Category Archives: Drag

Coco Peru in Chicago Sept. 26th

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I have followed this gal’s career for about 15 years now I think.  LOVE HER.

Miss Coco Peru

is the drag persona of American actor, comedian and drag performer Clinton Leupp, known for her role in the 1999 independent film Trick and for her series of live theater performances.

Storyteller/monologist Coco is most recognizable by her “trademark copper-toned flip hairdo,” Peru also starred in Richard Day’s Girls Will Be Girls (2003) and was one of six performers featured in the Logo original stand-up comedy series Wisecrack (2005).

She has also appeared in a number of other supporting and guest-starring roles in film and television.

For 20 years Peru has starred in various “one-woman shows” across the US and other countries, and hosted LGBT events. Since 2005 Peru has appeared in the “Conversations With Coco” series in which she “interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the LGBT community’s favorite icons.” Peru’s guests have included Bea Arthur, Lesley Ann Warren, Karen Black, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda.

She has traveled and appeared all over the world.  Now the Chicago Cabaret Project is bringing her to Chicago as part of their Divine Decadence Series  With AMY ARMSTRONG!  ONE NIGHT ONLY. One show only. September 26th in Circuit Nightclub. SURE TO SELL OUT!  With a hilarious and poignant blend of monologue, song and multi-media,  Coco will show audiences once again why Lily Tomlin calls Coco Peru “one the last great story tellers.  GET TICKETS


Need a laugh today?  Coco Peru always makes me laugh!

Coco Peru braves the perils of Los Santos…  WATCH  NOW



Twitter @themisscocoperu…
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Justin Jedlica Plastic Surgery Expert and Consultant

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If you could have free plastic surgery, what would you have done?

I think many gay people, especially gay men, pay A LOT of attention to their looks and to their body. Feeling good about yourself and getting compliments on how you look, give a person a boost of self confidence.

If I had the money, there are a number of things I would have done, trust me.

So why do so many judge Justin Jedlica, the human Ken doll,  which by the way, I hate that label.  Justin recently said, “I would say more of my inspiration stems from ‘manga’ or anime. I find that much more appealing in all honestly than a Ken doll. It’s sort of that over-stylized, cartoonish version of human form [that I like]. I have all these haters on my page being like, ‘Does that mean you want to cut off your penis?’ And I’m like actually, I wish it was dragging on the ground like anime. [Laughs] There’s actually this subgroup of people do that—they cut off their nipples and bellybuttons and castrate themselves!”

I have known Justin personally for about 2 years. He is very down to earth, very well traveled and educated. People assume he is a rich spoiled brat when in fact, he comes from a very simple lower middle class background. People who do not know him try to judge him and hate on him. I don’t understand that.

Justin and his husband of 5 years relocated to Chicago last year but Justin finds himself traveling all of time and most of his clients are in New York and Los Angeles naturally, where plastic surgery is more prevalent.

Your body is your temple, and Justin  can act as the architect–your design specialist. From his many years of personal experience within the body modification arena, Justin now retains an arsenal of the most skilled, accredited, cosmetic medical specialists who act with the utmost discretion. Through his discreet referral, consultative and coordinator services, Justin and his team can assure you the most direct and comprehensive route to achieve your desired result (whether subtle or more extreme).


He says, (and I totally agree), “Who are people to tell me that [my surgeries] looks weird? I mean, why is western culture the only correct perception of beauty? That’s just ridiculous. It’s a completely ignorant statement. There seems to be this overwhelming idea that you should be happy with what God gave you or what you were born with. There’s this weird stigma around allowing yourself to feel ownership over your own body and really take charge of how people view it. I don’t understand that at all.”

Don’t Hate! Appreciate!



Chicago Gay Mens Chorus BIG PACKAGE Event April 5th


Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) will expose their biggest and best at CGMC’s 7th Annual Big Package Auction featuring special guest hostess, “Miss Richfield 1981” on Saturday, April 5, 2014.  


The Big Package Auction is a fun, frisky and all around fabulous benefit. It will feature a live auction of spectacular prizes and packages presented by equally spectacular (and scantily clad) men of Boystown. Live packages include a wedding package, an African safari, a trip to New York and a cruise.


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This year, CGMC welcomes back by popular demand, well-known Provincetown and Atlantis Events entertainer, “Miss Richfield 1981” as the guest hostess of the live auction. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a stellar silent auction and raffle drawing.

