Portland’s offerings range from traditional female impersonation to queer burlesque.
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Performing Arts & Drag
Since 1967, the female impersonators of Darcelle XV and company have been performing a Las Vegas-style cabaret full of sequins and sophistication. In 2016, she was crowned the “Oldest Drag Queen Performer” by the Guinness Book of World Records. She may be in her 80s, but Darcelle XV still knows how to put on a show. This is a Portland institution not to be missed.
Shows at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; reservations recommended
The wacky drag queen trio The Superstar Divas hosts a weekly variety show including comedy, skits, singing, game shows, dance and more.
Every Sunday at CC Slaughters
The Burlesque S’il Vous Plait may be Portland’s longest-running burlesque show (since April 2006), but it’s so much more. Started by drag performer (and instructor at the Rose City School of Burlesque) Zora Phoenix in Long Beach, Calif., as an alternative to lip-syncing drag shows, the monthly revue often includes live singing, comedy, burlesque, and dance.
First Friday of every month at Crush Bar.
Based on a popular queer cabaret of the same name, and penned by its founder, emcee and multi-hyphenate performer, Max Voltage, Homomentum – the Musical is a gender-bending sci-fi fantasy about unicorns saving the world through dance and queer awesomeness.