Boulder County AIDS Project's Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! benefit is a fantastic drag

Eight years in, the 2013 edition of Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! is set to be bigger and more marvelous than ever. An annual fundraiser put on by Atlas, the service-learning arm of the Boulder County AIDS Project, Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! utilizes the skills of its talented volunteer base to put on a drag show like no other.

This Saturday, August 24, at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, a dozen performers will donate their time and talents for a one-of-a-kind drag revue, with all proceeds going back to BCAP's outreach programs and case-management services.

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Run completely by the volunteers of Atlas, this yearly performance extravaganza was first produced in 2006, and has run as a successful component of BCAP's fundraising efforts ever since. "Based on their individual talents and skills and how they want to contribute, Atlas volunteers participate in all facets of the production," says Frank O'Cana, BCAP's HIV prevention director, Atlas program coordinator and Absolute! show director. "From the sound tech to the videographer to the graphic designer to the photographer who did the original artwork for the poster to the person who did the make-up for the drag performers, they are all volunteers. They all work together to manage and participate in the whole production."

Hosted by Ms. Eda Bagel and Natasha Notgoudenuff, the show will feature an array of performances -- varying in style, but all in drag -- from both Atlas volunteers and members and supporters of the community: live singing, lip-syncing, comedy and theatrical interpretations. Absolute! regulars and first-timers will take the stage; the genre-bending acts include turns by Princess Cheri Bottoms, Tempestt LaVoix, Lola P and more.

All proceeds go directly to BCAP's programming, which provides advocacy and services for people living with HIV and AIDS. It also works through its own prevention programs to promote awareness and education around decreasing the transmission of HIV.

Doors for Absolute! Fabulous! Gorgeous! open at 7:30 p.m. at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. The show begins at 8 p.m. and is eighteen and up. Tickets are $18 to $25 and can be purchased through the venue's website. For more information on the fundraiser, visit the Boulder County AIDS Project's website.

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