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Oh you better watch out…’cus he’s coming back to town!  On Friday December 4th 2015, Krampus is at it again with the 5th annual festive event:


Who is Krampus?  Only the swellest devil to accompany ole’ St Nick on his rounds during the holidays.  Unlike Santa, he joyfully punishes the naughty by swatting them with switches…but who doesn’t?  However, on  this day he’s a devil with a cause helping those in need with a…

 Toys For Tots & BWBD Benefit 

Bring in some new toys or cans of food and get in on the cheap (and some good feels)!  All toy donations are taken directly to a Toys For Tots center to benefit less fortunate children during the holidays and all canned donations go to Burners Without Borders Detroit to help feed the homeless (click here for details).
But he’s not stopping there with his benevolent malevolence!  He’s also helping to support local artists with a…

 Krampus Bazaar of Local Art 

Buy some swell affordable art gifts for the naughty on your list (or for your naughty self)!  You’ll find everything from small unique stocking stuffers to large original art pieces.  
And to make this a Black Friday you won’t regret, there’s also a…

 Silent Art Benefit Auction 

Generously donated by various artists of the DAMNED Exhibition,Corpus Illuminata and the Krampus Bazaaryou can bid to take home some amazing fine art while helping the homeless!  100% of all auction funds go directly to Burners Without Borders Detroit to help purchase much needed supplies to create survival backpacks for the homeless (click here for details).
But wait!  There’s also the 5th annual…

 Wreck The Halls Exhibition 

It’s an “no-so-holiday” holiday art, film & animatronics show! See the animated holiday monstrosities you’ve always wanted to see!  Take home some disturbing holiday-themed art for your upcoming family party! Watch some “not-so-cheery” holiday-themed films in the WTH Theater!
And for your “entertainment”, we once again bring you the hilariously disastrous…

 Christmahanakwanza Variety
Show Spectacular

Come experience a wild night of amazingly bad lip syncing, barely rehearsed skits and impromptu shenanigans loosely based on your favorite holiday television and film classics!  Featuring Satori Circus,Lushes LaMoan, SofĂ­a Syntaxx, Bootsie La Fontaine, Scott Dambacher and lounge singer extraordinaire Konrad Lee!
And if that wasn’t enough, there’s also…
  • A full bar with all the boozy trimmings and spiked punch!
  • Swanky holiday lounge music all night…in the lounge
  • So-bad-they’re-good vintage holiday B-movies all night
  • Demented decor by the Krampus Recrafting Antidecoration Party
  • Yummy festive food and delicacies by the Fargin Chef on-site
And THE BIG MAN HIMSELF will be present on his throne to hear how naughty you’ve been all year.  Will you get switched or candy?  That’s HIS call.


Tangent Gallery / Hastings Ballroom
715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI


+ Schedule +

07p – Wreck The Halls & the Krampus Bazaar opens
08p – Wreck The Halls film festival starts (& every 1.5hrs)
09p – Big K arrives giving photo ops, swattings & candy
10p – Christmahanakwanza Variety Show Spectacular Pt1
11p – Christmahanakwanza Variety Show Spectacular Pt2
12a – Bad Street Caroling outside to annoy the neighbors
01a – Last call (& bidding fight!) for the Silent Auction

+ Admission +

  • $10 with New Unwrapped Toy and/or 3 Canned Food Donation*
  • $15 for rotten stinkin’ Scrooges without either
*non-Scrooges also receive a coupon worth $5 off their purchase of $25 or more in the Krampus Bazaar!
There is no dress code but creative/naughty/festive holiday costuming welcome!


Krampus Night V – A Holiday Benefit Extravaganza
Friday December 4th 2015 – 7pm until 2am – Strictly 18+
Tangent Gallery/Hastings, 715 E Milwaukee St, Detroit, MI
Merry Krampus and Stay Naughty!!!

