Cyndi Lauper has long demonstrated that she’s more than just a simple new-wave pop singer, delving into the blues, soul and R&B on 2010’s Memphis Blues and plunging into the “Funnel of Love” of classic country with her stylized approach on 2016’s Detour. She has also proved that she has a mighty heart with her ongoing efforts to support gay rights. Lauper’s annual Home for the Holidays revue, a benefit to help LGBTQ homeless kids, is especially stacked this year with an astonishing variety of special guests, who range from such similarly surnamed pop divas as Brandi Carlile and Belinda Carlisle to such unexpected allies as Henry Rollins and an apparently newly enlightened Marilyn Manson. Kesha and King Princess might prove to be more genuinely subversive though, and randy comedian Margaret Cho and the beloved Lily Tomlin find a ray of laughter and light during this often-oppressive holiday season. Plus Billy Porter, Perry Farrell & Etty Lau Farrell, Carol Leifer, Charlie Musselwhite, Emily Estefan, Gina Yashere, Justin Tranter, K. Flay, Shawn Wasabi and host Carson Kressley.
The Novo, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., downtown L.A.; Tues., Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; $50-$150; all ages. (213) 765-7000, www.thenovodtla.com/events/detail/384845.