The History and Culture of Drag

Program to be Hosted by Local Icon Bella da Ball

The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission is working with local drag icon Bella da Ball to produce the original program which will stream live on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

Rancho Mirage, CA – The City of Rancho Mirage Community Cultural Commission will present an all-new original program online via Zoom (accessible via www.ranchomiragelibrary.org or at //zoom.us/j/92709594924) on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Queens of the Coachella Valley: The History and Culture of Drag will explore drag’s journey to the mainstream through media presentations, captivating stories, and exciting performances that will educate, illuminate and entertain.

Drag performance and culture has existed for decades in our country, and in recent years has made its mark in mainstream popular culture. That history includes a vibrant community of drag performers and fans right here in the Coachella Valley. In fact, prior to the COVID pandemic, it was possible to find a drag show of some kind going on every single night of the week here in the desert.

The Rancho Mirage Cultural Commission has invited one of the most loved and well-known drag queens in the area, “Hostess with the Most-est” and social ambassador Bella da Ball, to guide us through the history and culture of this fabulous and fantastic world that exists right in our own backyard. Named Best Drag Personality by the Desert Sun, Bella has won numerous awards and accolades and become a fixture within the community.

The program will feature an original performance from local drag queen Marina Mac.

Even if they’ve never been to a drag show, viewers are sure to have a fabulous time learning about this fascinating facet of our local culture. In addition to video clips, photos, and a variety of other media, the program will also feature a special performance from local Drag Queen Marina Mac. This one-of-a-kind interactive program will stream live and conclude with a public Q&A session where viewers can engage directly with Bella and Marina.

To see a video preview visit //youtu.be/31HlOsUqhso.

The event is free to attend online, and no registration is required. Those who can’t join in live will be able to view the program later via the Library’s website. It will also air in regular rotation in the weeks following the live event on Channel 17 (RMTV) for Spectrum customers living in the City of Rancho Mirage.

 

About the Rancho Mirage Community Cultural Commission: The Commission consists of five members who are appointed by the City Council. The Commission supports the development and prospering of the cultural environment of the City by enhancing access to cultural amenities for all residents.