All the Rage

For the 2012 version of her annual fundraiser for the Colorado AIDS Walk, drag queen Ginger Sexton wanted to get all her anger about being HIV-positive out on the table — hence the title, Apocalyptic Ball 3: The Rage. "The ball represents the final year of being in the darkness; as I was fighting the last parts of depression over my diagnosis, I was getting over my bullshit and getting real with life," says Sexton of this year's theme.

The multi-faceted event, which has served the HIV and AIDS community by creating a network of emotional as well as financial support, represents that process, says Sexton, whose given name is Briceson Ducharme.

Tonight's ball, which takes place tonight at the Exdo Event Center, will showcase signature performances from Sexton and other Drag Nation staples, alongside burlesque dancers and a fashion show featuring looks from local designer Studio Yoshida. All money raised will be donated to the Colorado AIDS Walk; corporate sponsors have promised to match all donations.

Doors open at 8 p.m. at Exdo, 1399 35th Street; tickets to the eighteen-and-up show are $15 to $25. For more information, go to; for tickets, visit
Fri., Aug. 10, 8 p.m., 2012

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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