Arts & Entertainment
Drag Extravaganza Heads to Lansing
By Shelby Clark Petkus
Originally printed 5/15/2014 (Issue 2220 - Between The Lines News)
An "All Star" Drag Show is coming to Lansing's Avenue Cafe this month, just in time to launch the Pride season.
The jam-packed event will feature over a dozen queens, including Bianca B Spectacula Swinford, Eva Angelica Stratton, Soranie Hirpo, Jalaya Gilante and many more. DJ Lipgloss will provide music.
Ace Deville will host the show. Known for emceeing many of Lansing's Spiral Dance Bar events, Deville recently parted ways with the well-known club. She now brings her drag to multiple Lansing and West Michigan events.
A self-titled "eccentric bar," The Avenue serves as a bar, live music venue, meeting space and cyber cafe. The cafe features a full bar with an emphasis on Michigan craft beer as well as a diverse menu with multiple homemade vegan and vegetarian options. Outside of the upcoming drag show, check out the bar's live music every day except Tuesday. Tuesdays become board game nights at the establishment.
The Avenue will also host Super Happy Funtime Burlesque on Saturday, May 31 at 9 p.m.. The 18-and-over show is $10 and features a comedic burlesque performance that has made the group one of West Michigan's more unique acts.
The drag show begins at 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 at The Avenue Cafe, 2021 Michigan Ave., Lansing. Doors open at 7 p.m.; it's suggested to arrive early before the show for a seat. There is a $5 cover. For more information, call the Avenue at 517-853-0550 or visit http://www.avenuelansing.com.For more LGBT events in Lansing, check out BTL's calendar at http://www.pridesource.com/calendar.html.