New Year’s Eve at Town Danceboutique is a festive way to ring in the New Year.
“It’s always really busy and packed,” says Sasha Adams, a local drag entertainer who’ll be performing that night along with Tatianna, Banaka, Riley Knoxx, hostess Lena Lett and guest performer Trixie Mattel (who’ll be on 2018’s “All Stars” season three), from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season seven. “Everyone is ready to party and filled with so much energy. It really gives you a high on stage.”
Drag show tickets are $35 and are available at flavorus.com. Doors open at 9 p.m.; show starts at 9:30. All other admissions will be at the door. Admission after the show is $25. DJs Ed Bailey and Joe Gauthreaux will spin. Details at towndc.com.
Adams, aka Richard Christmas, works by day as a contractor with the federal government and performs four-five times per week as Sasha. She won this year’s Best Drag Queen award in the Blade’s annual Best of Gay D.C. readers’ poll. She started performing about five years ago at Town via her pal, Shiqueeta Lee.
“She called me one day and said she needed a filler and to not fuck it up,” Adams says. “I guess I did pretty well as I have been allowed to perform regularly since then.”
At midnight, she plans to be with her friends and “just people I love.”
“I don’t think I’ll kiss anyone as I’m not ruining my makeup,” she says. “But I can’t say it won’t happen.”
Her wish for 2018 is health, happiness, achieving goals and “maybe to find someone to share my time with.”
The 35-year-old Charlottesville, Va., native came to D.C. 10 years ago for work. She’s single and lives in Columbia Heights. She enjoys dance, travel, food, men and drinks in her free time.
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
I came out at about 18 or 19 and it was hardest to tell myself. Growing up in a small town in a church-oriented family, it was hard to determine what to do when you have such a hard Southern Baptist upbringing. I eventually learned that my relationship with God has nothing to do with anyone else and their views. I’m now happy and love myself.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
My LGBT hero is my gay father, David. We lived in the same area and he basically rescued me and let me know it was OK. He taught me about gay culture but still made me buckle down in school and do my best. He was always there and he still would be if I needed him to this day. He taught me it was OK to be me.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
My first recollection of D.C. nightlife was Nation and Apex. I was so young and naïve. But I definitely had the best times there. After I moved here, my first gay bar was JR.’s. It was my second home (you could always find me there) when I first moved to the area.
Describe your dream wedding.
If there were one it would be simple and I’d be surrounded by people who love me for me. The reception and bachelor party would be a night from the hangover probably.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
HIV Education. Your health is your life no matter what your status is. Protect, love and educate yourself and others.
What historical outcome would you change?
Most people would change everything. I would change nothing. Living through issues is what makes us better as a people, makes us stronger and makes us grow.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
Seeing an African-American president, Barack Obama. With my grandmother being about 80 years old, it bought joy and tears to me for her to see that, especially since she grew up during segregation. I honestly thought I would never see it in my lifetime. Growing up it always seemed as something that was impossible.
On what do you insist?
RESPECT. You do not have to agree with me, but you will respect me as a person.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
NO JURY DUTY TOMORROW
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Eagle Scouts Can Be Drag Queens Too!”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
HELL NO! I have finally come to terms of loving me! I love me! I love my life, no matter how crazy it can be.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
God, love, peace and happiness
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Keep fighting. You inspire so many people and so many people support you. They may not be loud and screaming beside you, but trust you make a difference to them.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
Family (which includes my chosen family).
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
Drag queen = feminine. I’m more butch than most people know.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
Too many, but first to come mind is probably “Latter Days.”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
Saying please and thank you.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
My health and my family.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That life gets much better and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Why not? It’s a beautiful city with lots to do.