Archive for the drag Category

Tu? Indietro! Fugly!

Posted in camp, drag, festoonery, filth, meine nippen sie küssen so heiß, no gay friends, she's a maneater, with my avoirdupois and my tra la la la la on January 29, 2008 by lacieca

A loyal reader calls this little number “the worst gown I’ve ever seen.”


La Cieca she agrees that Mme. Guleghina’s fashion faux pas here just screams, “that was no lady, that was Lady Macbeth.” On the other hand, your doyenne has seen some rather ghastly frocks in her time, and she’s sure, cher public, that you have seen worse. If you have, send a jpg (preferably 350 pixels wide or larger) or a link to lacieca@parterre.com. Let’s dish!

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Lord help the sister who comes between me and my man!

Posted in camp, drag, quiz, this diva looks like that diva on November 16, 2007 by lacieca

Not the newest observation, but perhaps relevant again at the moment. So, tell me, what do these two ladies have in common (besides the family resemblance, of course)? [UPDATE: I’ve traded out the original image of Joyce Castle for something more representative.]

Lypsinka and Joyce

Wheels within wheels

Posted in camp, drag, festoonery, fleming, youtube on November 8, 2007 by lacieca

This is why drag was invented. The artistes are James Bondage and Bella ToDyeFor.

Sweet November

Posted in camp, cher public, drag, fleming, great homosexuals of history on November 6, 2007 by lacieca

La Cieca’s DVR hard drive will be overflowing by the end of this November since the indispensable Turner Classic Movies has scheduled a whole month of “guest programmers.” Among the celebrities gracing the tube to introduce their favorite flicks will be some of particular interest to the parterre crowd. For example, this Thursday, November 8, playwright/actor Charles Busch will take a brief respite from his Die Mommie Die duties on the New York boards to present a quartet of women’s pictures: I Could Go on Singing, The Hard Way, Escape and A Woman’s Face.

Iconic Harvey Fierstein arrives on November 26 to introduce The Catered Affair (upon which his upcoming Broadway musical is based), as well as the camp classic The Women and two lesser-known pictures, The Boy with Green Hair and The Devil is a Sissy.

November 18 heralds the arrival of “one of the world’s most beloved and recognized figures in the worlds of opera and jazz,” Renée Fleming. Films featured that day will include Red Dust, Captains Courageous, Test Pilot, Gone with the… oh, La Cieca begs your pardon, that was Victor Fleming.

In fact, “The Beautiful Cineaste” has selected for our enjoyment a quartet of musical extravaganzas: The Great Waltz, Song of Love, Interrupted Melody and Maytime.

Jessye is dressy, but Curtis is pertest

Posted in diva, drag on October 31, 2007 by lacieca


Curtis Rayam as Arnalta in L’incoronazione di Poppea, directed by René Jacobs.

Santuzza offers a prayer of thanks

Posted in camp, canon law, diva, drag, ex cathedra, festoonery, gay, san francisco on October 17, 2007 by lacieca

“Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is not an excommunicable offense,” a specialist on Catholic canon law has explained.

The expert was speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle in the wake of a scandal involving San Francisco’s Archbishop George Niederauer and the activist group the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. On October 7, Niedarauer delivered the Eucharist to “two men in heavy makeup and nuns’ habits.”

The Archbishop almost immediately issued a letter of apology to Catholics, but not soon enough to prevent Fox News screaming head Bill O’Reilly from grabbing the opportunity to sneer at San Francisco’s “far-left secular progressives who despise the military, traditional values and religion.”

Following up on the story, the Chronicle spoke to Rev. Jim Bretzke, professor of moral theology at University of San Francisco, a Jesuit Catholic university.

“The general sacramental principle is that you don’t deny the sacrament to someone who requests it,” Bretzke explained. “The second principle is that you cannot give communion to someone who has been excommunicated . . . .

“While I can see Bill O’Reilly and others might be offended, the sisters do not meet the criteria the church has for denying Communion. Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is not an excommunicable offense.”

Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be countertenors

Posted in camp, countertenor, crossover, drag, festoonery, gay gay gay gay gay, no gay friends, this diva looks like that diva, youtube on October 12, 2007 by lacieca