POP, HIT, REPEAT
A bit of old Warhol goes a long way. Thanks to his genre-defining work of decades back, you see oodles of repetitious postmodern facsimile in today's artists market. Artist Tim Gralewski will present a series of serigraphs, or silkscreen prints, that draw influence from the top of the Pops. In his words: "I am influenced by pop and underground art. Specific influences include the work of Andy Warhol and his use of everyday objects, Roy Lichtenstein's technique of outlining colors, Robert Rauschenberg's juxtaposition of different images and ideas in one work, and Larry Rivers' treatment of subject matter and deliberately unfinished look. Underground artists such as Robert Williams and Robert Crumb have also influenced me by their use of figurative and representational work in order to convey ideas and thoughts." At the Woods Gallery, 26415 Scotia, Huntington Woods; 248-581-2696.
Anti Social Degenerates
By name alone, the Anti Social Degenerates take on summer-of-hate punk rock anarchy. But the band's a little "newer" than that — it formed waaaay back in 1986, as a "politically charged band whose platform developed during the Reagan administration." Indeed, lots to react against there, with such killer songs as "Working Class War," "I Dropped Out" and "The Crowd Circle Jerk," the Anti Social Degenerates are exactly what you think they are. With Decom, the Imp Villains, the Serpent Men and Grindle Ritchie. At the 2500 Club, 2506 Park St., Detroit; 313-496-1232.
HIT REPEAT, POP
Eschewing beer-stained barrooms for a night, SSM is kicking it up a fancy-pants notch and performing at the DIA. Not that this is surprising. The local psychedelic-industrial-whatever pop band is lauded not only for its gritty synth and howling vocals, but for its songcraft, which has been MT-approved since the band's inception. Besides, it's got a good beat and you can dance to it. At 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900. Also performing on Jan. 9, with Freer and the Von Bondies, at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor; 734-996-8555.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
FASTER PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL!
Chalk it up to clever MySpacing or lazy journalism, but it's tough to beat the band's own tagline, as written by an admirer at Fatale Pictures: "An all-chick band (who would probably individually cut your toughest friend's balls off) opened with hard gritty bitch-punk, leaving menstrual blood dripping from the eardrums of the audience with songs that mostly detailed wishes for you to kill yourself, fuck yourself and make sure you remove your tampons once the cycle is finished." The all-girl foursome performs with the cleverly monikered Manginas and Tahquamenon Falls at the Painted Lady, 2390 Jacob St., Hamtramck; 313-874-2991.
Friday, Saturday 4, 5
Anti-Freeze Blues Festival
ALL LEGENDS, DADDY-O
With a (local) star-studded lineup, this is the perfect way to get a blues primer or fix. For the 14th year running, the two-day Anti-Freeze Blues Festival features the Hodge Brothers Reunion on Friday, along with Motown fixture Thornetta Davis, the Erich Goebel Band, the Grandmasters and Mike Espy. On Saturday, Bettye Lavette will perform with Johnnie Bassett, the Laith Al Saadi Band, Count Bracey and the Pleasuretones and the Front Street Blues Band. At the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3030.
Dancing with the Stars
Joey Lawrence's wavy brown hair was soooooo dreamy. Then he shaved his head and faded into obscurity, or faded into obscurity then shaved his head — but either way, it was a tragic loss. That hair had star power, man. You can watch Joey Lawrence's career resurrected, however, as he dances with partner Edyta Sliwinska in the touring version of ABC's popular competition, Dancing with the Stars. (Or "Stars.") Another act not to miss: Wayne Newton. Daddy, don't you dance so fast! At the Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.
DJs Shortstop, Godfather, IMIX and Mark Ep spin popular fare with enough finesse that you needn't feel too much like a club clone. Dance, bitches. Every Saturday night with DJ Shortstop, DJ Godfather, DJ IMIX and DJ Mark Ep at U.S. 12 Bar and Grille, 34824 W. Michigan Ave., Wayne; 734-722-7639.
Whistle Down the Wind
MEAN OLD ADULTS
Based on the 1961 film of the same name, Whistle Down the Wind tells the story of a 15-year-old girl named Swallow growing up in the deep South of the 1950s who comes across a mysterious fella — or felon — hiding in a barn. She and the town's children protect him from evil, cynical, fugitive-hunting adults. Anyway, it's by Andrew Lloyd Webber so it's got to be good, right? Err ... right. Continues until Jan. 27 at the Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000.