20 SAT • MUSIC Bookie’s Reunion — Though it still lingers as a doppelgänger spirit, punk rock in its truest form is a thing of the past. The vibrancy and originality of the scene that spawned the hard-nosed ethos of the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Ramones and the New York Dolls simply had to burn out; but back in the late ’70s and early ’80s it was alive and well, and its Detroit home was a place called Bookie’s. The failing gay-bar-slash-hole-in-the-wall was one of the few places that the eccentric breed of liberty-spike-wearing, army-boot-toting minions could congregate without major beleaguering. And sadly, just like the fate of the scene that made it famous, Bookie’s is gone … but not forgotten. And it’s time for a reunion show. Celebrate with some of the folks who made Bookie’s famous: creepy punk/surf outfit, the 3-D Invisibles (pictured) and the Earworms (former members of the Reruns and the Polish Muslims). At Small’s (10339 Conant, Hamtramck), call 313-873-1117 for further information.
18 THU • FUNDRAISER Dogville — The Detroit Film Theatre is raising money to replace its chairs, and for good reason: they’re original to the 1927 theater. “The seat bottoms feel like a duffle bag of old shoes,” says DFT’s assistant curator Larry Baranski. “They’re actually springs with horse-hair pads on them.” Purists needn’t worry though, the new seats will feature the old decorative trim. Fundraising is 50 percent complete after six years. You can help. DIA’s Cinematic Arts Council and Lion’s Gate Films will premiere Dogville, a three-hour film by visionary Danish director Lars von Trier. All proceeds will benefit the chair campaign. Dogville features Nicole Kidman, who plays a woman on the run from gangsters who takes refuge in an isolated town. Von Trier is a leading international director, whose critically-acclaimed work ranges from Zentropa to Dancer in the Dark. The cast includes Lauren Bacall, James Caan, John Hurt and Chloë Sevigny. Showtime is 7 p.m.; Tickets are $10.
18-20 THU-SAT • MUSIC Jazz Pianos Galore — Lovers of the swinging 88s have no excuse for missing a veritable festival of the keys these next few days. Kenny Barron starts things off, appearing Thursday, March 18, with two very different groups: his Classical Jazz Trio (with vibraphonist Stefon Harris) and Canta Brasil at the Max M. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; call 313-576-5111). Wynton Marsalis’ pianist-turned-formidable-solo-artist Eric Reed plays Friday at Madison Heights High School (915 E. 11 Mile, call 248-477-7711) and Saturday at Novi Middle School (11 Mile and Wixom roads, call 248-449-1206). Finally, Larry Willis, veteran of Blood, Sweat & Tears and, like Barron, ex-sideman to Stan Getz, adds a gospel touch to his jazz, at the Harlequin Café (8047 Agnes in Detroit’s Indian Village, call 313-331-0922).
19-20 FRI-SAT • MUSIC Mwata Bowden and Sound Spectrum — Baritone sax and clarinetist Bowden is both an heir to Chicago’s jazz avant-garde and, for 15 years, the leader of its signal organization, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. In other words, he harks back to New Orleans and raises the roof for a look at the stars. He performs with fellow Chicago stalwarts Harrison Bankhead on bass, Dushun Mosley on drums and Detroiter Kenny Green on keys. On Friday, March 19, at Detroit Art Space (101 E. Baltimore, call 313-664-0445) and Saturday, March 20, at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (at 20510 Livernois, Detroit; call 313-345-6300). The group also performs Sunday at 8 p.m. on the Kim Heron Program on WDET-FM (101.9).
20 SAT • MUSIC DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid — Known for his artistic and intellectual inclination, Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, will bring his conglomeration of hyper-active, hyper-textual hip-hop sounds from New York to Detroit. An author, publisher, visual artist, DJ and all around Renaissance man, Miller’s artistic vision has resonated across the globe. His writings on music and technology have been seen in The Village Voice and he is the co-publisher of the groundbreaking cultural magazine, A Gathering of Tribes. His artwork has been displayed in museums all over America and Europe and his visual and audio re-mixing D.W. Griffith’s, Birth of a Nation into a Rebirth of a Nation, is nothing short of genius. (Word has it that this opus might even be displayed at this event.) Describing his musical work as “electro-magnetic canvas,” Spooky’s show goers are given a unique opportunity to use their ears as their eyes and their eyes as their ears. At Panacea (205 W. Congress, Detroit) call 313-965-8200 for further information.