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50 years in 50 weeks; 2008's loved 'shack

50 years in 50 weeks; 2008's loved 'shack

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 21, 2021

In the second week of August, 2008, a beloved drag show reached its zenith, as host Heklina hosted the last weekly Trannyshack night at The Stud before exporting it to DNA Lounge and other larger venues.

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

Good morning, Baltimore: Drag Race's Nina West headlines 'Hairspray' in San Jose

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Nov 16, 2021

Hairspray, the Tony Award-winning musical, will perform November 23-28 at San Jose's Center For the Performing Arts. RuPaul's Drag Race star Nina West heads the cast as Edna Turnblad.

Drag in their family

Drag in their family

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Nov 2, 2021

Terry Guest, the Chicago-based playwright of At The Wake of a Dead Drag Queen, shares the inspiration for his play; also, Brava Theater Center hosts the Theyfriend Nonbinary Performance Festival.

Going Out, Homing's In, Oct. 29—Nov. 5, 2021

Going Out, Homing's In, Oct. 29—Nov. 5, 2021

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 28, 2021

Whether you've carved a pumpkin, donned a costume, or merely picked up a colorful leaf, you're into autumn, and thematic Halloween-ish nightlife and arts events are as well.

Queen O'Ween at the Warfield

Queen O'Ween at the Warfield

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Oct 19, 2021

"Halloween costumes are absolutely a form of drag," says Rosé, who performs with seven other 'RuPaul'sDrag Race' vets in 'Night of the Living Drag,' a pumpkin month performance tour that makes its San Francisco stop at the Warfield Theater Oct. 25.

We're Here, we're queer: HBO drag docuseries returns

We're Here, we're queer: HBO drag docuseries returns

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Oct 12, 2021

HBO's docuseries 'We're Here' returns for a second season with a moving batch of episodes which celebrate small town LGBTQ life as Shangela, Eureka, and Bob the Drag Queen descend on a variety of small towns across America.

Oh, Rocky! Do the Time Warp again at Oasis' 'Rocky Horror Show'

Oh, Rocky! Do the Time Warp again at Oasis' 'Rocky Horror Show'

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Sep 28, 2021

The entire Oasis nightclub becomes a stage when a new and innovative production of the 'The Rocky Horror Show' opens on October 7, with D'Arcy Drollinger as the 'sweet transvestite' mad scientist Frank N. Furter.

50 years in 50 weeks: The Sisters' hood in 1993

50 years in 50 weeks: The Sisters' hood in 1993

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 8, 2021

Perhaps the most visually striking lead Arts feature of 1993 showcased the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Tim Farrell interviewed members of the drag nun collective who were banned from the March on Washington stage.

Sherry Vine: parody song queen returns to Oasis

Sherry Vine: parody song queen returns to Oasis

  • by Scott Stiffler
  • Sep 4, 2021

LA-based, globally known drag queen Sherry Vine is always on the move, and she'll bring her wacky new song parody show to SF's Oasis Sept. 9.

Political Notes: Drag performers protest voter suppression laws

Political Notes: Drag performers protest voter suppression laws

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Aug 23, 2021

Drag performers across the country will be taking part in a day of action this weekend to protest voter suppression laws being adopted by Republican-led statehouses throughout the South and Midwest.

Kings' quarter (century): Drag King Contest celebrates 25 years

Kings' quarter (century): Drag King Contest celebrates 25 years

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 10, 2021

The San Francisco Drag King Contest will commemorate its 25th year on August 22 with a rollicking show at Oasis. Drag king legend Fudgie Frottage will co-host the evening along with former presidential candidate, the fabulous Joan Jett Blakk.

Phatima Rude memorial to be held Aug. 1 at Public Works

Phatima Rude memorial to be held Aug. 1 at Public Works

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 27, 2021

Known for outrageous and unique performances, the late local drag performer Phatima Rude (Leigh Pankonin) will be remembered at a gathering on August 1 at Public Works.

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

Matthew does Joan does Sharon...and Glenn!

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Jul 20, 2021

Oasis hosts Michael Phillis' new drag parody show, 'The Hand That Rocks the Crawford,' starring Matthew Martin as Joan Crawford in a mash-up of femme fatale '90s classic films.

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

Todrick Hall: the multi-talent on gay anthems, mentors & new music

  • by Gregg Shapiro
  • Jul 20, 2021

Is there anything gay performer and Texas-native Todrick Hall can't do? He sings. He dances. He writes songs. He acts on Broadway, in movies, and on TV. He's also an outspoken activist, and discusses his new album, 'Femuline.'