Archive | October, 2010

Peaches Christ: Queen of Scream!

31 Oct

According to Julian Guthrie at the San Francisco Chronicle

This weekend, Joshua Grannell’s (Peaches Christ) first feature film, “All About Evil,” will have a homecoming when it returns to the Victoria Theatre, where it was filmed. Grannell wrote the script – a dark comedy set in the world of old-fashioned horror films – as a lament to the closure of single-screen neighborhood theaters. Grannell’s alter ego, drag queen Peaches Christ, is the film’s protagonist who ends up killing an array of characters to save the Victoria. (The film also stars Natasha Lyonne, Thomas Dekker, Cassandra Peterson, Mink Stole, Noah Segan, Jack Donner, Julie Caitlin Brown and Patrick Bristow.) Having worked for years making short films that cost no more than $200, Grannell said it was “surreal” to have a budget of just under $1 million for “All About Evil.

Peaches got interested in the drag scene while a student at Penn State he arranged to bring John Waters to his campus for a guest lecture and soon moved out to San Francisco where he landed a job working for Landmark Theatres. There, he pitched the idea of hosting drag queen screenings at midnight. Midnight Mass was born in June 1998, with the screening of “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” and went on for more than 10 years.

Special guest stars have included Mink Stole, Tura Satana, Mary Woronov, RuPaul, Erica Gavin, Patrick Bristow, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark), and John Waters.

Until it closed, Peaches continued to appear on the Trannyshack stage where she got her start in 1996. Christ even regularly guest emceed the show, substituting for hostess Heklina. Peaches has also been in various fims and was prominently featured as a protesting drag queen in Gus Van Sant’s feature film about Harvey Milk, Milk (film).

All About Evil: The Peaches Christ Experience in 4-D” screens through Sunday (today) at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th St., San Francisco, with a preshow beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available in advance exclusively at Peaches Christ’s website, http://www.peacheschrist.com

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Dancing Queens: “Priscilla” from Toronto to Broadway

28 Oct

According to priscillaonbroadway.com...Priscilla Queen Of The Desert the musical, written by Stephan Elliott and Allan Scott and directed by Simon Phillips, will open on Broadway on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the Palace Theatre (1564 Broadway). Previews will begin on Monday, February 28, 2011.

The spectacular new stage musical will make its pre-Broadway, North American debut this fall when it begins performances at The Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto for a twelve-week only engagement beginning October 12, 2010 and officially opening October 26.

Also, Bette Midler is producing! This is BOUND TO BE GOOD.

For those of you not yet obsessed, this musical is an adaptation from the fabulous 1994 Australian film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, based around the journey of three drag queens traveling across the Australian Outback from Sydney to Alice Springs in a tour bus that they have named “Priscilla“.

Check out this clip from the film in which the girls are putting on a show somewhere in the middle of the Australian outback…

As promised, the Toronto show is up and running and, after much anticipation, the reviews are in – Priscilla is thoroughly enjoyable!

From Ava Baccari at Elle Canada: And while the film originally featured Abba’s greatest hits, the dancing queens of the Mirvish production perform a montage of Madonna, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Donna Summers— disco and 80s hits dripping with all the flash and grandeur of a drag queen performance. Despite campy Aussie accents and a few technical stage glitches, the spectacle is pure theatrical magic. And the amount of costume changes that took place over the two-and-a-half hour set left me wondering if the backstage area looked like a tornado had whipped through the set of Spice World, leaving a mass of displaced cone bras and bellbottoms strewn about.

Michaela Boland of The Australian gives a great overview of the reviews from an array of established news outlets.

And, from thestar.com, Jim Byers says, Wild doesn’t begin to describe it. I mean, I hadn’t seen a good skit involving dancing transvestite cupcakes for weeks.

Finally, according to Jamie Portman for canada.comGiven the raunch factor, a warning is in order for the squeamish and faint of heart.

SOLD!

And, while we’re on the “all things Priscilla” jag, check out “How to Make a Drag Queen“, a great behind-the-scenes look from last week in The Globe and Mail as Nick Adams, the star of “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”, prepares for his role. (Photos by Pete Power/The Globe and Mail; text J. Kelly Nestruck)

Vanessa Farquharson also does a wonderful interview with Tim Chappell, costume designer for both the movie and the Toronto production. Here’s one of his original drawings for the “Finally” scene…

Info on the Toronto production: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Toronto), Mirvish Productions, at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West, Toronto. Oct. 26-Jan.2. Call 416-872-1212 for tickets.

If you go, let highkixx.com know how you liked it!

Drag Race Prep with Candy Land and the Women of Disney

27 Oct

Direct to you with Mandy Manolo, behind the scenes at the 2010 High Heel Drag Race in Washington, DC!

On a ridiculously warm night in Fall, a group of Queens and their friends gathered with hors d’œuvres, drinks, and about a gallon of glitter at a 17th Street Salon. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out The Arts Desk at WashingtonCityPaper, for the final product and definitely go to BrightestYoungThings for Dakota’s fab photos!!!

