Photo by Heather Schofner Photography
Hailing originally from the East Coast, Kristina Weena is too much of a performer to limit her enormous talents to one character or gender! She got the hankering for drag and burlesque about a decade ago, while still living down south. After moving to Philadelphia, she produced and directed a few local events in Philadelphia, including a post apocalyptic fashion show for the Fringe. After a short stint as roller derby fresh meat, she started doing drag as Sven Handelsbod in 2006. For many years, she cut her teeth on creatively taking off her clothes at Pousse Café, a monthly amateur dyke strip night. In 2007, Kristina became one of the founding members of the Liberty City Kings (LiCK), Philadelphia’s award-winning queer drag and burlesque troupe. With LiCK, Weena’s many personas appeared at such venues as the Diabolique and Libertine Balls, Philadelphia Pride, Vixens and Vagabonds Queer and Kinky Cabaret, the Pleasure Garden, and various queer dance nights and benefits. In 2009, one of her personas, portly, bicurious fanboy Lance Fennig, was crowned Mr. Drag King Philadelphia. Upon moving to the West Coast in 2010, Sven and Peachy made appearances at the Contraceptive Cabaret in Olympia, Fresh Faces Cabaret in Seattle, and the Fat-A-Licious Fashion Show in Portland. One of Lance’s old LiCK numbers is an ode to moustaches; a love that continues – Kristina is one of the champions of the 2011 Whiskerinas’ First National Ladies Fake Beard and Moustache Competition. She has been gradually introducing her many personas to Olympia with Rock Candy Burlesque.