Best New Drag Show - 2008
While the drag mainstays in town are well established at this point, a few new festive freak shows have popped up in the last year with the ambition to provide San Francisco with even more fluidly gendered, three-minute onstage histrionics. While a handful fizzled out after a whirl or two, humble start-up Cocktailgate spent the year building a larger audience and a more expansive roster of local performers. Occurring every Sunday at the unusually reasonable hour of 9 p.m. (or slightly later, taking into account the flexible state of punctuality known as "drag time"), the content of the show draws upon the eclectic musical tastes of its busy hostess, Suppositori Spelling, with tribute nights dedicated to Tori Amos, Marilyn Manson, and Goldfrapp, and wider umbrellas such as "Women of the '90s" and "Fauxchella." We hope this newest trend in decadent female impersonation continues.