Having maintained a status of relative anonymity in the American pop music market over the years, Gomez has had the luxury of being a band that answers to no one. In fact, it’s probably this gang’s average-Joe mien has kept it wavering in underground godhead limbo — but for anyone who appreciates the unstilted sounds of truly impressive rock music — that’s probably a good thing. Since the release of its debut album Bring It On in 1998, the band has continued to churn out a whiz kid’s catalog of completely cool and very brave music. See Gomez at Clutch Cargo’s (65 E. Huron, Pontiac) with the Thrills. Call 248-333-2362 for more information; doors at 7 p.m.
Friday • 6
By virtue of its rich history and delicate air, classic Chinese artwork has always been a point of interest in the art world. But the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery’s most recent exhibit, Regeneration, is interesting because is homes in on the drawing, installation, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media works from some of today’s most progressive Chinese artists. Beijing, Shanghai, Goungzhou and other locales are represented. At the Jean Paul Slusser Gallery (2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor); call 734-936-2082 for more information.
Saturday • 7
It was funkster Gil Scott Heron who posed the musical query, "Is This Jazz?" but when it comes to multi-instrumentalist and composer, Praful, the answer may not come as easily as you’d think. The Amsterdam native’s freshman CD, One Day Deep, reached No. 7 on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Charts and No. 11 on the Electronic Albums Charts: it’s a smooth blend of dance, world music and jazz and you can see it as part of the Jazz on the River series at Elizabeth Park (off of Jefferson, south of West Road, Trenton). Other performers include Thornetta Davis, Nestor Torres and Everett Harp. Call 734-261-1990 for further details; performances begin at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday • 7
Save the Vegetables
FUN FOR ALL/MUSIC
Did you know that each and every day millions of vegetables are savagely ripped from the ground, stripped of their leaves and stalks, chopped, sliced, canned and boiled at viciously searing temperatures? What’s worse is vegetables have done nothing to deserve this barbaric treatment. Luckily, entrepreneur and party thrower extraordinaire Casey Martin has put together the "Save The Vegetables" barbecue. Now in its fifth year, this decidedly carnivore-friendly event has grown into a summer staple for several camps within Detroit rock and lowbrow art communities. Man, the Jollys, the Koffin Kats and the Amino Acids will perform and, as is to be expected from wildman Martin, several bizarre and wonderfully refreshing ways of having a good time will also be on hand: think mechanical bulls, semi-professional cage wrestling, moon walks, and of course, lots of barbecue. Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door. On the grounds of the detroit contemporary (5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit); festivities commence at 4 p.m. (Okay, so veggie burgers are welcome too. Shhh.)
Saturday • 7
Riverfolk Music & Arts Festival
On the banks of the River Basin, just 30 minutes west of Ann Arbor, there is a little
bluegrass festival that any traditional country music lover would enjoy. The Riverfolk Music & Arts Festival, now in its 17th year, touts some of the most dedicated fans in Michigan. This year it will feature performers from all over the United States. The lineup includes the Cajun fiddlin’-cum-Western swing of the Red Stick Ramblers, Jeremy Kittel, River Rogues Jazz Band and others. At Carr Park (Main Street, Village of Manchester). Call The Ann Arbor Area Visitors Bureau at 800-888-9487 for more information; 11 a.m. to midnight.
Saturday • 7
Jamaica’s 42nd Independence Day Celebration
Jamaican Nationals the world over will celebrate their home country’s 42nd year of Independence from Britain this week. The country, which battled imperialism, disenfranchisement and exploitation won the right to vote back in 1944, but it was not until 1962 that the troubled country gained full independence from European colonization. So in honor of this rite of passage, the Jamaican Association of Michigan will present a day of commemoration which includes: dancing, authentic Jamaican cuisine, and roots rock and reggae from Jello, Mike and Rookie. At the WIAA Hall (2015 E. Seven Mile Road, Detoit); call 313-575-1813 or visit jam1.org. Wear the colors of Jamaican flag, if possible! $5.00 admission; festivities begin at 9 p.m.
Sunday • 8
Sacred Heart Church Annual Bazaar
FUN FOR ALL
Every year, for one day only, the folks over at the Sacred Heart Church in Detroit take to the outdoors. The whole city is invited to participate in their day-long bazaar, complete with the Open Air Market (which includes everything from arts and crafts to jewelry and clothing booths), a petting farm and pony rides, kid’s games and musical performances from local jazz artists and the Sacred Heart Choir. At the Sacred Heart Church (3451 Rivard, Detroit); call 313-831-1356 for more information. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday • 8
Antique and Contemporary Art Tile Fair
The Grosse Pointe War Memorial will play host to this year’s Pewabic Pottery Antique and Contemporary Summer Art Tile Fair. Tile makers and artists will display a variety of ceramic goods that range from historic to newly-crafted tiles, tables, trivets and more. A silent auction will also be held to benefit the Pewabic educational program, a nonprofit organization that promotes ceramic arts education in the Detroit area. At the beautiful lakefront property of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial (32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms); call 313-822-0954 for more information.
Monday • 9
Outlaw Star and Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof
Japanese anime flicks, due in part to their surreal look and ultramodern appeal, are very popular these days. And its not just cartoon geeks who love the stuff — people of diverse ilks find this sexy animation to be interesting. This week, as part if their Anime Movie Festival, the Malletts Creek Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library will be showing Outlaw Star — a space-age cartoon that centers around the character Gene Starwind, a 20-year-old spaceship commander who battles both the temptations of his youthful lust for life and an extreme fear of outer space — and Gunsmith Cats: Bulletproof — a Chicago-based action drama that has earned worldwide occult claim. At the Ann Arbor District Library (Malletts Creek Branch) at 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway in Ann Arbor. Call 734-327-4200 for more information. Note: these films are not rated, parental guidance in suggested; 2-5 p.m.