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Glamour and Entertainment Take the Stage for the 63rd Diana Awards

Diana Foundation Houston

One of Houston’s most historic and entertaining black-tie galas announces March 19, 2016 for the 63rd annual Diana Awards featuring live stage performances and a fun-filled roast of selected award recipients.

This year’s awards feature an after party with performances by the Spazmatics, a popular 80’s cover band. Complimentary valet parking and open bar starring Ketel One Vodka.

The Diana Foundation will present its distinguished “Diana Award” to the Honorable Ellen Cohen, who serves as a member of the Houston City Council and Mayor Pro-Tem. Past recipients have included Mayor Kathy Whitmore, Marion Coleman, Charles Armstrong, and Mayor Annise Parker. Cohen will become the sixteenth person to receive this high honor.

 “I am thrilled to receive the prestigious Diana Award” Cohen stated. “Equality under law is the cornerstone of our democracy and I am committed to fighting for the rights of all my constituents and all Houstonians, regardless of what their sexual orientation or gender identity might be.”

The Diana Foundation will also present the “Golden Bow Award,” to recognize a member the foundation who has made significant contributions to the organization. The Golden Bow recipient will be revealed during the show as will the good-humored awards which make the Diana Awards a truly special experience.

 Proceeds from the evening will help support the five 2015-16 beneficiaries. This years beneficiaries include AIDS Foundation Houston, The Botts Collection: University of Houston Endowment, Homeless Gay Kids-Houston, Lesbian Health Initiative (LHI), and the University of Houston LGTBQ Resource Center.

The Diana Foundation was formed on March 19, 1953 as a viewing party for the 25th Academy Awards, which was the first year it was televised. Attendees lost reception of the broadcast, but continued the party with their own version of the Academy Awards. The following year, this same group of friends presented the first Diana Award on March 25, 1954. The fun and exciting roast of friends has continued now for 63 years, and proceeds raised from past events have helped thousands of charities and Houstonians. Historical photos and videos from past Diana Award shows are available online at www.facebook.com/TheDianaFDN.

This annual event does sell out, and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets at their earliest convenience.

For more information about The Diana Foundation, visit www.thedianafoundation.org.

Saturday, March 19

Rodeo Houston 2016 Concert Line Up Announced

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo sets the stage for 21 of music’s hottest stars to perform during the 2016 Show, March 1 – 20.

“The variety in this year’s entertainer lineup makes it one of the most exciting in RodeoHouston history! These stars, as a group, have won everything from Teen Choice and Latin GRAMMY® awards to all of the country music honors,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “And with our family friendly ticket pricing, our fans can enjoy the full spectrum of entertainment at our legendary event.”

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. through AXS Ticketing via rodeohouston.com. The online Waiting Room opens at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and the store opens at 10 a.m., with fans chosen at random to purchase tickets, no matter what time they entered the Waiting Room. To make the process easier on Saturday, ticket buyers can register any time at axs.com/rodeohouston_registration.

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2016 RodeoHouston Lineup
The following 21 entertainers slated to perform during the 2016 Show have garnered 14 GRAMMY® awards, two Latin GRAMMY® awards, 88 Academy of Country music awards and six Teen Choice Awards. Four of the 2016 entertainers are members of the Grand Ole Opry — Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.

Tuesday, March 1 —  The Band Perry
Wednesday, March 2 —  Chris Young
Thursday, March 3: Jason Aldean
Friday, March 4 —  Jason Derulo
Saturday, March 5: Cole Swindell 
Sunday, March 6: Shawn Mendes
Monday, March 7: Miranda Lambert
Tuesday, March 8: Pitbull
Wednesday, March 9:Brett Eldredge
Thursday, March 10:Luke Bryan 
Friday, March 11: Darius Rucker 
Saturday, March 12:Billy Currington
Sunday, March 13 —Los Huracanes Del Norte | Banda Los Recoditos
Monday, March 14: Kenny Chesney
Tuesday, March 15: Kid Rock
Wednesday, March 16: Jake Owen
Thursday, March 17: Florida Georgia Line
Friday, March 18: Little Big Town
Saturday, March 19 — Brad Paisley
Sunday, March 20 — Keith Urban

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 ‘Darienne Lake’ Comes To Houston

It is official. Darienne is coming to town.

She did not win RuPaul’s Drag Race but Miss Darienne Lake came fourth in the sixth season and had some unforgettable moments, including her winning performance in Drag Race Me to Hell and her animal kingdom elephant runway.

She will appear at South Beach the nightclub on Saturday, January 16 straight from Rochester, New York. A performer who describes herself as 12 tons of twisted steel and sex appeal, Darienne won the online vote to be able to compete to become America’s Next Drag Superstar.

With her infectious sense of humor and standout performances in the “Drag Race Me to Hell” and “Snatch Game” challenges, she’s showing the world why she deserved to be there!

Find out more information here.

Britain’s first Drag King bar opens

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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)