I’m so excited to be going to Los Angeles!

On Friday, April 3rd, at 7:30pm, at the West Hollywood Council Chambers, I’m going to be presenting my slideshow extravaganza The Drag Explosion, featuring photos I took of NYC’s momentous drag scene of the late 1980s and early ‘90s. It’s an informational and entertaining her-story lesson, narrated by moi!

 

Me in La La Land way back in 1995!
Me in La La Land way back in 1995!

 

The event is part of an exhibit organized by the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) at the ONE Archives. Co-sponsoring the event is the queer experimental screening series Dirty Looks. This will be my first time presenting the slideshow outside of NYC.

All the info is HERE!  

 

Le Bingo on Fridays got off to a smash start last week!  Thanks to everyone who showed up to play.

Now you can win at Le Poisson Rouge on Fridays AND Saturdays!

Spokesmodel Lal Batti (a gal of many expressions) poses with our grand champion!
Spokesmodel Lal Batti (a gal of many expressions) poses with our grand champion!

 

Irish lad wins an doggie-pattern umbrella!
Irish lad wins a doggie-pattern umbrella!

 

She won a maple leaf toilet seat—and our hearts! We awarded her Miss Congeniality!
She won a maple leaf toilet seat—and our hearts! We awarded her Miss Congeniality!

 

It was the first day of Spring!
It was the first day of Spring!

 

BIG NEWS! 

No longer is LE BINGO just a Saturday-night affair.
Starting March 20th, you can play on Fridays, too!

The location and times are the same—At Le Poisson Rouge, with games from 7:30–9:30pm. Admission is free!

Why the expansion? Popular demand! It’s been so busy on Saturdays that we’re doubling the fun so everyone can join in!

I’m very excited about this major development. LE BINGO audiences are the best, and I so look forward to playing with YOU!

Friday and Saturday

 

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Time to get caught up with the exciting life of NYC drag queen Linda Simpson! That’s me!

*Of all my recent social outings, the one that I enjoyed most was a concert by drag performer Joey Arias—at Lincoln Center, baby! (Thanks for the ticket, Richard.) The occasion was the 100th-anniversary of the birth of songstress Billie Holiday, who Joey has been soulfully paying tribute to for years. In between songs was a chance for Joey to converse with the crowd and show off her own trademark naughty humor (toned down for the uptown digs.) The New York Times gave her a rave review!

Joey signing CDs after her triumphant show!
Joey signing CDs after her triumphant show!

 

*Along with other fans of the incredible cult 1976 documentary Grey Gardens, I was saddened to learn earlier this month about the death of the film’s co-director Albert Maysles. In 2009, I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Maysles when I hosted a GG festival (in Harlem, at the Maysles Cinema, which he founded as a place dedicated to screening documentaries). He was very charming!

With Albert Maysles.
With Albert Maysles.

 

*I’m also saddened that my favorite old-school Midtown discount store, Bag Man, on 34th Street, has closed forever—after 37 years. Boo-hoo! I must have bought a zillion Bingo prizes there.

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Closing days at Bag Man, the last of its kind on 34th Street.

Manhattan used to be dotted with all sorts of stores like Bag Man, crammed with cheap merchandise. At Bag Man, the top floor was dedicated to all sorts of crazy patterned linens and towels; the basement was for shoes and slutty-looking women’s sportswear; and the main floor was a hodgepodge of decorative items, lingerie, NYC souvenirs, electronics… The joy of shopping there was that you never knew what you were going to find.

Over the sound system, there was a constant recording in English and Spanish by one of owners—”Everything must go now!” Most of the cashiers were pretty gruff, although they would cheer up as they sang along to their favorite salsa songs. Damn, I’ll miss that place…

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The basement stripped bare.

 

*Speaking of Bingo prizes… I’ve launched a new ad campaign, with images by Cat Feral Photography. It’s in conjunction with my Bingo biz expansion. Starting March 20th, I’ll be hosting Le Bingo at Le Poisson Rouge on both Fridays and Saturdays. Wowie-zowie! Please come play with me!

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It’s your turn to win!