MUSING MUSES:  A FeMUSEum conversation with Lois Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, Amy Lamé and Bird la Bird

Since the early 80’s, artists Lois Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, Amy Lamé and Bird la Bird have been making performances that celebrate the drag queen in all of us. They are the women who impersonate women. They embrace the best and worst of popular culture in order create larger than life personas that not only entertain, seduce and cajole but also resist and challenge expectations of what it means to be female. FeMUSEum is a public conversation that brings these 4 generations of ultra femmes together to gossip, laugh, cry, squeal and share their own lineage and legacy of performance and femininity.

Lois Weaver (Tammy WhyNot) and Carmelita Tropicana are NY homegirls who have the great privilege of hosting two famous femme fatales from London, Amy Lamé and Bird la Bird. Amy Lamé is a writer, performer, tv and radio presenter, nightclub hostess and chubby glamourpuss who co-founded the pop performance club and collective Duckie, and continues to perform at and host the club every Saturday night at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Bird la Bird is a Show-woman and Mama of Bird Club, a Queer Lady cabaret night for 21st Century that aims to showcase queer femininity featuring feminist strippers on roller skates, political parody, pomo queer burlesque, sloganeering and brainwashing. She graces the cover of Femmes of Power by Ulrike Dahl and Del la Grace Volcano.

Please come to our FeMUSEum conversation at Dixon Place on Memorial Day Sunday, May 29th, and help Tammy and Carmelita welcome these London beauties and share with them our NY state of mind.

FeMUSEum is part of a larger research project entitled Performance Matters and will be presented in a week long symposium, Trashing Performance in London, October 24-30, 2012. Lois Weaver, Carmelita Tropicana, Amy Lamé and Bird la Bird will compile an archive of the feminine and feminist performance by selecting 3 of their own femme muses and creating tributes to them in the forms of performance installations and museum exhibits to be housed in the FeMUSEum, a museum of feminine influence. Check out our Facebook page: Who-is-YOUR-Femme-Muse? and the YouTube channel: TheFeMUSEum.

Dixon Place, 161a Chrystie Street, NYC
Sunday May 29, 4-6 pm
Tickets: $10 at
Pink Cocktails on tap!

Come AS or WITH your own femme muse but the main thing is …COME!

FeMUSEum was commissioned by Performance Matters, a three-year creative research project (2009 – 2012). A collaboration between Goldsmiths, University of London, Roehampton University, and the Live Art Development Agency financially assisted by AHRC.


About Split Britches

Split Britches was founded 30 years ago by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin. Since 1980 we have transformed the landscape of queer performance with our vaudevillian satirical gender-bending performance. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but its true sources are the details of everyday life. The work is personal, bordering on the private. It relies on moments rather than plot, relationships rather than story. It is about a community of outsiders, queers, eccentrics – feminist because it encourages the imaginative potential in everyone, and lesbian because it takes the presence of a lesbian on stage as a given.
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