Queen for a day
What: Drag Brunch: Celebrity Impersonation
When: 11 am Sun., Apr. 14
Where: Rumors Cabaret, 1119 Railroad Ave.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
It felt counterintuitive to walk into Rumors Cabaret before noon, but I’d procured tickets for a Drag Brunch that featured a morning repast and the chance to hang out with famous people, so I felt it was wise to ignore the clock and see what happened when I spent a day at the nightclub.
My date and I arrived for the “Celebrity Impersonation” iteration of the bimonthly event as staff from Boundary Bay Brewery were setting out an aromatic breakfast buffet. We snagged a tall table near the middle of the dance floor, purchased a round of Bloody Marys from the cash-only bar, and then waited a few minutes before piling our plates with fruit, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, and generous servings of bacon.
“It feels kinda weird to be eating in here,” my bearded companion noted as he dug into his meal under a throbbing halo of flashing lights. “That said, I feel like we’re at the most popular event in town, and I’m excited to see what happens next.”
He’d find that out not long after 1pm, when host Vivienne Duchanne made a grand—if somewhat delayed—entrance. She’d had a family emergency that caused her to be late, and pointed out to the crowd that it takes more than an hour to add the makeup, costumes, extravagant wigs, dangerously high heels, and various padding necessary to transform into a diva with attitude.
It didn’t take long for Vivienne to prove she was worth the wait. Dressed to the nines—this was before transforming into Cher—she was funny and crass in equal measure as she introduced an esteemed lineup including a leather-clad Freddie Mercury, Ziggy Stardust, Selena, Christina Aguilera, Kesha, Adele, Gwen Stefani, and more.
The performers from Bellingham and beyond lip-synced their way through the artists’ hits with style to spare, and it soon became apparent they weren’t just acting like the celebrities they were impersonating—they were inhabiting the roles as if they truly were internationally recognized performers who had decided to grace us with their presence.
They emoted, they danced through carefully choreographed routines that sometime included being airborne—and occasionally involved doing the splits—and they moved through the audience with swagger and sassiness. In short, they were divine. (Please note that you should bring plenty of dollar bills to bestow upon the performers to show them just how amazing you think they are.)
I’m guessing many of the same drag queens and kings will be in attendance at the Sun., April 14 gathering at Rumors, which will be the final Celebrity Impersonation iteration of the brunches before the theme is changed at the next event in June.
If you can’t manage to make it to Rumors during daylight hours, however, many of the performers can be found at Wednesday afte rparties, Sundays for the Panty Hoes Drag Show, and every Thursday for RuPaul Drag Race viewing parties. Go, and be astounded.
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