23 FRI • MUSIC Detroit Music Awards — Everyone deserves a pat on the back once in a while, and the Detroit Music Awards is the place for local musicians to get their dues. Touting performances from such local worthies as Slum Village, Man, Forge (pictured), the Wrenfields and newbie rockers the Dollfaces, and a special all-star tribute to Detroit Blues Brothers, the Butler Twins, The DMAs is the place for music lovers to be on Friday. At the State Theatre (2115 Woodward, Detroit), call 313-961-5450 for further lowdown. Good luck to all the nominees!
23-25 FRI-SUN • ART Courtyard Overrun Sale — You love pottery ... why not pay a little less for it? Pewabic Pottery will be holding its annual Courtyard Overrun Sale this weekend and this is the perfect time to stock up on gifts for yourself and your loved ones! All colors, shapes and styles will be sold. At Pewabic Pottery (10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit), call 313-822-0954 ext.111 for more info.
24 SAT • MUSIC Juan Atkins — Spring is here and just because there isn’t a maypole at Detroit’s Panacea doesn’t mean that you can’t dance as if there were. Detroit’s godfather of techno, Juan Atkins returns home from California to get technophiles riled up for Movement (Detroit’s free electronic music festival, happening in May). Atkins serious use of Parliament Funk-inspired keyboards and synthesizers back in the ’80s — when techno music was the furthest thing from mainstream — is now a honed blend of sound for the “techno elite.” Detroit DJ Chuck Flask will also spin at Panacea (205 W. Congress, Detroit), call 313-965-8200 for further lowdown.
24 SAT • MUSIC Marco Eneidi’s Sound on Survival — He’s received the high praise of being compared to the late Jimmy Lyons, the marvelous saxophonist in Cecil Taylor’s band who threaded an echo of Charlie Parker through his daring improvisations. Eneidi, who has worked with the likes of William Parker and Bill Dixon, is with bassist Lisle Ellis and drummer Pater Valsamis. The Mike Khoury-Piotr Michalowski duo opens. At. Detroit Art Space (101 E. Baltimore, Detroit). Call 313-664-0445.
24 SAT • ISSUES & LEARNING Moving Forward: A Mosaic of Dance, Music and Stories of Survival — At a time when human rights issues are at the forefront of world politics; reminders of the truly horrific trespasses that occur every day need to be discussed. Sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Moving Forward is a theatrical production that features the real-life stories of women and children refugees living in southeast Michigan. At the International Institute (111 E. Kirby, Detroit), call 313-554-0969 for more information; $10 per person; 4 p.m. (This production will be followed by a discussion panel on human rights.)
27 TUE • THEATER Perilous Times — Written and directed by Detroit native T.J. Hemphill, this inspirational gospel was derived from the Holy Scriptures (II Timothy 3:1) … For this know also, that in the last days, perilous times shall come. … This modern story about a young man and his journey back to biblical days, offers an engaging perspective on how to take control of our destinies. At the Fisher Theatre (3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit). Call 313-872-1000 for ticket information; ends Sunday, May 2.
Ongoing • THEATER Five Women Wearing the Same Dress — From the eccentric mind of “Six Feet Under” creator, Alan Ball, Broadway Onstage welcomes a tale of five bridesmaids. In this hilarious production, the five identically dressed women hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each trying to avoid the proceedings below. Laugh your bustle off at Broadway Onstage (21517 Kelly Road, Eastpointe); call 586-771-6333 for tickets. Runs Fridays-Sundays, April 16-May 15.
Ongoing • ART Tea is Served — For a quirky addition to your art collection, why not take a look at the Detroit Artist Market’s beautiful spring exhibit? Offering a variety of handmade teapots and tea sets, garden sculptures, photography, soaps and more — a trip to this market is always fruitful. More than 11 different artists are participating in this show, so there is sure to be a little something for everyone. At the Detroit Artists Market (4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit), call 313-832-8540 for further information. Runs through May 1.