+ 2015 Wreck The Halls Artists +

Brian Weirdartist Lewandowski
Darwins Daughter Couture
David Feingold
Debbee Lotito
HAND Group Studios
Julie Fournier
Gretchen Armstrong
Linda Flynn
Marie Kidd
Mel Jarvis
Rosemarie Hughes
Sofia Syntaxx
Steve Czapiewski
Vincent Trebuchet

+ 2015 Wreck The Halls Films & Filmmakers +

Alchemy – Brandon Polanco (2015 New York 15:00)
An epic transformation manifests from a seemingly routine interview.
Christmas with Billy – Christopher Kahler (2009 Illinois 09:45)
The magic of a young boy’s Christmas goes undeterred as a dangerous hostage situation unfolds around him.
Klaus – Daniel Scarpati (2015 New York 12:20)
Jack is a mall Santa who’s tired of listening to spoiled children and conjures an evil version of Santa in an attempt to teach naughty kids a lesson.
M is for Merry Christmas – Maxence Rapp (2013 France 03:21)
A family gathers around the Christmas tree to celebrate the merriest time of the year!
One Drink – Jacob Greenawalt (2014 Pennsylvania 01:37)
Everyone’s least favorite Uncle gets drunk at the yearly holiday party.
Santa’s WishList – Paul T. McGilvray (2014 Australia 04:55)
Santa and his helpers deliver presents out of Christmas eve, but one present was left undone, though all the children wished for it. For Santa to beat up the town bully, Brad.
The White Spruce – Chris Vaglio (2015 New Jersey 25:26)
It’s Christmas Eve and Guy is working the last shift at the Baumstein Christmas Tree Farm and just wants to get home when someone happens to show up.
Twas the Night of the Krampus – Donavon Thompson (2015 Arizona 10:49)
On the eve of Christmas, Santa Claus must team up with the reluctant Bill the elf, to save the President’s daughter from the terrifying Krampus.

+ 2015 Krampus Bazaar Artists 

& Merchants +

  • 9 Designs Emporium – Candles & home decor
  • B Bomb Music & Arts – Paintings, photographs & CDs
  • Brian “Weirdartist” Lewandowski – Light up ornaments, small sugar skull canvases, drawings & paintings
  • Caye Studios – Custom canvases & oddly painted items
  • clever9design – Cool photos displayed on wood blocks & original art
  • Crafty Darling – Creepy, kitchy, cute, & badass jewlery, accessories & mixed media art
  • Crystal Mielcarek Illustration – Original artwork, stickers, magnets, custom toys & more
  • HAND Group Studios – Detroit Kaiju prints & shirts, as well as custom Blythe dolls & accessories
  • Julie Fournier – Oil paintings, prints, ornaments & jewelry
  • Kia Ix Art – Ceramics, metals & mixed media
  • Mama Coo’s Boutique – Mexican folkloric with a twist
  • Motor City Nightmares – Masks, sculpture & indie movies
  • Motor City Toy Co – Puppets, toys & art with a dark twist
  • Painted Lady Trashions – Oddities & creepy goodies
  • Shanta Ambady Ceramics – Creepy & cute handmade functional ceramics
  • Vector Lab – Stickers packs, holiday cards & decorative items
  • Zachariah Messiah – Tarantula taxidermy, coffins & octopus vile necklaces




Stirling and Charles English (Photo by Peter Schorn/
Retro music fans will have three good reasons to get together this December! There will be a reunion of friends, fans, and family of the seminal '80s nightclubs Todd's and Liedernacht/City Club and a birthday celebration for Stirling - the creator of these two (and many other) nightclub new wave theme nights. The party is on Saturday, December 19, 9 pm at Northern Lights Lounge in Detroit's New Center.

The night will feature original Todd's DJ Charles English spinning music from the '80s for your listening and dancing pleasure. The night is also a party for a good cause, as a portion of the proceeds will benefit the release of a local documentary film. 

“AMERICA YOU KILL ME” is a feature-length documentary film about the pioneering work & impact of gay rights activist Jeffrey Montgomery, and the struggle for equality in the midwest. The film is in its final production stages and is scheduled to be released in 2016, once funding is completed. Stirling specifically requested that some of the proceeds go towards this important documentary as it needs to be seen and gay rights was an integral part of the Todd's legacy. The 2014 short film is here: 

The history of Todd's was an East Side gay nightclub that welcomed and transitioned into a new wave/punk dance club two nights a week by nightclub impresario Stirling in the early '80s. He then worked his magic at the old Leland House Hotel and transformed its' upstairs club into the subculture enclave Liedernacht on the weekends. This eclectic club hosted techno pioneer Derek May as a DJ followed by punk Djs on Sundays. The club still remains an underground nightspot today as the City Club and is one of the longest running clubs in the city. Stirling also helped found The Majestic Theatre, and the now defunct Sardine Bar, The Warehouse, and live music club 313.jac.

Northern Lights Lounge is located at 660 W. Baltimore in Detroit. (313) 21 & Over welcome. $6 cover with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the documentary film “America You Kill Me.”