To apply for the Gore Competition, you can fill out this online form after reading the following:

Sidewinders Bar 2017 Gore Competition Packet
Date of Competition: Sunday, October 29, 2017, 7pm
Packets were due: Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 9pm


Thank you for your consideration of being a contestant in the 2017 Gore Competition to be held at Sidewinders Bar and Cabaret Theater. It will be held on Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Deciding to take part in the 2017 Gore Competition should require careful thought and consideration from each contestant. As a Titleholder of this competition, you will be representing not only this Competition, but also the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders Bar. During your one-year reign, you will help promote this competition and to help this competition grow and attract more contestants the next year.

Those interested in competing for one of the titles of King, Queen and Monarch of Gore Competition must read the entire competition packet. This reign will not have a court or court line but is seen as a court of the cabaret.  A signature is required to confirm that the information contained in this packet has been read and understood. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Promoter at 702-449-7022 or by email at Requesting a competition packet does not obligate anyone to participate in this competition. The packet is available so anyone interested in competing will know the requirements of this competition and the obligations as a Titleholders.


The following three titles are available for adults 21 and over:

Monarch: an individual who is non-binary, gender neutral or a gender other than male or female.

King: an individual who identifies as a male.

Queen: an individual who identifies as a female.

Contestants are required to arrive at the times below. Failure to do so will result in deduction points.

Start time is 7pm. Must be on premises and checked-in with event stage manager by 6pm.

Competition Requirements

Each of the winners of the 2017 Gore Competition Titles will be required to produce 2 shows throughout their one year reign at the home bar Sidewinders.  During one of these shows produced by the Titleholder, they will be required to raise money for one charity of their choice with the consultation of the Artistic Director of the Cabaret. Total minimum raised for titleholder’s charity must equal $250 during the show and $500 for the entire year; multiple shows are encouraged; anything over the $500 will go to the expenses of the competition and can be donated as the titleholder requests.  Titleholders will also be encouraged to promote the competition. Title holders will also assist in planning events throughout the year, as well as during the month of October.  And remember…. Have fun!


Each contestant will be competing in 3 categories for one of the titles of King, Queen and Monarch.

Contestant has the opportunity to earn a total of 75 points from each of the four judges. The judges will score each category using whole numbers. Any penalties will be deducted to create the final score. The contestants will be placed in order by number drawn by each contestant the day of the competition. The minimum score for winning in any category is an average of 52.5 points, or a total of 157.5 if there are 3 judges.

Competition Categories

Each contestant will be given a maximum of 6 minutes to exhibit any skill, hobby, or performance to present to the audience and judges. Each contestant will be scored on creativity, talent and presentation. Each contestant will be allowed to include up to four additional individuals (i.e., backup dancers, performers, prop assistants, etc.) during their talent.
Maximum Score of 25 Points

Creative Wear
Each contestant will be required to model clothing suitable for events. Contestants will be required to model their Creative Wear on stage and in front of the judges.
     Maximum Score of 25 Points

On-Stage Question & Answer
Immediately after showcasing their Creative Wear, each contestant is required to, a) approach the on-stage microphone to meet with the emcee, b) introduce themselves, c) pick from the random questions the emcee will provide, d) give a 1 minute response, and e) exit the stage. Each contestant will be judged on, a) the content of their answer, b) the ability to speak readily, clearly, and effectively, and c) their stage presence.
     Maximum Score of 25 Points

Maximum Total Score of 75 Points

Each contestant will change into attire they wish to wear for the crowning. Before crowning, contestants will be given awards for the highest score in each category. Each contestant will be given a final introduction. During this introduction the contestant will make a final walk across the stage and join the contestant line-up toward the back of the stage. The winner for each title will be announced in the same order the titles were presented during the competition. After the winner for a title is announced, that winner will be crowned and will walk the stage. Afterwards, that winner will move to a predetermined section of the stage to allow the new title winner to be announced and crowned.

Once all of the new Titleholders have been crowned the emcee will introduce the winners. Further, the emcee will give thanks and appreciation for the audience, judges, and staff of the Gore Competition and the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders Bar. Each winner will receive $50 in addition to a crown and crown pin.

The Promoter of the Competition will select a panel of 3 - 4 judges and a tally master. The judges will score contestants in three categories of the competition and a tally master will chart all the scores; having no part of the judging process. Every effort will be made to select judges from various parts of the community for their knowledge of the competing categories. The Artistic Director, bar managers, or bar owners, may serve as judges if non “related” competitors are running.

Contestants may request a copy of their scores and comments from the judges after the competition is completed by request to the Promoter. There will be 3 – 4 judges.


