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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Put on a hat and some high heels and say goodbye to Dragstrip 66

After 17 years, Dragstrip 66, the underground dance club and drag show, is calling it quits this weekend at a finale – called “Hats all, Folks!”– at the EchoPlex in Echo Park. The legendary midnight drag show and dance party started in the northern edge of Silver Lake at Rudolpho’s (now Home restaurant) at the corner of Riverside and Fletcher drives. The dance club stayed there for more than a decade before bopping around to East Hollywood and later Echo Park. The LA Weekly said Dragstrip 66 made its mark on the LA club scene by pioneering theme nights – such as “Turban Renewal,” “Jocks & Frocks,” and “Tranny Get Your Gun” – and bringing together a mish mash of celebrities and common club goers to dance and watch drag queens like Jackie Beat and Chi Chi LaRue.

“I’m always saying in interviews that Los Angeles isn’t
a big drag city, but when it came to Dragstrip — all of a sudden it was,” remembers Jackie Beat. “Everyone was there in drag, having a blast. I loved how Eastside it was, and it always had a fun, punk vibe. Oh no, now my mascara’s running!”



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