FLAGSTAFF: It’s So Raven

Author: , June 30th, 2017

Raven - Flagstaff

Flagstaff Pride After PartyHey all… we just got back from a short trip to Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona. My Family Reunion was over the weekend, but we snuck out to see Flagstaff’s Pride in the Pine’s After Party.

The venue – the Orpheum Theater – is a little odd. The stage and the seats are separated by a standing/dancing area. We got there early and got good seats in the third row with a good view of the stage.

Then the show started, and everyone in front of us got up to watch the show standing, and I kid you nbot, five or six guys that were at least 6′ 2″ tall stood in front of our seats.

So we got up too.

The show featured one of RuPaul’s girls – Raven – and she and some of the others cane out into the crowd to see all of us. That’s when I snapped the shot above.

While it was amazing to see Raven – and so close! – the standout of the show was China Collins. She should be on the Drag Race – she killed it with her lip synch.

China Collins - Flagstaff

We had a great time, and will be reporting on more parts of Flagstaff and Sedona over the next several weeks.

–Scott & Mark

 

Columbia, Maryland Gets Its First Drag Show

Author: , November 1st, 2014

Anastacia Amor -Photo by Steve Weiner Photography

For a number of years, drag shows have been one of the popular entertainment features at PW’s Sports Bar in North Laurel–Howard County’s only gay bar. Many of these shows are held in conjunction with charitable events and causes in which PW’s participates.

Now some of the drag acts will travel up the road to Columbia where they will perform in a straight bar named Second Chance Saloon in the village of Oakland Mills. When the performers hit the stage on Nov. 8 at 10 p.m. it will mark the first time a public drag show takes place in the city of Columbia.

Titled “Sugar, Spice and a Little Something Nice,” the event will be hosted by Anastacia Amor, a well-known drag performer at PWs. Co-hosting the show will be Shawnna Alexander. In addition, local performers Ariyanna Myst, Onyx D’ Pearl and Krystal Nova will entertain.

By Anastacia Amor – Full Story at The Washington Blade | Maryland Gay Travel Resources

Photo by Steve Weiner Photography

Out in Las Vegas – Entertainment

Author: , May 5th, 2014

We found some great things to do on the strip, and at least one of them was really, really gay. We’ll start with the shows.

ZARKANA
http://www.aria.com/cirque/zarkana

Zarkana

zarkana-03This was a new Cirque du Soliel show for us. A lot of the acts in the show are things we’ve seen before, but it was truly amazing to watch the one homoerotic act, where two male athletes, wearing suspenders that showed off their magnificent chests, wrapped their bodies around one another and flew on ribbons high above the crowd. They were gorgeous too, looking almost like twins.

And then the show served up something we never seen before. A woman rose out of the stage with a glass table, using her hands to “paint” with blue sand. An oval glass lens high above the stage captured her every movement, revealing in a few quick strokes of her hands an amazing picture in sand, only to wipe it away to begin again with something new, the outlines of which would suddenly become clear.

zarkana-02A sand painting of the Vegas strip would dissolve away in a rush of blue sand, only to be replaced by an image of the stage, showcasing one of the clowns from the show. It was truly amazing to watch this artist work – like some kind of magic Etch-a-Sketch.

It wasn’t the most amazing Cirque du Soleil show we’ve ever seen. That had to be the first one, if only because it was the first, when everything was fresh and new. Somehow, even the amazing becomes mundane when you see it enough times. But still, performances were inspiring, and there were some things we’ve never seen before.

Some of the other performers included a juggler, two people balancing on a tall ladder (which made me nervous, certain that they would fall), a group of acrobats, two men on a contraption that spun around and around with two wheels – if you’ve seen Ka, you seen this one – and much more.

The other star of the show is the huge screen the runs across the entire back of the production. This makes for some great effects, including one where snakes – giant green snakes – light up the screen – it’s so realistic that it first I thought it was an actual 3-D production, and was amazed by the detail.

Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take photos at Cirque shows.

DIVAS
http://www.thequadlv.com/shows/Frank-marinos-divas-las-vegas.html

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Divas VegasNow for the really gay show. Frank Marino’s Divas show has moved from the Riviera Hotel, north of the strip, to the new Quad Hotel. I say new, although it’s really the old Imperial Hotel, reimagined. Frank is the longest performing headliner on the strip.

The divas show was fantastic – Frank was out of town, but his stand-in, Brian Keith, was terrific. There were a number of Diva performances here, but the standout ones were Dolly Barton, Bette Midler, Cher, and Celine Dion.

Divas VegasDolly was absolutely amazing, and the guy that played Celine had her down pat.

Brian joked that “all the bitches from Caesar’s across the street have come over here to perform for you… except Elton John.”

