Drag Time with Heklina

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You probably know him from his work with Madonna on the Blonde Ambition Tour and bringing Vogue to the masses. Luis Xtravaganza is a vogueing pioneer. He has his own podcast called Werque, and a monthly vogue workshop he plans to bring back in Los Angeles and Palm Springs. Luis tells us all about how he first started shaking it to Iris Chacón in front of the TV and later as a performer at the New York ballroom and dance scene where he was a member of the House of Xtravaganza. Luis recounts times spent with Madonna on tour and preparing for the MTV music video awards, and the making of the film Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991), and Madonna’s support of his own work. We find out about ‘Bitchiest Bunch’ drag bunch happening outdoors every Sunday at Luis’ show club, Oscar’s Downtown in Palm Springs. Listen in for a really fun time catching up with Luis Camacho Xtravaganza!
Linda Simpson joins us to tell us all about her book The Drag Explosion, featuring snapshots of the downtown and East Village drag scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s. We ask her about the history of the My Comrade zine and all about exploring the East Village scene of New York in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Linda brings us backstage memories about RuPaul, Tabboo!, Lypsinka, Leigh Bowery, Lady Bunny, Michael Alig, Coco Peru, Mona Foot, the Pyramid Club, the Palladium, and more. We find out what’s going on with Linda Loves Bingo!, the online weekly Bingo game coming to you every Saturday at 8PM Eastern time via Zoom. Look for The Drag Explosion book offered by Domain Publishing. Watch out for her soon to be released publication, Malibu Mondays, a fantasy storybook series about Caitlyn Jenner with illustrations by Drake Carr. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We have the EGOT of awards show writers! It’s Bruce Vilanch! You might know him from the 90’s reboot of Hollywood Squares, or his contributions to Bette Midler’s shows such as “Clams on the Half Shell” or “Divine Madness.” He has been a recurring guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but we have him all to ourselves this week.   We talk to him about what’s good on the streams, including his contributions to the fantastic documentary The Fabulous Allan Carr, and he gives us some insight into working with Allan on the infamous 1989 Oscars. He tells us all about the good stuff that got cut from the show and what inspired some of the cringier moments.  We ask Bruce about his love affair with the Castro Theatre in San Francisco; he confirms it’s still the best place to see an old Hollywood movie. Then we get Bruce’s take on the Ryan Murphy reboot of The Boys in the Band. Listen in for a really sweet time.  Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We have Landon Cider, the studly, glamorous, ghoulish Drag King and winner of Season 3 of The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula! Landon is the first drag king to win a televised drag competition in the US. We hear from him about the countless talented kings that have preceded Landon, the fantasy of masculinity (it’s more than just grabbing your dick and waving it around!) and the inspiration behind Landon and how he fell in love with the transformative elements of makeup. We ask about being in a successful relationship while being a drag artist and performer. Also, why is Marc always picking on RuPaul? We get Landon’s take on representation on RPDR. Listen in to hear more about Landon’s full digital video contributions to the Biqtch Puddiń’s digital drag revue, once a month on Twitch! #dragking Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
The fabulous and talented Mink Stole is here! She delights us with a walk down memory lane, telling us all about working alongside Divine in John Waters’ cult-(now)classics such as Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Desperate Living, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, and Serial Mom. Listen-in for a sweet conversation about Cookie Mueller as we discuss the book “Edgewise: A Picture of Cookie Mueller” by Chloe Griffin with contributions by the people who knew Cookie her best including Mink Stole.  Find out what’s on Mink’s watch list. Spoiler alert, there’s a Duke and a Duchess!  Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We have CHRISTEENE! She tells us all about living in New York, spending time with creative friends, and making some new music with folks like Roddy Bottum, Fever Ray, and John Grant. We hear about going on tour with Peaches (the famous one) and working with audiences in the UK. Then we talk about internet call-outs and getting to the bottom of being a human being. We discuss Heklina’s favorite memory of CHRISTEENE. Here’s a hint: it involves the Queen Mary ship and Murder She Wrote! This episode is straight outta Jessica Fletcher’s a-hole! The song T.S.S.P by CHRISTEENE is featured with permission by the artist. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
It's a brand new season of Drag Time with Heklina. We're bringing it back around with our first-ever guest, The Peaches Christ. Listen in with us as we review the best and worst of drag holiday specials from 2020. We find out all about on-line film festivals and Peaches Christ gives us a tour de horror. We have an exclusive on what's next with Into the Dark productions and the future-coming of "Terror Vault: The Immoral Reckoning" opening in 2021 with enhanced health and safety protocols. Join us for a very special Season 2 episode of Drag Time with Heklina! Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
