Sharon Needles at the Rose Room Thursday night

Photo by Patrick Hoffman/Dallas Voice

Last night, Sharon Needles, the spooky drag queen who won season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, wished the roughly 300 people crowding S4′s Rose Room a happy Halloween. Though she performed at S4 and JR.’s as part of the requisite Absolut summer Tour that all Drag Race winners must do, Needles did so with her trademark mix of shock, defiance and darkness.

By 8 p.m., a line of people wrapped around the block from S4 to Throckmorton and by 8:30 p.m., all the unreserved seats in the Rose Room had butts in them. The audience, including many who stood along the walls and beside the bar, waited about two-and-a-half hours for the show to even begin; the room growing hotter, the pre-show music thumping ever louder and the lines to the bar getting longer with each passing minute.

For photos of Needles at JR.’s, click here.

—  Daniel Villarreal

Well that takes the cake: “Drag Race’s” Carmen Carrera receives apology from TLC’s “Cake Boss”

Carmen Carrera, the self-identified trans woman who appeared on Season 3 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, got a bit of a shock on Monday night. She made a guest appearance on the TLC show Cake Boss, where she apparently thought she would be portrayed as a role model for trans youth. Instead, it turned out to be a prank between the eponymous cake boss, Buddy Valastro, and his cousin Anthony. Anthony hit on Carmen in a bar, only to be told later — incorrectly, of course — that “that was a man!”

Carrera was outraged and complained — not the least of her complaints was that Anthony referred to her as “it.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Drag Race’ tour hits S4 this month

As anyone who watches the show knows, one of the perks of winning RuPaul’s Drag Race is that the victor gets a victory lap … around the country. Raja will come to Dallas as part of the Drag Race/Absolut Vodka Tour later this month — on my birthday, no less. (Hold the applause.)

The tour kicks off in Denver on the 14th and goes to eight cities; the only Texas stop will be at Station 4 on Wednesday, May 26.

In addition to Raja, other queens from the show (names are not yet available) will be on hand, as will Absolut mixologist Justin Winters. We’re holding out hope someone from the “Pit Crew,” pictured, will make it, too. Sigh.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Concert notice: Moby DJ's Fair Park, Tanya Tucker plays Billy Bob's

Two concerts are around the corner that are most likely polarizing in their audiences.

If you dig the oonce-oonce of electronica and dance, it might be a must to head to the Electric Daisy Carnival June 19. Think of it like a one-day techno equivalent to Austin City Limits. Of all places, Fair Park is home to the DJ/techno festival with  a slew of artists giving up the tunes in spots such as Neon Garden and Kinetic Field. But you’ll want to hit up the Cosmic Meadow at 10 p.m. The highlight of the night is going to Moby’s DJ set. You won’t hear him perform “South Side” or any of his hits on his own, but he may sneak some of his tracks into the list of songs he’ll be serving up. Other artists on the lineup include Kaskade, Hoyotoho, Dieselboy and locals Raydar and Shaolin.

Tickets are $45–$80 and include admission to all four stages, free carnival rides and fully stocked bars. No word if Fletcher’s Corny Dogs will be on hand. Tickets to the After Daisy after- party at Lizard Lounge are $10.

—  Rich Lopez

Get wet at the ilume this Memorial Day weekend

It might not say so on the solar calendar, but we all know Memorial Day weekend is the unofficially official start of summer — and that means bathing suit season. Hey, I’ve been eating like crazy but  still know how to suck in my gut for the pool, and the ilume is amping up the pressure this weekend. The very gay development on Cedar Springs is hosting its first-ever Wet Party on Sunday from noon to 7. Tammie Brown from RuPaul’s Drag Race will emcee the event, then later in the evening she’ll be at the Rose Room for a show. There’s a $10 cover that benefits the AIDS LifeWalk Purple Team and ilume’s DragOns softball team. You must be 21 to attend.siteкак узнать рейтинг сайта в поисковых системах

—  Arnold Wayne Jones