by David-Elijah Nahmod
On August 7, David Carver-Ford's Diva Hair opened for business. The new enterprise seeks to reach a clientele not often served by mainstream salons: Diva Hair will be a wig studio for drag performers and transgenders.
"It's a private and intimate scene for wig fitting and purchases," Carver said as he prepared for the opening earlier this month. "I like to call the style of the studio pink, plum and persimmon; a 1960s mod theme with pops of bright yellow and pink furniture and accessories with an eclectic mix or art. It's a calm, artsy place for clients to come and relax and sit over a cup of coffee while purchasing wig ideas."(read more)
by Michael Flanagan
When you think of downtown bars, you probably immediately think "Tenderloin." Nowadays, that is entirely true with bars such as the Gangway, Aunt Charlie's and Club OMG, which are actually more mid-Market. The history of Tenderloin bars is long and storied, with bars like the Gilded Cage at 126 Ellis, which featured Charles Pierce on stage for six years before it closed in the late 1960s.
But from the mid-'60s through 2008 there was another type of downtown bar – the businessman's bar. These bars varied widely in their styles and included Chuck Holmes' high-end Trinity Place, which was patterned after "gentlemen's clubs" and in fact inhabited the old Le Domino Club on 25 Trinity Place (described by GQ in 1965 as having "a continental menu and walls covered with paintings of nudes").(read more)
Last weekend, we joined many of Mama's Family for a reunion organized by Ray Tilton at the Russian River. And Empress Marlena got a loving 'roast' at the LGBT Center. (read more)
Ah, Sebastian Kross. I'll never dance with another, since I saw him standing there. (read more)