Detroit Tigers Winter Caravan
Few things put the world in perspective as delightfully as an old-fashioned underdog story. And when our Tigers became unlikely Mr. Octobers last fall, the city became, once again, smitten. This week, giddy baseball fans can meet up with (and give thanks) to the boys of summer: Much-loved broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen will emcee an appearance and meet-and greet with players, including our latest acquisition, outfielder Gary Sheffield, as well as Magglio Ordoñez, Brandon Inge, Curtis Granderson, Jeremy Bonderman, Nate Robertson, Kenny Rogers and Carlos Guillen. Festivities begin at 2:45 p.m. at the Oakland University's O'rena, 2200 Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-370-2100.
Iron Sheik and Head-Roc
There's few things as globally important as education, so it's fitting that rappers Iron Sheik and Head-Roc are slated to appear at this week's popular Global Thursdays series at the Arab American National Museum. Hip hop is their medium, but the message is steeped in social consciousness and activism. Think of it as hip hop with a political and community-based nature. Good shit, in other words. 7:30 p.m. at 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266.
Thursday and Friday • 18 and 19
Artistic rage heats up the stage in Peter Shaffer’s production of Amadeus, an ingenious story of composer Salieri’s violent jealousy over Mozart’s catapulting career. With sumptuous period costumes, a tasteful set, elegant lighting design, and Paul Shaffer’s original script — which was adapted into an Academy Award-winning motion picture by Milos Forman — the play provides three hours of appealing live entertainment. At the Hilberry Theatre, 4841 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2972.
Nicole Havekost: Careful Measures
Inspired by the everyday, artist Nicole Havekost uses readymade items such as kitchen implements, tools, fruits, candies and various body parts to create her latest exhibit, Careful Measures. The installation includes mixed-media drawings that beautifully alter the prosaic into the interesting. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester; 248-651-4110. Ends Feb. 24.
Their roots trace back to the '70s, when drummer Dushun Mosely and keyboardist Kenny Green were among the Lansing-area musicians who coalesced around the Art Ensemble of Chicago's Roscoe Mitchell (then a Lansing resident). Mosely settled into the Chicago scene (most notably as a member of 8 Bold Souls) while Green carries on in Detroit. Throw in the volcanic saxophonics of Skeeter Shelton and the adventurous vocals of Teresa Mora (mother of Naima Mora of America's Top Model fame) and you've got a band that swings from spacey to earthy and back. At Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman St., Detroit; 313-737-6606.
Friday • 19
Sonic Lullaby 1.5
Experimental music is easier to make in 2007. The technology is readily available — from the laptops to the software to the mixers and homemade instruments — and so are the obscure recordings that used to defy genre barriers. There’s no underground when everything’s online, and that’s what Sonic Lullaby 1.5 celebrates. A loose collective of local musicians and friends exploring experimental, ambient, pop and noise music, and finding out that most of it leads them to the same contented place. At the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit; 313-899-2243. Featuring Geist:Ex:Bibliotecha, Trellis, Hungry Tummy Project, For Wishes, Noise for Neko, and Mother Whale.
Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone
Though the British Invasion reinvigorated rock 'n' roll more than four decades ago, the music can be enjoyed without embarrassment, and is still greeted with new and welcome young ears. Herman's Hermits led the pack with sugary sweet hits "I'm into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," and "I'm Henry the VII, I Am." Fronted by the (still) baby-faced Peter Noone, this show's a slam dunk. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Twp; 586-286-2141. Tickets are $35-$45.
Friday & Saturday 19 & 20
One for All
The name isn't the only evidence that this band's strength comes from the sum of its many parts. On an individual level, members of New York-based One for All have made magic with such jazz wizards as Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, Elvin Jones and others and as an ensemble, they get much industry respect. Side note: We recommend these guys highly, as does WDET's in-house jazz patriarch, Ed Love. As part of the Jazz Café series at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit; 313-963-7622. Set times are 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 19 & 20
The Caine Mutiny
It's not surprising that Humphrey Bogart received an Oscar nod for his role as the wild-eyed and sweaty-pitted Lt. Cmdr. Philip Francis Queeg in 1954's The Caine Mutiny. As a truly classic piece of human drama and quite possibly Bogey's best work this flick finds the hard-boiled icon in the throes of mental instability, betrayal and a government investigation that rocks the lives of an entire ship full of American sailors. The Navy must decide: Was the Caine mutiny a criminal act or a feat of extraordinary bravery? 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Historic Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560. Tickets are $4.
Local music rhetoric is saturated with anecdotal reverie about the city of Detroit, but the city of Dearborn is quite another yarn. While it's probably best known as the hometown of Henry Ford, Dearborn has a musical heritage that deserves acknowledgment. This week, the city's Historical Foundation presents Dearborn Rocks, a celebration of music that's come from the western suburb. Festivities include a Q&A session with old-school impresarios, a panel discussion moderated by Maury Dean, a former Dearbornite who authored Rock 'n' Roll Goldrush: A Singles Un-Cyclopedia and The Rock Revolution, and a concert from boogie-woogie masters Bob Baldori and Bob Seeley. Baldori, you'll note, is a Dearborn native and co-founded a band called the Woolies, which had a No. 3 national hit covering Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love." He also played with Chuck Berry for many years. Starts at 3 p.m. at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-943-2354.
Trio Con Brio Copenhagen
Trio Con Brio Copenhagen, an acclaimed trio of classical musicians, shuffles in the sounds of Haydn, Ravel and Dvorak this week. The three-piece was recently bestowed the prestigious Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award and will spread the love at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills. Their newest release hits stores in February and features Maurice Ravel's Piano Trio in A Minor, Ernest Bloch's Three Nocturnes and Antonin Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 4, "Dumky." 8 p.m. at 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills. For tickets call the Chamber Music Society of Detroit at 248-855-6070.
When Shakespeare wrote "Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep," he must have understood that in the absence of babbling there is grace. And gracefulness is the theme in the Riverside Arts Center's current exhibit, dubbed Watermedia+, a large group show featuring delicate watercolor works as well as other 2D and 3D watermedia artworks. Artists include Whisper Gregory Andrusiak, Mary Penn (artwork shown), Michael Reedy, Amy Sacksteder and others. At 76 N. Huron St., Ypsilanti; 734-480-2787.
You can read a grad student like a book. Or so said art critic Michael Bulka, taking a look at Marygrove College’s latest artistic offering, which includes a multimedia installation by Brooklyn-based artist Stephanie Dinkins that’s jammed with books, projectors, trees and a rocking chair. Want to see if your view of the work squares with Bulka’s assessment? Take a look-see for yourself. At the Gallery, Liberal Arts Building, Marygrove College, 8425 West McNichols, Detroit; 313-927-1538.