Archive | December, 2010

Drop the Drag Queen!

31 Dec

Key West drag queen Sushi, whose real name is Gary Marion, will ring in 2011 tonight as she has for the last 13 years…in a fabulous gown and a disproportionately HUGE red high heel Sushi is the leader of troupe of drag performers, called the 801 Girls, who perform at the 801 Bourbon Street Pub.  The ladies lead the NYE shenanigans every year in the middle of nearby Duvall Street for hundreds of bystanders.

The owners of 801, Jimmy Gilleran and Joey Schroeder, dreamed up the event 14 years ago to get more tourists down to Key West.  The first event was thrown together in about two weeks, and the first shoe was made of papier-mâché and too few two-by-fours!

Since then the shoe and the show have evolved.  The Key West New Year’s Eve “ball drop” extravaganza is now a regular feature of CNN’s Live New Year’s Eve coverage.  In fact, in 2008 CNN’s Anderson Cooper and comedian Kathy Griffin hosted.

You know where Highkixx will be to ring in 2012!  Happy New Year to you and yours!

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God Rest Ye Merry, Drag Queens

25 Dec

Dear Highkixx Family,

Whether you’ve traveled to see your family, or snuggled down with your honey in your cozy condo…

Highkixx wishes you a lovely (drag queen) holiday season

And a wonderful New Year!

Make yourself a Hot Buttered Rum (see the tasty Food Network Recipe link for one fab HBR), and settle in with excerpts from The Kinsey Sicks Oy Vey in a Manger below.

For those of you who’d like to enjoy, perhaps, several HBR’s, the lovely Wanda Wisdom’s “A Christmas Wanda” will keep you in good company.

xo

Mandy

Where did all the goldfish go? The Fabulous Beekman Boy and His Drag Alter Ego, “Aqua”

24 Dec

The Fabulous Beekman Boys have just hosted a fabulous Christmas Show! Check out their website for pictures of their agrarian paradise, and more on their product lines.

Now for the meat of this post: the drag queen in all of us, and specifically, “Aquadisiac,” the alter-ego of Beekman Boy, Josh Kilmer-Purcell. From his Wikipedia page, Kilmer-Purcell has worked at several Manhattan advertising agencies, including Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners, Merkley Newman Harty, and, among others, TBWA\Chiat Day.

In 2006, Josh published, I Am Not Myself These Days: A Memoir, which HarperCollins says “follows a glittering journey through Manhattan’s dark underbelly.” It is widely believed that the events in the memoir took place while Josh was working at Merkley Newman Harty.

As his drag queen alter ego “Aqua”–short for “Aquadisiac”–Kilmer-Purcell performed at nightclubs in New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Tokyo. Aqua was best known for her use of live goldfish in the breasts of her costumes. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) even sent a letter of protest to Kilmer-Purcell condemning the use of live animals in his shows.

AfterElton.com highlights some fabulous excerpts from the novel. Here’s how Josh describes the switch from male to female: “Grasping my surprised triumvirate in one hand, I pull the whole package backward as I yank up the tight panties with the other. Trapped. Straightening up from the bend, I can feel my lower abdomen stretch and flatten as my precious goods give up and settle into their new hideaway.”

Isn’t that interesting? Now, this might all be bullshit. I could only find a couple distinct pictures of Aqua, but who doesn’t find the Beekman Boys’ brand of uptight dichotomous refinery sufficiently entertaining? If nothing else, you gotta love Polka Spot!

Give ’em An Inch! (HEDWIG, a movie review)

15 Dec

As www.imdb.com puts it, “A transexual punk rock girl from East Berlin tours the US with her rock band as she tells her life story and follows the ex-boyfriend/bandmate who stole her songs”.

People disagree over whether this is a story about drag, transgender, or transexuality.  There’s certainly a component of sexuality and gender, what with the sex change and all, but throughout the main character uses wigs, makeup, and music to escape to a more functional state of being.  Whatever the subject matter, this movie — now headed to Broadway — is a fabulous and unique gem that is not to be missed!

Here’s a note on Hedwig growing up in East Berlin. “Many people decided to move west to freedom. Mother threw me into a wheelbarrow and headed east.”

Here’s where Hedwig sings Wig In A Box, and decides that she is in charge of her own destiny — even after being disfigured in order to pass as a woman/spouse of an American serviceman; moving to Random, U.S.A.; and losing her new husband to a younger man.

One of the most famous songs from Hedwig, The Origin of Love, is based on a speech that Aristophanes frames as a eulogy to love in Plato’s Symposium.

Club Kids and Drag Queens

6 Dec

“The best crowd, the nicest crowd, and the coolest crowd in New York City.”

Put aside the murder, the manipulation, and the drugs and the Club Kids of the early 90’s are something to be admired. They pushed the boundaries in a way that even mainstream America wanted a piece of and the drag queens were right there with them.

Here’s a great video of RuPaul with Michael Alig and other club kids on Geraldo. 

Here’s  another appearance of “the Club Kids” with Joan Rivers…no RuPaul, but Michael Alig appears.

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