Dragaret, February 17, 2018

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Yale’s Dragaret (aka Drag Cabaret) took place this last weekend at the Yale Cabaret on York Street. I got a hard-to-get ticket to the 10pm showing, braved a snow storm to check this event out… and it was totally worth it.

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Going into this I had no idea what to expect, other than a good time. I’d never been to the Cabaret before (although I’ll for sure be back) and walked into a basement room of a Yale building with a few tables, a few chairs, and a runway with matching giant LCD screen on the ceiling.

I learned two things I wasn’t expecting. First, they had a celebrity host from RuPaul’s Drag Race season 4, Jiggly Caliente (new album out 3.6.18)! I had no clue there would be a guest host and was shocked it wasn’t in the advertising for the event.

Second, bring those dolls’ bills girl! No one’s stripping (well, not everyone) but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve tips for how they’re workin’ it on stage. The dancing, singing/lip-syncing, the theatrics… they deserve some $$$. Plus most audience members knew the drill had had packed a wad of $1’s in their pockets in anticipation. I felt like a schmuck, cash-less (Im all digital) and it would have been too hard to coordinate everyone’s Venmo accounts.

I should also note that the 10pm show was only including Yale students in the Cabaret. I think the Thursday night even featured drag performers from around New Haven (not exclusive to just Yale).

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Here she is, Miss Jiggly Cliente! She was very funny and definitely kept it real with the audience. She came out at the beginning and between each of the performances to introduce the next performer.

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I need to apologize to the first few performers, because the images I took of them were so blurry they weren’t really quality enough to share. In the beginning I was timid taking photos because I didn’t know the level of audience participation and didn’t want to end up part of the show. Thankfully the show was totally about their performances and not a ton of audience participation (except for the accepting of cash guests were handing out). Because of my timidness, I didn’t take as many images and super regret it. My sincere apologies to the performers who’s photos I am not able to share here.

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People have since asked me, “What kind of performing did they do on stage?” and it totally varied. Some performers actually sang (and tough songs too!) while others lip-synced. Some did dances and sang. There were a couple that felt like interpretive dance, where they were singing and dancing but also telling an abstract story.

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The above two girls performed a detailed choreographed dance to a Beyonce song together.

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Then the next performer danced and lip-synced to a Taylor Swift song with two backup dancers. It was so hard to chose a favorite at the end of the night because they were all so good and different, but this performance was very memorable and I enjoyed it.

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The above two images are Michael Costagliola doing a broadway worthy performance.

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There were several impressive song and dance numbers leading up to Jiggly Caliente’s big finish. She did an AMAZING Missy Elliot impersonation. She lip-synced to  medley of Missy Elliot songs and danced in a very Missy Elliot way.

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After Jiggly Caliente’s medley, the rest of performances came out onto the stage and danced it out. They invited the audience to join them and we had a blast. Since there was a midnight show, the theater needed to empty out so the next audience could roll in. I have to imagine the midnight showing really ended in a longer dance party.

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Thank you Yale’s Dragaret for a super fun night! I can’t wait for next years and now know… BRING SINGLES!

Because it was too hard to hear and remember who was which performer, Im going to list their names here and just say they were all fantastic:

Stella Baker, Michael Breslin, Jiggly Caliente, Michal Costagliola, Error Crawford, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, Al Hartley, Courtney Jamison, Rachel Kenney, Ciara McMillian, JJ McGlone, Hudson Oznowicz, Ilia Isorelys Paulino, Jakeem Powell, Riw Rakkulchon, Arturo Soria, Alex Vermillion, and Emma Weinstein.

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Halloween Costume 2015

Before I talk about this years Halloween costume, I thought we should look back at past costumes. Remember when we were featured in a BUZZFEED article about costumes. That was an awesome day. You’ll notice that I take Halloween seriously and I’m anti-sexy-halloween. I use this dress-up opportunity to represent strong female leads and role models for young women, and this years costume is no exception!

Let me start my taking a look back at past costumes…

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Here are my RISD friends and I as the Golden Girls (circa 2007?)

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Above I’m dressed as Nancy Drew (from the books not the movie). She’s a great strong female role model who was created back in the 1930’s!

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Here is my boss and I as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in 2012.

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Here I am on Halloween night as Shari Lewis.

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This is my costume from 2013, when I went as…

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Angela Lansbury! Specifically, I went as her as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.

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In 2014 I went as Jane Goodall! It seemed fitting given my recent trip to Africa and she’s a very strong female role model. You rock Jane!

