The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal

Arts and Entertainment

Getting ready looks the same for many people. They wake up to an alarm, have a personal hygiene routine and go about their day - with or without breakfast.

For many, the perception is that drag has to be done by cis gay men — a notion that continues to hold true in Calgary. But the drag community in this city is much more diverse. Its members are trying to prove that through their performances, hoping to change this common misperception.

Colin Carbonera named his one-year-old son Llewyn after the title character of Inside Llewyn Davis — a movie about a talented 1960s folk singer looking for a break, stumbling from one disappointment to another. Though Carbonera says he was drawn to the name for its meaning — lion — he also admits his son’s namesake reflects his own psyche in some ways.

Sphinxes, with its cast of all-female, trans or non-binary and racially diverse improvisers, is one of the most popular comedy shows with Rapid Fire Theatre company. The show, which runs out of the city’s old Citadel Theatre, is the brainchild of Amy Shostak, an Edmonton-turned-Vancouver improviser who created it for a Fringe Festival performance.