Monday, March 29, 2010

Blow Pony 3 Year Anniversary Party!

Oh my god!  Our Blow Pony 3 year anniversary party was INSANE!!!  Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the night and to our very special guests, Tammie Brown, Jer Ber Jones, Anna Conda, and Muthachucka!

I haven't gotten many pictures from the night yet, but here are a few I've been able to track down!

Tammie and I on the Portland drag bus pub crawl before Blow Pony!

Part of the drag bus pub crawl crew!

Tammie Brown working the crowd!

Addicted to chips!

Jer Ber Rocking out on stage!

Jer Ber, Tammie, and I having a photo opp!

Queen of the Week - Bianca del Rio

Name: Bianca Del Rio

Age: 34

Location: NYC

Single or taken? Single

What is your drag style like? Cartoon, Mod, 60's

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? 45 minutes

Do you have a favorite number you perform? No

Where can we see you perform? All over NYC

How did you first get into drag? By mistake 14 years ago

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Jesus and Oprah

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? Don't do it!...Kidding!  Be true to your art, always.

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? Right here in NYC, cause it's the best!
What is something that might surprise us all about you? That I'm a man.

What makeup items could you not live without? Lashes, Black Shadow, and White Liner.

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? Yes, all of the above.

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? Meeting Madonna.
What else should we know about you? That I don't take myself too seriously.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Queen of the Week - Mercedez Munro

Name: Mercedez Munro

Age: Timeless

Location: San Francisco, CA

Single or taken? Very Taken

What is your drag style like? Very old school drag. I'm all about looking/feeling pretty.... being classy while perfecting my art of lypsyncing. I like it when it looks like the words are actually coming out of my mouth, as opposed to a queen just lipsyncing a song. 

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? I like to take my time, that's for sure. It takes me about 3 hours to paint. I have a lot of boy to transform. :)

Do you have a favorite number you perform? I do. I would have to say my favorite number to perform is, "Airmail Special" by Ella Fitzgerald

Where can we see you perform? I perform all over the city, more specifically: Ginger Snaps' Snapalicious, Mary-go-Round with the amazing talents of Pollo DelMar, Suppositori Spelling and Cookie Dough. 

How did you first get into drag? I lost a bet to an old ex-boyfriend of mine, actually. I don't even remember what the bet was but at the time, we were living with a performer who always said I'd be a pretty girl. My ex thought he was being funny by making me do drag; to his surprise... I loved it! My friend painted my face and the rest was history. 

Who have been your biggest inspirations? My drag mother, of course. The memory of her is what pushes me to perfect my craft. In addition to her I'd have to say my kids; all of my babies in La Maison de Munro! I can definitely say I'm a very proud house mother. All of them: Paju, Erykah, Taye, Starr, Fame and of course all the boys, have all inspired me more than they know. I want them to be proud of me, just as I am of them.. 

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? 1. Concentrate on the style of performer you'd like to be and own it 2. KNOW YOUR WORDS when you lipsync a song. It really IS an art. Some people might say... "Girl, at the end of the day you're just moving your mouth!" but it's more than that... and it's usually the queens that are bad at it, saying it! 3. It's easier to be nice than shady...

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why? I'd have to say in my partners home country, Germany! I don't think they've been exposed to plus-sized, ebony enchantresses such as myself. :) 

What is something that might surprise us all about you? I absolutely detest corn! 

What makeup items could you not live without? Items? I'd have to say my entire makeup kit! Each piece contributes to the overall illusion... I couldn't imagine not having any of it at my disposal. 

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? Yep.. I do design my own clothing. I'm learning to become a better seamstress though. 

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag? Winning the Miss Gay San Francisco crown, my first night in drag, after taking a 9 nine year break. 

