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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Put on That Fake Hair and Sing: WIG-EE-OKIE

Posted By on Tue, Apr 19, 2011 at 7:30 AM


Those of you who know me understand my fascination with hair -- okay, maybe you don't "understand" it, but at least realize that I can grow it ... I am not a hair dresser, I am a hair farmer. Your hair says a lot about you and how you view yourself, or at least your persona. Some want what they don't have: Curly wants straight, straight wants curly, gays want straights, straights want lesbians, and so on.

The real hair. - JOSE A GUZMAN COLON
  • Jose A Guzman Colon
  • The real hair.

In my unfortunate dealings with the fickle gay male population of San Francisco, it's interesting how many have issues about their hair, as if hair were a great identifier of masculine prowess. Yes, hard as it is to believe, gay men have a penchant for short hair. (I guess it somehow makes you more believable as a man when you shop for pumps for your Halloween costume.)

As a said hair farmer, this is something I have had to come to terms with for years, not just a topic off the top of my head. (Get it? I know, ugh!) Why anyone would have the same haircut as the majority of the planet is beyond me, and don't even get me talking about that Justin Bieber hair. Do any of those sideswept hairdo holders even make the connection to their pimply foreheads??

Soooo ... it was with great interest that I noted a specific something that happened over the weekend. Saturday night was WIG-EE-OKIE 2011, DJ Chicken (aka Tom Kern)'s birthday party.

LeMay and DJ Chicken; not the real hair.
  • LeMay and DJ Chicken; not the real hair.
The premise, simply enough, is: Wear a wig and sing a song. There was no need to wear a costume or a matching ensemble, as there were plenty of wigs to keep changing into all night (the House of Fish has a fantastic drag closet). The ridiculousness of some of the wigs, as paired with normal street clothes, was actually a very interesting sight to behold.
At most parties, you can bet there will be someone there who you don't know. How refreshing that your sense of possible attraction to their normal appearance would be thrown off, and you'd have to rely on their actual personality instead. Right? Unheard of!! It seems that you have this sense of freedom when you realize you might appear ridiculous -- so then why not just be yourself, right? Wigs are the world's great unifiers, equaling everyone out and follicularly binding us all. Okay, it's a stretch, but the sense of giving in to the absurdity of it all was palpable.

Speaking of wigs unifying the world ...

Rentecca gets on the bus.
  • Rentecca gets on the bus.
This weekend (Saturday, April 23) marks the umpteenth time the Trannyshack crowd will take its Easter weekend overnight charter bus trip to "The Biggest Little Town in America," aka the poor man's Vegas: Reno!!! So if you're in the mood for a sight, come by and watch the send-off, as it truly makes for great photo ops. The tour leaves from Retro Fit at 910 Valencia. The queens usually start arriving at about 10:30 a.m., and the buses (yes, two buses, for 115 revelers) leave around 11. So for roughly one hour, Valencia Street has no idea what hit it.

Speaking of not knowing what hit you ...

If you're not on the bus to Reno to get your quickie divorce, then you really should spend your Easter Sunday afternoon in Dolores Park with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. There is an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m., an Easter bonnet contest at 1:30 p.m., and the Hunky Jesus Contest at 3:30 ... (P.S. Please stop begging me to enter the HJC. As we all know, I gladly accept the moniker of the Second Coming. I do not, however, need a contest to tell me so.) They always have great performances, this time including the Thrillpeddlers and Boylesque, but you should check the website for inclement weather updates.

Speaking of great performances ...

Veronica does Peggy. - KENT TAYLOR
  • Kent Taylor
  • Veronica does Peggy.
San Francisco chanteuse (and friend) Veronica Klaus will be performing a brand new show at the Rrazz Room on April 25 and 26. It's called "Veronica Klaus Sings the Music of Peggy Lee," 'cause she's a woman, she's got a fever, and that's all there is.

That's it for now. Until next week, stick a wig on your head and call it a day!!


"Tuck of the Town" is a weekly blog column about the San Francisco drag scene. Check back next Tuesday for more.
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