Profile of Irwin Keller '88, Member of 'The Kinsey Sicks' Performance Group

From the Santa Rosa (CA) Press Democrat:

Like a lot of people cobbling together a living in a still-recovering economy that hasn't been kind to the middle class, Irwin Keller is a man with two jobs.

In one life, this former attorney and serious student of the Torah, who speaks fluent Hebrew, Aramaic and Yiddish, wears slacks, a shirt and a yarmulke as spiritual leader for the progressive Congregation Ner Shalom in Cotati. The gentle Reb, or teacher, sermonizes and presides over bar and bat mitzvahs and weddings fulfilling, in some measure, his lifelong dream to be a rabbi.

In his other life, the 53-year-old Keller prefers structured dresses, a red beehive, gloves and pearls — always pearls — as a drag Winnie, the prim good-girl of The Kinsey Sicks musical performance group. An award-winning “Dragapella Beauty Shop Quartet” with a wholesome “Hairspray” look, the outrageous “girls” have been singing naughty satire to largely adoring audiences in four-part harmony for 20 years.

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