By Daniel Borgen, PQ Monthly
Last year, Hello/Hello basically proved to be a preview of the “Drag Race” finale–remember, Alaska & Jinkx came to town? Well, two-thirds of the finale. (The only thirds that mattered. Sorry Rox.) I can only assume since Bendelacreme is coming, it speaks volumes about this season’s end. (Right?) Makes logical sense to me. If you haven’t yet gotten tickets, get there early, because tonight’s going to SELL OUT–and the pre-sale is over. True story. Don’t get left out in the freezing fog. And don’t be the one without stories around the water cooler Monday morning. (Thanks, Samuel.)
There are also coastal options, the infamous Pony that Blows, and much more for your extended holiday weekend extravaganza. (And be sure to check out our intimate one-on-one with the sweet Jinkx Monsoon. One of our most-loved stories of 2013!)
Hello/Hello with Jinkx Monsoon and Bendelacreme (yes, one word now). All the goodness of last season’s “Drag Race” champion paired with a glimpse of season 6. It’s a lot of drag: Carla Rossi, Artemis Chase, Margarine Powers, Shitney Houston, Nandi La Sophia, Kaj-Anne Pepper. (Maybe more!) Says Jinkx: “I always say that for me there’s no theater without drag and there’s no drag without theater. Even when I’m playing male roles in theater I tackle them the same way I would one of my drag personas. I think characters have to have whole, fully realized personas – they can’t just be talking heads that deliver lines.” Come see what she’s talking about. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE Third. $12/$20 VIP. Stranger tickets.
Tropical Holiday Dance Party with DJ Anali and the Incredible Kid: Dance, Astoria-style. Come heat up the New Year — DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid take the sultry vibe of the Latin American Tropics, combine with the rhythm of India (“Taal”) and stir in Tropitaal, a Desi/Latino Soundclash where the hottest club sounds from India and Latin America go head to head, in an all-night dance-off of epic proportions. Does that make sense? Just feel the music. 9pm, Astoria Arts and Movement Center. $10.
Not in the mood for some big, silly production? Wanna just daaaance? I have an answer: Twerk. DJs ILL Camino and II Trill. Keywords: bring your twerk. The city’s longest-running queer hip hop/R&B party–where artists, deejays, performers come to mix, mingle, and move on the dance floor. Established fun, all night long. 9pm, Local Lounge, 3536 NE MLK. $5.
SMYRC’s 15th Anniversary shindig is Saturday night. From the organizers: We will be celebrating 15 years of youth community, creativity, and leadership–we invite youth, alums, volunteers, and community supporters to join us in marking this milestone. We promise a thoroughly entertaining show including performances by Bolivia Carmichaels, the Portland GSA Youth Chorus, and, of course, SMYRC youth. We will feed you gay birthday cake and other treats and invite you to join in our raffle for awesome prizes! That sounds like an all-ages dream come true. 5pm, 2450 NE Sandy, Suite 100.
Blow Pony, babies. Fierce holiday faggotry is afoot. They’re calling it Christ-Mess. (See what they’re doing there?) Carla Rossi, Kaj-Anne Pepper (Pepper Pepper) (these two have become so much more than traditions–can’t wait to see what they have up their sequined sleeves) will share their “gifts,” with the usual two floors + outdoor patio of revelry and merriment and disc jockeys. Portraits by our beloved Michael Horwitz. 9pm, Rotture, 315 SE Third. $5 to ride the Pony.
If you’ve somehow missed the memo, Ginger Lee is calling it quits (for now) and the Superstar Divas are in the midst a hunt for her replacement. (It’s called Drag Queen Hunger Games.) The competitors are everything (yes, everything) and this is probably the best show you’re not watching. Get it together and get real about your life–it’s the way to set some positive precedents for 2014. Plus! There’s an entire new Beyonce album for these queens to work through. (Thanks, Honey.) 8pm, CCs, 219 NW Davis.