One of the most unique features of your mind and your life is the “planting of the seed”. I knew that the star of my show GYPSY would one day retire and call an end to such a fantastic career. At the time GYPSY announced to me that he wanted to retire, I knew I had to find a new host. I had always been impress by Patrick Ross, from the moments I saw him over a decade ago, shopping his wares (talents) to me and looking for bookings, Ross was on his way to becoming a drag warrior. Cut to almost 15 years later, and I am employing Patrick Ross and asking him to hone up his Emcee skills because he would be carrying my show Carnival Cabaret here in Lake Tahoe once GYPSY leaves the stage. I think at the time I asked Patrick, he was a bit unsure, but with help from his long time friend Adam and the show’s encouragement, Patrick’s star has shined brightly over the last couple of weeks, and is filling the shoes of GYPSY quite well. Very proud of planting the seed with Patrick and watching him take flight. He studied hard a lot of the Drag Emcees in our time and put them altogether with a mix of his own originality and made a superstar out of himself. You can’t miss Patrick in Carnival Cabaret, it’s a whole new show and it’s a lot of fun!
I went with my partner Luis to AVN weekend two weeks ago in Las Vegas. Luis works there every year and it’s a grand delight to see the porn industry awards as its a whole new entertainment world. I saw my good friend Larry Edwards aka Hot Chocolate as well as other close friends in Frank Marino’s (La Cage Vegas) Divas Las Vegas at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas. As many of you know, I am not a big fan of the way La Cage ended nor the way it ended artistically, however, Frank Marino’s show has brought back the essence of what La Cage should of been in the end. A true entertaining experience, Marino put heart and soul into the show to bring back a huge production with six male dancers and an excellent cast. You truly can see the love in each of the acts as you watch the show. Marino gave life to so many of these FI acts as they were left cold in the night from La Cage producer Norbert Aleman when he shut down La Cage last year. Good job guys, I truly enjoyed the show.
I also had a chance to see EOY, Entertainer of the Year pageant in California at the House of Blues. This was a first for the pageant franchise and they did it up pretty well. I was highly disappointed in the celebrity judges as I felt they have no clue on what an FI should be doing let alone how to judge these types of pageants. Having celebrities on board is great for press and show recognition but it will not uphold what this FI industry and especially what EOY stands for. The pageant was extremely long and unorganized and with all the money the promoter was tossing around, with ads, and promotions, donations and red carpet BS, they should of put more time into having an organized pageant, especially at a legitimate show place, like House of Blues. I felt the gay community was represented poorly by this promoter. Hopefully next year, they’ll have competent, qualified judges for our industry. Not that the finalists didn’t deserve the accolades, its just it should of been awarded by myself or by people who are involved in this industry and not a media blitz lineup of celebrities. What is this, Battle of the Tiera, Quest for the Crown, all of which are pageants that are mockeries.
I hope everyone is having a glorious beginning to twenty-ten. I wish you and yours the best possible life and see you soon—