Thursday, January 07, 2010

This makes me sad

The LATimes reports today on Dragstrip 66 ends taking its final bow this Saturday. It was one of those things in L.A. I kept wanting to do and putting off.
Equally inspired by high fashion and lowbrow art, Dragstrip 66 carved out a niche for those who liked their night life tempo somewhere between a John Waters film, a Bob Mackie fashion show and a drunken punk dance party. It became a who's who of the alternative/queer performance art scene; Jackie Beat, Joey Arias, Varla Jean Merman, Chi Chi LaRue and Jer Ber Jones all graced its stage.

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Jackie Beat remembers: "It was also messy and monstrous in a way that plucked and tanned WeHo would never tolerate, so even within the gay community it felt somewhat subversive."

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"It was like Stonewall meeting Warhol meeting the Sunset Strip meeting Haight-Ashbury all in the aftermath of an AIDS-plagued decade," says [Scott] Craig, co-owner of Akbar. "We were happy to party. We needed to party."
The article is here.

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