Last night, Pride festivities started a day early at The Stud's 45th anniversary party. I stopped by to have a drink, watch the drag show, and take a few pics.
The Stud first opened its doors in 1966 but moved in 1987 to its current location (formerly called The Arena.) In this location, The Stud became the original home of the famous drag show TrannyShack, featuring the ever-fabulous Heklina.
Every famous drag queen in the city has graced the stage at The Stud. Even drag queen-in-training Lady Gaga made an appearance back in 2008.
Although TrannyShack has changed venues, The Stud still hosts some of the best drag shows in the city and last night's celebration was nothing short of fantastic!
Upon my arrival at The Stud, I realized that I had never seen a proper drag show before. I was amazed by the wide range of performers and as I learned from reading today's story " Faux Real ," there is a thing called "perfomance drag," which is not about passing as a woman, but about the performance, the make up, and the fun of drag.
Amongst the performances, there was also a belly dance duo called Azure and a burlesque style strip tease by Dr. Bordello.
This queen loves wigs so much, she performed with nothing else on!
Phatima Rude had a creepy Uncle Fester style and wore a onesie -- very strange but entertaining.
My favorite Queen of the evening was the beautiful, Honey Mahogany. Not only is she stunning, the girl can sing!
For more drag action at The Stud, stop by tonight for " Some Thing!," featuring performances by Glamamore, VivvyAnne ForeverMORE!, Lil Miss Hot Mess, Hoku Mama Swamp, Miss Rahni, and Ambrosia Salad at 11 p.m. and midnight.
Photos by Sasha Gainor