What else should we know about you? I am launching my very first pageant, Miss Triple Crown 2010 and I couldn't be more excited about it. It's April 2nd, 2010, the winner wins $500 in cash, I have a lot of great judges and contestants. Shangela, from RuPaul's Drag Race is our special guest performer, who is an absolute doll! With never putting on a drag pageant before, I am absolutely in awe and amazed at the generosity of the girls participating.... and I LOVE Artemis Chase. :)

Friday, March 19, 2010

Inside My Makeup Box - M.A.C. Shadows

When it comes to doing my eyes I probably have about 100 different shadows to choose from in a variety of brands, shades, and textures.  But nine times out of ten you are going to find me grabbing for one of my M.A.C. shadows.  The color pigments are incredibly rich and really pop on your eyes and they are some of the easiest shadows to blend.  I can't stress how important blending your makeup is ladies!  Blending can take your face from clown to superstar in just a few quick minutes.

I have accumulated a lot of different M.A.C. colors over the years, but when it really comes down to it, there are 3 that I could not live without!

1. Electric Eel - This is probably the most commonly used eyeshadow color for drag queens everywhere!  Electric Eel is one of the most vibrant blues you will ever find!  Pretty much any time I am doing a show where I have to change my outfit multiple times I will use Electric Eel as my primary eye color because it goes with almost anything you can wear.  It is an absolute must have for any queens makeup box in my opinion!

2. Black Tied - I have used a lot of different black shadows, but my all time favorite is Black Tied!  Now you are not going to find queens agreeing on this as much as they do about Electric Eel.  In fact you'll probably find queens arguing over what the best black shadow is more than almost anything else in their makeup boxes.  I however absolutely love the deep black coverage that Black Tied gives you as well as the subtle sparkle mixed in and use it 99% of the times that I need a black shadow.

3. Pagan - Sadly, Pagan was a limited edition color from the Alexander McQueen collection.  I hesitate to even tell you all about it because the world's supply is running short and my stockpile won't last forever.  But thankfully this incredible lime green can still be found on ebay for the time being.  If I'm not using Electric Eel than I am probably slapping Pagan across my lids.

A few more colors I would never be without are Bronze, Freshwater, Electra, Deep Truth, Plumage and Bitter.  But I don't use any of them to the extent I use the first three.

Your eyes are almost always the first thing people will notice when looking at your makeup.  So make sure you always give them something worth looking at!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Miss Thing!

I am officially proclaiming Miss Thing as the best drag event in all of Portland!  Our second show last Wednesday was so incredible even I was surprised!  Thank you to everyone who came out to the show, all our performers, and everyone else involved in making this idea become a reality!

The theme was Broadway Babes and we got so many different dimensions of the stage musical!  The show kicks off every month with Heklina and all the judges performing.  I tore up the stage with my band of cardboard guitar toting hippies to "Jesus Christ Superstar" and we were given hilarious renditions of "My Favorite Things" by Heklina and "Little Girls" from Annie by Jeffrey Darling.  Poison Waters wowed us all with a super sexy number (that tragically I can't remember the name of) and Raya Light gave us classic scary Raya complete with decapitated heads!  There definitely was a little something for everyone!

But we were all put to shame when last months Miss Thing winner Ecstasy Inferno (who returned to us as a guest judge) took to the stage!  Ecstasy put together an incredibly choreographed sequence from Cabaret combining Willkommen and Don't Tell Mama that was almost broadway quality, complete with leading man and four super sexy backup girls!  If Ecstasy's performance last month might have been the best thing I had seen since moving to Portland, this performance definitely was!  I just heard that Ecstasy has agreed to return to us for a special intermission performance at our upcoming Miss Thing - Ladies of the 80's night, so can't wait to see what she will bring us next!

