Wednesday’s a big day for Rey Lopez, who’s not only bringing Naomi Smalls to Heat but expanding his endeavors by hosting the grand reopening of Male B Wear, a men’s underwear boutique he recently purchased (free, 7:30-9:30pm, 1700 N. Main Ave., Suite 103), as well as a book signing with Austin-based author and motivational speaker Jackie Huba. Feeling defeated and stifled after years of working in the corporate world (including a decade at IBM), Huba found the unlikely inspiration for her life’s next chapter while watching RuPaul’s Drag Race. From the dramatic transformations and “give-no-fucks” attitudes of the contestants to RuPaul’s words of wisdom (“We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag”), the Logo reality series gave Hub
a the tools to create her defiant, sequin-clad alter ego Lady Trinity. Embarking on an immersive research project that entailed burlesque classes, a mentorship with Texan drag performer Kelly Kline, attending hundreds of drag shows and interviewing some of the best-known drag performers in the nation, Huba reached a new career high in Vancouver last year when she earned the odd distinction of being “the first woman to do a TED Talk as a female drag queen.” Co-authored with psychotherapist Shelly Stewart Kronbergs, Huba’s recently published, RuPaul-approved Fiercely You: Be Fabulous and Confident by Thinking Like a Drag Queen presents five drag-inspired “keys to fierce” as confidence-boosting exercises readers of all persuasions can apply to their everyday lives. $10-$25, 9:30-10:30pm Wed, Aug. 31, Heat Nightclub, 1500 N. Main Ave., (210) 227-2600, jackiehuba.com.