Torch This March 4

Torch This March 4: Torch Song Review to Feature Ferndale Women Event to Raise Funds for Urban Neighborhood Initiatives modern tax

(Press Release, Ferndale 115 News, March 1, 2012 ed)

On Sunday evening, March 4, two local businesses, Rouge MakeUp & Nail Studio and Via Vintage, will present Torch This! musical review at Cliff Bell’s jazz club in Detroit.

The evening will showcase 14 local, Detroit-area women, ages 25 to 60, who are CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, teachers and community leaders, singing torch songs of an era gone by.

They will be dressed from head to toe in vintage fashions provided by Via Vintage, an online vintage clothing retailer, with makeup and nails courtesy of Ferndale’s Rouge MakeUp & Nail Studio. The event will benefit Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, a southwest Detroit-based nonprofit with a mission to make urban neighborhoods safe and healthy for those who live there by supporting both human development and community development projects.

Cheryl Salinas-Tucker, owner of Rouge and co-producer of Torch This! says that she wanted to do something different than a fashion show. “It’s about empowerment,” says Salinas-Tucker. “I wanted to involve real women, and what better way to do that than having them stand on stage looking fabulous in fantastic vintage fashions and belting out songs of love and loss.”

Each performer selected her own torch song to perform, pulling material from the likes of Rita Haywood, Judy Garland, Joan Crawford, Veronica Lake, Billy Holiday and Sarah Vaughan. Salinas-Tucker will be singing “Cry Me a River,” in a style not unlike Julie London. The women will be accompanied by pianist Frank Kosceislski and other musicians.

The entire event is driven by volunteers, including these performers: Cheryl Salinas-Tucker, Jeny Bulatovic and Arlene Collins from ROUGE Amy Saari of Sound Sorceress Studios, Angela Stoyanovich, Anika Summers-Grose, Chrissy Morgan, Deanne Iovan, Grenae Dudley, Heatherleigh Navarre, Jacki Smith, Krista Johnston, Lisa Wolfe, Maya Gangadharan and Patty Shaw. Cliff Bell’s has donated its retro venue on Park Avenue for the Torch This! charity event.

A suggested donation of $10 will be requested. Reservations are not necessary, but suggested for those choosing to eat dinner. Beverages and food are in addition to donations; doors open at 6:00 p.m.

For more information, visit Rouge’s website at or call 248-439-6010. Rouge MakeUp & Nail Studio, located at 23341 Woodward Ave., specializes in natural cosmetics, skincare, manicures and pedicures using organic products. Via Vintage is an online vintage clothing, shoes and accessories retailer for women and men. Cliff Bells is located at 2030 Park Avenue Detroit, Michigan (313) 961-2543


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