It is Miz Cracker and we are delighted! She tells us about touring her show ‘She’s a Woman’ all across the US and Canada (as soon as it is safe) and we find out about how she became an advocate and activist for women’s rights. We ask Miz Cracker about her take on misogyny in the world of drag. Then Marc’s High School Drama club can’t help but try to stir the Drag Race pot and we have to know about Miz Cracker’s favorite lip synchs and least favorite eliminations. Miz Cracker’s song ‘Eight Days of You’ ft. Jujubee is featured with permission by the artist. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We have Peppermint! She tells us all about her experiences working in her first Broadway show, "Head Over Heels" featuring music and lyrics from The Go-Go's. We ask her about working on the concert broadcast "Drag Out the Holly: A Holiday Drag Extravaganza" with The American Pops Orchestra, Alexis Michelle, Jujubee, and Lagoona Bloo -- airing December 19th. Peppermint brings us an update on Black Queer Town Hall, a collaboration with Bob the Drag Queen. We find out about her Twitch show all about classic Black cinema called "Pepp Talks." She has a trilogy of albums and you can hear a little something from the new release A Girl Like Me: Letters To My Lovers. “Best Sex” song by Peppermint is featured with permission by the artist. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We have the legendary Kiki DuRane AKA Auntie Glam, that's right... it's Justin Vivian Bond! She tells us all about filming her holiday special "Oh, Mary" at the legendary Joe's Pub (sans audiences). Viv and Heklina recollect sharing stages in San Francisco and then Mx Viv gives us a pretty jarring (canning?) account of Heklina's first ever drag performance... Marc is not sure if we should include a trigger warning: it involves creamed corn. We remember the recently departed Bambi Lake. Then, Viv regales us with stories about Eartha Kitt and Bambi Lake. We find out about the Bambi-Lake-inspired San Francisco origin story of Kiki and Herb's Kiki DuRane and all about the masterclass Eartha Kitt gave Vivian Bond on being absolutely glamorous and perfectly political. "Golden Age of Hustlers" is written by Bambi Lake and performed by Justin Vivian Bond. The song is featured with permission from Justin Vivian Bond. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
It is our 26th episode of Drag Time with Heklina and it is all about Cazwell. Let's just say it. He's sexy and he is a rapper. Cazwell joins us from Los Angeles where we get the latest about his new YouTube series MOISTURIZING WITH THE EXTRATERRESTRIALS, all about a good skincare routine and, yes, stories of alien abduction. Cazwell even gives us a little lesson in oil cleansers, moisturizing, and Retin-A treatment. We asked Cazwell all about making the wildly popular videos for Cakes, All Over Your Face, Ice Cream Truck, and I love You. He tells us how he casts his videos and his favorite collaborators for clothing and costume. Speaking of fashion, we have an Amanda LePore update! Hear a little about the Cazwell process that goes into writing and recording with artist-collaborators such as Richie Beretta (Major Lazer, Jillionaire), Justin de Nobrega (Die Antwoord), Nicky da B (Diplo), Peaches, Jesse Novak (M.I.A., Santigold), Big Dipper, RedTop (Beyoncé, Goldfrapp), Manila Luzon, DJ Fresh Direct, to name a few. We're so glad you're tuning in! We love Cazwell! "Loose Wrists" song is featured with permission by Cazwell. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We can hardly contain ourselves because we have the B-52's Cindy Wilson on episode 25 of Drag Time with Heklina! We find out what Cindy is up in Athens, Georgia while we wait for the world to begin again. First, we hear from her cow Lollipop! Then Cindy tells us about the joy of creating music with her brother Ricky Wilson and the rest of the B's. Marc's High School Drama Club has questions! Find out what's behind that iconic line "Tin Roof, Rusted!" and what the B's really thought about working with a fellow Georgian, RuPaul, on the "Love Shack" video. Then we remember Ricky <3. Cindy is in the kitchen with two recipes for Drag Time listeners. Find out how to make her hot-iron-skillet-banana-cornbread. Hold the sugar please! Then she tells us all about how to make and responsibly enjoy her "Terence McKenna Iced Tea" ...just a tip for the listeners, one woman's micro-dose is another woman's weird day. We know you're going to love this episode with Cindy Wilson on Drag Time! Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
It is episode 24 of Drag Time with Heklina and we’re speaking with Leo Herrera, an activist/filmmaker, writer, and queer viral-art film artist. We discuss his prolific and timely micro essays as well as his multi-episodic, science fiction documentary The Fathers Project, which asks you to imagine a queer world if there had been no AIDS. We get deep into it about what’s at stake in the US Presidential election but also talk about what’s BEEN going on and how some must really plan for survival. Leo tells us about up-coming archival release from The Fathers Project, bringing you moving images from queer sanctums and sanctuaries throughout the USA. Find out more at iftheylived.org.
