18-23 THU-TUE • FUN FOR ALL 12 Nights of Christmas at Greenfield Village — There is just something about an old-fashioned setting that harks back to the true spirit of Christmas. And where better can you visit the days of yore than at Greenfield Village? The entire village is bustling in preparation for an old-timey Christmas; special activities such as a skating pond (bring your own skates or rent them for $4 a pair), horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides, Model T rides, traditional live music and strolling minstrels will be fun for the whole family. Bundle up! At Greenfield Village (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn). Call 313-982-6001 for more information.
19 FRI • MUSIC/FUNDRAISER Sounds and Spirits Holiday Spectacular — How does one pack 20 or so of Detroit’s most beloved bands into one stellar show? Well, first of all, you make it a charity event. Secondly, you do it at Christmastime. Heck, everybody loves a Christmas party. On the heels of last year’s wildly successful (they sold out!) Holiday Spectacular at CPOP, the second annual Sounds and Spirits Holiday Spectacular is back. Bigger and better too, if you can believe it. Come see you favorite pickers and grinners perform holiday-themed music on two (yes, two!) stages. Performers include: The Paybacks, Brendan Benson, Waxwings, the Sights, Pas/Cal, Saturday Looks Good to Me, the Go, Spiderbite (aka Slumber Party), Outrageous Cherry, Blanche, Sunshine Doray, American Mars, the Come Ons, Small Brown Bike, Thunderbirds are Now!, Night Moves and the Sirens. There will also be burlesque from Sparkly Devil and dancing from the Thom McCann Carolers. All proceeds will go to Detroit’s Coalition on Temporary Shelter (C.O.T.S.), an organization that provides emergency shelter. At the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit). Call 313-833-9700 for further details.
19 FRI • MUSIC Bandwidth: Detroitluv Nights v2.5 — Under the care and management of Mark David Fisher (DJ MD!) and Jimmy Noffsinger (aka BombScare — terror on the Internet), the deformed brainchild known as detroitluv.com has built the local boom-tss scene into a drunken army of clones. No, really, it’s a message board built of people who call themselves “clones” as an abstract indictment of conformity. Their Bandwidth parties have been a chance to unite the otherwise faceless clones in an orgy of beer, commotion and fresh new records. Ryan Elliot, Drew Maddox, Rob Theakston, Jan D, Ronin Selecta, Dan J. Miller and Christian Bloch will DJ for a crowd of people happy to have narrowly escaped their computer screens at Bandwidth 2.5. They even shipped Ryan Brogan in from NYC — he’s a guy with more Internet pseudonyms than Satan himself. Wow — a freak show and a good time. At the Works (1846 Michigan Ave., Detroit). Call 313-961-1742 for more info.
20 SAT • ART/MUSIC Plan Nine Rock Poster Show — Unlike most pieces of modern art, the rock ’n’ roll poster is completely accessible. From the aesthetic genius of greats like Victor Moscoso to the DIY ethos of the cut-and-paste flier, rock’s lineage has been documented by these works. And even in an age where PhotoShop programs and I-Macs have all but taken the pen out of the artist’s hand, there are still a few printmakers who dig the process; local musician and poster artist Jasper Borgman is one. Owner of Plan Nine, a screenprinting and graphic design business, Borgman has put together an exhibit of his poster art. See it for yourself at Small’s (10339 Conant, Hamtramck; call 313-873-1117). Entertainment will be provided by the Demolition Dollrods, the Grande Nationals and the Amino Acids.
22 MON • FILM Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Animation Festival — For 11 years, the Magic Bag has hosted one of the greatest animated film festivals ever. Known best for its penchant for the bizarre and tasteless, Spike & Mike’s Sick & Twisted Animation Festival has become a Ferndale tradition. This year’s highlights include “Here Comes Dr. Tran,” a 3-D short by “Beyond Grandpa” directors, Breehn Burns and James Johnson, and “Snowman,” an animated short that examines the question: what would happen if an alien race abducted a snowman, thinking it was a human? Weird stuff, ya’ll. At the Magic Bag (22920 Woodward, Ferndale). Movies will show on various dates until January 4, 2004. Visit www.themagicbag.com or call 248-544-3030 for dates and show times.