRace #RuPaulsDragRace #CharlieHydes #KimoraBlack #JaymesMansfield #CynthiaLeeFontaine #EurekaOHara #NinaBoninaBrown #TrinityTaylor #RuPaul #MichelleVisage #RossMatthews #Valentina #Toddy #ToderickHall #Toderick # ToddyRockStar #Disney #SnowWhite #BeautyandtheBeat #BeautyandtheBEast #straightouttaoz #Sweetie #B52s #AlexisMichelle #Peppermint #SashaVelour #SheaCoulee #Columbus #podcast #gayvoices

Strap Them On

Strap Them On

Strap Them On

by A.Levitt

The day has come that we weren’t ready to handle.

A time to make amends with reality.

My TV glares with a noise – broken pomp and circumstance – broken chance.

Still in shock, still full of sadness, but ready to get to work.

Strap them on.

How do we, you say? How can we even begin? What do we do?

Get over it, GET IN LINE, the train is leaving without you.

We have been here before.

We have felt this reality, but never so hard a backward glance – the ground is shaken in this stance.

Strap them on.

Collectively, we feel alone.  All Together – divided.

Give them what they want – I won’t.

Yes. It hurts. I feel betrayed. My colors run blue. It hurts.

From sea to shining sea, a foggy patriot’s expanse – how far we have come already from our social advance.

Strap them on.

Boots for the farmer in the field and the protestor in the streets

Tennis shoes for the athlete on the court and for the community organizer in the street

Soft soles for a pastor leading her congregation and to the man who prays to the east

Heels for the CEO running her company and the showgirl championing her community

Strap them on.

Strap them on.

Let our souls find replenishment, let our soles be worn down.

Strap them on.

Day one of the fight begins.

Gobsmacked: Or Things I Wish I Would Have Said To Adele

Gobsmacked: Or Things I Wish I Would Have Said To Adele

On Tuesday night, I went to the Adele concert in New York City at Madison Square Garden, dressed as Adele. I mean, why not? I was one of the lucky ones who did the fan club pre-sale back in December and lucked out with 3rd row tickets. And, I have done an Adele impersonation in my act many times. So, I felt it was fate knocking on my door. I wasn’t going to let the chance pass and miss a weird once-in-a-lifetime moment to have her see me. But, it went further than I ever thought or imagined and Adele pulled me up on stage.

I should say, I knew Adele had a fondness for queens. After all, at two previous concerts, she brought two different queens, Kristie Champagne of Seattle and Delta Work of Los Angeles, up on stage. So, I was hoping it would happen to me. I was praying it would. And then it did.

I was ready. I was walking confidently to the stage. This was a dream actually coming true. It was happening. I was in complete control. And then I turned to walk up the steps and I saw Adele at the top of the steps. I don’t know who I was expecting. Cher? NO. This was my queen, Adele. I suddenly lost all sense of what I wanted to say. SHE was standing right there, at the top of the stairs, waiting for ME. In front of a sold out crowd. At Madison Square Garden.

Here are things I remember saying:

  1. “Oh my god, you smell so good!”
  2. “I love you.”
  3. “I LOVE YOU!”
  4. “Ohhhh my god…”
  5. “I…love…you…”

I know I said a few other things, but I haven’t watched the videos floating around. Yet.

God. It was happening.

If I had to go back and do it again, here is what I WOULD have liked to have like to have said.

  1. THANK YOU. Thank you for getting me and millions of others through break-ups, loses, and grief. I have been on the Adele bandwagon since 2008. I remember I heard “Chasing Pavements” first. And I heard it at I time when I was losing all focus and hope in this crazy world of drag. It somehow reinvigorated me. And then, I experienced my first real heartbreak in 2012. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I always loved a power ballad. But I had never experienced that loss or that kind of pain first hand – the kind of pain where you are just so unsure if you can go on. The kind of pain where you stop eating and just sink into yourself. You get it – depressing nasty breakup. And I heard Adele and 21 in a new way. “One and Only”  “Take It All” and “Someone Like You” were on repeat. But, I understood it. Finally. And it was therapy. So…I wish I would have said THANK YOU.
  2. THANK YOU – Thank you for standing beside and behind LGBT people and celebrating and cherishing us. Thank you for loving queens. Thank you for being so authentically yourself and pushing us all to be who we are. So, again, I wish I would have said THANK YOU.
  3. My last name. She asked, “what’s your name?” And I said “Nina”. True. But damn. Nina West would have been better. Then she could have fallen even more in love with me and we could be besties.:)
  4. I would have loved for a little lip sync fun with her, you know…she sings live and I stand there and lip sync her singing. That would have been hysterical. And amazing. And epic.
  5. “Come to my wedding!” Why I would have said this? I don’t know. I am single as they come, but that way I could get the invite in early and she could clear her schedule for that special day. I had better find the man, I guess.

Truthfully, it was perfect. I mean, I am really, supremely lucky. And I will never forget that night and how incredibly wonderful and generous she was to me and my friend John. And Adele, if you are reading this, let me know if you wanna grab a nosh and do our own lip sync battle. And then, hopefully, I could say thank you.