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/// GIFT GUIDE QUEEN


Drag queens inhabit a certain world of fabulosity that illicits won- derment and awe from Plain Janes and the femme-iest of femmes. Always dressed to impress, queens are bona fide artists, sculpt- ing and transforming themselves daily through mile high hairdos, eyelashes for days and lips that make Joan Crawford quiver in her grave. From performing in pageants and shaking it in cabaret shows, queens definitely have more fun than you. BY AU DR IA LAR S E N


DO


You can’t show off at home! Partner’s Bar in Battle Creek offers a full calendar of events


for an exciting night out on the town. The Drag Fab drag show runs on the first and third Saturday of every month for five bucks. And you can get your karaoke fix four nights a week.


Partner’s Bar 910 North Avenue, Battle Creek partnersbar.com, (269) 964-7276


DRINK


The hot spot in Grand Rapids is Rumors Night Club. Between dance nights, karaoke hosted


by local drag personalities, male strippers and pageant events like Miss Amateur Grand Diva, Rumors is hopping just about any night of the week. There are “good specials, [like the Thursday Free For All] half-off all liquor,” said local queen Jasinya Sanchez. “It’s my home and I love that place.”


Rumors Night Club 69 Division Ave. SE, Grand Rapids rumoursnightclub.net, (616) 454-8720


LISTEN


Without question, the synth-pop duo, Alexis is a staple on the local circuit. From performing


to huge crowds at events like the West Michigan Pride Festival to dominating the dance floor across Grand Rapids, Matthew Forbush and Dan Hurst are the darlings of many local personalities, including the drag scene. “Even though I am not in drag live, I think that I put some of the same


persona on that a drag performer would,” said Forbush, citing “fierceness” as a trait Alexis shares with drag performances. Alexis is cur- rently recording a third album, previous releases have included The Night and Goldstar.


Alexis musicofalexis.com


EAT


While tastes vary, there is one thing for sure: after a long night of strutting in a pageant


or working the dance floor, queens can work up a hearty appetite. The Grand Coney is a go-to stop for affordable eats to satisfy even the most outrageous appetite. Open 24 hours a day, “The Coney” is an oasis after a late night of partying.


The Grand Coney 809 Michigan Ave., Grand Rapids (616) 776-5580


WATCH


While drag queens tend to be larger than life and often cull inspiration from celebrated


musicals and stage shows, Cirque de Noël with Cirque de la Symphonie is no different. Pairing the breathtaking skill of acrobats and aerialists with a dose of clowning humor, this show is perfect to keep any queen captivated. Three performances are available to choose from – Dec. 21, 22 and 23 – allowing you to find the perfect day to surprise the queen in your life.


Cirque de Noël with Cirque de la Symphonie DeVos Performance Hall 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids grsymphony.org, (616) 454-9451 ext. 4


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