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RuPaul’s Werq the World Tour Lands in Houston

RuPaul's Werq the World Tour Houston Jones Hall Drag JR's

The event will be held at Jones Hall tonight at 8 PM with a queen-filled after-party at JR’s

(HOUSTON) Tonight is the night that the lovely queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race will stop on their Werq the World tour tonight at Jones Hall. The show, which begins at 8 PM, features performances by RuPaul favorites,Detox, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Peppermint, Shangela, Valentina and Violet Chachki. This is the second time a set of RuPaul queens has dropped by Houston since Hurricane Harvey, with the AAA Girls (Courtney Act, Alaska Thunderfuck, and Willam) having played Fitzgerald’s in the fall of last year.

In related news, owner of JR’s Bar and Grill in Montrose, Charles Armstrong, has released a statement that the queens themselves will be dropping by JR’s tonight.

Valentina will perform on the JR’s stage tonight following the RuPaul’s show at Jones Hall. Most of the queens will pop into JR’s tonight for the Official After-Party. Don’t miss this epic party. As always, never a cover.

-Charles Armstrong

About Magazine’s entertainment correspondent, Morena Roas, will be covering the event. About has also secured an interview with drag favorite Latrice Royale that will be available in the coming days. You can get your tickets to the event here.

Misses About Drag–February: Alexye’us & DeyJzah

Alexye’us Paris & DeyJzah Opulent-Mirage take the crown in February

February is here, and that means it’s time to showcase someone new for About Magazine’s Drag Award! Seeing as it is the month of love, I found it only right to honor two of Houston’s most beloved promoters and showgirls.

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We sometimes forget through all the glitz and glam that it takes someone with a true passion and dedication to make sure our community has a safe place to enjoy our time together. When it came time to decide who to crown, the decision was clear. Former Miss Gay Texas USofA at Large, Alexye’us Paris, and THE GRANDE D.O.M. herself, Miss DeyJzah Opulent-Mirage. It is because of their dedication to our community and love for putting together the most fabulous shows that they are the Misses About Drag February honorees.

image2-300x300 Misses About Drag--February: Alexye'us & DeyJzahDeyJzah Opulent Mirage is a headlining cast member of Hamburger Mary’s Partying with the Divas every Saturday night at 10 pm! She is also the host of Wednesday Stripdown at 11 pm, as well as Game “Dey” Sundays happening every Sunday @ 5pm-9pm at Bayou City Bar. If you haven’t had your fill the D.O.M., you can also catch her in monthly drag theater productions as she is one of the headline performers and cast members, in Rich’s Big Ass Show at Rich’s Houston.

Alexye’us Paris is the new Entertainment Director for Hamburger Mary’s Houston! She also is the host of Partying with The Divas on Saturdays and Cabaret at 8 pm on Sundays. She is also the overall promoter for Bayou City Bar.

Miss About Drag – January: Ondi

Ondi debuts as About’s first-ever Miss About Drag

Ondi debuts as About’s first-ever Miss About Drag

When it came time to decide who our first feature of the year would be in 2018, only one name came to mind: Ondi.

From her dramatic performances to her even higher fashion, Ondi is easily the breakout star of 2018. After winning Dessie’s Drag Race last year, it was clear that she was headed for great success. She brings an edge to drag that Houston so desperately needed. She’s Linda Evangelista meets Milla Jovovich. She is the epitome of high fashion and edge. It is because of her willingness to take creative risks and her ability to deliver show-stopping performances that she is About Magazine’s first ever Miss About Drag for January 2018.

We caught up with Ondi to ask her a few quick questions.

About Magazine: So, can you tell us about any new dates or shows you have coming up in the future?

Ondi: I’m in a new show once a month starting on March 17th at 23rd St. Station in Galveston. It’s a live singing show with a live accompanist.

And what inspires you to be Ondi? Where does she come from? 

My inspiration for Ondi comes from my love for performance, acting, and fashion. I’ve always had these visions of some fabulous woman who can do it all. I turned that vision into a physical manifestation with Ondi!

Tell us about your aesthetic. 

My aesthetic is very “chameleon.” I love to be high-fashion, but sometimes my character is a housewife! I love to fit my look to the character I’m portraying.


You can catch Ondi performing every Tuesday night at 9:30 in the C U Next Tuesday cast at Michael’s Outpost; and you can follow her on Instagram @Ondi4Real

Congratulations, Ondi! You have earned it.

About Adds New Editors, New Business

2018 Will Bring New Editors Into About Magazine, About Editions, The Magazine’s Publishing Company.

(HOUSTON) – In addition to its new trans-specific content page, About Magazine will be adding two new editors to its staff in 2018. The first of which is Jessica Olsen, who will serve as the assistant editor for About Magazine under editor-in-chief, Anthony Ramirez. The second of which will be Ian Townsley, who will serve as the associate editor for About’s trans-content page, About Trans. Additionally, Ramirez’s publishing company, Black Magic Media, will be absorbed by About Magazine in December. The new publishing company will be a branch of About Magazine, called About Editions.

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Olsen has worked with Ramirez at Black Magic Media as the editor of fiction. Her responsibilities will include content editing and generating creative ideas for new content. Though not LGBTQIA herself, Olsen is an avid supporter of LGBTQIA rights and an ally to the entire community.

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Townsley is an outspoken advocate for the trans community who hosts support groups at the Montrose Center and local churches around Houston. He is also a drag king who performs in and puts on numerous benefits to serve the trans community in obtaining gender-affirmative surgery. Additionally, he has taken on the endeavor of helping trans people legally change their gender status. Syder-Blake himself is an out trans man.

Though Black Magic Media was not strictly LGBTQIA content before (though many of its titles were written by queer writers), it will be after it’s first season of books. The first book, a collection of poetry by Short Story America prize winner Mathieu Cailler (May I Have This Dance?) will be released December 14th, 2017. The remaining books to be published throughout 2018 are How to Break My Neck (Jessica L. Walsh), Heart Radicals (Les Kay, Sandra Marchetti, Allie Marini, and Janeen Rastall), Lifelong Learning (Ezekiel Jarvis), the second edition of Ramirez’s novel Witches of the Deep SouthSpace Baby (Nicole Oquendo), Nesting (Kristen Figgins), Lady Leda’s Dancing Girls (Amber Edmondson), q & a (Steven and Ben Ostrowski), i was born dead (Caseyrenée Lopez), Maleficium (Witches of the Deep South #2 (Ramirez), Naomi and the Reckoning (Christine Stoddard), and Shotgun Mirage (David Rawson).

Mathieu Cailler’s May I Have This Dance can be pre-ordered here.

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