One of Philly’s Most Beloved Visiting Drag Queens, Maddox Madison, Dies After Battle With Skin Cancer
Maddöx Madison, a drag queen staple of the New York nightlife scene, passed away yesterday after a two-month battle with skin cancer. The performer and makeup connoisseur performed here in Philadelphia frequently. While I didn’t know her very well (when I did meet her, she was so sweet), many queens from Philadelphia did. Here are some of their reactions via social media.
Mimi Imfurst is hanging up her wig…for now.
The legendary Dollhouse Revue, a staple of the Philadelphia drag community, is coming to a close after an over five-year run.
“We’ve enjoyed a very successful long run and I felt as though we had achieved so much and that it was time to move onto creating something new and different,” creator and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Mimi Imfurst told me. “I’m really proud of the work that we’ve done over the last five years and I’m really thankful for that experience.”
The Dollstars are prepping for their last show this Thursday, May 29 at Voyeur Nightclub. The evening will feature over twenty of Philly’s best drag performers, including Porcelain, The Goddess Isis, Ann Artist, Satine Harlow, and more. DJ Carl Michaels will be spinning, and there are $3 drinks until midnight.
“The show is going to feature some favorite performances from years’ past, as well as some new surprises,” said Mimi. “This will be one last chance to see several iconic group numbers created by the Dollstars over the years.”
When I asked Mimi what we could expect from her in the future, she answered pretty plainly: “I have some new things up my sleeve. When the time is right, you’ll be hearing about them.”
Doors open at 10PM; show starts at 11:30PM. $10 Cover. For more information on Voyeur Nightclub, visit their webpage.
Australian dynamo Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek) comes to Philly this week to perform with fellow Drag Race contestants in the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Cast Party at Voyeur. I caught up with the living Barbie doll on the phone this week to see how life’s been treating her post-Drag Race, her thoughts on the “she-male” controversy, and why she’s so damn mean to Joslyn Fox.
New York Magazine has a great story this week about a Kansas City artist who stumbled upon a slide carousel of photos from a drag party in the 1960s.
“The first image I looked at was this picture of a man in a kimono that was incredibly colorful — it was just a stunning image to behold,” Heishman told the Cut. “There were family photos, and then I hit this line of images that were all people dressed in drag, predominantly standing in front of this beautiful mosaic outside a bar.” Intrigued, Heishman purchased the slides — for $2. “I didn’t really know what I was purchasing, but I wanted to have time to sit with them a little longer,” he explains.
New York City critics — and Bill Murray — raved when Martha Graham Cracker made her Big Apple debut last year at Joe’s Pub, but that was kind of easy. New York loves its drag queens — even the ultra tall, very hairy variety. Martha likes a challenge, and that’s why she’s accepted an offer to head [way] below the Mason Dixon to put on her first-ever show in the South.
5 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Art Garfunkel, Riot Grrrls, Little Baby’s Ice Cream Auction and More
In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.
Fittingly, we end our monthlong series of highlighting local black, gay icons with a literal Icon: Drag artist and rapper Icon Ebony-Fierce. Ms. Ebony-Fierce has been featured numerous times on G Philly. We love her as a game-changing local drag queen with a, well, fierce, social-political mission to promote individuality and equality. One of her most impressive moves, if you ask us, is organizing the Freak Boutique, a party that benefits a different non-profit each month by generating funds through drink sales. She also hosts the monthly, all-inclusive Neon GNDRFCK Ball for the ”afroFuturist, raver, burner, space gal, queer alien” inside all of us.
Two years ago today the world lost a superstar when Whitney Houston died, and the LGBT community lost a veritable gay icon. Today, we pay tribute to the diva the best way we know how: With a roundup of drag queens performing some of her greatest hits. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
I found some gems while gathering the clips, including RuPaul’s Drag Race diva Morgan McMichaels taking on Whitney’s mammoth hit “I Will Always Love you,” Moltyn Decadence’s slaying performance of “I’m Every Woman,” and a vintage local video of Philly’s Mimi Imfurst, Cherry Pop, Brenda Dharling and others doing “The Greatest Love Of All” at the now defunct Q-Lounge.
9 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Bev is Back, Mileyball, and the Ultimate Gay Super Bowl Party
Philly drag queen Bev may tout herself as the holier-than-thou “Gayborhood God Warrior,” but when that gal gets to complaining, Lord, you’d believe she was possessed by the Devil himself. To be fair, she has a lot to bitch about — namely just pulling a disappointing second-place win in Drag Wars — so Tabu has invited the queen to host her very own evening of comedy, burlesque and other “bitchy surprises” in “Bev’s Bitchfest: The Bitch is Back.”