It’s the second Saturday of April, and Tina Turner’s “Rolling On The River” cues after anticipation. Stage lights shine to frame a frantic queen, rowing as fast as she can with a super-sized, inflatable joint as her paddle.
Carmela La Madrina is the Mother of it all; she works an adult day job, pays taxes and loves her children like anyone else. Her children, of course, are her chosen family living and thriving under her roof of The Elusive Haus of Indica.
“Drag house is like a gay street gang,” Lavender Haze, a Eugene-based drag performer, said. “We kind of band together through having something in common, and we have each other’s back… Carmela is our mother who we look up to, and we want to make her proud of us.”
Saucy Saturdays lit up a lively 4/20-themed show on April 8 with goodies of free joints, weed-themed decor, noise makers and candy –– all paid for out-of-pocket by Carmela out of her love for entertaining her community and her love for her drag children.
Hosted every second Saturday in Corvallis at Max’s Food and More, guests 21+ can indulge in affordable alcoholic beverages and delicious Mexican food. Everyone, whether on stage or in the crowd, leaves hate at the door, allowing any and all bodies to be immersed in a night of transformative performances.