The Big Package Auction will be held at Sidetrack, 3349 N. Halsted Street, Chicago, on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 5:00p.m.-8:00p.m.

Presale tickets are $25 and include drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres: tickets are $30 at the door.

VIP tickets are available for $50, which include a pre-show “Meet & Greet” with Miss Richfield and a silent auction preview from 4:30p.m.-5:30pm.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Chicago Gay Men’s Chorus.



Queer Comedy at Zanies with Trannika Rex February 25th

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Trannika Rex  is master of ceremonies in Chicago, the regular host of Drag Matinee at Berlin Nightclub and Trannika’s Most Wanted at Scarlet Bar. Known for her hilarious and scathing sass, boozy and baudy crowd work, the diva brings her comedy styles to the stand up comedy stage for the first time Tuesday, Feb. 25th.

Queer Comedy at Zanies presents Casey Ley at Zanies Comedy Club, 1548 N Wells, 8:30pm. Tickets are $15 and available at or at the door.

Host Adam Guerino interviewed Trannika for Chicago Pride this week –

check it out~!



OUT IN THE PARK September 14th, 2013. Don’t Be Left Without a Ticket

First off – It’s actually  8pm – 1am now!  ticket sales are brisk and Six Flags have given us an extra hour to ride, dance and party!
Because this is a “private event” – there are no tickets at the door. Only online, from your PC and printer. And this party has the potential to SELL OUT this year.  Tickets are available through Saturday afternoon – as long as we do not hit 10,000. That’s the cut off this year.  The park can hold 40,000. But the beauty of the private night is short lines. And Six Flags wants to make sure we all have a great time.  So I wouldn’t wait!  Get tickets now and don’t be disappointed!
When you arrive at the park, we will  be checking IDs  and banding people who want to purchase adult beverages! That will save time inside.
You will also get a map upon entering with a schedule of the evenings events and times and locations, as well as all the bars and drinking areas!
SCOTTY  T from Scarlet along with a couple of their uber sexy personalities will kick off the night – followed by Dj Matthew Harvat. 
If we sell enough tickets this year, and prove to Six Flags we can fill their park, they may give us an ENTIRE DAY of own next year! WHOO HOO!
So please support this awesome event – which this year, will help benefit Chicago house. 
CHARLIES   has  buses going , $25  round trip.  
Some seats still available. 3726 N Broadway St
Charlies is also hosting the Official After Party till 5am!  FREE entry with your Six  Flags ticket.  Lot of pre and post parties – look here. Scarlet will host the official closing party on Sunday Sept. 15th, complete with photos from the Six Flags event!

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In Loving Memory of Miss Foozie’s Mother

Hello Pineapples,

As a lot of you know Miss Foozies mom didn’t make it
out of ICU and passed away on July 24th. Miss Foozies mom, “Mama
Foozie” was Miss Foozies biggest fan. She attended many events and
totally supported Miss Foozie in every way she could. She was a
wonderful person with a heart of gold like Miss Foozie. Mama Foozie is
now Miss Foozies angel and will help watch over the pineapple patch!

Miss Foozies mom was also his best friend. They were extremely close, and she was Miss Foozies world.

Foozie has decided that since her mother is going to be cremated, that
Miss Foozie wants to purchase a special bench, with his spot also, so he
is next to his mom. The bench with the two spaces is very expensive,
and I wanted to try and help him to reach out to his fans, to make sure
he is able to follow through with this sad part of life.

 Miss Foozie has
been entertaining, loving and and making everyone feel special for 16
years. Lets all come together and help her be able to purchase this, so
he is assured he will be at rest next to his mom on the beautiful bench
she has picked out. No donation is too small, if we all come together
with what we can, we can accomplish this together! 
Thank you all so much
for all your love and support for Miss Foozie, and Thank you for being a
More details for donations at Go Fund Me

Chad Michaels Comes to HYDRATE Jan 19th

Chad Michaels’ career as one of the world’s
premier Cher Impersonators now spans two decades of acclaim and
celebration! Chad has been granted the opportunity to collaborate with
and entertain for Industry favorites such as David Foster, Bruce
Roberts, Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Cyndi Lauper, Gene Simmons,
RuPaul, and even the Diva Herself, Cher.  For Chad Michaels, the “Beat
Goes On”!

