Dragging ’60s

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A queen is taking the stage.

A new, vintage-era themed queer party called the Cat’s Meow in Bushwick is bringing into the lime light a star among drag queens Matthew DeLeon, also known as Untitled.

The grand finale winner of the Dragnet competition and a featured performer at the 2012 New York City Pride Parade, DeLeon says he is inspired not only by RuPaul and his drag race brethren, but also by the likes of Nancy Sinatra, Sam Cooke, and the Beastie Boys.

“I mix high art, low art, film,” said DeLeon, who is a visual artist, sculptor, and performer. “My look head to toe is relevant to the song.”

In pursuing drag perfection, he will appear at the upcoming Cat’s Meow at the new Bushwick bar Bizarre. Last month’s show focused on the 1920s and 1930s, and this month it’s mod.

“There aren’t that many opportunities for people to dress up,” said Cat’s Meow organizer Merrie Cherry. “I wanted to have a party where, each month, people could dress up from a different point in history.”

The show will feature seven performers, including Miranda, Di Ba, Candi Coxx, Connor Donahue, Rodrigo Chazard, and DJ Sokolowski, but Cherry said Untitled has become the most well-known in the Brooklyn drag scene.

For his upcoming show, DeLeon promised some surprises, including some shocking snippets of film from the 1960s.

“I’m trying to tell a story, not only with the look, but emotionally,” he said. “You’re acting through it. It’s a theatrical experience.”

Merrie Cherry presents Cat’s Meow at Bizarre (12 Jefferson St. between Broadway and Bushwick Avenue in Bushwick, April 13, 10 pm, free.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at

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