I Am Divine, the touching, often zany documentary that profiles the life of performer/drag extraordinaire/cult icon and all-around filthiest person alive Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead), played to sold-out audiences at last year’s QFest. So, to celebrate the film’s DVD release we’re honoring the B-movie queen by highlighting her Top 5 best onscreen moments. If you don’t agree with our choices, to paraphrase the words of Divine character Babs Johnson, you’ll stand convicted of assholism!
Looking for a spiritual awakening of sorts? Let Teena Geist be your guide. She may not be able to bring you to Jesus, but she’ll scare the hell out of you trying.
For the next two weekend’s Geist, the bizarre drag persona of No Face Performance Group founder Mark McCloughan, is hosting “The Stairwell Symphony,” an intimate experience that he explains as, “a living-room ritual for self-knowledge and expansion.” For clarification, he adds that, “Attendees will receive instruction in various techniques for breaking down the false barriers between different planes of consciousness.” Here’s an example of one of Geist’s “guided meditations.”
To those of you having panic attacks over having to wait six whole weeks until the start of the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, temporary relief is in sight. Tomorrow (Thu., Jan. 16), eight queens from former seasons will descend upon The Trocadero in the RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons tour.
Things will be getting a little freakier than usual at Tabu tonight, when Icon Ebony-Fierce and a host of other gender-fucking club kids take over the space for the Neon GNDRFCK Ball. Ebony-Fierce says the party is for the ”afroFuturist, raver, burner, space gal, queer alien” in all of us, a great chance to throw on your sickest threads and dance like a freakazoid. Some of Philly’s scariest drag acts (Pretty Girl, Ann Artist and Luci Rising, to name a few) will perform to set the mood right. A few $2 cups of “Alien Juice” should also do the trick. 9 p.m. $5, Tabu Lounge and Sports Bar, 200 S. 12th St.
The Mummers Parade got one of the fiercest kickoffs in its 114-year history yesterday when the Miss Fancy Brigade lined up to sashay down Broad Street. Mother of the pack Brittany Lynn (aka Ian Morrison) stood front and center, flanked by 10 drag queens and — for the first time — kings. Among them were RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Mimi Imfurst, Satine Harlow, Miss Pinklewinkle, Wang Newton and Liberty City Kings Drag and Burlesque founder Lascivious Jane.
Last New Year’s Brittany Lynn and her Drag Mafia made history when they brought drag back to the annual Mummers parade. For the first time since the mid-1980s queens were marching in the lineup down Broad Street and performing in the subsequent Fancy Brigade Finale at the Convention Center. In a press conference today at the Mummers Museum, Lynn – the matriarch of the Mummers LGBT Liaison Committee — announced that she and the ladies will be returning for the 2014 festivities and bringing along a few exciting twists.
After months of speculation and online chatter about who made the list, the official 14 cast members of the sixth season of Rupaul’s Drag Race have been signed, sealed and delivered via the sexed-up “supertease” above.
Jinx Monsoon, last year’s winner and reigning queen of the drag world, was a surefire fan favorite with a comedic edge. So with that in mind — and taking into account past winners Sharon Needles, Raja, Tyra Sanchez and Bebe Bonet — I attempt to pick these new gals apart to cast some early predictions about who will be the next Drag Race winner.
This year, a number of Drag Race queens have stepped down in Philly — Alaska, Jinx Monsoon, Manila Luzon — and while they were all great in their own right, none of them could bat an eye lash at the Vanessa Williams of drag herself, Alyssa Edwards, who performed last night at Ratchet Wednesdays at Tabu.
On Wednesday night, the First Person Arts Festival presented Dear Sir or Madam at the Christ Church Neighborhood House. The evening featured drag queen Martha Graham Cracker* interviewing the male alter egos of drag queens Brittany Lynn and Icon Ebony-Fierce and the twenty-something female alter ego of septuagenarian drag king Stanley Epps. Below, some photos and revelations from the event. Read more »