WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY-SUNDAY FEBRUARY 10, 13-14
THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN
Since bringing soulful life to the synthesizer in Was (Not Was), Luis Resto has been a behind-the-scenes mainstay in the music biz, collaborating as a keyboardist, synth maestro and producer with everyone from Patti Smith to Eminem. It was that partnership that, besides garnering Resto Grammy and Oscar awards, made him an in-demand hip-hop producer, working with the likes of Jay Z, 50 Cent, Jadakiss and more. Now, Resto is finally putting out a solo album called Combo de Memento that showcases his uncanny knack for blending disparate elements from rock, jazz, electronica and soul into one intriguing, pleasing sound. Resto is celebrating the disc with a series of shows — Wednesday at 9 p.m. at the Majestic Café (4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit), a Thursday in-store at 4 p.m. at Record Time (27360 Gratiot Ave., Roseville) and Sunday at 8 p.m. at Memphis Smoke (100 S. Main St., Royal Oak).
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11
Luciana Souza Trio
Sure her Tide lost out on the jazz vocal Grammy to Kurt Elling's Coltrane-Hartman salute, but you can show some Luciana some love to help salve the rejection. In the last 10 years, the Brazilian-born transplant has become an almost ubiquitous voice-for-hire for leaders and composers from Maria Schneider and Herbie Hancock in the jazz world to Osvaldo Golijov in the classical world. But she has her own ideas, too, for what to do with her phenomenally light yet sumptuous instrument, drawing on a Brazilian lilt and an ear for poetry (whether singing her own words or those of Pablo Neruda or Cole Porter or Antonio Carlos Jobim). Trio-mates Romero Lubambo (guitar) and Cyro Baptista (percussion) are her equals as masters of the telling musical detail. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St.; Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; $20-$42.
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 12
ONLY THE LONELY
Soothe your broken heart and give a hearty "fuck you" to Valentine's Day bliss at the second Honky-Tonk Heartache. Whitey Morgan and the 78's provide the old-school country soundtrack to help you forget your busted, bitter soul; Catfish Mafia delivers some rip-roaring, foot-stomping bluegrass, and Lily LaRue gives a jaw-dropping burlesque performance to honky-tonk tunes. The lineup is rounded out by Matt Dmits and Rachel Brooke. Drown your sorrows and sing along at 8 p.m. at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13
Women: A Night of Art & Culture
Pay homage to the artistic endeavors of the fairer sex at this night of music, art, fashion and comedy. Artists such as Vanessa Miller, Kate Daughdrill and Amy Kaherl will showcase their work; comedians Terri Stern, Amy Rudd, Heather Brewer and Heather Kozlakowski will provides the yuks; Angela McBride will showcase her Peace.Love.Spandex. fashions; and three stages will features 16 bands, including the Sisters Lucas, Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, Lightning Love, Secret Twins, DJ Ava and Lettercamp. Organizers hope the night will be more than just a party, sparking an ongoing dialogue about women's issues. At 6 p.m. at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; $5, a portion of which is to benefit the Michigan Women's Foundation.
FRIDAY-SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12-13
CRIME WITHOUT PUNISHMENT
Written by English playwright and novelist Patrick Hamilton, this 1929 philosophical thriller — loosely based on events — tells the story of two college students who murder a classmate as an intellectual exercise: Can they execute and get away with the perfect crime? The majority of the action takes place at a dinner party hosted by the murderers, who serve canapés and cocktails off a trunk in which they've stashed the dead body (talk about cocky!). Attending the party is the students' mentor, a college professor whose amoral musings influenced the boys' actions, but who now must attempt to unravel their twisted plot. At 8:40 p.m. at the Walker-Buzenberg Building, 240 N. Main St., Plymouth; 734-560-1493; $12, $10 students and seniors; justgobarefoot.com; further performances Feb.19-21 and 26-28.
FRIDAY-SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12-14
Motown Winter Blast
BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
Now in its sixth year, the newly rechristened Motown Winter Blast serves as the official kick-start for the Motown Museum's 25th anniversary celebration, placing a special emphasis on the history of Motown music, while still featuring the usual ice sculptures, ice skating demos, free ice skating and marshmallow roasting. Along with the frigid fun, the fest features kid-oriented performances and three stages of music, with such acts as Larry Lee & the Back in the Day Band, the Muggs, the Macpodz, the New Strategy Band, One eskimO and Paxahau DJs. Festivities take place 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; info and a complete schedule at winterblast.com. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item or article of clothing as an entrance fee. Items will benefit the Grosse Pointe Rotary's "Breaking the ICE on the Cycle of Poverty" program.
