Chad Michaels is making a pilgrimage.
Fabulously known as one of the drag world's best Cher impersonators, the Los Angeles queen will be on hand for the next installment of Xtreme Bingo.
"I think drag queens like Sharon Needles and Abby Lee Miller [wink, wink] have really created an interest, pride and an appreciation for the art of drag in Pittsburgh," said Mr. Michaels, who referred to the city as "a cultural mecca."
Xtreme Bingo, during which music is played and players cross off squares on their boards based on singer, songs or genres, benefits the Delta Foundation. The event begins at the Pittsburgh Opera Center, 2425 Liberty Ave., Strip District, at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $25, or $35 at the door, and are available at www.PittsburghPride.org.
Incorporated in 1996, the Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh is dedicated to improving the quality of life for and visibility of the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Pittsburgh region
Mr. Michaels was a finalist in the fourth season of Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which was won by Pittsburgh's Sharon Needles (aka Aaron Coady). Mr. Michaels returned to win last summer's all-star edition.
"Drag Race has changed my career and life profoundly. I've had the opportunity to travel extensively these past two years, and meeting all the fans has been very humbling and rewarding."
Finalists on "Drag Race" travel extensively -- Mr. Coady's website mentions he's performing in Vienna this weekend -- and Mr. Michaels said it can be exhausting.
"I have really tried to create a balance between my home life and my career. I've built my career around my life instead of being consumed by the fame monster.
"Perspective and balance have been the most important priorities for me throughout this whole roller coaster ride."
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