With DJ’s Shaun J. Wright and Alinka TWIRL (Chicago) and MIRACLES CLUB (PDX)

Queens and kings, outcasts and misfits parade their most vital “realness” in a queer-glamor, gender-bending spectacle. CRITICAL MASCARA honors the lineage and history of a drag ball while inviting artists from PDX and beyond to create community amidst competition. Surprise performances, audience challenges, and queer history lessons are embodied by the future stars of the West Coast. Come see Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco performers battle it out individually and as houses in a high-stakes multi-media dance party extravaganza.