November 26th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
I am so excited to be taking part in unique events all across this amazing city this week.
Join me at Union Cafe for Legendary Long Isands this Thursday at 11 pm, with my special guests, Virginia West and Freesia Balls. Cry havoc and let slip the long islands!
I am so honored to have been asked to take part in the album release for my friends THE REGRETTES this Friday night at The Newport! It is going to be amazing. But don’t take my word for it, come out and see for yourself! Proudly brought to you by CD102.5 – and by the way, FIREBALL is gonna be flowing!
This year, I am excited to be taking part in an event to commemorate World AIDS DAY that will sure leave you shaking your ass. Benefiting Project: Zero Ohio, A Night at the Bluestone , presented by Mr. Fahrenheit & The Loverboys and Nina West, with performances from The Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus, Van Haken, Joshua P. James & The Paper Planes, Scotty Niemet, Lydia Beatz, and more. And I will be doing a little live sangin’ as well. Have fun and support the fight! Doors at 8 pm.
It is one of my favorite nights of the week…I mean, who doesn’t love showtunes? And if you don’t, come out for the strong drinks! it is time to sing along with your favorite clips and get a little sauced while doing it! Babs, Judy, Bette, and more will ease you into the night of fun and frivolity! I will be there at 8 pm!
May 30th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
I love this guy. Inspiration to do good work. And he is constantly doing it.
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.
January 19th, 2012 by Nina with No Comments
February 19, for one performance only of SHADOWBOX LIVE’s production RENT, proceeds will benefit Project: Zero Ohio. What an incredible chance to enjoy one of the greatest musicals of our time AND give back at the same time!
For the February 19th 7 pm performance of the hit musical RENT, the troupe will donate a portion of proceeds to Project: Zero! PLEASE BE SURE to fill in the “Shadowbox Gives Back” field at the bottom of the order form!)
SHADOWBOX LIVE is doing RENT every Sunday from January 22 to April 1.
Shadowbox Live is a non-profit 501C3 performance troupe that self-produces a wide range of shows, as well as runs the company on a day-to-day basis. The top managers of the company make up the Board of Trustees and operate as the primary creators, producers, and performers for the shows.
For 20 years this creative force has produced world-class productions, including original rock operas, traditional musicals, fine art exhibits, contemporary dance, and video / television. An ensemble company of dedicated performers, Shadowbox Live is a healthy, vibrant, self-sustaining arts organization.
December 2nd, 2011 by Nina with No Comments
Tonight was a labor of love. I just want to thank everyone who came out in support of Project: Zero Ohio’s Loud and Proud. Without the amazing and generous support of so many, tonight would not have been possible. As a co-founder of the organization with Steve Weaver and Randy Sharma, I am constantly reminded of what an amazing gift it is to do this work and to be inspired by such an amazing and caring community.
Thank you to each and everyone of you who came out tonight – Dustin, Hannah, Kelley, Nancy, Jason, Liz, Amanda, Charles, Alexis, Jeff, Tom, Kyle, Adam, Bev, Kira, Kenny, Leslie, Kelly and more. You made tonight.
THANK YOU Rachel Gordon and the entire crew at CD101 /102.5. You have been so generous and giving of love and support and we are so indebted to you for believing in us from the beginning.
THANK YOU Timothy Wolf Starr and the Small Business Beanstalk. Again, supporters of this cause from the beginning. Forever indebted.
THANK YOU Alexis Peronne and Columbus Alive for being such amazing friend throughout this journey. We love you so deeply.
THANK YOU Rajesh Lahoti, Sam Schisler, and the staff of Axis Nightclub. You are all so giving and so ready to jump in when needed. Thank you.
THANK YOU Formula AM for the delicious tasting tonight. Dave, you are such a class act and your product is definitely one of my favorite things. So excited for what the future holds! THANK YOU We Are Glitterati for also joining us and taking pictures with your fab photo booth tonight!!
THANK YOU Belvedere (RED) for sponsoring tonight’s event and helping us make a difference in this fight against HIV and AIDS.
THANK YOU Joel Diaz and ARC Ohio for supporting us in our efforts.
THANK YOU Cheesy Truck and Backdoor Burritos for keeping our hungry stomachs filled tonight! Justin and Backdoor Burritos, welcome to the neighborhood! SO DELICIOUS!
TO OUR PERFORMERS:
THANK YOU DJ Charles. You gave us the vibe tonight to make a difference.
THANK YOU Shaw Brothers. You are so absolutely amazing and the music is so gorgeous. You made several new fans tonight! I hope we can do it again!
THANK YOU Will Reed. Thank you for singing “Fly Me To The Moon”. Thank you for coming all the way from Cincinnati. Thank you for being so amazing and donating the sales of UNDER THE COVERS on iTunes until January 15. THANK YOUTHANK YOU THANK YOU. Anything you need from me, just ask.
THANK YOU Hairplane. Aaron, Nicole, and crew. You are one of my favorites, and I know this is just the beginning of an amazing relationship. I cannot wait for the next time and maybe we can collaborate sometime? I would love that, ya know.
THANK YOU Freesia Balls. Your talent is second only to your heart. Thank you for always giving. I am your biggest fan.
THANK YOU Virginia West. You never wait to be asked and are the first to offer your talents. You are such an amazing source of inspiration and your talent is awe-inspiring. THANK YOU. I love you.
2011 has been the beginning of our movement. 2012 we will continue to work for this cause.
