On rare occasions, you’ll see Brian Wanzek make a public appearance—and while Brian is a handsome and charming fellow, his alter ego, Bella da Ball, is the bigger star—so big, in fact, that she’ll be getting her own star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars later this year.
Bella can be found all over the place—for starters, at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club on Monday nights, where she hosts both Sissy Bingo and Trivia Night; and at Azul/Alibi on Tuesday nights, where she hosts her Cabaret Variety Dinner Revue. And at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 1, you can find her and her amazing legs under the amazing legs of “Forever Marilyn,” where she’ll be hosting the Forever Marilyn Palm Springs Look-Alike Contest, as part of the weekly downtown Palm Springs Villagefest.
If interested in entering the contest—in categories including pets, Miss Junior Marilyn, Ms./Mrs. Marilyn, and Drag Marilyn—register by Tuesday, July 30, at forevermarilynpslookalike.eventbrite.com. Of course, it’s free to watch the goings-on.
We recently asked Bella, who hails from a little town in Southern Minnesota, to endure The Lucky 13; here are her responses.
What was the first concert you attended?
Several county and state fair concerts, but Barry Manilow sticks out in my mind.
What was the first album you owned?
What bands are you listening to right now?
SiriusXM radio, with a focus on Studio 54 disco, Elvis, and Broadway.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
I love to dance, swing, and spin the skirt.
What’s your favorite music venue?
So many: Annenberg (Theater at the Palm SpringsArt Museum) and McCallum (Theatre), and I can’t wait for the new Rancho Mirage Performing Arts Center at the high school.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
The big-band song “In the Mood.”
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Big band and polka bands from my young years—watching my parents dance, celebrating anniversaries and community events with family and friends.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
RuPaul: What’s your secret to looking so fab and trim?
What song would you like played at your funeral?
“Lookin’ for a City” by Happy Goodman Family.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
What song should everyone listen to right now?
“Baby I’m a Star,” by Tina Turner. (Scroll down to hear it.)