Willam is here! She tells us all about how she got started with her podcast Race Chaser with Alaska Thunderfuck, where they break down the weekly results of RuPaul Drag’s Race. We ask Willam about her friend Richard Simmons. She recollects the one time she made Hecklina extremely uncomfortable on stage, tells us all about working on A Star is Born with Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Shangela. We find out how Willam is spending her time and it turns out it’s just working constantly! We are joined by Aunt Jukie and we break down the utility of gloryholes in minimizing risk while getting laid in the age of corona. Special thanks to Sherry Vine for the use of her PARODY of Laura Branigan's hit Gloria about using glory holes as safer sex during Corona. Which Marc found out IS NOT one of the first 10 things that comes up if you google Sherry Vine Gloryhole. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We are catching up with actor and nightlife impresario Mario Diaz. Let's face it. Us queens could not do drag without our boys! This (former) roller rat was raised by a pack of feral drag queens and he knows how to treat a wig. You may know him as the creator and casting daddy of the East Village’s The Cock bar, or for running all the best boy parties in New York and LA. He brought back the back room, he’s bringing back sleaze, and brought us the sweetness! Join us on this 22nd episode of Drag Time with Heklina!
Margaret Cho joins us to tell us about hosting San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair; this year it is going world-wide and virtual so you can join in from home. It turns out she’s a total bottom. We hear about Margaret’s lo-fi, low-key celebrity gossipy podcast "The Margaret Cho" on the EARIOS network. She gives us her take on social media as a less than desirable medium for comedy and serves up some hope by announcing that she has live shows scheduled for next year for "Fresh Off the Boat" touring world-wide. Heklina asks Margaret about her work with comedienne Gerri Lawlor on the Be Robin movement in commemoration of Robin Williams. They remember Gerri and we find out a little about Margaret’s forthcoming book "The Mayor of Haight Street" which you can find via Chronicle Books later this year. Lady Bunny alert! Or warning. Heklina and Margaret talk about some of their biggest influences including Phyllis Diller, Joan Rivers, Richard Pryor, and Don Rickles, and Lady Bunny (I didn’t say they were good influences). Plus what happened to all the Silver Lake Gays? P.S. as in they all went to Palm Springs and that’s where I’m headed, too. Tune in to hear all about it. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
This episode we are joined by one of my favorites: comedienne and actress Julie Brown. Comedy in the age of cancel culture is something that we discuss a lot on Drag Time with Heklina and we get a real sweetheart’s take on political correctness in comedy. She tells us about meeting Michael Jackson while working on the dance number for her Madonna spoof entitled “Vague,” and then we reminiscence about her work on the set of Clueless (she was the lesbian gym teacher.) We play a game of “Who’s a bitch?” Listen in to find out if Zsa Zsa Gabor is one - and more! Julie Brown even tells us all about her warm spot for San Francisco!
It's a Full On Greg alert for all of the Sideshow fans. Heklina is joined by Greg Sherrell and we catch up on some old Sideshow drama. Listen in and help us decide who is inciting it more, Greg or Heklina. P.S. it is Heklina. Find out what's been going on with Greg since he began recording Big Bay Mornings from home. Greg gives us a personal review of Heklina's "Meals on Heels" delivery/performance benefitting SF Oasis. Then he has the audacity to confess to not tipping a bitch. Listen and learn about Trickle Down Gregonomics on this very special episode of Drag Time.
You don't know drag! Hear the backstory on how Heklina came to know and love our eighteenth very special guest, the total sweetheart Ms. Sherry Vine. She tells us all about winning over crowds on tour opening for Bianca Del Rio and making fans around the world. We theorize about the last time it was that Jackie Beat spent a dollar on a costume. Sherry then explains why she moved from New York to Southern California and we find out a little bit about how life has changed since the end of the last of her last live shows in Puerto Vallarta. She tells us all about I love Lucy, Golden Girls, and 9 to 5 parodies, quarantine parody music videos, and sherryvine.com online shows. We run through a lightning round of little ditties Marc dug up online about Sherry Vine; she tells us about some drama llama from the making Wigstock I & II, tells us all about some of her favorite projects from the past, and we get a few little hints about what’s coming. Listen in to find out what’s been happening with one of our (top 18) favorites, Ms Sherry Vine! Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
This week our special guest is Ana Matronic! She tells us all about how she made her way from performing drag shows in SF+NY to joining Scissor Sisters, going on tour, and playing gigs all over the world. We hear about some of Ana's surreal celeb encounters with Faye Dunaway and Bono... then she gives us one of the very best Jane Fonda impressions we've ever heard. Listen in and find out the statistical likelihood of Ana rebooting with the Scissor Sisters. She tells us all about her BB2 radio show called Dance Devotion featuring 90-00's acid house, Chicago house, techno house, where the motto is "We'll dance to anything!" You can listen to it on airs every Sat nite/Sun morning on bbc.co.uk - we love Ana Matronic!
