May 15th, 2013 by Nina with No Comments
Saturday night of Pride just got bigger!
with Alexis Stevens, Anisa Love, Freesia Balls, Fancy Punasti, Akasha O’Hara Lords, Amaya Sexton, Cool Ethan, Pretty Punasti, Bianca Debonair, Chutney Sinclair, Kiley Dash-West, Selena T. West, Mathilda Longfellow, Vivian Von Brokenhymen, Cookie Crumbles, and introducing Plenty O’Smiles.
January 2nd, 2013 by Nina with No Comments
Join me in wishing a very happy birthday to Freesia Balls.
April 17th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
Once upon a time, in a far away kingdom called Columbus, an amazing and magical experience took place; an experience that was filled with laughs and joy and surprise at every turn. This experience was filled with friendships and camaraderie and family. It was also filled with lessons and growth. It was also not without its own drama and endings of its own. I can tell you right now, I am in serious withdraw from not having this experience. I miss it terribly. Every show we do together is like its very own little time capsule. This show that we have just put away, Once Upon A Nina, will be missed for what it represented to me and to the people I had the chance to share it with.
I know I usually write my “Thank You” blog almost immediately after the show is over, but I really needed time to think about what I wanted to say. Each show is a labor of love and this show was no different. A lot of heart and soul went into it.
To the production team: Patrick, Samantha, Matt B., Selena Terrace, Matt E., Mark, Jason B, Robbie Rickard, Thomas, Jason P, Bryston, Ryan, Pats, Kira, Nick N., Jeff, Nick H. –Thank you for always supporting me and going with my visions, as crazy as they may get. Your trust in me means more than you know. I only hope to repay you with the trust and support and love you have given to me.
I also want to thank every entertainer who came out to this show and supported the art of female impersonation and drag. I know that there are so many people out there who would have us all competing with one another. Simply put, there are people in the world who are only happy when others are miserable. To see some many sisters in the craft supporting this show meant everything to me. I know it can be tough, but there is only drama if we allow there to be drama. For everyone of you who came to my show, I will be there to support yours and continue to foster growth in the art of female impersonation and illusion.
Thank you to Robert Younkman and the incredible staff at Axis. Thank you for the long hours of rehearsals, and the long hours on the weekends of the shows. But more importantly, thank you for all of the laughs and the good times with me and the cast throughout this process. We have such an amazing time with you all. And truly, thank you for keeping the party going throughout these shows. The best place to perform as a queen in the city, and I am fortunate to call Axis home and blessed to call the entire staff friends. Here is to an amazing 2012.
The best sponsors!! Thank you Miller Lite & Coors Lite and of course Nick Bryan and all of those hunky Miller Lite boys for coming out to the show and supporting the true art of drag. I say it every time I have a mic in my hand, but dammit, please support a company that unabashedly supports the GLBT community. It is everything.
Thank you 3 Olives Loopy!! Leslie, you and your fab crew bring the fabulous to our party, and again, I am so proud to have you on board for these amazing adventures. THANK YOU.
Formula AM -Thank you Dave Colina and crew for believing in us and supporting us. Your instant love of us only made us instantly love you and your AMAZING product even more. You have lifetime support in Virginia and I. Anything you need, you just whistle.
Traxler Tees – Thank you Zach and crew for joining us on this new venture and helping me see new horizons. I am so excited for our work ahead together!!
Of course, big and major thanks to Union Cafe, Axis Nightclub, and the owners of these fine establishments who have stood by my side and supported each and every step I have taken in my career. Thank you.
Thank you my brilliant stage manager Jason Pirucki. I can only imagine the pressure you are under running the show from the booth. you always have such grace under fire. Thank you for being part of yet another production and giving your all to it. I love you.
Of course, I have to thank the most incredible cast I have had the chance to work with yet, for their time, devotion, and love towards me and this project.
Kira, thank you for all your have given to me in and out of this show. From drives to Cincy, to running errands all over town, you made sure we did it with a laugh and smiles. Thank you for giving so much love and life to this process. Thank you for that gorgeous backdrop. Thank you for the puppets. Thank you for the organization. Thank you for the fast changes. THANK YOU. I can’t thank you enough, and i hope you know how i feel about you. I love you.
Patricia, thank you for pulling me out of my funk and getting me to the heart of the show and believing once again that fairy tales do happen. Thank you for your brilliant mind and fearless heart. Thank you for all of our late night conversations and long afternoons of laughs. I am excited for what you and I have in store together.
