Madame D, RIP
A small tribute to Michael Martin
A sombre newsletter this week as we remember Michael Martin, who passed away suddenly a couple of days ago. Michael was an actor, drag artist, cabaret starlet, writer, wit, force of nature and all-round beloved part of the New Orleans performer community (and many communities beyond). It’s hard to imagine a more honest, supportive and influential talent in the city - he seemed to be everywhere, supporting everyone, no matter how small the show. He was a selflessly encouraging, artistically benevolent presence in the city, and so many people are feeling a loss right now. He is panoramically loved, and will be profoundly missed in many ways.
If you didn’t know Michael, the recent movie Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets is a good start, and he recently shared with us a short video, Madame D, that really sums up his great humor, love for the macabre and flair for performance. We’re happy to share it with all of you by way of paying tribute to his art. Our thoughts are with his dear partner and close friends, and we send love to everyone that knew him and who share our sense of loss. Thanks for everything, Michael.
If you would like to contribute to funereal and other expenses, please see this fundraising page.
We have of course updated our weekly listings page for you - it’s a good week to go out and support our community for sure. More soon, and in the meantime, much love.
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