A Gay Ol’ Time: The Best in Queer Nightlife
As Alberta’s capital, Edmonton is known for a lot of things: our impeccable festival season, our absolutely gorgeous urban jungle, and according to my uncle, we are celebrated for our athletic achievements as well (don’t ask me anything else about THAT, however, I skipped gym class A LOT)!
But did you know that Edmonton is also home to some of Canada’s coolest Queer artists and events?! No?! Well, it’s time to turn off that episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race you were watching (#Justice4Manila), and go have a gay ol’ time in the capital city! I’ve compiled a list of some of the fabulous (ugh) displays of LGBTQIA2+ excellence that you can catch this upcoming March.
The Sunday Revue
Niuboi presents: Space Dance
A League of Her Own
Drag Dinner Theatre: DREK
Do you love fully stocked dinner buffets? Do you love drag parodies of animated feature films which were popular for their groundbreaking quality in 2001 and are now more popular for their meme-status in 2019? Do you love biased recommendations?! 50% Fruit Productions (full disclosure: the queer theatre company run by myself) has partnered-up with Yellowhead Brewery for the second instalment of Drag Dinner Theatre: DREK, a parody of the Academy Award-winning film, Shrek. The ticket price includes a delicious dinner buffet and audience members of all ages are welcome to attend; but be warned that the comedy is very much in keeping with our drag-queen roots, and not all jokes are suitable for children.
March 7 & 14 - Yellowhead Brewery (10229 105 Street NW)
An Evening with Violet Chachki
After absolutely destroying the competition on Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Violet Chachki took the worlds of fashion and burlesque by storm. She was a featured act on Dita Von Teese’s The Art of the Teese tour, and even released an album of danceable bops in 2015! Evolution Wonderlounge (Edmonton’s only 365 Queer nightclub) is proud to present this international beauty, alongside local burlesque and drag talent.
March 8 - Evolution Wonderlounge (10220 103 Street NW)
Poly Queer Love Ballad
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
One of the most successful cult-rock musicals of all time arrives in Edmonton with a decidedly downtown approach courtesy of Next Stage Productions. Join Hedwig (and her band, The Angry Inch) at Evolution Wonderlounge, as she laments about her journey from communist East Berlin, her gender reassignment surgery, and her failed love affair with rock star Tommy Gnosis.
March 12-16 - Evolution Wonderlounge (10220 103 Street NW)
Hail Mary and Have Mercy
That’s a Thing?! Live Podcast
That’s a Thing?! is a podcast with a premise so overwhelmingly charming, I can’t help but smile while writing it out: "Elizabeth, a teen, explains her media to Karen, her mom”. The SkirtsAfire Festival proudly presents a live recording experience of this podcast which you can attend for a donation of your choice at the door. The plot of the episode will explore how the internet has created a supportive and informative space for LGBTQ+ youth… an important tool, indeed, as some communities don’t have resources to support these vulnerable members of our community.
March 17 - The Nina Haggerty Gallery (9225 118 Avenue NW)
Sing-A-Long Screening of Bohemian Rhapsody
Alberta’s Next Drag Superstar Semi-Finals
Every year, the best of the best of Alberta Drag comes together to fight for the title of Alberta’s Drag Superstar! The contest is structured into separated Edmonton and Calgary preliminaries, and semi-finals, and then all remaining contestants compete in Edmonton for the finale (this year featuring extra special guest judge Latrice Royale, from RuPaul’s Drag Race!). Evolution Wonderlounge is proud to present the Edmonton semi-finals of ANDS 2019 this month, with extra special guest judge Stacy Layne Matthews, also from RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s a competition like no other, and if you are new to the Edmonton drag scene, it is an exciting way to introduce yourself to the community!
March 29 - Evolution Wonderlounge (10220 103 Street NW)
MAN UP! Presents: Heroes
DTF ETC: Monthly Queer Talk Show
ABOUT THE WRITER
Zachary Parsons-Lozinsky is a 2011 graduate of the Theatre Arts program at MacEwan University, he is also a co-creator of the House of HOMO-CIDAL, and Artistic Director of 50% Fruit Productions! He is perhaps better known as his Drag Queen-alter ego, Lilith Fair (Alberta's Drag Superstar 2016, Miss Evolution 2017, 10× "Stiletto Award" winner, and 5× winner of Vue Weekly Magazine's "Best Local Comedian" in their "Best of Edmonton). He owes his sanity to his incredible partner Michael, and his current favourite film is "Strait-Jacket" starring Joan Crawford.