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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.

Britain’s first Drag King bar opens

Making Herstory At Austin Pride With Jackie Huba- About Magazine

Sue Northover and wife Frankie Du Mongh have unveiled the UK’s first karaoke bar aimed at male impersonators.

The pair say the the venue – Kings Bar, in Blackpool – has proven extremely popular since its opening.

Sue – who works as compere at the bar whilst dressed as her male alter-ego Rogue – said: “We’re having an absolute blast.”

And although the bar’s website highlights that the bar is “owned by women for women” including transgender customers, everybody is more than welcome.

“Absolutely everybody is welcome, and we do get all kinds in here, but we provide free moustaches for women that want to get in on the act,” she told the Daily Star.

The pair – who also offer a Drag King Workshop – said the the reason they opened the bar is because they want “drag kings to be as respected as drag queens.

“There shouldn’t be any difference between me performing a Queen classic and a drag queen singing a Whitney Houston song.”

Frankie also pointed out that drag is not always linked to homosexuality, stating: “People assume drag kings must be lesbians, but it’s not necessarily about sexuality, it’s about expressing yourself and embodying a different character.”

(PHOTOS: KINGS BAR/FACEBOOK)

Review: C U Next Tuesday

C U Next Tuesday Blackberri Michael's Outpost Drag

C U Next Tuesday happens every week at Michael’s Outpost.

The C U Next Tuesday drag show is held every week at 9:30 pm at Michael’s Outpost, and is hosted by local Drag Queen Blackberri (winner of Outsmart Magazine’s “Best Host and Emcee” 2017 and About Magazine’s “Drag Illusionist of the Year” 2017). You can also see her every Monday as a judge for Dessie’s Drag Race at Rich’s Houston, Wednesdays at The Room Bar for Gayme Night, and Fridays at Hamburger Mary’s for Mary’s Comedy House.

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a show I had never seen before (and goddess knows there are few I’m not familiar with). The show has been around since September of 2017 by more than one name, and let me tell you that there is no shortage of happy fans! From the hilarious hosting skills of Blackberri to the powerhouse performances of the cast, there is not a slow moment from start to finish. I have seen many shows that thrilled me, and C U Next Tuesday did not disappoint.

CUPIC2-e1520896198305-225x300 Review: C U Next TuesdayThe hostess kicked off the show to resounding applause, almost as if the audience had been anticipating the performances for a week (which was most likely the case). She introduced one of her special guests, a local Drag King by the name of Roman Syder-Ross. His illusion of Lil’ Bow Wow was spot on, and the crowd thrilled by his antics and his adorable smile. Despite his stature, there was nothing small about his stage presence. Roman commented, “This is a very fun show to be a part of. Blackberri is an awesome hostess. I love the diversity and the fact that drag kings can come here to show what they have. We have fun with Blackberri!”

CUPIC3-e1520895750403-225x300 Review: C U Next TuesdayBlackberri took to the stage next with a fireball performance of “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse. She commanded the stage and I found myself unable to take my eyes off of her. Let’s just say I wasn’t the only one, and by the end of the number the tip basket was full to the brim. Of the show, Blackberri said, “C U Next Tuesday is a fun time, and it’s different in that we want to be serious without taking ourselves seriously. We want to make the audience feel included in all of the fun that we have, it’s important that no one feels alienated. It’s for everyone to come out and party on a Tuesday!

CUPIC4-e1520895948813-225x300 Review: C U Next TuesdayNext up was Ondi, one of the regular rotating cast members, with a dramatic rendition of Sigrid’s “Strangers”. She held nothing back, with a costume reveal, dancing, and one of the best looks in Houston. It’s easy to see why this Queen is quickly becoming one of Houston’s favorites! Ondi said, “This show has allowed so many types of drag performers to come together into one space. Tonight, for example, you have a dancing legend and you have a weirdo like me. It’s kind of like a melting pot of drag every week, and I think that’s really exciting.”

 

CUPIC5-e1520896934754 Review: C U Next TuesdayLeilani J Ross appeared next. Can we say DANCER??? I’ve seen her onstage before but let me just say that she held nothing back! The mix that she did started out with “I’m Every Woman” and then took me to the moon with the originality and comedic timing. And did I mention the dancing? Leilani had some words of her own about C U Next Tuesday. “I hate Blackberri … ha ha. No, really, I love her aesthetic, and I love working with her.”

 

 

 

CUPIC6-e1520897087989 Review: C U Next TuesdayTomi Ross arrived next, and it’s not hard to see why she is a legend. From the moment she stepped out, we were all riveted. From the top of her head to the tips of her heels, she was every inch the Queen. Her performance of “Around the World” made us feel like we had been around the world. I only wish that the song were longer, so that we could take just another moment to enjoy what she gave to us. “I appreciate the “low-key” family oriented vibe that you get at Michael’s. There’s no rush rush let me see what you’re gonna do mentality. People come here to appreciate what we do without the pressure of other venues. Blackberri being the hostess is just the icing on the cake for me. She’s a professional but we still have fun, and that’s what I enjoy the most,” Tomi said of C U Next Tuesday.

In the tradition of a well-rounded show, there was a “Name That Song” challenge for the audience to participate in! The crowd felt included and loved while yelling the names of old and new favorites including Cher and NSYNC. I don’t believe the contestants of the challenge knew what hit them, but you could tell from their faces that they were thrilled to share the stage with Blackberri and her hilarious bon mots.

Muffy Vanderbilt III came to do a cameo for the show, and wowed the audience with her live singing. She may have a theater background, but that night she was all Queen! Ursula never sounded so good if you ask me!

CUPIC7-e1520896985967 Review: C U Next TuesdayI feel really honored to be booked here, because Blackberri is the bomb dot com and it’s pretty nice to be booked by such a professional entertainer.

– Muffy

Another set followed with all of the performers giving their all for the next round. As I looked around at the audience I realized that no one had left, we were all so engrossed in the show. So if you find yourself free on a Tuesday night, Michael’s Outpost is the place to be!