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Private Birthday Party is a private collection of found photographic slides that depict Kansas City’s early drag ball culture throughout the 1950s and 1960s. With over 200 images, this collection is a rare, important look into the rich history of mid-century drag ball culture in middle America.
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Big Locks is the name of David Hawe’s new series of photos, currently hung at Wayla Bar. The show consists of six gigantic head-and-shoulder shots of men in big, beautiful wigs (made by wig-master Mikah Styles). The photos don’t have the jazzy, bold colour play Hawe frequently uses in his professional work (Now, Xtra, Fab); this time he’s going all black and white on your ass . . . and it’s stunning.
“This is my first of many solo and group art exhibits I’ll be doing this year,” Hawe says. “I love wigs! My mother wore a wig every day of her life . . . so there were always lots around while I was growing up.”
The images evoke the old movie-star glamour photos of George Hurrell or even those awesome 1960s yearbook photos of bouffant teen girls that have inspired so many queer artists, from John Waters to, well . . . Every. Drag. Queen. In. The. Universe.
“It doesn’t matter how butch a man tries to act; there’s something magical that happens once he gets a big ‘do’ put on his head . . . and the bigger the better,” Hawe says. “The eyes sparkle, a hip falls down . . . and his world gets sassy. These photos are just about that.” —Sissydude
via DAILY XTRA
Big Locks opens Thursday Feb 6th and runs until Mon, March 3rd @ Wayla Bar, 996 Queen St E.
Look for SISSYDUDE’s Q&A with Mr. Hawe in this Thursday’s DX!
The Queen was filmed in NYC in 1967 and released in theaters in 1968. In 1967 it was illegal for men to dress as women. The documentary follows a 1967 Drag pageant judged by Andy Warhol among others. It stars Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Mother Sabrina, Richard Finochio aka Rachel Harlow and Crystal LaBeija. Crystal went on to start The House of LaBeija pageants which was the premise of the 90′s documentary “Paris is Burning.” In 1972 Richard Finochio underwent sex reassignment surgery to become Rachel Harlow, she began dating John B. Kelly, Grace Kelly’s brother. The relationship ended when John’s mother said she would disinherit him if he married Rachel. Rachel opened the Philadelphia night club “Harlow’s” in the 1970′s. The only person to surface since this classic film was made is Jack Doroshow when he was interviewed by James St. James on youtube. International Chrysis (1951-1990) can be seen as a teenage boy rehearsing dance numbers. These are the Queens who opened the doors for RuPaul and RuPaul’s Drag Race of today. via MyLifeasPhil
Classic Christmas SCTV “Liberace’s Musical Tribute to the Holidays” and OF COURSE… “Dusty Towne’s Sexy Holiday Special”
THE VISUALS! THE SONGS! THE WIGS! THE SUPREMES perform ‘The Happening’ & DUSTY performs ‘The Son Of A Preacher Man’ (1968 VOB)
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ONE LAST HALLOQUEENish post featuring MORE Cessna Hotties, Liam (all wet) and things that go BUMP in the night!
BACK TO SCHOOL MEGA-POST!!! featuring ART BYMAN, JOHNNY STUMPS, BEEFCAKE BOYS, SCHOOL SUPPLIES & NEW OUTFITS!
CHECK OUT THE DRAG EXPLOSION HERE!!!
Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestant, Shangela, talks about the DOMA decision and how she manages her unruly hair. See story here: http://bit.ly/14Ctnch
“Insane Choreography, Bizarre performances by the dancers, total camp fun. Be sure to watch the mustached dancer who is giving just a little bit more than the other three. My favorite moment is the choreography on the word “cause I really love you”. Sorry about the quality.” – Kevin Chamberlain
SISSYDUDE LOVES: Clara Ward & The Clara Ward Singers on the FLIP WILSON show (1971) & MORE! (for Grant)
Clara Ward & The Ward Singers sings on The Flip Wilson Show in 1971 with a medley of songs like “Come On In My Room”(Clara), “I Sing Because I’m Happy”(Agnes) & “Dry Bones”(Malvilyn). If you see a hairdo with a white stripe in it it’s Clara’s mother Madame Gertrude Ward ( The Professional Business Woman in Gospel)
Left to Right: Madeline Thompson (Tambourine), Agnes Jackson, Clara Ward, Viola Crowley, Alice Houston and Dr. Malvilyn Statham (Tambourine)
Clara Ward (April 21, 1924 – January 16, 1973) was an American gospel artist who achieved great success, both artistic and commercial, in the 1940s and 1950s as leader of The Famous Ward Singers.
A gifted singer and arranger, Ward took the lead-switching style used by male gospel quartets to new heights, leaving room for spontaneous improvisation and vamping by each member of the group while giving virtuoso singers such as Marion Williams the opportunity to step forward in songs such as “Surely, God Is Able” (among the first million-selling gospel hits), “How I Got Over” (which she wrote; one of the most famous songs in the Black gospel repertoire), and “Packin’ Up”. READ MORE @ WIKIPEDIA
MORE AMAZING performances after the jump!