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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 1973 - File 018. 1973-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3130/show/3124.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 10, October 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date October 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).; This newspaper issue has irregular page numbering.
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Title File 018
Transcript KIKKI LEE ... a profile Kikki Lee. An interesting name. An interesting person and such people are always fun to read or write about. KIKKI is one of those people who love to flirt with your sense of humor and is, in fact, one of the down-to-earthiest people in town. His wit and myrth make him eazy to remember. On stage, Kikki has seen feast and famine; good times and bad. Performing presently at the Bayou Landing in Houston, KIKKI has seemingly achieved new status, something many are now still in grooming for. But this presentpo- sition did not come easily; it is the culmination of ten years or more of hard work and professional perserverence. Born in Sweeny, Texas and. weighing 230 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes, out of custume, KIKKI appears robust and cherubic. In fact, while not peeforming at the Landing in Houston,, usually prefers to hang around the front entrance to chit-chat with people as they arrive. Camping, cutting up, adding to the nig bar cutting up, adding to the BIG BAR the warmth it needs. People very seldom realize this cut-up at the door is the same impersonator they applaud on stage. In the past decade or so, KIKKI has performed at such places as the Desert Room, the Nugget, Finnocchio's, the New Yorker, the HiKamp, the Glass Stein, the OLDCabaret, the NEW Cabaret (downtown), the GBI, the Scene I, Pappa Bear's, and has toured the New England states unto Canada and beyond... Kikki has also played straight or straight-owned bars such as the Cobra, the Gold Garter, etc. Of this training, KIKKI has developed a knack for working pto- fessionally on almost any stage and it is understandable, therefore, why she should now show such professionalism on the vast stage of the Bayou Landing. KIKKI'S favorite hobbies are sewing, movies, making costumes for herself and others. Unique is KIKKI'S alter-ego; for example, as much as she enjoys people and likes to be a- round them so much, she still loves times of being all alone. And at those times, packs off to the hinterlands, or to a bayou or seashore or even mudhole somewhere to sit and 'shell' or fish for days. He loves the out doors. Almost as much as he loves entertaining. Kikki loves to travel too. A- mong his favorite cities are Houston, where he has been now more than a decade, Dallas (for the fun of it), and New York City, where everything is so different. KIKKI's interests are as varied as his acts and performances and jokes. For example, to supplement his income, he deals in antiques... both to enjoy finding them, and also to enjoy finding then: good homes where they'll be appreciated. Evenings at home find him sew- ing, or sorting out his special record collection and old shows taped or recorded. He's forever on the look-out for new or original material, and for 'old stuff people have forgotten about, an*3 enjoys searching out antique records or tapes. Sometimes he is able to locate things he can u*e in his shows. tHIS unique entertainer co-h< ts the show t r Houston Bay i Landing tcgetnt with Jennife. George, and of 'ennifer, hespey almost adoringsy; a beautiful boy and when in costume, a really beautiful woman, says Kikki. But his own personal attitude toward himself is different. HE feels HE is A DRAG QUEEN..in the old sense of the word...not the street walking transy....(as he puts it)., and is not a girl!...once you've made yourself into a girl, you ARE a girl and not a female impersonator. But I try to make myself LOOK like a drag queen...in other words, a MAN impersonating a female. Then I rely on my talent TO IMPERSONATE AND ENTERTAIN! But never for a minute do I want them (the audience) to think I want to look like a girl. I guess, says Kikki, 'I'M a hangover from the past days when we used to do this sort of thing for the fun of it. It was better and sometimes funnier to do it half- assed in drag. I like to remind people that I'm a good performer and not a make-up artist or tran- sy.(Referring to non-pro's). Kikki also likes to pick and use numbers in her routines on stage that people can't sit and mouth the words to, and that's why I like my acts to be unusual. He performs because he LIKES to. Self-employed otherwise, and comfortably incomed, he jabbed at some other performers who lose 'professionalism' by playing to the TIPS . 