Show times are 10:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. in the Rose Room located upstairs inside Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. From Wednesday through Sunday, the doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5 to $8 for ages 21 and up and $10 for ages 18 to 20 Wednesday and Sunday only. Call 214-559-0650 or visit www.caven.com.
Then walk upstairs and pass through the doors of the new Rose Room, and you'll probably say out loud, "Oh, so this is where the money went!" What used to be a cramped, red-curtained den with a stage a foot off the ground and one overworked bartender is now an enormous cabaret with a real backstage area, two levels of seating, a lounge toward the rear, a much larger bar and--best of all--bathrooms. No more climbing back into the dance club to pee; also no more ducking in front of the spotlight for fear of suffering the wrath of a raging drag queen whose light keeps getting blocked. The show has evolved along with the new performance space. The "girls" work in more choreographed group numbers befitting the higher stage. Edna's Angels moves to Wednesday nights from JR's next door, while Valerie Lohr's new talent night moves over to JR's on Tuesdays. All the favorites from the old cast are still there plus a few new additions. Make sure to get there early on Fridays and Sundays for Cassie Nova's savage opening monologue. Marvel at the statuesque beauty of Maya Douglas. Any token straight boys in the room still gush at Krystal Summers, "Dude, that's gotta be a real woman!" And the eyes of Whitney Paige sparkle as bright as they always have, but now they have some stiff competition from the twinkling-light backdrop of the new, improved Rose Room.