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Donning gowns, crowns and body glitter, daring drag take center stage

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Although one might not think that drag shows would be a popular nightlife attraction for metro citizens, the business is almost as big as these ladies' hairdos.

Hi-Lo Club
1221 N.W. 50th
843-1722
Danae Daniels hosts Hi-Lo's 11 p.m. Friday drag show, a night stuffed with insults, comedy and, of course, ladies in fabulous outfits dancing to Lady GaGa's "Poker Face" or taming Britney Spears' "Circus," said Sparky Spencer, a club bartender.

Spencer said the show is "extremely" high energy and regularly draws a diverse, capacity crowd.

"We have gay, lesbian and straight people coming in," he said.  

The Boom
2807 N.W. 36th
601-7200
The Boom offers not one, but four nights of drag entertainment that starts at 11 p.m., said Brett Alan Young, the club's drag show host.

On Wednesday nights, it's drag comedy, co-hosted by Young, known onstage  as Kitty Bobaine. Comedy night features a lot of lighthearted, funny theater and a full range of costumes, he said.

Thursdays are "newbie night" hosted by Renee Hilton. Young said these shows give aspiring drag divas a chance to strut their stuff. Friday nights alternate between cabaret-style shows, while Saturday nights feature Ginger Lamar.

"Ginger has a fast tongue and a quick wit," Young said.   

Club 101
1051 12th Ave N.E., Norman
364-0100
Every Wednesday at 11 p.m., Norman's Club 101 debuts a weekly drag show. The hosts alternate each week, giving every drag diva a chance at center stage, said Rob Segura, the club's general manager. DJ Daven from The Copa spins every Wednesday, Segura said, and each weekly show is built around a specific theme. At each show, the drag host asks the audience to pick the theme for next week's event, and Segura said crowds rarely arrive without dressing accordingly.

"We had '80s night and all the girls had the sideways ponytails," he said.

The girls perform to a variety of popular songs and always wear over-the-top outfits and hairdos, Segura said.

The Copa
2200 N.W. 39th Expressway
525-0730
One of Oklahoma City's best-known gay hangouts, The Copa features four nights of drag activities each week, starting at 11 p.m.

The club has two drag shows, Sunday night's "Wigged Out" party and Thursday's open talent night, hosted by Shemoane Semmore, said club owner Nick Post.

The ever-popular Tuesday event is the weekly amateur underwear show, which features bartenders in Calvin Klein boxer briefs, while drag host Jozlyn oversees the stage skivvy contest, Post said.

"Tuesday nights are college night," Post said. "It's usually half straight and half gay."

"?Jamie Birdwell

 

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