Photos: Drag Nation re-interprets Girls Gone Wild at Tracks

Categories: Drag!, Photos

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All photos by Brandon Marshall.
For the latest Drag Nation night at Tracks, performers tackled "Girls Gone Wild." The night's energy and costumes certainly fit the theme as personalities including Nina Flowers and Chad Michaels strutted and danced their stuff. Continue reading for highlights from the evening, and visit our full slide show for more photos.

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- Slide show: Girls Gone Wild Drag Nation at Tracks
- Slide show: Drama Drag at Tracks
- Slide show: Lady Gaga after-party at Tracks


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Miss Queen of Aces pageant will choose the next ambassador of glam and good works

Categories: Drag!, Events

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Past pageant winners Shirley Delta Blow, Zoe O. and Daniella DeCoteau.
This Saturday, February 9, queens will be battling for the crown in the fourth annual Miss Queen of Aces pageant. One of the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association's biggest fundraisers of the year, the competition isn't just about beauty -- it's about serious talent, too.

See also:
- As Drag Machine's Shirley Delta Blow, actor Stuart Sanks tells drag's vibrant history
- Zoe O. wins Queen of Aces Pageant 2012
- Do I have what it takes to be a drag queen pageant judge?


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It's double the drag tonight at Tracks, with RuPaul's Drag Race and more

Categories: Drag!, Nightlife

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The double race for the pinnacle of dragdom is on again: As Season 5 of RuPaul's Drag Race commences tonight, so does the Ultimate Queen Contest 2013 at Tracks, and it all comes packaged up together in one long, entertaining sashay through a Monday night.

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- Queens Nina Flowers and Ongina bring art from Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace to life with Pop Drag
- Ginger Sexton asks you to help a queen out: Vote for her to get on RuPaul's Drag Race
- Twitter Tuesday: Everything you needed to know, from the Tweets of RuPaul

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Photos: The ten best scenes from Pop Art Drag Nation at Tracks

Categories: Drag!, Photos

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All photos by Jim Wills.
Friday night saw the combination of two worlds and four big names at Tracks as drag queens Nina Flowers and Ongina channeled the art of Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace through live performances. The results were fierce, to say the least, and we're still reeling from our favorite scenes. Continue reading for the night's ten best images -- and visit our full slide show for more.

See also:
- Queens Nina Flowers and Ongina bring art from Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace to life with Pop Drag
- Slide show: Pop Art Drag Nation
- Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale


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Queens Nina Flowers and Ongina bring art from Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace to life with Pop Drag

Categories: Art, Drag!, GLBTQ

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Koko Brentano
Nina Flowers
As both the official photographer for the monthly Drag Nation and a longtime supporter of local art, Koko Brentano had a vision: to see the two worlds collide. Friday night's Pop Drag at EXDO Event Center is the result, a convergence of the work of artists Louis Recchia and Zoa Ace with the multidimensional performances of RuPaul's Drag Race alums Nina Flowers and Ongina -- plus a rotating cast of Drag Nation regulars.

See also:
- Slide show: Pop Art Drag Nation at Tracks
- Slideshow: Drama Drag at Tracks
- Dana Cain's Art Collection: Louis Recchia
- Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale

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As Drag Machine's Shirley Delta Blow, actor Stuart Sanks tells drag's vibrant history

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Brian Landis Folkins
Miss Shirley Delta Blow
As Shirley Delta Blow, actor Stuart Sanks has been entertaining audiences through his charity-supporting drag shows at Hamburger Mary's. But his performances blow away standard drag routines -- the trained actor is known for his comedic timing and infamous retelling of Steel Magnolias using Barbie dolls, a feat that won him the "Queen of Aces" drag title in 2011. Emily Tarquin, co-curator of Off-Center, the versatile programming component of the Jones Theatre, caught wind of his work, and, after Sank did a few hosting stints at the venue, she asked him to turn the Shirley Delta Blow show into a full-on performance for the 2012 season.

And so Drag Machine was born. This Friday, November 2, Blow & Co. will travel through time in a tricked-out time machine (also known as the Jones Theatre covered in glitter gussied up to look like an airplane cockpit) to tell the story of drag and GLBTQ civil rights history. In advance of the three-show run, Sanks spoke with Westword about Drag Machine's creation, and what brought the actor to drag in the first place.

See also:
- It ain't easy being queen: Luke List on the "anti-masculinity" stigma of drag performance
- Slideshow: Drama Drag at Tracks
- Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale

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Leather, fire and Mondo: Behind the scenes at Exile Fetish Ball 2012 (NSFW)

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All photos by Jim Wills.
Revelers at Friday's Exile Fetish Ball at Tracks Nightclub strapped in and strapped on for a large-scale celebration of sex. The ball is an annual highlight on the kink scene, whose denizens stopped in for burlesque, drag, fireplay and suspension events in a night full of supercharged sexuality. Continue on for photos from the fetish-friendly fete.

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- Slide show: Exile Fetish Ball 2012
- Exile Fetish Ball should whip it good on Friday

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Ruby Ann Boxcar brings trailer park truth to Denver County Fair

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Ruby Ann Boxcar is one of the bonafide stars of this year's Denver County Fair, which runs tomorrow through Sunday. Hailed as the Dame Edna of the Trailer Park, Boxcar is a performer, speaker, and the author of numerous cookbooks that celebrate the art of frugal, second-hand living. A big personality with hair to match, Boxcar will share some of her white-trash wisdom with fairgoers during several workshops and activities that explore everything from gastronomy to cheap-and-green crafting. We asked Boxcar, who visits Denver by way of her hometown of Panbgurm, Arkansas, to give us a taste of what she's cooking up this weekend.

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Don't call him queen: Paul Soileau talks about more-punk-than-drag persona Christeene Vale

Categories: Drag!, GLBTQ

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Austin, Texas weirdo Paul Soileau has done the drag thing: Within the confines of heels and pearls, the performer has seen plenty of success under the Rebecca Havemeyer moniker. But Soileau desired more for himself and the stage, and after scratching just below his own performance surface, he found Christeene Vale -- a sweaty, squeamish-looking but lovable character who invites you to spend the night with her this Friday, July 20 at the Denver FilmCenter.

As part of this weekend's Cinema Q Festival, the theater is devoting its 10 p.m. edition of The Watching Hour to a screening of Chistine's video collaborations with cinematographer PJ Ravel, as well as a performance with her music man, DJ JJ Booya. We caught up with Soileau while he was brunching with friends to talk about the birth of Christeene and her music.

See Also:
- It ain't easy being queen: Luke List on the "anti-masculinity" stigma of drag
- Over the weekend: Amanda Lepore's Drag Nation show at Tracks
- Breeality Bites: What a wonderful, genderqueer world!


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Family-friendly or adults-only, Denver's PrideFest 2012 has celebrations for all, starting tonight

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Kim Sporrer
With "Fight for Your Right to Pride" as the official theme of Denver's PrideFest 2012, the GLBTQ community is taking off its gloves -- led by four grand marshals who are also happen to be "out" members of the Colorado Legislature: Senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, and Representatives Mark Ferrandino and Sue Schafer. Put on by The Center, this year's official Pride festivities kick off Saturday, June 16, with a family-friendly day of events at Civic Center Park. Sunday, June 17, is more adult-oriented fun, with the annual Pride Parade rolling out of Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. (A daily schedule of official PrideFest activities is available on the organization's website.)

But the Mile High City will also host dozens of all-inclusive events leading up to the big blowout. Below are a handful of Pride-connected shows, parties and fun things to do starting today and running through Sunday, June 17.

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