Remember that campy ’80s movie adaptation of the board game “Clue”? It was so bad, no one could have predicted it would become a cult classic and inspiration for drag queens and kings! Wilton Manors is getting its own version of a hilarious, over the top murder mystery-complete with the drag queens and kings.
On Wednesday, April 7, Drag It Out, the organization founded by local photographer Tabatha Mudra to promote understanding through gender impersonation performance, is hosting a murder mystery/speed dating party at Gelati Martini on Wilton Drive to benefit the GLCC Pride Center, Animal Aid and Safe Schools of South Florida.
“It’s a speakeasy, murder mystery, speed date drag party,” explains founder Tabatha Mudra. “It’s really silly and if we’re not being silly and getting to the guts of this, what are we doing?”
The idea for the party arose at the group’s last fundraiser, an auction that Mudra says was “so terribly dragtastic, generating a lot of energy in the drag xenosphere. It just seemed natural.”
Mudra has enlisted her own “private dick” detective, drag king Mike Hawk, and several performers to entertain while the group enjoys alcohol-laced gelato treats. Then, the lights will go out and somebody will be “murdered.” Participants will then use the speed date rounds to figure out who the culprit is and perhaps make a connection in the process.
The event is open to the public, but in keeping with the theme, the store will be transformed into a speakeasy, with a password required at the door to enter. Mudra will release the password on Drag It Out’s Facebook page, but she encourages those who don’t belong to Facebook to “improvise your best ‘dragitude’ word for entrance.”
For more information, go to DragItOut.com or visit the group’s Facebook page.
Here are some other happenings around South Florida this week:
Monday, April 5
Looking for a fun way to extend the Easter holiday weekend? Head over to Fort Lauderdale’s late-night club, Torpedo, tonight for Stiletto Drag Wars. The show, hosted by Nicole T. Phillips and Latrice Royale, begins at midnight and the lucky weekly winner takes home $250. After the show, dance ‘til dawn. Torpedo is located at 2829 W. Broward Blvd.
Tuesday, April 6
When was the last time you put on a pair of skates-not rollerblades-but four-wheeled skates? Dig out your hot pants and head over to Gold Coast Roller Rink, 2604 S. Federal Hwy., for a night of fun with the gays. Disco favorites will be playing and there will certainly be a “couples” skate. We’re just not sure about that old favorite, “The Hokey Pokey”!
Wednesday, April 7
We’re not sure this counts as “rehab,” but MOVA Lounge is hosting Betty Ford Bingo tonight at 8 p.m. Shelly Novak is the hostess-with-the-mostest for this outrageous night of fun. Enjoy half-price drink specials all night long. MOVA is located at 1625 Michigan Ave. in Miami Beach, just off trendy Lincoln Rd.
Thursday, April 8
If you blink, you might miss The Corner Pub, the popular local watering hole tucked away in a little shopping center off Andrews Ave. in Wilton Manors. On Thursdays, pool is free, so grab a drink and rack ‘em up with friends for a low-key outing. The Corner Pub is located at 1915 N. Andrews Ave.
Friday, April 9
We hear the boys and girls to the north in Palm Beach County have been blowing off steam at the end of a long work week with karaoke! Yes, karaoke at The Lounge, 517 Clematis St. in West Palm Beach. Frank E. Oke hosts and everybody who takes a turn at the mike gets a free drink. C’mon, guys, if a free drink won’t coax your inner Whitney or Britney out, what will?