Finally our contestants took to the stage!  We had a crazy time with contestants this time around with 3 of our girls (Saturn, Onyx Valentine, and Vivica Valentine) all having to drop out at the last minute for various reasons.  But our three remaining girls were fabulous!  Vegas Platinum served us classic glamour with "And I'm Telling You" from Dreamgirls.  Bulimianne Rhapsody brought us Cats in a hilarious number complete with 2 almost naked dancers that had the judges drooling.  However her attention to costume detailing (complete with little pink kitty asshole) is what had the judges really falling over in their seats!  And finally Sally Ingus Wilder (who had never performed in drag before that night) took to the stage with a version of "Big Spender" rewritten as "Big Boner".  There was judggling, balloon swallowing, and all sorts of dirty innuendo worked into the number.  To top it all off the song was sung live by the incredible Allison May off stage, while Sally lipsynced the number!

Once all the contestants had performed it was time for the judges to deliberate and determine a winner.  While we went backstage the fabulous burlesque sensation Sadie LaGuerre gave a rousing performance that sadly I only got to see the last 20 seconds of.  But I was told it was fabulous!

Finally the moment was here and we announced the second Miss Thing winner was our first time performer, Sally Ingus Wilder!  She will be joining us again next month as one of our guest judges and I can't wait to see what she will bring to the stage!

Next month's contest will be on Wednesday, April 14th and the theme is "Ladies of the 80's".  So far confirmed for the show we have Bulimianne Rhapsody, Alexis Campbell Starr, and Vegas Platinum as well as a whole list of other divas I am waiting to hear back from!  So make sure to get your tickets in advance because with the success of our last show it is possible we will completely sell out the venue this time around!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Queen of the Week - Paige Turner

Name: Paige Turner

Age: Beauty is timeless-I play 16-20 on stage. 

Location:  NYC Baby!

Single or taken? Depends on the night

What is your drag style like?  Girly girly!  I love anything crinoline and prom dresses-I wear a lot of fuschia/black and if I could runway for a designer it would be Betsey Johnson
 How long does it take you to get ready in drag?  I can be ready in 40 minutes-it doesn’t take much to transform into the magic.

Do you have a favorite number you perform?   Many!  If I had to choose 1- “I’m With You” Avril Lavigne

Where can we see you perform?  Bartini Ultralounge on a regular basis and I fill in the holes of some of the other queens around town as needed and let me tell you-those are some big F-in holes!  

How did you first get into drag? 1 foot at a time- I was doing a production of “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” (which made Charles Busch famous) Everyone who saw it was like, you really need to be doing this all the time!

Who have been your biggest inspirations?   Actually I adore Charles Busch and Varla Jean Merman-they are true drag artists and are fabulous actors.  I also think 80’s Julie Brown (the white one) rubbed off on me a lot in creating Paige.

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen?    Work hard at your hosting skills-it makes a huge difference!  Be a professional-drama can be entertaining,  but being easy to work with stands out in a good way!  Don’t shop at Forever 21-their return policy sucks!

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why?  I have never performed in P-town!  I think the old school queens there would eat me up and I have no problem rollerskating past Hedda Lettuce to attract an audience!

What is something that might surprise us all about you?   Hmm, the fact that people sometimes don’t realize I’m in drag and think I’m a real girl and that I can buy off the rack in the jrs dept. 

What makeup items could you not live without?  My Mac Pressed Powder and my bubblegum lipstick from CVS!

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc?  I create a look based on the material I’m going to perform, the clothes seem to compliment the numbers and there is always a hint of retro thrown in.  I also can get a little crazy with a hot glue gun!

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag?  I think it was when I realized that people really respond to my character and that the world could definitely use a lot more of Paige Turner!  I really do find performing Paige rewarding in many ways and that people always say “I can really tell you love performing, which makes me want to watch you!”  That’s the best compliment.

What else should we know about you?  If you don’t like drag I encourage you to come see me-my main goal is for the audience to have a great time and to make people laugh, not to mention that I’m gorgeous-I’ve converted a lot of heathens!  

Monday, March 08, 2010

Queen of the Week - Artemis Chase

A couple weeks ago I had someone come up to me and ask why I had never taken the time to sit down and answer my "Queen of the Week" questions about myself.  To be honest, I had never even thought about it. So I decided that I would sit down this week and give you all the dish on myself that I have never shared before and hopefully give you all a little more insight into who I am!  So here goes...

