Austin drag queen to compete on ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

For seven seasons, drag queen/household name RuPaul has asked a different crew of female impersonators to lipsync for their lives on Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Soon, Austin will finally have its own fierce queen to root for.

(Photo courtesy of Logo)
(Photo courtesy of Logo)

Cynthia Lee Fontaine, a regular performer at Austin bar Oilcan Harry’s, has been cast as one of twelve queens competing for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar” in the show’s eighth season. The cast was revealed Monday after a weeklong social media scavenger hunt.

Fontaine’s Facebook profile says the performer has been doing drag since 2007. Also, the drag queen’s Instagram profile contains several Austin-related gems, like a picture at the Texas Capitol:

And then there was that one time Fontaine appeared in the pages of the American-Statesman:

Watch Fontaine’s video introduction below:

The show’s season premiere will air March 7 at 8 p.m. with a special 90-minute episode. Contestants are competing for a $100,000 prize.

(Photo courtesy of Logo)
(Photo courtesy of Logo)


Did Rob Kardashian drive to Austin to pick up Blac Chyna?

Love is a many-splendored thing, full of Bentleys and Instagram posts and airport arrests. That’s the lesson from this weekend, anyway, as reported that Rob Kardashian came to Blac Chyna’s aid following her arrest in Austin.

(Photos: Travis County; Instagram)
(Photos: Travis County; Instagram: @blacchyna)

According to the gossip site, Kardashian drove from Los Angeles to the Live Music Capital to pick up Chyna after her release from Travis County Jail on Saturday, citing unnamed “Kardashian sources.” He made the 1,377-mile journey in 26 hours, the sources said, also pointing to a post-release Snapchat post from Chyna featuring Kardashian’s Bentley. For her part, Chyna seemed to be happy to head home on the highway.

Kardashian, the brother of the other ones, and Chyna, a model also embroiled in the reality TV family’s drama by way of BFF and former Kanye West flame Amber Rose, have been romantically linked after some recent (and cryptic) social media missives. A photo of a tattooed arm on Chyna’s feed (belonging to Kardashian, if the Internet’s team of Nancy Drews is to be trusted) kicked the hubbub off. His Instagram, meanwhile, has been rife with pictures of Chyna, including one shot that definitely seems like a jab at his famous family:

Of course, it’s not too big of a deal for a boyfriend to drive long distances to pick up his girlfriend after a stint in jail. Why the Internet has sunk its teeth into this story like a breakfast taco is the backstory, steeped in years of celebrity scandal that has recently come to a head again with West, Rose and rapper Wiz Khalifa’s Twitter war.  Add Kardashian’s rock relationship with his sisters to the mix, and you’ve got a tabloid epic for the ages.

Happy birthday, Austin resident Elijah Wood!

Unto us, in 1981, a hobbit was born.

While it may not be entirely fair to typecast actor Elijah Wood like that, the fact remains that the “Lord of the Rings” star and Austin homeowner turns 35 on Thursday. We know, we couldn’t believe it’s been that long, either. We remember seeing trailers for “North.”

Elijah Wood at the Stephen F. Austin hotel on Sunday, March 13, 2005. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)
Elijah Wood at the Stephen F. Austin hotel on Sunday, March 13, 2005. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

In celebration of the erstwhile “Happy Feet” penguin, we dug through our archives for a little Elijah love on this most auspicious of days.

• In 2013, the “Wilfred” star bought a Victorian-style mansion in South Austin for $1 million. It’s around Bouldin Creek Cafe. Can’t miss it.

• He’s been spotted around town at local hotspots, including South Congress, Whole Foods and Sixth Street’s Easy Tiger bakery and beer garden. According to a 2013 story, he also has worked regularly with Rooster Teeth.

• Before he called it home, Wood came to Austin to work on “The Faculty,” a 1998 movie from hometown hero Robert Rodriguez about a group of students who suspect that their schoolteachers are actually aliens. At the time, American-Statesman film critic Chris Garcia only mentioned Wood in his review of the film by way of a comparison to “The Breakfast Club”: “We’re witness to the parade of pubescent archetypes — gloomy outcast, jock, rebel studmuffin, new girl and hopeless nerd — recast as air-brushed, Fox-ready cuties,” Garcia wrote. “Elijah Wood takes the Anthony Michael Hall role, Clea DuVall is Ally Sheedy, Josh Hartnett becomes Judd Nelson, and so on. The nubile cast is surprisingly strong.”

• The American-Statesman also talked to Wood about his love of Fantastic Fest and return to Austin in 2014.

“I started coming back to Austin, initially because of South by Southwest, and my brother lived there for five years,” Wood said. “It always felt like home. … And I felt for a long time that I should live there, so I just decided to buy a home.”

Happy birthday, Elijah. We thought you were great in “Sin City.”

And in that one Beastie Boys video.
And in that one Beastie Boys video.