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Affirmations’ All Media Show
Well-known artist and College for Creative Studies professor Gilda Snowden is one of 15 artists showing a total of 40 pieces at the Affirmations Pittmann-Puckett Art Gallery from June 6-30. “As a longtime ally of the LGBT community, I’m delighted to be part of the Affirmations All Media Exhibit,” says Snowden. “Art is one of the more effective ways I know of for bridge building among diverse but creative communities. It’s certainly a great visual kick off for this year’s Motor City Pride.”
“This is our third annual all-media exhibit at Affirmations,” adds volunteer curator Charles Alexander. “Since 2007 when the Pittman-Puckett Art Gallery opened here, we’ve exhibited the wonderful art and photography creations of over 50 artists – about 300 pieces – and shown works by LGBT, straight, Hispanic, black, senior and young artists. The space for exhibiting is exceptionally well lighted and brings in many persons who have never been inside to get acquainted with staff, programs and our rainbow community.”
A meet-the-artists reception will be held at 6:30-9 p.m. June 11. Sale of all art benefits Affirmations. For further information, call 248-398-7105 or visit http://www.goaffirmations.org.
Motor City Bears Pride Weekend
The Motor City Bears will be holding their fourth annual Pride celebration from June 4-6 in Detroit and Ferndale. The weekend-long series of events promises to be bigger, better and “bearier” than ever, all while raising money for LGBT causes.
Funds raised throughout the weekend will benefit the Affirmations LGBT community center and the Ruth Ellis Center.
The weekend will kick off with the Motor City Bear Bash Party at Menjo’s Complex in Detroit. The all night party has a $5 cover fee and includes free food, drink specials, the Mr. Motor City Bear Contest winner, a 50/50 drawing, wrestling and much more.
June 5 will bring a slew of events, including the ever-popular “Bears in Speedos Car Wash at 1-4 p.m. at Paramount Bank in Ferndale. The day will continue with an all-you-can-eat Pasta Dinner from 5-9 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ferndale. The suggested donation is $12 for adults and $6 for kids.
The night will conclude with a pie-eating contest at 7 p.m. at the church – a debut event for 2010. Entrants are welcome to try their luck for a $5 fee.
And on June 6, the Bears can be found at their Motor City Pride booth.
“For over 16 years now, the Motor City Bears have been sponsoring fundraising events in the Detroit Metro area,” says Rob Pierce, Motor City Bears vice president. “This has become a huge weekend for us – it keeps getting bigger every year.”
For more information, visit http://www.motorcitybears.org.
Club 9 is the official party station for this year’s Motor City Pride, and will feature events all weekend long for the 21-and-up crowd.
The club’s weekly Hump Night will take a turn toward Pride at 9 p.m. June 2. The night kicks off Pride weekend, which continues with Show Your Pet’s Pride on the Patio at 5 p.m. June 4 and 5. The two-day Fido celebration will welcome pets (and their owners) to mingle outdoors and enjoy music.
The night of June 5 will move right into a Pride edition of Sweet Saturday with free food and drink specials all night long.
Then, at 11 a.m. June 6, Toast will start of a day of Pride with Stomp! A Gospel House Brunch with DJ Stacey “Hottwax” Hale and the Metropolitain Community Church Choir. At 2 p.m., the Wink Detroit Launch Party will start, celebrating Detroit’s newest queer culture website. Plus: drag performances, live DJs and more all night long. To learn more, visit http://www.facebook.com/club9ferndale.
Detroit native and Pride favorite Barbara Payton is making a stop at Como’s Restaurant in Ferndale following Motor City Pride at 9 p.m. June 6.
Payton, known for her electrifying performances and soulful, bluesy voice, rolls in to Como’s after a busy year of touring and some never-before-experienced success. In 2009, Kid Rock’s hit song “All Summer Long” featured Payton’s back-up vocals, which landed her in Washington, D.C., to sing at the Inaugural Youth Ball and on Kid Rock’s Ballroom Blitz Tour.
Previously, Payton had also performed with Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Pat Benetra, Eddie Money and Steven Tyler.
Lately, Payton’s been performing and working on songs for her upcoming album. Her June 6 performance at Como’s, which includes free hors d’oeuvres and drink specials all night, will include her band The Big Boss Trio and special guest Chris Brantley.
For more information and other upcoming gigs, visit http://www.barbarapayton.com.