In DC: The Annual High Heel Drag Queen Race!

25 Oct

Don’t miss The Annual High Heel Drag Queen Race 2010 in Washington DC on Tuesday night, October 26. The race starts at 9 p.m., but get there as early as 6pm to get a good spot. The race takes place on 17th St. N.W. between P and S streets after a parade up and down the street. High Kixx suggests using the Red Line Metro and getting off at Dupont Circle. Driving and parking will be a mess!

As far as a little more background, according to www.metromix.com, this annual event around Halloween was first started in 1986 when a gaggle of drag queens out for a night on the town challenged each other to see who could race from JR.’s Bar & Grill up to Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, where they would down a shot, and then race back. The tradition has endured and today, more than 100 drag queens race down 17th street clawing their way to the finish line.

 


A Star is Born: Connie in Crooklyn

25 Oct

Here’s a quick link for RuPaul fans out there – her first movie appearance in “Crooklyn”.

According to IMdb: From Spike Lee comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher, her stubborn jazz-musician husband and their five kids living in ’70s Brooklyn.

Check out RuPaul dancing dirty with a Puerto Rican named Tito – “No no Tito. You crazy.”…

New York Dolls

24 Oct

Courtesy of David Dust and the gay.com press release:

Gay.com (www.gay.com), the world’s leading gay social networking site, has teamed up with film and television producer Larry Kennar (The L Word, Barbershop, 50 First Dates), designer and reality TV veteran Jack Mackenroth (Project Runway: Season 4), and award-winning producer/director John Rutherford (eXposed) to air the original web series The Queens of Drag: NYC. The 8-episode series, which explores the audacious New York drag scene, debuts exclusively on Gay.com on September 8, 2010.

This is a fabulous, humanizing, and totally enjoyable web series. I’ve distilled a few of the best episodes for you here (see links below). Each video is only about 5 minutes long and all are worth a look. I’ve also added some of the best quotes to help you choose between your Queens, IF YOU MUST. Enjoy!

Episode 1 : Sherry Vine  You know what they say, “Fuck a donkey once in Tijuana, make a name for yourself.” You’ll also remember Ms. Vine from many of her Lady Gaga parody videos:

Learn more about Sherry Vine, and when you can catch her performing, at  http://www.sherryvine.com

Episode 2 : Lady Bunny  Organizer of Wigstock, an outdoor festival that ran for 20 years in New York City, and RuPaul’s roommate back in Georgia.  “What was the name of that TV show that starred a talking horse? Mr Ed? NO, Sex in the City!” You can now find Lady Bunny on TV weekly as headmistress at RuPaul’s Drag U! Learn more about Lady Bunny, and when you can catch her performing, at http://www.ladybunny.net

Episode 3: Bianca Del Rio says “Anything is possible with a wig and a dream.” And “I don’t have a problem being 34, as long as my waist isn’t.” This diva has a plan – watch out, Oprah! Learn more about Bianca Del Rio, and when you can catch her performing, here.

Episode 4: Hedda Lettuce has got a great commentator voice – a bit of a mix between a breathless Marilyn and a self-assured Katharine Hepburn! Indeed, Hedda lives quite the life with a sharp tongue, and Titty the Kitty, in New York City. Learn more about Hedda Lettuce, and when you can catch her performing, at http://heddalettuce.com

Episode 5: Peppermint ‘s got a pop album coming out, and as she’ll tell you, “You have been a very, very, very bad, bad, very bad girl, girl.” Learn more about Peppermint, and when you can catch her performing, here.

Episode 6: Acid Betty “My father was President of the Hells Angels.” The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree for sure. This queen is cooking up something NEW and FIERCE. Learn more about Acid Betty, and when you can catch her performing, at http://acidbetty.com

Episode also includes Acid Betty’s roommate of 4 years, Epiphany. As she’ll tell you, “Epiphany is an extension of who I am.” Get a look at Epiphany, and find out when you can catch her performing, here.

Go to the Queens of Drag blog for more!

Tyra Sanchez: RuPaul’s Next International Drag Superstar!

16 Oct

A little after the fact, but it’s about time for a spotlight on Miss Tyra Sanchez (aka James Ross). Tyra is RuPaul’s latest drag superstar who beat Jujubee and Raven to the prize this season.

It’s no secret that Tyra was controversial amongst the other girls, and even as the winner. For instance, while onstage as Tyra, James refused to change his very deep man’s voice, a detail that both Santino and RuPaul mentioned at various points during the season.

Even so, Tyra – an Orlando, FL native – showed some real star quality at only 21 years of age, and it’s a fact that Tyra never had to lip synch for her life during the show.

Here’s to hoping Tyra Sanchez can back up her sassy attitude with a successful career based on this big win on RuPaul’s star-launching series. We’ll keep an eye out for her…

Watch an interview with Tyra below…

Read more about Tyra’s big win here, and read more about Tyra on her very own website here.

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