Category Archives: Drag

Green Haired Lady – Hedda Lettuce Art Show April 4th

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HEDDA LETTUCE – the queen of green!

is having her first solo art show this week, beginning April 4th!

 

Titled: The Green Haired Lady (of course!) opens April 4th at 6:30pm. MCCNY Gallery 446 w 36th street.  It is a series of new works combining camp and spirituality, to create a series of portraits of the magical Green Haired Lady.

Performance by Hedda Lettuce at 8pm. Free wine and cheese!

  • 446 West 36th Street, between 9th & 10th Avenues
  • New York, New York 10018
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XL Becomes 42 West and Lady Bunny Celebrates 2nd anniversary for HOT MESS Drag Review

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Drag royalty Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio and Milan will welcome guests to the newly launched 42West (514 West 42 Street) on February 21, 2014 to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the City’s over-the-top comedic ³Hot Mess Drag Revue.²  The irrepressible, irreverent and irresistible trio, joined by fellow divas Sugga Pie Koko, Skyla Versai and Jada Valenciaga, will once again hold court at their weekly residency at newly opened Hell¹s Kitchen nightclub. 

 (Over the last six weeks 42West, the 14,000 square foot cabaret that formerly housed XL, has undergone design enhancements, which includes a dazzling new high-tech laser lighting system, an upgraded state-of-the-art sound system, a revamped VIP area and new on-the dance floor 360-degree premium seating.)

“It¹s been a time-tested, infallible formula ­ an unstoppable, hilarious combination.  Give iconic drag queens a microphone and a stage, mix in a few cosmos, add a dash of camp and pop hits and you¹ve got a night like no other,” said 42West’s owner Susan Buckley.

Combining old-school glamour and salacious scandal galore, Hot Mess lives up to its name and offers an outrageously good time for all.  During the adults-only interactive performance, the queens lead the audience through several song and expertly choreographed dance numbers. Intermittent commentary is given by hostess Bianca Del Rio, who will compete on LOGO’s hit show “RuPaul’s Drag Race” later this month, that keeps audiences in fits of laughter and coming back for more.

In addition to the lively, colorful banter and outrageous performances by the Hot Mess talent, surprise guests like Octomom and Tan Mom, Raven Symoné and RuPaul have joined the festivities in the past making no two shows the same. “Life should be fun, lively, and at least a little messy,” explains Lady Bunny.  Michael Musto dubbed Hot Mess “the best drag show in NYC” and the cast members prove it to sold-out crowds every Friday night at 9pm.

And in 2014, Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio and Milan will continue to pull out all the stops, mixing up their unique brand of calamity and comedy, during each and every performance. And the divas have an even glitzier, glam, show stopping stage to perform on at 42West, the 14,000 square foot space that previously housed XL Nightclub. The new venue features a dazzling high-tech laser lighting system, a state-of-the-art sound system, a chic VIP area, and premium seating that easily puts guests in the Hot Mess hot seat.

 

Premium reserve tickets, which include a complimentary glass of champagne, premium seating and a plate of small bites are $50 and general admission tickets are $30.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting: http://bit.ly/1bWpvX5

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Miss Coco Peru PRAYS THE PREACHER Away

A Catholic high School has postponed a talk by a controversial priest
who encourages teens to “pray away the gay” — but the president of the
Bronx school defied angry gay groups by saying the lecturer will be invited back.

Father Donald Timone was scheduled to speak Tuesday night at Cardinal
Spellman High School about the Catholic group called Courage — which
encourages teens “struggling with same-sex attraction” to lead chaste
lives.

After outrage by lesbian and gay alumni, and some staffers, school
President Trevor Nicholls scrubbed the event — but this battle is not
over.

Miss Coco Peru, the alter ego of Clinton Leupp, took to social media to rally
fellow graduates of Cardinal Spellman when she heard that a retired
priest affiliated with Courage, a Catholic group that encourages teens
who suffer from “same sex attraction” to stay away from sex, was
scheduled to speak at the school. The meeting has been canceled.

