Bag o’ Books Sale
It was Henry David Thoreau who said, "Read the best books first or you may not have a chance to read them all." That’s a great concept, but who can afford to stock up on all the books they would like to read? If your home library is a little thin and you’d like to add to the collection, why not head over to the Southfield Public Library’s Bag o’ Books Sale, where frugal lit lovers can snag books for $2.50 per bagful? (Bag sizes may vary, so bring a fiver, folks.) At the Southfield Public Library (26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield); call 248-796-4200 for more information.
Friday • 16
Knights of the Grande
Though it has since fallen victim to urban decay, the Grande Ballroom was once the hotbed of the Detroit music scene. And while many old-schoolers still believe that the ghosts of bands like the MC5, Frijid Pink, the Frost (and many others) still dance in the rubble, the Grande is really nothing more than a memory. But the folks at the Tenny Street Roadhouse in Dearborn have decided to have a reunion of sorts. In addition to performances from folks who used to play the spirited venue (Stoney Mazur and the Jagged Edge, Third Power, the Gang and Kathi McDonald), Tenny Street will be offering a selection of Grande memorabilia, posters, etc. Carl Lundgren, poster artist will be on hand (plus a surprise guest!) The Tenny Street Roadhouse is located at 22361 W. Village Drive in Dearborn. Call 313-278-3677 for more information.
Saturday- Sunday • 17-18
29th Annual Antique & Garage Sale
Garage Saler: Frugal (sometimes obsessed) homosapien known to scour suburban neighborhoods in search of treasure. Prone to haggle. If you are one of these people, or you just enjoy the charm of slightly-used sundries and antique, well, antique anything, make your way to Royal Oak for one of the largest garage sales in southeast Michigan. (The entire Center Street Parking Structure will be filled with vendors). In downtown Royal Oak (between Washington and Main); call the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce at 248-547-4000 for more information. $1 admission.
Saturday • 17
FUN FOR ALL
On April 26, 2001, New Yorker Ashrita Furman set a world record by balancing 75 pint glasses on his chin for 10.6 seconds; and on January 29, 1999, Al Gliniecki of Gulf Breeze, Florida, used his tongue to tie 39 cherry stems into knots in three minutes. This week, Wayne County Parks plans to bring a little world-record recognition to southeast Michigan with Hula Mania, a localized effort to beat the current record for the most hula hoopers "hooping" at the same time, (the current record is 2,290). Daring hip-shakers will congregate at Elizabeth Park (located on Jefferson east of I-75 and south of West Road in Trenton). Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. Call 734-261-1990 for more information.
Saturday • 17
Hentchmen CD Release Party
As tired as we are of writing the term "garage band," the poor boys of the Hentchmen must be doubly sick of hearing it. Though they are often lumped in with the many lo-fi loving bands of said ilk, the Hentchmen are so much more than your little brothers’ party band; they are bona fide rock ’n’ rollers, lovers of the craft and three of the finest live performers that this town has ever seen. Fronted by the squirrelly-cool Tim Purrier and the ever-adorable Johnny Syzmanski and held together by Mike Latulippe rocking the tubs — we never saw Hentchmen show we didn’t like. At the Magic Bag (22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale) with the Muggs and the Cyril Lords. Call 248-544-3030 for more information.
Saturday • 17
Fourth Anniversary of Black Star Community Bookstore
The traditional gift for a fourth wedding anniversary is fruit and flowers; but for the Black Star Community Bookstore — which is celebrating its fourth year of existence this week — an outdoor festival is in the works. In addition to their primary activity of selling books that specialize in the history and culture of the black community, the BSCB has spent the past few years hosting a variety of book signings, poetry readings and lectures — and their anniversary celebration will be a bit more of the same. Expect a live performance from the Thiosane Performing Arts Company of the Nsoroma Institute, jazz from In the Tradition, reggae from Afrika ISOM and hip hop from artist Njeri Earth. Families can also enjoy Stories, Songs & Movement with storyteller Jahra McKinney and a story hour and book signing with Debbie Taylor, author of Sweet Music in Harlem. At the Black Star Community Bookstore (19410 Livernois, Detroit), call 313-863-2665 for more information; event is from noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday • 17
Wood Art, Music Art
In conjunction with their current exhibition Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, the University of Michigan Museum of Art has commissioned a feature demonstration of the amazing wood instrument, the embaire xylophone. This exotic instrument, originating in Uganda, consists of 21 large wooden slabs and is played by six musicians at one time. Celebrate the art of music and the art of wood at the UMMA (525 S. State St., Ann Arbor); performance begins at 7 p.m. Call 734-763-UMMA for more information.
Monday • 19
Seventh Annual Poets at the Opera House
Though typically home to fat ladies singing and leotard-clad prancers, the Michigan Opera Theater has dedicated its Monday nights to a different kind of entertainment. Presented by the Literary Arts Guild of Metro Detroit and Poets & Writers, Inc. of New York, Poets @ the Opera House will offer a variety of poetry readings and discussions from the best in the biz. This Monday, enjoy the words of Detroit poet, Sonya Pouncy, Philip Sterling, George Dila (Ludington Poetry Festival Director) and Luke Warmwater (Native American Poet) at the beautiful Michigan Opera Theater (1526 Broadway, Detroit) at 7 p.m. Call M. L. Liebler with questions at 313-577-7713; runs every Monday until August 9.
Davin & Dion Artshow
Time Stereo artiste Davin Brainard and Young Soul Rebel Records proprietor and Tranzistors member Dion Fisher sent us a message that simply read: "Davin and Dion have been painting a lot. So they decided to have an art show at the Majestic Cafe in Detroit!" And when they further explained that the paintings included everything from Werewolves (there is a werewolf fascination a-brewing in this town, we think), unicorns, a humanzee (we aren’t sure what that is, either), monsters, clouds and Cryptozoology (ha!) — we knew that we had to spread the word. See this unusual installation at the Majestic Café (4140 Woodward, Detroit); call 313-833-9700 for further information.