Houston’s Drag Community Gears Up For Season 10 Of Dessie’s Drag Race With New Faces, New Location, And Great Vodka!
(Houston) – A new season of the popular local Dessie’s Drag Race begins on Monday May 8th at a brand new location in Midtown. Starting at 10:30 p.m. this will be first year that Rich’s Nightclub has played host to the event. DDR is now in it’s 10th season and promises to be the biggest and best!
Contestants compete each week for ten weeks for a chance to progress to the final round. The winner grabs a luxurious grand prize of $1000 in cash. The goodie bag also includes a guaranteed booking twice a month at Richs for the winner. If that was not sweet enough, the title winner of DDR is extended the privilege of ‘judging’ the new contestants on the 11th season of DDR.
As the 10th season kicks into a new venue, with new contestants, Grey Goose Vodka has teamed up with the event as the official sponsor.
This will more than likely be the most exciting season yet with more twists and turns that have made this show so exciting.
The cast of season 10 includes the following:
Emerald City (Chance Campbell)
Carmen (Stevie Lang)
Nicole Ah Dior
Luna of Lillies
Join me at Rich’s Nightclub every Monday night to find out my thoughts on each contestant and the eliminations through out the contest. Do not forget to check out our coverage of season 10 right here.
DDR is every Monday for this 10 week contest at 10:30 p.m. starting May 8th, at Richs Nightclub. The event is 18+.
Queer Act Boys’ Entrance Releases News Single on iTunes
(Houston) – Queer artists are flourishing in most music genres, including Country where artists like Shane McAnally, Ty Herndon, Steve Grand, and Brandy Clark have joined the ranks of out superstars Chely Wright, Melissa Etheridge, and k.d. Lang.
The last frontier of music might just be in punk rock where only a handful of acts exist, among them; Pansy Division, Against Me, and Boys’ Entrance.
Tim Cain created Boys’ Entrance over 25 years ago and, in that time, has produced some of Queer Rock’s most iconic, political, and galvanizing music. Their latest album, out this month, is Tunnelvision, a rock opera that is being called the next Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Set during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s, it tells the story of Tim and Troy and their tumultuous relationship. The story opens with Tim, a rock musician, on stage, getting jeered by the audience for being queer. He responds by unabashedly claiming the title of “Mr. Sissy”. His bold declaration wins the crowd over, then, in “Creation,” he explains how the purpose of gay men is to create, not procreate.
Troy, a closeted straight guy, happens to be in the audience. The two hook up after the show and begin a rollercoaster ride of a relationship that involves break-ups and make-ups, drugs, alien encounters and one of the men becoming a call boy. The two say they want to be in a committed relationship together, but they simply don’t know how to make it work. Its the 1980s, after all. The physical relationship between Tim and Troy eventually breaks down, but their desires continue unabated. That is when the “wolf” comes knocking at the door.
The wolf in “The Wolf Is At The Door,” the first single release from the album, is temptation. The song is Peter Gabriel meets Duran Duran meets David Bowie. It is funky like Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” with a Duran Duran veneer and a final verse that pays homage to Bowie. It is the climax of the opera, coming at a point of intense exasperation between Tim and Troy, conveying sexual appetite and frustration.
The love story ends not-so-happily-ever-after, which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Tragedy is the currency of opera. Still, the music of the finale sounds like a sunrise. The song, “Back to One,” conjures up those first few moments when the sky begins to turn and the sun appears. For Tim, there is satisfaction at having removed himself from the madness of his relationship with Troy. There is also a pride that comes from realizing he is ok with being alone. It’s a reminder that at the end of the day, we all ride solo in this journey of life.
It’s easy to see how some might compare Tunnelvision with Hedwig. Both use the power of rock to convey a dramatic and powerful story, but while Hedwig uses humor to defuse a personal tragedy, Tunnelvision is more operatic and dramatic, incorporating a wide array of music genres into its story. There is Heavy Metal and Goth; also Soul, Industrial, New Wave, Hip Hop, Jazz, Psychedelic, Gospel and even Cabaret. The songs flow in style and type, helping to inform the lyrics. Now, if only they had added just a touch of Country…
Tunnelvision by Boys’ Entrance is available on iTunes now along with the band’s first single release, “The Wolf Is At The Door”. Visit their official website here.
Sarah Pepper, Lauren Kelly, And Geoff Sheen Team Up For New MIX 96.5FM Morning Show
(HOUSTON) — CBS Radio announced today the long awaited return of Sarah Pepper to the Houston radio airwaves. Pepper will join gal pal Lauren Kelly on a newly created morning show on sister station Mix 96.5FM.
Mix 96.5 will launch The Morning Mix with Sarah Pepper, Geoff Sheen and Lauren Kelly on Monday, April 10. The weekday morning show will air from 5:30 AM – 10:00 AM.
“After working every shift in the building, I am ecstatic to join Sarah Pepper and Geoff Sheen,”Lauren Kelly tells About News. “I’ve known Sarah for almost a decade, and she is one of the funniest and most genuinely hard working people I know. Geoff was the perfect piece to complete our puzzle, and we couldn’t me more excited!”
Pepper has been off Houston radio since the ‘surprise’ changes in format at HOT 95.7FM now the popular ‘SPOT’. This morning’s announcement is a welcome to all Houston radio listeners.
“We are excited and ready to laugh along with Houston and start your mornings with a smile.”Sarah Pepper told About News. “Houston has been so amazing to me over the past nine years and to be able to continue my career along with Geoff and Lauren Kelly is going to be so much fun. Geoff brings a wealth of experience and I look forward to working with him and learning from him,” said Pepper. Geoff Sheen joins the team from San Antonio’s KTKR.
Openly Gay Economics Junior To Take Over As The 74th Student Body President On April 21 At Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION — The students at Texas A&M University have elected their first openly gay student body president. A move that has made history and setting a hallmark for the Southern university. A move that students believe is a step in the right direction.
“To those of you who spoke poorly about me based upon my sexual orientation. I forgive you. I really do.”
A man that knew he was an Aggie before he knew he was gay, made the choice to attend the Texas university after a year studying abroad in Paris. Bobby Brooks, an economics junior enrolled at Texas A& M University in College Station will be the first to serve in the position’s seventy-four year history.
“I can’t express enough wholehearted thanks to my family who encouraged my dreams, to my campaign team who sacrificed countless hours of free time, to every friend who smiled and hugged me when I shared this seemingly ridiculous idea,” Brooks posted to social media after his victory.
“To those of you who spoke poorly about me based upon my sexual orientation,” Brooks pointed out, “I forgive you. I really do.”