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Thu June 4
June's Children

In celebration of the "New Detroit spirit," PJ's Lager House presents a month-long series of free concerts highlighting some of the amazing and beautiful music that's created in a city most often associated with decline and decay. Kicking off with the divinely delightful sounds of the Sisters Lucas joined by Heroes & Villains, Rabid Eye and the Arch Mystics, upcoming June's Children shows will feature Aran Ruth on June 11, Kelly Jean Caldwell on June 18, and Wiccans along with a surprise New Detroit super-group on June 15. 10 p.m. at PJ's Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668.

Fri June 5

The Detroit Opera House's annual hoity-toity fundraiser celebrates its tenth anniversary with a 1920s-themed soiree feting the city's young professionals. More than 40 area restaurants will be on hand to satiate partygoers who will be working up an appetite dancing to the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, who'll perform along with a bevy of locals including Moncia Blaire, Doc Holiday, the John Arnold Trio, DJ Frank Raines and more. From 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; tickets are $105, available at 313-961 3500 or; info at

Fri June 5
Blooms, Bugs and Beasts

An annual all-media, juried exhibit at the venerable Scarab Club, Blooms, Bugs and Beasts features works that explore Mother Nature's creations, from the breathtaking to the skin crawling. More than 20 artists contributed pieces that complement the exhibit's theme of flowers, insects, animals, landscapes and seascapes. Art gawkers can get a taste of nature — at a safe distance — through June 28, with the opening reception at 6 p.m. at the Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit; 313-831-1250.

Fri June 5
Leon Ware at Midsummer Nights in Midtown

He's had more success behind the scenes than on the stage himself, but that doesn't make this hometown performance by Leon Ware — incredibly, it's supposed to be his first ever — any less of an event. He's the songsmith behind such tunes as Marvin Gaye's "I Want You" and Michael Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are," and his songwriting and production include work with more recent hit-makers such as Jamiroquai and Maxwell. He'll host a "listening party" at 6 and perform at 8 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800. That's just one of three days of free events throughout the Cultural Center as part of Midsummer Nights in Midtown, and these three days are just the first installment of a month of similar programming. Also in this installment, Thursday: Pathe Jassi Trio (8 p.m.) and Malcolm Jamal Warner's Miles Long (9:30) at N'Namdi Arts Center; Caravan of Thieves (8 p.m.) and Tally Hall (10) at Detroit Artists Market. Saturday: Wayne State University Book Sale (noon-9) and poet Mark Doty as part of a Midsummer LitFest at the Scarab Club (8). More info at

Fri-Sat June 5-6

The heroin chic culture of the mid-'90s reached its apotheosis with a handful of films depicting use of the drug — The Basketball Diaries, Pulp Fiction and the 1996 adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel, Trainspotting. The story of the decaying relationships among a group of addicts and petty criminals in the slums of Edinburgh, Trainspotting was both acclaimed for its revelatory glimpse into heroin subculture and criticized (by Bob Dole no less) for glamorizing addiction. Henry Gibson's stage adaptation, which created a stir in London's West End two years before the film debuted, is being staged by Who Wants Cake? Theatre, a group not known to shy away from anything shocking. Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m. through June 20, with two 8 p.m. performances on Monday, June 15, and Monday, June 22. At the Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-5545; tickets and further info at

Fri-Sun June 5-7
Mount Clemens Art Fair

Fine artists along with those oh-so-popular urban crafters will be selling goodies ranging from jewelry to textiles at Mount Clemens' annual art fair, which also features live music — performers include Dave Hamilton, Tone & Niche and Veronique — and art projects for the kiddies. On Sunday, local galleries will set up displays in Macomb Place storefronts; participants include the Johanson Charles Gallery, Lemberg Gallery, Lawrence Street Gallery and the Paul Kotula Projects. The fair happens along Macomb Place in downtown Mount Clemens, for info contact the Anton Art Center at 586-469-8666 or visit

Sat June 6
The Detroit Wig Out

Described as "an unrestrained, one-night party," this benefit for a local chapter of Gilda's Club — a nonprofit helping cancer survivors and their families — asks revelers to don wigs in honor of the evening's music and fun. Expect performances from Black Jake and the Carnies, Silverghost, Dale Beavers & Bootsey X, DJ Adam Stanfel, as well as the comely lasses of Spag Burlesque — no strangers to wigs themselves. Though you'll definitely be surrounded by wigs of every size, shape and color, if you really don't want to wear a hairpiece, you can get in without one for a $2 surcharge. At the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; tickets $10; doors open at 8 p.m. For more information, e-mail [email protected].

Sat June 6
Indian Village Home and Garden Tour

The annual tour of Detroit's historic Indian Village neighborhood has been a springtime tradition for 36 years. This year's tour features the impressive turn-of-the-century architecture of nine homes and two carriage houses, along with gardens, churches and schools. Classic cars and works by local artists will also be on display. The tour takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m., information and tickets at 313-922-1736 or

Sat June 6
Over the Rhine

Composed of married couple Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, Over the Rhine has released 10 albums of evocative and intelligent folk-pop since its 1991 debut Till We Have Faces. With a damn near fanatical cult following in their native Cincinnati, the duo continues to receive critical acclaim thanks to Bergquist's emotionally resonant vocals and literary lyrics, influenced by the likes of T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas. The pair is on tour in support of its latest disc, Live From Nowhere, Volume Three. Doors at 7:30 p.m. at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800;; $25.

Sun June 7
Corktown Tour

Continuing the exploration of all things historically Detroit, the Greater Corktown Development Corporation presents its annual tour of Detroit's oldest surviving neighborhood.
Visitors can tour historic homes and gardens, participate in a guided art tour, peruse the neighborhood by bike, and check out the progress at the Workers Row House Archaeological Excavation site and Old Tiger Stadium. Tours begin at 11 a.m. at the Corktown Office, 1401 Bagley, Detroit; info at 313-965-5853; $15.

Sun June 7
Neil Innes

His musical career began with the Bonzo Dog Band, whose biggest hit "I'm the Urban Spaceman" was produced by Sir Paul McCartney, but Neil Innes' musical comedic genius came to the forefront in his role as the musical director for Monty Python, writing music for the group, as well as delivering hilariously memorable performances in Python classics The Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Innes is also the musical mastermind behind the brilliant Beatles satire The Rutles. He'll perform classic songs from his repertoire, as well as recent compositions, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-544-3030; $25; doors at 8 p.m.

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Marking the 200th anniversary of Felix's birth, the 16th Great Lakes Chamber Festival's focus is on "Mendelssohn and the Dawn of Romanticism." The cast of stars includes the likes of artistic director-pianist James Toco, homecoming violist Kim Kashkashian and the eighth blackbird ensemble. And while the emphasis is on the romantic era, contemporary composers Stephen Hartke, Kati Agócs and Ken Ueno also get some love. The almost daily concerts run through June 21 at multiple metro Detroit sites and at Ann Arbor's Kerrytown Concert House. Saturday and Sunday's kick-off events spotlight Mendelssohn, Schubert and Grieg. Saturday at 8 p.m., Seligman Performing Arts Center, Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills, 248-646-7717, ext.1045. Sunday, 2 p.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-882-5330. Full fest info at

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