Thre are three important events in Detroit this week I need to tell you about, and there are two alternates for you Washtenaw County-based folks. Sorry for the double-posting today, I don't want to confuse all of you, but really, who doesn't enjoy a little DP every now and again?
Tuesday Nights Doggy Style at the Park Bar continue unabated, although I know you know I know you forgot. It's been a mixed bag this season, some nights are me and Jack (Daniels) and some nights, like last week, are cram-packed with life-affirming Detroity-crowd goodness.
I should probably tell you that when this season ends the first week in April, Doggy Style is being taken out back and shot. It takes a lot of time to do these video compilations, and while I do enjoy hanging out and watching them with my friends and the intermittent crowd (the straight guys at the Park Bar seem to particularly enjoy them, oddly enough), I don't see a regular season down the road.
One friend suggested just playing re-runs to take the pressure off, and I tried, but it went against everything I set out to do here. This is supposed to be the anti-Pronto - new videos all the time, more informed, broader in appeal, more fucked up. Even though there is now a library of 30 compilation DVDs, it just felt wrong.
So come and enjoy the tail end of Doggy Style on Tuesdays this month. It actually is fun, even if you just sit and watch tv and get a buzz.
Alternate: If you can't or won't make it to Doggy Style, maybe you should check out Elbow Deep at the Elbow Room in Ypsi this Tuesday! It's Ypsilanti's own indy gay night, put on by DJ Humanfly and Push/Pull productions the third Tuesday of the month. They really go all-out and have fabulous production values and great music and drag queens and kings. I will write more about them in the future, because I went in December and it was a great time, but put it on your list of Ypsi things to do this week!
I have been involved with the Detroit Institute of Arts through the Founders Junior Council - the young professionals auxiliary - since long before I moved from Ann Arbor to Detroit. It's a wonderful group of people whose goal is to engage the under-40 (and sometimes over-40) set at the DIA, as well as to raise some cash for the museum.
If this is remotely your bag, I really cannot recommend taking advantage of this strongly enough! It's basically a free FJC membership!
Alternate: The Last Bookstore Standing is an event to help increase awareness (and cash flow) for the Common Language bookstore in Ann Arbor. With the internets and the rise of the big booksellers and increased acceptance of gays et al, the GLBT bookstore is becoming an increasingly rare asset to the community. (This really deserves its own post as well, all in due time.) We are fortunate to have a full-on literary-focused bookstore in our area, but the times are tough.
For the price of just a few pounds of coffee you can help invigorate Common Language and enrich your own GLBT life, and this special event is a really good opportunity to do that. Won't you please show your support (in person or online?) If Common Language goes, it's gone for good.
Hey remember Mercury Coffee Bar? There were a lot of awesome things about it, but the best thing was the coffee. It was amazing. AMAZING. Well the good news is the coffee guru from MCB is working on opening a new coffee outpost across the street on the Slows block, called Astro Coffee (read his blog here), and there is a fundraising event 9pm this Friday at the Polish Village Veterans Hall to speed things along.
Admission is $20, $10 for performers. Motor City Beer will be provided, and there are prizes! Naturally I am thinking of performing because I can save $10 and, well, there is a stage. You should think of performing too, or at least attending, because I predict this will be some homegrown good times. And I suspect it might have a bit of a Gong Show vibe, which is always good!
Well that's it for recommendations this week. Quite a variety I'd say, and you can't go wrong with any of them. Make the most of your February, and see you out and about!