This past Friday I was lucky enough to score tickets to the All Hearts Tour with co-headliners Robyn and Kelis and it was so, so good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, living in LA provides so many opportunities to see amazing music acts. If you get the chance to visit, or even move down, there is never a shortage of entertainment no matter what your flava.
Ok, so back to Robyn/Kelis. The night opened up at The Music Box with Dan Black (?), which I missed because LA traffic can be crazy, I’m always late and I have no idea who Dan Black is. Next on stage was Kelis and she not only rocked it, but is now my inspiration for Halloween. Homegirl was lookin’ fierce in a Romy & Michelle-esque shiny pink halter-paint outfit and silver beaded Cleopatra-style wig. Most people know Kelis from her hit songs ‘Milkshake‘ and ‘Bossy,’ but with her new album Flesh Tone, she’s gettin’ the gays attention while still pleasing the straights. My favorite songs off the album are ‘Acapella,’ ‘4th of July‘ and ‘Scream,’ all of which she performed Friday. Only complaint was that her mic seemed really low and she already has a deep voice, so it was kind of hard to hear her, other than that – loved her.
I don’t know where to start. I can’t. It’s too much. Too much AMAZINGNESS.
Since this is the first post on Drag U – bare with me as I explain the premise of the show…Last night the LOGO channel premiered RuPaul’s latest foray into the world of reality TV, RuPaul’s Drag U and it did not disappoint. Drag U brings a twist to the typical Drag Race formula in that instead of professional drag queens competing for for huge prize, former contestants of Drag Race help deserving women (who are a little rough around the edges) come out of their shells and rediscover their femininity. And who better to teach you how to be a real woman than a group of fierce queens?
The show takes place in Lake Titicaca Valley, a magical land where rainbows, unicorns and dolphins fill the sky (tacky as hell and fabulous). Contestants arrive at Drag U to be greeted by RuPaul (dressed in her suit) and then are assigned to their drag professors. Ru explains that the women will be given 48 hours to build their skills and prepare for their dragzaminations where they will be judged on their drag transformation, performance and attitude adjustment – their DPA (Drag Point Average) if you will. The night ends at Draguation, where the women (the ones with vajajays) compete to win the top honor of graduating highest in class along with a pretty sweet prize package (nyx cosmetics, stay at the ace hotel palm springs, healthy eating meal plan and a portable hot tub). Keep reading for a recap of last night’s episode.
Happy Hump Day, which means the weekend is just around the corner. For all you LA readers out there and anyone venturing down to the Golden Coast this weekend I have a little treat for you…
This Saturday, Tom Whitman Presents SUPER Cherry Pop at Ultra Suede in West Hollywood and the ‘cherry’ (pun intended) on top is a live performance by Ms. 8th World Wonder herself, Kimberly Locke. Kimberly first burst onto the music scene in 2003 when she was a contestant on ‘American Idol’ and while she didn’t win (finishing behind Clay Aiken and winner Ruben Studdard) she still has managed to remain in the spotlight with hits such as ‘8th World Wonder’ and ‘Band of Gold.’ She also appeared on ‘Celebrity Fit Club’ (and had quite the spat with co-star Dustin Diamond – she won in my book) and has since added ‘plus size model’ to her resume. While most runners up on ‘American Idol’ quickly fade into the sunset, Kimberly has been able to keep her career moving forward with concerts and appearances and it’s apparent that she loves the gays as I’ve seen her at numerous homo-events over the past couple years.
By now I’m sure we’ve all established that cast member Dan is the not only the president, but the (only) member of his book club, but that doesn’t mean that every once in a while I don’t stumble across something that is both groundbreaking and life changing. ‘The Real Housewives Get Personal‘ is not such a book, but I loved it anyway.
Any of my friends can attest to the fact that I am pretty much obsessed with the Real Housewives franchise and I’m always trying to get others to drink the Real Housewives Kool-aid. Bravo has truly created a phenomenon with it’s housewives and as it continues to add new cast members and new cities, the fan base continues to grow. Some may think that this reality show is scripted like the rest of them, but I truly believe that these ladies truly either are close friends or have it out for each other with no scripts to back them up. Do the producers put them in situations where there will most likely be drama, yes. Do the housewives throw parties on a whim and invite 200 of their closest friends, yes. Do the cameras just happen to be around when there is a spicy moment, yes (I’m not supporting my non-scripted theory very well, I know). However, you can cut the tension between some of these women with a knife and the reunions are evidence enough to back that up.