Chad placed 3rd on Ru Pauls Drag Race Season 4, but came back for the ALL STARS and took the crown as  WINNER!

Hydrate Presents Rupaul Drag Race AllStars Champion Chad Michaels

Hydrate is proud to present Chad Michaels for two special performances at 11 PM and 1 AM.

She is joined by Rupaul Drag Race Season 4 star DiDa Ritz.

Limited number of meet and greets are available for $25,  which includes a complimentary cocktail.

Stay and dance till 5 AM with the sounds of DJR


Hydrate Nightclub Chicago | 3458 N Halsted Street in Chicago, IL 60657


Getting Into Face with JoJo Baby and Sal-E

Legendary club kid, doll maker, makeup artist, costumer, and penis-sculpture enthusiast JoJo Baby costars with his clubbing companion, Sal-E, in Bernard Colbert’s lush new  12″ x 12″ coffee-table book Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e

Bernard’s lifelong passion is to capture high energy, emotionally charged portraits of interesting people.

For 17 years, Bernard has been perfecting his craft, working in the field of commercial and advertising photography.

‘In the vibrant community where I live and work, I find what I have
always been searching for- a sublime energy. Nightlife activity blends
with the arts and diversity of self expression abounds. Here, I can
freely pursue my dream: to document and celebrate that spark within,
which defines the unique nature of our human experience.’

GETTING INTO FACE is a visual feast in the tradition of 1990s club kids. See
performance artists JoJo Baby and Sal-E use their bodies as canvases to
become inspired and whimsical conceptual characters, executed with
expert skill using original, theatrical makeup and costumes. In more
than 100 portraits, photographer Bernard Colbert rigorously captures
these two performance artists in genius moments as psychedelic Hindi
gods, comic book villains, fantastical creatures, astronauts, and much,
much more.

 Colbert’s stunning portraits document these delightful
transformations over a five-year period and are the same body of work
featured in the Clive Barker documentary titled JoJo Baby. Through
Colbert’s collaboration with JoJo and Sal, viewers can experience a
front row seat to an ongoing show which has been entertaining club goers
in Chicago for two decades. This is a portfolio for the visually
adventuress and fans of true creative vision.

Every Monday night, JoJo Baby with friend Sal-E have gone to work as
hosts of Chicago’s largest and longest running house-music dance party,
the Boom Boom Room, which is currently on hiatus from its usual location
at Green Dolphin St., 2220 N. Ashland Ave., while the building
undergoes renovation. It took the duo hours to prepare, and Colbert was
there every week to capture the endlessly entertaining process. He said
he usually only had 10 to 15 minutes to photograph them before they went
on stage.

“Sometimes they would show up and I would look at what they were
wearing and try and quickly comprehend what they were up to, because
sometimes it’s high concept and it’s not obvious right away,” Colbert
said. “It’s interesting right away, but it’s like, ‘What the heck is
going on?’ So I scramble and try and make it happen.”

Colbert, who took courses in commercial photography at Columbia from
1989–1991, said he loves portrait photography and has been drawn to
performers such as models, musicians and athletes—people who are both
interesting and like being photographed.

The combination of unplanned imagination and spontaneity kept Colbert
continually inspired. He said the most successful images captured an
indescribable magic that would often occur.

“It was something that would elevate it from an interesting time to
really high art, and it’s something that fascinates me,” Colbert said.
“It feels elusive, but when you find that you can do it time and time
again, it’s really fun to keep trying to do it.”

The book will also be available at local
bookstores in Chicago and
Getting into Face: 52 Mondays Featuring Jojo Baby and Sal-e


Glitz and Glam with Aurora Sexton New Years Eve @ KIT KAT Lounge


with the one and only 
New Years Eve at 
Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club!

Aurora has  been  crowned the title “Entertainer of the Year”. She does amazing performances!

The Entertainer Of the Year F.I. (EOY) contest system is a Fund Raiser
Event presented for The SLS Pride Foundation, Inc., a non-profit Arts
and Humanities foundation, “Dedicated to the betterment of Diverse

Many community non-profit organizations have benefited from
the funds raised by The SLS Pride Foundation, Inc., including Metropolitan Community Church of Louisville, Kentucky Theater Project,
Louisville International Film Expo, Louisville Youth Group, Gallopolooza
Louisville Sidewalk Derby, Crusade for Children, Louisville Deaf Oral
School, Bluegrass Classic Tournament, William-Nichols Institute
Educational preservation fund, Fairness Education Fund, Beaux Arts Ball
for Voices of Kentuckiana, University Of Louisville Foundation, Inc.,
Kentuckiana Pride Festival, The Chance School & The Louisville
Visual Arts Association.

