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No Place Like Home

Baby Dee opens her doors for an unusual house party



No Place Like Home

Baby Dee opens her doors for an unusual house party

By Jeff NieselTransgender singer-songwriter Baby Dee didn't always have a good relationship with her hometown. "When I was a kid, Cleveland was not cool enough for me," she recalls. After living in New York for years, Dee returned to take care of her parents in 1999 "with a bit of an attitude. But about six years ago, I woke up one morning and saw the light. Cleveland is a wonderful town. Maybe the best."

Dee recorded her gorgeous new classical-inspired album, Regifted Light, in the colonial house she grew up in and now lives in. On Thursday, Dee will open her doors for a special concert at her home, which is "just south of Brookside Park."

There's room for only 30 guests. Party-'til-you-puke rocker Andrew W.K., who produced the album, has already reserved his spot. "People know he's talented and a big rock star and all that, but people associate [him] with that reputation," says Dee. "Andrew loves to have fun and to make people happy, but that's only a part of who he is. He's also one of the most talented instrumentalists I've ever met."

Dee isn't sure whether Andrew will perform with her. Either way, it's a "good chance to meet the beast up close and personal," she says. "But please, no bricks. You can party with us, but maybe save the puking for later when you get home." Tickets are $20. Get one at e-mail

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