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José González begins the interview sharing his experiences growing up in South Texas followed by his move to Oregon in the late 1960s. He discusses his parents’ perspective on speaking Spanish, his experiences with discrimination, his family…

IZOHNNY is the Burlesque performing and producing duo of Isaiah Esquire and Johnny Nuriel. Based in Portland, Oregon, IZOHNNY performs together and separately, nationally and internationally. Isaiah Esquire is a native of Portland, Oregon, while…

Lola Coquette introduces herself as a queer femme, Latinx, and Mexican performer, originally from Arizona and now based in Portland. She is a performer, producer, and instructor of Burlesque. She defines Burlesque as a combination of satire, shimmy,…

Rummy Rose defines herself as a Burlesque performer, producer, costumer, and hair stylist. She describes Burlesque as being the art form of striptease. The difference between stripping in a strip club and stripping in Burlesque varies depending on…

Honeydew La Roux introduces herself as a Burlesque performer, singer, and sometimes arts event producer. She also performs under the name Lolita Von Honeydew. She is married to a musician and has a dog.

Honeydew defines Burlesque as an opportunity…

The Mad Marquis introduces himself as a Burlesque and cabaret producer, an emcee and performer in Portland Oregon. He says his name is an alliterative play on words and that he thinks of himself primarily as an entertainer.
He defines Burlesque as…

Eva D’Luscious introduces herself as a Burlesque performer, producer, emcee, and teacher. She defines Burlesque as theatrical stripping that pays less than club stripping. She goes on to explain that Burlesque takes all sorts of art forms and…

Natasha Riot introduces herself as a Burlesque producer and performer, with training in a wide variety of dance styles. She makes her own costumes and headdresses.

Natasha defines Burlesque as a form of expression and storytelling. She notes that…

Image taken at the Pauling Legacy Award event, Portland, Oregon, May 5, 2008

Photo taken of Ed Ray on his 70th birthday.