Kismet Drag Show
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Logan Hardcore fabulous
in feathers and fringes
It was SRO at the Out Monday night as Surf’s Out restaurant
owner “Paulie” Barbara repeated his last summer surprise success by importing
the same 3 drag queens from Cherry Grove: 3 Miss Fire Island winners:
Logan Hardcore, Roxie and Ariel Sinclair, and 2 Entertainers of the Year, Ariel
and Logan. Truly Paul touched a nerve of the community incensing some but
delighting most. The courtyard was packed, couches and all available seats
filled up early with the now savvy crowd flocking to the repeat show. People
stood in the back and anywhere there was space and some flexible young women
sat on the ground around the stage area. As the over 3 hour long show
progressed some had to leave to catch a boat and their seats were instantly
filled. Drinks were served by the agile staff weaving their way through the
Of course many drinks were served to Logan who imbibed practically
anything offered (but beer) in a steady stream which made one wonder how long
she could retain it after she described (with some illustrating motions) just
how and where the male accoutrements are tucked away to give the appearance of a
woman in her revealing costumes.
While they were a little apprehensive last year, the first drag
queens –er, cross dressers as they refer to themselves – to perform in Kismet,
this year they were fearless.
Logan raked through the crowd choosing targets for her acerbic wit
– insults flew but the alcohol fueled crowd just ate it up. Her targets ranged
from a 70 years old man to a reluctant but irresistible 15 year old girl (these
were called up to become part of a “contest” later). They pulled out all the stops
in the seemingly random performance. Logan did splits and cartwheels on the
concrete floor of the Out courtyard. Roxie did the same later adding a
back flip. They must be commended for executing these flawlessly on a
potentially injurious cement floor.
Roxie, stunning in sequins.
Through it all she put the other waiters to shame as she threaded
her way spectacularly serving in a mini dress and stiletto heels when she
was not “singing” or flipping.
Logan’s requests for drinks were nothing to her demands for tips.
When customers offered one dollar bills she quipped “singles are for strippers,
not cross dressers” exhorting $20 tips from people and the now traditional $100
from Paul, who meekly complied.
There was a Q & A segment when Logan discovered a couple
celebrating their 24 th anniversary which astonished her because she herself is
24 “Drugs make me look older!” and the usual queries about the dressing up
process. And the inevitable querie on where her male parts went.
Duplicating last year’s performance there was even a fire
alert. However Kismet’s siren is broken so KFD in audience had to wear their
pagers. Their exit and re-entrance therefore not as show stopping as last
Ariel all soft and feminine in
a colorful satin mini…until she opened her infamous potty mouth.
Commented owner Paul Barbara: “The first year was an experiment.
This time they were told to lighten up the off color stuff and they were more
relaxed. (Indeed there was much more interaction with the crowd)...it was one
of our most successful events this season both for the customers and the
The crowd ebbed and flowed through the long show but all left
happy, proving a little drag goes a long way in Kismet!