Name: Artemis Chase            

Age: One thing according to my birth certificate, Another according to my plastic surgeon.

Location: Portland, Oregon or anywhere else people want to pay me to go!

Single or taken? Taken by the man of my dreams!

What is your drag style like? Ever changing and evolving, but always comedic in some form.  I take on whatever look fits best for the numbers I perform.  I like to think of myself as a blank canvas to be taken over by an assortment of characters.

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? I like to give myself 2 hours, because then I can take my time, relax, get into character, take a nap in the middle if I feel like it.  But my all time record for doing my face, hair, and getting dressed is 23 minutes. 

Do you have a favorite number you perform?  I have a whole list of favorites!  “Addicted” by Kelly Clarkson where I struggle with my food addictions.  “It’s Not Right, But It’s Ok” by Whitney Houston, where I struggle with my cocaine addictions.  “It’s Oh So Quiet” by Bjork where I struggle with my love addictions.  Wait a minute…..I’m beginning to sense a pattern in my life…

Where can we see you perform?  Currently you can see me regularly the 1st Wednesday of every month at Success @ The Red Cap Garage, the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Miss Thing @ The Fezz Ballroom, and the 4th Saturday of every month at Blow Pony @ Rotture!  I also try to make guest appearances at a variety of other shows whenever my schedule permits and am working on a number of out of town tour dates with Blow Pony this year!

How did you first get into drag? When I was 18 I used to go to the little underage club here in Portland and all the queens there told me what a pretty girl I would make.  So I gave it a try and absolutely loved the treatment I got at the club when I would go out in drag!  But it wasn’t until a few years later, after moving to New York City, that I began performing on stage.  And that is when Artemis was truly born and the journey that has led me to this point began.

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Lypsinka is my biggest drag idol!  Sweetie and Linda Simpson from NYC were the most influential in helping me when I was a young new performer.  Heklina of Trannyshack fame in San Francisco was a big inspiration in a business sense.  Other queens that have provided great inspiration to me over the years have been Hedda Lettuce, Varla Jean Merman, Jackie Beat, Justin Bond, Charles Busch, Sherry Vine, Peaches Christ, and my most recent inspiration, Pandora Boxx.  And anyone who treats drag as pure comedic entertainment can be added to this list for me! 

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen? 
1. Don’t take yourself too seriously!  We are men in women’s clothing.  Lighten up a bit and laugh at yourself.  
2. Work HARD!  If you want to succeed as a professional drag queen it takes a lot of hard work and practice practice practice!  You don’t become a truly fabulous entertainer overnight.  
3. Remember that it takes far more than a gorgeous look to be a true queen!  Make sure you develop a fun personality, practice your hosting skills, learn how to successfully promote and organize events, and most importantly in my book…make sure you can entertain a crowd all by yourself, whatever it is that you do!

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why?  I have a nightclub that I have built in my mind.  It has a massive stage with every lighting effect I could ever want, trap doors in the stage floor, swings that descend from the ceiling, and an audience so enraptured by the show that nobody wants to move.   Basically every little thing I need for every fantastic over the top number I’ve conjured up in my head over the years.  Building and performing on THAT stage would be the ultimate dream of a lifetime!

What is something that might surprise us all about you?  When I am not out tearing up stages around Portland, I am actually a totally domestic housewife.  I kid you not.  I cook dinner almost every night and am a goddess of baking!  If you ever get the chance to come by and try a slice of one of my pies you will experience a little piece of heaven.

What makeup items could you not live without?  Kryolan TV Paint Stick (there is no better foundation in my opinion), MAC eyeshadow in “electric eel” and “black tide”, and Loreal true match color blush.  But even more important than any of my makeup items are my makeup remover pads, so that I can get my face off before driving home after a show!

