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Thursday • 1
Sinéad O’Connor
MUSIC

She said she’d had it with the music business back in the ’90s, but angel-voiced Irish tough girl Sinéad O’Connor is back. And how. In a recent interview on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, O’Connor said, “I wanted to come out of the mainstream rock and pop thing, as I really found it quite spiritually bereft, to be mild about it. It didn’t occur to me that there could be any other arena in which I could sing, so it took me some time to understand that in order to kill off the pop star, you didn’t have to kill off yourself entirely.” Her latest album, Throw Down Your Arms, was recorded with legendary reggae masters Sly and Robbie. The result is a haunting roots album that’s as beautiful as it is unconventional. St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-6358. O’Connor will be accompanied by Sly and Robbie.

Thursday • 1
The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow
LITERATURE

Authors Donnie Williams and Wayne Greenhaw come to Dearborn to discuss their book, The Thunder of Angels: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and the People Who Broke the Back of Jim Crow (Lawrence Hill Books). The book examines the untold stories of the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955. As we just lost Rosa Parks — one of the most significant figures in the storied protest — the timing is all the more apropos. The co-authors will be keynote speakers at the Henry Ford Museum’s official 50th anniversary celebration of Ms. Parks’ legendary refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus. 1 p.m. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6125.

Thursday • 1
Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera
ART/ISSUES & LEARNING

Over the years, writer, art historian and curator Juan Rafael Coronel Rivera — grandson of Mexican muralist Diego Rivera — has curated several exhibitions of his famous grandfather’s works, as well as other contemporary Mexican artists. He is currently working on a book about Rivera’s murals. As part of the College for Creative Studies’ weekly lecture series, Coronel Rivera will discuss the work and influences of Rivera, Frida Kahlo and their contemporaries. 7:30 p.m. The Wendell W. Andersen Jr. Auditorium, 201 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-664-7800.

Friday • 2
The Nutcracker’s Nuts
HOLIDAY/THEATER

Broadway Onstage Live Theatre’s seasonal offering, The Nutcracker’s Nuts, has become an East Side tradition of sorts. The gagged-up holiday production was written by local playwright Dennis Wickline and is as hilarious today as it was the night it opened. And there’s an added bonus: Molly Dodge, a favorite of Broadway Onstage audiences for years, returns as Minnie, the delusional and corpulent ballerina who dreams of starring in her retirement community’s bizarre production of the Nutcracker Suite. Opens 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 2. 21517 Kelly Rd., Eastpointe; 586-771-6333. Runs Friday-Sunday until Dec. 18; call for times.

Saturday • 3
Wish You Were Here
ART

The Primary Space Gallery in Hamtramck has invited 20 artists to create pint-sized art — postcard-sized, actually. The Wish You Were Here exhibit will spotlight a variety of 4-by-6-inch works from such artists as Liz Adams, Lesley Reppeteaux, Brian Behnke, Aaron Kraten and others. Got gifts to give? Consider fine art as an alternative to the usual. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. 2750 Yemans St., Hamtramck; 313-870-9470. Runs until Jan. 28.

Sunday • 4
Michael Eric Dyson
COMMUNITY

“What guides all of my thought and action is the belief that human beings who think creatively and act boldly can shape history and relieve suffering for the good of the neighborhood and the planet,” Michael Eric Dyson says in the preface to last year’s The Michael Eric Dyson Reader. But what makes him so dynamic is the breadth of topics to which his credo leads. In his books, he’s taken on Bill Cosby for his characterization of poor blacks, explored the complex souls of Marvin Gaye and Tupac Shakur, written an extended paean to black womanhood, and shared much about his own life growing up in Detroit. He’s back home to address the first Peace & Justice Awards Banquet sponsored by Central United Methodist Church. Honorees include Grace Lee Boggs, the Rev. Charles Adams, Maryann Mahaffey and Jack Lessenberry. Tickets are $100. The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, Detroit. Call Inez Tolbert, 313-965-5422, ext. 32.

Sunday • 4
The Animated Adventures of Knox
FILM/MUSIC

We watched the DVD and thought, “Whuh?” — some kid running around; random, abstract digressions; great avant-garde jazz wailing on the sound track. But the big-screen live band and opening remarks from filmmaker-musician Tom Abbs hold it all together. The bandleader — who plays instruments from bass to didgeridoo — has a killer lineup on the road with him, including saxophonist Oscar Noriega and former Detroiter Alex Harding on baritone sax. Canterbury House, 721 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-665-0606.

Wednesday • 7
Fats Waller Tribute
MUSIC

The Fats Waller centennial came and went in 2004 with hardly any of the wild, gleeful joint-jumping there should have been. But there’s still a chance to play catch-up before 2005 is gone. Detroit’s Waller expert Alvin Waddles presides at the piano for this tribute, with Marion Hayden on bass, Alex Trajano on drums and Charlie Gabriel on sax. Word is that this Jazz Forum gig is part of their preparation for taking the show on the road. Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee Ave., Grosse Pointe; series info at 313-961-1714.

Ongoing
Seduction and Desire
ART

It took two years for artist Patricia Izzo to put together her latest photography exhibit, Seduction and Desire. The installation includes 50 images that are Izzo’s interpretations of earthly seductions and human beings’ desire for them. Izzo says of her craft, “As in painting, photography captures the unseen nuance of the human condition, both the darkness and the light found in our collective souls. It’s the essence of who we are, not the blueprint.” The River’s Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-246-9880. Ends Jan. 20.

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