Piercing, showing of genitalia, anus, nipples for cis females, having large amounts of water (over ½ cup of fluid), live animals, real blood, fire, or fireworks are prohibited during any part of the competition. This is to prevent damage to the bar and cabaret, as well as prevent any hazards. Anus must be covered by at least 1 inch of material and must not be visible.  Contestants must follow state regulations on exposure of body parts. Sight-impaired contestants requiring seeing-eye dogs or animals of assistance and any mobility aids must be “generally” accepted; mobility aids can be embellished if contestant desires. Lit cigarettes are prohibited.  Do not bring outside drinks of any kind into the bar; drinks are also not to be removed from the bar. Contestants may use up to ½ cup of water in their presentation or performances. Explosive items of any kind are prohibited, except non-ignited confetti sticks or “flutter fetti.” Glitter is okay and glitter bombs (non-ignited) are okay. Balloons are also prohibited.  Fecal, urine, vaginal excretions, excretions from any body part, body/blood plasma, spitting on the ground or other property and any other biohazards are not permitted. When in doubt, please consent with the promoter and Artistic Director of the competition in advance.

Must be 21+ with Valid ID, Local   (within 45 miles of Albuquerque or if approved).  Must hold title-related fundraising shows strictly at the home bar.   Behavior must follow Cabaret standards, and titleholders must not use illegal substances and remain under DUI limits while representing the bar.

Title can be removed with good reason if cabaret standards are not maintained.   When representing the title, titleholder should not wear other pageant, crown or scepter regalia of another pageant, title, competition or so forth.  Titleholders should hold no more than 2 working titles (which require minimum amounts of fundraising) simultaneously.   Working titles are those in which the title holder must raise a minimum amount per year.  For example, a person should not be a monarch of an existing court, Pride titleholder and Gore titleholder unless one of the titles expires within 3 months; usually such titles require a minimum amount to be raised. Contestant must be in good standing with Sidewinders Bar and the Cabaret for at least 6 months prior to competition.  Good standing means contestant must not have been banned. 

Deadline has passed to turn in applications.  Send music to by 10/28/2017.  We will take music submissions the day of as well.

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All shows will fall under the owners of Sidewinders Bar and the Renato Estacio-Burdick, Artistic Director of the Cabaret.  Promoters and show producers will be exempt on a case-by-case basis. 

Participation in and acceptance of a show indicates you will follow professional theater and business standards prescribed on this page or in any contract made between yourself, your organization and the venue’s producers and the venue. Management reserves the right to make changes to any events in accordance with brand standards and if management sees it necessary or chooses.  Any discrepancies in contracts will be superseded by this page. Stage Manager and the Assistant Stage Manager have the highest authority during a show.  Please follow what they say unless it is illegal, contrary to the situation or unsafe.  The Stage Manager is your biggest asset and should be considered the Director of Operations; they will make decisions on what is needed while in communication with promoter and/or Artistic Director.  Currently, our Stage Manager is Hannah Bernal-Cooper.


RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE Producer. (1). All performers that are asked to be present in said event are to keep the highest of standards for the event, Sidewinders and all community events.  (2). All performers shall not consume or use illegal substances on, before or during the show. (3). No alcoholic beverages from outside sources that are not purchased from the venue. (4). Any violation of producer, performer and/or both will result in loss of events and possible removal from bar for an undisclosed time frame. ​(4). Producer or promoter cannot be eligible to win in any event they produce, promote or have an ancillary role in unless by consent of the Cabaret's Artistic Director. This includes all titles in the bar; they must be approved. Only the cabaret's Artistic Director and outside pageant promoters can grant titles, crowns, medallions or placement of any candidates in any competition.   All judges and competitions must be cleared by the Artistic Director, unless a pageant promoter is executing a non-cabaret pageant or competition.  This excludes and "for fun" competition (i.e. hot body contests, twerking contests, college nights, board games and so forth). 

PAYMENT. (1). Events will not be paid for by Sidewinders unless written authorization from management is attached as an amendment to this agreement,  including but not limited to cover door fees, hotel, travel and any other forms of payments for event. (2).  The producers' discretion can be used for tips collected during the event.  If you are expecting any kind of remuneration from the event, this has to be discussed at the time of booking, and a written agreement on the amount (e-mail is fine) must be obtained. All targets for bar revenue must be met if remuneration is tied to sales targets. Door splits must be agreed up in writing (e-mail is fine) as well.  Any ticketing must be approved and agreed upon as well.

CANCELLATION POLICY. A minimum of 21 Days notice will be required for cancellation of any show, producer or any participant unless there is an emergency. Any cancellation made with less than 21 Days notice prior to the agreed upon service date will result in loss of performances and producing at Sidewinders.

