Will the genius responsible for combining bingo with drag queens please report to the RT office immediately for a swift kick in the ass — and some well-deserved lauding; John Waters would be so proud.
This month, we tried hard to run the cultural gamut with suggestions that would appeal to the wide-ranging readership we call our family — yes, you. Happy July, Detroit.
QUEEN FOR A DAY
Is there anything that is more kitschy (in a good way) than bingo? Yes: Drag Queen Bingo! It’s a perfectly reasonable excuse to skip the bar and hit the chips at Five 15 in Royal Oak. Go in knowing it’s less about winning and all about the show; hostesses like fan-faves Trixie Deluxe and Sabin are super-coifed divas who sass, harass and heckle audience members and passersby alike, to the great glee of the group.
While there, browse the boutique’s giraffe-print wine purses and T-shirts (“If you’re happy and you know it … go away!”). Enjoy fresh-roasted coffee from Ferndale’s Chazzano Coffee Roasters and berry smoothies and pastries from Delight Bakery in Grosse Pointe. 8 p.m. every first and third Friday; 8 p.m. every Saturday. Reservations are suggested. $20. 515 S. Washington, Royal Oak. (248) 515-2551; five15.net.
HERITAGE OF THE HORSELESS CARRIAGE
If you’re into autos but the ’50s and ’60s just aren’t classic enough, motor down to Plymouth and see some of the most fashionable and beautifully designed cars produced between the early 1900s and the 1950s.
The 33rd Annual Concours d’Elegance of America combines a grand auto exhibition, fashion and art, drawing collectors and aficionados for a vintage car auction, social gatherings and more. Previously held at Meadow Brook Hall for 31 years, the lure of a 118-room hotel and 27-hole golf course has won the Concours a new home on the grounds of the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.
Owners of classic cars from around the country are invited to bring their machines out of the garage and experience the thrill of driving on a high-speed raceway. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday-Sunday, July 29-31. $25-$125; children 12 and under free. 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth. (248) 643-8645; concoursusa.org.
IT’S SO EASY BEING GREEN
Whether you’re a “green” veteran looking for fresh ideas, or a novice getting started on a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, find your carbon-neutral way to Ferndale for the Live Green Fair.
More than two dozen exhibitors and speakers will address topics like energy, green homes, health and beauty, transportation, commerce and water. You’ll also have the chance to educate yourself on vegetarian, organic and healthy foods, courtesy of several local restaurants. Friday-Sunday, July 15-17. Downtown Ferndale. Livegreenfair.com.
From 1930 to 1950, Saarinen House served as the home and studio of Finnish-American architect extraordinaire Eliel Saarinen and his wife, textile designer Loja Saarinen, while he presided as head of the architecture department at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Contracted as chief architect of Cranbrook’s educational and cultural institutions on the Bloomfield Hills estate of Detroit News publisher George and wife, Ellen Scripps Booth, whose son was one of Saarinen’s architectural students at U-M, Saarinen helped to place Detroit on the international cultural map with his Arts and Crafts masterpieces.
The art hungry can get a glimpse inside the impeccably restored Saarinen home — combining ideas from the Arts and Crafts movement with more modern design elements of Art Deco — all guided by Saarinen’s credo that every aspect of design should work in harmony, from the architecture of a house to the pattern of its silverware.
Tours are 2 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, through Oct. $10/adults; $9/seniors; $6 full-time students with ID and children; free/Art Members. (248) 645-3210; cranbrookart.edu.
DANCING IN THE STREET
Take a trip to Detroit’s lower east side and enjoy the jazz and blues performers and the food and arts and crafts vendors that Jazzin’ on Jefferson has to offer. With two stages — one featuring afternoon children’s entertainment — catch evening headliners Johnnie Basset and Planet D Nonet, with special guest Thornetta Davis. Chill, enjoy some noshes and soak in the local flavors of your hometown. Free. 1-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 2-3. East Jefferson Ave. between Chalmers and Alter, Detroit. jazzinonjefferson.com.