I am particulary excited about this Talent Show going on tomorrow night. I am not exactly sure why, maybe because it is something different than karaoke, maybe it's because it's bringing together social groups who don't always mingle in the city. Maybe it is because it will be a full-on freakshow. I just don't know, but I am really looking forward to it.
I scrounged some more details of the show, so I'm just going to give a little narrative for you.
Doors open at 9pm at the General George S. Patton Polish Village Veteran's Hall. This is located at 4930 Central Avenue, which is between I-94 and Michigan Avenue. There is an actual Central Avenue exit on 94 so you can get off the freeway, head south and you'll drive right into it. I have never been to this spot, but it's also on the way to the R&R Saloon so clearly I've passed it on my way to Macho City.
There will be warm-up karaoke from 9 to 11. This is casual and all should feel free to perform their alternate numbers at this time. There will also be booze, which should help things get rolling once the talent show starts about 11.
What can you expect at the talent show? Well, lots of second-rate talent. If you have reservations about performing, let me just pass along the word that ANYTHING GOES! Without giving anything away, you can expect to see things like Dave Mancini's 30-second talent that got him all the girls in college, or hear Liz Isakson turn happy songs into sad songs (they say so much). You can hear me - yes me, Supergay - perform the lullaby my Aunt Liza used to sing to me when I was a gayby, and we will even be blessed with one of Robert M. Nelson's famed spoken-word performances! (Robert is also the Cafe D'Mongo's advice columnist and a real card, you're gonna love him like I love him. Which is platonically.).
You don't need to know who all these people are to know that any doubts you may have had that your performance doesn't rate were completely unfounded. You should feel free to sign up with some confidence that you actually might win! And seriously? Sign up! Sing a little song, do a little dance, play the piano, photoshop Brad Pitt together with Anderson Cooper - whatever! It's all a talent to someone! You have nothing to lose but your dignity! Call 313-615-3425 or message the organizers on the Facebook page!
It's a talent! Call now!
Now the admission is $20, and yes that is US currency, unless you are performing in which case it is $10. The whole shebang is to benefit Astro Coffee, which you may have read about in this week's Model D. Don't worry, the owner is not funding the entire start-up through janky talent shows. This is just to give things a little extra jolt, just like Astro Coffee will do for you once they open up!
Marvin with Model D took this great photo of the future Astro Coffee!
Advance conversations with everyone I can talk to about this lead me to believe this event with have a MoCAD event-like eclectic quality to its crowd: a dash of hipster, a dollop of gay, a smidge of cool suburbanite and a smattering of Detroit scenester. It's going to be awesome!