WATCH: Anti-smoking PSA with Drag Racers

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RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Shangela, Manilla Luzon, Trixie Mattel and Tammie Brown have teamed up for a public service announcement explaining the dangers of smoking. And, because it’s targeted to the gay community, it appeals more to vanity than health. Hey, whatever gets you off tobacco. Enjoy.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Drag Race’ stars featured in Jane Badler music video

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Pandora Boxx, far right, and Morgan McMichaels, far left, appear in a new video by Jane Badler, center, for “Black Silk Stockings.’

Pandora Boxx and Morgan McMichael, two drag queens who gained international recognition with their Season 2 stints on RuPaul’s Drag Race, both appear in the music video for Jane Badler‘s song, “Black Silk Stockings (Tracy Young Remix),” Badler’s cover of the song by Italian punk band Krisma. Badler’s son, actor/producer Harry Hains, also makes an appearance as the DJ.

In a recent blog on her webpage, Badler explained that she started singing the song in her concerts at the suggestionof band member Matt Thomas. “It became a hit at all my shows so I decided to do a cover version with the wonderful LA producer Jeff Bova, which now resides on iTunes. Brad LeBeau from ProMotion suggested I do a dance remix with the famous producer and DJ Tracy Young. I was so excited about the mix I decided to collaborate with Jesse Davey — my go-to man for all my music videos. We came up with the crazy concept of a woman doing extreme plastic surgery to maintain her position as queen of the dancing robots.”

Watch the video below.

—  Tammye Nash

North Texas Drag Racer Shangela to host new show at the Paris Las Vegas


D.J. Pierce was born in Paris, and now that’s where he’s headed back to.

Yup, Pierce — known to most fans as former Drag Racer Shangela —was born in Paris, Texas, but will now be the host of a new sexy show in Las Vegas, set to open at — you guessed it — the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on The Strip.

Shangela will join the cast of 53X, a “fun dance showcase catering to the modern-day partier,” which was created by Chippendales producer Bryan Cheatham, who recently revamped the all-male revue for the neighboring Rio Casino.

Full disclosure: D.J. and I are friends, and he’s kept this news from me, but called to give me the skinny. “It’s been a big secret for a while. They’ve been working on it since the fall, but I joined the rehearsals in January. The boys and girls are sexy and fun and to come in and not just host but perform alongside them [is amazing],” he said.

This also means Shangela might not be coming to Dallas as often as she used to … and bitch owes me a sushi dinner at Steel!

“Yes, I’m in a condo on The Strip,” he said. “This is my first time being in one place for this long and doing five shows a night, so the adjustment has been an adventure in itself. I was just on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with J.Lo and I told her during one of the breaks, ‘You know we’re neighbors — we’re showgirls together.” Shangela will also be making guest appearances on the new season RuPaul’s Drag Race, which kicks off Monday.

53X will be performed in the Chateau Nightclub and Rooftop. Opening night is March 11, with performances Wednesday–Sunday. Tickets are just $29.95 ($49.95 for VIP). It’s scheduled for just 90 minutes, “but if they let me loose on that mike we might be there three hours!” Congrats, Shangela!

—  Tammye Nash

Tickets for ‘Drag Race’ June extravaganza tour go on sale Friday


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Just in time for National Gay Pride Month, Dallas will be getting the national tour of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons show, with M.C. Michelle Visage. Among the queens slated to appear are Ben De La Creme, Ginger Minj, Manila Luzon and season winners Sharon Needles, Jinkx Moonson and Violet Chachki.

The show will be at the South Side Music Hall on June 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday, and you can get ’em here starting at noon.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Happy birthday Alyssa!

AlyssaOut North Texas cover girl and RuPaul’s Drag Race/reality TV star Alyssa Edwards is celebrating her birthday this month, and you can join in the fun by heading to The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave., on Saturday night when Dannee Phann Productions presents “One Night in Bangkok: Alyssa’s Birthday.”

The party will feature — in addition to Alyssa, of course — Bible Girl, Gia Gunn, Laganja Estranja, Nicole O’Hara Munro, Unshante DeFoxx, Raquel Blake, “G”Licious G and Jada Fox.

Doors open at 9 p.m., the show starts at midnight and there will be a meet-and-greet photo shoot after the show.