“It’s hard enough being a teenager,” said Spellman grad Clinton Leupp.
“I look back at all of the suffering I did. All of the bullying. And
something like this just fosters that environment.”

Leupp, better known by his drag persona Miss Coco Peru, used social
media to draw attention to the Timone lecture, causing its cancellation,
however temporary.

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New Book looks at the history of New York Nightlife…THE FUN: THE SOCIAL PRACTICE OF NIGHTLIFE IN NYC

Surveying the evolving nature of nightlife in New York City,
THE FUN: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC
is a first-of-its-kind publication, documenting the new forms of
nightlife practitioners to emerge since the turn of the millennium.
Through profiles of over 30 artists, including the royalty of Manhattan
nightlife like Susanne Bartsch and Ladyfag; hybrid forms like Xtapussy
and FCKNLZ; the continuation of minimal wave and goth communities
through Pendu Disco; and the vibrant queer scenes of JUDY, Frankie
Sharp, and My Chiffon is Wet, THE FUN documents the rich
contemporary cultural activity keeping NYC as weird and innovative as
decades past.
Accompanying these profiles are essays by a range of
voices in the nightlife, including artists Rob Roth and Genesis
P-Orridge, curators and critics Claire Bishop and Jake Yuzna, as well as
journalist Michael Musto providing both historical context and
contemporary understanding of nightlife as a vital artistic practice
that has been marginalized by the arts sector for hundreds of years.
THE FUN traces the history of nightlife as it has evolved,
from the explosion of large and small discos throughout the 1970s like
Studio 54, which paved the way for 80s megaclubs; the candy-colored club
kid movement of Michael Alig and the Limelight in the early 90s; the
parallel expansion of the boundary shattering merger of drag,
performance, and music in downtown venues such as the Pyramid Club and
Mother; the rise of Brooklyn as a new focal point in the 2000s with the
emergence of Luxx, Secret Project Robot, Silent Barn and other hybrid
arts/music/nightlife venues; and on into the many vibrant forms found
today.
 (Paperback, 8.5 x 10.33 inches, 336 pages, ISBN:
978-1-57687-659-6, $39.95)
Richie Rich and Traver Rains, aka  Heatherette got to enjoy the club scene as well as celebrity and notoriety. Pop culture loved Heatherette, but so did society princesses. Everyone
from Paris Hilton and Lydia Hearst to the Backstreet Boys, Foxy Brown
and Gwen Stefani was drawn to their taste for sparkly streetwear glam.
“The clothes were attention getting and fun,” Heatherette’s longtime
friend and muse Amanda Lepore remembers. “They had a distinct look,
which at that time — everyone wanted it. David LaChapelle was using it. All the
celebrities wanted it. It was in demand.”   (from Paper Mag).
Since their last show Rains moved to LA to pursue photography
while Rich is set to launching two fashion lines this spring: Rich
& Warr, a mens line, and a womens, Chantilly Rich, with Chantilly
Lace designer, Chantelle Warr. Although busy, Rich still has his eye on
the club scene. “It’s been fun watching the new generation of kids. When
I moved to New York I was ‘the new’ to the old nightlife generation,”
Richie says. “Now it’s fun to see all the new kids coming on the block
and dressing up. I feel like the style is coming back. Who knows, maybe
Heatherette will too.”
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New York-based photographer Leland Bobbé has captured portraits of drag queens in half drag!

New York-based photographer Leland Bobbé has captured portraits if drag
queens in half drag for his ongoing project ‘Half-Drag . . . A Different
Kind of Beauty
.’
“With this series my intention is to capture both the male and the alter
ego female side of these subjects in one image in order to explore the
cross over between males and females and to break down the physical
barriers that separate them,” Bobbé says.
These images, composed and stylized through the power of hair and
makeup, are captured in one snap, and are  NOT  digitally composed.
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SAVE New Yorks Gay Halloween Parade

The
New York City Village Halloween Parade, a not-for-profit arts
organization, today announced the launch of their Kickstarter Campaign,
set to go live on September 17th. The campaign will raise
monies in an effort to recover considerable financial losses from the
last minute cancellation of last year’s Parade due to Superstorm Sandy,
as well as provide financial backing to ensure that the Parade will
celebrate its 40th Anniversary this Halloween.