Ryan, thank you for your heart. You are truly one of the kindest people I have ever met. Your raw talent astounds me. Thank you for helping me live in that world of being a kid again and helping to create these puppets that have so much soul. You constantly give, like everyone else in the cast, and for that I am so thankful and so excited for every opportunity to come your way, in and out of this crazy world of drag. Jamie, you are this incredibly free spirit that defines creativity by what is in front of you at that very moment. Your (he)art is so inspiring, and I am so fortunate to have found a friend in you. You are a reminder for me to pour every ounce of passion I have into my art. You are also the reminder of what it means to be an unconditional friend. Thank you. Lydia, you are really like my little sister. I know I say that time and time again, but I feel such a strong connection to you. Thank you for jumping in on this journey and for always reminding me to smile, through the ups and downs. That is a tremendous gift. Thank you. Nick, you are just such an amazing man who, not only supported your wife in these new endeavors but joined her and made all of us part of your family. Thank you for helping make dreams come true and making Candi take flight. Thank you for all of the trips back and forth. Thank you for introducing me to Josie’s pizza! You have a friend in me forever. Julie, thank you for bringing your smile and heart to this process. You were smiling in and out of every moment during this show. Thank you for your fabulous choreography. Thank you for making me feel like a true friend and giving me your trust and friendship in return. I am excited for our future together as friends. Katy, you are the sweetest girl in the world. Thank you for bringing all of you to this show. Our friendship has been through so much in these years. I am so lucky to have been introduced to you all those years ago at that cocktail party, and even more lucky to still have you in my life as my friend. TONIGHT! ZING! Thank you for the incredible choreography, the heart to hearts, and the devotion to me and this show. Here is to many more. Chutney, first I must say that I am so proud. I am so proud to call you my friend, and I am so proud to watch you grow into such an incredible man. Congratulations on the path in front of you but more so on the ability to see it and dive for it. Thank you for sharing this experience with me and the rest of the cast this last time and making it so unforgettable. From PARMESAN to late night chuckles, I will miss you in these shows. Thank you for the fab costumes, the studio time together, the talks. I will always be here for you. ALWAYS. Kari, you are one in a million. Thank you for also making this experience your last and sharing it with me. I will never forget our glances at one another in rehearsals, our laughs backstage. You are truly one of the greatest friends a guy could ask for, and as I am for Bryce, I am sooooo beyond proud of you. You both see your destiny in front of you and are seizing it. What a great gift to share with the rest of us. It is still very bittersweet for me, but we have all summer together before the final goodbye to Kari (for awhile). Thank you for the animation, the talks, the friendship. I love you. Alexis, you and I have been on quite a journey in our relationship. Thank you, thru thick and thin, always standing by me and having my back. Thank you for your unwavering support. Thank you for your honesty. AND thank you for taking on this show during your busy rehearsal schedule for nationals. I am so excited to watch you take this next step. BEST OF LUCK in DC and know I am here cheering you on every bit of the way. Congratulations and thank you. Freesia, my lil’ nugget. Thank you for those knowing glances, keeping me in check, and reminding me why we all do this. Thank you for making me laugh, thank you for being such a class act. You are brilliant, my friend, and I am excited to continue to watch your career bloom. it is about to explode honestly, and bitches better get ready. Thank you for sticking by my side. Candi, thank you for going with me when I suggested flying in the first place. I heard the shit hit your pants, but you kept going with an amazing smile on your face, and you made it amazing. Thank you for pushing me to trust my instincts in and out of the process. Thank you for being a real friend. Thank you for your honesty. Moreso thank you for your willingness to make our friendship so wonderful and unique. I owe you. Virginia, thank you for sticking by me when others would have had it go another way. Thank you for being my friend through good and bad, and reminding me that in this great family we call WEST we can do anything. You have helped maintain the history of this family, that has been alive and well now for over 25 years. 25 years of history that has been cared for and maintained almost solely by you. THANK YOU for giving not only me but so many of us in Columbus a reason and a place to do drag. Thank you for encouraging me and pushing me and being the first one to cheer me on. Your friendship means the most to me. Thank you. We have magic on stage and off. I am so blessed. I will always have your back, and I will always be in your corner.
It should be understood that none of this would even be possible if it were not for that amazing crowd of support we have in Columbus. Columbus, in my opinion, is the best place to be an entertainer because of all you amazing friends who come out and see and support a drag show. As long as you are there to support us, I promise I will continue to push the art and bring you the best in entertainment. We are indebted to you for allowing us to do what we do. THANK YOU.
This show was a dream to put together and and an amazing thing to perform. I am so thankful for the opportunity and hope that the chance will come again. Thank you for helping make this small-town boy’s dreams come true.
March 8th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
All four in one place!
March 8th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
February 15th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
I love this picture.
February 14th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
Congratulations to Virginia West and the cast of Stadium Virginium 2: Slippery When West - over $4,000 raised for charity, including Midwest Dachshund Rescue, Pets Without Parents, and Project: Zero Ohio. I am so proud to be apart of this family and be part of these shows. I am so proud of my drag mother for making a big difference in the lives of so many here in Columbus.
check out this video from the closing night of Stadium Virginium!
January 17th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
January 11th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
Can you believe that we are almost two weeks into 2012? Me either! This weekend, there is so much going on that your head my just pop off from excitement, but try to hang with me as best you can! let’s have some fun this weekend – and that fun all starts tomorrow night at Union Cafe for the birthday of Miss Freesia Balls!
Come out and celebrate this fabulous and funny queen at her very own birthday bash, complete with some shots and $3 Long Islands all night long! The show will feature Kari Kerning, Chutney Sinclair, and hosted by moi! The fun starts at 11 pm, at Union Cafe!
Saturday is another night of insanity as well do our monthly Hot Heels Mainstage Show at Axis Nightclub! This show start at 11:45 pm and features some of the finest illusionists in the city! this month, I am proud to feature Kari Kerning, Chutney Sinclair, and my special guest Cassandra Terrace! Come out for the show and stay for dancing afterwards!!
AND!!!! Because it is a long weekend, we know you are gonna wanna come out on Sunday night for the sing-along fun and fabulous evening that is SHOWTUNE SHENANIGANS! Sunday will feature your favorite Broadway songs of old and new with wonderful showtune performances from Virginia West, Britney Blair and myself!
January 10th, 2012 by Nina with 1 Comment
So proud of my drag daughters. They are all so different and each have such a strong point of view. So wonderful.