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Monday, August 8, 2016

Drag Strip: Peaches Christ puts her own spin on Showgirls! The Musical!

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 2:00 PM

Clockwise: Nomi Malone (April Kidwell) and Cristal Connors (Peaches Christ) vie for top billing in Showgirls! The Musical!, playing at the Victoria Theatre through August 27th. - PHOTO CREDIT: JOSE A GUZMAN COLON
  • Photo Credit: Jose A Guzman Colon
  • Clockwise: Nomi Malone (April Kidwell) and Cristal Connors (Peaches Christ) vie for top billing in Showgirls! The Musical!, playing at the Victoria Theatre through August 27th.

In 1995 cult flick Showgirls, Vegas stripper Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) dreams of kicking off her hooker heels and thrusting her way into a major burlesque revue. With Showgirls! The Musical!, starring April Kidwell as the exotic dancer turned showgirl, Peaches Christ, who plays Nomi's nemesis Cristal Connors and also directs, realizes her own ambition of bringing a full-length stage show to San Francisco.

In anticipation of Showgirls! The Musical!'s west coast premiere on August 10, Peaches Christ spoke to SF Weekly about making the show her own, why the film that it's based on continues to titillate and why her new ice cream flavor is more mouthwatering than an iced nipple. 

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Drink Your (Expired?) Juice at Stale Magnolias

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Jef Valentine, Marilynn Fowler and - Robert Molossi - JAMES JORDAN
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  • Jef Valentine, Marilynn Fowler andRobert Molossi

One of the more quotable films of the late '80s, Steel Magnolias has a cast that feels like a once-per-century cosmic alignment: Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah, and doomed diabetic daughter Julia Roberts (along with Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott, Sam Shepard, and an armadillo-shaped red velvet cake with grayish icing that doesn't survive).

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Friday, June 24, 2016


Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 12:00 PM

  • Heklina
Welcome to the final installment of I AM YOUR QUEEN, a nightmarish pageant of beauty offset with the occasional glimmer of nightmarish spectacle. We conclude this Pride Month series by handing the microphone to a genuine legend, even by the standards of San Francisco drag: Heklina.

On a recent drag cruise to Mexico with Peaches Christ, Heklina took a detour down memory lane (which in this case was a dimly lit alley full of night terrors).

"One of the stops was Cabo, and I took a taxi to visit San Jose Del Cabo, the little town where I got in drag for the hell of it one night, way back in 1996, a few months before I started Trannyshack," she said. "We — Timmy Spence, Jordan L'Moore, and myself — went out in drag that night, and were subsequently arrested and terrorized by the local police. It was very Priscilla meets Midnight Express. We were strip-searched, had all of our money taken away from us, and the next day fled to the airport and got the fuck out of there. It made the S.F. papers and everything!"

"It was great to go back," she added. "The little jail is still there, and the town looks so cute in the daylight!"

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

I AM YOUR QUEEN: D'Arcy Drollinger

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  • Bryon Fry
Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, an ill-conceived and constantly regrettable Pride Month spectacular that nonetheless manages to discover fascinating tidbits about the sexiest drag performers in the Bay Area.

D'Arcy Drollinger has legs up to ya-ya, as anyone who's seen her original musical Shit and Champagne knows. She also has a keen business sense, as one of the four principals behind the year-and-a-half-old SoMa drag club Oasis, which has become a major player in S.F. nightlife in spite of a rather inauspicious start.

"The architect was saying, 'No way, not going to happen for at least another month,'" Drollinger told me last year, when I profiled the club for SF Weekly. "And we'd sold out for New Year's! It was that moment when we had to go to friends in higher places for help."

Well, it opened on time and the rest is history. 

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

I AM YOUR QUEEN: Laundra Tyme

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a periodically reoccurring swamp of discarded beauty products from which mermaids, naiads, and sea-vixens of the night occasionally emerge. 

Laundra Tyme dated a guy she met on Grindr the year before she started doing drag, and on their first date, he took her to Trannyshack's Starsearch pageant. Beforehand, they went to Roxy-Cotten Candy's house, where she saw the incredible amount of time and labor that drag requires.

"I remember staring at her nails, mesmerized, for way too long, and making her feel uncomfortable," Laundra says. "This guy seemed to know everyone in and around the show, so we got to see the whole pageant standing right behind the judges. I can still remember every number from that night: Grace Towers and her Vogue extravaganza, Sue Casa and her donkey show, Roxy’s deck-of cards-dress — everything was spectacular and grandiose and political in a weird way, and the whole experience sparked an intense fascination with drag."

A year later, she and the guy had long since stopped dating, and she was already an accomplished drag performer.

