Tranny Roadshow 

When fiddle-playing zine-afficionado Jamez Terry and two-stepping organizer Kelly Shortandqueer began to formulate ideas for a traveling variety act in 2004, they agreed on the following goals: "to make transgender issues more fun and less intellectual, build bridges between marginalized communities and concentrate on transpeople without focusing solely on their genders." The two amassed an array of self-identified transpeople--singers, filmmakers, puppeteers, dancers, writers, jugglers--to create the Tranny Roadshow, a performance group that aims to be equal parts engrossing and educational.

The Tranny Roadshow swings through Boise for the first time for a one-night-only performance at the LGBTQ-friendly Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.

One of the bill's many eclectic performers is Adelaide Windsome--or Geppetta--a multimedia performance artist and puppeteer who's inspired by "classic fables and myths, occult symbolism, street art and surrealism." Geppetta will be joined by other artists like Nathen Wurzel, a juggler, street performer and self-described gender abolitionist; StormMiguel Florez, a Mexican American singer/songwriter and live tranny sex show producer; and Shawna Virago, songwriter, activist and director of the country's first transgender film festival, Tranny Fest. If you've always wanted to rub elbows with a tranny sex show producer and puppeteer who creates eerie dolls from unwanted sofas, see the Tranny Roadshow.

Saturday, April 17, Doors at 6:15 p.m., $10, Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 Garrett St., trannyroadshow.com.

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