12-14 FRI-SUN • DANCE Motor City Jam — Got the need to boogie? An itch to twitch? Then the Motor City Jam has got what you need: Enjoy workshops, dance classes and competitions in several styles of dance, including balboa, blues, the Charleston, the hustle and the Lindy and the live musical accompaniment of Wixom Slim and the Wyze Gyze. Known for jumpin’ blues, Wixom Slim’s slick style has a serious reputation for getting audiences off their derrieres and onto the dance floor. Make a weekend of it at the Sheraton Detroit Novi (21111 Haggerty Road, Novi) — there are special Motor City Jam room rates at $82 per single/double. Call 313-790-2311 or visit www.artspectrum.org/mcj.htm for registration information.
14 SUN • MUSIC Kronos Quartet — More than any group of recent decades, the Kronos Quartet has redefined what a classics-steeped ensemble can be. It’s all reflected in their program for Ann Arbor, which includes works by 20th century classical composer Krzysztof Penderecki, the Icelandic rock group Sigur Rós, minimalist Steve Reich, film-score composer Bernard Hermann (The Day the Earth Stood Still) and the hard-to-define John Zorn (but the piece is on his Cartoon S&M release, if that helps). Last month’s Grammys added a new feather of official appreciation to Kronos’ collective cap, the best chamber music award for Berg: Lyric Suite, their collaboration with vocalist Dawn Upshaw. Sunday’s 30th anniversary performance is titled Visual Music and promises delights for eyes and ears alike. At 6 p.m. at the Power Center, Ann Arbor; call 734-764-2538.
14 SUN • FUN FOR ALL Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade — You will know them by their funny hats and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” T-shirts, but you will love them for their spunk. You see, the folks who participate in the annual Corktown St. Patrick’s Day Parade are a crazy lot. Dedicated not only to the devil-may-care attitude that is synonymous with this green-laced event, but to the camaraderie that comes along with — it’s truly is the people who make parade day so much fun. Cool floats, music and about the best damn bar-hopping one can imagine — Corktown is the place to be. FYI: The parade route has changed. It will begin at the corner of Sixth Street and Porter, head up Sixth Street past the new United Irish Societies Irish Plaza, and turn left (west) onto Michigan Avenue. Staging will be along Abbott and Porter. Call 313-962-5660 or visit www.corktowndetroit.org for further information.
15-17 MON-WED • MUSIC Bob Dylan — Even after the less-than-stellar reviews of his acting adroitness in 2003’s independent film, Masked and Anonymous, Bob Dylan’s status as a living legend remains gainfully intact. For a man whose imprint of the phrase “The Times They are A-Changing” into the American lexicon has become nothing short of indelible, it is extraordinary how consistent his presence has been over the years. From the days of “Blowing in the Wind” to 2001’s Academy Award-winning “Times Have Changed” this man has literally changed the trajectory of modern music. He will be making three appearances in Detroit, Monday, March 15- Wednesday, March 17 at the State Theatre (2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit); call 248-655-6666 for ticket information.
Ongoing • THEATER Graceland & Asleep On the Wind — In Ellen Byron’s two companion one-act comedies, idolization takes on a whole new meaning. The first play, Graceland, is set at 5 a.m. on June 4, 1982, three days before Elvis Presley’s mansion is to be opened to the public. Bev Davies, a Presley-obsessed fan, is fixated on being the first visitor to enter the famed home. Camped out in front of Graceland, Davies meets the twenty-something Rootie Mallert whose equal affection for the King sets up a delightful backdrop for an unexpected and hilarious series of events. The second play, Asleep on the Wind takes place 10 years prior to the opening of Graceland and gives a heartwarming insight into the root of these women’s undying affection for the pompadoured icon. At Broadway Onstage (21517 Kelly Road, Eastpointe). Runs Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and select Sundays at 2 p.m.; call 586-771-6333 for ticket information. Ends March 27.