Marines, Teamsters and wildcats have helped pull this country out of some sticky situations, but when it comes to an issue that's divided California, the time has come to call in the drag queens.
Equality California (EQCA), which aims to legalize same-sex marriage in the Golden State, has teamed up with local drag queen Lady V for weekly drag and variety fund-raising shows at Durty Nelly's in Costa Mesa every Thursday beginning Aug. 27. The shows begin at 8 p.m. and are all-ages until 10 p.m.
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Half of the proceeds from the shows benefits EQCA's Win Marriage Back: Make it Real campaign, and the other half goes to different community partners. Show one at the pub on Red Hill Avenue near Bristol Street benefits ECCO, otherwise known as the Elections Committee of the County of Orange. Future shows will help The Shanti Orange County, Orange County Equality Coalition and AIDS Services Foundation. Tickets are only $10 at the door for each show.
Performing alongside Lady V will be such drag artists as Nicole Javier, KC Cacia (Buster Hymen), Travis Kendall, Archer Altstaetter (Aerial Lotta) and Elizabeth Aversa as Oliver Klozhoff.
Sal Landers will perform her music, Sarah Ferrer will read her poems and Cate Gary will bust your gut with her comedy.
In case you need an address to punch into your GPS, Durty Nelly's is at 2915 Red Hill Ave., Costa Mesa.