Moving on from “Trannyshack,” the legendary punk rock drag show in SoMa for 12 years, impresario Heklina is opening her new club in what used to be the hot corner of the gay male club scene in the ’70s and ’80s. It was called Oasis and came complete with swimming pool, showers, and towels back then. She’s keeping that name and opening the new space on New Year’s Eve. Look for lots of drag shows including her new one, “Mother,” on January 17th. Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman Thursday, December 25th at 7pm Pacific on kalw.org and 91.7fm.
Using the word ‘tranny’ when referring to transexuals or transvestites is not politically correct any more. Bowing to pressure from transgender activists, the internationally known drag event “Trannyshack” has changed its name to “T-Shack.” San Francisco drag show promoter, producer and host Heklina talks with Marilyn Pittman about why and what it means for Heklina’s brand, her club, and her politics. (Broadcast June 5, 2014)
If behind every great man is a great woman, then behind every great drag queen is a fierce and fabulous man! Meet Stefan Grygelko, the man behind Heklina, co-creator of San Francisco cult-hit live-on-stage drag versions of The Golden Girls, Sex & The City and other classic TV sitcoms, and the creator, producer and hostess of alternative drag show Trannyshack, now in its 17th year and which holds its 14th Annual Trannyshack Star Search Friday, Feb. 15. Eric Jansen hosts. Broadcast live 7pm Thursday, Feb. 7.