The Internet has been quietly aflutter lately with a sort of drag debate: drag kings rallying for their place in the scene after RuPaul recently said kings and queens “don’t really mix”; “faux queens” or “bio-queens” asserting that their drag is as valid and subversive as other drag queens only to garner an entire response essay picking apart their argument. Though drag is indeed replete with layers and a multifaceted history, including its ongoing relationship with trans and gender non-conforming folk, Ru did classically say, “We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag.” However, one could look to the ever-growing medium of Internet Thinkpieces and get a sense that the scene is much more fragmented than that.
While Bushwig brought some flair to Ridgewood this past weekend, Bushwick performance artist Matthew Silver and his “loopers,” last spotted in unicorn garb at Bushwick Open Studios, did their best to keep Manhattan weird on Saturday.
BEEF may not be the first all-drag king showcase ever, but the new monthly showcase brought to you by the Brooklyn-based drag collective Switch n’ Play is the first repeating drag king show that New York City’s seen in a long, long time.
New York isn’t all ice cream scoops and Wes Anderson art. These two upcoming events promise to take you back to the East Village’s edgier days of yore. You don’t have to walk across a sea of crack vials to get to them — one of them is even on a boat.
Last week, organizers behind the hotly anticipated NYC Porn Film Festival finally released a schedule. And with just a couple of weeks to go until things are in full swing at Secret Project Robot, you’re probably wondering what on earth to expect.
We spoke with the festival’s founder Simon Leahy, who’s also one of the people behind Bushwig, the annual (and amazing) drag fest held at Secret Project Robot approaching its fourth year. He dropped hints about some of the surprises in store. No matter what your feelings are about mainstream porn, you’re definitely not going to want to miss this one, we can tell you that much.
When I meet Adam Golub, under the elevated tracks of the M train on one of the hottest days of the summer, he’s wearing a sleeveless top, shorts, sandals (the Teva-esque type that all Israelis seem to own) and slightly chipped metallic blue nail polish.
Golub chuckles wryly about the electrifying effect the varnish often has on those around him. Who knows how these delicate passersby might react to his drag identity, Shalmuta (“slut” in Hebrew)—a Bayiou-born Southern belle with a hankering for fried chicken and a love of suspenders and tartan.
This Saturday, drag queens from all five boroughs and beyond will gather at Secret Project Robot to outdo one another in their costumes, performance innovation, and general obscenity at Bushwig, the neighborhood’s second annual festival of drag. The emcee of the fest will be Bushwick-based queen Macy Rodman, who in April won North Brooklyn’s first drag pageant, an eight-week long performance showdown called Mr(s) Williamsburg.
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