Before dying of lymphoma in June 2010, Bianca Paige, the Pantomime Rage, had been Nashville’s pre-eminent drag queen for two decades. When her reign began, Nashville’s gay and lesbian population had to be much more secretive about their sexuality for fear of being fired from jobs or hassled by the police. But Paige never cowered and was an icon for gay rights on a local level, as well as a source of support and comfort to our city’s GLBT community. When she learned she was HIV-positive, she turned her efforts to raising money for AIDS-related charities. This event, titled Mystikos: An Evening of Mystery, Marvels and Magic, is the first annual Bianca Paige Awareness Network award show. It will honor actress, musician, author and activist Calpernia Addams, who recently performed alongside Jane Fonda in a 10th anniversary production of The Vagina Monologues at the New Orleans Superdome; “Bitch of the South” Charlie Brown, an Atlanta female impersonator who was featured in the HBO special Dragtime; Lipstick Lounge owners Jonda Valentine and Christ Suppan; Human Rights Campaign member and GLBT activist Joey Brown; and the founders of Nashville CARES. Entertainment will be provided by Cezanne, Lily White, Dee Ranged, Sarah Andrews, Tina Devor, Nicole Ellington DuPree, Steve Mogck and far too many more to list here. Proceeds benefit the Comprehensive Care Center, Nashville Cares, The Conductors (one of the oldest gay service groups in Nashville) and the Smoky Mountain Rodeo Association.