He're's the scoop directly from her peeps:
Sasha Scarlett is new to the desert, but not new to drag. She began in Portland at America's longest-running Drag Show, Darcelle's, now in it's 50th year. “Being a Darcelle showgirl was a great place for me to start my career,” Miss Scarlett said. “We had dozens of production numbers, weekly rehearsals and a long tradition of excellence. It was a fantastic place to start!”
That experience has paid off for Scarlett who owned a successful, award-winning nightclub in Las Vegas (called “Sashas” and named “Best Alternative Lifestyle Club” in Las Vegas). “We were packed night after night,” Sasha said. “We trained the cast and performed everywhere. People today including former cast members tell me it was the best they ever experienced.”
One of Sasha's favorite action shots from a performance at Seattle's premier drag club, R Place on Capital Hill.
Scarlett was nominated for an Emmy-award during her tenure in Vegas for a Fox-TV Special. She's opened a new show called Drag Queen Brunch at Rio Azul Mexican Grill, 350 S. Indian Canyon and Baristo in downtown Palm Springs. The show includes brunch at just $14.95 and some of the best drag performers in Greater Palm Springs and Los Angeles. “We've cast good performers and I hope to take this show to new heights,” said Scarlett. “I always say that it's not where you start, but where you finish that counts.” Already the show sold out it's debut show and subsequent Sundays are filling with reservations.
Sasha stands on chairs during the kick-off off Rio Azul's Drag Queen Sunday Brunch, wowing the crowd.
“We're different – fun for the entire family. Outrageous. Glamorous. Funny. And, the food is good,” Miss Scarlett says with a smile. “Just ask the sequins on my costume – I know about good food!” Show is Sunday. Door at 11 am and show at noon.
Sascha says, “PS I love you because…”
- ...you have a huge gay population – almost 50% of Palm Springians identify as LGBT. It’s like finding family.
- …I grew up in the desert and now am back in the desert. It feels like a home.
- …I am still young enough to be an ingenue here! Bah!
- …you’ve welcomed my gyspy soul home after years on the road, and it's great to be here.
Cathedral City resident, Peter Palladino, a renowned photographer, took this image of Sasha just weeks ago. Sasha explains, “It isn't too photo-shopped either!”
It's great to get to know you better, Sasha! My friends and I were thoroughly entertained at the premiere of your Sunday Drag Queen Brunch extravaganza. A highlight of my experience was watching a seemingly-straight man, awestruck like a little boy in Disneyland for the first time, apparently losing his drag virginity…to the credit of you and your cast!
Welcome homo! Er, uh, welcome home!
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