OCTOBER 5, 2022 | ISSUE 502
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COURTESY OF NEWFEST
PUBLISHER MICHAEL TODD
DESIGN AGOTA CORREA
CELEBRITY INTERVIEWER EILEEN SHAPIRO
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WRITER & INTERVIEWER JIM SILVESTRI
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NIGHT OF THE LIVING DRAG
RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE’S YVIE ODDLY LEADS
A CAST OF SEVEN SINFUL QUEENS
BY BEN NELSON
RuPaul’s Drag Race All
Stars 7 queen Yvie Oddly
returns to New York City
on October 30th to star
in RuPaul’s Drag Race
Night of the Living Drag,
an extravagantly produced
that draws inspiration from
Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Oddly plays the role of The
Boogieman who summons
a cast of sinful RuPaul’s
Drag Race queens from the
depths of fiery hell. The cast
includes Aquaria the Sloth,
Asia O’Hara the Envious,
Bosco the Lustful, DeJa Skye the Greedy, Kim Chi the Glutton, Lady Camden the
Proud, Rosé the Vain, and Vanessa Vanjie the Wrathful.
“I am excited to host a fierce and frightful exploration into all of world’s most wicked
sins,” says Oddly. We spoke with the ultimate queen of curiosities from her Denver
You will be in NYC
to host the annual live
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Night of the Living
Drag. What can fans
expect from the show?
Yvie Oddly: This show
has got some of the most
brought from the depths
of hell. I hope the fans
are ready for a spooky
sinful spectacle; the
that ever hallowed.
You star as the
Yvie Oddly: I am! The
boogieman is a really fun
character to play because
he seems spooky but he’s
just like everyone else.
He’s got his night job of
hiding under kids’ beds,
but he really just wants
to be free to boogie with
Aquaria stars as the
deadly sin, Sloth. Is she
a sloth in real life?
Yvie Oddly: Not at all.
Aquaria is one of the
hardest working queens.
I’m so excited to see
Aquaria because I cannot
think of anyone more
motivated and dedicated
than she is, especially on
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Rosé plays the deadly sin, Vain. In real
life, is she always in front of a mirror?
Yvie Oddly: Of course she is. What drag
Asia is “Envious”. What does Asia
have that you covet?
Yvie Oddly: The thing I most envy about
Asia is that she has her shit together!
Of all the queens starring in RuPaul’s
Drag Race Night of the Living Drag,
who is the most sinful?
Yvie Oddly: Why, me darling! I have the
most skeletons hiding in my closet, too.
Have you ever experienced stage fright,
Yvie Oddly: I still get stage fright quite
often actually, but I’m a thrill-seeker so
that’s a part of what I love most about
performing. I conquer my fear every time I
get on stage and share my pure, unfiltered
energy with crowds.
What scares you the most?
Yvie Oddly: I am terrified of fish and being
in open water. I know it sounds silly but
there is some logic involved. Human
beings cannot survive in water. Fish can!
I’m convinced they are terrestrial aliens
and that the ocean is a whole world we’ll
never be able to fully explore.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race Night of the
Living Drag” takes place Sunday,
October 30 at Kings Theatre in
Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are available at
VossEvents.com. Prices range from $50
- $99. There are also a limited number
of VIP passes that include a pre-show
meet-and-greet available for $249.
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CHOREOGRAPHER TO THE STARS
Nijawwon Matthews was one of the hottest sights on the island this
past weekend. He works for the Joffrey Ballet and for Pace University,
and he has worked with icons including Mary J Blige, Angela Bassett,
Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, and many others. I decided to take
advantage of his good nature and have a conversation with him.
Hello, Nijawwon. What made you
want to be a choreographer?
