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Petite and charming 18-year-old dynamo and Pennsylvania Amish country transplant Kate "Hayley Jane" Nickerson doesn't seem at all like she's from Detroit. Yet she definitely belongs here. Not many other cities can let you delve into so many forms of expression on a shoestring budget.

The multitalented, renaissance-fair loving Nickerson is an actress-costumer-fire breather-makeup artist-burlesque dancer-singer who performs her Amanda Palmer-inspired music as Hayley Jane. Think this generation's Ani DiFranco, if Ani was more cabaret.

"I moved to Detroit for a boy, but we broke up a week before I moved here. Yet when I stepped off the plane I almost immediately got absorbed into the Detroit art community."

Specifically, she fell into the orbit of the Theatre Bizarre performance collective. Quickly she became involved in their amazing production of Wonderland at the Russell Industrial Center last April. She performed in the play and designed all the costumes between fire breathing and burlesque stints and working on songs for her second album.

Just this month she moved into the Theatre Bizarre compound-wonderland just south of the state fair grounds in Detroit, which is really the perfect spot for Hayley to real