Trangela Lansbury Goes Makeup Shopping!

Categories: Drag, Fashion

Elijah Nouvelage

We get a lot of press releases around here, so when one came in for the new M•A•C store, we knew who to send. Check out our guest review from Trangela Lansbury!

"Hey Gurl, did you hear M•A•C just opened a new shop?"

"Yeah? No. (giggles)"

"Yeah it's a pro-fusion-store (hair toss) like airbrush makeup n' stuff, but they have regular shit too."

"Oh, that sounds cyute."

It was cyute. When I was trying to find the new M•A•C Cosmetics Pro-flagship store, I couldn't. It was wallpapered in ads, so from far away it looks like the building was still under construction. Once I walked in, it looked like a regular makeup shop, but upon closer inspection, it was actually pretty cool.

The store was a hive of energy with loads of makeup artists, costumers and looky-loos buzzin' around. Like five M•A•C employees heard I was coming to write this article and they greeted me at the door, all at once -- all this makeup smiling back at me, and one hot guy that wasn't wearing makeup at all (Or was he? He looked flawless, but maybe he just really knew how to paint). Anyway, it was intense. Part of me wanted to be incognito and discover all the makeup on my own, while the other part of me wished they kicked it up a notch and brought me a bottle of champagne and a bag of free makeup -- neither happened.

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Extra Sparkle and Shine at the Ballet: Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Photo by Sascha Vaughn

There was a time when ballet was the purview of Imperial Russia, when ballerinas Russianized their names from Lilian Marks and Hilda Munnings to Alicia Markova and Lydia Sokolova. Like a certain Norma Jeane Mortenson, the dancers knew their down-home monikers lacked the authenticating glamour of a Slavic pedigree. There was a time when every ballerina was a diva who radiated an individual gleam in the anonymity of the firmament. There was a time when balletomanes went to watch over-the-top personalities rather than over-the-puddle pas de chats. Bay Area audiences won't need to commandeer a time machine, to return to days of yore, when Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo comes to Zellerbach Hall on March 25.

Yes, they're an all-male comedy ballet troupe doing send-offs of classical ballets in full tutu-ed and pointe-shod regalia since 1974. But they are also, in the words of their artistic director Toby Dobrin, at heart a "dusty overblown Russian touring company that doesn't exist anymore."

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Drag Queens Say Farewell to Mission Institution Esta Noche

Fabian Echevarria
Anna Conda and Heklina at "Save Esta Noche"

Another one bites the dust.

Mission gay bar, Esta Noche, has closed its doors to make way for, you guessed it, another swanky cocktail bar geared toward 20-somethings with disposable income. The venue, which for the past 33 years has catered to the queer Latino crowd and played host to weekly drag shows, was a little rough, for sure. Locals tell stories of walking by mid-afternoon and catching glimpses of dudes blowing other dudes behind open doors. But it's San Francisco. Wouldn't you be a little disappointed if we couldn't stand some mid-day BJ action?

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S.F. Drag King Competition: Local Drag Kings Talk About Being the Other Gender-Bending Performers

Categories: Drag

Dr. Fudgie Frottage. Phot by Larry Utley

"The main thing about San Francisco drag is that nobody gets up and does a straight lip sync. That just doesn't fly."

This statement issued from of Dr. Fudgie Frottage, who has emceed San Francisco's annual female-to-male drag king competition since 1996. During her reign it's become the largest in the world, attracting talent from as far away as Paris. This Saturday marks the 18th anniversary of the contest, and there's no question it will be a raunchy, rollicking good time. Kings are less concerned with glamour than queens, and they're arguably funnier. And any of these ladies will tell you: they push cultural boundaries just as hard as the guys do.

Yet even after a rush of victories for the queer, gender-bending and questioning this summer with the repeal of Prop. 8 and DOMA, those cultural boundaries still have a long way to be pushed. Similarly, drag kings have a long way to go before they attain the visibility of their queenly counterparts. Why can't the drag kings come out of the cultural woodwork? We posed this question, among others, to the experts before they take the stage this Saturday.

