Meet Charm City LGBT Film Festival performer Sabrina Chap

There's no one way to describe Sabrina Chap -- and that's what we love about her.

She's a musician and songwriter — her latest album, "We Are the Parade" boasts a title track about marriage equality. She often performs with burlesque and variety shows. And she plays a mean kazoo. "Someone once called me a mix of Julie Andrews and Divine, which I love," said the 35-year-old, whose real last name is Chapadjiev. "I've also gotten 'Tom Waits with a hint of Phyllis Diller.

And though she lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., Chap has often performed in Baltimore for the past few years. On Thursday, Chap returns to town to pefrom at the Charm City LGBT Film Festival Kick-off Party at the Creative Alliance (8 p.m.; $10-$15). She talked to us about working with burlesque dancers, the joys of frozen Thin Mints and more.

Worst pet peeve? People cutting their fingernails in public places.

Film you're most excited to see at the festival? "I Am Divine!" "Glenn went from the often-mocked, schoolyard fat kid to underdog royalty, standing up for millions of gay people, drag queens, punk rockers, misfits, and freaks."  And it features Baltimore?  Heck yeah!

Your worst habit? Forgetting that I'm human and overbooking myself. 

Thing you miss the most while on tour? Knowing where I will pee next. 

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Homophobia ... ummm, and hipsters. 

Entertainers you look up to professionally or creatively? Tom Waits, Amanda Palmer, Mr. Rogers.

Best thing about performing with burlesque dancers? I'm astounded at the people I work with. By day they're government workers, therapists, sex workers and doctors, and then by night, they're amazing performance artists who are asserting their notions of sexuality! 

Favorite and most loathed fashion statement? It's not really a fashion statement, but onstage, I often have a kazoo in my cleavage for easy access.  I don't think it looks that great, but it's necessary. 

Last great meal you had? I love to cook for myself, so the other day I made some couscous, chicken, cinnamon, date and peanut thing while watching Top Chef and pretending I was an actual gourmet.  Then I had some Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies that I had frozen for dessert.  Pure bachelor decadence. 

Favorite place to get a drink in Baltimore? The Windup Space, hands down. 

Best advice you ever got? Drink a glass of water for every shot you take.

Favorite thing about Baltimore? Dr. Sketchy's. It's one of the best events in Baltimore, combining live art drawing, amazing performers.


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