Drag has long been a part of American culture, even if the general public never realized it. From vaudeville to Milton Berle and Flip Wilson to the Harvard undergrads giving out the Hasty Pudding Awards each year, there is something about a man in a dress that captures people’s attention in a big way. But it was RuPaul with his 1992 dance hit “Supermodel” that really put drag queens on the cultural map, with a reminder in stiletto heels that the modern expression of the art form is rooted in gay and lesbian culture.
The Whale Extravaganza, a drag show fundraiser for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and the World Wildlife Fund, will be held on Thursday, August 1 at Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., Provincetown, at 7 p.m. The evening also includes wine and ScottCakes and a silent auction. A meet and greet with the performers will close the evening. Tickets ($25 – $200) are available at www.whaleextravaganza.com. For additional information on the event’s beneficiaries visit coastalstudies.org, and worldwildlife.org.
PROVINCETOWN BANNER JULY 25TH, 2013
AROUND THE BEND
Provincetown's Whale Week, sponsored by the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, begins on Saturday. But a fringe festival of sorts is also taking place next Thursday, Aug. 1, with a charity drag show, the Whale Extravaganza, which takes the stage in Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial St., to raise funds for the Center for Coastal Studies and the cetacean conservation efforts led by the World Wildlife Fund. Performers from around the country are gathering for the event, including Jinkx Monsoon, the most recent winner of the RuPaul Drag Race, America's Next Top Model makeup artist Raja Gemini, and Provincetown's own Susan Boil, a.k.a. Adam Berry. The festivities are being hosted by Brini Maxwell of the Style Network's "The Brini Maxwell Show".
BOSTON SPIRIT MAGAZINE JULY 1st, 2013
Talk about a sea change. Provincetown, once one of America’s most active whaling ports, is now home to a vital conservation organization: the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies. PCCS and the World Wildlife fund are the beneﬁciaries of tonight’s glitter ﬁlled fundraiser, which falls during the eco-education of Whale Week 2013. Helming the stage is a ﬂeet of RuPaul’s Drag Race stars, including Raja Gemini, Tammie Brown, and the most recently crowned queen: camp comedy starlet Jinkx Monsoon. Add host Brini Maxwell and some locally based divas like Raquel Blake and Rainbow Frite, and you have a talent pool guaranteed to deliver topnotch lip sync and laughter. Technically, whales are mammals — but as they say on Drag Race, these glamorous girls are serving nothing but ﬁsh. Where: Provincetown Town Hall How: whaleextravaganza.com
www.visit-provincetown.com JULY 5TH, 2013
Don't Miss the Whale Extravaganza
Whale Extravaganza is a charity drag show featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Raja Gemini, Tammie Brown, and Jinkx Monsoon, as well as local favorites Rainbow Frite and Raquel Blake, Provincetown’s own Susan Boil, and Brini Maxwell of Style Network’s The Brini Maxwell Show as host. The event will take place on August 1st, 2013 at Provincetown Town Hall during “Whale Week: A Celebration of the Sea” and will benefit the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and the whale conservation efforts of the World Wildlife Fund. Tickets start from $25 at http://www.whaleextravaganza.com/tickets.html. There will be silent auction items available and additional donations will be accepted at the event as well.
There will be a large wine selection from a variety of vineyards including Truro Vineyards which currently has two whale-themed wines that they have created specifically for the benefit of the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies.
PROVINCETOWN MAGAZINE [THE 2013 ENTERTAINMENT SEASON PREVIEW] MAY 23RD, 2013
Hot Fun in the Summertime
The dog days of August begin with an event celebrating two of the many things that make Provincetown so special: whales and drag queens. The Whale Extravaganza (August 1) is a drag show at Town Hall featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race superstars Raja, Tammie Brown, and most recent Season 5 winner Jinkx Monsoon, along with Raquel Blake, Brini Maxwell, Susan Boil, and Rainbow Frite, to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund and the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies during Whale Week 2013.
Indiegogo Campaign Launched for Whale Extravaganza: A Drag Show for Whales
Whale Extravaganza is a drag show spectacular scheduled for Thursday, August 1 at Town Hall during Whale Week 2013 as a benefit for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies and the whale conservation efforts of the World Wildlife Fund. Whale Extravaganza will be hosted by Brini Maxwell and feature RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Raja, Tammie Brown, and Jinkx Monsoon; Boston drag queens Rainbow Frite and Raquel Blake; and Provincetown’s own Susan Boil. All net proceeds will benefit the two marine organizations’ whale conservation programs. To maximize the amount donated to the PCCS and WWF, event organizer Aly Laughlin launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to cover the costs of the production. While the event will happen regardless, the more money raised to cover expenses, the more money goes to help whales. For more information on the fundraising campaign visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/whale-extravaganza-a-drag-show-for-whales by May 15. For more information on Whale Extravaganza or to buy tickets to the event go to www.whaleextravaganza.com