This week Heklina is joined by one of our favorite people, Traci Lords! Listen-in as we find out what's going on in Traci's world as she brings a little glamor to Drag Time. We catch up on her experiences of actively working in Hollywood and being a parent during these unprecedented times. She tells us all about TWO upcoming films and Heklina gets her to dish on her favorite times working with John Waters, Iggy Pop, and good times at San Francisco's The Stud bar.
It's episode 15 of Drag Time with Heklina and we have Bianca Del Rio! We find out all about her recent world tour and what it's like to be the first drag queen to ever play Wembley Stadium. We asked the hard hitting questions about XL, Tan Mom (remember Tan Mom?), Hot Mess, and to verify the legend of what inspired Bianca Del Rio to first make a go of RuPaul's Drag Race. She inspires us with some quarantine reading and streaming recommendations you don't want to miss. We hear about Peaches Christ's obvious conspiracy to cast Heklina in the worst parts in all of her shows. Then we get some great advice from Bianca about how to anticipate the dangers and protect yourself... if you should ever receive a phone call from Lady Bunny.
We hear from New York’s Flloyd, a visual, musical, and performance artist living and recording with us from the East Village. He tells us all about coming to New York from Atlanta in the mid-1980’s, where he met and collaborated with a pre-VH1/Supermodel RuPaul. First, Flloyd regales us with an historic tour of his memories from inside the club and party scenes of NYC, including a particular account of “the most glamorous party of all time” captured in the Nelson Sullivan tapes. We talk about Leigh Bowery, Anohni, Hattie Hathaway, Marti Domination, and Black Lips, the Butthole Surfers, and Larry Tee’s Now Explosion. Then Flloyd gives us his account of his twenty-year relationship with RuPaul, from cohabiting, struggling for and sharing resources, and Ru’s stony-hearted climb to mainstream solo-success. Listen-in to find out the three books that Flloyd found on RuPaul’s bookshelf when they first met and her attempts to exercise complete mind control (!) and become the Queen of the Universe! This episode features two songs, “Sugar…” and “You’re So Mean” from Flloyd’s band 3puen. Episode Artwork Photograph by José Guzmán Colón and graphics are by Nancy French. Underscore sounds for this episode is by Free Sound contributor Arturo Bandini. 3peun songs are played with permission from Flloyd. Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
Episode Lucky Number 13! Double episode! Thrice as nice, this time with 3 guests! First, we couldn't be more excited to bring you The Boulet Brothers this week. We talk to Swan and Drac about the good old days at Queen Kong in Los Angeles, how much fun it is to make a transgressive and queer reality (hit!) television Dragula now streaming on Netflix. Listen-in to find out about what the Ghouls have lined up for Season 4. We've got (we'll just call it 'exclusive') info on Dragula branded content coming that you might not expect! We find out the Brothers' favorite memories about Heklina and hear a heartfelt message from Swan and Drac about keeping the conversation going during difficult times. Then, James Arthur M, actor, comedian, choreographer, and the co-creator, host, and producer of of one of our favorite podcasts Minority Korner joins us as a special contributor! We are pleased to have him as we dig into to important and timely considerations about the upcoming Presidential and Senatorial elections in swing states, how you can get involved in a meaningful way that works for you, and we find out how to empower ourselves in the quest to un-learn oppression, racism, and center self-care while loving one another. James is a sweetheart and you are too, IF you tune-in! Support Drag Time with Heklina by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/drag-time-with-heklina
We have Jackie Beat! Join us in the ‘double-bubble’ as we find out what has been making her weak in the knees. We have the first ever occasion to use the ‘bleep’ sound on Drag Time. Jackie tells us all about her solo live shows on Instagram and online performances with Sherry Vine, reminisces about pre-pandemic times in beautiful Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico, and we receive a command performance to a very special listener request!
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Podcast Details

Created by
Heklina and Don Draper Davenport
Podcast Status
Feb 27th, 2020
Latest Episode
Mar 12th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour

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