Ladies of the Rainbow bring ‘Mayhem’ to town


BRATTLEBORO -- Join the Vermont Folklife Center in welcoming back to their home turf the Ladies of the Rainbow drag review for a fun and bawdy performance titled "Mistresses of Mayhem -- the Ladies of the Rainbow Return" on Saturday, April 26.

Hosted at the Brattleboro VFW, the doors open at 7 p.m., for the 8 p.m. performance. This evening of adult comedy and entertainment (18-plus unless accompanied by an adult) represents the 10th anniversary of the Ladies’ first downtown Brattleboro appearance and is a fundraiser to support the work of the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

The Brattleboro VFW (Carl M. Dessaint VFW Post 1034) is located at 40 Black Mountain Road. For ticket information, call 802-388-4964 or visit

These glamorous and talented drag performers, including Mama Mayhem, Candi Shtick and Kitty Rawhide, arrive fresh from performances in Keene, N.H., the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center and Burlington City Arts, bringing their unique blend of mellifluous lip-syncing and raucous commentary to the Brattleboro VFW.

The Ladies of the Rainbow have been captivating area audiences since their first days performing at the Rainbow Cattle Co. in Dummerston in the late 1990s. The story of their journey is creatively captured in an exhibit of photographs and audio interview excerpts, organized by the Vermont Folklife Center, titled "Backstage at the Rainbow Cattle Co.," photographs by Evie Lovett.

This exhibit is on a three-year tour, with assistance from the Samara Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation, visiting venues in all 14 counties of Vermont and culminating in a show at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in 2015. As one of the Vermont Folklife Center’s traveling exhibits it is part of its continuous effort to make Vermonters visible to one another.

The event’s lead sponsor is the Brattleboro Retreat. Other event sponsors include Ruggles and Hunt, Twice Upon A Time, Brown Computer Solutions, Newport Natural Foods, Offerings Jewelry, Rocky Dale Gardens, Gay and Lesbian Fund of Vermont, Hotwheelz Cycle and Fitness Studio and Fireworks Restaurant.

With the performance will be a cash bar, not-so-silent auction and other fun-filled opportunities to support the work of the Vermont Folklife Center. Auction items include an on-stage serenade by Miss Candi Schtick, a private makeover by Candi, and gift certificates and goodies from Beck’s Hair Salon, the Brattleboro Food Coop, Mocha Joe’s Coffee Roasters and other area businesses.

The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont and the surrounding region; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.


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