- Trever Long
- Theatre Bizarre, Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20, Masonic Temple.
Step right up to the greatest masquerade on Earth. No, really. Detroit's Theatre Bizarre is unlike anything you've ever seen — even if you go every year. Returning for its (now legal) once-a-year residency, Theatre Bizarre will once again transform eight floors (as well as countless hidden passages) of Detroit's historic Masonic Temple into an immersive R-rated, choose-your-own-nightmare. This year's theme is "the Great Deception," so attendees beware — nothing is as it seems. Your mouths (and other orifices) will be left agape with a visit to the Fistatorium. Take a trip on the seventh floor Ghost Train where things can get rather handsy. If tantalizing burlesque sparks a fire in your loins, there's a stage for that. The event features six main stages, each possessed by music performances, sideshow acts, circus demons, fire jugglers, and suspension artists. Obviously, costumes are mandatory.
Theatre Bizarre gala starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, the main event takes place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Masonic Temple; 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-832-7100; theatrebizarre.com; Tickets for the gala are $260, tickets for the main event are $105 and can only be purchased by visiting Noir Leather, Iconic Tattoo, Leon & Lulu, Armageddon Beachparty Store & Lounge, Vault at Midnight, or Rat Queen Vintage.