Queer AF at Black Lodge
The best show in the world. In a rad video store.
Queer AF was my favorite show to have ever worked on.
There are precious precious memories, flickers in the night in a bygone world.
I'm so happy to have spent nights dancing with my friends, safe and happy.
In the wake of Lisa's passing, Queer AF has now become a time capsule of what Memphis was becoming under the great purple wing of Lisa Micheals.
Moth Moth Moth (Co-Host and Sentient Slice of Grilled Cheese)
Lisa loved Mothie on the mic. And she belived in Mothie until Mothie believed in herself.
Lisa Micheals (Creator and Producer and Host)
Lisa's dream was to turn Memphis into a destination for Queer performers across the south.
And she made that dream a reality with every heart that she touched.
She changed everything around Memphis, simply by walking around and being herself.
Lisa Micheals made Memphis history with every footfall.
We'll always be Lisa and Mothie.
Louise Page's "Blue Romance" Music video
Louise brought myself and drag starlit, Brenda Newport,
into the project to encourage some magical muse mischief!!!
The Story of a Song,
The Start of a Friendship
The Blue Romance Themed Show
Midway to Mothie's work on "Moth's Magical Variety Hour", she wanted to book the coolest and most talented Chamberpunk darling on the planet, Louise Page.
Mothie told Louise about the show concept. A few minutes later, Louise created the song,
Mothie's bug brain was blown.
After the show ended, Louise and I found that we were artistic sisters and have been having fun together ever since.
Drag Theory Lectures for the Body-ody-ody show hosted by Rhodes College
Mothie rallied up facts and friends for a spectacular program at Rhodes College. (Curated by Joel Parsons)
Mothie and Imagine's lecture
History lessons with history in the making.
Mothie invited her wild and hilarious Drag Auntie Imagine Azengraber to transform herself live for the thrills of the audience!!!
Mothie lectured about the importance of setting drag into a historical context while also considering the effects of privilege and economic inclusion.
From Kenya to Tennessee, there are drag queens everywhere, you see?
Moth and friends perform to close the show
Feature guests were: Anastasia Love and Brenda Newport
During the show a collection of garments made by, belonging to, and curated by Mothie and the Haus of Phantosea were displayed for several months in the art gallery.
At the end of the event it was wonderful to spend extra time with the students who'd come to support.
Joy belongs everywhere.
Reading Programs at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mothie was invited by the amazing team over at Central Library!
Mothie reading a book to a room of the sweetest most lovely people ever!
It was a privildge to have been able to deliver this program a couple times throughout 2019. It remains to be one of the proudest moments I've had in my life.
And only 1 kid cried. But he came in the room overwhelmed, bless his heart.
But that is okay, I always read with a carrying teacher's voice, so that even the child hiding behind his very sweet parents in the corner may hear the story.
"One Saliva Bubble" by Nathen Chin
Mothie played the character Vander Clyve in a short film about a
drag queen foiling a plot by stealing the identity of a private detective lady.
Family Time Show and Podcast
Family Time consisted of a due of projects created by
Lisa Micheals and Moth Moth Moth as a traveling variety show
that then gave birth to a fabulous podcast!
The Family Time Podcast
A podcast about the vibrant voices of Memphis queers.
Gardens and Gowns
An all ages night of drag at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens
featuring the talents of Memphis Legends Anastasia Love and Fantasia Bordeaux!
Mothie Engaging with the crowd about the importance of drag history as American history.
Folks did not know what to think!
Mothie began the night with a small lecture followed by a warm-up performance.
Instead og tips that night, people were supplied with flowers to hand to us.
Anastasia and Fantasia being interviewed by a professional reporter lady.
Drag is more than gender.
Femme superstar and Trans drag Icons graced the night with their talent, wit, wisdom, and warmth.
It was a night of true beauty and one forever etched into my heart.
Aftershows performed as the cherry on top for events such as Grrlfest, Railgarten's Halloween Party, and Ladies Jelly Wrestling Competitions!!!
A Poster Mothie Drew for a Midnight Special
Pretty colors, and Mothie got to perform for her Mama for the first time.
Photo of Mothie and the girls just before going on stage after Grrlfest 2018
*Mothie is the one with the nose job
Pictured: Desdemona, Silhouette, Holly Walnuts, Moth Moth Moth, and Brenda Newport.
BAD!!! and PHANTOSEA
Two experimental shows at Dru's Place in Memphis, TN
Focusing on expression, diversity, and inclusion.
The most favorite cruncho muncho show in Memphis. Kill all rules. Take no advice.
BAD!!! Was created to give young weird Queer artists in the community a space to shave their legs on stage and wear codpieces and eat flowers and reveal in the soup of queerness that drag can create.
It was an experience that will never be lost on me.
A brunch show where drag artists created funny and heartfelt experiences that inspired the imagination and the senses.
The Haus of Phantosea was our little drag haus that operated from 2016-2018 or so.
It was a collection of drag kids that I scooped up and haphazardly threw on stage and PHANTOSEA was our show.
They were all totally brilliant. This show was often a chance to work on our stage craft without the hustle of a midnight show. We performed at 5pm every Sunday night.
Moth's Magical Variety Hour
Mothie learns to make shows.
A very tiny and somewhat legendary show in a sports bar. Hosted by a giant bug woman.
The first show I got to direct all by myself. I wanted to create a space with queer artists of all different kinds perform on the same stage together.
These shows made me the friends that led to the rest of my career.
It was an honor to have an opportunity like that.
It was a woozy experience with awful lighting, questionable company, and sometimes a demonic real estate agent named Monica.
A show that ran at The Memphis College of Art to raise money for young queer artists earning their education. The first project Moth put together.
This program allowed her the space to begin doing drag in the first place. Moth collaborated with friends and partners for 3 years, until the college was closed, and raised over $3000 dollars for the Moth Scholarship. The final fundraiser was held at Dru's Place.
The scholarship was awarded to the winner of the Mothball each year in an amature drag showdown at MCA.
Poster for the final MothBall
Moth and the girls at the second MothBall
Pictured: Imagine Azengraber, Beverly Hills, Coco Florez, and Aubrey Boom Boom
*This makeup is more praying mantis than Mothie
First time the elusive Moth was captured on film.
By Marcus Menefee
Mothie did this edit though, Marcus would never use that garish filter. Only me.
Moth lipscreaming for the first time on stage.
She was sensational. And she dared to wear a beige waist trainer on the outside of her dress.
That grey wig cost 80 bucks. And the hair continues to fall out in clumps to this day. I have an attachment to it even though it hisses whenever I open my wig trunk.