12 Drags of Christmas
A-listers like Reba McEntire, Mary J. Blige and Pink will take the stage at Fifth Avenue on Saturday — if you’re willing to suspend disbelief just a little.
The second annual 12 Drags of Christmas, a charity drag show created by actress Erin Cummings (who appeared in the short-lived “Detroit 1-8-7”), also will feature entertainers portraying everyone from Cher, Tina Turner and Prince to Donna Summer and Lady Gaga.
Proceeds will benefit Mittens for Detroit, a 2-year-old nonprofit founded by Cummings that collects and distributes new gloves and mittens to those in need in metro Detroit. The Ruth Ellis Center, an organization that receives gloves from Cummings’ charity, also will benefit.
The center received about $7,000 during last year’s inaugural event. “It really helps support the operations of the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides support for homeless LGBT youth,” says the center’s Peter Van Dyke.
Last year, Cummings collaborated with Gary Baglio, owner of Royal Oak shop Five15, to transform his establishment’s always-entertaining Drag Queen Bingo event into a holiday drag extravaganza. “Gary is really creative and really knows how to put on a show,” says Cummings, who performed as Cher at last year’s show.
Though there’s no specific money goal this year, Cummings and Van Dyke hope to collect more than last year and continue to see the 12 Drags of Christmas grow.
Doors at 7 p.m. Saturday, show at 8 p.m., Fifth Avenue, 215 W. Fifth, Royal Oak, 248-629-9423. $25-$50, $100 VIP at Five15 or http://12drags.com.
Bleu turns 11
One of Detroit’s longest-running techno establishments will celebrate its 11th anniversary Saturday with Swedish DJ StoneBridge.
StoneBridge, a regular performer at Bleu for the last few years, will record the event for BPM, a Sirius XM Radio channel dedicated to dance and electronic music. Drink specials will be provided by Artesian Distillers of Grand Rapids.
Bleu owner Mitch Jaworski is planning to close the club for a few weeks next summer to give it a facelift. He wants to find a new location for the DJ stage, add VIP booths and do some work on the back-of-the-bar area.
Bleu underwent a six-month renovation in fall 2010 after being closed for more than a year.
10 p.m. Saturday, Bleu Detroit, 1540 Woodward, Detroit. 313-974-7799. Free before 11 p.m. with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock 4 Tots
A small group of metro Detroiters wants you to rock for a good cause Sunday before you start rockin’ around the Christmas tree.
Five years ago, Michael Raffin, Jimmy Klapp and Margie Andres got together and created Rock 4 Tots to collect new toys for children in need in Clinton Township.
“Rock 4 Tots is one of the fund-raisers we use each year to benefit our No Child Without a Christmas mission,” says Paul Silvestri of the Clinton Township Goodfellows. “Last year, the Clinton Township Goodfellows helped over 600 children, and this year, we are going to be helping around that same number.”
The annual rock event will be at Pub 1281, “but it’s grown so big that next year, we’ll have no choice but to go to a larger venue,” says Raffin, who has had to turn away bands from the show.
Last year, 42 acts took the stage. This year, there will be 50, including JoCaine, Ty Stone, Pistol Day Parade, the Orbitsuns, Kaleido, Brandon Calhoon, Citizen Zero and Carolyn Striho.
“Bands from all over drive here to play three songs and donate their time. They do it selflessly,” Raffin says. “It makes us feel amazing. It makes us want to do more.”
Last year, Rock 4 Tots raised about $9,000 and collected 3,000 toys.
“Over the past four or five years, other than our Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, the Rocks 4 Tots event has become one of the most successful fundraising events that we have been involved with,” Silvestri says. “Rocks 4 Tots has raised thousands of dollars that go to benefit the Clinton Township Goodfellows, which helps our cause.”
The event will be hosted by Screamin’ Scott of WRIF-FM (101.1) and emceed by Wolfman Mac of the syndicated “Chiller Drive-In” TV show. There will be a children’s music clinic from 11 a.m. to noon, a photo booth, a Made in Detroit apparel booth, a raffle for a 42-inch plasma TV and an appearance by speed painter Dave Santia.
For more information about the Clinton Township Goodfellows, go to www.clintontownshipgoodfellows.com.
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, Pub 1281, 1281 Gratiot, Clinton Township. 586-463-0270. $5 or a new and unwrapped toy.
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12 Drags of Christmas