Monday, February 15, 2010

Queen of the Week - Sherry Vine

Name: Sherry Vine
Age: Blonde
Location: NYC
Single or taken? Taken
What is your drag style like?  Las Vegas Barbie on crack!
How long does it take you to get ready in drag? I like to have 90 minutes, no rushing, but if it's a photo shoot or special event 2-3 hours.  Girl that's a lot of paint!
Do you have a favorite number you perform? For comedy Sherrylicious (to the tune of Fergilicious) and for drama - Kiss Of The Spiderwoman.
Where can we see you perform?  Sunday "The Sherry Vine Show" at Barracuda; Monday DJing at "Big SexyLand" @ eastern bloc and Wednesday "The Blonde Leading The Blonde" with Epiphany at Vlada.  I also perform all over the States and Europe so check my schedule at
How did you first get into drag?  It was for a school project when I was studying theatre and something clicked.  It turned into a career and I have been blessed!
Who have been your biggest inspirations? So many... I draw inspiration from so many different people and things... but Debbie Harry for sure!  Joey Arias, Jackie Beat, Justin Bond to name a few.
What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? 1. Find your own style!  2. Develop a talent that sets you apart from everyone else - be special!   3. get the money first!
If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I've been so lucky to have performed all over the world but I would love to do a big old school gorgeous show with costumes and dancers at Carnegie Hall.
What is something that might surprise us all about you?  Total fx nerd!  Live for big splashy fx movies!  I read a lot.  And I'm actually a nice person who works hard staying normal and down to earth.  
What makeup items could you not live without?  Big eyelashes and ultra bright lip gloss!
Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc?  I am not artsy craftsy at all!!  Thank goddess I have friends who do my outfits and wigs.  I am always tearing pages out of magazines with ideas and then we make it "sherry vine".  lol
What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? Girl, I wouldn't know where to start!!  Performing with Madonna on MTV was a highlight for sure.  
What else should we know about you? I'll tell you anything you want - just ask!!  MEOW!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Miss Thing - Pop Tarts Night

I can not express how thrilled I was when I found out that Heklina was going to be bringing a new monthly drag event to Portland!  I instantly knew I wanted to be involved, so was even more ecstatic when she asked me to come on board as a co-producer and permanent judge for the show!

We had our first competition this Wednesday and it was fucking incredible!  These girls brought it!  As I was booking contestants I tried to stress to the girls that this show is the big time.  Anything short of their best would not be acceptable.  And they listened and delivered!

Our first show's winner is the truly divalicious Ecstacy Inferno!  She pounded that stage with her dance moves and four backup dancers to Whitney Houston's "Million Dollar Bill" and it truly was one of the best (if not the best) drag number I have seen since moving to Portland!  Congratulations Ecstacy!  I can't wait to see what she puts together for the finale show in November!

Next months theme is "Broadway Babes" and I can't wait to see what all the girls will pull out for this one. What I can promise is that it is going to be a bigger show with more fabulous divas for your entertainment! The bar has been set and you can expect nothing but the very best Portland has to offer every month at Miss Thing!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Miss Thing @ The Fez Ballroom

I just wanted to send out a reminder to everyone that tomorrow is the kickoff of Miss Thing @ The Fez Ballroom hosted by the legendary Heklina from Trannyshack!  Tickets will be $10 at the door, but if you pre-order them today you can get them for only $5 at Ticketweb!

This is going to be a fabulous night!  I am helping to co-produce the event and will be one of the judges.  Hope to see lots of you there!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Queen of the Week - Ginger Sexton

Name: Ginger Sexton or Briceson Ducharme


D-town baby ( Denver, CO)

Single or taken? 
Engaged, so I guess that means taken. Sorry Boys!

What is your drag style like? Depends on what mood I'm in. My favorite is a very classic Veronica Lake style. I adore old Hollywood, and glad to see it in current day and time!

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? Again depends on my mood. If I'm doing Celine Dion for a character it usually takes me and hour and a half, or if I'm going crazy with the makeup it can take me up to 4 hours. 

Do you have a favorite number you perform?  I have a few, but most times I pick a song for its lyrics and memories that I have had with the song. I really love to perform Bad Romance right now, as it speaks to my soul and to others. I also LOVE to perform Vogue in my replica Madonna dress. And then again I LOVE LOVE LOVE any Pink song on earth. She and Gaga are my inspirations!

Where can we see you perform? I perform every Sunday at Charlies Denver in a cast called VIVID. I also perform at Hamburger Marys in a cast called CIRCUS, and I perform at Tracks Denver in Drama Drag with Nina Flowers. 

How did you first get into drag? Well it was my 14th birthday. My best friend Emily had been "gay-dumacting" me, you know like education for a non knowing gay boy, and shown me movies such as Priscilla, and Too Wong Foo. I was astounded. So on my 14th b-day she dressed me up in camp drag and I loved it. I later got kicked out of the house and then moved in with my then bf. He took me to Tracks 2000 where I saw my first "live" drag queens. I was so excited and nervous I almost wet my tights. I then was told I was beautiful and should run for a pageant, so that's what I did, and thankfully won.

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Madonna, Lady Gaga, Pink, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Britney Spears, Christina Aguliera, RuPaul. 

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen?
1. You don't need someones last name to make you more fabulous. Houses in drag are awesome to be in, but remember you create your own destiny, and your own character.
2. Make sure you go to MAC and get color matched, a girl with the wrong color foundation is not a pretty sight.
3. Just because you are fierce doesn't mean you can be a bitch to everyone on earth. The most loved people on earth have a heart, and are confident, not raging bitches. Be true to who you are no matter what things happen in your career. 

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? The White House. I want to perform there because then you know you have made your setting stone in life. To perform for the man in charge is an honor no matter who you are, or where you come from, and to be the first queen to do so, would be an amazing history breaking moment!

What is something that might surprise us all about you? That I am deathly afraid of birds!!! So NO you will NEVER see me in a Ginger meets Big Bird take on drag! :)

What makeup items could you not live without? Everything MAC!

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? I am trying to learn more of the thing you call sewing, and making more of my costumes, but I have already killed two sewing machines, so I need a mentor on that one... As far as wigs, I love making my look with hair, so I always custom my hair to fit my mood/character. 

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? My Step down from being Miss Gay Pride Colorado. My mother had not been to any shows, or any of the pageants that I had participated in. She had just gotten out of the hospital after getting in a motorcycle accident, and she surprised me on my step down song by showing up and walking on crutches down the isle to tip me for my final performance. That is priceless and one thing I will never forget.

What else should we know about you?  I am a strong minded person who will fight for things I believe in. I am part of the Colorado edition of the NOH8 campaign, and will fight until it is legal for me to marry the man that I love. I also am an advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, and as a positive person myself I have and will continue to create shows that will raise money for those who are less fortunate than I.