5 Queer Things You Can Do Right Now-ish: Drag Brunch, the Donna Summer Musical, Pistons’ Pride Night

By |2022-03-02T13:44:39-05:00March 2nd, 2022|Michigan, News|

The weather outside may still be winter-ish, and spring is still several weeks away, but that shouldn’t stop you from living your best life. Take on the town with a Broadway show about a disco diva, stand proudly at Pistons’ Pride Night or take the family to a PG-rated drag event. Whatever you choose, we got you. 

1. Bring the Family to an All-Ages Drag Brunch

Motor City Drag Kings entertainers from a previous show. Photo: Michael Christian

Gather the fam and get ready for a night of outrageous entertainment. Motor City Drag Kings (MCDK) will present All-Ages Drag Brunch, a PG-rated, radio-friendly drag show. Michael Christian, entertainer and co-founder of MCDK, said he hopes “people leave having had a great time with their family” and that the event opens “up some communication and education opportunities within the community and different generations.” Doors open at noon and showtime starts at 1 p.m. on March 6. Each ticket includes lunch and a mimosa (21+) or a pop or juice box. In addition, Gigi’s, the venue, will offer a full bar and spinning from a DJ. 

Go to Eventbrite to get your tickets.

2. Dance Under the Donna Summer Disco Lights 

Charis Gullage (“Disco Donna”) and the ensemble of “Summer.” Photo: Broadway in Detroit and Nick Gould

Donna Summer, the “Love to Love You Baby” disco diva, lived a life for the books. She was a Boston native who risked it all to be the dance floor sensation that we know today. In the play “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical,” learn her story with a score of more than 20 classic Summer hits, including “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.” Broadway in Detroit calls this show an “electric experience” and “a moving tribute to the voice of a generation.” “Summer” runs March 8-20 at the Fisher Theatre. The venue is requiring face masks and proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours or proof of a full vaccination card. 

Visit Broadway in Detroit’s website to get your tickets.

3. Grab Your Tickets Early to Detroit Pistons’ Pride Night

Detroit Pistons’ Dancers. Photo: Detroit Pistons

The Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Detroit Pistons are bringing in all the Pride with this March 31 event. Pistons’ Pride Night attendees can expect a specially choreographed Pride celebration halftime performance by the Pistons Dancers, limited-edition Pride items and more. Kevin Heard, president of the Detroit Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said, “the Pistons are an amazing partner and not just during Pride Night but all year.” Proceeds from each ticket sold will support a local LGBTQ+ charity. 

To purchase your ticket, go to Pistons.com/pridenight.

4. Come Together with (Motor City) Bears 

Motor City Bears (MCB), a gay male social and fundraising activity group for bears and admirers, hosts Affirmations’ Motor City Bears meetup. It’s a monthly meeting for members and non-members to get together and socialize with people who identify as bears, including biological males as well as male-presenting individuals. “To sum the group up: It’s a friendly, outgoing group with all sorts of walks of life,” said MCB President Paul Torres. In this in-person meeting, which occurs every second Saturday of the month, attendees will discuss MCB’s upcoming events, fundraising efforts and plans for the year. Their next meeting is 4-8 p.m. on March 12. 

Go to Affirmations’ website for more information.

5. Bask in Mitski’s Sad-Girl Vibes at Masonic Temple

Mitzki. Photo: Ebru Yildiz

With a predominantly queer following, indie-rock singer Mitski has become a sad-girl icon. On singles like “Washing Machine Heart” and “Working for the Knife,” she delivers haunting lyrics that speak on the depths of life. And at 7 p.m. March 17, she will be bringing her unique sound to Detroit’s Masonic Temple as a part of her world tour. The tour comes off the release of her new album “Laurel Hell” and will feature the NYC-based collective Michelle

Visit Masonic Temple’s website for ticket information.

About the Author:

Jackie Jones
Jackie Jones, a Detroit native, is the News and Features Editor at Pride Source Media Group and focuses on all things media and writing. Her work has appeared throughout Michigan in DBusiness and BLAC Magazine.