8 THU • SPORTS Opening Day: Tigers vs. Twins — It’s a new year and something tells us that things just might change for the ol’ Tigers — seriously though, could they get much worse? Put last year’s losing streak behind you and treat yourself to one of the finest American traditions of all time: Opening Day. At Comerica Park (2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit) call 313-471-BALL for ticket information. Game time is 2:05 p.m. Tell Pudge we said, "Hi!"
8-10 THU-SAT • MUSIC Buster Williams — Having played with such jazz notables as Sarah Vaughn, Herbie Hanccok, Dexter Gordon and others, bassist Buster Williams’ acoustic bass prowess precedes him. He has worked on movie sound tracks such as David Lynch’s, Fire Walk With Me and Spike Lee’s Clockers. This week, he brings his talents to the Motor City. At the SereNgeti (2757 Grand River, Detroit) with Gear Coligan, Lenny White and Steve Nelson. Call 313-963-8099 for more info. There will be two performances, at 9 and 11 p.m.
10 SAT • COMEDY Michigan Lesbian & Gay Comedyfest — We could all use a little levity these days, and the folks at Chosen Books in Royal Oak and A Woman’s Prerogative Bookstore in Ferndale (among others) are going to supply it. Featuring the comedic talents of Susan Jeremy of New York, Andre Kelley of Los Angeles and Denver’s Nuclia Waste, the annual Michigan Lesbian & Gay Comedyfest looks to be fun way to spend a Saturday night. At Ford Community and Performing Arts Center (15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn), call 313-537-3323 or visit www.comedyfest.org for ticket information. Call early — these shows have sold out in the past!
13 TUE • FILM Human Rights Film Festival — "I guarantee this group of films will forever change the way people think about the world we share," says Lucie Bourgeau, Programming Director for Detroit Docs. Their upcoming film series, Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, will offer fiction, documentary and animated films and videos with a human rights theme as an attempt to better educate folks on the human rights violations that take place in America and abroad. See Rana’s Wedding, a Palestinian film about a young girl who faces complications and a 10-hour deadline in her attempt to marry for true love; at the St. James Church (241 Pearson, Ferndale) call 248-542-8835. Screening begins at 7 p.m. This series will continue through May 7 at a variety of locations; call Detroit Docs at 248-214-6952 or visit www.detroitdocs.org for film schedules and locations.
9 FRI • MUSIC The Kingsnakes — They are rough and tumble rockers. They wield Townsendesque windmills and pompous, Jagger-like rooster struts. Their hair is long. They are Detroit rock ’n’ roll, and if you like your entertainment a little on the wild side, we say check out the Kingsnakes at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit) with Long Black Sedan and the Muggs. Call 313-833-9700 for further information.
Ongoing • ART One Of — Did you know that April is Michigan Glass Month? If you love the delicate artistry of glassworks then you might want to make your way to the One Of exhibit in Birmingham. This show will feature a variety of works from glassblowers the world over. At District Arts Gallery (955 S. Eton St., Birmingham). Call 248-258-9300 for more information. Exhibit ends May 8.
Ongoing • ART Survive This! — Artist David Williams employs reused images to create a signature style. He says, "I choose to take already-existing images and turn them back on themselves, using them for purposes for which they were not intended." Likened to such Neo-Pop innovators as Warhol and Basquiat, Williams’ works are as interesting and bold as they are confounding. See them at the Primary Space Gallery (2750 Yemans, Hamtramck). Call 313-870-9470 for further information. The show will run through April 24.