Bebe and Kelly at Drag Race on Thursday Night at Red Cap
LADIES GO GAGA: Drag Race was thrilling last night. And it almost didn't happen. Due to the "major" snow event that hit our 'hood yesterday the powers-that-be behind this contest—held every Thursday night at the Red Cap Garage—waited until the very last minute to decide whether or not to go ahead with the show.
And I am so glad they did.That's because last nights outing had moments that equally inspired and destroyed me. Perhaps it had to do with the first "theme" of the night: Lady Gaga. Her essence has embedded itself in our culture. And the result? Breakouts, breakthroughs and breakdowns.
For the "Lady Gaga" section contestants were divided into three groups. The first included a seasoned drag performer, Kelly, with a young 'un, Ashlee. They were great. Then came Bebe and Madame Domore. They were great too, except Madame Domore, who recently received stitches for a work injury, popped said stitches in mid-performance. It was heartbreaking, but she continued until she had to stop.The last contestant, Arana, performed solo. When her Gaga-esque hair proved too cumbersome, she yanked it off and the gave the performance of her life. The fact that her piece started with a film of young kids who have left this mortal coil due to being bullied to death...well...it was more than just a performance, it was pure love. And you could tell it touched her too as tears ran down her face after she was done.
Fast forward to the end of the night when, during the "dress to impress" presentation, the girls, again, just knocked it out of the park. The injured Lady Domore decorated her bandages with brooches. Ashlee offered a strange Blade Runner-ish ensemble, Arana was flowing, Bebe gave us fierceness via her tiger cat-suit, and Kelly amped it up with a full blown tribute to the "Black Swan."
Best. Drag. Race. Night. Ever. Even though we are five weeks in, I felt the competition started in earnest last night. Can't wait to see how they will top this one!
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