 

The
iconic event has provided an exuberant cacophony of lights, sounds and
magical visuals on Halloween night for the past 40 years, attracting
over 2 million people from across the globe at the 2011 Parade alone.
Last year’s cancellation was the first in the Parade’s history, marking a
milestone the organization never hoped to meet. In the face of
devastation and destruction, the Parade has always been there to lift
the spirits of the global community, having been the first major event
in New York after 9/11, welcoming thousands of Hurricane Katrina
refugees in 2005 and commissioning Haitian Carnival Puppets in 2010
after the earthquake in Haiti.

 

“While
nothing compares to the tragic loss of life and home caused by Sandy,
the last minute cancellation proved to be a financial disaster for the
Parade, putting our

organization
out over $50,000,” said Jeanne Fleming, Producer and Artistic Director.
“We have been hard at work to overcome the setbacks Hurricane Sandy
brought, but

now
we are asking the millions of people who have ever marched  in or
watched to parade to help us make certain the Parade lives on.”

 

Through the help of crowd funding via Kickstarter, the Parade will continue to entertain the public for a 40th
year with a special appearance of the Giant Spider by Master Puppeteer
Basil Twist on the Jefferson Market Library Clock Tower.  For more
information on how to become involved in the Kickstarter campaign to
save the New York City Village Halloween Parade, please visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/729950056/bring-halloween-back-to-nyc or www.halloween-nyc.com/

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MILDRED FIERCE! Varla Jean Merman and Boston’s Acclaimed Gold Dust Orphans in NYC

 MILDRED FIERCE is a
musical romp that tells the story of a single mother, alone and
afraid. And
the men in her life? A shiftless ex-husband, a shady realtor, a cold-hearted playboy.
But by baking her way to the top, Mildred soon has it all! The world is her oyster,
and the city, her cracker. Save for one little thing…
she’s got a daughter who
makes Adolph Hitler look like Anne Frank!

 

Watch all the glorious melodrama of
“Mildred Pierce” explode all over the stage as The Gold Dust Orphans
bring you their brand new musical parody sprinkled with
splashy songs, tap
dancing pies, bawdy “Waitress” lingo and more surprises than you can
shake a rolling pin at!

 

Sent through The Gold Dust Orphans’ glitter
filled parody machine, the cast of MILDRED
FIERCE
features Varla Jean Merman as “Mildred” and Orphan favorites Ryan
Landry, Penny Champayne, Olive Another, Liza Lott and Delta Miles.

 

MOUTHWATERING costumes are by Scott Martino,
TERRIFIC sets by Amelia Gossett, SUPERIOR direction by James P. Byrne and STUNNING
soundscapes by Roger Moore.

 

The production, written by Ryan Landry will
have it’s official opening on Saturday, October 12
th at 10:30PM and
run until
October 27Performances of MILDRED FIERCE are on Saturdays & Sundays in October. Saturdays
at 8:30 & 10:30PM and Sundays at 3:30PM. Enjoy Pre – Show Cocktails in The William
Barnacle Tavern, next door to the Theater 80 Lobby.

 

WARNING:
This is an ADULT parody! DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN!


Varla Jean Merman starred in the new musical Lucky Guy opposite Leslie
Jordan in NY at the Little Schubert in spring 2011 prompting The New York Times
to rave, “If Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman had stood in front of the right
pair of funhouse mirrors, they might have resembled Ms. Merman and Mr. Jordan
in stature as well as comedic talent”. 
She guest starred on Ugly Betty in the final season of the show and was
also featured on Bravo’s Project Runway Season 5 as the winning model for the
show’s drag challenge. She has filled cabarets and concert halls across the
world including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public
Theater, London’s Soho Theatre and LA’s Renberg Theatre. She wrote and starred
in the short Improve Your History with Varla Jean: Stonewall, for the launch of
the MTV’s television network Logo and was also seen in their One Night Standup:
Dragtastic special.


