31 WED • MUSIC Dave Pirner — Regardless of whether you consider former Soul Asylum leader Dave Pirner a Midwestern songwriting great or a forgettable notch in Wynona Ryder’s bedpost, his contributions to last decade’s rock landscape gave Minnesota the most cogent musical identity since Dylan. Pirner’s tour in support of his solo debut lands next at the Magic Bag (22920 Woodward, Ferndale; call 248-544-3030). The support set by local behind-the-scenes guru Kenny Tudrick (who has worked with Kid Rock, the Numbers and the Detroit Cobras, to name a very few) is worth the trip alone.
3 SAT • MUSIC Paul Westerberg — You could see Westerberg’s recent resurgence as a considerable accomplishment. Before his embarked on his current relationship with do-no-wrong indie label Vagrant, he seemed stuck in discount-bin damnation, a sickly shadow of his days fronting the Replacements. Whether or not his work with that band has been bastardized through generations of independent music, you can still hear threads of his seminal works in many of the great countercultural masterpieces today. His most recent, Mono and Stereo easily could be classified as such; that Westerberg himself is the source instead of the influence speaks volumes to his vitality. See him at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-9700 for information.
3 SAT • MUSIC Audra Kubat CD release — A wholly original singer/songwriter, Audra Kubat has distinguished herself in the local folk scene with her catholic understanding of luminaries such as Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez and with her progressive approach as a writer, collaborator and performer. In celebration of her latest full-length solo release she will perform at CPOP Gallery (4160 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-9901). WDET’s Liz Copeland will be on hand spinning music.
3 SAT • DANCE Nadanta presents Megh-Dhanush — The six seasons of India, a potent symbol of cultural otherness, evolve before our eyes this Saturday in Megh-Dhanush, a performance by Nadanta, Michigan's leading Asian-Indian dance troupe. Created and choreographed by Chaula Thacker, and centering on the image of the rainbow, this dazzling series of classical, semiclassical, folk and creative dances immerses us in the richly diverse sounds and colors of Indian tradition. Renowned for the beauty and sophistication of its interpretations, Nadanta connects us with ancient notions of nature and life. Shows are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. at Meadow Brook Theater (Oakland University, Rochester Hills). Call 248-252-8249 or e-mail email@example.com.
4 SUN • FUN FOR ALL Barbie & Friends and Fashion Doll Show — As one of the largest annual meetings of Barbie collectors and dealers in the area, the Barbie & Friends and Fashion Doll Show is more than just a chance to find rare and exciting Barbie-related paraphernalia. It’s an opportunity to observe the creepy obsessions of others and feel more normal. At the Plymouth VFW Hall, 1426 S. Mill St., Plymouth; call 734-455-2110 for details.
6 TUE • MUSIC Denali — Sometimes behind the smoke and mirrors of industry generated buzz band hype appears something like Denali, an outfit from Richmond, Va., whose combination of white-girl Billie Holiday-isms and grunge guitars has critics a little dazed. If delicious lead singer Maura Davis can holds up half as well on stage as she does in a photo shoot it’ll be time to believe the hype. Denali will play the Shelter (431 E. Congress; call 313-961-MELT.) with 90 Day Men.
7 WED • MUSIC Golden — Golden’s jams sprawl out over long, dynamic structures that might have enough guitar power to signal a return to the trends of the ’70s. Independent music has been stuck on the ’60s for 10 years now, so maybe its about time. The band supports lovable East Coast troubadour Sean Na Na at Magic Stick, 4140 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-9700 for information.