After a Fashion
This week, Stephen goes to a drag ball and gets some Texture in his life.
DRAG BALLZ It was a total riot and put last year's production to shame. But in light of the opening performance by the evening's emcee/promoter, our newspaper's now-annual Drag Ball should just go ahead and call itself The Austin Chronicle Presents a Kate Messer Production of the Drag Ball. That's not a bad thing: Kate can be a pretty amazing performer. Her version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" was riveting, and she is an incredible bundle of energy. But the number of drag kings versus drag queens was severely disproportionate (not that that ever happens at a drag performance -- we're just used to it happening the other way around). And while NYC's Club Casanova and our local Kings 'N' Things presented some absolutely brilliant routines, there were simply too many of them, and ideally, room should be made for a larger variety of performers. DJ Organic kept things hopping, and opening act Los Madonnas were fabulous: sort of like women dressed in drag as women and performing five stages of Madonna. The glorious Taylor Trinity won the Drag Queen award, and hands down, my favorite outfit of the night was a fabulous Seventies pimp ensemble worn by Alfonso, who won as best Drag King. There were so many other great winners and guests, including the always fabulous Miss Kitty of Mega 93.3, the wonderful Jenn Garrison, Rawny and Jen of Xtremes Salon, DJ Sliver (the Cyber-Slut of Elysium), DJ Roger Wilson, Brenna and Jeffrey of Salon 505 (Jeffrey was a faaabulous dead ringer for Christina Aguilera), and sooo many others. Whatever happens to this event, it is one to keep an eye on and will become an annual favorite.
TEXTURE-IZED Last Saturday launched Texture's new Jet Set Lounge event with a fashion show by the new stores Jezebel and Upstairs. It is a regular event that will take place on the first and third Mondays of every month. There were some excellent people involved. By way of review, I'll simply let you in on a teeny bit of the feedback I sent Texture's owner Tarek Morshed via e-mail: "You were an excellent host, and the place is looking fab. As for the fashion aspect of [the event], I urge you to use brighter light on the models -- even when that dreadful video light wasn't blinding us, it was not bright enough to really see the clothes. At a fashion show, you need to be able to see the clothes. The pacing of the show was awful, and the models had their backs to us most of the time. Some of the female models looked like they were direct from the Show Palace, but some of the men were spectacular -- classy and exotic, just like the clothes. The men's silk loungewear was absolutely gorgeous, and the styling was wonderful. Jezebel is a very cute, cool store right now, and they have the capability to put on a great show. On the other hand, I thought Upstairs was outstanding. [All in all], it was better than many shows but not among the best. The event and the club, however, definitely are among the best, and I am a major fan of your events."
CHRISTMAS CHOPPING This is the time of year when we are besieged with articles telling us how to stretch our holiday shopping dollar. So, I've compiled a list of tips to help you, inspired by the ultimate shopping economist, Winona Ryder, and culled from Winona's famous "missing file."
1. Do not carry any medication; swallow it all before you enter the store.
2. Use your credit card, and purchase a pair of $2.95 earrings for someone you don't like.
3. Make the assumption that all future purchases will be put on that same transaction, and shove all kinds of merchandise into your shopping bag.
4. Bring scissors with you to cut out those pesky sensor-matic devices.
5. Bring Band-Aids and antiseptic in case you cut yourself.
6. Bring an empty garment bag for easy storage.
7. If you run out of room, simply wear the item out of the store.
8. If stopped, claim you were rehearsing for a movie.
9. Once you've unloaded your haul into the car, go back and return the earrings.
10. You will have succeeded in giving faaabulous gifts without spending a dime!