Vanessa's Words of Wisdom

These are the musical moments of my life…

Hearts & Tarts


DiVanessa returned to Martuni’s in 2018 with Hearts & Tarts Valentine’s cabaret. Special love to co-star Steven Satyricon, pianist Max Schroeder and our fabulous Queen Of Hearts Page, Carol Hull. Camping up the royals from the nursery rhyme was a hoot. Being glamourously tyrannical seems to really suit Vanessa!

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Tenderloin Tessie Christmas Cabaret 2017

Our first annual TT Christmas Cabaret show at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church was a big success. Thank you to all who came and supported with your generosity of money and contribution of talent. What a variety show we had! I am so grateful for the opportunity to represent a charitable organization like Tenderloin Tessie that does such tangible good for others.

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Come Ona My House

Vanessa’s November 2017 benefit show for Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners at Martuni’s was a fabulous night. It’s always a blast to showcase “Pilgrim Patty, Activities Director of Mayflower Cruise Lines.” Much fun singing songs about FOOD!!! Special thanks to Max Schroeder for his elegant piano stylings and to Michael Gagne & Stephanie Fields for their guest vocals. And many, many thanks to all who came out and so generously supported TT.

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Postcards from Vanessa

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“Come fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away!” What a GRAND tour du monde we enjoyed at our April Global Travel show. Was it the fabulous martinis or just the sheer euphoria of globe-trotting that made it such a fun evening??? Thank you to everyone who came out! A very special thank you to my friend and pianist extraordinaire, Chris Winslow, for your brilliance at the keys, to Stephanie Fields for your role as Head Stewardess of Bousay International Airways and to Linda Lee for all your fabulous pictures. See everyone on Mother’s Day!

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Tenderloin Tessie Easter 2017

It was a rainy Easter Sunday this year, but that didn’t prevent us from having a wonderful dinner with our great big extended family at Tenderloin Tessie. It is always a pure delight to bring joy to one another and to our honored guests through this 100% volunteer organization.


I am so proud to be a part of something that does such good for our community. If you would like to experience the best holiday ever, please join us some Thanksgiving, Christmas Day or Easter Sunday to see how good it feels to GIVE.



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Singin’ In The Rain


What fun I had “Singin’ In The Rain” at Barbary Coast Burlesque in North Beach a few weeks ago. My April Showers Diva number depends on some fun volunteers, and “Will” and “Scott” were just fabulous as my water-misting minions. Thanks to Bunny Pistol for having me in your April show this year. It is always such fun entertaining along with you and your sexy dancing divas!



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Berkeley City Club

17359194_584542895089057_1516770622838421784_oI enjoyed one fabulous afternoon at the Berkeley City Club, singing for Greg Hicks and his Intentional community party. What an amazing place the BCC is! Designed by Julia Morgan, architect of the Hearst Castle. My royal nature was right at home. And what an inclusive, wonderful group of new friends I met just by “wandering in the wrong door”! 17358668_584542848422395_5887146811001922905_o

Thank you, Greg, for inviting me to participate in your swell party. And thank you Laura Esserman for introducing me to Greg. It was just perfect!

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Party Time! Tenderloin Tessie 40th Anniversary

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On March 18 I was so pleased to be part of the 40th Anniversary celebration for Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners. Thank you to our President, Michael Gagne, for inviting me to be part of the afternoon’s festivities. I always love singing for anything to do with Tenderloin Tessie! We were again so fortunate to have Mark Leno in attendance at our special day. Thank you Mark for all that you do to support us at Tenderloin Tessie! Here’s to many more years of making people HAPPY!

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Sweet Street Valentine’s Show


What a fabulous night we had our Sweet Street Valentine’s show this year! Sugar and sweet tunes combined to make one amazing saccharine high! Much love to the ever-fabulous Tom Shaw at piano and special thanks to my dear friend and colleague, Steven Satyricon for partnering with me for this show. We sure know how to have a fun time making music! And an extra special call out to my beloved Linda Lee for all the gorgeous pictures you capture at every show. You will always have the seat of honor at the piano, Linda. Between your camera and your energetic presence, you are a conduit of light and energy that I simply must have near to me! Much love to all and thank you again for making Valentine’s so delectably sweet for me this year.

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Tenderloin Tessie 40th Anniversary Year

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Thanksgiving Dinner 2016 marked the 40th anniversary of Tenderloin Tessie Holiday Dinners. This 100% volunteer organization has served family-style holiday dinners on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter –without fail — since its inception in 1976. Founded by a drag performer named Tessie, the dinner affords both its guests and its volunteer participants the opportunity to create an uniquely San Francisco community of love and inclusion. I am so honored to be part of this legacy, singing in my own voice to entertain, just like our founder Tessie did.

Our Thanksgiving celebration this year was also marked with the distinction of visiting State Senator Mark Leno. Senator Leno arrived mid-afternoon, graciously greeted and mingled with our guests and presented our President, Mr. Michael Gagne, with an official Proclomation in honor of our 40 year event. Many thanks to you, outgoing Senator Leno, for acknowledging our work in this very special way.

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