Jeffrey James photographed by Julián P. Ledezma
Never lost in the deep sea of Fiesta events, Cornyation
is more than a seasonal favorite — it’s a hyper-local rite of passage that packs a lasting punch not unlike a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show
(experience it at least once or you’ll inevitably be left out of conversations for the rest of your life). Since its launch as a straight-up spoof of the exclusive Coronation of the Queen of the Order of the Alamo, Cornyation has seen wild ups and downs — morphing with changing times, broadening its focus (from high society to politics and beyond) and eventually establishing itself as a major fundraiser for HIV/AIDS charities. Inheriting a title inaugurated in 1951, James Lawnmower Sales and Service proprietor Jeffrey James steps into the royal role of King Anchovy LII to rule over the Court of Insane Privilege during three nights of outrageous lampoonery. Guests lucky enough to score tickets to the first of Cornyation’s three nights can expect the bonus of live soul and blues courtesy of Austin-based vocalist/pianist Nakia, known best as a season one finalist on The Voice
. $15-$40, 7pm & 10pm Tue, Apr. 25, Wed, Apr. 26 & Thu, Apr. 27, Charline McCombs Empire Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com.