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 13
Relive the halcyon days of braces, pimples and crepe paper-festooned gyms at Love Sick, a middle-school-themed dance party hosted by New Wave, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's party-planning auxiliary group. MOCAD provides the streamers, balloons and sweet treats; DJs Johnny Saco and Frankie Bank$ bring the dance-worthy grooves; and attendees are asked to wear their best regrettable grade-school dance attire (red and pink shades preferred, velvet and lace even better), complete with tacky corsages and inelegant boutineers. At 8 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; $5 advance, $10 door.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13-14
Valentine's Day in Paradeland
PROMENADE OF PASSION
For an unusual way to impress the one you love (or even just the one you're with), take a special Valentine's Day-themed guided tour of the Parade Company's Studio. The romantic stroll among the floats includes a commemorative photo taken in Cinderella's Carriage and a gift bag of Champagne, roses, chocolates, beads and the Parade Company's signature clown noses. Tours take place, by reservation, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Parade Company Studio, 9500 Mt. Elliott St., Studio A, Detroit; call 313-923-8368 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your spot; $100 per couple.
SATURDAY-SUNDAY FEBRUARY 13-14
The Movement Revisited
CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE'S GRAND GESTURE
Charles Mingus always aspired to be epic in his music, and often to be politically relevant — as in "Haitian Fight Song," "Fables of Faubus" and "Meditations on Integration." Christian McBride rises to the occasion of anchoring a festival honoring Mingus with his own epic: "The Movement Revisited," dedicated to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — with a new movement in celebration of Obama's election. Featuring McBride's band plus the Detroit Jazz Festival Orchestra and Detroit's Second Ebenezer Majestic Voices, the presentation culminates a day of workshops, clinics, jams, master classes and an open Mingus discussion by McBride and fellow bassman Robert Hurst Jr. The concert is at 8 p.m. at the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-763-8587; tickets $15-$25. More info at music.umich.edu. McBride and his large crew revisit "The Movement Revisited" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre St., Detroit; free with registration through detroitjazzfest.com.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14
The Ties That Bind
Former Metro Times contributor Dan DeMaggio has spent the last several years spreading mirth with his spoken word appearances, usually drawing on bizarre stories from his personal life. Those who've seen DeMaggio's bits know just how weird they can get (like that tale of how he got so drunk he only later realized the girl he took home was developmentally disabled). Well, when the D-man lines up a gig for Valentine'sDay, you know it's going to be a night of love's labors lost, found and otherwise deranged. For lovers who love to laugh (and aren't on their first date), drop in for some wild times. At Motor City Brewing Works, 470 W. Canfield, St., Detroit; 313-822-2700; free; starts at 9 p.m.
MONDAY FEBRUARY 15
The Love Hangover
Recover from your amorous gluttony with the nationwide tradition known as the Love Hangover, which features local musicians pairing up with unlikely partners to perform originals and covers, from the whimsical and lovely to the bitter and brokenhearted. The second Hangover to take place in Ypsi features Patrick Elkins, Jim Roll, Jennifer Guerra, Tyler Brubaker, members of Ghostlady and Secret Twins, a troupe of tap dancers and more. Proceeds benefit nonprofits 826michigan and Huron River Arts Initiative. At 7 p.m. at the Elbow Room, 6 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti; 734-483-6374; $8.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 16
Hamtramck's answer to Mardi Gras, Paczki Day, celebrates hedonism, debauchery and gluttony in the form of jelly-stuffed, lard-filled, heavenly lumps of fried dough (just don't call them doughnuts, OK?). Watering holes around town celebrate with packzi shots, drink specials, Polish cuisine and musical entertainment from such Paczki Day faves as the Polish Muslims and Polka Floyd. The hype and hoopla take place at bars throughout Hamtramck. Gear up for the calories on Saturday at the annual Countdown to Paczki Day, which features music, children's games, free paczki, a bus tour of Hamtown bakeries and an appearance by Tigers' mascot, Paws. At the Town Center parking lot at the corner of Holbrook and Joseph Campau, downtown Hamtramck. For info on both events, visit downtownhamtrack.com.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 17
For years now, Snoop Dogg has seemed like more of a personality than an artist, now better known for showcasing his whimsical personality, gangbanging imagery and his affinity for marijuana in films, commercials and talk shows. Fortunately, Snoop's new album, Malice N Wonderland, reveals that his musical sensibilities are still intact. Parts of the album find Snoop rounding the bases that he's already run throughout his career — but it's impressive that he's able to do so while still sounding current. Snoop's flow still works, and, in all honesty, he has already done the poppy, the gangsta and everything in between. Malice N Wonderland demonstrates that, while Hollywood may have changed him, it hasn't taken away his ability to make good music — and with 10 albums under his belt, that's really all one can ask for. At Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-298-0708.