Tickets are $125 for a VIP table for three, $10 general admission for those age 21 and up and $25 general admission for those ages 18-25. Reserving a table for three — without the VIP placement and perks — is $25. Buy your tickets in advance here.

And while you are at the Brick, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2016 Out North Texas, with Alyssa on the cover, and read our interview with her on Page 6.

And by the way, Happy birthday Alyssa, from your friends here at Dallas Voice and Out North Texas! We love you!

—  Tammye Nash

Drag Racer Pearl releases signature fragrance. You’ll never guess the name

Screen shot 2015-07-09 at 11.19.17 AMHow would you like to smell like a drag queen? No, not mascara, Ponds and gin, but a perfume designed by a drag queen to reflect her unique aesthetic. So far, no alumna of RuPaul’s Drag Race has yet marketed a signature cologne … until now. And the queen with the sense for scents? Pearl.

So, if you’re Pearl, what do you call your new fragrance. Well, she came up with a doozy: Flazeda, Say it with me again: Flazeda.

Yes, the made-up word that Ru mocked her for on last season’s RPDR — Pearl’s portmanteau malaprop, a mashup of blase and “la-de-dah,” we assume — has now been embraced as her defining moment.

The cologne comes out officially on July 15 (priced: $124 for a 50 ml bottle), but you can pre-order it now here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Rodeo coming back to Cowtown


Polish up your cowboy boots and get those Wranglers starched: The International Gay Rodeo Association is once again bringing its Finals Rodeo to Fort Worth, Oct. 16-19 in the John Justin Arena, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Bud Light is once again the signature sponsor for the rodeo.

The rodeo will include competition in calf roping, team roping, bull riding and other traditional rodeo events, along with other events unique to gay rodeo, like goat dressing and the wild drag race. Both men and women compete in each category, and cowboys and cowgirls have  been competing in rodeos around the U.S. and Canada all year to pile up enough points to earn a spot in the finals. Only the top 20 point-winners in each of the 13 events win a spot at the Finals Rodeo to compete for the titles of WGRF Champion and All-Around Champion.

The four-day Finals Rodeo also includes the culmination of the Mr., Ms. MsTer and Miss IGRA 2015 competition, beginning Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road in Dallas, and continuing Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17-18, at the Hilton Arlington, 2401 E. Lamar Blvd. in Arlington. The new titleholders will be crowned Saturday night, with the ceremony folled by a “Hoe Down Party” with live music and dancing. Royalty contests and the hoe-down are free and open to the public.

The four-day event will also include food and merchandise booths and entertainment. Competition in the 13 events will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18-19. Doors open each day at 9 a.m. Admission is $15 a day or $20 for a weekend pass. Proceeds will benefit IGRA’s two charities for 2014: the National LGBT Cancer Network and the Gay and Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation


—  Tammye Nash

REVIEW: ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season 6 premiere


For devotees of RuPaul’s Drag Race, one of the joys of each new season is discovering the hot new term of the year: “Eleganza extravaganza” and “hunty” are memorable one that played out for a season then wafted into the ether. But in addition to “fishy,” which has lingered (the way fish do), the word for the 6th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which kicks off tonight, is “sickening.” And for fans, that’s just what it is.

Ru is back, of course, as are judges Michelle Visage and Santino Rice, but there are some shakeups: New members of the Pit Crew for one (brought to you by Scruff, no less!) and a “divided” season premiere that may become the standard for future reality competition shows. Divided how, you ask? Well, only half of the 14 queens on this season compete in the season opener; the remaining half-dozen-plus won’t show up until Episode 2 next week. Which means your chances of being cut — and the focus on you — are twice what they usually are. No coasting, girls … you gotta work it from out the gates.

For fans (including yours truly), it’s a boon to spend more quality time with each queen early in the season and establish favorites, whether it Adore (bitchy but delightful) or Ben DeLaCreme, and the competitions are just as intense as ever. Best yet is guest judge Adam Lambert (sporting some sexy whiskers).

The season premiere conflicts with the premiere tonight also of Dallas, but that’s the great thing about cable — you can always DVR one or catch the replay a few hours later. Whichever you do, figure out a way to watch both … and as Ru would say, don’t f*** it up.

And read about former contestant Alyssa Edwards in this week’s issue of Dallas Voice.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones