A Drag King Extravaganza

Fri, June 4, 2010,  9pm

An exciting wave of drag king performance art across the country was the driving force behind the formation of the International Drag KingCommunity Extravaganza (IDKE), an annual conference, gathering and performance venue for drag kings. Through lively conversations with the founders and a diverse variety of participants throughout Canada and the United States, A DRAG KING EXTRAVAGANZA explores the intersection of drag king performance and the politics of gender, race and sexuality. Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008, the IDKE is shown to have come a long way from its humble beginnings. Whether it’s hilariously skewering the ideals of hetero masculinity or subtly commenting on race and sexuality, drag king culture has become an ever more present and entertaining form of social critique.

Preceded by STORME: THE LADY OF THE JEWEL BOX, a touching film featuring ‘50s trailblazer Storme DeLarverie, the sole male impersonator of the famed Jewel Box Revue. Working as a bouncer in New York City, Storme recounts a long and happy run with America’s first integrated female impersonation troupe, and talks about the invisibility of male impersonators at the time. “All I had to do was just be me and let people use their imagination,” says DeLarverie. “I modeled myself after me.” – Amy Williams

A Drag King Extravaganza: Dirs Clare Smyth & Meaghan Derynck 2008 Canada 43 min.
Storme: The Lady of the Jewel Box: Dir Michelle Parkerson 1987 USA 21 min.