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Every year my friends Gordon, Maurice, David & Robert get together and kick Halloween’s ass with supremely inventive and goofy costumes, make-up… and WIGS! I have had the pleasure of dressing up with them on several occasions…but haven’t for a few years. This year my friend Grant and I decided to hang out with them and watch the process. I couldn’t resist taking pics (and filming a video). So here are more than 100. ENJOY the MAGIC!
Whatever did happen to Bobbie Gentry, that’s the question that Rosanne Cash, daughter of legendary Johnny Cash, asks?
More than 30 years ago Bobbie Gentry disappeared from the public’s gaze and despite various attempts to track her down her whereabouts remain unknown as she remains steadfastly in a state of anonymity. VIA PODOMATIC
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FABULOUS NOBODIES- SISSYDUDE talks to JOHN SIMONE about his AWESOME NYC Party Photos! (via Daily Xtra)
Sissydude: Photographer John Simone has two photo retrospectives happening during Toronto’s World Pride. The shows feature New York club culture icons from 1987- 1990. They include Rupaul, Kenny Kenny, Leigh Bowery, John Sex, Quentin Crisp, James St. James, Divine, The It Twins and of course “Party Monster” Michael Alig. Even Cher, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Sandra Bernhard pop up!
Simone left Toronto for New York in 1986 and immediately started working for Club-18 (The Roxy), Details Magazine (including Details’ influential nightlife column by Stephen Saban), Vanity Fair and The Village Voice. Of course the magic really started happening for him when friend Michael Alig appointed Simone chief photographer for his Project X Magazine.
I recently went to visit the very excitable and engaging Simone (above, pictured on the right, with Michael Musto) in his studio apartment in Toronto to get a glimpse of his gorgeous photos and talk, talk, talk about his subjects and his very interesting life during that time. Of course the magnificent creatures in the photos are what really gets him going…
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Mathu Andersen hitches a ride with RuPaul on this episode of RuPaul Drives! These two together is magic! Enjoy the video? Subscribe here!
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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.
Thanks Dusti Cunningham!
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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