Thursday • 7
Detroit Neutrino Project
The Detroit Neutrino Project is bringing its own brand of guerrilla filmmaking and improvisation to the Emagine Theater in Novi. The group, made up of local actors and filmmakers (many whom have studied at the Second City and Planet Ant theaters), has created a progressive creative format that guarantees that no show will ever be the same: The project consists of three digital cameras and a troupe of actors who take to the streets and shoot a 40-minute film. As each scene is completed, a tape is run back to the projectionist and is shown while a DJ scores the show. Needless to say — the program is high-stakes and high-energy. At the Emagine Theater (44425 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi); call 248-319-3456 for more information. Begins at 7 p.m.
Thursday • 7
The Laramie Project
In October of 1998, a 21-year-old gay college student, Matthew Shepard, was murdered outside of Laramie, Wyo. His story — a testimony to the senselessness of hate crimes — would make headlines across the world. In his honor, playwright Moisés Kaufman penned The Laramie Project, a drama for the stage. The story — which emerged from hours of court testimony, police records and hundreds of interviews — explores the history behind young Shepard’s brutal death and the ignorance that facilitated it. Director Thomas M. Suda says, “This play is about tolerance — sexually, racially, religiously — anything that might set us apart.” At the Varner Studio Theatre on the campus of Oakland University. Call 248-370-3013 for more information. Runs until Oct. 17 (call for show times, as they vary).
Friday • 8
The ever-sophisticated Noël Coward’s farce about life and death in English society will commence the fall 2004 season at Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre. In this play, novelist Charles Condomine’s perfect life spirals into chaos when the ghost of his first wife returns from the dead for an intellectual tête-à-tête with his new bride. Enjoy the work of this closet workaholic at the Hilberry Theatre (4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, on the campus of WSU); call 313-577-2972 for tickets. Runs until Dec. 11 (call for show times, as dates and times vary).
Friday • 8
Pavlov dog-sized beads of drool will pour from the mouths of garage rock enthusiasts when they take a glimpse at the work history of local music legend Scott Morgan. The Powertrane frontman’s past is dappled with collaborations with such luminaries as Fred “Sonic” Smith, Iggy, Rob Tyner and Mitch Ryder — all whom helped to render the lo-fi sound that made Murder City one of the most popular garage rock hubs in the world. Powertrane dishes an updated version of straightforward rock ’n’ roll at the New Dodge (8850 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck) with the Muggs; call 313-874-5963.
Friday-Saturday • 8-9
Paul Taylor Dance Company
American choreographer Paul Taylor has been called a genius, a legend and a cultural icon. Time magazine called him “The reigning master of modern dance.” Celebrate the Paul Taylor Dance Company’s 50th Anniversary at the Power Center (121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor); call 734-764-2538 for more information. Tickets are $20-$44.
Saturday • 9
the Spirit of Laughter Inspirational Comedy Show
Bill Cosby is one of the most prominent stand-up comedians to speak out on the virtues of “keeping it clean.” It’s Time Entertainment continues to stay true to this ethos with their very own offering of inspirational comedy. With performances from entertainers Chinnitta “Chocolate” Morris, Detroit’s own Horace Sanders, Miss Clareese and special guest C. Money The Discipler — this all-ages comedy show is the perfect way to entertain the whole clan! At the Masonic Temple/Scottish Rite Cathedral Room (500 Temple Ave., Detroit). Tickets are available at getquicktickets.com or at call 877-548-3237. Tickets are $25 per person or $20/person for groups of 20 or more.
Saturday • 9
My Fair Lady Black & White Ball
Detroit’s abandoned, abused and emotionally impaired children have a guardian angel in Dr. Alyce Lipkin. About 20 years ago, the psychologist started the Youth Emergency Services Shelter (Y.E.S.S.), a short-term refuge for kids who have nowhere else to go. Lipkin, president of Icon of Human Services, the umbrella group that runs Y.E.S.S., now wants to start the Icon Academy, a school that caters specifically to kids in need. The revolutionary school would enroll as many as 200 Detroit-area children grades 6-12, and — in addition to small class sizes — would staff both social workers and psychologists to meet the children’s emotional needs. Icon is slated to put up half the money and Lipkin hopes to raise the rest through donations and events like the My Fair Lady Black & White Ball. This gala event will take place at the Ford Field Atrium (2000 Brush St., Detroit) with a performance from the Boys Choir of Harlem at 6 p.m. The cost is $150 per person, or $1,500 for a table of 10. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com or Ticketweb at ticketweb.com or 866-468-3401. For more information about Icon, go to iconhumansvcs.org.
Saturday-Sunday • 9-10
Detroit Historical Society Guild Flea Market
Antiquers and thrifty shoppers will find everything from arts and crafts to collectibles at Historic Fort Wayne in Detroit this weekend. But there’s more here than the ordinary junk junketing of a community flea market; for a paltry two bucks shoppers can enjoy guided tours through the famous fort built in the 1840s, the Spanish-American War Guard House and the National Museum of the Tuskegee Airmen. Homemade refreshments and baked goods will also be for sale. Historic Fort Wayne is located at 6325 W. Jefferson Ave. in Detroit. To purchase a vendor’s table or for more information call Natalie Jacobson at 586-771-1353. All proceeds go to the Detroit historical museums.
Orange Skies, Cotton Candy & You
Los Angeles-based artist Fawn Gehweiler’s first solo exhibition in Detroit will be hard to ignore. Made up of bright colors, intriguing characters, and sugary-sweet themes that mask a much darker undercurrent — her works should awaken curiosity and interest in even the most jaded art critic. Gehweiler’s work has been displayed across the country and has traveled to the United Kingdom and Japan. Because her painted images adorn a variety of products ranging from books and stationery to clothing and toys, her artwork may appear surprisingly familiar. The exhibition will be on display through Oct. 30, at Primary Space Gallery (2750 Yemans St., Hamtramck). Call 313-870-9470 for more info or visit pr1maryspace.com.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org