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Now onto 2015:

Now that we are up to date on past costumes, it’s time that I introduce this years costume. Now that I have a little doggie, even he will be in on the fun. Instead of coming right out and telling you, I’ll give you some very telling hints.

I typically dress as an older woman/character, but this year I’ll be only a few years older than my actual age. She’s someone I’ve respected professionally since I was a teenager. She runs a comedy school that stretches over several facilities in two different states. She heads up a program meant to empower young females called Amy’s Smart Girls. Not only am I going as this awesome woman, but Im going as this person dressed in character as a different strong female. Not only is the real woman great but the character is also a remodel to women everywhere. It’s a double-wammy of a costume!

As always, I’ve put together a cheat sheet of how I’m going to post this costume together in a cost conscious way. It will involve a trip to goodwill, some creative tricks and another wig to add to my collection! It’s all about the details.

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Have you guessed it? I’ll update you as I start assembling the items, and of course I’ll post the photos of me in costume after Halloween. So check back for updates!

UPDATE:

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I had a small get-together on Halloween night where people dropped in throughout the night. Here you can see I made Oscar his cute lil’ Sebastian outfit (took 15 min to make with on sale items from Jo-Ann’s). My outfit involved a wig from party city (a 50’s girl wig that looked JUST like Leslie Knope’s hair), a fitted suit from Goodwill, stickers I printed out and Amy’s book which I already owned. What a fun Halloween! Check out As Her World Turns blog post about the night! She’s got great photos of the evening.

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Halloween Costume 2014

Before I talk about this years Halloween costume, I thought we should look back at past costumes. Remember when we were featured in last years BUZZFEED article about costumes. That was an awesome day. You’ll notice that I take Halloween seriously and I’m anti-sexy-halloween. I use this dress-up opportunity to represent strong female leads and role models for young women.

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Here are my RISD friends and I as the Golden Girls.

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Above I’m dressed as Nancy Drew (from the books not the movie).

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Here is my boss and I as Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop in 2012.

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Here I am on Halloween night as Shari Lewis.

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This is my costume from 2013, when I went as…

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Angela Lansbury! Specifically, I went as her as Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote.

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Can you tell who I’m going as this year? It seemed like an obvious choice given my recent travels…. I’ll make the announcement when I add a picture of me in the costume after Halloween.

Have fun, be creative, and enjoy dressing up!

UPDATE: Here’s my official 2014 Halloween photo! We went to rainy West Hollywood for their parade of costumes. It was great people watching and a handful of people recognized this Jane Goodall.

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Do This Today: Echo Park Rising!

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I went to Echo Park Rising last year and it was a really fun neighborhood music event. I went in the afternoon, parked up the road off of sunset. I went knowing I wanted to walk around and get exercise while hearing some bands. There are stages in shops, restaurants and actual music venues. The variety is awesome and there are tons of food trucks. The people watching is incredible, as you can imagine, and it’s all right by Echo Park Lake so you can take breaks and walk down to the water. Check out HERE for the lineup of bands and they even let you create a schedule for where you need to be at what times to see the bands you want. Oh did I mention this is all FREE! 

Event: Echo Park Rising (link)
Location: All around Echo Park near Taix, the Echo and other Echo Park establishments on /near Sunset Blvd
Time: August 15-17, 2014, all day
Cost: FREE!!

Do This Today: SPOON at the Forever Cemetery

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Tonights event is a little pricier than I normally recommend, but haven’t you always wanted to see at concert at a cemetery? For $32.50 you can enjoy this outdoor SPOON concert under the stars.

Event: SPOON at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (event link)
Location: Hollywood Forever, 6000 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Time: Friday August 8, 2014, 7pm
Cost: $32.50 tickets HERE

Do This Today: Live Music at Troubadour

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Tonight for $20 you can see Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Alec Ounsworth SOLO at the Troubadour. Come on, it’s Thursday night- live a little!

Event: Live Music at the Troubladour (event link)
Location: 9081 Santa Monica Blvd,West Hollywood, CA
Time: Thursday August 7, 2014, doors 8pm
Cost: $20 tickets HERE

Do This Today: Israel Vibration at the Echoplex

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The Echoplex is putting on Israel Vibration tonight and it’s presented by Dub Club+The Echo. It’s 21 and over and is sure to be a fun (cheap) night! Check it out!

Event: Dub Club @ The Echoplex (event link)
Location: The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Bvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Time: Wednesday August 6, 2014, 9p
Cost: $15 advance HERE/ $20 at the door