Nickki Stevens’ Secret to Success: Her Mom

By | 2018-05-10T07:04:35-05:00 May 9th, 2018|Michigan, News|

Walk into Gigi's Gay Bar today and you're likely to see drag queen Nickki Stevens grace the stage. Her punchy humor, big looks and classy style — despite her trucker mouth — have been thrilling audiences since the late '80s. But, what some might not know is that in many ways, Stevens' act could be considered double. After all, even though her mother, Sharon Hughes, doesn't grace the stage herself, she spends her Saturday nights working concessions, selling jewelry, and providing her drag daughter much support: from painting, to cleaning, to decorating.

Maria Bamford Plays Royal Oak Music Theatre

By | 2018-05-09T13:41:52-05:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

Many comedians know how to work a room and get laughs from their own experiences, but few know how to channel laughs from their own anxiety as well as Maria Bamford. Especially vocal about her own mental health, the "Arrested Development," "Lady Dynamite" and "BoJack Horsemen" star has been lauded as "revelatory" by Entertainment Weekly and labeled a "must-see" by both Rolling Stone and Variety. She'll be at the Royal Oak Music Theater on Friday, May 25 at 7 p.m.

Artist Kevin Tolman Debuts Nature-Based Art Exhibit

By | 2018-05-09T12:54:43-05:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

The paintings of Kevin Tolman reveal the storied layers of an artist's creative process. Robert Kidd Gallery's spring exhibition focuses on the unfolding nature of Tolman's compositions, which manifest deep illusory spaces activated by brilliantly placed marks and forms. Each painting invites the viewer to peer through quiet veils of skillful, intuitively worked mixed media, offering a glimpse at richly percussive underlying fields.

Royal Oak Holds Annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale

By | 2018-05-09T12:53:26-05:00 May 9th, 2018|Neighborhoods, Royal Oak|

On Sunday, May 13, Royal Oak is hosting its annual "Royal Oak in Bloom" Flower, Plant & Garden show. This mother's day event makes it easy to enjoy the increasingly warmer weather, get a head start on gardening and spend some quality time with family. With almost 70 vendors in attendance, the variety of "flowers, plants, landscaping items and decorative elements" for lawns is huge. And this year, the event will last an hour longer to allow for more shopping.

Deep Inside Hollywood

By | 2018-05-09T12:51:53-05:00 May 9th, 2018|Entertainment, Features|

More more more 'Tales of The City,' now with Ellen Page Just when you were fully annoyed and extremely tired and actually angry (hey, "Roseanne"!) at all the TV reboots and revivals, here comes the [...]

Wrong in All the Right Ways

By | 2018-05-09T12:44:24-05:00 May 9th, 2018|Opinions, Viewpoints|

In March, Rachael and I took her 9-year-old daughter Sophie to see Pink perform in her Beautiful Trauma world tour in Grand Rapids. We bought the tickets way back before Christmas and had been counting [...]