Theater 80 St. Marks is located at 80
St. Marks Place (Btw 1st and 2nd Aves). 

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Jackie Beat Returns to New York – These Hips Are Made For Walking

 Acclaimed Drag Star Returns to Times Square
JACKIE BEAT: 

THESE HIPS ARE MADE FOR WORKING
August 31 & September 1 at 
The Laurie Beechman Theater

“Amazingly witty, sarcastic, and bitchy… Ms. Beat’s wickedly morose humor has split the sides of many unsuspecting spectators, performing your favorite tunes in her own twisted way.” — Village Voice

“A triple-shot barrage of twisted songs, barbed social commentary, and all-around bad taste.” — Staten Island Advance

“Hostile, lewd, and riotously funny.” — Time Out

JACKIE BEAT, everyone’s favorite big and bawdy, bold and ballsy,
in-your-face funny “lady” returns to Times Square with her latest solo
comedy. For two nights only, the self-professed bastard child of
“Weird” Al Yankovic and Bette Midler will premiere JACKIE BEAT: THESE
HIPS ARE MADE FOR WORKING at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West
Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd Street — at Ninth Avenue, accessible from
the  A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3 trains at 42nd Street).

 Performances are
Saturday, August 31 & Sunday, September 1 with shows at 7:30pm & 10pm.
Tickets are $22 plus a $15 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets,
call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com. A full bar and waiter
service is available throughout the performance.

After a widely publicized double hip replacement in April, America’s
most treasured drag star JACKIE BEAT is back and more bitter than
ever. In JACKIE BEAT: THESE HIPS ARE MADE FOR WORKING, the newly
bionic drag star shares stories about her surgery and recovery while
serving up her internationally acclaimed song parodies. With little to
do but lay around and recover, the show will feature 100% new
material. You have been warned!

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New York’s Fabulous Lady Bunny – Take Me Up High

 

SHE’S BACK! And More Fabulous than ever!
Lady Bunny’s self-penned  “Take Me Up High” just debuted at #43 on the Billboard Club/Dance Chart. 
“Wayne Numan of Lybra Records and I have been so thrilled with the
response that we’re already working on a follow-up single. So stay
tuned! And if you like dancing to this kind of music, please request
“Take Me Up High” on the radio, at the club or wherever you listen to
dance music.
WATCH  VIDEO  TAKE ME UP HIGH

Special thanks go to:

Steve Willis for directing the video and creating it’s concept.

Post production by Cody Swanson (editor), Shannon Laskey (graphics), Dustin Wadsworth and Thomas Ramsey (post effects).

The
groovy dancers in the video are Princess Lockerooo in red, C.J.
Quinones looking all sexy in the tank top and Muffinhead Daehniffum in
all white.

Milk Studios in NYC for donating their exquisite space to a zany drag queen and crew!

Bobby Shaw for everything! And all the DJs who have supported us on our intergalactic quest to make the universe dance.

Billy Erb (NYC) for his amazing album cover photo.

My
friend/phenomenal singer Phillip Ramirez for introducing me to
Wayne/Lybra Records and for always encouraging me to sing and write
music.”

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New Yorks THE CENTER presents Drag By Definition

Drag by Definition
Tuesday, July 23, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $5

Click here to purchase tickets.

Think you know “ferocious?”  How about “legendary?”  Or are you serving “circus drag?”

We’re having a kiki with Phi-Phi O’Hara and Titania Steele, two of today’s hottest drag queens (you may have seen Phi-Phi on a little show called “RuPaul’s Drag Race”) to talk the queen’s English and give you the inside scoop on drag performance.  We’re serving up “Drag by Definition.”

In partnership with Eachone.com featuring photographer Paul Brickman’s
online art exhibition, “Paul Brickman’s Drag by Definition,” we’re
hosting Phi-Phi and Titania, along with the artist and his curator, Jasmine Wahi.  Come hear these legendary queens as they discuss drag culture and what it takes to be a drag superstar. 

