Twelve Days of Drag: Lady Bunny
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Favorite City: NYC, baby! Maybe it ain’t what it used to be, but neither am I.
Favorite Bar: Twist in South Beach. Never a cover and you never walk out of there alone if you want to. Sometimes, it’s a police escort, but who cares? Miami guys are mucho macho caliente!
What would you like for the Holidays: London-based producer Joey Negro has done some stunning remixes of disco classics like Karen Young’s “Hot Shot” and Patrice Rushen’s “Haven’t You Heard.” His ear is phenomenal and as a disco-phile he’s on par with Dmitri Of Paris. I spin classic disco at The Monster in NYC the first Sunday of each month from 6-10. Can’t wait to work these mixes!
Artist Stephen Tashjian’s incredible coffee table book. Also known as the drag artist Tabboo! as seen in Wigstock: The Movie, Stephen’s paintings of anything from the Ronettes to Sylvester jump off the page with an acid bite. Tabboo!: The Art Of Stephen Tashjian is a slice of not only a genius painter/illustrator but also gives a magnificent glimpse at the East Village art scene in the ’80s and ’90s.
My mom still gives me socks, Post-its, a toothbrush and a Lifesavers book every year. We never went all out on pricey gifts, but I treasure my family and their quirky, Quaker ways. They call it frugal. I call it cheap. But they never had to validate their affections with a price tag. I wouldn’t mind if they did occasionally but after all these years, I’m not looking for that.
Best place for last minute shopping ideas: You can’t lose with chocolate. Li-Lac Chocolates in the West Village is divine and Fox News’ Megyn Kelly would be horrified to see that there actually is a dark brown Santa in their window. Someone should send one to her!
Favorite Winter Activity: Eating like a pig and not exercising. Oh wait! I do that all year round.
What’s the Best Holiday Song? Definitely “This Christmas” by Stephanie Mills. I also love Faith Evans’ “Soulful Christmas” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” by the Jackson 5. If you like twisted comedy, I recorded my own parody of the Jackson 5 hit for a youtube video, “Santa Claus is Cumming To Town” and also re-wrote Mariah’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” as “All I Want For Xmas Is Jew.”
New Years Eve Plans? Sadly, I had to cancel a performance at the new club Play in Louisville. Luckily Sharon Needles could fill in and they are re-booking me later in January. I’m also looking forward to doing Heklina’s Trannyshack LA on 1/31.
What’s Next? Lady Boniva canceled that NYE due to a broken wrist in a fisting accident — who dreamt that Chi Chi LaRue would be so tight? As if my wrist wasn’t limp enough! Time to start doing lines of calcium! I’m just recuperating until I can start shoving food into my mouth with both hands again. And delighted that Beyonce put a song on her new album for me, called “Pretty Hurts.” My self-penned song “Take Me Up High” went to #17 on the Billboard Dance charts in September, so I’m working on a follow-up tune.
I’m actually using the down time to develop something new to bust out with in the spring. I’m also forcing friends who offer to bring me groceries, etc, to just bring themselves. Facebook makes us feel like we’re all connected but it’s an illusion. I don’t know about you but my phone never rings any more — all communication is electronic. Not only is typing no fun with one hand, there is no substitute for actually getting together. Is there an app for conversation? The times I’ve been able to pry people away from devices for some holiday cheer have been a riot. And it’s free!
Photo Credit: Sergio Kardenas