by Jac Kern
Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
about the punk-themed Met Ball today, but I’m still in awe from last night’s RuPaul’s Drag Race season finale and
reunion, where America’s Next Drag Superstar was crowned in true pageant style.
It’s easy to confuse the two: both are over-the-top parades of outrageous
fashion, debut ‘dos and bodies squeezed into numerous pairs of Spanx, but only
one event has RuPaul, so I’m focusing on that one.
The spotlight was
on the final three dragsters, Roxxxy Andrews, Jinkx Monsoon and Alaska, but I
couldn’t take my eyes off Penny Tration, Cincinnati’s own queen supreme who was
voted onto this season by viewers — only to be eliminated in the first episode.via Homorazzi
Like any good
queen, Penny varies up her looks, but I’ve never seen her like this before! E!
put Penny on their worst dressed list,
but any press is good press, right? With a leotard made from the fabric of the
dress she wore when she was eliminated, manic makeup and a tiny tuft of hair on
her big bald head, homegurl looked like a pageant baby Treasure Troll on crack,
and by that I obviously mean she looked amazing.via Homorazzi
Detox, who I
originally pegged as the winner but only made it to the final four, also stole
the show with this incredible black-and-white look. No Photoshop!
And Season 4
winner, Sharon Needles, served up Pee Wee Herman realness in this hot little
In the end, the
camptatstic Jinkx, “Seattle’s premier Jewish narcoleptic drag queen” took the
The full trailer
for True Blood’s sixth season is
here. All hail Billith!
This shit is so
far beyond, but I don’t think any amount of supernatural caca could keep me
from indulging in this mess year after year. Season Six premieres June 16.
Ever since the
unveiling of that crazy Tupac hologram at 2012’s Coachella fest, there have
been rumors of similarly reviving other dead musicians and performers,
including TLC’s Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. With a TLC reunion on the horizon, the
idea has come up again
but for now we can just settle for this peek at VH1’s upcoming TLC biopic. I am not familiar with two of the actresses, but Lil Mama plays Left Eye. I
just can’t right now.
RIP Marge Simpson!
Simpsons creator Matt Groening’s
mother, Margaret, the inspiration for the iconic blue-haired matriarch, has
passed away at age 94. Looking at her obituary,
I learned Groening tucked a bunch of autobiographical bits into The Simpsons. The real Marge was
actually married to a Homer, and had daughters named Maggie and Lisa. Her
maiden name, Wiggum, is used in the show as the resident police chief’s name.
Has anyone else
noticed that Shae from Game of Thrones
kind of looks like Megara, the goddess from Hercules?
Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet soundtrack
was basically the playlist of my childhood, I figured the music selections for
The Great Gatsby would be on-point. I was right. Stream the whole soundtrack,
featuring Beyoncé, Andre 3000, Fergie, Lana Del Rey and a heavy coat of flapper Jazz, via NPR.
Miss this week’s Mad Men? Here’s all you need to know:
by Mike Breen
The 10th anniversary of Lisa Lopes' death and the birth of the "Father of Hillbilly Jazz"
On this day in 2002, rapper for the Pop group TLC, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a traffic accident in the Honduras. The star was allegedly trying to pass a truck, but another vehicle was coming the opposite way when she made her move. To avoid it, Lopes swerved off the road. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport Lopes was driving flipped, hit a couple of trees and threw all four passengers out of the vehicle. Lopes died from head and neck injuries; the other passengers survived. Left Eye was just a month away from her 31st birthday.Lopes' casket was engraved with lyrics from the TLC hit "Waterfalls" ("Dreams are hopeless aspirations, in hopes of coming true, believe in yourself, the rest is up to me and you"). Lopes gave an interview to MTV News about her first solo album, 2001's Supernova, in which she described her song/poem "A New Star Is Born," which was dedicated to her late father. In the interview, she said, "That track is dedicated to all those that have loved ones that have passed away. It's saying that there is no such thing as death. We can call it transforming for a lack of better words, but as scientists would say, 'Every atom that was once a star is now in you.' It's in your body. So in the song I pretty much go along with that idea. I don't care what happens or what people think about death, it doesn't matter. We all share the same space."There are a lot of Left Eye remembrances going on in cyberspace today since its the tenth anniversary of her death. Check out word on a new track — and some remembrances from her former TLC pals — featuring Lopes and Bootleg of the Dayton Family here.Here's a video tribute to Lopes put together by a fan and set to "A New Star," followed by an earlier different kind of tribute to TLC by Cincinnati's own Afghan Whigs (who just announced their first non-festival reunion date in the U.S., scheduled for October in New York City). Born This Day: Musical movers and shakers sharing an April 25 birthday include: Jazz/R&B saxophonist Earl Bostic (1913); legendary Jazz vocalist Ella Fitzgerald (1917); influential Blues guitarist Albert King (1923); wildly successful songwriter and producer (with writing partner Mike Stoller) Jerry Leiber (1933); bassist for Classic Rock band CCR, Stu Cook (1945); singer for Prog band Marillion, Derek William Dick, much better known as Fish (1958); singer for Synth Pop legends Erasure, Andy Bell (1964); original Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery (1965); and the "Father of Hillbilly Jazz," fiddler Vassar Clements (1928).Clements' improv approach to Bluegrass was a revelation. Putting a Jazz twist on Roots music makes him a spiritual godfather of the whole "Newgrass" movement. Clements grew up in Florida and taught himself to play violin at the age of 7. When he was 21, he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys, recording with them in the early ’50s. Word of Clements' prowess and innovative style traveled and he became an in-demand session player. In 1971, Clements joined John Hartford for the groundbreaking Aereo-plain album, widely considered one of the first "Newgrass" records. Hartford and Clements were joined by Norman Blake, Randy Scruggs and Tut Taylor for the album, which was produced by David Bromberg. During his 50-year career, Clements would go on to become a crucial part of the progressive Bluegrass movement of the ’70s, including appearances on a couple of other trailblazers — the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's Will the Circle Be Unbroken and Old and in the Way, featuring Jerry Garcia, David Grisam, Peter Rowan and John Kahn. By the time he passed in 2005 at the age of 77 (from lung cancer), Clements had played with everyone from Paul McCartney, The Monkees and The Grateful Dead to Stephane Grappeli and Woody Herman.Here's Clements performing with the Del McCoury Band in 2003.