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'Alex from Target' to appear at Emagine Royal Oak

Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News

The overnight social-media sensation, "Alex from Target" — catapulted from obscurity Oct. 26 by what can only be called a Twitter-storm — will meet and greet his hordes of brand-new fans Nov. 29 at the Emagine Theater Royal Oak from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

General admission is free, though for $20 you can score a VIP ticket that will enable you to pose for a picture with the 16-year-old, Justin Bieber-ish kid from Frisco, Texas. To secure your ticket, visit

Alex's life turned upside down three Sundays ago after two 15-year-old girls, Alanna Page and Brooklyn Reiff, tweeted a picture of the young man bagging groceries at a Dallas-area Target. That image even got its own hashtag — #alexfromtarget.

Alex (Twitter handle @acl163) started that fateful Sunday with 144 followers. He now has well over one million, and has been the subject of coverage in Time, The Washington Post, CNN, the New York Times and the Dallas Morning News.

Meet 'Alex from Target'

1 p.m. - 4 p.m., Nov. 29

Emagine Theater Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak

Admission: Free, but $20 will get you a picture with Alex - reserve at

Visit or #emaginemeetingalex.