Art & Wine Crawl
FUN FOR ALL
The city of Wyandotte presents an Art & Wine Crawl to benefit the Josephine Ford Cancer Center-Downriver this week. Works by more than 20 artists will be on display at various downtown businesses, which will also offer a selection of sparkling, red, white and dessert wines. The art on display includes sculpture, wood carving, photography, painting and other media. All proceeds are a direct donation to the clinic.
Start off at the Rivers Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; call 734-246-9880 for further info. Minimum donation is $10.
Pewabic Potterys Annual Summer Sale
Discounts of 30 percent to 50 percent should grab your attention, but the beautiful works that can be found at Pewabic Pottery this weekend should reel you in. Assorted vases, vessels, tiles and glazes will be for sale. These accessible pieces of art make the perfect gift or late summer addition to the garden. Please bring your own packing materials, to 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; 313-822-0954. (No strollers, please.)
East X Eastside Music Festival
With performances from the Holy Fire, Hot Club of Detroit, Lisboa, the Highlife and others, the East X Eastside music fest looks to be a refreshing change of pace since many of the scheduled bands dont get the media attention they so deserve. Proceeds will be used to replace a national marker that was stolen from the historic St. Albertus Church on the East Side. Concert takes place at the church, 4231 St. Aubin St., Detroit; 313-320-8180.
Lovers of the underground music scene know all about the virtues of a live Human Eye show, but seeing this post-rock, experimental outfit at the Bohemian National Home in Detroits Corktown should be a beautiful thing. The venue, which is now booking a variety of live shows, is the antithesis of the same old scene. Enjoy progressive music in the comfort of the Bohemian National Homes spacious performance area and arty setting. At 3009 Tillman St. (also known as 22nd St.), Detroit; 313-737-6606
Ypsilanti Heritage Festival
FUN FOR ALL
Lets hear it for Ypsi pride. Festivities at this years heritage festival include the Nightmare Cruise, a spoof of the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise (prizes will be awarded in such dubious categories as most rust and most miles), a performance by yo-yo genius Jake Maloney, and all-day concerts. All the events take place downtown at such Ypsi spots as the Tap Room, Depot Town and Riverside Park. Call 734-483-6071 or visit ypsilantiheritagefestival.com.
Seat Filler at the Fox
For those unfamiliar with the term, a seat filler is a person hired to keep a celebritys seat occupied during award shows. The purpose of this seemingly trite job is to give the appearance of a full house when the camera pans over the crowd. Just because Gwyneth Paltrow had to take a whiz doesnt mean that the crowd should look sparse. This absurd tradition has inspired Seat Filler, a romantic comedy about a struggling law student who takes such a job and ends up sitting next to a beautiful pop star played by Destinys Childs Kelly Rowland. An unlikely romance and a case of mistaken identity ensues. Premieres in Detroit at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-6611. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Michigan Classic Ballet Auditions
For little ones with dreams of becoming the next Gelsey Kirkland, the Michigan Classic Ballet Company (MCBC) is holding auditions for its 2005-2006 season. MCBC was established in 1989 and is known among dance cognoscenti as one the best ballet companies for children in Michigan. With Artistic Director Mary Geiger at the helm, young dancers have the opportunity to perform classic ballets like The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle and Cinderella. For the audition, female dancers 10 and up must be on pointe with at least three years of dance experience, while dancers 7 and up need minimal experience. Students should wear proper ballet attire to the audition. 11 a.m. at Geiger Classic Ballet Academy, Bloomfield Hills; 248-334-6964.
Movie critics everywhere fawned over 1998s Everest. The visually powerful movie follows a team of international mountain climbers as they ascend the formidable Mt. Everest in the spring of 1996. The film, which includes several minutes of special IMAX footage, documents everything from the preparations for the climb to the trek to the summit to the successful return to base camp. If you didnt catch this awe-inspiring family movie when it first came out, do yourself a favor and catch it now. Runs daily at 2:50 p.m. at the IMAX Theatre at the Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6100. Ends Sept. 5.
Slippery Weasel Society Exhibition
Longtime friends and artists Carl G. Butler and Matthew Hanna are the Slippery Weasel Society. Their mission statement is simple: Rather than saying which style, trend, movement or period we fit, let us say we indulge in whatever strikes our fancy. Their fancy, it turns out, is an offbeat collection of mixed-media collages and sculptural ceramic works that will be on display at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts until Sept. 23. Expect pop culture, roadside kitsch and a playful mien at 407 Pine St., Rochester Hills; 248-651-4110.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org