Best Drag Club Night (2012)

Trannyshack L.A.

Bouncing between venues like Los Globos and Echoplex, Trannyshack L.A. revels in gritty, off-the-rails, thought-provoking performances. Though there are Trannyshack nights in San Francisco and New York, Heklina — the event's founder, co-producer, MC and occasional performer — notes that L.A. is "hungry for this kind of drag" show. If you go, expect to see not just star national acts like Sharon Needles and Austin's filthy 'n' fabulous Christeene but also up-and-comers like Connie Slocum. This isn't so much a traditional drag performance; there's more of a rock & roll vibe. "Performers can do what they want here," Heklina notes. "Some breathe fire, others have injected themselves onstage. Most people have never seen drag like this." True that. trannyshack.com.

—Wendy Gilmartin