Dragaret, February 17, 2018


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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


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.



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


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.


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.


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.


Do This Today: The Seagull


I’m excited to share my first New Haven “Do This Today”. Tonight and all week, the Yale School of Drama is putting on The Seagull by Anton Chekhov. Call for tickets to see it tonight or use their online system to get tickets for Thursday (their last performance).

Event: The Seagull performed by the Yale School of Drama (event link)
Location: The Iseman Theater, 1156 Chapel Street, New Haven CT
Time: December 15, 2014, 8pm
Cost: $20 tickets HERE ($15 student)

New Haven Part II: The Yale Center for British Art

After we finished in the Cushing Center (see post HERE) our New Haven expedition continued..

We walked around Yale some more (hoping to happen upon a secret society of course). The above picture is of the Yale Repertory Theater where many great actors have performed while honing their craft.

We also passed the Yale Art and Architecture Building (designed by Paul Rudolph in 1963). This was a nice contrast for my recent trip to Harvard where I got to see their Architecture GSD building.

We decided to pop into the Yale Center for British Art which is FREE. Their other art museum across the street is also FREE. My next visit will involve a trip to this museum. It will also involve more Yale/New Haven exploring because there is so much to see.

Photography was probably not allowed (and there were guards EVERYWHERE) but I still snagged a few shots.. cause I’m badass as you already know.

We were running tight on time, so once we explored the 4 floors of the museum it was time to move on. I enjoyed the building more than the art (designed by Louis Kahn), but I’m more of a modern art lover so I knew this wasn’t really my genre going into it.

We continued with a quick stop to the main Yale Library (very Hogwarts) and then looped back to the car. We walked through the New Haven Green where Occupy New Haven/Wall Street was in full force. These campers are in it for the long haul, and clearly New Haven Police haven’t made them move yet like in other cities. The Green has public restrooms which makes it much more sanitary than in other cities. We passed what looked like Yale student journalists interviewing members of the camp. I liked the waving flag in the campsite.

New Haven Part I: The Yale Cushing Center (BRAINS!)

I hope you will pardon that there was no Weekend Guide posted on Friday. Since I am still on vaca, I’ve been out exploring and I’m a little behind on the times. But don’t fret, I’ll be back on the horse (that’s an expression right?) for next weekend. I’ll be back in LA tonight and back to my usual shenanigans. But before I head back, I need to update you on the rest of my Connecticut trip. On Friday I went to New Haven with my friends Mike and Lexy and it was so epic, I’ll need to spread it out over a few posts. So here’s part 1!

We started by walking down College Street to get to the Yale Nursing Library. New Haven isn’t big on food trucks (that I saw) but they do have a lot of food carts. You can see in the above picture, all the vendors line College St. waiting for the hungry Yale students to get a break from class.

This is the front of the Nursing School Library. Unfortunately, you have to be a nursing student to get in so you can’t just stop in. But thankfully my good friend Mike is a student and hooked us up.

I’m not sure what room in the library this was, but it was completely silent in there and it had the quintessential Ivy League look. Very Hogswart (for you Potter nerds).

As we descended down to The Cushing Center (aka. the BRAIN room!) we got lower and lower in the building, even passing a skeleton!

It was very quiet and we were alone as we entered The Cushing Center.

This dimley lit room was filled with brains! Jars with brains lined the entire room with 3 or 4 rows. It was so cool/creepy.

This was like something out of a movie and it was awesome. Better than any secret society we could’ve stumbled upon.