Photos of model ‘Jo Calderone,’ posing for Vogue Hommes Japan have started to trickle out to the www and I must say that this Jo character looks very familiar. There is some speculation that Jo Calderone is the alter ego for none other than (dun, dun, dun….) Lady GaGa. It really wouldn’t surprise me if this was another Lady GaGa reinvention of herself, however she could just be doing something unique for a photo shoot. I will say though, that – if this is her – she is actually looking quite tame and rockin’ that 1950’s James Dean hair style. She is giving me a little bit of a lesbian vibe, not gonna lie. And that shirt is unbuttoned awfully low, especially if her bubbies are tapped down.
Check out the rest of the pics on ShowStudio.com and decide if you think that Jo Calderone is really just a slinky male model or if it is in fact Ms. GaGa’s alter ego. My vote goes for alter ego…
OH. MY. GOSH. I just watched the trailer for part 1 of ‘ The Deathly Hollows‘ – the 2-part finale in the Harry Potter series – and wow, it’s going to be a clutch-my-pearls type of movie. It’s an understatement to say I am excited for this movie. If only I didn’t have to wait until November to see it. Damn it.
I was first introduced to Harry Potter in the 7th grade when my mom gave me ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ as Valentine’s day gift (my mom is cool like that). At first I was skeptical and kind of had an attitude of ‘uh, thanks…mom…?’ but then I started reading the book and didn’t put it down for nearly two days until I had finished it because it was that good. From then on I was hooked and read all the books as soon as they were released. I remember how much controversy surrounded the Harry Potter books when they were first made available to kids in the schools. Some parents were up in arms about the ‘magical wizarding world of Harry Potter’ and how it promoted witchcraft and what not. Which, is absolutely ridiculous because no matter how hard I try I still can’t turn on a light by saying ‘lumos’ or unlock my door by saying ‘alohomora.’ Maybe I need a different wand… Anyway, once the controversy subsided, people realized how big of a phenomena the Harry Potter series was and it’s been growing ever since.
You can’t mention Los Angeles’ gay night club scene without mentioning Tom Whitman. The two are practically synonymous with each other. After checking out Whitman’s Cherry Pop night at Ultra Suede the night before, the studly club promoter took some time out of his hectic schedule to chat with Homorazzi.com’s Alex and Adam the next day.
Before venturing into club and event promotions, Tom worked in the television/film industry, primarily for MTV and Nickelodeon. With his production experience work for The MTV Movie Awards and various concerts for artists like Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and many others, Whitman decided to transfer his skills to club promotions full-time after throwing a few uber-successful events.
Besides putting on more than 200 events a year in the Los Angeles area, he’s a busy philanthropist. Cognisant of the fact, he benefits from the gay community, he has no qualms about devoting his time to giving back to the community. He’s donated his time and efforts to AIDS Project Los Angeles, GLAAD, HRC, The Trevor Project and others. And if he wants busy enough, he also co-owns a stylish furniture store in WeHo called http://www.thisisnotikea.com/
Maybe y’all have already seen this on the interwebs, but last week I stumbled on what I think will be the newest dance craze of the summer (if I have anything to do with it) called “The Yes Dance.” This. Is. Ah-maz-ing. I particularly enjoy this video because one of my very favorite past times includes creating new dance moves sporadically, on the dance floor, as soon as a song starts playing. Usually the dance moves are literal interpretations of the lyrics, but whatever, it’s original and even the drag queens like it.
Anyway, The Yes Dance was created by Robert James Hoffman, III who, according to his website knew as soon as he saw Michael Jackson for the first time that he had to have whatever it was that allowed Michael to move the way he did. After that realization (at pre-kindergarten age… kid genius) he began after-school dance classes (in kindergarten) including ballet, jazz and tap. Through the years a combination of a love of dance, comedic personality and a hobby of making home videos have allowed RJH to come up with some pretty funny skits/viral vids.