Aurora lives in Nashville but gets back to Chicago about once a month.

NEW YEARS EVE, see Aurora live – with 3 choices for the evening.


Born and raised in Denver, CO, Aurora Sexton is no stranger to the
stage. With an early childhood start in theater and the arts, Aurora has
always been in the spotlight putting her creative talents to work.

With an illustrious career spanning over a decade and an accolade of
titles/crowns and accomplishments to her name, Aurora has become a
staple and well respected icon of nightlife in Chicago since moving to
the windy city 5 years ago.

From her dead on illusions of Dolly Parton to Marylin Manson, exciting
dance routines to swaying the melodies of a ballad, gorgeous glittering
showgirl pieces to barely there sex symbol, this multi-faceted blonde
bombshell will keep you guessing what she’ll come out with next and
always leave you wanting more.

In her time away from stage Aurora works as a freelance makeup artist
for weddings & fashion events, runs party events/promotions and is a
print ad model, most recently becoming the face of Starr Jewels, a top
of the line jewelry company for stage.

KIT KAT LOUNGE   3700 N. Halsted   773-525-1111


Jackie Beat at HYDRATE – Holiday Show Dec 20

Jackie Beat is a very well known drag persona and actor, singer, songwriter and screenwriter.

I first discovered Jackie IN NYC about 15 years ago. She was doing amazing shows all over New York and appeared in Wigstock – The Movie
with love of my life, Alexis Arquette and Lady Bunny
Jackie is SO CREATIVE, and SO FUNNY. You can listen to some of  her crazy songs on her MySpace Page (yes, artists still use MySpace). And she has some crazy videos on YouTube.
 WARNING, most are NSFW!
Jackie was also part of the band DIRTY SANCHEZ. Dirty Sanchez is an electroclash band that formed in Los Angeles in 2001 and includes Jackie Beat, Mario Diaz and DJ BARBEAU.
Dirty Sanchez have a very strong following on the West Coast, where they play to full houses. 

Get a CD here…Dirty Sanchez

Jackie Beat: A Different Christmas Show!

Hydrate presents….JACKIE BEAT!

SHE’S BACK!!! Jackie Beat is back with her hysterical antics and she’s
giving you something to look forward to this holiday season!



Door open at 7pm and show starts at 8pm!

VIP TICKETS which included seating in the first 3 rows and a complimentary 4 Rebels Cocktail are only $30!

General Admission seating is only $20 in advance and $25 at the door!

Get your tickets today! 



Francesca’s Forno’s Drag Showcase Returns Monday, December 10th, 7-9PM!

As if you needed another reason to go to Francesca’s  Forno, well, here it is for you – mark your

Back by popular demand, it’s Drag Mondays in Wicker Park at
Forno this time with  “The Drag Queen Who
Stole Christmas”
featuring  spectacular,
live performances from superstars Mimi Marks, Mercedes Tyler (pictured above in photos not large enough to fit in full-on hair), Sasha Colby and
Tajma Hall (pictured below with reasonably sized back-dos). 

If you haven’t already, start celebrating the holidays early
and get in the spirit with these FABULOUS ladies performances and perhaps enjoy
the wine flight specials of the evening and the Chef’s selection of Artisanal cheeses
and Charcuterie!

Just in case you’re a Forno virgin, shame on you, but here’s the 411. Forno’s reasonably
priced, authentically Northern Italian food is ALL freshly made from scratch
with seasonal ingredients. The menu is stacked with amazing dishes that are
perfect for sharing.

From lighter salads and appetizers to comforting Paninis, pasta
dishes and FAB pizzas, truly something for every taste and appetite.

Of course,
stellar entrées featuring top grade fish, meats and poultry are expertly
prepared and available as well.

Weekend brunch at Forno is the place to see and be seen
in Wicker Park while sipping a handcrafted cocktail or special-recipe Mimosa.

As with all
Francesca’s restaurants, the staff is engaging, knowledgeable and always
willing to go the extra mile for you.

So what are you
waiting for? Gather up your friends and  call (773) 770-0184 and RSVP Today!

Monday, December
10th, 7-9PM See you there!