LUEWWDstache: Beauty and the Brawn, part deux

REGISTER HERE for the beard and mustache competition! Scroll down for more info if you don’t already know all the details.

VOLUNTEER…get an inside look at this uniquely Durham event. ūüôā

On April 30 from 2-5PM, LUEWWD is partnering again with Bull McCabe’s to bring you LUEWWDstache: Beauty and the Brawn, part deux. Proceeds from this event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Durham’s Women Build.

This event is being sponsored by Maydnew DJ and Event Planning, Phunco, William Travis Jewelry, NicholsonPham, Urban Durham Realty, Heather Garrett Interior Design and the Tranquility Company. Additional in-kind donations have been provided by Adam & Eve, Carolina Beard Company and the Scrap Exchange.

Join us for a Sunday Funday on the lawn where the beauty of men’s* beard and mustache competition meets the brawn of women’s* arm wrestling!

*A note about gender: LUEWWDstache is not HB(eard)2 and we are not policing your pants, just your whiskers – nuff said!

For the beauty portion, contestants will compete in the following categories. For the brawn, we will have four women wrestlers competing in an abbreviated LUEWWD bracket.

  1. In the LUEWWD, aka Au Naturale¬†Leave your styling aids in your kit. It’s back to basics for these Au Naturale competitors. They can oil it, brush it, comb it, clean it, and condition it but don’t overdo it – the beauty of these facial coiffures is as natural as the feeling you get skinny dipping in the Eno. ¬†
  2. The LUEWWD Coiffure, aka Styled and Secured¬†A LUEWWDbush and a LUEWWDstache with some, let’s say, enhancements. Contestants can use styling aids to pump up and hold your curlies but no pins, barrettes, or extensions to give the extra boost.
  3. LUEWWD Fantasy, aka Facial Art Use your imagination to design either a realistic rendering of a beard and mustache or your fantasy facial art made out of the material you always wanted rubbing up against your cheeks.
  4. Best in Show, aka Shake the Moneymaker¬†We will also choose Best in Show from the LUEWWDstaches and LUEWWDbushes in the contest. To win this most coveted prize, you need to be everyone‚Äôs favorite…and by that, we mean you need to earn the crowd‚Äôs dollars. The contestant with the most money raised by the end of the contestant will win!

Registration for beard and mustache is $10 in advance and $15 day of. Register here!

Interested in watching? Bring $5 and some friends!

Want to get involved or sponsor the event? Email

Giselle and Julissa: Siblings benefit from PYO and community mentors

Hope we’ll see you at LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD on October 15th!

The two videos below introduce you to Giselle and her sister Julissa¬†who both took part in Partners for Youth Opportunity’s mentoring program. The videos were put together by students enrolled at¬†the Center for Documentary Studies’ Video Institute this summer.

The first, a view into the life of Giselle, was prepared by researcher and legislator from EducationNC Alex Granados and his Video Institute partner Jennifer Durham. In it “[Giselle]¬†told us about her varied education experiences in North Carolina and the struggles she has had to overcome as a low-income student.”

The Strength to Bloom from Center for Documentary Studies on Vimeo.

In the second video, Julissa (Giselle’s sister) talks about her work with artist Cassidy James Logan, illustrating a children’s book written by Bethany Dalton.

Meet young writer and brand new college student Natasha

Meet Natasha, get to know Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO), and raise funds for PYO on October 15th at LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD, ladies’ arm-wrestling tournament for charity.


Writing my own happy ending

Additional thoughts¬†from PYO Executive Director Julie Wells: “Natasha just headed off for college this week, texting staff the whole way. Her family rented a van to drive her to Wells College, where the PYO college counselor helped to secure financial aid and scholarships to help offset the cost of going to an out-of-state institution. Natasha wrote for the Durham VOICE for two years and this past summer interned at WUNC, reporting for Youth Voices radio.

I am really struck by this last editorial she wrote for the paper and the fact that she is experiencing this transition into to college with her family, stopping in DC along the way to see the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial for the first time‚Ķ”

Proceeds from LUEWWD XIV will¬†help PYO expand one of its core programs¬†Girls Empowerment Project which covers¬†cultural programming, leadership development opportunities and scholarships for girls. In addition to PYO’s¬†client group being 65% girls,¬†62% of PYO¬†families are led by single mothers. Often the involvement of one girl in the¬†program leads to¬†the involvement of a¬†younger sibling or female cousins. PYO‚Äôs¬†programming has a multigenerational impact on poverty and increases opportunity to level the playing field for many girls in Durham. YEAH!

P.Y.O. on center stage at LUEWWD XIV on Oct 15th

UPDATE: LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD was awesome! More than $7,500 was raised and will go towards Partners for Youth Opportunity’s Girls Empowerment Project. Thank you to everyone who attended. The contestants and entourages were incredible. Photos to be posted soon!