About the Exhibition
“Paul
Brickman’s Drag by Definition” is an online art exhibition exploring
contemporary drag culture featuring today’s hottest drag queens,
including Sharon Needles, Phi-Phi O’Hara, Ivy Winters and many more.
Check it out and purchase the artworks exclusively on Eachone.com, June 26th – August 6th, 2013.

Get Dragged Up!
You can participate in this exhibition by taking a picture of yourself in drag and posting it to Instagram with the hashtag #dragbydefinition. At the end of the exhibition Eachone.com will select their favorite entries. Winners will receive a free print of their choice.

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WIG NIGHT OUT comes to New York for POINT Foundation Benefit

WIG NIGHT OUT! 


Hold onto your wigs,
kids! The Supreme Wig Council invites you to wear your most outlandish
wig and come over to the Stonewall Inn for the inaugural Wig Night Out
New York to benefit Point Foundation.

What began three years
ago in Washington, DC as a small group of friends donning wigs and
donating to charity has blossomed into an innovative and quirky, annual
event. Now we’re taking the fun on the road and coming to New York on
June 15.

Wig Night Out promises regular Joes in street clothes and outlandish wigs, all in an effort to raise money for scholarships for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth.

The suggested donation is $10 and includes a complimentary cocktail.
100% of the proceeds benefit Point Foundation, the nation’s largest
scholarship-granting organization for LGBTQ students of merit. Point
promotes change through education, mentorship, leadership development
and community service training, and provides its scholars with the
financial ability to attend the nation’s foremost higher educational
institutions.

Out of town? Wig in the shop? Out of Aquanet? No worries–you can still support WNO and Point Foundation. Just visit http://pointfoundation.org/wnony

Since 2011, Wig Night Out has raised nearly $20,000 for Point
Foundation, and we are thrilled to bring this fun event to New York! So
start pouring through that fabulous wig collection you’ve been
amassing, grab your checkbook, bring your pride, and meet us at the
Stonewall Inn on June 15! It’s going to be wigtastic!

For more information, visit us at www.wignightout.org

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After Sandy-A Night of A Thousand Midlers at LIPS May 15th

A NIGHT OF BETTE!  

Lips Restaurant, “The Ultimate in Drag Dining,” is proud to announce that on Wednesday, May 15th,
it will host a tribute
showcase for the legendary Bette Midler to benefit her charity, the New
York Restoration Project (NYRP), a non-profit organization, founded by
Midler, dedicated to restoring parks, gardens and open space in
underserved communities throughout New York City. 
A portion of the funds raised from the evening will be used towards the
NYRP’s “MillionTreesNYC” initiative which aims to plant and care for
one million new trees in NYC by 2017. Particularly after so many of the
city’s trees were destroyed in the wake of
Hurricane Sandy, this is a particularly meaningful cause that Lips
Restaurant is proud to be a part of.  


Guests
in attendance will receive the full star treatment as they walk the red
carpet upon arrival where they will be greeted by Joan Rivers look
alike, Jessie Volt, as she conducts
interviews and poses for paparazzi souvenir photos. Once inside, the
cocktail hour will feature cocktails by Absolut, Vueve Cliquot Champagne
and hors d’oeuvres provided by J Kings Foodservice. A silent auction
will be on site with items graciously donated
by Bette Midler including her 2012 Hulaween Costume, signed albums,
CD’s and memorabilia, a Florida vacation, Beauty Salon Experiences,
Restaurant gift certificates, Hulaween and Garden Party Event Tickets,
and more.


Following
the cocktail hour, a three-course dinner will be served by the
legendary “drag” waitresses of Lips, culminating with a fabulous NYRP
tree cake created by TLC’s Cake Boss, Buddy
Valastro for dessert. The evening’s highlight, a “Night of a Thousand
Midler’s” tribute revue dedicated to the Divine Miss M, will be hosted
by drag sensation, Ginger Snapt and feature the world’s foremost Bette
Midler tribute artist, Donna Maxon, along with
the Ladies of Lips.