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Wedding Dress-Clad "Brides of March" Descend On Union Square Saturday

Felipe Buitrago
If you have a penchant for dressing up in bridal attire and going on bar crawls (whether as a participant or a spectator sport), check out the 15th annual Brides of March this Saturday, March 16. The premise is simple: grab a white wedding dress (it doesn't have to be yours) and drink and be merry in true San Francisco fashion.

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Trangela Lansbury Gets Down with Superheroes

Categories: Art, Comics, Drag, LGBT

I first saw Trangela Lansbury as a gold-bearded Siren glittering across the stage at El Rio. Then there she was again at a California College of the Arts exhibit as a traditional Frida Kahlo, elegantly carrying her shining facial hair into flashing cameras while also showcasing her homoerotic drawings at the Batman on Robin show in the Mission.

Trangela, aka Diego Gomez, is a Bay Area native and as an artist he combines performance, illustration, design, painting, lingerie, and now theater -- he was cast for Tinsel Tarts in a Hot Coma, a Cockettes revival musical starting March 28 at the Hypnodrome. Heavily influenced by artists such as Jim Lee and Alphonse Mucha, he combines fantasy art, comics, and raw homoeroticism with a hint of trashy, genderbending imagery.

We spoke to Gomez about gaying up Batman, drag, and, as he notes on his Facebook page, the mad skills and verbosity that "could cut a bitch like a Lee Press-On Nail."

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Sex and the City: Live!: In Drag and More "Fabulous" Than Ever

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Kent Taylor
Miranda, Charlotte, Carrie, and Samantha have never looked better in their Manolo Blahniks.

The drag queens of Trannyshack are peddlers of nostalgia -- not nostalgia for drag queens like Mom used to make, but for pop culture of yore. The company is on the cutting edge of turning the contemporary into camp. Want to know which new old thing will make us homesick for the past next? Look no further than the subjects of the company's shows.

See also:

Annie Danger: She'll Take Your Body on a Spiritual Journey

The Write Stuff: Erica Lewis on Being a Eulogist of Memory

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Video of the Day: The Cat's Out of the Bag


We like our gay bars like we like our women -- rough around the edges and with as little cover as possible. With its bordello-esque atmosphere and cheap drinks, it's no surprise that The Stud, one of the city's oldest gay bars, still reigns supreme.

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Video of the Day: Sex and the City Performed by Drag Queens

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Kent Taylor
Sex and the City by the Bay

Still reeling from the stiletto-sized hole in your heart since The Golden Girls Christmas Episodes closed for the season? Us too. But you can wipe the glitter-encrusted tears from your eyes, because Trannyshack is back with drag renditions of the popular, cosmo- and shoe-obsessed HBO series Sex and the City

See also:

Review: S.F. Holiday Traditions The Golden Girls and A Merry FORKING! Christmas

San Francisco's Top 10 Dates Under $20

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Art Beat: Dia Dear on Performing Queerness and Sincere Vulnerability

Josue Rivera

When Dia Dear takes the stage, things are about to become brutally uncomfortable and strangely beautiful. Her shaved head is typically plastered in white makeup and perhaps some sparse lipstick or some dark rings penciled around her eyes. Although she's often found performing at drag shows, it would be a stretch to define her performances as traditional drag -- some elements of her work, such as her lip-synching and her occasional high-heel wearing, are similar, but beyond those characteristics, she assumes her own style. Instead of dancing along to a Mariah Carey tune, you're much more likely to see her enacting something quieter by Radiohead or Antony and the Johnsons. Don't expect her to bust out a cancan, either. Her movements are slow, with Kabuki-like precision.

See also:

Art Beat: Dita Von Teese's Corset Maker on Sculpting the Body and Ethical Underwear

Art Beat: Graphic Novel Comes to Life in John Felix Arnold III's "Unstoppable Tomorrow"

Queer Performance Art Series The News Starts Strong at SOMArts

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