Vegas-style drag shows. DJ-helmed dance parties. At Stilettos, there is no such thing as a dull moment?the hot spot has been entertaining the Detroit metropolitan area, particularly the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community, for almost two decades. On any given day, performers take the stage to incite revelry, backed by a host of drink specials, making the nightclub an ideal locale for bachelorette parties and birthdays. Both female and male impersonators strut their stuff, showcasing their best Cher, Reba McEntire, or Michael Jackson performance. Bands such as singer-songwriter duo Mama's Black Sheep croon blues-tinged tunes, and DJs pump infectious hits to move the crowds without periodically pulling the fire alarm.
Music Authority's diverse and experienced team of instructors coaches students of all ages in their choice of eight instruments in one-on-one, 30-minute lessons held once a week. Music mavens teach students how to decipher sheet music and tones expressing Morse code messages as they usher in rehearsal compositions for piano, guitar, drums, violin, flute, accordion, trumpet, or voice. Musicians in training learn about music theory and technical elements such as finger placement and submission holds to wrestle tunes from a stubborn trumpet. After sharpening their skills in the lessons, all students may showcase their mastery in the annual spring and winter recitals.
Michael's Bar & Grill is all about big TVs, lively crowds, classic eats, and craft beers on tap. Each night, the friendly neighborhood tavern kicks out food and libations to an unpretentious crowd that mingles amid its dark wood paneling, glass dividers, and hanging lamps. The menu leans toward classic crowd pleasers such as wings, half-pound Angus burgers, and prime rib platters that are as filling as the beer is cold. There's the selection at the bar, where beers on tap come from everywhere good beer is brewed or plucked frown the ground, like Alaskan Brewing Co. and local Latitude 42 brewery. After dining, a pool table adds more fun to the mix and an outdoor patio hosts live musicians.
Within its recently-renovated confines, the locally-owned and operated Phoenix Theatres transports its audiences to exotic lands, forbidden romances, and CGI-animal kingdoms of the 100% digital silver screen. Designed for full comfort, each lumbar-supported seat's power recline feature allows guests to relax in a position of their liking. Not to be outdone, couples can cozy up on loveseat pods during date nights, which contain a flip-up middle armrest and drink holders. When its time to settle in for the feature presentation, crowds can immerse themselves even further into the suspended belief of film. In addition to some films shown in RealD XL 3-D, Phoenix Theatres' Ensemble offers a rotating selection specialty programs such as plays, operas, and ballets. Concessions provide free refills on sodas and large popcorns, fueling imaginations for sprints toward stories' thrilling or heartwarming resolutions.
Avenue American Bistro treats guests to a smorgasbord of meaty grub, as well as the camaraderie of a community of friendly regulars and neighbors. Guests sink their teeth into sliders and buffalo wings, or turn the roaring growls of an empty stomach into the happy sounds of Kool & the Gang with sandwiches or burgers topped with options ranging from applewood bacon to caramelized onions. The pub also supports the community with block parties and live music.
At Spotlight Taylor 10, the glow of current releases bounces off the giant screen of a cushy theater and pours into the eyes of up to 500 moviegoers. Admission tickets grant access to 1 of 10 theaters, where onscreen flickers elicit laughter, kick-start sorrow, or rekindle dreams of finding one's destiny during a battle with merpeople. At the concessions area, classic cinema fare includes nachos and all-beef hot dogs. Bright blue and yellow décor envelops Spotlight Taylor 10's lobby, where guests can use the joysticks and buttons of arcade games to prepare their fingers for squeezing unpopped popcorn kernels until they scream. Spotlight Taylor 10 also occasionally hosts cinematic festivals, showcasing independent films that have bravely emancipated themselves from their directors.