Tickets for the charitable evening are available online at www.1000Midlers.com,
by phone at 212-675-7710, or by mail at: LIPS RESTAURANT, 227 East 56th Street, NYC, NY 10022.

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The Center SUMMER CAMP Events

 

 This
summer, the Center is sending you back to CAMP with our annual Summer
“Camp” Festival. But not the kind of icky outdoor camp with tents and
mosquitoes – instead, we’re serving up drag queens and NO WIRE HANGERS!
Jump start your summer with fun, games and a celebration of the elusive
queer aesthetic known simply as “camp.”

FOURPLAY – Thursday, May 9; 7:30 p.m.
Giving John Waters a run for his sleazy money, Kyle Henry’s raucous
independent film, Fourplay presents a quartet of sex tales in four
American cities. Henry and Paul Soileau (Christeene) host.

HOLLY WOODLAWN: A LOW LIFE IN HIGH HEELS – Thursday, May 16; 7 p.m.
Once appearing alongside Candy Darling and Jackie Curtis, the legendary
Andy Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn will read from her biography and
screen her 1973 short film Broken Goddess.

DRAG BINGO WITH HEDDA LETTUCE – Tuesday, May 21; 7 p.m. Drag bingo returns to the Center for one night only with kooky prizes, double entendre and a cash jackpot. Time to get lucky!

BRINI MAXWELL DOES BARBARELLA – Tuesday, May 28; 7 p.m.
Wall-to-wall shag carpeting, evil Lava Lamp goo and glittery spacesuits
that fall off at a moment’s notice? Forget Jane Fonda…we’ve got the
mod-tastic Brini Maxwell to help us through this camp classic.

MATCH GAME LIVE – Thursday, June 13; 7:30 p.m.
A live stage version of the campiest, kitschiest game show in history —
The “Match Game”! Match Frank DeCaro, Jackie Hoffman and other celebs
for prizes. Get ready to laugh your _BLANK_ off!


THE CENTER

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Jackie Beat is Back in New York City for a Holiday Show

NYC’s favorite Grinch returns to serve up her 15th annual holiday show. 

December 12 – 16 at 
The Laurie Beechman Theater 
JACKIE BEAT, everyone’s favorite Grinch, returns to NYC
for her 15th annual holiday show. Beginning December 12th, the
self-professed bastard child of “Weird” Al Yankovic and Bette Midler
will premiere JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME
at The Laurie Beechman Theater (inside West Bank Cafe at 407 West 42nd
Street — at Ninth Avenue, accessible from the A,C,E,N,R,V,F,1,2,3
trains at 42nd Street). This limited engagement runs for 6 performances
only: Wednesday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7:30pm, except for Friday,
Dec. 14, which is at 10pm. Tickets are $22 plus a $15 food/drink
minimum. To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit www.SpinCycleNYC.com. Note: advance purchase highly recommended; Beat has sold out every holiday show in the last 11 years.

JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME
continues Jackie Beat’s mission to poison every sacred belief and
holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or
Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to
holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with
hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie
including the right-wing pregnancy confessional “Santa’s Baby,” a
menorah-loving “Jew Christmas,” a booze-infused spin on “Happy Holidays”
called “Alcoholidaze,” and the self-explanatory “It’s Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Syphilis.” 

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Sherry Vine and Joey Arias Reunion at New Yorks XL Nightlclub


Joey Arias & Sherry Vine: 

Looking Back at the Future 
November 20th-24th
 Joey and Sherry’s first full length event together in NYC in over 10 years!
 Doors at 7PM, 8PM Showtime
XL CABARET/NIGHTCLUB
512 West 42nd Street
International drag darlings, Joey Arias (star of Zumanity and Arias With
A Twist) and Sherry Vine (star of Here TV’s She’s Living For This),
will be performing their all live cabaret extravaganza at XL on November
20-21 & 23-24 at 8pm. Although they have toured the world with
their sold out, scandalous shows, Joey and Sherry have not presented a
full length event together in NYC in over 10 years!! 
The creators of
StarLust, SINsation, and Cherchez La Femme will now be turning it out in
Looking Back At The Future – a sexy, over-the-top spectacle featuring
new original material as well as Broadway, Rock, Joey’s infamous Billie
Holiday, Sherry’s trashy parodies, dancers, videos by Francis Legge and
many surprises! These sisters in crime have dazzled crowds in
Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, Finland, Austria, Switzerland, Canada,
all over the USA and even Estonia! 
You will not see this anywhere else
in NYC!    
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Bette Midler and Barry Manilow Back to the Bathhouse

