Drag diva Whitney Paige passes

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Whitney Paige

Whitney Paige, a popular Dallas drag queen who has held numerous titles, including twice Entertainer of the Year, Miss Gay USofA at Large and most recently Miss Continental Plus 2013, has lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.

Just this past Sunday, the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth held a fundraiser for the diva, who hailed from Little Rock.

She made a Dallas personal appearance in May at the Miss Gay USofA Classic pageant at the Round-Up Saloon.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

In defense of Chik-Fil-A (sort of)

Drag Racer and my former roommate Willam Belli was kicked off by RuPaul this week for still mysterious reasons related to a rule violation (Adderall addiction? Improper phone use?) but he turned lemons into lemonade by releasing at the same time this hysterical music video parody that asks: Is it still an endorsement if drag queens like your product? Enjoy!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

RuPaul, Girl in a Coma among this year’s queer Independent Music Award nominees

Earlier this month, the nominees were announced for the 11th Annual  Independent Music Awards and a few queer artists were among the 300-plus artists and bands nominated. The awards celebrate self-published musicians and independent labels. The winners will be determined by an esteemed panel of judges that includes Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Suzanne Vega, Tori Amos, Shelby Lynne and Ozzy Osbourne among the mix and will be announced in April.

Singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick made the cut with two nominations. Her Still Right Here release from 2011 was nominated for best folk/singer-songwriter album and best acoustic song for “Singing in the Wind.”

—  Rich Lopez

“Drag Race” casting all-stars — and you can vote

Some former Drag Racers, on a visit to Dallas in 2010.

Despite the recent announcement that Logo no longer considers itself a “gay network,” its tentpole series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, continues to perform … so well, in fact, that the fifth season will be a six-episode “all-star” arc, with returning queens competing to be “America’s next drag superstar.” The line-up will be announced on the network’s NewNowNext site, but until then, you can vote by “like”ing the series’ Facebook page and casting your ballot.

Among those in contention are Pandora Boxx, Jessica Wild and Tatianna, pictured above, as well as Dallas-tied Mystique and Sahara Davenport. You can vote every 24 hours, so go often.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dixie’s Tupperware Party at McDavid Studio

Plastic all the way

Tupperware parties may evoke images of shag carpets, Ambrosia salad and avocado decor of the 1970s, but it’s just as popular as it ever was. Some of that is likely owed to Dixie Longate, the drag queen who took her party on the road and turned it into a show. That doesn’t mean she’s not selling it, but at least you can have a good time while pondering your selection(s). It’s not one of those awkward situations where you’re just kind of there to help a friend out but you really don’t want to spend the money.

DEETS: Bass Hall’s McDavid Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., Fort Worth. 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 26. $22–$38.50. BassHall.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Super Bowl goes gay with ads, halftime show

The NFL might want to consider changing the name of the Super Bowl to the Faaabulous Bowl. At least if last night’s game was any indicator.

It’s not enough that it featured hunky QBs Tom Brady and Eli Manning (and could have Drew Brees or Tim Tebow), running around in Spandex with other muscle bears. And there was of course Madonna’s mega-gay halftime show with scantily clad gladiators and cross-dressing scruffy guys and Nikki Minaj, who kinda-sorta seems like a drag queen to me. Even the first half recap was set to “Edge of Glory” by Gaga.

No, the real gayness was in the commercials. Watch a few of them below  …

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Dixie Longate’s Tupperware Party at Bass’ McDavid Studio

Tupperware parties may evoke images of shag carpets, Ambrosia salad and avocado decor of the 1970s, but it’s just as popular as it ever was. Some of that is likely owed to Dixie Longate, the drag queen who took her party on the road and turned it into a show. That doesn’t mean she’s not selling it, but at least you can have a good time while pondering your selection(s). It’s not one of those awkward situations where you’re just kind of there to help a friend out but you really don’t want to spend the money.

Longate will turn up the fabulosity on Tupperware when she comes to Fort Worth Feb. 14–26 at Bass Hall’s McDavid Studio. And you could win a pair of tickets to the show. Here’s what you gotta do. We wanna know what’s been your most inventive use of T-ware. Do you use it as a cake mold? Maybe a planter? As part of your Halloween costume? We need to know. Email us your unique Tupp-ish innovations here with your name and contact info and “Gimme some Dixie” in the subject line. Two winners will be selected and notified prior to the show.

Good luck!

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Gallavin’s “My Baby Just Cares for Me”

Out jazz singer Gallavin has released his second single and video, a cover of Nina Simone’s classic “My Baby Just Cares for Me.” He’s keeping his buzz afloat as this single comes off Gallavin’s recent RightOut TV nomination for his first video, “Mad About the Boy” in the folk/roots/jazz category (the award went to Brett Every’s “Prince Charming.”). He posted “My Baby” Sunday on YouTube.

Gallavin turns up the pop sensibilities on the track but I’m still figuring out the video. Overall, it’s a romp through the streets celebrating romance, but the domestic abuse drag queen bit kind of stretches. Perhaps you can only do so much in just under three minutes. Otherwise, Gallavin has a commanding voice with personality to spare and pulls the song off ably and ultimately, the video resolves with relatively sweet charm.

Check it after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez