The ‘Weird Al Yankovic of Drag’ Gets an Extreme Home Makeover

Evoking retro-futurism and midcentury Acapulco, the home is a chic counterbalance to the tastelessness of, say, Ms. Beat’s spoof of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 hit “Baby Got Back,” which she rewrote as “Baby Got Front.” The anatomically frank music video has racked up more than a million views on YouTube — “She’s the Weird Al Yankovic of drag,” said the nightclub promoter Mario Diaz, a friend — and, while dirty, may be the least potentially offensive song in Ms. Beat’s very naughty repertoire.

The music parodies, which one critic called “smartly vulgar,” are not for everyone. And not everyone could live in the surroundings that Ms. Beat — the alter ego of Kent Fuher, who first brought his drag character to life at a poetry night at Café Largo on Fairfax Avenue in the late 1980s — now calls home. But those who share Ms. Beat’s artistic sensibilities appreciate what she has accomplished.


The “Carrie”-themed guest bedroom. Credit Graham Walzer for The New York Times

The house, said Ms. Beat’s thrifting buddy Muffy Bolding, a writer whose credits include the film “Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust,” “is an expression of who she is and it’s a part of her art, and she loves nothing more than to bring people in to see her masterpiece.”

Ms. Beat’s housewarming, on a Monday night in January, drew a crowd that included the drag luminaries Bianca Del Rio and Alaska 5000, the actors Kate Flannery (“The Office”) and Selene Luna (“Coco”), and the transgender activists Andrea James and Calpernia Addams.

“When you see Jackie’s house, you realize how deep her attention to detail goes,” said Alaska 5000, a recording artist who won the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars in 2016. “Who has a party and plans what’s going to be on every single TV monitor? She keeps it like a showroom.”

With a wall-size mural that looks like the Arizona flag (Ms. Beat lived in Scottsdale as a child) rendered in hippie-era appliance colors, and a Paul Evans-inspired bedroom set by Pueblo by Lane Furniture, which Ms. Beat found for $2,300 on Craigslist, the master suite looks as if a great cinematic dame like Helen Lawson of “Valley of the Dolls” just slipped out to the balcony for a cig.

One of Ms. Beat’s guest bedrooms, where Ms. Vine was staying during her “Golden Girlz” run, is a homage to the 1976 Brian De Palma horror film, “Carrie,” with nearly 100 framed pieces of memorabilia, and a bedspread that supersizes a photo of the movie’s stars, Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek, in a familial embrace. Beneath a skull lamp on a bedside table, there is a small framed photo of the late Ms. Arthur (Ms. Beat refers to her as her “spirit animal”), the vestige of a “Golden Girls”-themed room that she had in her former home in Highland Park.

The kitchen features vintage cookie jars, two large graphic framed fruit prints and cabinetry lacquered in bright peacock blue. “I love matchy matchy,” Ms. Beat said, so the appliances and the flatware are that color, too, contrasting with a new set of dishes in Howard Johnson orange.

The first-floor bathroom is inspired by the “Planet of the Apes” movies, which featured Brutalist architecture in their production design. A shower curtain reproduces an illustrated movie poster from the 1968 original with a shirtless Charlton Heston displaying his signature brand of hypermasculine anguish.

“‘Planet of the Apes’ is very anti-glamour,” Señor Amor said. “The question became, how does that all fit into the home of someone who loves all things beautiful and refined?”


The “Planet of the Apes”-themed guest bathroom. Credit Graham Walzer for The New York Times

If there is any design regret in the new Chez Beat, it’s the square-seated toilet chosen for the upstairs master bathroom (hidden by a sculptural midcentury modern room divider). It looks really cool, but it’s not very comfortable, several who have experienced it have said.

In any room, Ms. Beat is an admitted control freak.

“If you pick up a knickknack and admire it, she comes up behind you to make sure it’s put back in exactly the same place,” Ms. Bolding said. “I’m surprised she doesn’t pull out a ruler.”

“One of my favorite things to do to drive her crazy is move a tchotchke,” Mr. Diaz said. (Ms. Beat is relaxed enough, though, to live with two dogs: Chihuahua mixes named Miss Toni Home Perm and Darlin’.)

“I didn’t want the place to look like the Madonna Inn,” Ms. Beat said, referring to the wackadoodle themed-room hotel in San Luis Obispo, Calif. But she put any concerns about resale value out of her head. “I would never tone down what I do to get more work, so I’d never tone down my personal style to sell the place in the future,” she said. “This home is not for other people. This place is for me.”

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