Flawless Mother Sabrina on the bar at WILDNESS during her performance with Artist Zackary Drucker.
So I did manage to get out of the house on a Tuesday night over to WILDNESS in Koreatown for Zackary Drucker and Flawless Sabrina's performance. At around 10:30, Sabrina, a 69 year old queen mother, actually stood up on the bar with a mic and addressed the crowd. While strange musical sounds played in the background, Sabrina spoke to us almost like a life coach or a motivational speaker, imparting words of wisdom and affirmations for us "kids" in the crowd. It felt really good. "Own it," she told us.
Zackary Drucker, Flawless Sabrina, and John Durkin @ WILDNESS, December 16, 2008.
While this was happening, Zackary had sort of snuck up onto the bar as well. Curled up, he slowly unwound and almost slithered down to the floor. The crowd parted for him as he scootched his way very slowly toward the dancefloor. By the time Flawless Sabrina finished speaking to us, Zackary had made it to the dance floor and was standing in the light. Sabrina got down from the bar and went through the crowd to Zackary where they embraced and slow danced for a few moments, and then exited the stage... it was really weird and cool.
After the show I sat down and spoke with Flawless Sabrina. She is one of the kindest, most approachable drag queens I've ever met. We talked about the merits of life in LA these days versus NYC, agreeing that LA culture truly embraces and supports young artists in a way NYC no longer can (cost of living, passion for new ideas... LA wins in these categories hands down.) LA is the future of the global art scene. We also spoke about gender, and how when you break down the issues that the LGBT community faces, they all come back to people's obsession with gender. We're so much more than our gender... we're all people, people!
Anyway it was a fabulous night and I'm still having warm fuzzies from the experience. Thairin took the gorgeous photos above with his new camera - a sony touchscreen. I was skeptical about it at first but now I want one, too ;)
Watch the video below, a clip from The Queen of Crystal LaBeija freaking out after losing a drag ball. See how Sabrina diplomatically intervenes to settle Crystal down... firm and reasonable, a real queen mother :)