For years now, cosplay-mania has swept comic book fandom. It’s fine and dandy — but a case could be made that the spectacle is eclipsing the thing we’re all supposed to be uniting around: the love of comic books. Unlike other comic book conventions, the Great Lakes Comic-Con puts the focus on comic books and toys. Special guests include Nicholas Hammond (Spider-Man, 1977-1979), WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jake “the Snake” Roberts, former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and more. $15 (two day pass)
SPECIAL GUESTS Movies/Televison: Nicholas Hammond – The Sound of Music (1965), Spider-Man (1977-1979) Tom Cook – Filmation, Hanna-Barbera Paul Soles – Voice of the Amazing Spider-Man (1967-1970) Lydia Graber – The Return of the Jedi (1983) Marvel and DC Comics: Jim Shooter, Greg Land, Angel Medina, Keith Pollard, Arvell Jones, Jason Moore, and William Messner-Loebs Gaming, Costume Contests, Raffle Prizes! Including: Amazing Spider-Man #194, the first appearance of the Black Cat (valued @ $200) Batman Adventures #12, the first appearance of Harley Quinn (valued @ $500) Visit us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GreatLakesComicCon.org *************************************************** More information available at http://www.GreatLakesComicCon.org $10-$15http://www.greatlakescomiccon.org
Perhaps the only thing better than the satisfaction of completing a 5k? Chasing it with a paczek and a cold one. As always, everyone who finishes the race gets a paczek and a beer. (Hey, you earned it.) Furthermore, select local businesses will offer a “bib discount” for participants. Proceeds go toward renovating Hamtramck parks and the Hamtramck Downtown Development Authority. Last year, some 3,000 runners participated. $40 advance, $45 day of run
Join La’Ron Williams, an award-winning and nationally acclaimed storyteller, for an exploration of traditional African and African-American folktales during this free event at the DIA. Williams’ energetic presentations are laced with music and integrate audience participation, education, and entertainment for a program that promotes diversity and fosters community building. Free
Explore an international intersection of comic book creators through this free seminar led by Aya Krisht. Attendees will learn how design elements can be used to convey mood and meaning — and how they created a graphic language that’s integral to unique and successful series. Krisht is the Arab American National Museum’s graphic designer, but she has a “strong interest in comics and the relationship between comics and design.” In fact, she wrote her thesis on the subject. A follow-up workshop on March 4 will feature Palestinian graphic designer Leila Abdelrazaq, which will include a zine-making workshop. Free (with RSVP)
To paraphrase Will Smith, Philadelphia always stays one jiggy city. Musiq Soulchild is one unique act, blending gospel, jazz, and reggae with the common thread of hip-hop to create something totally original. Reportedly getting his name from people calling him “that music dude” all of the time, Musiq Soulchild outdid himself with 2016’s Life on Earth, which truly showcased his musical prowess. You might know him from the ads he’s been featured in for McDonald’s, Levi’s, Nike, Coca-Cola, and more. $56.50 - $102.50
Using the marimba, vibraphone, congas, drum set, table in original compositions and standard repertoire, Rela has created a new brand of percussion quartet, and has almost redefined it. Ben Miller formed Sproton Layer with brothers Roger (Mission of Burma) and Laurence (Larynx Zillions). Workshopping with Anthony Braxton, Ben joined Destroy All Monsters including Niagara, Ron Asheton (Stooges) and Michael Davis (MC5), Ben is a composer who studied saxophone with Ari Brown and Ken Vandermark. $10
Yes Wait No is your favorite ’90s sounding pop-grunge band to come out of Ferndale. They’ve been at it for quite some time, but they just released their first album in four years in 2016, which is available on bandcamp. This show is going to be awesome, because in addition to Yes Wait No, there will also be the Jon Fret Band and Ripshark. Ripshark is pretty sweet for a slacker rock band. If you’re into Pavement, you’re definitely going to enjoy seeing them live. All in all, this show is slated to be pretty cool for people who are into reliving the 1990s. $5
Grab your beads and join the debauchery as Downtown Royal Oak is transformed from Main Street to a Bourbon Street bash on Saturday, February 25th! $10http://mardibarcrawl.com
Direct from London's West End and Broadway, relive the past from Ed Sullivan to Abbey Road, and imagine the reunion that never was. Enter a time capsule and turn back the clock to what would have been John Lennons 40th Birthday—October 9, 1980. For one night, the Fab Four come together on stage after a decade apart performing hits like "Back in the USSR," "Live and Let Die," "Got to Get you into My Life," "My Sweet Lord," "Hey Jude," "Woman," "Helter Skelter," "Paperback Writer" and many more hits you never got to see performed live! Pit $59, Gold Circle $54, House $50, Wings $53; A $4 handling fee per order applies in person, online, or by phone. Artists, programs and pricing are subject to change without notice. All sales are final, no refunds.
On Saturday February 25th local musicians will be performing at the Gaelic League in Detroit to raise funds for this essential charity operating in these uncertain times. Entertainment will start at 4pm and run into the wee hours of the morning with entertainment spanning the genres of Americana to traditional to rock and roll. donationhttps://www.facebook.com/events/1401064579924430/
The solo acts of Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope weren't enough for Detroit, so Insane Clown Posse will be performing the next day to give audiences the full ICP experience, so grab your face paint and suit up. It's time to go crazy. $25-$30
Monroe County's 30th Annual Black History Month Blues Concert, starring Rev. Robert B. Jones, Andra Faye, Bob Margolin, Jason Ringenberg, Thornetta Davis, Rich DelGrosso, Phil Wiggins, JW-Jones, Toronzo Cannon and more. Freehttp://monroe.lib.mi.us/blues
Guests will delight in live music and entertainment as they enjoy an elegant dinner and sample a selection of over 40 wines, toasting to creating winning futures throughout Southeast Michigan. General Tickets - $175http://winningfutures.ontrapages.com/corks-and-forks
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