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posted Friday, February 17, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 07
Morning Glory's drag brunch at Skylark Café and Club
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Morning Glory's drag brunch at Skylark Café and Club

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Drag, breakfast, and liquor.

OK, now that I've got your attention, I want to tell you about an absolutely wonderful event that takes place in West Seattle every second Saturday of the month: Morning Glory drag brunch at Skylark Café and Club (3803 Delridge Way S.W.).

Magnolia Crawford - West Seattle socialite and self-described icon - has put together an event that promises to entertain. Morning Glory, a two-hour drag and comedy show, has caught on. Crawford invited Seattle Gay News to her February 11 show, which featured former Miss Gay Seattle Jetta Mae, the live vocal stylings of Miss Honey Bucket, Brooke Lynn Bradshaw, and stand-up comedian Jeffrey Roberts. From beginning to end, the show was a triumph. Each entertainer (with the exception of Roberts, who opened the show with a hilarious comedy routine) performed three different numbers with three different wardrobe changes. Under Crawford's direction, these queens were not at all intimidated by day drag - on the contrary, they embraced it. I'm not quite sure what I was expecting, but was happy with what I got: an early afternoon of laughter and mimosas, entertainment, and glamour.

Crawford told SGN that brunch gets its name from the morning glory flower, which alludes to the time of day the show takes place.

'Many cities around the country have drag brunches, although most take place on Sunday,' she said. 'Skylark and I decided that a Saturday drag brunch could work well.'

A few months ago, when Crawford started the show, Seattle had no such event. 'I thought it might be a good market to tap into,' she said. 'Plus, who doesn't love drag queens and brunch?'

Good point. And judging by the full house at Saturday's show, the market that Crawford has tapped into is more than happy to pay the $10 VIP ticket charge (admission is free, but buying a ticket guarantees you a table for two). By the time the show got started, it was standing-room only as every table had been taken.

'Working with Skylark Café and Club has been a very good experience,' said Crawford. 'Jesse, the owner, is really easy to work with and does a great job of promoting the show. We are all committed to the show's success.'

Picking a cast for any show - let alone one with an 11:30 a.m. call time - is an important task. Crawford says that performers rotate monthly and are selected based on talent and availability.

'Each performer I select is someone I've worked with before and respect as an entertainer,' she said. 'I like to book entertainers with different styles so the show has variety.'

Crawford, who says she first performed in drag at 12 years old, says her current character has only existed for about 2 and a half years.

Aside from Skylark Café and Club, Magnolia Crawford has performed at Neighbours Legendary Lip-sync contest, Vicious Dolls (also at Neighbours), Lashes Cabaret at R Place, Bacon Strip at Re-Bar, Family Feud at Lobby Bar, Heels and Hoes at Swank in Kent, Vibe in Kent, Queens by Nature at Bad Monkey Bar and Grill in Kent, and more.

Crawford's experience as a performer shines through at Morning Glory; she is completely at ease hosting the show and enjoys light banter with the audience. An audience, which has grown in recent months; Morning Glory has certainly caught on in West Seattle. At the end of the day, Crawford says people should come see the show simply because 'it's fun!'

'Combining a drag show with brunch leads to a very entertaining start to your weekend,' she said. 'It certainly is more entertaining than watching Saturday morning cartoons and eating Lucky Charms.'

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