Wednesday • 28
You might remember hometown shredder George Friend from his days with the Twistin’ Tarantulas or his bluesy solo project, Black Beauty, but these days, he’s more a touring act than homebody. Friend, who bid farewell to the Motor City a few years ago in pursuit of California-style fame and fortune, will be back in town playing some of the best cuts from his latest album, Looka Here! on Blues Leaf Records. This CD is the perfect combination of vintage rockabilly and lost soul blues. Join him for an unofficial hometown CD release party at the Tenny Street Roadhouse (22361 West Village Drive, Dearborn); call 313-278-3677 for more information.
Wednesday-Sunday • 28-1
Dora the Explorer
FUN FOR ALL
If you are the parent of, or have shared the company of any child under the age of 6, you must be privy to the virtues of the ever-popular children’s television program “Dora the Explorer.” This super-fun multi-cultural/interactive cartoon features the young Dora, a bilingual problem-solving sleuth, who, with the help of her furry friends, teaches kids the virtues of following directions. See a live stage version of the beloved show at the Fox Theatre (2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit); call 313-983-6611 for ticket information.
Wednesday-Thursday • 28-29
Second Annual Bike Art Auction
To some, the bicycle is nothing more than a utility apparatus, a way to get from Point A to Point B. But to the folks over at Back Alley Bikes, the two-wheeled wonder is a thing of beauty. This Friday, they will be throwing their Second Annual Bicycle Art Auction, which will feature several unconventional pieces of bike art. What’s bike art, you ask? As far as we can tell, the unique medium can be characterized as anything that is made out of bicycle parts, or inspired by the velocipede itself. Last year’s installation included everything from functional pieces to toothbrush holders made out of bike parts to an intricately painted Schwinn Sting-Ray. At the Tangent Gallery (715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit); call 313-550-6201 for more information.
Thursday • 29
ISSUES & LEARNING/MUSIC
It’s no surprise that the many folks in the rock ’n’ roll world take umbrage to our unabashedly conservative leader, George W. Bush. And it is also no surprise either that said demographic would do just about anything to remove the bumbling leader from his post as commander in chief of the most powerful country in the world — this includes organizing a political rally that promises to rock your ass off. Join punk rockers Country Bob and the Bloodfarmers, Pants Devastater, the Smarties, Thieves and DJ Peter Werbe of 101.1 WRIF FM for an anti-Bush rock ’n’ roll show at Detroit Rock City Guitar Store (23150 Van Dyke, Warren); call 586-754-7827 for more information.
Friday-Saturday • 30-31
What do you get when you cross two days of heady blues music and the outdoor fun of a camping trip? We’d like to give you the answer to that query, but well, we were too hung over after last year’s Heatstock to remember the answer. Booze-addled humor aside, the annual “up North” music festival will host a bevy of blues acts including Motor City Josh, The Bob Halverson Blues Band, Cathy Davis & the Soul Searchers and many more. At the Tribesman’s Property in Fostoria: Take I-75 to M-24 (also known as the Palace exit), go north until you pass through Lapeer (approximately 25 miles), continue north on M-24 for 15 more miles until you see a traffic signal (Otter Lake Road/Northbranch Road), look for the “Heatstock” signs from there. Visit www.nocover.net for details.
Saturday • 31
One of the things that makes comedian Lewis Black so goddamn hilarious is his unique ability to distill the daily news and convert it into fodder for the masses. Probably best known for his three-minute “Back in Black” diatribes on the politically incorrect “Daily Show,” Black’s sardonic what-the-fuck attitude helps to keep the funny in the everyday idiocy that our crazy world provides. See him with comedian David Dyer at the Meadow Brook Theatre (on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester); call 248-377-0100 for more information.
Saturday • 31
Farewell to Wonderland
Sarah Lapinski, co-founder and president of all-female art organization the Girlee Collective, says that their most recent event, Wonderland, was one of their best shows to date. The event, which kicked off on the beautiful grounds of Cranbrook with “an amazing sculpture and fashion show,” eventually made its way to the walls of the AKA Gallery in Pontiac and has since been admired by many. Unfortunately, all things must pass, but so proud are the gals of the Girlee that they want to close the show with a proper goodbye. Join the artists, art lovers and interested patrons for a farewell to Wonderland potluck at the AKA Gallery. (7 N. Saginaw, Pontiac). A retrospective video of the installation will be shown. Call
248-320-5630 for more information.
Tuesday • 3
National Night Out
When asked about the derivation of the National Night Out event, scheduled to take place in southwest Detroit, Officer Lisa Alvarado of the 3rd Precinct says, “We want the criminals in the area know that we are here.” The national-level family event was created as a way to introduce local kids to their neighborhood police force and to encourage the impressionable youngsters to steer clear of gang violence and juvenile delinquency. Events will include a workshop on how to start your own block club, a Kids vs. Cops 3-on-3 basketball tournament, face painting, live music and a variety of other family activities. At the Community Health and Social Services Center (5635 W. Fort, Detroit) from 3 to 8 p.m. Call 313-849-3920 for further lowdown.
Jean Lau: Places and Faces
Jean Lau, owner/member of the Washington Street Gallery says that “drawing has always been my first love,” and when you soak in the refined serenity of her pastel paintings and drypoint line etchings, you can see why. Lau’s latest exhibit, Places and Faces, is a sophisticated landscape and figure installation fit for anybody that appreciates fine art. At the Washington Street Gallery (120 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor); call 734-761-2287 for more information. There will be an artist’s reception on Friday, Aug. 20 (7 to 9 p.m.) and the exhibit ends on Aug. 30.