Bette Midler and Barry Manilow go back to
 their roots in bawdy tribute comedy

BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE
August 1 & 15 at Laurie Beechman Theatre

Bette Midler tribute artist Donna Maxon revisits the glorious 70’s
with her new cabaret show BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE co-written by Maxon and director Michael Schiralli. Maxon stars as the Divine Miss M, performing a hilariously bawdy act of tunes, monologues, and jokes.

The show co-stars musical director Fonda
Feingold as Barry Manilow, and the duo proudly pays homage to the
partnership that Midler and Manilow began at New York’s Continental
Baths in 1970.

BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE
runs Wednesdays, August 1 and 15
at 7:30 PM at the Laurie Beechman Theatre inside West Bank Cafe (407   West 42 Street at 9th Avenue).

Tickets are $20. A full dinner menu and  a full bar are available; there is a $15 per person food/drink
minimum. To purchase tickets call 212-352-3101 or visit   www.SpinCycleNYC.com target=”_blank” href=”http://www.SpinCycleNYC.com”>.

BETTE & BARRY: BACK TO THE BATHHOUSE is a theatrical imagining of
current-day Midler and Manilow returning for “one more show, for old
times sake” at the legendary Continental Bathhouse.  Incorporating
songs from throughout both Midler’s career (Wind Beneath My Wings,
Delta Dawn, Friends, and more) and Manilow’s (Copacabana, Looks Like
We Made It, Mandy, and others), the banter between the pair touches on
highlights of their career, including a touching reminiscence of
friends from their bathhouse days lost to AIDS.  While Maxon has a
long career as a Bette Midler tribute artist, this show marks the
theatrical debut of Fonda Feingold (a woman) as Barry Manilow —
America’s foremost professional Barry Manilow drag king!

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Hedda Lettuce – What is Gay Pride

This week, HEDDA LETTUCE  Said, “The gay community owns the month of June. Yea bitches, that’s how we
roll. City after city celebrate gay pride consisting of a parades
teeming with half clad men; lesbians flashing their tits; drag queens
flashing their asses in colorful head dresses and six inch stilettos;
and leather queens in harnesses showing more skin than necessary. I am
still blind in my right eye after glimpsing a 75 year old mans sagging
ass in a pair of leather chaps. Personally that does not say pride to
me. It says lipo and perhaps a good stretch mark cream.”

DOES THIS SAY PRIDE?

When you hear a word used so often, one forgets the meaning. So I
went to my handy dandy dictionary to look up the word pride; here is
what popped up.



PRIDE


1. A sense of one’s own proper dignity or value; self-respect. (How a dimpled ass in chaps says self-respect I will never know)

 

2. Pleasure or satisfaction taken in an achievement.
(When I satisfy a man, and the gentleman sends me a card afterward
telling me what I great job I did, my chest does swell with pride)

 

3. Arrogant or disdainful conduct or treatment;
haughtiness. (There have been times when I have mistaken arrogance with
pride. For instance, when I am in a room filled with other drag queens
and I look around and say to myself, “What a sick group of people.
Standing there with their balls shoved up their asses and razor bumps on
their tits. I am so much better than these deviants.” Then I catch a
glimpse of my five o’clock shadow in a mirror and I am snapped back into
humility)

 

4. A flamboyant or impressive group. (This is my favorite definition, which I believe accurately describes our community)

Read about Hedda’s great pride float story!

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Lady Bunnys New York Show Wrapping Up! GO SEE IT!

