Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village
FUN FOR ALL
Charles Dickens himself couldnt have described a better holiday landscape scene than whats to be seen at Greenfield Village in Dearborn these days. The lantern-lit sidewalks guide the way to the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas past. For the entrance fee of $15 ($12.75 members), you can take a carriage or Model T ride, go ice skating at the old-fashioned ice rink (skates are available), warm up by roadside bonfires, enjoy a holiday skit performed by the Greenfield Village actors, eat yummy treats or meet Santa (and his live reindeer) at the Robert Frost House. These are the last few Holiday Nights of the season, so book your reservation today. Activities take place 6:30-10:30 p.m. at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; call 313-271-1620. Reservations recommended.
Hes been in Kid Rocks shadow for more than a decade now, but guitar man Kenny Olson has moved to the front of the stage. This week, the former Kid Rock/Twisted Brown Trucker member debuts his very own outfit, the Flask. We havent seen the group live yet, but if history and reputation are any sort of a barometer, expect hard rockin and a heaping dose of the cocksure. At the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3030. With the Dirty Americans and Broadzilla.
Through Friday 23
Detroit Artists Markets Annual Holiday Show
When shes not using her hands to save lives, pediatric surgeon Susan Hershberg Adelman is making beautiful jewelry with them. Seems the congenial doctor came upon her hobby naturally: She studied painting at the art institute in Rochester, N.Y., and majored in geology at the University of Michigan. While at school, she was torn between pursuing a career in the arts or one in medicine. While medicine prevailed, Adelman still makes beautiful pieces of organic and abstract wearable art, which can be purchased as part of the Detroit Artists Market Annual Holiday Show until Friday, Dec. 23. At 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8540.
Christmas Party a Go-Go with the Polish Muslims
Its been a while since beer-and-paczki pushers the Polish Muslims took the stage at old 2930 Jacob St. in south Hamtramck. They used to rule the roost at Lilis 21 (now the Painted Lady) with their hilarious renderings of pop and punk rock songs, and this week, just in time for the holidays, they are back. Its the watering holes Christmas Party a Go-Go: the Muslims will be joined by Headlights Over the Hill and ska-rockers Vatican Roulette. Call 313-874-2991 for more information.
Expect hits from his latest album, Accentuate the Positive, and plenty more from five-time Grammy Award-winner Al Jarreau as he takes on the Max this week. Jarreau, who also happens to be the only vocalist in history to win music awards in three different categories (jazz, pop and R&B), returns to the Motor City with smooth music and panache aplenty. 8 p.m. at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5100.
Merry Mitzvah Day
Regardless of your religion, you can celebrate Merry Mitzvah Day. Interested volunteers should meet up at the Max M. Fisher Federation Building (6735 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills) at 12:30 p.m. They will be fed breakfast and then carpooled to various volunteer sites, from soup kitchens to homes for the aged. This event sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit is open to people of all faiths.
19th Annual Kwanzaa Jazz Concert
In celebration of the first day of Kwanzaa, the First Unitarian-Universalist Church in Detroit holds a swinging holiday event. The annual jazz concert features world-renowned pianist Barry Harris, who was a sage to younger Detroit jazz musicians in the 1950s and early 60s before he left to town to work with Cannonball Adderley and others; at 76, Harris is among the sadly thinning ranks of still-performing elder boppers. His quartet will include the saxophonist-composer-educator Donald Walden and James Wendell Robinson on drums. The church fund-raiser is sponsored by its Black Concerns Working Group. $25 donation includes an afterglow. 4 p.m. at 4605 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9107.
The Christma-Hana-Kwanzaa Spectacular: Oh Come All Ye Fed Up!
The press release cautions that the Improv Infernos The Christma-Hana-Kwanzaa Spectacular is 18 and older and is not recommended for anyone who has ever been described as a fuddy duddy. This probably means that the irreverent comedy troupe has pulled out all the stops. The show lampoons everything from the forced fun of holiday parties to the travails of preparing for a family visit. They assure us that no tradition is safe, no cow too sacred for the menu. 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23 and 30, at the Improv Inferno, 309 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-214-7080.
Call for Submissions: Show Love
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Artists with side jobs should take the holidays to work on their craft: The 555 Gallery in Detroit is now accepting submissions for their upcoming exhibit, Show Love, which will take place Feb. 10- 25. This is an open call; all themes and all mediums will be accepted, but directors ask that artists submit flat work only. Submission fees are $15 for five slides or $20 for 10 jpegs and can be sent to 555 Gallery/Studio, P.O. Box 8173, Detroit, MI 48208. Deadline Jan.10; checks can be made payable to 555. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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