20 WED • ART “Four Seasons in Japanese Art”—The minimalistic beauty of Japanese artwork is a thing to behold in the University of Michigan Museum of Art’s “Four Seasons of Japanese Art.” Guest curator Natsu Oyobe has put together a unique installation of paintings, prints, ceramics and lacquerware of the 18th to 20th centuries which focuses on the layered meanings of seasonal motifs. At the University of Michigan Museum of Art (525 S. State St., Ann Arbor). Runs through Jan. 4, 2004.
21 THU • MUSIC Rock the Mic Tour — With his eruption onto the hip-hop and mainstream music charts, it seems that rapper 50 Cent has finally hit a patch of good luck. For a man whose history reads like a John Singleton screenplay and whose flow skills are the hippest thing since Eminem, 50 Cent has beaten some serious odds (as in those multiple gunshot scars). Check out his rousing stage show with fellow rappers Snoop Dogg (fa shizzle), Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Bone Crusher and Chingy. At DTE Energy Music Theatre (Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston). Call 248-645-6666 for tickets.
21 THU • FILM Goblin Wars — The new local independent film Goblin Wars is a mystic drama about a goblin king named Gordian and his trials through a fictitious underworld. College for Creative Studies student Adam Kelly has been making movies since he was in high school and his latest opus Goblin Wars has been nothing short of a labor of love. Spending an entire year making this movie — all with a paltry budget of $600 — this is Kelly’s first feature-length film. Catch the premiere at the Emagine Theatre (44425 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi). Call 248-319-3456 for more information.
22 FRI • MUSIC Blues Festival —Forecast: it’s a good week for music at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. Though he first caught the spotlight as the guitar-wielding rock godhead for seminal ’60s band the Yardbirds, Jeff Beck’s musical roots began with the blues. And the prospect of seeing him on a bill with one of the last living bluesmen of the old days, B.B. King, suggests there’ll be some extra bang for your buck. At DTE Energy Music Theatre (Sashabaw Road off I-75, Clarkston) with Galactic. Call 248-645-666 for tickets.
23 SAT • ISSUES & LEARNING Emancipation Weekend Summit 2003 — African-Americans who lived in Detroit before the Civil War are the focus of the Underground Railroad’s “Safe House in Detroit” summit. This weekend of lectures, discussions and dialogue is the perfect way to learn about a community that defied racism under the most difficult of circumstances. Check it out at the Second Baptist Church of Detroit (441 Monroe St., Detroit). Call 313-961-0920 for more information.
24-25 SUN-MON • MUSIC Hylozoa — A double-bill for the out cats. Members of New York-based Hylozoism have played with artists from Bobby Previte to Joseph Jarman; the sax-bass-drums trio has a propulsive, rocking sense of swing (or is that swingingly propulsive sense of rock?). Sharing the stage is the quintet led by Ann Arbor’s Steve Rush, whose projects have ranged from jazz masses to fusion explorations. You have two chances to catch the music: Sunday, Aug. 24, at the Canterbury House (721 E. Huron, Ann Arbor; call 734-665-0606), or Monday, Aug. 25, at the Detroit Art Space (101 E. Baltimore, Detroit; call 313-664-0445 for more information).