England's rep for churning out the wimpiest rock 'n' roll stars might not be fair; but when such epicene combos as the Feeling take the charts, it's hard not to believe the cliché. But just because these iron-deficient chanteurs sing in the same key as Broadway's Oliver doesn't mean their music sucks. To wit: Chris Martin made a fortune by singing like a pussy and Morrissey still packs arenas. St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-MELT. With Rocca Deluca, you know ... that band on Kiefer Sutherland's label.
You don't need a genie or a magic lamp to enjoy Arabian nights in Detroit. All you need is an open ear and imagination. Sponsored by the Arab American National Museum, the Max M. Fisher Music Center welcomes Kristjan Järvi's Absolute Ensemble with Marcel Khalifé. The ensemble's Arabian Nights production is a musical excursion that marries classical music, jazz and traditional Middle-Eastern sounds for an exotic soundscape. Plus ... you won't have to worry about getting sand in your crack. Everyone wins. 8 p.m. at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5100.
Bike to Work Day: Planning Meeting
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One step toward oil conservation is one step in the right direction. (And it's a choice from which many Americans could benefit.) There are countless ways to reduce our oil dependence, but one of the simplest solutions is to ride bikes to work: Not only would Americans rely less on atmosphere-destroying, war-inducing fossil fuels, it wouldn't hurt our collective fat asses to get some exercise. To partake of the planning of this year's local Bike to Work Day, meet up at 6:30 p.m. at the Atwater Brewery, 237 Jos. Campau, Detroit; 313-877-9205.
Red Red Red
These three lads are part of a Detroit rock niche that's becoming more interesting by the day. Could Red Red Red's damaged art punk be essential to the next surge of primitive rock 'n' roll making the D famous? Served with a hardcore bent, the band will spit its freak-out punk to a new generation of twentysomethings. Three cheers for scene evolution! At the Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668. With Top Ten and Reptile Forcefield (Timmy Vulgar's side project).
If they're not the scariest-looking bunch in rock 'n' roll, they've gotta be the most fucked up. Taking style cues from Pinhead and musical direction from Scandinavian death metal, Mushroomhead is more serious than GWAR, faster than Motörhead, and uglier than you. This is bone-crunching metal for the disenchanted. Mushroomhead headlines a two-stage metal marathon at Harpo's, 14238 Harper, Detroit; 313-824-1700. Doors at 4 p.m, tickets are $15. All ages welcome.
Through the Looking Glass
There's a moment when appreciating a piece of art that the viewer and work connect. Like that instant when a sunray catches blown glass when the light and color move in perfect syncopation. This week, the Sherrus Gallery celebrates the beauty of those moments with Through the Looking Glass, an exhibit from April Wagner and Jason Ruff of Pontiac's Epiphany Studios. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. at 109 N. Center St., Northville; 734-380-0470. Runs until April 30.
Musician-composer T. Bone Burnett once said "there's no such thing as atmospheric music." In his world, "every kind of music is atmospheric in some way." But Ireland's Butterfly Explosion challenges Burnett's wisdom with its EP Turn the Sky, a sonic slowdive of emotional music so graceful it tickles all the senses. They play this week with Freer and Zoos of Berlin at the Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman St., Detroit; 313-737-6606. Tickets are on a sliding scale of $5-$10.
Anti-War Rock 'n' Roll Protest
In case you've not noticed, there's debate about the war in Iraq going on. And if you're sitting to the argument's left, consider it your civic duty and do something about it. The Anti-War Rock 'n' Roll Protest welcomes representatives from several local and national activist organizations as well as musical performances from the Questions, Siddhartha, the Freer Bros., Friends of Dennis Wilson, the Bird Dogs, the High and Low, Big Brother, Sugarspell and others. Begins at 10 p.m. at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700. Admission is free.
Brunch with Bach
Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist Marcy Chanteaux will be joined by pianist Angelina Pashmakova for an Easter Sunday offering of classical music by Sergei Prokofiev and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Family-style brunch comes with the price of admission ($30). Please order tickets in advance. At 11:30 a.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900.
Double Feature: Wise Blood and Night of the Hunter
Before Easter Sunday hangovers can dissipate, the sot-and-heathen brigade over at Motor City Brewing Works delivers two "Religious Mania"-themed movies for their weekly movie event, Monday Night Double Feature. At 8 p.m. they'll screen John Huston's 1979 flick, Wise Blood, the story of an ambitious young Southerner who becomes a preacher as a means to gain popularity. Then at 10 p.m. there's Night of the Hunter, which stars a badass Robert Mitchum as a religious fanatic who marries a gullible (yet wealthy) widow played by Shelley Winters. At 470 W. Canfield, Detroit; 313-832-2700.
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