Sue Gibbons has wanted to revamp Grid/Orbit's Friday-night entertainment lineup ever since she became the gay dance club's general manager a year ago. This week, she'll get her wish at Disco & Drag, the bar's new weekly drag king-and-queen show, which features a rotating cast of Cleveland's butchest male impersonators and their glittery female counterparts.
"We don't get much of a drag crowd on Saturday night, because it's a different part of the community than the dance-club people," says Gibbons. "We thought, Let's do something totally different on Friday, since our high-energy dance crowd won't come here two nights in a row."
Each week, the show will take on a new theme -- everything from ancient Egypt to the movie The Wiz. This week's bill includes Erica Martinez (pictured), Danyel Vasquez, and Adam Apple, who stars in the bar's weekly Drag King show on Wednesday nights. "They get my total respect," says the straight Gibbons. "I love watching them. Even with a little bit of the drama, you get artistic. When you get artistic, you get a good show." Disco & Drag starts at 9 p.m. at Grid/Orbit, 1437 St. Clair Avenue. Admission is $3. Call 216-623-0113 for more information. -- Chris Glaser
Comedian entertains troops, comes home to talk dirty.
Comedian John Bizarre's passport looks rather ragged these days. He just returned from the Middle East, where he was entertaining U.S. troops as part of a performance troupe called Comics on Duty. He's visited 33 countries over the past decade. "But you can't do any political stuff when you do a military show," he says. When the Talk Soup vet comes to town this week, he'll dig into his arsenal of expletive-filled jokes about his own privates and the state of hip-hop. Bizarre performs at the Improv (2000 Sycamore Street) Tuesday through December 4. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Sunday and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $10 to $16; call 216-696-4677. -- P.F. Wilson
Horns of Plenty
Bill Park, coordinator of Sunday's Tuba Christmas, says the sound of 100 tubas simultaneously playing is "sumptuous, almost organlike." We say it sounds like a lotta freakin' tubas playing at once. The annual favorite encourages audience members to sing-along, rattle car keys, and shake sleigh bells to the holiday classics that the tubas will be performing onstage. Show time is 5:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral, 2230 Euclid Avenue. Admission is free; call 216-661-7902. -- Chris Miller
Face the Music
Club offers a trio of sounds.
By the time Soledad Arroyo left Block Party 2005 Reloaded last month, she'd picked up a couple reggae moves to add to her merengue repertoire. "It's cool, because you have your choice of whatever kind of music you want to listen to," says Arroyo. Every Sunday, host Corkscroo manages three mini-dance parties under one roof at Metropolis. In one room, DJ Icy Ice spins hip-hop, blues, and old-school dance jams for Jiggy Sunday. Walk into the next room for Latin Sunday, and you'll find DJ Flaco Flash with his collection of salsa beats. To round out the musical choices, there's Sexy Sunday, which is where Arroyo found herself dancing to reggae by DJ Star Temple. "I thought my fiancé was taking me to Puerto Rico for the night," she says. "But we ended up in Jamaica." Party from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. at Metropolis, 2325 Elm Street. Admission is $5; call 216-338-9457. -- Chris Glaser