RELATIONSHIP OF PARTIES. It is understood by the parties that you are an independent contractor or completely independent with respect to Sidewinders and the Southwest Arts Group, and not an employee of Sidewinders or the Southwest Arts Group, the Metropolitan Opera or the African American Performing Arts Center. 

FORCE MAJEURE. If performance of this Contract or any obligation under this Contract is prevented, restricted, or interfered with by causes beyond either party's reasonable control ("Force Majeure"), and if the party unable to carry out its obligations gives the other party prompt written notice of such event, then the obligations of the party invoking this provision shall be suspended to the extent necessary by such event. The term Force Majeure shall include, without limitation, acts of God, fire, explosion, vandalism, storm or other similar occurrence, orders or acts of military or civil authority, or by national emergencies, insurrections, riots, or wars, or strikes, lock-outs, work stoppages, other labor disputes, or supplier failures. The excused party shall use reasonable efforts under the circumstances to avoid or remove such causes of non-performance and shall proceed to perform with reasonable dispatch whenever such causes are removed or ceased. An act or omission shall be deemed within the reasonable control of a party if committed, omitted, or caused by such party, or its employees, officers, agents, or affiliates.

ENTIRE CONTRACT. This Contract contains the entire Contract of the parties, and there are no other promises or conditions in any other contract whether oral or written concerning the subject matter of this Contract unless agreed upon. This Contract supersedes any prior written or oral agreements between the parties. 

SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this Contract shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable. If a court finds that any provision of this Contract is invalid or unenforceable, but that by limiting such provision it would become valid and enforceable, then such provision shall be deemed to be written, construed, and enforced as so limited.
GOVERNING LAW. This Contract shall be governed by the laws of the State of New Mexico.

NOTICE. Any notice or communication required or permitted under this Contract shall be sufficiently given if delivered in person or by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the address set forth in the opening paragraph or to such other address as one party may have furnished to the other in writing.

WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHT. The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this Contract shall not be construed as a waiver of limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce and compel strict compliance with every provision of this Contract.

BEHAVIOR.  Insubordination, lack of cooperation, lack of professionalism and slander/defamation, coup-like behavior and any unacceptable behavior is unwarranted and can be grounds for dismissal and future participation. The Board of Directors and the Management of Sidewinders will strictly enforce this.  A hearing can be held if approved by management.  Please respect stage managers and follow their instructions.  

PAY. Payment structures, fees and revenue goals are set per event type.  There is no guarantee of pay unless outlined and agreed upon.  ​
This Agreement shall take effect when promoters, producers, event assistants and performers agree to perform or do business with Sidewinders Bar or the Southwest Arts Group.


PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES. (1). Performers, event assistants and promoters shall arrive at least 2 hours before the starting time to set-up, perform check ins and music checks. Performers, event assistants and promoters shall ensure all performers' music is to suit the right mood/theme of the event. Performers, event assistants and promoters shall have collection of songs to the DJ, or downloaded on a device which can be played readily through the system if the DJ is not present.

Music shall be performed without any significant breaks and throughout the agreed upon period of time. (3). Sidewinders will help provide dressing room facilities for performers with conditions on the dressing rooms for all performers. (4). Sidewinders will not provide food and other refreshments for any performers. 

All shows must end at approved times to include curtain call of the show. All entertainment/performing must end by 11pm, unless written/oral approval from management of Sidewinders.    It is preferred that all performing (not event) end by 10:30pm, but no later than 11pm. Shows start at 8pm unless specified or agreed upon. 

Sidewinders. (1) Sidewinders will provide without cost to the event; DJ, Stage Manager, Bartenders and Door Security. (2). Sidewinders makes no obligations to provide Go-go Dancers, Special Guests, Spotlight Personnel and Emcee for event, unless otherwise amended with prior approval from management.

Advertisement of Event (1). Sidewinders may assist in the creation of advertisement upon request from the producer. (2). The bar will control event page on all social media including advertising on Sidewinders pages, and in Sidewinders. (3). All outside advertisement outside Sidewinders and event page is under control of producer. (4) Sidewinders will not provide any expenses for outside advertisement, unless otherwise amended with manager approval. (5) All amendments must be attached separate from this agreement.

Event Rooms/Dressing Rooms.  (1) Event Dressing rooms are provided to all performers as a courtesy to them. (2) The Producer will provide clean-up of this room before exiting Sidewinders at the end of the event. (3). Any unclean parts of the room will incur a cleaning fee of no more the $25. (4). Any damage to the Event Dressing Rooms will be the responsibility of the producer of the event. (5). Nonpayment and/or compliance of this clause will result in loss of further events at Sidewinders or anything affiliated with the Southwest Arts Group.

