Wednesday • 25
Exhibitionist featuring Mark Heggie
Tattooists are usually the forgotten stepchildren of the art world, but Mark Heggie, an artist at Name Brand Tattoo in Ann Arbor, has broken through to the mainstream. Heggie’s collective work in fine art paintings, illustrations, posters and cards has been known to both delight and sicken with disturbing images of violence, sex and violent sex (although, cognoscenti know there’s more to it than that). Heggie’s newest work will be on display at Exhibitionist, a monthly art night at the Belmont Bar in Hamtramck. Artist reception, 8-10 p.m., includes hors d’oeuvres. 10215 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck; 313-871-1966. No cover.
Wednesday • 25
Poetry @ the Zeitgeist
The Zeitgeist Gallery brings outsider poetry indoors this week with Jere Stormer, Norene Cashen and Ander Monson. Stormer will perform a mixed-media offering, Circle Deconstructions: A Means to Lift Words from the Page and Be Aural; Cashen and Monson will deliver performances of some of their newest poetry. 8 p.m., Zeitgeist Gallery, 2661 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-9192. Free and open to the public.
Wednesday • 25
So much more than a film adaptation of Frank Miller’s stories about the fictional Sin City, this spring’s hit flick of the same name is a visual delight to boot. Starring hottie Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke (in the role he was born to play — the tortured lead character, Marv), Benicio Del Toro, Elijah Wood, Bruce Willis and other Hollywood hotshots, this movie is celluloid proof of special effects’ enormous impact on the way we both make and view movies these days. Doors 8 p.m., showtime 9:30 p.m., at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3030.
Friday • 27
Remember Friday Night Funk Nights at Detroit Contemporary? How many late-night afterparties made their way to that badass dance spectacular? Well, it’s back. Sadly, co-peddler de funk Scott Craig has left town to sun his buns in Hawaii, but Craig’s cohort, local DJ, bass player, owner of Peoples Records (and all-around awesome guy) Brad Hales has kept the torch burning. It’s kicking off this Friday, and Rosa Parks Boulevard is about to get funky again. Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (formerly Detroit Contemporary), 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit; 313-899-2243.
Friday-Saturday • 27-28
Hardcore fans of the 2001 head-scratcher flick Donnie Darko know that the only thing better than a midnight showing of the cult classic is an extra 20 minutes of footage. Kicking off the Main Art Theatre’s Midnight Madness series, Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut is sure to fill the house. The story revolves around a high school schizophrenic who suffers from visions of a terrifying 6-foot-tall bunny. The horrifying hare not only saves the troubled boy’s life, but teaches him about time travel and foresees the end of the world. Sound bizarre? It is. Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-263-2111.
Sunday • 29
Detroit playwright Ron Milner was one of the founders of the black theater movement in the 1960s and one of its leading voices until his death last year. He grounded his theater in the lives of African-Americans, “their lives and conflicts, their passions and loves and tragedies,” as his contemporary, Amiri Baraka, put it. Milner, Baraka says, “was not one to zip off into the abstract and turgid waygonesphere.” Milner is now being memorialized with the dedication of the Chene Park amphitheater in his name. Detroit city officials and Milner’s family and friends are to be joined by Broadway producer Woodie King and actors Glynn Turman, Ella Joyce, Vondie Curtis Hall and Dick Anthony Williams. 3 p.m. at Chene Park (foot of Chene at the Detroit riverfront); 313-224-4535.
Friday • 27
Bag O’ Books Sale
For some people, the coming summer months mean three things: beer, bands and barbecue. But for bookish types, sitting on a patio with a good book and a mimosa (who says you can’t drink and read at the same time?) is about as good as it gets. Luckily for them, they won’t have to spend an arm and a leg stocking up on this season’s reading material. The aptly titled Bag O’ Books Sale allows patrons to fill up a grocery bag-sized satchel of selected hardcover fiction, nonfiction and paperbacks for just $2.50 per bag. 10 a.m.–3 p.m. at Southfield Public Library’s Tower Lobby, 26300 Evergreen Rd., Southfield; 248-796-4364.
Tuesday • 31
You might know him as the lead singer from honky-tonk punk band Doornails, or as one of the many pickers from bluegrass outfit Salt Miners, but when multi-instrumentalist Dan Tennant (also known as “Lou,” “Booger” or “Sweet Pea”) does a solo show, you never know what you’ll get. Armed only with his odd assortment of instruments, a wickedly dry sense of humor and a smirk, Tennant is one of the few musicians around whose solo performances rival his full ensemble offerings. Night & Day suggests attendees demand at least one Lionel Ritchie cover (performed on the banjo) and the plucking of the hilarious heart-wrencher “The Waterford Waltz.” With Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. The Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668.
Variety is the spice of life and the 4731 Gallery is peppering its summer season with an eclectic show from three Detroit-based artists. Alongside homegrown craftsmen Jerome Feretti and David Krieger, sculptor Tom Rudd will unveil some of his newest works. Rudd — a longtime supporter of the Detroit arts scene — presents an installation of works based on the “icky” theme of fish. 4731 W. Grand River, Detroit; 313-894-4731. Ends June 18.