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February 5-11, 2003


5 WED • MUSIC [DARYL] (cq) Hey, hey, rock ’n’ roll purists — a little deviation from the well-trodden garage rock path can’t hurt on a Wednesday night. You see, to Texas natives [DARYL], the purity of a rock song comes from the impact of a full package. While exercising spot-on attention to detail that includes electronic ambiance, this fivesome’s thrum of a synthesizer doesn’t bore in predictable New Wave form, but rather, homes in on the guts of a well-written song. This polished pop-rock is surprisingly refreshing, very un-Detroit and perfectly diggable. Think Missing Persons meets the Police; let songs such as "Petition" and "Radio’s Replaceable" take you back to the days when MTV was a luxury. At the Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit). With a solo set from the Fags front man John Speck and a set from Slowdrive (cq), this show offers a much-needed lineup of "something different." Call 313-961-4668 for further information.

5 WED • MUSIC T.H.T.X. — A new psychedelic prog-rock project from Outrageous Cherry's Matthew Smith and WDET-FM’s Ralph Valdez, this opus has all the makings of the newest rock lovers’ piece de resistance. Twenty-three Hour Technicolor Xorcism is more than a barely pronounceable mouthful; it is a new offering from the hearts of hard-nosed musicphiles and rock ’n’ roll aficionados. This groovy new group features the lovable Kerry Gluckman on the skins; to the many true-blue lovers of Smith’s work, that’s a long-awaited blessing. Check it out at Club Bart (22726 Woodward Ave., Ferndale) with Larval. Call 248-548-8746 for more information.

6 THU • FUN FOR ALL Sesame Street Live A staged spin-off of the universally adored children’s show, old pals Big Bird and the gang present "Everyone Makes Music." While messages of education and friendship are as important today as they were 30 years ago a fun-filled night with the cast of Sesame Street is sure to delight any child. And just in case you hadn’t heard, the Count wants to remind you: "There are only el-eh-ven! Eleven performances!" So get there if you can. At the Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit). Call 313-983-6611 for more information. Show runs through Feb. 16.

7 FRI • THEATER for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf Ntozake Shange’s evocative "choreopoem" (a blending of poetry, drama, and dance), leaves an indelible mark on its audiences. In an effort to show the beauty in the "rainbow" of colors and experiences of women of all skin tones, the brutally honest and inspirational message of … when the rainbow is enuf focuses on the importance of black womanhood in a society that often forgets that importance. This gradual transformation of individual voices and stories into a collective identity of the black woman is beautiful and ingenious. Presented by Oakland University’s department of music, theatre and dance, at the Studio Theater of Oakland University (2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester). Call 248-370-3013 for tickets.

7-8 FRI-SAT • MOVIE Brigadoon Those in need of some super-sweet nostalgia needn’t look further than MGM’s Brigadoon. Made in 1954, this classic piece of musical cinema not only features the twinkling toes of Gene Kelly and the amazing gams of Cyd Charisse, it offers the good, old-fashioned fun of a silly story. When an American (Kelly) falls in love with a Scottish lass (Charisse) in the fairy-tale village of Brigadoon, the magic ensues. It’s perfect for the whole family. At the historic Redford Theatre (17360 Lahser, Redford). Organ overtures begin 30 minutes before curtain. Call 313-537-2560 for show times.

8 SAT • ART "Ms. Darling’s Dirty Life" An opportunity for local fashion designers, artists and musicians to get the word out, "Ms. Darling’s Dirty Life" is a forum for style. "We are setting a stage for those that will further Detroit’s role in an international creative community," says designer Sarah Lurtz. Offering displays from eight clothiers and musical performances from avant-garde stylist Tamion 12 inch, the evening is sure to be a prophetic look into the dressing rooms of the future. At MONA, the Museum of New Art (1429 Washington Blvd., second floor of the Book Building, Detroit). Call 313-961-2845 for further details.

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