We are responsible for maintaining our own brand, the brand of the Metropolitan Opera and the African American Performing Arts Center as we are able. Anything related to the Metropolitan Opera in terms of media must be cleared by the Southwest Arts Group’s Artistic Director and the Metropolitan Opera. It is a privilege to perform as part of the Cabaret Theater and in partnership with the Southwest Arts Group, and all performers are expected to be diligent in maintaining the highest standards possible.

  • When communicating with each other with regards to rehearsals or anything related to the anyone who performs with us, please be respectful of fellow artists and the theater troupe.  Please include the Artistic Director on anything that is rehearsal related or any issues that may arise.  Please add Artistic Director, event manager and stage managers to all show chats.
  • Personnel issues can be brought up to any management of Sidewinders.
  • Press, media and other inquiries should be directed to the Artistic Director; all media relations, interviews and so forth are to be handled only by the board of the directors, the artistic and assistant directors.
  • Performances outside of the theater are allowed.  It is desirable that auditions and participation as a competitor in a competition outside of the theater be approved by the Artistic Director; this includes TV, radio, acting, singing (all forms including karaoke) and other performing arts are included in this request.  The exception is dance, mechanical, impersonation and fine arts. At least 3 coachings on the material before the auditions or competitions are recommended.
  • For members of the Cabaret Theater excessive absences from rehearsals or functions are not permitted; excessive is deemed 5 or more missed rehearsals and functions without a legitimate reason.  Examples of reasons include illness, last minute work requirements, and unforeseen instances out of your control.  Missing a rehearsal or activity to participate in another group’s activities will not be permitted. 
  • For members of the Cabaret Theater, if you will be missing a rehearsal or master class, please contact both the Artistic and Assistant/General Directors/Stage Manager or Producers immediately upon knowing you will miss, or as soon as possible.  You must have a legitimate reason to miss. 
  • All participants of  the cabaret should maintain ethical, honest and truthful communications that remain in a non-inflammatory manner. Participants always represent the group, so they must remember to always retain brand standards in social media and when speaking to the public.  
  • Use of federal tax ID must be approved by the Artistic Director
  • We do our best to create safe situations; if you feel something is deemed risky and could result in injury, please stop the activity and notify the board/management immediately. The board/management will excuse your participation in any activity you deem unsafe. Continuing in any activity will release the Cabaret and Sidewinders Bar, MR Entertainment, LLC, and its affiliates from liability.

Q: Is this a paid theater?
A: Yes and No - participants in the theater are not automatically paid. However, they have an opportunity to earn revenue through sales, or may have different agreements. 

Q: Can I speak to the media in relationship to the Cabaret Theater at Sidewinders, Sidewinders Bar, the Southwest Arts Group, the African American Performing Arts Center and the Metropolitan Opera?
A: No - You are not permitted to speak to the media directly without the approval of the President/Artistic Director.  ​

Q: I am disabled, am I able to participate in your program? 
A: Yes - we do our best to accommodate all needs.

Q: Can I double-book shows?
A: No. Prior written consent must be obtained for double-booking during marquee or state events.

Q: Do you have an age limit?
A: No - we do not have an age limit, nor do we have any age restrictions unless coming to the Cabaret/Bar; you must be 21 years old with a valid ID. 

Q: Are you a nonprofit?
A: No - but a nonprofit is being established as part of the administration of the theater.

Q: Have people been dismissed from the group or any activities related to Sidewinders, the Southwest Arts Group or its affiliates?
A: Yes - we will dismiss anyone for misconduct, misrepresentation, lack of motivation, lack of participation, harassment, insubordination, lateness and lack of discipline.  

Q: Can I be dismissed from further productions?
A: Yes - a no-show for a performance can be grounds for dismissal.  Any behavior related to lying, cheating, stealing or anything that is deemed inappropriate (sneaking drinks into a bar) can also lead to dismissal; dismissal from shows can be indefinite. We will discuss options. Dismissal will be indefinite for people who bring alcoholic beverages into any function at the bar, the Cabaret Theater, or the performing arts center. 

Q: Do you have social media and public standards?
A: Yes - all members are required to represent the Southwest Arts Group or any affiliated entity as best as possible.  This goes for social media, any relationships and any dealings with the public.  We follow the 4-way test found here:


Thank you for your participation in our events, helping us provide entertainment of a superior level, and a safe and professional environment. 


Renee M. Toya-Bouvier
Effective on 6/25/2016.

Updated 2/26/2017 to reflect stage managers presence and roles.

Updated 4/1/2017 - information displayed in different order.  Clarification of competitions.

Updated 10/26/2017 - removal of some items related to the Southwest Arts Group.