Queens Nina Flowers and Ongina bring art from Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace to life with Pop Drag

Koko Brentano
Nina Flowers
As both the official photographer for the monthly Drag Nation and a longtime supporter of local art, Koko Brentano had a vision: to see the two worlds collide. Friday night's Pop Drag at EXDO Event Center is the result, a convergence of the work of artists Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace with the multidimensional performances of RuPaul's Drag Race alums Nina Flowers and Ongina -- plus a rotating cast of Drag Nation regulars.

See also:
- Slide show: Pop Art Drag Nation at Tracks
- Slideshow: Drama Drag at Tracks
- Dana Cain's Art Collection: Louis Recchia
- Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale

Koko Brentano
Nina Flowers.
So how, exactly, will a drag show and an art show come together as one big event? "I picked out a group of paintings and gave them to the performers, and they based their costuming off of each work," says Brentano. He's been fond of the color-popping, intelligent pieces of Recchia and Ace for a long time, he notes: "I thought their work would adapt itself well to coming to life."

Nina Flowers seemed like an obvious choice for the interpretations, too. Hardly a traditionalist when it comes to being a queen, Flowers is known for her energetic stage presence and incomparable routines.

"Personally, I've never enjoyed drag very much as a transgendered person," says Brentano. "I don't like the whole concept of female impersonation, but when Nina created Drama Drag (Drag Nation's precursor), she invigorated it and made it about performance. A lot of (the show) is about energy and movement, and bringing the dance crews in really changed it."

Location Info


EXDO Event Center

1399 35th St., Denver, CO

Category: General

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Now Trending

Denver Concert Tickets

From the Vault