One of Richmond’s original burlesque stars, Boo Boo Darlin’, aka Kendra Lansing, is returning to the River City from her adopted home in New York with some all-star burlesque performer friends in tow. They’ll be onstage at Gallery5 performing Wilfredo’s Wild Ride, featuring Wilfredo, Lil’ Miss Lixx, Boo Boo Darlin’, Pinkie Special and a local guest, Magnolia Jackson Pickett Burnside. We caught up with Boo Boo to see what’s shaking lately.
Style: What should people know about this show?
Boo Boo Darlin’: It’s just us bringing a New York-style show, a little more wild and edgy. Little Miss Lix, the candy-coated cutie, does high comedy and some silly stuff. She and Pinkie Special, who is an amazing hula hoop artist, together they do the Trash Can Twins — a spin on the classic cancan — to “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It’s super fun, maybe a little raunchy.
I saw where you were crowned the 2014 Porcapapessa at the Caput Mundi Burlesque festival in Rome. Sounds like a cool résumé stuffer.
Oh yeah! So that was like the best newcomer award, but the word means both sexy and pig in Italian, apparently. And Papessa is a female pope, so it’s more like a sexy female pope. That reminds me, I need to update my bio because when I was in Vegas for the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekender, I won the highest bowling score for the tourney there. I got the biggest Lebowski award trophy [laughs].
Did you ever think burlesque would take you so many places?
That was the goal. I thought I could live off doing it in New York, but that fizzled out because I like to do too many things, like travel around the world. But yeah, you can go anywhere with it. I’ve toured Hamburg, Berlin, Austria. It would be great if this type of thing that we’re bringing to Richmond could grow into a regular tour.
Wilfredo’s Wild Ride, presented by Richmond Varietease, takes place at Gallery5 on Saturday, July 22, with doors opening at 8 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Show is ages 18 and up. gallery5arts.org.