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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Weekend Guide: Two Roads Brewing Co. Igor’s Dream

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On Saturday January 24th, check out Two Roads Brewing for their release of their new Imperial Stout! It’s aged in rye whiskey barrels, and if you are a stout lover like I am, it’s gonna be goooood. If you go in the mooring, hit them up for breakfast, or come around noon when the beer is released and grab lunch at the food trucks coming: Bodega and Firehouse Grill. Should be a fun Saturday!

Event: Two Roads Brewing (event link)
Location: Two Roads Brewing, 1700 Stratford Ave, Stratford, CT 06615
Time: Saturday January 24, 2014, Open at 10a bottles available at 12p

Weekend Guide: New Haven Hot Spots #discoverNHV

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It’s a SNOW DAY! Well for me it was more of a 90 minute delay. Just made it into Meyer Wire after working at home for a few hours. This should all (hopefully) be cleared up in the next few hours. Tonight I’m going into NYC to see Patton Oswalt perform at Carnegie Hall! It’s a comedy present to myself and a test to see how I can handle a Friday night, afterwork trip into NYC to see comedy. I’ll get home pretty late tonight and spend the rest of the weekend assembling furniture and getting settled in the new apartment.

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Speaking of apartments in New Haven and getting settled in, your “DO This Today”/”Weekend Guide” will be checking out places on Strange Ways list of top shops/venues/bars in New Haven. He’s been in New Haven for a year now, and has assembled his New Haven hit-list for newbies, and I am very appreciative of this list! Can’t wait to check out all these places. Spend your weekend staying warm and exploring! Be sure to hashtag your photos #discoverHVN so everyone can find your photos.

I’ve gotta get crunching on Meyer Wire’s new website (you heard me right!), so I’ll check back in with you on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend! I’ll leave you with my desk window view below.

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Weekend Time!

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It’s Weekend time! Are you ready? I had a fabulous Thursday night hitting up Mr. C with my uncle and some good friends. Who knew that was such a scene? I highly recommend it for the people-watching. On to weekend plans- who’s gott’em?

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Tonight, Friday February 21, 2014, The Comedy Bureau’s Jake Kroeger is hosting Night Cap at Goorin Bros. Hat Shop on Melrose in Hollywood. The show costs $5 and starts at 8:30p. Come see Maria Bamford, Margot Leitman, Baron Vaughn, Andy Peters and more!

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On Saturday, February 22, 2014, The Echo is hosting Sock Puppet Sitcom Theater Presents: The Golden Girls! It starts at 8p and tickets are $10. This is going to be awesome.

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If you’re looking for something equally as old school but a little more hip+happenin’, Drink:Eat:Play is throwing an 80’s Prom Party at the Fonda starting at 9pm on Saturday. Tickets are $30.

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Neil Hamburger has a show on Sunday February 23rd at the Satellite, with guests Nick Flanagan, Jason Rouse, Brody Stevens and Eddie Pepitone! Tickets are $8 and you can get them here.

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If hiking is more your thing, what better than to check out Modern Hiker’s beautifully redesigned website, pick a trail and make your Sunday all about nature! And of course stop by Golden Road for a post-hike refreshing beer.

Weekend Guide: February 14-16, 2014

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Angel City brewery is hosting an event with the Keep A Breast Foundation tonight Friday February 14, 2014. There will be a variety of breast casts all of women affected with cancer. There will be a mural by Lucy McLauchlan, live music and food trucks! $1 of every pint of Berliner Weisse will go to Keep a Breast.

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On Saturday, February 15, 2014, check out the Brew HaHa at Marissa’s Backyard in Silver Lake at 4221 Normal Ave. It’ll be 1 Comedy Show + 2 Simultaneous Drinking Games. Awesome comics will be performing: Nate Bargatze, James Adomian, Aparna Nancherla, Jerrod Carmichael, JC Currais, and Ari Katcher.

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Sunday, February 20, 2014 join Arash Saedinia and Samira Yamira and Golner Adili (via skype) as they discuss the Craft & Folk Art Museum’s exhibit, “Displacements: The Craft Practices of Golnar Adili and Samira Yamin”. It starts at 3pm at the CAFAM, and your ticket is free with admission to the museum.

The Weekend Guide (In Process)

The Weekend Guide just can’t be done all in one sitting so I’m doing it in pieces. To get your night started (and incase I can’t fully update until tomorrow) here’s a couple activities for tonight:

FRIDAY

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Endeavour Fest! @ California Science Center, Los Angeles Starts tonight, check it out!

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Art Night Pasadena s tonight from 6p-10p! Food trucks, Art, Music, and a good crowd.

 

Weekend Guide Oct. 4 + 5 + 6

It’s time for the weekend and for once I’m able to put out a Weekend Guide! It’s been crazy at work, but I can’t not do one on Life Absorbed’s birthday! Crazy-talk.

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Tonight, Friday October 4th, maybe you were lucky enough to snag a $60 ticket to the small Moby concert at the Fonda? It looks like a limited number are left, so if you’re a fan it’ll be worth the price. The concert starts at 8:30, so you’ve only got 4 hours left to decide.

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Not a Moby fan? Like outdoor movies? The many outdoor summer series throughout the summer may have ended, but there’s one that normally begins in Fall, It’s the Barnsdall Art Park’s Outdoor Movie Nights. For some reason they have only committed to doing this one night this fall, and it’s tonight! I hope you like the film Inception. The remaining tickets are $25 but include wine/beer. Usually food trucks are there too and it’s fun to layout a picnic on the hill overlooking downtown as the sun is setting while sipping wine and watching movies. Enjoy!

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Lastly, you can check out Maria Bamford tonight in NoHo at The Federal Bar. They have good food, beer and comedy (upstairs). She will be performing with other comedians in a Ladies Night Fun-raiser. Tickets are $15, get there at 7pm!

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If you’re up for shopping Saturday, October 5, check out THIS Pop-up Vintage Marketplace happening downtown. There’s going to be a dj and food and all that jazz from 3-8pm. Tickets are $10 and you can get them HERE or at the door.

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If you are ready to rock out, you better hit up the Eagle Rock Music Festival happening (you guessed it) in Eagle Rock (Colorado Blvd)! It’s a $10 suggested donation. Check out the lineup HERE!

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At night head downtown to see the Zombie Fashion Show + Creature Art Exhibit at Lot 613. There’s a $10 cover and the event includes tons of zombie pieces in this fashion show as well as djs (of course). 21+

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On Sunday, October 5th, CicLAvia is happening downtown from 9a-4pm. Check out the map and deets HERE!

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Book Soup in West Hollywood has Bo Burnham stopping by Sunday at 5pm. There’s also a Saturday Book Soup event with Nick Offerman for his new book. Check out the store website for details.

Alright, Happy Weekend Everybody! Go out there and have fun!