17 THU • COMMUNITY How Architectural Salvage Can Save Detroit — sal·vage ('sal-vij): Something saved from destruction or waste and put to further use. Sponsored by the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit and Cityscape Detroit, this unique presentation will discuss the virtues of rescuing materials from buildings slated for demolition. In their own words "non-profit salvage efforts have prevented valuable materials from ending up in the hands of thieves or in landfills. ASWD will use the profits from the resale of rescued materials to support the efforts of preservation groups working to restore Detroit’s historic structures." At the Bernath Auditorium in the David Adamany Undergraduate Library of Wayne State University at 6:30 p.m. Call Caroline Mosher at 313-885-1136 for more information; a $5 donation is appreciated at the door; Cityscape members and students will only be charged $3.
18 FRI • THEATER Business as Usual — Now that Second City has made its exodus from the city to the burbs, downtown improv lovers have to rely on the Planet Ant Theatre to get their fix of locally-based buffoonery. Planet Ant’s latest production, Business as Usual, is a comedic foray in the lives of workaday folk — in this production, the diverse cast characters work together to "get as little done as possible." If Planet Ant’s most recent productions are any sort of a barometer, this show should be a fun ride! At the Planet Ant Theatre (2357 Caniff, Hamtramck. Call 313-365-4948 ext. 1 for information. Runs every Friday-Sunday until July 11.
18 FRI • MUSIC Shipwreck Union — Somewhere below (more likely, above) the radar, Detroit’s own Shipwreck Union has made its mark. The East Side band, which recently took top honors at the Disc Maker’s Independent Music World Series Midwest Showcase, writes straightforward songwriter-heavy rock ’n’ roll and will be at the Magic Bag (22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale) with the Muggs and Dubphonics. Seek them out before they hit it big! Call 248-544-3030 for ticket information; $7 at the door.
20 SUN • HOLIDAY Father’s Day Jazz Brunch — So your dad dug the bathrobe and slippers you gave him for Father’s Day — it’s time to get his butt out of bed and get some eats. The Michigan Jazz Festival is hosting a gourmet jazz brunch in honor of this auspicious holiday. As they chow down, attendees can enjoy the smooth sounds of the World’s Oldest Saxophone Section, an ensemble of horn players, comedians and entertainers. At Schoolcraft College (18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia). Tickets are $25 and may be purchased by tables of eight or individually. Call 248-474-2720 for more information.
21 MON • ART The Excarnation of Ruby Woods — In the ’80s, performance artist Ruby Woods’ work incorporated veils, masks, film and recitation. Returning to the stage with her first major project since then (motherhood, midwifery and other pursuits helped keep her busy in the interim) she’s emphasizing songs, chants and martial arts; the message is love, from the specifically romantic to the universal. The program has the title of Excarnation, which is the mirror of incarnation (and certainly better explained by her than us). Pictured from left to right are Sumarah Karen Smith, Julie Beutel and Jahra Michelle McKinney, all of whom are part of the experience beginning 6 p.m. at the First Unitarian-Universalist Church, 4605 Cass at Forest. For more information, call 248-548-5078.
Ongoing • ART Representing Cinema and the Art of the Film Poster — Movie buffs everywhere will find themselves drawn to this one-of-a-kind art show. Consisting of 32 original film posters that are either unique or one of only a few in existence, these prints (from both famous and obscure productions) are worth checking out, as they stray from the conventional template of movie posters and home in on the dramatic high points of the film. By most measures … this typically commercial medium falls under the "fine art" rubric. At the Elaine L. Jacob Gallery (480 W. Hancock, Detroit); call 313-577-2423 for more information. Exhibit ends July 23.