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Get a Face Full of Lady B

by JC Alvarez
Wednesday Jan 9, 2013

You never know who you'll run into in Hell's Kitchen. At the very popular cookie and coffee shop Schmarkery's, we bumped chocolate chips with drag ingenue Lady B. The current title holder winning the last season of the hit drag competition "So You Think You Can Drag" (hosted by Showbiz Spitfire Paige Turner at the New World Stages) is prepping to make her own splash on the cabaret circuit with the premiere of her own show at the Time Out Lounge inside the New World Stages on 50th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue.

"It's going to be a fun variety show," the Lady B revealed. "I'll have everything from other drag performers to games like 'Who Wants to Be a Drag Hag?' where players compete in drag trivia." The theatrically trained Lady B, whose alter ego is Avery Ragsdale, is of the new breed of drag personalities emerging post the "Drag Race" phenomenon. With talents extending beyond the traditional lip-syncing for her life, Lady B's genuine talent and comedic shops will be on grand display.

"It's not going to be perfect every time," Lady B admits, "but that's fine." The evolution of her character "Lady B" stems from her own misadventures finding her identity and footing as a performer. "I was trying to find a way to express myself," she says, "find a reason for all the [questionable] things I did when I was younger...and not always smarter." All of this has given Lady B an invaluable catalog of slapstick from which to draw.

Certainly never one to shy away from the "shock and awe" of a good raunchy laugh, Lady B hasn't even begun her run at New World and has already courted controversy. While competing for the title and prize on the competition stage, Lady B performed under the moniker of "Lady Bukkake" -  which references the sex act of having several men ejaculating on a single individual and was popularized in Japan. Smiling widely, Lady B confessed: "You can understand why I had to make that compromise." Unfortunately there will be [little] to no nudity, but that doesn't mean Lady B won't be slightly risqué.

"Everyone is so talented in their own way," Lady B adds. "I've been developing this character to showcase what I have been able to do all of my life - I can sing and laugh...and I can make jokes about sex." Props will be in abundance.

"I'm on this really big positive kick right now," Lady B enthused clearly excited about the opportunity to perform and cultivate a new fan base among the fickle of NYC nightlife. "I want people to come in and have fun - not just the performers, but mostly for the audience." Lady B is very willing to give the New World cabaret crowd a face full of fun, and hopefully inspire some good feelings. "The gay community has been through so much...especially lately - I want to create a space where people can feel safe and fun - just be themselves."

The winner of Paige Turner's "So You Think You Can Drag" - Lady B launches her cabaret show "A Face Full" at the Time Out NY Lounge located inside New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street. Every Wednesday at 10:30pm join Lady B and her special guest - this week Justin Valentine, Vicky Modica, Nomi Sas and more with hit mix-master DJ Chaotic.

Native New Yorker JC Alvarez is a pop-culture enthusiast and the nightlife chronicler of the club scene and its celebrity denizens from coast-to-coast. He is the on-air host of the nationally syndicated radio show "Out Loud & Live!" and is also on the panel of the local-access talk show "Talking About".


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