It wasn’t the fact that I necessarily
wanted to be a choreographer. I wanted
to be a dancer. My grandmother got me
into dancing, and I fell in love with it. It
was something that just gave me more
discipline. Growing up, I did basketball,
football, wrestling, gymnastics and
martial arts, but dance touched me in
a way that was just outside of all those
things that we normally go through. My
grandmother got me into dancing, and
because of her, it allowed me to dive
deeper into knowing who I am as a
person–what I stand for and also what
I want to do and be comfortable with. It
gave me structure in a way that I didn’t
have before and didn’t realize I needed.
I was a very energetic kid.
A good friend of mine–a
choreographer–asked me to
come in and assist him for a
project. It was for the Joffrey
Ballet. I assisted him at the
school in New York City. At
the time, the artistic director
happened to walk in and
asked if I would like to work for
So many opportunities came
from that because I guess
people liked what I did.
Then jobs came in and more
opportunities came in to a
point where I could say I’ve
done a lot of amazing work.
What’s your goal in life and
who would you like to work
with more than anybody on
Right now, I’m at a place in
my life where I’m just being
present with every opportunity
that’s come to me.
I would like to work with
Any advice for any aspiring
Keep going. When the world
feels like it’s crumbling,
when you get all these no’s,
when you feel like nothing is
happening for you, just know
that you believe in your talent
and who you are as a person
and let that persevere. Keep
going, because someone
will see that one day. Trust
yourself in that space and be
BY BRIAN HUG
PHOTO CREDIT: EBER
Kristine W is riding dance floors full speed ahead this season
with her new single, “Can’t Look Back”, the first release from her
upcoming album. Produced by James Hurr, one of the masters
of UK House, the song is a lush, soulful club groove, made even
more powerful with its message of rising up and appreciating the
day. It was inspired by the passings of Kristine’s mother and sister.
She says she found solace through writing the song and hopes by
sharing “Can’t Look Back” now with the world that it helps those
experiencing similar loss to move forward too.
You have faced some big personal
challenges these past few years.
Kristine W: My older sister Viki passed
away from colon cancer two years ago.
None of the family could believe that she
died from a cancer that was treatable. I
was grieving my sister and trying to be
there for my mom, but I intuitively knew
that she was not going to survive the loss
of her oldest daughter and best friend.
Mom passed away due to complications
from a stroke last year. These two
angels were always on either side of me,
cheering me on. It has been very difficult
staying motivated without them. I can’t
believe they are both gone. Somedays,
I experience a crippling grief. At shows, I
have had the opportunity to meet others
experiencing similar loss. We hug and cry
together over our lost ones. Thankfully, I
am blessed with my music. It has been a
What have you learned about yourself and
your ability to overcome obstacles?
KW: I have learned that God gives his
toughest battles to his strongest soldiers.
I try to be brave and remember how much
my mother and sister contributed to my
success. I owe it to them to push
pretty good, but not perfect. We let the
song marinate for a few months before
giving it a second look. The last part we
recorded was the “Rise up” section. When
I looked up from my congas and saw the
look on my engineer’s face, I knew that we
had made something special.
Does the song serve as a prelude to
what’s in store for your next album?
KW: This song has a message that
everyone needs to hear. I know listening
to it during its many rewrites helped me
get through some rough days. There was
a reason Tony sent me that simple blank
canvas. I feel like this song and others on
the upcoming album are good medicine.
We have all been through some traumatic
challenges these past few years, and
it’s important that we do not let the pain
defeat or define us. It’s natural and healthy
to look back and reflect every once in a
while, but we can’t live in the past. We
need to keep pressing on.
Kristine W’s “Can’t Look Back” is
available now on all digital retailers via
Kristine’s own imprint, Fly Again Music
Productions. For more information,
When did you begin the work on
“Can’t Look Back”?
KW: Tony (Moran) sent me the
first draft of the track two years
ago. It was very sparse at the
time, but I could tell that it had a
magic to it. I started playing around
with it, writing and rewriting. Tony
didn’t like the first verse melody
I presented to him, but he loved
the chorus, so I kept working on
making the verses stronger and the
lyrics more relevant. I then met with
my collaborator, Mark Matson, to
record the first vocal demo. It was
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