Thursday, April 27th Lunch at Amici’s Pizza followed by painting at Articipate Art Studio from 12:30-2:00 p.m. We’ve partnered with Berkley Parks and Recreation Dept. to provide transportation* and a Watercolor art adventure at Articipate. $20 includes transportation, an art adventure in watercolor and materials. Lunch at Amici’s will be on your own. $15https://www.facebook.com/events/266929250409187/
More than 1,000 high school and college students from North and South America, including the Detroit area, will compete in a 3-day race to uncover the most fuel efficient vehicles. This family-friendly, free weekend event is filled with interactive activities that will inspire your entire family to discover, create and learn about the science, technology, engineering, math, and energy that drives our world. Freehttp://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/shell-ecomarathon/americas.html
For over 27 years, the Michigan T'ai Chi Ch'uan Institute has been teaching the traditional syllabus of Wu Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan lineage in Metro Detroit. The beginner classes teach students the 108 posture hand form through one on one instruction. The 108 posture form takes every joint in your body through its full natural range of motion while challenging your balance, improving coordination, relaxing your breathing, and increasing circulation. Stop in for a free introductory class! $70/monthhttp://michigantaichichuan.com
Experience this new travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum that explores forgeries and the length forgers will take to deceive the public. This interactive exhibit features all kinds of real and fake objects from historical and cultural artifacts to household items and brand names. Learn how to tell a fake from an authentic item and have fun trying to guess which objects are the real deal. School programming available. www.museumwindsor.ca $5.00http://www.museumwindsor.ca
Michigan folklore is rich and creative. It includes characters like Paul Bunyan, mysteries like Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance, and a legacy of folksongs. The Lorenzo Cultural Center’s exhibit examines the stories and traditional lore that help shape Michigan’s rich culture. Included will be a traveling exhibit from Michigan State University Museum and artifacts from local museums and collectors, along with displays, speakers, and performers that will teach visitors about our state’s cultural history and how it relates to our daily lives. Freehttp://www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com
The senior art exhibition will feature art work by graduating BA and BFA students. The show will run until May 15. Freehttps://www.facebook.com/events/1738822543095715/
Steeve LeCru, a French artist has produced a large body of work that consists of materials he has scavenged during his stay in Detroit, His dream-like, surrealistic style is provocative and sublime. The opening is April 15th at Atom Art in Ferndale at 7 p.m. and runs daily thru May 13th, We hope you'll come share this awe-inspiring show! FREEhttp://www.atom-art.com
The 2017 Graduate Degree Exhibition of Cranbrook Academy of Art showcases work from more than 60 graduating Cranbrook Academy of Art students. Featuring pieces that are the culmination of two years of studio work from a diverse group of students, visitors will see firsthand what it takes to become tomorrow’s creative leaders. For more information, visit our website. ArtMembers free, Children 12 and under free, General $10, Seniors (65 and over) $8, Students with ID $6http://(http://www.cranbrookartmuseum.org/exhibition/2017-graduate-degree-exhibition-of-cranbrook-academy-of-art/)
This year's Midwest Media Expo was unexpectedly cancelled just days before the convention was to take place. While organizers are bummed (and expo-goers are even more bummed) they maintain this was completely out of their control. But, in order to make it up to fans and attendees, they've scrambled to put together an event that will still feature some of the promised celebrity guests such as Jon St. John and David Eddings. There will also be panels, discussions, cosplay photo opportunities and more. Day time programming will be free to all attendees. Day and night time programming will be free to anyone who pre-registered for Midwest Media Expo. There will be a small fee for nighttime programming, which will include a concert and dance, to those who did not pre-register for Midwest Media Expo. For up-to-the-moment updates, follow Midwest Media Expo on Facebook.
For the lucky 13th consecutive year, Totally Awesome Fest will take over downtown Ypsilanti to provide pancakes and entertainment to the public for free. This year, venues include Dreamland Theater, which is, of course, the best puppetry studio in the state of Michigan, and their whimsical performances are always sure to enchant kids. Grove Studios is another awesome venue on the list. It’s a creative space for artists and musicians, with a super rad homemade stage that you’ll definitely want to see some cool bands perform on. The House of Mole will also serve as a venue, and an awesome one at that. This year’s performers include Crime Victim, Queen Louie, Rebel Kind, Deadbeat Beat, Wraiths, Little Traps, and more. free
Do you love gin? What about vodka? We love both of these things, so the inaugural Detroit Gin and Vodka Festival seems like our jam, plus it’s held at Eastern Market, inside Shed 3, so really, what could be cooler about this tasting extravaganza? According to a Facebook event synopsis, patrons will experience a multitude of “spirit tasting stations” that will offer a choice of mixed cocktail or “straight taste” of each brand, while schmoozing with liquor reps. Admission comes with 12 tickets, each redeemable for a beverage sample. Food costs extra, so carb loading in advance is recommended. $45
I’m sitting here trying to remember the last thing Chris Rock starred in, or even stuff he starred in when I was young, you know, in the ’90s. And he’s totally been in stuff (Lethal Weapon 4, for instance), but is mostly known for his stand-up, which has has basically been doing since the dawn of time. The funnyman is also a vocal critic of racial profiling, and often makes the subject the forefront of conversation. In an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he and Jerry Seinfeld two were pulled over for speeding. He later admitted that he would have been scared had Seinfeld not been in the vehicle. $50, $70, $125
In conjunction with the fabulous Girls Rock Detroit, PJ’s Lager House will host Rock Roulette Detroit for the second year in a row. Girls Rock Detroit, a week-long musical summer camp for girls ages 8-14, uses this show as a way to raise money for the camp and to get some awesome women from the Detroit rock scene all together in one place. This year’s show will feature eight bands, all formed on March 5 to ensure equal competition for fundraising (and the chance to record their music professionally): the Floodlights, the Maw Maws, Lowbrow, Hissyfit, Persnickety, the Cherry Blossom Effect, McDougall Cellophane & the Nasty Hands, and Nature Vs. Her. $10 suggested donation
Michael Scoggins (born 1973) received his MFA (2003) in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and completed a fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Scoggins has been composing his monumental 67 x 51 inch notebook sheets for more than a decade. His renditions, complete with spiral bound edges and hand-drawn blue lines, depict how he is affected by popular culture and world events, and suggests how those forces have shaped all of our lives. April 28-June 9 FREEhttps://bbartcenter.org/exhibitions/
Stefan’s Hope is hosting a 1920s-themed party! The event will feature Ron Sandison, Rochester Hills, MI author of A Parent’s Guide To Autism. Sandison will be on hand to speak. He will also sell and sign books. A Troy, MI dance team made up of children with disabilities from Gotta Dance will be featured as well. In addition to Ron Sandison and Gotta Dance, the event will have a DJ, dinner, drinks, dancing and raffles. This is a must-attend charity event! Come dressed in your finest 1920s attire, or come as you are and let Stefan’s Hope accessorize you! $55 per person or $100 per couple at http://www.stefanshope.org/. Tickets will be $60 per person at the door.http://www.stefanshope.org/
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