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Monday Fun: Hedwig

By Anne Adams August 8, 2011

This past Saturday, while bluegrass bloomed at Pickathon and Fire in the Canyon ignited Horning’s Hideout, one John Cameron Mitchell kept Portland proper rocking with a DJ/dance party at Mississippi Studios. Hence, we dedicate our Monday Fun to Hedwig, Mitchell’s alter-ego.

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who’ve seen Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and those who should. The 1998 musical/2001 film centers around a blonde German drag-queen debutante—but whether or not that’s your “thing,” the story has a wealth to offer. Immigrant politics, mentor/protegee tension, the nature of public identity, and even The Origin of Love are covered, while wickedly catchy rock opera tunes (like this one) command audiences to sing along.

Ever since I first saw this movie in theaters, I’ve been waiting for Rocky Horror to cede its midnight tranny sing-along tiara. Hedwig begs for the kind of repeat screenings and cultish party scene that Horror has long held, and we suspect that its popularity, more than an appetite for dance DJ’s, is what packed Mississippi Studios on Saturday. Happy Monday! Put on your makeup.

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