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11/22/14

Scorpio Season Stings Again!

Whew, my Scorpio season was nonstop. Among the highlights…

*Celebrating the 30th(!) anniversary of chic Indochine restaurant.
Me and an army of queens and freaks were brought in to add some pizazz. Thanks to Miss Understood for inviting me.

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Sherry Vine and me preparing to entertain the guests.

 

*Hanging out at my favorite new gay party, “Pretty Ugly,” at Diamond Horseshoe.
My new Saturday-night hangout is a restored 1930s nightclub in the basement of the Paramount hotel. I wish the lights weren’t so dark, and the place could use a few more drag queens… But it’s definitely a fun place to explore—plus it’s right around the corner from my apartment! The main promoter is Erich Conrad, who used to throw the long-running Beige party. And one of the DJs is my pal Tommy Hottpants.

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Clad in my Chinese dress (again!) at Diamond Horseshoe. The staircase entryway is like an art installation!

 

*Presenting my slideshow extravaganza, The Drag Explosion, at the Wild Project, with special guest star Sweetie.
We had a blast yakking about our formative drag years of the early 1990s. In fact, I couldn’t get her to shut up. Kidding, she was fab!

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Back in the dressing room. Not bad for a couple of old gals!

 

*Attending MIX, the annual queer experimental film festival.
Each year the festival transforms a raw space into a queer fantasy land, and this year’s location—a Brooklyn warehouse—was the most spectacular yet. The theme was a beehive!

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With Diego, in front of some of his incredible designs for MIX.

 

*Presenting The Drag Explosion again!
This time, my special guest was Michael Formika Jones, a.k.a. Misstress Formika. Afterwards, we retired to nearby Lumiere restaurant and celebrated my birthday eve.

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Do we look like we’re in Paris?

 

I like being productive and active around my birthday. It’s my time to shine!

 

11/02/14

A Drag Queen Like Nun Other

This year’s Halloween was a spiritual adventure.

 

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Can you see my nunderwear?

 

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Nun and monster bond in Times Square.

 

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Let’s explore the catacombs!

 

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Sister Act! With Amber Alert!

 

It’s so much fun being a virgin!

 

10/12/14

Insta-Linda

It took me forever to join Instagram, and I’m still getting into the swing of things. For now, you can see my occasional pix at Instagram/LindaSimpson.

 

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From my Instagram account: Me and burlesque babe Boo Boo Darlin' at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.

From my Instagram account: Me and burlesque babe Boo Boo Darlin’ at Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.

 

09/13/14

September So Far…

It might seem like a contradiction, but for the first part of September, I’ve been very social and introspective at the same time. Remember when I seemed so engrossed in your witty cocktail chatter? I was actually deep in thought about myself. (Sorry.)

As usual, I’ve been hosting Bingo. It’s my regular showbiz gig, every Wednesday and Saturday. PLUS, I’m adding a Tuesday night to my schedule at a brand-new venue, The Lodge Club, in Greenwich Village. It starts on September 16th, and I’d love for you to join the fun!

As I call numbers and give away prizes, I ponder how lucky I am to have a pay-the-rent job that I really like. Down the road, I plan on cutting back on my full-time Bingo schedule and devoting more of my time to writing and other creative projects. But for now, my Bingo ways serve me well. Enjoy me while you still can!

 

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Decision Time! Keep the puppy-dog pillow prize or trade it for what’s in spokesmodel Sylvia London’s Mystery Bag? Photo from Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club by Mark Kanter.

 

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For the second year in a row, I schlepped out to the annual drag fest Bushwig (It’s in Bushwick, get it?) But this time I was a host, sharing responsibilities with Ms. Mary Boom (who is a nut).

Is the event a polished showcase of the finest in female impersonation? No, it’s a hot tranny mess—and that’s what makes it a hoot! The neighborhood is gritty, and so are the acts.

The location is the vast performance space Secret Project Robot, which includes a walled courtyard. It’s very Mad Max, complete with an outdoor bar!

 

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Mary and I brightly lit in the back of a cab.

 

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Matching lipstick

 

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Bushwig co-organizer Horrorchata on stage, in front of the courtyard. Notice the gravel—Not good for heels!

 

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Bushwig is both a day and night event. Here I am hanging out after dark with Maureen, Taylor, The Old Witch and P.J. (Yes, I called her an old witch, that’s her name!)

 

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The day after Bushwig, it was time for me to present the latest version of my slideshow extravaganza, The Drag Explosion DELUXE.  The Wild Project turned out to be a perfect location, including comfy seats.

 

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This just in—I’m coming back to the Wild Project in November! Photo by Julian Fleisher.

 

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From “The Drag Explosion” – Pretty gals at Wigstock 1991 in Union Square. It was the Bushwig of it’s time!

 

I dedicated my latest slideshow to my friend Kathleen, who had died the week before. We've been friends since we met at the Pyramid Club circa 1990. Introspection time... I miss her a lot.

I dedicated my latest slideshow to my friend Kathleen, who had died a week earlier. Our friendship dates back to the Pyramid Club circa 1990. Introspection time… I miss her a lot.

 

What will the rest of September hold for me?  Will I finally start listening to other people? We shall see!

 

09/01/14

Wigstock, I Remember

If Wigstock was still on Labor Day, there would be a lot of soggy wigs today. It’s raining in NYC.

But the outdoor drag festival hasn’t occurred in years, which is rather a shame. No matter what the weather, it was always a hoot.

Personally, I was never a great Wigstock act. Well, maybe one or two years I was a success. I mostly just liked hanging out with everyone.

I guess that’s the kind of drag queen I am—sociable and easy to please!

Behold a few Wigstock memories:

 

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I took this photo at the very first Wigstock I attended in 1986 (It was founded the previous year).  Lady Bunny, looking quite different than her current incarnation, hosted in the crumbling bandshell of Tompkins Square Park.

 

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I can’t remember off-hand what year this was… It was the early 1990s. Posing for me are Miss Understood and Coco.

 

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This was Wigstock ’94, the first year it moved to the West Side piers. I’m happy because my performance had gone really well. Also, I had just smoked a joint!

 

Darling, it’s drag her-story!

 

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