Sunday, March 17, 2013

PHOTO SHOOT & PERFORMANCES AT A BURGER JOINT

MARCH 15:
Woke up early to go with my manager to SMASHBOX STUDIOS in Culver City.
http://smashboxstudios.com/studios/#.UUYRuRkjzcE

A photographer is working on a coffee table book for Dessert AIDS Project. He wants a lot of drag artists in his book. I don't really consider myself a drag artist. But I was game for the cause. I don't know if I'll get into the book but here's a sneak peak behind the scenes shot by my manager:

MARCH 15 & 16:
I was a special guest both nights in a row at HAMBURGER MARY'S in West Hollywood.  This HM is not just a restaurant but it has a little stage for performances. Whenever I have downtime, I'll call up the queens who run it and say I'm available. The shows are at 10p Thur-Sat. Sun at noon. They also have Bingo and Karaoke on other nights. I also found out they have Taco Tuesdays too.

There was something in the water Saturday the 16th. The crowd was wild & crazy. The place was sold out. I opened my set with a special Klubjumper remix of FASHIONISTA. People were singing along and cameras were brought out. I only do 3 spots in the show. Calpernia Addams is the MC. There's a Burlesque Dancer and another queen named Lady Red who really works up the crowd with her live singing. Wild nights at HM.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

BLACK TIE PERFORMANCES & ASS-WIPE

FLASHBACK: JIMMY JAMES as BETTY PAGE
This was at the famous NY underground club 'JACKIE 60' At the corner of 14th St. & Washington. Back then known as The Meat Packing district because it's where they packed meat. You could smell it.
 I don't remember how I figured out how to move like Betty Page. There was no YouTube to guide me. I freeze the screen and can find cool glimpses of her. I like my performance here. It was 1 year before retiring Marilyn so I know I was experimenting with other personas and looks. I can't  remember who made my outfit? I do remember the see-through coat was given to me by my friend famous designer Michael Schmidt. He was always innovative with his use of unusual fabrics. He has designed for Cher, Tina Turner, Aero Smith and most recently Dita Von Teese with his 3D dress.


MARCH 2:
I performed for THE 60th DIANA FOUNDATION in Houston, TX. Black Tie affair at The Royal Sonnesta Hotel. Main Ballroom.
They are a charitable organization helping the GLBT community for years even when it was not popular to do so. http://thedianafoundation.org/Default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
I know a lot of people in Houston. There are some great people there. I consider it the New York City of Texas. I had a blast.
SET LIST for The 60th Annual DIANA AWARDS.
(Named after the the goddess of hunting 'Diana' in case you're wondering)

March 9:
I performed at the 70th Birthday party for Danne King, inventor of DMK COSMETICS. A revolutionary foundation made with a silicone base that DOES NOT melt off your face. It is beginning to become very popular with Television and Film people. You don't even need to powder it down. You just blot the sweat and NO NEED for powder! I now wear this foundation for all my shows. http://www.dmkcosmetics.com/
I lost my temper on stage as this old man was trying to rush me off the stage after my 2nd number. I did not know who he was but I let him have it from the mic. He was threatening me with a fight. "I'll take care of you over here..." he said. I was so pissed. Who the hell is he to rush me off the stage? Later in the evening I went up to him and said "Do you realize I was HIRED to perform here?!" He said he did not know. He was yelling at me saying "I've been in this business longer than you've been alive blah  blah blah..." I said "I don't give a shit! You were interrupting my job! ASS- WIPE!" He started chasing me but I ran. Meanwhile nobody really knows what's going on as they stop me to say "oh you were wonderful...you're so talented...where can we see you perform?" etc...
BTW: Nobody really knew this was going on. They were all busy after the show talking and mingling. They did not know that ASS-WIPE was hating me and wanting to kill me. He kept saying in his senility "You don't know who you're dealing with!" For any of you who wanna know who ASS-WIPE is here's a link:

I DON'T CARE WHO THE FUCK YOU ARE...
DON'T INTERRUPT MY SHOW THAT I'VE BEEN HIRED TO DO. ASS-WIPE!
Grumpy the Cat