Thank you for pushing us to go further on this journey.
We will continue to be LOUD and PROUD.
November 29th, 2011 by Nina with No Comments
I just want to thank Megan and Stinky Bomb Soap for joining the Project: Zero Ohio team. You can buy a Pride Soap now at the Candle Lab in the Short North! They make great stocking stuffers! I love you, Megan!
November 29th, 2011 by Nina with No Comments
Just in case you have missed any of my Facebook updates on blog entries on here, I thought it would be smart to let you know what all was going on in this very busy first weekend of December!!!
Join me at Union Cafe for a fabulous Long Island Show, featuring some of the hottest and brightest in drag and female impersonation with the hottest drinks in town! This Thursday it will be the lovely talents of Chutney Sinclair, Mathilda Longfellow, and more!
Join Project: Zero Ohio as we present the very first LOUD & PROUD. This event will commemorate World AIDS Day and celebrate the lives of those we have lost to AIDS. Featuring performances from the fabulous likes of Virginia West, Penny Tration, Freesia Balls, and the live music off Will Reed, The Shaw Brothers, and HAIRPLANE!
All proceeds from the event will go to Project: Zero Ohio.
It will feature a We Are Glitterati Photo Booth as well as music from DJ Charles of the Clampdowns.
MMM or try the Cheesy Truck or Backdoor Burritos on their opening night!
LOUD AND PROUD!
Join me, Virginia West, Alexis Stevens, and Barbie Roberts at CCAD for their ANNUAL DRAG SHOW! One of my favorite events of the year! Come out and watch the students perform!
Following the CCAD show, join me and some of the students at Union Cafe for a Holiday HOP show!
this weekend is going to be so much fun! So excited!
November 29th, 2011 by Nina with No Comments
Thank you Jamison Pack and COTA!
Local organizations hold event on buses
to support local charity
COLUMBUS— Let the COTA #21 Night Owl do the driving along High Street on Dec. 2 while Columbus’ public transit fans, CBUS Transit and Low Carb(on) Columbus explore some of Downtown Columbus’ premier entertainment venues in support of local charity Project Zero. Public is invited to participate.
The mission of Project Zero is to assure that there are zero HIV/AIDS patients in the greater Columbus area that are not receiving standard care because they cannot afford it. This includes routine lab testing, nutritional supplements and medications. Visit http://projectzeroohio.com for additional information about the organization.
Event participants will meet at World of Beer (503 S. Front St.) at 7 p.m. where they will pick up a COTA pass, a wrist band and a free draft beer. The $5 event donation to Project Zero will provide additional specials along the event route.
After World of Beer, the group will travel to MoJoe Lounge on the Cap (600 N. High St.) and then Local Bar (913 N. High St.).
The Cheesy Truck will be waiting at the end of the bus trip to refuel participants while donating part of the sales to Project Zero.
Ultimately, the group will walk on to Axis Night Club for Project Zero’s Loud and Proud party with Columbus’ own Nina West and other live entertainment.
If someone cannot join the group at 7 p.m., CBUS Transit and Low Carb(on) Columbus will be Tweeting and Facebooking times and locations along the way.
More information on the event, CBUS Transit and Low Carb(on) Columbus, go to www.facebook.com/CbusTransit and lowcarbcolumbus.com.
November 17th, 2011 by Nina with No Comments
Tonight, please join Randy Sharma, Steven Weaver, Megan Green, and myself at the Candle Lab in the Short North for the launch of the PRIDE SOAP, created and handcrafted by Stinkybomb Soaps. The soaps are hand poured with each layer having it’s own color/scent: Pink/Black Cherry, Orange/Sweet Orange, Yellow/Vanilla, Green/Spearmint, Blue/Honey Almond, Purple/Lavender.
Stop by The Candle Lab tonight to pick up your very own bar of soap and continue to support the work of Project: Zero Ohio. We’ll have a great line up of tasty beverages and all-star guest bartenders to serve them up to you. All proceeds of the soap goes to help assure that ZERO HIV/AIDS patients in the greater Columbus Area go without the care they need.
November 9th, 2011 by Nina with No Comments
This new product, called the PRIDE SOAP, will be made by the locally owned and operated Stinky Bomb Soaps, with proceeds benefitting Project: Zero Ohio.
The product launch will be held at The Candle Lab in the Short North on Thursday, November 17, from 7 pm to 10 pm, and feature amazing and fabulous celebrity bartenders, delicious drinks, and fantastic music all for a good cause.
The PRIDE SOAP will be the second product made to help raise much needed funds for people living with HIV and AIDS who are not receiving the care they need. The first product, the RAINBOW CANDLE, made by The Candle Lab, was launched in July 2011 and has seen great success in raising funds and awareness to this issue.
Project:Zero Ohio was founded in July 2011 by Steve Weaver, owner of the Candle Lab, Randy Sharma, a practicing physician, and Nina West, Super Drag Queen.
By customizing high-quality local products and a planned series of charity events, the organization hopes to not only raise funds for local HIV/AIDS resources, but also reward donors with unique home products.
All proceeds will be donated to community HIV/AIDS resources.
Frustrated with the strain on HIV/AIDs funding and the resulting effect on members of the community, physician Randy Sharma, entrepeneur Steven Weaver, and gay activist/ “Super Drag Queen” Nina West joined forces to help raise funds for local HIV/AIDS charities and resources.
Please visit http://projectzeroohio.com/ for more information.