"The thinking woman's drag queen."
"A wordly wit."
—The New York Times
One of NYC's Top Ten Drag Queens.
—Time Out New York
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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.
*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.
*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!
*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!
*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.
I like being productive and active around my birthday. It’s my time to shine!
This year’s Halloween was a spiritual adventure.
It’s so much fun being a virgin!
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!
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!
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.
What will the rest of September hold for me? Will I finally start listening to other people? We shall see!
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:
Darling, it’s drag her-story!
Linda's acclaimed collection of her photos of NYC's drag scene of the 1980s and '90s.