ZigiDee BooM Hip Hop Fest
Wayne State University rings in the 2005 school year with ZigiDee BooM, a fun-for-all hip hop concert. The festival, put on by Project A.R.T. and Detroit2La Entertainment, will take place from noon to 8 p.m. in front of WSUs Student Center Building. Grab some grub and enjoy ear candy for dessert. Local rapper MC LOCK, WJLB-FMs Foolish, comedian the Great Bo Bo Lamb, DJ Glenn and other acts perform. WSU Student Center, 5221 Gullen Mall, Detroit. For more information, call Project A.R.T., 313-921-8821.
Cooking and Wine Classes
FUN FOR ALL
Impress your family and friends by learning tricks of the culinary arts at Birminghams Community House. This fall, the community center offers three cooking classes: pan searing and sautéing seafood, herb and spice selection, and how to make a three-course meal. Its also offering a wine exploration series, with classes in introduction to wine, an explanation of the difference between sparkling wine and Champagne, and exposure to wines from all over the world. Classes are $30 each. If youre interested in several, a discount rate is available. At 380 S. Bates St., Birmingham; 248-644-5832, communityhouse.com.
Hammond B-3 Organ Festival with Lonnie Smith
Why would any sound-minded musician lug a huge piece of furniture night after night? If youve ever heard the sweet sounds of a Hammond B-3 organ, you understand. As part of its Hammond B-3 organ festival, the Marriott Courtyard welcomes turban-wearing piano man Lonnie Smith to bang out some sweet tunes on the B-3. Be glad youre not the roadie. 3295 Boardwalk, Ann Arbor; 734-995-5900. Gerard Gibbs performs Friday, Sept. 30.
Why hang your art collection on the wall when you can wear it out on the town? Mosaic Productions latest undertaking, Threads, takes this philosophy to the hilt, melding fine art with wearable fashion. Threads organizers Billy Hunter and Jeanne Moore say that this years theme is dress to impress, so who knows what kind of wearable masterpieces will come down the catwalk? Beer will be provided by Woodward Avenue Brewery and decadent yummies by Gayles Chocolates. 6 p.m. at Johansen Charles Gallery, 1345 Division St., Detroit. Call Mosaic Productions at 313-342-6143.
Relief: Wood & Lino Prints
Artists Eric Skoglund and Brett Colley use their linoleum and woodcut techniques to shed some light on the vulgar injustice of recent history. Topics include Sept. 11, 1973, the day dictator Augusto Pinochet took over Chile, and May 1, 2003, the day President George W. Bush landed on the Navy aircraft carrier and declared mission accomplished. Opening reception Saturday, Sept. 17, at Zeitgeist Gallery, 2661 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-965-9192. Ends Oct. 30.
Annual Fall Crossroads Rummage Sale
The garage sale season is coming to a close, but your living room still has space for a used television, the closet has a hanger waiting for a lightly used Members Only jacket and your kitchen could still use an olive pitter. Theres at least one more chance to fill the voids and support a cause. Its the annual Crossroads fall rummage sale at the Herlong Cathedral School in Detroit. Proceeds benefit Crossroads, an ecumenically based outreach ministry whose services include medical referrals, job placement, a food pantry and soup kitchen. At the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-3154.
Hurricane Katrina Relief Events
Among the benefits to help victims of Hurricane Katrina are these on Sunday: At the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700), the Questions, Battling Siki, the High Strung, Troy Gregory & the Stepsisters, Terrible Twos and others; at Fifth Avenue Billiards (215 W. Fifth Ave., Royal Oak, 248-542-9922), the Replica Junkies, the Luddites, Phoenix and Attic; and at Gusoline Alley (308 S. Center, Royal Oak; 248-545-2235), Ben Cyllus. Visit RedCross.org to make direct donations or see News Hits in this issue for other alternatives.
In this classic by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, there are four sides to every story. Made in 1950, Rashômon tells the story of a 12th century samurai and his wife who are attacked by a notorious outlaw. The film explores the attack as seen by the outlaw, the samurais wifes, a psychic and a witness to the crime. Its part of a Monday night University of Michigan course, Interior Vision: The Subjective Camera in Narrative Film. All movies are open to the public at regular movie prices. 7 p.m. at Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8480.
Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno
Freaked out with nowhere to go? Fret no more: Japans psychedelic noise animals, Acid Mothers Temple and the Cosmic Inferno, might be your end-of-summer salvation. Led by guitar virtuoso Mokoto Kawabata, who composes trance-inducing 50-minute ragas as proficiently as he does two-minute electro-metal jams, the group is one of heavy rocks weirdest, most beautiful hidden treasures. No longer using the handle the Melting Paradiso U.F.O. since the departure of singer Cotton Casino, the prolific Acid Mothers Temple has already released four official full-lengths this year: Just Another Band from the Cosmic Inferno, Iao Chant from the Cosmic Inferno, SWR and Born to be Wild in the USA 2000. Stand near the stage and shout out for the gorgeous What Do I Want to Know (Like Heavenly Kisses part 2). Apparently the group loves requests as much as they do playing in Detroit. With Aqui at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org