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Drag in L.A.: The Spicy Allure of Valentina

1 day ago by Michael Cooper
Los Angeles was a top destination for drag even before Drag Race, but with the show filmed here, and many staying here after their big break, the queen quotient is off the charts — and with the arrival of the 5th Annual RuPaul's DragCon at Los Angeles Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, even more so. To celebrate, we're spotlighting a mix of "wo-men" who have been on the Emmy-Award winning show and some who haven't. Here, a Drag Race alum who celebrates her Latin culture like no other, the captivating Valentina.
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Drag in L.A.: Lady Red Couture Inspires Queen and Trans Ferocity

1 day ago by Michael Cooper
Los Angeles was a top destination for drag even before RuPaul's Drag Race. With the show filmed here, and many staying here after their big break, the queen quotient is off the charts — and with the arrival of the 5th Annual RuPaul's DragCon at Los Angeles Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, even more so. To celebrate, we're spotlighting a mix of "wo-men" who have been on the Emmy-Award winning show and some who haven't. Here, some love for the captivating and quip-smart Lady Red Couture.
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Sashaying Through L.A. Drag Nightlife Herstory

2 days ago by Lina Lecaro
Drag's been seen often on stage and screen since the earliest days of entertainment, but it wasn't until the late '80s and early '90s that the art form emerged from the underground to infiltrate nightlife — at least in America — in an immersive and impactful way. In L.A., the time was ripe for cross-dressin' excess and revelry, and drag has been fabulous force here ever since. From West Hollywood clubs to Downtown L.A., the City of Angels has been a place where flamboyant expression and gender-bending fun have thrived. Here, a look back at some of the city's most creative queens, parties and scenes.
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Drag in L.A.: Adore Delano Makes Beautiful Music and More

2 days ago by Michael Cooper
Los Angeles was a top destination for drag even before Drag Race, but with the show filmed here, and many staying here after their big break, the queen quotient is off the charts — and with the arrival of the 5th Annual RuPaul's DragCon at Los Angeles Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, even more so. To celebrate, we're spotlighting a mix of "wo-men" who have been on the Emmy-Award winning show and some who haven't. Here, a look at chart-topping songstress and fierce local femme Adore Delano.
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Music Pick: Lucy Rose Finds the Words

2 days ago by Falling James
"Conversation don't come easy, but I've got a lot to say," Lucy Rose declares aptly enough on "Conversation," the first track on her latest album, No Words Left. Even as both the song's lyrics and album's title imply difficulties in communication, the British singer-guitarist eloquently expresses herself in a series of folk songs rendered carefully with acoustic guitar and her gentle vocals.
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Classical Pick: Gustavo Dudamel Needs a Village for Mahler's Eighth

2 days ago by Falling James
Gustav Mahler's stirring Eighth Symphony is more than just a symphony. It's a massive orchestral work, but it's also an ambitious choral opus about the transformational nature of love. It will take a large village to present this piece, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel will lead L.A. Philharmonic as well as the combined voices of four separate choirs — L.A. Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, L.A. Children's Chorus and The National Children's Chorus — at Disney Hall.
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Drag in L.A.: The Reign of Raja is Eternal

2 days ago by Michael Cooper
Los Angeles was a top destination for drag even before Drag Race, but with the show filmed here, and many staying here after their big break, the queen quotient is off the charts — and with the arrival of the 5th Annual RuPaul's DragCon at Los Angeles Convention Center this Memorial Day weekend, even more so. To celebrate, we're spotlighting a mix of "wo-men" who have been on the Emmy-Award winning show and some who haven't. Here, a rundown on Raja Gemini, the L.A. club scene's pride and joy and inspiration to countless queens to come.
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Music Pick: The Stranglers

2 days ago by Falling James
The Stranglers have been touring since 1990 without Hugh Cornwell, the group's original, misanthropically romantic lead singer, and they've never had quite the same impact without their main voice. On the other hand, The Stranglers haven't performed locally in years, so this concert is a rare chance to be dazzled again by the intricate, Doors-y flurries of notes from keyboardist Dave Greenfield and the wiry, hard-edged bass lines of Jean-Jacques Burnel.
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Avant-Opera Pick: Ragnar Kjartansson Extends Mozart's Figaro Into a State of Bliss

3 days ago by Falling James
Adventurous conductor Christopher Rountree leads his equally adventurous ensemble Wild Up into a state of Bliss as they perform Ragnar Kjartansson's twisted adaptation of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro in L.A. Phil's fully staged production with lavish costumes, for 12 (!) consecutive hours.
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Music Pick: Phil Ranelin & Tribe Renaissance

3 days ago by Falling James
It's hard to quickly summarize the wide-ranging musical career of Phil Ranelin, but the new three-album set on Wide Hive Records, Phil Ranelin Collected 2003-2019, is a good place to start. The Indianapolis native has been based in Los Angeles since the late 1970s, and over the course of his career the straight-ahead trombonist-composer has worked with such musicians as trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Freddie Redd, vocalist Sarah Vaughan, saxophonist Art Pepper, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald and trumpeter Gerald Wilson.

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