Jackie Beat’s New Series is Just What the Unlicensed Doctor Ordered

Jackie Beat’s New Series is Just What the Unlicensed Doctor Ordered

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | While much of the world spent the pandemic sheltering in place and binging on Netflix in an attempt to stave off madness, innovative (and already insane) Jackie Beat found herself pounding a different drum. The veteran drag queen known for belting out hilariously filthy song parodies while hurling cruel insults at […]

Here Comes the Reign Again: RuPaul’s DragCon Returns Throngs of Queens to the LA Throne

Here Comes the Reign Again: RuPaul’s DragCon Returns Throngs of Queens to the LA Throne

BY MARTY BARRETT | What is the collective term for drag queens: A Sashay? A Tuck? A Flotilla? However the OED defines it, a blindingly brilliant (and occasionally bedazzled) constellation of drag queens descended upon our sprawling city, as RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2022—the event’s 10th in-person iteration—brought sparkle back, May 13-15. Hundreds of drag queens—whether […]

The Pink Carpet Passion of RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2022

The Pink Carpet Passion of RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2022

PHOTOS & TEXT BY MARTY BARRETT | RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2022 (May 13-15) was a seismic event—and how appropriate for Pacific Rim-adjacent Los Angeles—that represented a release of all that pent-up COVID claustrophobia in a healing lava rain of drag queens across a grateful downtown LA. The 10th in-person DragCon featured hundreds of vendors, reunions […]

New Show in Tow, Drag Legend Lady Bunny Comes Clean on Reconvening

New Show in Tow, Drag Legend Lady Bunny Comes Clean on Reconvening

Just shy of one week since Easter Sunday, the once-overflowing baskets packed with eggs, peeps, and chocolate have been picked over until all that’s left is the visually appealing but thoroughly inedible colorful plastic straw. Luckily, for those who have a sweet tooth for drag, there’s an Easter leftover sure to fill that empty hole in your. […]

Strawberry Fields for Sunday, as All-Singing Drag Brunch Comes to Chelsea

Strawberry Fields for Sunday, as All-Singing Drag Brunch Comes to Chelsea

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Drag and lip synching go together like drag and brunch, or brunch and booze–and although live signing is making some serious inroads as an arrow in the savvy queen’s well-packed quiver, not every drag performer born to entertain can belt one out at will and in tune. That takes a very […]

Dina Martina Muses on Lea DeLaria & More, in Advance of GMHC’s Fab Fundraiser

Dina Martina Muses on Lea DeLaria & More, in Advance of GMHC’s Fab Fundraiser

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | If you’re a gay man with access to a shower and a penchant for covering showy show tunes therewithin—a sizable demographic if ever there was one—you’ve likely found yourself belting out the work of Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-winner Howard Ashman, lyricist of Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, […]

It’s Yesterday Once More: Kasha & Darienne Serve ’80’s Ladies’ Sequel

It’s Yesterday Once More: Kasha & Darienne Serve ’80’s Ladies’ Sequel

Whether you believe it’s the work of kismet, karma, or plain old coincidence, one thing is certain: December 2’s Throwback Thursday is a totally tubular time to view 80’s Ladies II: The Mixtape. This live event starring RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Mrs. Kasha Davis and Darienne lake (Seasons 7 and 6, respectively) is the follow-up […]

Abraca-Discount! Iconic Halloween Haven Helps Pros Who Haunt Premises All Year Long

Abraca-Discount! Iconic Halloween Haven Helps Pros Who Haunt Premises All Year Long

BY SCOTT STIFFLER with PHOTOS COURTESY OF ABRACADABRA | Some work in a world where illusions are created with the skilled use of misdirection—while others work in a world where they work with someone named “Miss Direction.” Now, the seemingly disparate worlds of magic and drag have found common ground in an online form that, […]

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