Her successful 6 month run  is coming to an end!  So it isn’t so  🙁

The raunchy, demented drag diva of Wigstock fame presented her 
full-length one wo-man show last fall,  at the popular latin
nightspot La Escuelita. It was extended, and extended, and extended.  Now the final show dates have been announced.

Fast-paced and action-packed with glitzy
costumes and Bunny’s trademark gravity-defying bouffant wig, THAT AIN’T
NO LADY! is a cabaret designed for a night club crowd–no lengthy
monologues or sappy show tunes here. For mature audiences who enjoy
irreverent humor! Since there are a lot of pop music parodies, this show
is especially well-suited to audiences who have some familiarity with
pop music so that they’ll know the original versions which are being
parodied.

GET TICKETS  Online   NOW!!!  

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VLADA is New and Improved

 Hello New York!

I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to share with you the many excited things coming up at Vlada Lounge, but first let me thank you for being a loyal customer for the last 6 years and making Vlada the best vodka bar in NYC (New York Magazine, Best Of New York issue). I believe you will be excited to learn what our little Russian elves have been up to and the ways in which Vlada is expanding for the new 2012/2013 season.

 

Much like Lindsay Lohan (girl, did you see her on SNL?!) we have given Vlada a face lift: classy new furniture, a fantastic staff comprised of some of the sexiest, smartest, and talented men in New York, and added new flavors to our extensive, home-made, organic, infused vodka menu. All in all, I’d say we pulled it off better than she did. To continue with the Russian theme, we have made some delicious additions to our food menu. Be sure to try some of my favorites: Beef Stroganoff, Chicken Kiev, Siberian Pelmeni, Poached Salmon, Blini with Caviar, and several Traditional Russian Salads created by the award winning, original chef from the Russian Samovar. Check out photos of the new menu here.


 

As owner of the only Authentic Russian Gay Bar outside of Moscow, equality for the gay community has always been my highest priority. Minutes after the gay marriage law passed in New York I became an Ordained Minister so I could marry same sex couples at our beautiful and elegant upstairs event space. We’ve had many successful and beautiful ceremonies in 2011 and I anticipate many more to come! Please email vlada@ministervlada.com if you or someone you know is looking to tie the knot in a memorable way. We have also expanded into highend catering, so we are able to fulfill any and all requests for parties of any size. Please email vlada@vvscatering.com for all catering inquiries.

 

You can also take advantage of our all new upstairs for private events of all shapes and sizes! From fundraisers to birthday parties to Russian language classes, our upstairs is ideal for your party. The space comes with its own private floor, ipod connection and CD players, projector, piano, available microphones, artwork from community artists, and much more! Email billy@vladaloungeny.com or ernie@vladaloungeny.com to set up your event today. Centrally located at 331 West 51st street (Between 8th and 9th avenue), we’re a short walk from the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, and R trains, and close enough to have a drink at 7:45 PM and still make the entr’acte at Wicked.

 

For a limited time we are offering a 20% discount on our select services to make your experience even more memorable. Call Billy, Ernie, or Vlada Von Shats at 212-974-8030 and let’s have a meaningful date (we like to cuddle).

 

Peace & Love,

Vlada Von Shats

Billy Hannon, Jr.

Ernie Cote

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Nick Adams Dishes Drag Tips and Diet Tricks at Broadway.com

SUPERSTAR Nick Adams has worked consistently in Broadway ensembles for the past five years, showing off his dancing skills in shows such as La Cage Aux Folles, Guys & Dolls, The Pirate Queen, Chicago, and of course Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Priscilla will celebrate a year on Broadway next month.
NICK SAY’S , “It’s been  amazing. I’m still having a fantastic time, and the show is going
well. This is the longest amount of time I’ve been with a show, and it’s
still really fulfilling.

Check out the interview with Broadway.com where Nick talks drag tips, diet tips, Social Media and MORE.

Follow Nick on Twitter  and  Facebook and keep up with him!

WATCH FOR HIM TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE ON THE NEW SHOW SMASH!

GET  TICKETS  for Priscilla  on Broadway – Winter Savings Now Tickets from $43!

 

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