Trixie Mattel, drag queen extraordinaire, was introduced to the world seven years ago with a heavy contour and a Dolly Parton-esque blonde wig on "RuPaul's Drag Race." Her over-the-top Barbie appearance on Season 7 gave way to a character that enthralled fans with a biting sense of humor and sharp musical talents, and she would go on to win the third installation of "Rupaul's Drag Race All Stars" a few years later. And while drag queens are known for their ability to lip-sync and perform, Trixie stands out for zeroing in on the importance of lyricism. Now she's releasing "The Blonde & Pink Albums," a double album out June 24 that highlights her new, sunny style. "If I quit drag tomorrow, I would still write songs for the rest of my life, because that's kind of my first love," said Trixie, known outside of drag as Brian Firkus. Her art form of choice is in the political hot seat, as elected officials from Arizona, Texas and Florida have recently suggested they will try … [Read more...] about For Trixie Mattel, drag is an art form. It’s also her empire.
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This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 The documentary "Accepted" centers on the T.M. Landry College Preparatory School, a small Louisiana school - with mostly Black and low-income students - that first became famous for its viral videos of students learning they had been accepted to college (many to Ivy League schools). Its second claim to (unwanted) fame was being the subject of a New York Times exposé that revealed the falsification of transcripts and accusations of physical and emotional abuse against Michael Landry, a businessman who founded the school in 2005 with his wife (and five students) in their kitchen. But Dan Chen's film, which was already underway when the 2018 article came out, is not just about Landry's initial success or the subsequent scandal. It also goes deeper, looking at issues of systemic racism that handicap minority students in the first place, highlighted by the … [Read more...] about New movies to stream this week: ‘Accepted’ and more
Chefs, comedians, congressional committee members and a hit man turned wannabe actor populate the best shows of 2022 - suggesting, perhaps, that our most ambitious and resonant stories stem from re-examining what work could and should look like. For those keeping track at home (and perhaps looking to cut some cords as prices continue to rise), HBO Max remains the most reliable source of prestige programming among the streaming sites; just under half of the 11 shows on this list are hosted there. But the first six months of the year also saw a resurgence of the network comedy's relevance, as well as a channel-agnostic TV event likely to be discussed for years to come. As a whole, these shows capture the current moment of an entertainment industry - and a country - undergoing shifts whose consequences have yet to fully reveal themselves. 1. 'Abbott Elementary' Who knew there was life left in the mockumentary format? Apparently Quinta Brunson, who helped revive the network sitcom … [Read more...] about The 11 best TV shows from the first half of 2022