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You Bettah Werk! RuPaul's Drag Race

Posted by Miss Ess, February 16, 2011 11:29am | Post a Comment

RuPaul Charles' Drag Race is one of the most enjoyable television shows in existence. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, after years of being ignored, RuPaul has taken his career into his own well-manicured hands, fashioning a program of sheer pleasure about what he knows and does best: the art (and it is truly an art, of this I am sure) of drag. Queens from across the country (and let's not forget the incredible artists from Puerto Rico, too) gather together in an unmarked Los Angeles studio to compete under a simple banner: "May the best woman win!"

rupaul's drag race

It's not just about the competing queens, though. On the show, Ru brings so much eleganza! She is truly the ultimate Mother; The program features contestants who may feel they have never fit in anywhere and introduces them to other dolls who become like family. Sure, they fight, there's some rupaul's drag raceshady shade thrown, and ultimately a climactic "Lipsync for your life," but in the end, there's always Ru's constant proclamation, "If you can't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else...." as the queens take to the runway once more and dance the show out to cries of "Let the music play!" The show exists as a small utopia where all those who are labeled "different" can come together and express themselves to the max, be appreciated for who they are, and finally, dance the night away. Seeing the process unfold over each season is inspiring, fun and exhilarating. At its core, under all that makeup and duct tape, RuPaul's Drag Race is about celebrating self expression, cheesy as that sounds, and it is often quite touching to witness. It's truly a feel-good reality show, and yes, I know how oxymoronic that sounds.

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Mariee Sioux, Ruche, and More at Convent Collective, SF, Feb 18

Posted by Miss Ess, February 15, 2011 06:12pm | Post a Comment


mariee sioux the convent

Devil in a Blue Dress

Posted by Miss Ess, February 12, 2011 02:37pm | Post a Comment

If you're longing to see LA in the 40s and Denzel Washington in a wifebeater, then the film Devil in the Blue Dress is for you! It's a twisty-turny whodunit noir that also stars Don Cheadle, Tom Sizemore and Jennifer Beals.

Denzel's character Easy is the kind of uber-masculine guy who takes the law into his own hands and kicks some ass at the same time, all the while looking smooth as ever! Good stuff.

devil in a blue dress

Patti Smith's Just Kids

Posted by Miss Ess, February 8, 2011 03:05pm | Post a Comment

Patti Smith's National Book Award-winning Just Kids is the best book I've read in a long time, and maybe the best I've ever read about the creative process.

patti smith just kids

It's the story of her development as an artist during her childhood and througout her 20s via her complex relationship with best friend and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. It's an incredibly moving, intricately written autobiography and is ripe with detail when it comes to their poverty stricken existance that was lit up only by art and by friendships with some of NYC's most colorful characters in the late 60s/early 70s, like Candy Darling, Harry Smith and Janis Joplin, to name but a few. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! In our current era of irony and faux posing, where Manhattan's exceedingly high rents have obliterated any hope for real artistic daring, it was refreshing and inspiring to read about two consummate artists taking on the city who truly lived for their work and for creation itself.

White Stripes Break Up

Posted by Miss Ess, February 2, 2011 10:54am | Post a Comment

Sad news today from the Whites: Jack and Meg are permanently breaking up and the White Stripes are officially no more. They said that "the main reason is to 'preserve what is beautiful and special about the band.'" Makes sense, I guess -- I mean, how many different songs can you really write with a guitar and a drummer? I'm surprised this hasn't happened earlier, frankly. White Stripes, RIP. It was good while it lasted.

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"Death Letter"


"Truth Doesn't Make a Noise"

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