Divas VegasHe used to be the host at Finocchio’s in San Francisco, one of our favorite drag shows anywhere, which closed down in 1999. It was great to see him again, in great form.

He performed the number where the Drag Queen removes his make-up to reveal himself as a an. It was a standard it Finocchio’s for years.

It was a great show and well worth the cost – but if you sign up for a Total Rewards card at the LinQ concierge just down the way, you may be able to get the show for free. But it will probably be for the seats in the back, so if you want great seats, be prepared to pay.

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Besides, it’s well worth it to support the show.

Divas allows and encourages audience photos (no flash).

SCAVENGER HUNT
http://www.urbanadventurequest.com

Urban Adventure Quest

Urban Adventure Quest VegasWe just finished our third scavenger hunt through Urban Adventure Quest – this time in Las Vegas. It’s a lot of fun. Basically, you pay about $50 for the hunt for up to five people, and then when you’re ready, you and your friends go to the starting point and enter your username and password on the website using your iPad, iPhone or other smart phone.

Then you get the instructions to start the hunt. There are usually 20 some questions, along with a few bonus questions. Each one has to do with something along the route. For instance, this hunt asked us to calculate our winnings at a gambling table, and then to find a piece of art and to enter the color of one of its components.

Urban Adventure Quest VegasLater questions involves things like counting the number of exposed breasts on statues at Caesars (don’t forget the men!), and doing a word search puzzle using clues from the Arc de Triomphe at the Paris Hotel.

Urban Adventure Quest VegasAlong the way, you’re also guided to refreshment options. It takes about 2 to 3 hours, and you learn a lot about the area you are visiting, including some out-of-the-way things you might never run across on your own.

The pricing on the tours is very reasonable – $50 for the group, not individually. And when you complete one tour, you get a discount code good for the next one. The cover many major cities – we’ve already tried Sacramento, San Francisco, and now Las Vegas.

THE HIGH ROLLER
http://www.caesars.com/thelinq/high-roller.html

high-roller

High RollerAfter a little shopping adventure along the LinQ, we arrived at the High Roller, the new and apparently tallest observation wheel in the world. The High Roller takes about 30 minutes to make one revolution, or about a mile an hour. It’s slower than an elevator – even if you have balance issues, you shouldn’t have any problem with this.

Our tickets were for 7:30 PM – we timed it so that we would be in the air around the time of twilight. That way, you catch all the lights of Vegas, with the beautiful twilight as background – the deep blue that makes your photos look amazing.

The ride itself was fantastic. About 15 minutes of it obviously wasted time, where you’re not high enough to see much of anything. But the other 15 minutes – simply amazing. Incredible. It’s hard to find words to describe it.

High RollerThe car is spacious, and air-conditioned. It can hold up to 40 people comfortably, but ours only had about 20 – plenty of room to move around and take pictures From all different angles. But the star the show is the direction facing the Bellagio, Paris, and City Center.

High RollerOur only regret – it was too windy for the water show at the Bellagio lake – that would have looked truly amazing. But otherwise, the trip around the wheel was simply stunning. We did some panoramic pictures of the iPhone, and also took some pictures with our night mode on our Cyber-Shot camera. Both turned out amazing.

The other great time to do this would be sometime in the early afternoon, before the sun gets too far to the west. Tickets are $25 a person during the daytime, and in the evening they were $35 a person. Well worth it for this view.

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KRAVE
http://kravelasvegas.com

Krave Las Vegas

Krave is the only gay club along the Strip. The old Krave gclub was at the Aladdin Hotel before it became Planet Hollywood – that one closed down when the new Krave Massive opened up in downtown Las Vegas in 2013. Unfortunately that version of the club, billed as the largest in the world, closes down fairly quickly due to licensing issues with the city.

Now, there’s a new Krave nightclub on the strip, re-opened by the original owner, now at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd, across from the Monte Carlo. Unfortunately, it’s only open on Friday and Saturday nights. We were here Sunday Monday and Tuesday, so we were out of luck.

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Magical Montreal

Author: , June 14th, 2013

Mado Bar, MontrealWhen Luc Provost transforms into Mado Lamotte, one of Montreal’s most famous drag queens, it’s a magical moment. His over-the-top makeup and costumes make Mado edgy, unique, beautiful and welcoming – much like his native city. And like Provost, Montreal undergoes its own transformation every summer.

Situated in Canada’s Quebec province, Montreal’s winter temperatures can be brutal. The average high is just 13 degrees. But for the months of June, July and August, temperatures pleasantly hover in the 70s.

”Everything happens in the summer – especially after six months of hard winter,” says Mado. ”It is like a new awaking every year.”

Mado believes Montreal is at its best in the summer, and visitors appear to agree. Summer is the peak tourism season, with people from around the world flocking to the historic city to sightsee and participate in a multitude of festivals.

Authored By Troy Petenbrink – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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