BELLY RINGS & BOOZING
Sushi, top-shelf liquor and chocolate — life just doesn’t get any better than this. Overindulgence was at the heart of Metro Times’ 4th annual bacchanalian celebration of all things that are naughty, Friday’s Decadence event at the Royal Oak Theatre.
With delectable treats from the area’s best restaurants, fancy spirits (that’s schwank-speak for booze), first-class music and lots of dancing, it was truly a purist’s nightmare.
As usual, the event was packed, drawing everyone from suits and power-scenesters to your favorite grubby local barflies who managed to put on a clean shirt and muster their best “look at me, I can be classy” face.
The smart ones showed up early, quickly depleting the supply of all the prime commodities and surreptitiously tucking away tasty treats in Prada clutch bags. After stuffing themselves to epic proportions, attendees had the option of burning off a few chocolate-laden calories by dancing the night away to the irresistible big-band sounds of the entertainment for the evening, the simply flawless Paul King and the Rhythm Society Orchestra.
Between sets, dancers could still keep up the cardio as my accomplished co-host, Del Villareal, kept the swank tunes spinning. He was also rubbing elbows with his fellow WCBN-FM program host Yalcin Yanikoglu, accompanied by Pam Lindberg.
While band members Taylor Holland, Peter Klaver and Amanda Brittain-Mawhinney took a breather, fully garbed Renaissance festival participants Markel Lemke and Kevin Collins tried to negotiate the crowd in their cumbersome attire.
As bartenders Chrissy Rust and Keri Kowalewski kept the thirsty masses satiated, I chose to model the V.O. manhattans in my free martini glass for the evening, provided by champion bar mistress Holly Carson. Several times my cherry garnish was pilfered — on one such occasion by Starlight Drifter Bill Alton, on the arm of his number-one dame Aimee Schmidt. By the way, the Drifters are performing a free show at Lili’s 21 tonight, Wednesday the 7th, which will be taped for the “Detroit Underground.” The TV show is hosted by radio diva and my lookalike Holly from 89X, whom I finally had the pleasure of meeting, as she was on hand with boyfriend Scott Hollin and Laura Prince of Hawaii.
Over at the Smart Bar table, promoter Kari Willet and Smart Bar founder Alan Bell concocted a Mardi Gras theme, complete with a bubble machine and two masked and beaded Mardi Gras girlies, the blond and bubbly duo of Jayne Bochenek and Natalie Swift, models from the Sky Bar. Piercing and tattooing were being performed at the Eternal Tattoos table, and Bochenek opted to get a navel adornment from the capable hands of piercer Chris Guinan.
General Wine & Liquor reps David “Whammy” Martin and Sandy Nobach were in the house, promoting their line of Smackers shots; Martin was encouraging partygoers to smack him around a bit, while Nobach’s belly button was yet another recipient of a piercing, as gawkers stood by and watched with mixed reactions of intrigue and horror.
The new promotions manager for Metro Times, Cori Lockman, was scoping the scene with significant other, Oakland Press reporter Robert Carr, while imbibers Michael Shutes, Stacie Olive, Becki Kain and Larry Leszczynksi sequestered the last of the champagne. Photographer Scott Sprague, Traque modeling agency goddess Kelly Williams, Noir Leather’s Keith Howarth and girlfriend Karen Lackner, meanwhile, were all busy seeing and being seen.
After thoroughly demolishing the buffets, the party began to wind down as the bloated, stuffed and tipsy trickled out into the night for further decadent escapades; stragglers included designer Kurt Menhart, Layne Kumetz of LA, and Leslie Jacobs, a former gossip columnist from Miami’s South Beach.
Everyone’s favorite anal artist, the one-of-a-kind Jeremy Harvey, is working on his latest lascivious artistic exploit, a smut-laden lowbrow extravaganza entitled “Dirty.”
Focusing exclusively on bawdiness, porn and S-E-X, the free art show will be held in the old Orbit office on Main Street in Royal Oak, and will only be up for the weekend of Feb. 24 (the sneak-peep view is on the 23rd).
Harvey, notorious for his detailed pictorials of sphincters, says the titillating event will employ several risqué forms of live entertainment, including a kissing booth (be forewarned, unlike a traditional kissing booth, you’ll probably be inclined to pay not receive a smooch from this person).
Not one to completely reveal himself, Harvey has yet to disclose any further details, but promises this year’s show will be even more outrageous than last year — when a live, no-holds barred performance by Lady Pain of Fetish Playground literally cleared the room.
More than 35 artists will showcase their work, many of them the usual suspects of C-Pop, including Niagara, Matt Gordon, Glenn Barr and Jerry Vile. Let’s just hope they don’t bring back last year’s centerfold of Jimmy Doom buck naked, tucked and splayed across the bar of Gusoline Alley — my retinas are still burning from that one.
FREE ELECTRONICA FOR ALL
Speaking of free shows, the Detroit Electronic Coalition will be hosting one on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m.-midnight, at the Grounds Coffeehouse on the University of Detroit Mercy Campus. The all-ages show will feature CEOXiME and seven other bands, ranging from electronic to industrial.
In town for her performance in the Vagina Monologues, actress Lori Petty has been spotted working out at the Powerhouse Gym on Jefferson. The buff and boisterous tank girl seems to be fond of the treadmill and free weights, and likes to keep a low profile.Sarah Klein writes here every other week. Got gossip, party invites, shameless pleas for attention? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the tip line at 313-962-5281. Press * then dial