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc? About a year ago I set out on a mission to become a fully self sufficient queen.  I bought a sewing maching and have begun learning to sew and I have started styling some of my own wigs.  I still have many things to learn, but I am headed in the right direction.  I also mix all of my own music tracks when I want things changed and edit all of my own video footage.

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag?  Oh wow…that’s a really hard question I’ve been making all these queens answer.  I’ve had so many amazing moments over the years it’s nearly impossible to pick just one.  But I am going to say the one and only time that I won Starsearch @ Barracuda in NYC by cutting all my real hair off on stage.  It was not my greatest performance by any means, nor was it a fabulous look.  To be honest, at that point I was still a pretty tragic little queen.  But it was the defining moment for me that my ideas as an entertainer had some validity.  I truly realized at that moment, that if I worked hard enough, I could become someone amazing!  I had so many hopes and dreams back then and it is an absolutely incredible feeling to look back now and realize how many of them have come true!  I can guarantee that nobody in that bar that night would have guessed I would go on to become the queen that I am today.  So it just goes to show that if you believe in yourself enough and are willing to put in the time, energy, and hard work, you can become whoever you want to be!

What else should we know about you? Aside from all the fun parties and fabulous events I get to be a part of, I have a genuine wish to use the influence I have gained as an entertainer to help others!  I have a passion for working with organizations that help disadvantaged youth/runaways/street kids as well as a variety of HIV/AIDS related charities.  I plan on volunteering with Camp Starlight beginning this year, which is an incredible summer camp for children infected and affected by HIV.  I believe that when you have been blessed in life that it is incredibly important to give back to others in whatever way you can!  

Saturday, March 06, 2010

The Drag Directory!

If you love drag queens there is a brand new site to check out called The Drag Directory!  They are working on listing all the hottest drag entertainers around the world into an easy to navigate directory!  You can get info on all the fabulous queens, dates for their shows, watch videos, and find out how to get in contact with them if you're interested in booking them!

They are in the early stages of development, but I think they are doing a fabulous job at putting together the site!  They are still working on getting more queens from around the country on there, so if you know any great performers in your area, send them to the site to get set up with their own free profile.

And finally, they have a ratings/voting system on the site to determine who the highest rated queens are.  So if any of you wouldn't mind stopping by my page at and giving me a 5 star rating that would be absolutely delightful!  40 more votes and I'll be listed in the top 10 on the sites front page!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Miss Thing - Broadway Babes!

I wanted to remind everyone that next Wednesday, March 10th is the second Miss Thing talent search hosted by the one and only Heklina!  The theme is Broadway Babes and we have an ever so fabulous lineup for you all!  You are going to get numbers ranging from classic Broadway to the craziest reinterpretations you have ever seen!

This months contestants are Vivica Valentine, Saturn, Bulimianne Rhapsody, Onyx Valentine, and Sally Ingus Wilder!

Plus fabulous performances by your panel of celebrity judges including Raya Light (former Miss Trannyshack from San Francisco), Jeffrey Darling (of Sissy Boy fame), Poison Waters (all around diva of Portand), Exstasy Inferno (last months Miss Thing winner), and of course yours truly Artemis Chase!

Tickets are $10 at the door, but you can get them for only $5 if you pre-order them at TicketWeb!

Miss Thing @ The Fez Ballroom
316 SW 11th St., Portland
Wed, March 10th.
Doors at 9pm, Showtime at 10pm.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Inside My Makeup Box!

I get asked all the time to share my makeup tips and tricks, what kind of products I use and where I get them.  So I have decided to start a segment on here where I will share a different product I couldn't live without each week!

So to kick things off we'll start with the most basic thing in my makeup foundation!  I have used a lot of different foundations over the years.  I started out in my early days with plain old Covergirl and Loreal sticks, eventually moving on to MAC Studio Tech, then switching to MAC studio stick.  And I've had very brief affairs with an array of other sticks, cremes, and mousse based foundations.

But about 3 years ago that all changed!  I met the foundation that I would form a committed relationship with!  The one and only Kryolan TV Paint Stick!

