‘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.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

'RuPaul's Drag Race' casting for third season

The second season isn’t over yet, but Logo has announced it will be casting soon for a third season of the addictive show. Contestants need to be at least 21.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas' last 'Drag Racer' falls

Sahara Davenport

The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Logo began with three contestants with ties to North Texas: Shangela, Mystique and Sahara.

And then there were none.

Shangela was the first contestant eliminated (which didn’t seem totally justified); Mystique turned out to be a trouble-making diva (although compared to fellow Racer Tyra she was beloved) and lasted only a few weeks longer. Now, Sahara Davenport has joined her sisters in the “sashay away” aisle.

Sahara failed to convey the requisite “rocker chick” personality — a test that also required actual live singing, not lip sync (a Drag Race first). That made her departure a small surprise, because fellow bottom two denizen Jujubee gave an abortive performance, mumbling the words … and that was the few times she got the words right.But I’ll still be watching. I’m lighting a candle for Jessica Jade, who’s unintentionally funny Ricky Ricardo act is adorable.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Spoiler alert! RuPaul waves the checkered flag on Dallasite

A few weeks ago, Mystique Summers Madison, one of three contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race this season with Dallas ties, showed up at Illusions while I was there. When the show host called her out — even cheering on the article we published about her (read it here) — she couldn’t have looked and acted less interested in it. You don’t need to be a mind-reader to realize she wasn’t that into the show.

Then I saw the first two episodes, in which Mystique clearly comes off as the bitchy, rude, argumentative outsider who doesn’t care if she’s liked, which is a good thing since she’s not. It also signaled to me that she wasn’t gonna last too long.

And she didn’t. Last night, she was the latest victim of her own fashion sense, and told by Ru to “sashay away” after a dull performance on a TV commercial and an insultingly un-country couture ensemble. With Tanya Tucker as a guest judge, Mystique dressed in a recycled outfit with no country flair, claiming she was dressing like a “country girl at the mall.” She later said she didn’t want to “disrespect” friends by dressing in a mocking way. Bleh.

That leaves former Dallas resident Sahara Davenport as the sole Texan among the remaining contestants. And she’s pretty good and just may go all the way.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones