Thursday • 3
McKenzie Wark: A Hacker Manifesto
As part of the 2004-05 DeRoy Lecture Series, Wayne State University presents “Information wants to be free … but is everywhere in chains,” a talk by McKenzie Wark, professor of media studies at the New School University in New York and author of A Hacker Manifesto. Wark, who has argued for digital workers of the world to unite, speaks about the psychopathic corporate entities shaping the public’s ideas, and the self-taught techies who have the power to change it. At 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 3, in Room 10302, 5057 Woodward Ave.; 313-577-2450.
Friday • 4
Vintage Couture: Dresses of Elizabeth Parke Firestone
From the closet of local auto industry heiress and philanthropist Elizabeth Parke Firestone — who, in the 1950s, was nominated as one of the “Best Dressed in the World” by the Couture Group of the New York Dress Institute — this vintage couture exhibit, which includes 50 breathtaking dresses, really is a must-see for fashionistas. The collection, with dresses from the ’20s to the ’50s, features designers such as Christian Dior, Balenciaga and Peggy Hoyt. Opens to the public on Friday, March 4, at the Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-271-1620. Until July 13.
Friday • 4
Got a hankering for some fruit salad? Maybe a fresh watermelon chutney? OK, so the vittles that veteran comedian Gallagher offers are more projectiles than nourishment, but that doesn’t mean the stand up isn’t as appetizing as ever. The pint-sized funnyman stays true to his food-pulverizing antics, while offering a hearty helping of social and political commentary that fans have grown to love. Bring your funny bone and a rubber sheet to Crystal Gardens, 16703 Fort St., Southgate; 734-285-2210.
Friday-Saturday • 4-5
In 1985, Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Hanover— in accordance with the wishes of her late mother, Princess Grace — revived Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Since then, the dance company has flourished, in no small part because of its director, world-famous choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot. And this week, accompanied by Sergei Prokofiev’s enchanting score, and with spectacular costumes designed by Jérôme Kaplan, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo returns to Detroit for an encore presentation of its modern interpretation of Cinderella. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-7464.
Friday-Sunday • 4-6
FUN FOR ALL
There are few things woven into the tapestry of American pop culture more inextricably than our obsession with the automobile. And if you’re one of those gearheads who thinks that customization and classic car culture are the stuff of greatness, get down to Detroit’s Autorama — an auto show for the other kind of car lover. This year, two levels of Cobo Center will be dedicated to Extreme Sport Compacts, Nostalgics and Rat Rods. At 301 Civic Center Dr., Detroit. Call 248-373-1700 for more info.
Friday-Saturday • 4-5
Henry IV, Part I
WSU’s Hilberry Theatre is taking a stab at Mr. Shakespeare again. The bard is back in the Cass Corridor this month with Henry IV, Part I — the Shakespearean staple featuring such unforgettable characters as the opportunistic Falstaff and the effervescent Prince Hal. Brush up on your English lit at 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2972.
Saturday • 5
Tai Chi Classes
FUN FOR ALL
America’s fondness for gluttony and penchant for inactivity has led to our collectively obese status, but the growing inclusion of many Eastern workout philosophies in our daily routines have helped to make amends — tai chi, for example. This ancient martial art, which uses such nontraditional combat training as counterbalance and “calm against action,” is a great way to fight arthritis, improve balance and alleviate stress, while having fun and adding structure to your daily routine. Classes begin on March 5 in the International Institute, 111 E. Kirby, Detroit; 313-871-1651.
Saturday • 5
Last Comic Standing Reunion
This week, contestants from NBC’s Last Comic Standing will take over the Fox Theatre. The eclectic trifecta of funnymen will laugh it up with audiences to raise money for Jewish Vocational Service, which provides programs and assistance for people with mental illnesses and other disabilities. Former frontrunners from the popular reality show — Gary Gulman, Alonzo Bodden and Rob Cantrell — will perform at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets available at 248-233-4225 or jvsdet.org.
Sunday • 6
One of German-born director F.W. Murnau’s (Nosferatu) last American-made movies, City Girl, will be screened at the Detroit Film Theatre this week. The 1930 film — which contains one of the most famous scenes in classic film, a gorgeous passage that shows a young couple canoodling in a wheat field — is said to “combine perfectly the studied, expressionist cinematography of German films with a radiant emotional freedom.” This is a must-see for any movie buff. Pianist David Drazin will accompany the film. In the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-2323.
Mission Fields of the Tsunami
Tim Fix, founder of the nonprofit organization Hope for Tomorrow, just returned from a humanitarian mission to India. While there, Fix and many other Hope for Tomorrow missionaries documented the devastation of the recent tsunami. Their photographs — both hopeful and harrowing — are a marvelous illustration of the human spirit in the face of unfathomable hardship. Experience the power of Mission Fields of the Tsunami at the Great Frame-Up, 215 Peabody, Birmingham; 248-540-2555. Until March 16.
Second City Spring Training Center Classes
Think you’re funny? Then test your comedy chops by channeling some of that creative energy into an improv class at the new Second City. Students who enroll in its Training Center’s spring semester will learn improv, music, acting and writing from one of 15 instructors, including members of the main stage cast. Quit wondering if you have what it takes, and take a chance at 42705 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-4448. Register before March 4 for discounted tuition; classes begin March 12.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org