Kryolan is a professional makeup line used primarily for Television and Theatre, which makes it's products ideal for drag queens!  The Paint Stick gives you the best coverage I have ever gotten from any foundation, yet is still creamy and incredibly easy to blend!  And they carry the stick in over 120 different shades to match every skin tone.  You can see the entire range of colors here.

I use three different colors to do my face.  I begin with 2w to cover my entire face, then use 5w to contour my cheeks, nose, and forehead edges, followed by blending in TV white to highlight my cheekbones, center of forehead, bridge of my nose, upper lip, and beneath my lower lip.

Once everything is in place I set my face with Kryolan's translucent setting powder and my skin looks flawless!  My face is then set for the entire night and I never have to reapply!

The only place to get Kryolan products in person is at their showroom in San Francisco, but there are plenty of options to order them online for those of us who don't live there.  I personally order my sticks from Glamour Supply because the site is ran by a friend of mine and I get the products very fast!  However they only carry a limited amount of colors, so if they don't have the color you need another site I have used is FX Supply.  They carry the entire range of colors.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Queen of the Week - Bebe Sweetbriar

Name: BeBe Sweetbriar

Age: Older Than Some, but Wiser Than Most

Location: San Francisco

Single or taken? So single, but definitely not lonely

What is your drag style like? That's a tough question, because I think of drag as a expression of self that can't be duplicated. I have embodied a lot of different personas, I think, in my drag presentation that I perfer to label it BeBe's style.

How long does it take you to get ready in drag? That depends on how much time I have. Lol. Honey, I have gotten ready enroute to a gig on Muni...LOL. No, it is an hour and half process most nights.

Do you have a favorite number you perform? Well, I am a live singing queen, so my numbers are more directed to the songs I can sing rather than the ones I most definitely would love to dramatically interrupt. But, I think my favorite song to sing for an audience is "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls. I have been told seeing a skinny bitch sang a big girl song in the way I do has made them a little aww struck.

Where can we see you perform? Well, I am in San Francisco and regularly perform at the Mix, Marlena's, Divas and Lookout. With a dance single out called "Save Me", I have booked all over for dance/club parties, including Gay Days and Southern Decadence. Then I reguarly host weekly events at Club Trigger and Harvey's. Monday nights are my only free night to myself generally.

How did you first get into drag? It all began in my church....really! A fundraising musical production at my church where I played a drag character.

Who have been your biggest inspirations? Well, RuPaul has been the inspiration of most drag queens with aspirations, me included. But I also have been inspired by the philanthropy of Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the artistry of Juanita More and the House of More, and the business sense of Heklina of Trannyshack.

What would be your three biggest tips for a new drag queen?
1. Be You
2. Be Fearless
3. Be Committed

If you could perform anywhere in the world where would it be and why?  Well, I am on my way to London this Spring and it has definitely been one of my places on my wish list, but, i think Sydney Australia is my number one place. Primarily because drag as a performance art there definitely fits what I do. Female impersonation is very widely accepted and appreciated there.

What is something that might surprise us all about you?  I am a natural parent of two daughters! My two most proudest accomplishments.

What makeup items could you not live without?  Liquid eyeliner and mousse foundation

Do you design any of your clothes, create any of your wigs, etc?  No, I do not. I am pretty much a costume store and off the rack girl. I am a size 4 which makes short dresses easy to find, but with my long legs, full-length gowns can be a bitch to find.

What has been your all time greatest moment in drag?  I have had several, and none around perfroming. Meeting and interviewing the likes of RuPaul, Lady Gaga, Sean Puffy Combs, Jennifer Holliday, and Dustin Lance Black have been highlights that have set me on my course to host my own talk show, which I kick-off soon on webtv channel the Rainbow Channel.

What else should we know about you?  I am all about community, and the drag community is a great one, a sorority, that has been great to be apart of. But I reach out to my sisters to say that energy is by far better spent sharing with your fellow queens and growing with them, than trying to tear them down.