"I didn’t see him for over a year until I started performing at The Monster Show with Cookie Dough. The guy was at the show every time I performed, sitting in the same spot — and we avoided each other because things had not ended on a good note. After my third time at the show, he finally came up to me and said, 'Hey, so… can I be your drag dad since I kind of started you in all of this?'"

"He explained that he was Cookie’s son Crafty Dough," Laundra adds, "and from there on out, I was Cookie’s granddaughter. She put me in her show almost every week and brought me all over to perform with her, which gave me the opportunities and connections that have lead me to be able to do what I do now. The moral of the story is, Grindr hookups bring families together!"

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Friday, June 17, 2016

I AM YOUR QUEEN: Black Benatar

Posted By on Fri, Jun 17, 2016 at 12:30 PM

  • Black Benatar
Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a Pride Month hootenanny that sidles right up to San Francisco's biggest drag superstars, whispers unctuous praise in their ears to get their attention, and grips them by the wrist until they spill it.

We turn the keys over today to Black Benatar, a radical faux queen whose origin story is simply too good not to reveal right at the top.

"Black Benatar is the love child-slash-loin trash of queen divas Divine and Patti LaBelle," she says. "In the midst of a one-time haze of diva-on-diva carnality, an egg popped out. They named it 'Patti Divine.' Everyone knows queens come from eggs ... duh. Mama Patti couldn't handle a love so queer and she left Mama Divine sitting on that egg until she died. Half-baked, shellshocked, and alone, Patti Divine cried for 40 days and 40 nights, and through the heat of her tears and anguish she hatched herself — and Black Benatar was born. A soulful death-metal diva of gargantuan proportions."

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Thursday, June 16, 2016


Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM


Welcome to
I AM YOUR QUEEN, a thoroughly disturbing feature on The Exhibitionist that holds a scanning electron microscope  up to San Francisco's baddest drag performers to see if they exist in other dimensions or warp space-time and other weird shit like that.

Full disclosure: I know Sue Veneer very well. She once had me administer fake LSD-soaked sugar cubes to an audience at Oasis for one of her performances, disemboweled me on stage for another, and we were roommates and bus seat-mates on the Mothership to Reno in March, where I helped her bury all the bodies. 

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 12:30 PM

  • Raya Light

Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a Pride Month series that lets San Francisco's raddest drag performers tell the world a li'l bit about themselves. In the aftermath of the Orlando shooting, it's more important than ever to give space for the voices of brilliant freaks and weirdoes, and these queens don't let an opportunity pass.

"There are certainly times when I am getting ready for a performance," Raya Light says of her approach to drag, "and I am thinking,'"Oh god, why I am doing this! I am a middle-aged man dressing up as a little girl ... This is crazy!' "

"Again those voices!" she adds. "But whenever I start thinking about that, I remember something that happened to me during an early performance. I was doing a parody of that crazy Paris Hilton Burger King commercial, where she seductively washes a car and then takes a bite of a burger. Of course, I went all in on my burger instead of just taking a bite, until there wasn't a spot on my body that this burger hadn't touched — if you catch my drift. Anyway, while I was working my way through the crowd after, this guy stopped me and said, 'I just have to tell you. I probably had one of the worst days of my life today, but for five minutes, your performance made me laugh and forget all that. Thank you!' So, I really hold on to that, and I really value my performances and value my audiences, and realize that I can have an impact and to try as hard as I can to never just phone it in or do something half-assed."

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

I AM YOUR QUEEN: Terri Twatwaffle

Posted By on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 11:30 AM

  • Kegan Marling Photography
Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a Pride Month shebeen at the Exhibitionist where we ask San Francisco's most outspoken drag personae to give us their unfiltered opinions about bitches. We don't necessarily ask that specifically, but sometimes, that's what we get.

"Because I frequently preform in a glowing space helmet and/or fly up into the crowd with nine-foot-long dresses, I have coined myself 'The Original Flying Drag Astro-Twat', ” says Terri Twatwaffle, the barely year-0ld queen who nonetheless already hosts her own show at Oasis.

Check it out in the video below, and for details on the time she smeared blood over a picture of Jeffrey Dahmer.

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Monday, June 13, 2016


Posted By on Mon, Jun 13, 2016 at 3:30 PM

  • Sue Casa
Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a puked-in clutch purse of information about the usually insane, occasionally inane drag personalities that light up San Francisco when it's otherwise under darkness. We turn our attention today to one of the chattiest, the always-delightful Sue Casa.

"One of my favorite moments in drag was the time I did "Playboy Mommy" by Tori Amos," Sue Casa says. "I obviously dressed as a Playboy Bunny and started the number falling down on my pregnant self, forcing a bloody bunny out my ass. The best part was that Tommy Lee ended up coming to the show and I remember thinking, 'This can't be the first time Tommy Lee has seen a Playboy Bunny fall down and force out a baby. That man has lived.' " 

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