We are already having a blast planning LUEWWD XIV: Double O LUEWWD with its beneficiary Partners for Youth Opportunity (PYO). Click for event details and volunteer openings.

PYO exists to help Durham youth reach their educational and vocational potential through academic support, workforce training, mentoring and opportunities to connect with leadership and service learning.

(Look at this happy PYO crew!)


Proceeds from LUEWWD XIV will¬†help PYO expand one of its core programs¬†Girls Empowerment Project:¬†cultural programming, leadership development opportunities and scholarships for girls. In addition to serving 65% girls, 62% of their¬†families are led by single mothers. Often the involvement of one girl in the¬†program leads to¬†the involvement of a¬†younger sibling or female cousins. PYO’s¬†programming has a multigenerational impact on poverty and increases opportunity to level the playing field for many girls in Durham. YEAH!

(What a great mom-daughter pair pictured here with a lot to celebrate)momanddaughter

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Meet young writer and brand new college student Natasha

Giselle and Julissa: Siblings benefit from PYO and community mentors

Call for Contestants! We Want You!

Have you been thinking about ways to meet cool people in Durham?

Do you secretly wish that Halloween was more than once a year so you can find another reason to dress in costume?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in Sylvester Stallone’s footsteps in “Over the Top”? (sorry, we can’t make that dream come totally true… “over the top” is an illegal move in arm-wrestling… we could photoshop you into a supercool monster truck!)

Do you want to be a multi-tasking wizard by simultaneously raising funds for your community and having a ton of fun with your friends?

Here’s a key question: Are you free on October 15, 2016¬†2015 and could you make your way to¬†the bar…durham?

LUEWWD XIV (yes, 14) is coming up and we are looking for new contestants! This means that you (yes, YOU!) would put on a costume, hop on the stage, and arm wrestle for charity. And you get to pick four of your friends to be your official entourage. It’s that easy!

This LUEWWD’s beneficiary is Partners for Youth Opportunity. This tremendous organization¬†exists to help Durham youth reach their educational and vocational potential through academic support, workforce training, mentoring and opportunities to connect with leadership and service learning.

Absolutely NO EXPERIENCE is necessary. We’ll get more details to you if you’re interested. And you could check out our FAQs too.

Please contact us at

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A few days away from LUEWWD XIII!

With just a few days to go before LUEWWD XIII: Rocky Horror LUEWWD Show which is benefiting Cribs for Kids Durham, here are some helpful tips and things we need you to know about the event…

Do check out the maps included here to show you how to get to Triangle Brewing Co and also where to park. When you get closer, look for signs and parking assistants to direct you. If there is a “no parking” sign by a tempting spot, do not park there!! Carpooling or cab/Uber/Lyfting is encouraged!

Triangle big map

triangle parking map

Do be prepared to have an awesome time in an environment that is welcoming to all.

Do be sure to get there early – we will be taking the stage right at 9:00 and you don’t want to be stuck in line when the action begins. Doors open at 8:00.

Do bring cash – this will cover your $5 admission fee, drinks, and any donations you want to make at the event.

Speaking of donations, do be ready for lots of people asking you for money – they may even give you something in return if you’re lucky.

Do feel free to dress in costume – let your inner Rocky Horror character out…and if you do, be prepared that we may ask you to come on stage and do the time warp with us

Do be aware that we are planning to have this as an outdoor event – dress appropriately in what you will feel comfortable in. We’ll update you if plans change but you should probably dress in layers anyway (what is up with the October weather?!).

Don’t bring chairs – this is going to be standing room only event, and besides you won’t see over everyone else around you if you try to sit

Don’t bring the¬†props that you would usually take to Rocky Horror Picture Show screening…rice, toast, water guns, candles, etc. Believe us, there will be plenty of other fun going on!

Definitely don’t bring your judgey hat or your crabby pants. ūüėČ

And the most important…Don’t bring outside alcohol – the location is not a traditional bar, but treat it as such. Triangle will be providing us with their delicious beer, we will have wine, and water for those not drinking alcohol

If we missed anything and you have questions, let us know. You can email We can’t wait to see you all Saturday!

Open Table Wrestling at LUEWWD XIII

If you’ve been to an event then you know our version of the 7th inning stretch is to showcase the might of our loyal audience by opening up the table to you all. We’re doing this a little differently this time. We’ve got 5 open table slots this time and they will be reserved for the highest bidders. You can reserve your spot in one of two ways:

1. Making a $100 donation on the online fundraising page prior to the event will guarantee you a slot (be sure to indicate “for open table” as the Name/Department)

Online fundraising page:

2. Wait until the night of the event…this one is for you if you are a risk taker…any available slots will go to the highest bidders

So get ready to challenge your friends, and remember we are always about safety first. Prior to getting up on stage each individual signed up will go through a brief training on how to arm wrestle!