'Very unprofessional* he bemoans.Akid on stage needs to remember that he has just one job to do...and that's to entertain! Tips only seem to cheapen the act and give it the look of a 'Carny Can-Can' act. Today, these kids are more intent on receiving those dollar bills than the applause they're really supposed to be working for. And, he says, I want the applause. I'd like the dollar bills too, but I won't play for them. I make enough money in salary to give it my all, and the tips, if they interfere with my act, just have to remain in the hands of the audience. But mainly because it breaks my stride. TO PAUSE TO SAY THANKS TO ONE PERSON...while ignoring the rest of the audience...it's just unfair to the rest of the 599 watching the act.' When asked where he plans to go on from the Bayou Landing if he leaves, Kikki didn't know for certain. He hopes by that time, there will be .live shows available to him, where he feels today is a long way off. But where shows should now be heading. Kikki loves to make the other show bars and thoroughly enjous his free time visiting as many as possible. He loves to encourage the new performers and offers some advise to the newest: 'BE MORE LIKE A PROFESSIONAL ENTERTAINER. STOP TRYING TO LOOK SO MUCH LIKE A WOMAN AND CONCENTRATE ON TALENT. DON'T TRY TO LOOK LIKE A STREET WALKER. TRY TO LOOK LIKE A FEMALE IMPERSONATOR.' Kikki went on to advise that the newcomer shouldn't glamorize himself to a song, but to do an act to portray or INTERPRET the song. And to play down the costuming. Makeup is important. What's a clown without the right n, " eup. 'When I first started, I played for straight groups, mostly .,-: for kicks.Pants folded up under the dress which was just a h&tky rag, and wore a lousy wig, was the IMPRESSION I mi • that people loved, and the le ioved it. I even played for \T.A. OF ALL PLACES, And liked that sort of thing. But I'm not sure how far I would have come, if I'd put a lot of my time and money into expensive wigs, costumes, etc., And I believe that's true today. Pick the right material to use, emphasize the fact you're a MAN in female attire, and it returns you to the real life of impersonation. Kikki doesn't smoke, drinks moderately. His favorite drink is a brandy alexander. Occasionally, Kikki visits FRIZBEE'S for fun and games, and often meets people away from the club environment which gives him a broader look at life. He doesn't particularly care for porno movies and would rather spend his time in ordinary movies and seeing current shows int town. 'I'D RATHER RESERVE MY SEXLIFE FOR MY BEDROOM than share it with someone else on the screen like a voyeur.' This truly capable performer is at home in his element, the big BAYOU LANDING in Houston.and the employees love having him a- round with his sometimes wicked sense of humor. He loves to tease people into laughter and does his best to get the stuffy ones to let their hair down. Kikki is a personality on and off stage...and when you visit the Bayou Landing, you will have little trouble locating him...just follow the laughter... he's sure to be the source of it. And when you meet him, prepare to make a friend. He's not happy until everyone he knows IS indeed, his friend. Bayou Landing Shifts Personnel DALLAS BAYOU LANDING In an unannounced move, the Bayou Landing did a little house- cleaning, in response to varied complaints about the personnel employed there. Most of the employees named as 'disinterested' in the customers' welfare were dismissed and were replaced almost entirely. The move included the club's manager all the way down to clean-up people, though one or two remain. Management felt the move was necessary, due to its shift of policy which is aimed at 'more personal' service to the customer. One explanation given was the need to show patrons that no matter how large or popular a place can get, it's still neccessary to be polite, friendly, and interested in giving good service; these factors were not being provided by the previous crew. 'It was a difficult thing to do,' one source was quoted as saying, 'because so many had been with us so long'. But Dallas Gays seem delighted with that move, because the new personnel have adopted the policy almost to the letter and have been enjoying the change. This produced a new air of favor toward the BAYOU LANDING and the excitement it has brought has returned to the club many who otherwise, because of poor service had been staying away. The loss of these people was actual- not felt, because of the vast number of people jamming this club nitely, but nevertheless, their return increased tremendously the nitely business, and, true to the overall plan, service has been more than satisfactory. The recarpeting of the club, it's new balconies and step-lites, the stepped-up show, the expensive sound system just recently installed, the new outside paint job and new outside entry'shelter, have shown Dallasites that management really cares for its clientele. And has made these modifications before they were really needed, to show its sincerity to the club's thousands of patrons. The club's operator, in a conference with his new staff indicated his intent to perform a very efficient service with a very personal touch for EVERYONE or ANYONE walking through the door of this club....and emphasized the order of the day: TREAT THEM RIGHT! STRICTLY GOSSIP Bunch's apartment is active these days; so's his appetite. If he gains any more weight, he'll never make it through the front Idoor, let alone behind his bar... Page 17
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