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Provocative Performance Art / Social Activism Show Coming to the Visual Arts Collective


The Menstrual Show: Fruit from the Bush of Knowledge is a multi-genre performance art piece that was a match made in heaven—or over social media.

"Sam [Zipporah] reached out to me last spring, about a year ago, and was, like, 'Hey, we've never met in person. This is what I do, and I would like to turn it into some kind of burlesque show.' I said, 'Oh my God, yes I am,'" said the organizer, Frankly McDonald of Frankly Frankie Burlesque. "It was very much a Facebook meetup."

The show, which will run at the Visual Arts Collective on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, may have been borne out of new technologies and tackle what is a sticky subject for some, and a familiar occurrence for roughly half the human population, but on the VAC stage, it will be a grab bag of old-school performance art complete with burlesque, pole dancing, comedy, education and more. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

- Samantha Zipporah -  - WHITNEY D'WILDA
  • Whitney D'Wilda
  • Samantha Zipporah
Zipporah is a holistic health practitioner who specializes in the philosophy, anthropology, science-backed medicine and spirituality of women's bodies—particularly their reproductive cycles—and for years, McDonald has used burlesque as a platform for addressing social issues. In 2016, she, the VAC and ACLU-Idaho faced off against the Idaho State Police over obscenity laws that handcuff liquor licenses and obscenity laws after ISP fined the VAC and suspended its liquor license over one of McDonald's performances.

Since then, she has avidly performed around themes of free speech, social justice and women's empowerment. The Menstrual Show will entertain, but it also seeks to teach people about the phases of women's menstrual cycles and explore the creative possibilities of each with wit and humor, brought by Boise comedienne duo Lady Bizness.

"Over the last few years, I've been honing what I want as an artist. That has been a broad intention. I'm really passionate about certain things. I love performance art and social activism, and I like bringing those together in a gentle way," she said.