Keep in mind that all of the rules that govern our contestants’ bouts will be applied to yours…which means you may need to brush up on your hula hooping, thumb wrestling, dancing, and lip-syncing in case you find yourself in a stalemate. But, you can always bribe the judges with a little green to help determine the outcome.

LUEWWD XIII all the details

The LUEWWD organizers have been busy lining up the details for LUEWWD XIII and with this event approaching fast, we’ve got four pieces of information we wanted to share with you.

First, the date! LUEWWD XIII will be on Saturday, October 3rd at 9:00 (doors open at 8:00)

Second, we’re moving! That’s right, we’ve literally grown out of our space at our faithful host venue, Social Games and Brews. So our friends at Triangle Brewing Company have offered to host LUEWWD XIII.

Third, the theme! Since this next event is our 13th and it’s in the month of October, we would like if we may, take you on a strange journey to… LUEWWD XIII: Rocky Horror LUEWWD Show. Those of you who remember life before cell phones and cable TV should remember this cult classic. Those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, stay tuned for an opportunity to find out at a special film viewing event in September (details to follow!).


Fourth, the beneficiary! The most important detail and the moment you‚Äôve all been waiting for‚Ķ Cribs for Kids is the LUEWWD XIII beneficiary! Cribs for Kids Durham (a program of Welcome Baby operating with Durham County Cooperative Extension) provides new Pack ‚Äėn Plays to families that do not have a safe place for their baby to sleep. Along with a new Pack ‚Äėn Play, Cribs for Kids shares safe sleep strategies in an effort to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). The program relies on private donations, small community grants, and fundraising events to purchase Pack ‚Äėn Plays. As they approach their 5th year of distribution they have raised nearly $40K and distributed over 500 new Pack ‚Äėn Plays! We are so excited to partner with Cribs for Kids and Welcome Baby and hope that we can make a significant contribution to their already impressive 5-year fundraising efforts!

That is all for now!

Karaoke Machine? Paddle Boats? Smores?


Every¬†dollar you contribute to¬†QORDS via¬†LUEWWD XII: Express Yourself goes¬†far! Check out the list below…

Bring cash to the April 25th event to spend on¬†a bunch of entertaining things or donate online ahead of the event! Oh, did we mention that emcee Marilyn Manho will be on stage again¬†(this is her last LUEWWD hosting gig — MAJOR SAD FACE) and that special guest Vivica C. Coxx will be performing? This is gonna be amazing!!

Thank you!

 $650-sends a youth to camp for the week

$325- sends a youth to camp for half the week

$315-transports the youth from the campground to the music venue for their performance

$270-feeds a youth at camp the whole week

$70-pays for a karaoke machine for use at camp

$45- feeds a youth at camp for one day

$30- pays for one microphone for band practice

$30-pays for Dr. Drum beat-maker download for hip hop tracks

$20-pays for make-up, nail polish, and glitter for one camper

$15-covers the cost of craft supplies for one youth at camp

 $15-rents a paddleboat for one youth at camp

 $15- buys a pack of CDs to record camper songs at the end of the week

 $10-pays for a pair of drumsticks for one youth

 $10-pays for Smores at the campfire for one youth during camp

 $5- pays for a journal for a youth to write in at camp

 $5- buys a pack of guitar strings for one camper


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Introducing XII’s Beneficiary Q.O.R.D.S.

LUEWWD XII: Express Yourself will take place on April 25th at Social Games and Brews in Durham. Not only will Marilyn Manho be our hostess again but we’ll also have Vivica C. Coxx as a special guest!! Event proceeds will be going to Q.O.R.D.S. to fund camp scholarships for female-identified Durham youth (ages 12-17). (event details)

$650 covers a camper‚Äôs tuition for a week-long overnight summer camp for queer youth or youth of queer parents. This year the camp is taking place August 2-7 at Haw River Summit in Brown‚Äôs Summit, North Carolina. We’re hoping that LUEWWD XII will help raise funds for a BUNCH of scholarships for these great young people. Click here for a list of¬†other great experiences for the campers your dollars could purchase!

And, since the theme of the next LUEWWD is to express yourself, here’s a video produced by Q.O.R.D.S. (with KiQ) showing the campers‚Äô important (and fun) experiences.

If you would like to contribute to Q.O.R.D.S. through the upcoming LUEWWD event, you can make a donation at any time. If you have a favorite wrestler, you can contribute to their campaign for Madame Moneymaker!

fundraising landing page

We’ve been having a blast putting together LUEWWD XII with the QORDS organizers and hope you can be a part of the fun, too!




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