Broadside Press 40th Anniversary with Sonia Sanchez
The last few years have seen a surge of interest in Broadside Press, the Detroit-based small press that helped spark an explosion of African-American poetry in the 1960s. Theres been a biography of founder Dudley Randall (Wrestling with the Muse) and an anthology of the press leading poets (A Different Image). This weekend Broadsides 40th anniversary is celebrated with appearances by two of those poets (Sonia Sanchez and Haki Madhubuti the latter originally known as Don L. Lee) and a major hip-hop generation voice working in their tradition (Jessica Care Moore). The University of Michigan Dearborn campus hosts Sanchez and Moore on Thursday (6-9:30 p.m.; 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn); the Detroit Public Library Main Branch hosts an address by Madhubuti at a tribute to Randall and his late wife Vivian on Friday (6:30-9 p.m., 5201 Woodward, Detroit); and Wayne County Community College hosts poetry workshops featuring Moore on Saturday (4-8 p.m.; 5901 Conner, Detroit). Thursday is free. Fridays $50 admission includes a strolling dinner. A donation is requested Friday. Call 313-824-0785 or see www.broadsidepress.org.
ISSUES & LEARNING
Given the current state of the world, we could probably all use a deeper understanding of other religious cultures. To that end, a panel of religious experts will ponder the following philosophical nugget: Do all paths really lead up the same mountain? The panel will include representatives of Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian faiths. At Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington, 25301 Halsted Rd., Farmington Hills. Call 248-478-7272 for reservations.
Fans of the 90s quartet In Order to Survive mourned its demise for a number of reasons, including a) its unique chemistry and b) the hope that it would bring the elusive pianist Cooper-Moore to wider audience. But its another decade, baby, and there are high hopes that Triptych Myth will succeed with Cooper-Moore as part of its unique chemistry. He swings from delicate singsong motifs to straight-up grooves to keyboard pummeling (vague echoes of early Cecil Taylor included) with bassist Tom Abbs and drummer Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground Duo) as symbiotic collaborators. The Vizitors (with Kenny Green, Faruq Z. Bey and Skeeter Shelton) open. Mackenzie Fine Arts Center, Henry Ford Community College (8:30 p.m.; 5101 Evergreen, Dearborn; 313-845-9676).
On a scale of 1 to 10, the Japanese do pop culture somewhere around an 11; in fact, they do American culture better than we do. The Japanese synth-punk-cum-thrasher band Polysics raise the bar even higher: style, skill and good ol-fashioned reckless abandon make this spectacle a show worth checking out. Fun and full of quirky stage appeal (they sing in Japanese), this show should flip Smalls in Hamtramck on its head. At 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; 313-873-1117.
Cancer! The Musical
Theres nothing funny about cancer, but if you ask author Tom Donnelon, hell tell you that laughter truly can be the best medicine. Donnelon, who co-wrote the book, Cancer! The Musical with Second City veteran Shawn Handlon, is not only a surgeon, but a cancer survivor himself. The story has been adapted into a satirical musical drama that tells the story of a researcher who may have found the cure for cancer, the pharmaceutical exec who wants to bank on it, and the surgeon who needs it to save the woman he loves. 8 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-Oct. 15. At the Abreact, 442 E. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-247-5270.
Little freaks! Pint-sized geeks! Skull donkey rides! How can one resist? But be forewarned: The Dirty Brothers Kiddie Circus is a show not suitable for children. But for sick twisted bastards? You bet! This multimedia night will feature live performances and visuals artists, conveying a surreal circus atmosphere (and its not that much of a stretch, really those clowns are pretty freaking creepy, right?). Costumes are encouraged. Leave the kids at home, but bring your inner warped child. 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation. At Natural Canvas, 613 N. Main, Ann Arbor.
Atlantas Dropsonic melds sprawling guitar, an appreciation for melody and a DIY punk ethos to make straightforward rock n roll. No indie sensibility, no twee pining, no minimalist garage rock appeal Dropsonic is a freakin rock band, and proud of it. Held together by front man Dan Dixons snarky vocals, the thundering bass of Dave Chase and arena rock-caliber tub thumping of Brian Hunter, these Southern gentleman should leave a dent in your sternum. At Smalls, 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; 313-873-1117.
tour de troit
FUN FOR ALL
Metro Times has already christened Corktown with the title of Detroits most walkable neighborhood. Now, it could be the Motor Citys most bikeable neighborhood too. The Corktown Development Corporation has organized tour de troit, a 35-mile bike ride (at the leisurely pace of 10 or so mph) to promote bicycling as an alternative form of transportation. The ride begins and ends in front of Michigan Central Station, and weaves through Clark Park, Mexicantown, Belle Isle, Indian Village and other beautiful spots in the city. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and helmets are mandatory. Post-ride, food will be provided by Slows Bar BQ in Roosevelt Park from 2 to 6 p.m. Cost is $20, $10 for students. To preregister, call 313-965-5853 or visit corktowndetroit.org.
Walk for Farm Animals
In an effort to raise awareness about the evils of animal cruelty, the Farm Sanctuary, a national shelter for abused animals, hosts a walk-a-thon. The group wants to highlight inhumane farming practices and cruelty-free alternatives, as well as to raise money to fight for the legal protection of animals used in food production. Registration ($10) begins at noon at Hudson Mills Metropark, North Territorial Road at the crossing of the Huron River, Dexter. Visit farmsanctuary.org for info.
Auditions for Mosaic Youth Theatre
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The Mosaic Youth Theatre is one of the most accomplished outfits of its kind in the nation, a critical darling of both local and national media. The prestigious company is holding auditions for talented youth ages 12 to 18, including actors, singers and technicians. The auditions take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis; audition fee is $5 per person. For more information, see www.mosiacdetroit.org or call 313-872-6910, ext. 4008. At General Motors Mosaic Theatre, 610 Antoinette, Detroit.
4th Annual Fahrenheit Festival of Fire
Its North Americas first and apparently only fire sculpture festival. Things heat up as fire artists control the elements to shape fire sculptures and manipulate burning rates and patterns. The result is a temporary but spectacular art fueled by both nature and man. The blazing takes place from 9 to 11 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, Sept. 25, same time, same place). Tickets are $5 for adults, or $20 for a carload. At 7200 Malden Rd., Windsor, Ontario. Visit www.artcite.ca/fahrenheit or call 519-682-0274.Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org