LGBT performing arts & drag

Portland's offerings range from traditional female impersonation to queer burlesque.

DarcellePortland's grand dame, Darcelle, entertains audiences nightly at her comedy revue.
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    Portland has a rich drag and performance art culture that encompasses everything from traditional female impersonation to new-school drag to queer burlesque.

    Darcelle XV Showcase

    Since 1967, the female impersonators of Darcelle XV and company have been performing a Las Vegas-style cabaret full of sequins and sophistication. In 2016, she was crowned the “Oldest Drag Queen Performer” by the Guinness Book of World Records. She may be in her 80s, but Darcelle XV still knows how to put on a show. This is a Portland institution not to be missed.

    Shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; reservations recommended

    The Superstar Divas Variety Show

    The wacky drag queen trio The Superstar Divas hosts a weekly variety show including comedy, skits, singing, game shows, dance and more.

    Every Sunday at CC Slaughters

    Burlesque S’il Vous Plait

    The Burlesque S’il Vous Plait may be Portland’s longest-running burlesque show (since April 2006), but it’s so much more. Started by drag performer (and instructor at the Rose City School of Burlesque) Zora Phoenix in Long Beach, Calif., as an alternative to lip-syncing drag shows, the monthly revue often includes live singing, comedy, burlesque,and dance.

    First Friday of every month at Crush Bar.

    Homomentum – the Musical

    Based on a popular queer cabaret of the same name, and penned by its founder, emcee and multi-hyphenate performer, Max Voltage, Homomentum – the Musical is a gender-bending sci-fi fantasy about unicorns saving the world through dance and queer awesomeness.


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