Drag Duo’s Latest Mines All Things 80’s, and So Much More

Drag Duo’s Latest Mines All Things 80’s, and So Much More

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Parachute pants. The premiere of MTV. Cellular phones the size of those shoes you’re walking around with. Totally tubular, gag-me-with-a-spoon, grody to the max, excellent adventures. If it’s the 80’s, RuPaul’s Drag Race (RPDR) alums Mrs. Kasha Davis and Darienne Lake were there—living through it, so that they may bring you […]

Sum Ting Wong Rightly Rises From ‘Drag Race’ Competitor to a Prime Place in the ‘CrossFire’

Sum Ting Wong Rightly Rises From ‘Drag Race’ Competitor to a Prime Place in the ‘CrossFire’

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “There are no second acts in American lives.” But don’t tell that to the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, the fashion, lip-synch, look, comedy, and challenge-filled reality show that delights in bringing back eliminated contestants later on in their season, or as contestants on its high-stakes All-Stars […]

Queer Pioneer Buddy Cole Sleighs at SoHo Playhouse, Through Nov. 3

Queer Pioneer Buddy Cole Sleighs at SoHo Playhouse, Through Nov. 3

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Ascot around neck, cigarette in hand, lips pursed in close proximity to the rim of a stiff cocktail, uncompromisingly outspoken gay bar denizen Buddy Cole made his bones as a monologue-delivering mainstay, during the televised run of iconic sketch comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall—whose wonderfully eccentric, character-driven work was […]

Willam Launches Drag-Centric ‘Coverboy’ Product Line, Lauds Lady Gaga, Ruminates on RuPaul

Willam Launches Drag-Centric ‘Coverboy’ Product Line, Lauds Lady Gaga, Ruminates on RuPaul

Self-described “Model/Actress/Mattress” (and recording artist) Willam had a number of credible credits before securing a place in pop culture’s drag pantheon, as the only contestant (thus far) to sashay away from RuPaul’s Drag Race via disqualification (2012’s Season 4). Before ever entering the Drag Race workroom, Willam portrayed transgender character Cherry Peck, on Nip/Tuck. Last […]

Raja Lives a ‘Lush Life’ at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

Raja Lives a ‘Lush Life’ at the Laurie Beechman Theatre

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Forget, for a moment, about that Season 3 RuPaul’s Drag Race win. Look beyond the way she looks (a tall order, because she’s always stunning). Put aside her gift for tossing truth-telling bon mots that stick the landing and leave the audience in stitches. Even in the absence of those calling […]

Stunning Scenes from RuPaul’s DragCon NYC 2019

Stunning Scenes from RuPaul’s DragCon NYC 2019

PHOTO ESSAY BY DANIEL KWAK | At RuPaul’s DragCon NYC 2019 (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center)   Chelsea Community News is made possible with the help of our awesome advertisers, and the support of our readers. If you like what you see, please consider taking part in our GoFundMe campaign (click here). To make a direct […]

Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

Cosplayers Rival (and Revel in) Queens, at RuPaul’s DragCon NYC

BY CHARLES BATTERSBY | RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center) is in it’s third year, and attendees mostly know what to expect: meet-and-greets with drag queens who’ve appeared on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and booths hawking products and services for drag queens (or civilians trying get the drag queen look). Each year a […]

‘Wigs’ Weaver Frank DeCaro Among DragCon NYC Panelists Poised to Praise Pioneers

‘Wigs’ Weaver Frank DeCaro Among DragCon NYC Panelists Poised to Praise Pioneers

Those attending RuPaul’s DragCon NYC (Sept. 6-8 at the Javits Center) will be steeping themselves in a delicious brew of the best and brightest queens from the RuPaul’s Drag Race pantheon. Live performances, meet-and-greets, and an exhibit hall packed with tempting merch await—but the Con celebrates more than the present state of drag artistry. One […]

The Great State of ‘Alaska’: Q&A With a Deft Drag Icon

The Great State of ‘Alaska’: Q&A With a Deft Drag Icon

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | As legend has it, the extraterrestrial entity-cum-enigmatic entertainer known as Alaska (or, more formally, Alaska Thunderf*ck 5000) fell to Earth in March 1996, when “a bizarre cosmic collision” shot her spaceship into a remote part of America’s 49th state. That vast, rugged, often inhospitable landscape—and the pioneer spirit of those who […]

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