PurpleLife RVA

Pin-up by Seth Casana
Issue 55 • September 2017 • Richmond

Above, first row (left to right): Ainsley Thrasher, Jess Right, Polychrome Dreams, Soul Erotic, Helene Seizeyou, Le’ Cher Boditauk, D, Violet Devereaux, Cami Chimera; Second row: Bella Pavona, Deanna Danger; Third row: Jo’Rie Tigerlily, Lottie Ellington

View Slideshow

Blending indie burlesque and electro dance party, PurpleLife RVA is the lovechild of Deanna Danger and Joseph Whitfield, organizers of Boom Boom Basics Burlesque and ANIMAL - RVA respectively. With decidedly unabashed sensibilities, this monthly freak fête showcases the best of Richmond’s underground entertainment scene, while also providing a safe, positive environment for LGBTQ+ persons and allies. The debut performance in August featured music from DJs Dirt Thurston and David Riley, plus a group routine set, of course, to Prince’s classic, “Controversy.” It’s a Warholian affair for those that, in the words of Ms. Deanna, are “always with class and a good bit of sass.”

PurpleLife RVA happens on the third Saturday of the month at Godfrey’s. The next party is September 16, tickets are $8 presale, $10 at the door. Party starts at 10 PM, 18+ only. Let loose at facebook.com/purpleliferva.

Photography by Seth Casana

The Whurk Week

Five cool things happening in Virginia each week. Delivered to your inbox Monday mornings. Sweet.

More From Issue 55
More Pin-up Features
Other Recent Stuff