The ‘Weird Al Yankovic of Drag’ Gets an Extreme Home Makeover
Evoking retro-futurism in addition to midcentury Acapulco, the home is usually a chic counterbalance to the tastelessness of, say, Ms. Beat’s spoof of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back,” which she rewrote as “Baby Got Front.” The anatomically frank music video has racked up more than a million views on YouTube — “She’s the Weird Al Yankovic of drag,” said the nightclub promoter Mario Diaz, a friend — in addition to, while dirty, may be the least potentially offensive song in Ms. Beat’s very naughty repertoire.
The music parodies, which one critic called “smartly vulgar,” are not for everyone. in addition to not everyone could live inside surroundings that will Ms. Beat — the alter ego of Kent Fuher, who first brought his drag character to life at a poetry night at Café Largo on Fairfax Avenue inside late 1980s — currently calls home. yet those who share Ms. Beat’s artistic sensibilities appreciate what she has accomplished.
The house, said Ms. Beat’s thrifting buddy Muffy Bolding, a writer whose credits include the film “Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust,” “is usually an expression of who she is usually in addition to This specific’s a part of her art, in addition to she loves nothing more than to bring people in to see her masterpiece.”
Ms. Beat’s housewarming, on a Monday night in January, drew a crowd that will included the drag luminaries Bianca Del Rio in addition to Alaska 5000, the actors Kate Flannery (“The Office”) in addition to Selene Luna (“Coco”), in addition to the transgender activists Andrea James in addition to Calpernia Addams.
“When you see Jackie’s house, you realize how deep her attention to detail goes,” said Alaska 5000, a recording artist who won the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” in 2016. “Who carries a party in addition to plans what’s going to be on every single TV monitor? She keeps This specific like a showroom.”
which has a wall-size mural that will looks like the Arizona flag (Ms. Beat lived in Scottsdale as a child) rendered in hippie-era appliance colors, in addition to a Paul Evans-inspired bedroom set by Pueblo by Lane Furniture, which Ms. Beat found for $2,300 on Craigslist, the master suite looks as if a great cinematic dame like Helen Lawson of “Valley of the Dolls” just slipped out to the balcony for a cig.
One of Ms. Beat’s guest bedrooms, where Ms. Vine was staying during her “Golden Girlz” run, is usually a homage to the 1976 Brian De Palma horror film, “Carrie,” with nearly 100 framed pieces of memorabilia, in addition to a bedspread that will supersizes a photo of the movie’s stars, Piper Laurie in addition to Sissy Spacek, in a familial embrace. Beneath a skull lamp on a bedside table, there is usually a tiny framed photo of the late Ms. Arthur (Ms. Beat refers to her as her “spirit animal”), the vestige of a “Golden Girls”-themed room that will she had in her former home in Highland Park.
The kitchen features vintage cookie jars, two large graphic framed fruit prints in addition to cabinetry lacquered in bright peacock blue. “I love matchy matchy,” Ms. Beat said, so the appliances in addition to the flatware are that will coloring, too, contrasting which has a fresh set of dishes in Howard Johnson orange.
The first-floor bathroom is usually inspired by the “Planet of the Apes” movies, which featured Brutalist architecture in their production design. A shower curtain reproduces an illustrated movie poster by the 1968 original which has a shirtless Charlton Heston displaying his signature brand of hypermasculine anguish.
“‘Planet of the Apes’ is usually very anti-glamour,” Señor Amor said. “The question became, how does that will all fit into the home of someone who loves all things beautiful in addition to refined?”
If there is usually any design regret inside fresh Chez Beat, This specific’s the square-seated toilet chosen for the upstairs master bathroom (hidden by a sculptural midcentury modern room divider). This specific looks actually cool, yet This specific’s not very comfortable, several who have experienced This specific have said.
In any room, Ms. Beat is usually an admitted control freak.
“If you pick up a knickknack in addition to admire This specific, she comes up behind you to make sure This specific’s put back in exactly the same place,” Ms. Bolding said. “I’m surprised she doesn’t pull out a ruler.”
“One of my favorite things to do to drive her crazy is usually move a tchotchke,” Mr. Diaz said. (Ms. Beat is usually relaxed enough, though, to live with two dogs: Chihuahua mixes named Miss Toni Home Perm in addition to Darlin’.)
“I didn’t want the place to look like the Madonna Inn,” Ms. Beat said, referring to the wackadoodle themed-room hotel in San Luis Obispo, Calif. yet she put any concerns about resale value out of her head. “I would likely never tone down what I do to get more work, so I’d never tone down my personal style to sell the place inside future,” she said. “This specific home is usually not for various other people. This specific place is usually for me.”
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