Friends of Georges and the production team behind George's Truck Stop and Drag Bar will present a new drag-themed musical, The Dragnificent Variety Hour, this weekend at Evergreen Theatre.
The original sketch comedy production will feature local drag queens and plenty of over-the-top production numbers.
"We all love shows like The Carol Burnett Show and Sonny and Cher,” says Friends of George’s Tracy Love. “Those shows were so much fun because of all the amazing guest stars and production numbers. We really wanted to create something in that genre.”
Sketches will include "The Tea (a parody of the The View) and "Drag in a Bag" (a parody of the Home Shopping Channel) among others.
The show will go on at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st. Tickets are $20 and are on sale at friendsofgeorges.org and at the box office while they last.
Earlier this month, long-time bartender Lisa McNeil, who most recently worked the bar at Dru's Place, passed away. McNeil's partner Tami Montgomery owns Dru's Place.
On Sunday, January 26th, Dru's Place is holding a celebration of McNeil's life. "Celebrating Lisa McNeil" starts at noon and runs through 5 p.m. with performances by Tiffany Shae (1-2 p.m.) and Ashley Mcbryde (3-5 p.m.). There will also be a raffle, games, and food.
All proceeds from the event will go toward McNeil's funeral costs.
This month's installment of Cherry, a party for LGBT folks and their allies, combines the usual burlesque show with a few rousing rounds of bingo.
The text from host Julie Wheeler's promotional email is pretty swell with its references to bingo-loving old lady names. So we'll let her explain (below) how the night will go down. The party starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, January 25th at Side Street Grill's RedBar. Also, this month's event will feature a newly built stage for the burlesque performers.
"Get ready to kick off your fuzzy slippers and put on your party clothes, Pearl! It's time to come down to CHERRY's Burlesque Bingo Show in the RedBar at Side Street!
Now don't get us wrong, Hazel, this isn't serious Bingo. But you will have a chance to win fun prizes — all while you watch a burlesque show! I'm sure you're saying, ''Deloris, this is right up my alley!'' Well, Betty, in honor of the new year, we've decided to do things a little differently. We're going to start off with a smaller show of burlesque mixed with bingo and then we have an intermission. This will give you time, Ernestine, to mingle with the other players and performers while partaking in an adult beverage or two.
And just when you start to lose interest in the person flirting with you, Petunia, it's time for the final small bingo burlesque show with different prizes and some of the same stars doing a completely different act!
And don't worry about being able to see all the action, Gertrude, we're building a little stage to put it up high for all to see! All this plus, in between shows (and afterwards!), we'll have some of the hottest dance music & drink specials to get you off of your feet and dancing! So, whatever your name is, just make sure you get down to the RedBar at Side Street (35 S Florence) on Saturday, January 25th for CHERRY's Bingo Burlesque Show & Party! Doors@8pm Shows@9&10:30 21+ $10 (cash only at the door). See You There!"
The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus will hold its annual Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, January 25th at Minglewood Hall.
"Mardi Gras in Ol' Nawlins" will feature Queen Pegasus X Ashlyn Tyler and King Pegasus X Shayne Rachels and a drag show with outrageous Mardi Gras-themed costumes. The cocktail reception kicks things off at 7 p.m. in the 1886 Lounge with free appetizers from Jack Magoo's. The drag show begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $50 per person or $375 per table (seats eight people). All proceeds benefit Friends for Life. For ticket info, go here.
The Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) is hosting a "Red Alert" party to kick off the season of lobbying for pro-equality legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly.
On Monday, January 13th, TEP is urging their supporters to wear red clothing to Side Street Grill's Red Bar from 5 to 7 p.m.
The meet-up is intended as a symbolic "red alert" to let people know that the General Assembly will reconvene on Tuesday, January 14th, and TEP supporters should expect to be prepared to support pro-equality bills (such as a bill that would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to school policy on bullying) and anti-gay bills (such as Knoxville Senator Stacey Campfield's "Don't Say Gay" bill that would ban discussion of homosexuality in schools).
For a more in-depth look at what to expect on gay rights issues in 2014, check out the Flyer's New Year's prediction coverage.
Business owners across Tennessee who want to show customers that they support equal rights will soon be able to do so with Tennessee Equality Project Foundation's "Equality Means Business" window stickers.
The stickers are intended to show that a business does not discriminate in hiring and treatment of workers regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Business owners can also add their names to TEP's list of businesses that support equality on the organization's public Facebook page.
The "Equality Means Business" campaign kicked off on December 30th in honor of TEP's 10th anniversary.
Honorary co-chairs for the initiative are entrepreneurs Martha Boggs in Knoxville and Randy Rayburn in Nashville and graphic designer Ray Rico (Ray Rico Freelance) in Memphis.
According to the Human Rights Campaign, 61 percent of Fortune 500 companies have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
Business owners who would like a window sticker should email TEP's executive director Chris Sanders.