This exhibition is but a small sampling of a much larger group of like-minded artists, designers, and educators working in the context of furniture. The works in the show represent a broad range of techniques, styles, and personal sensibilities, while at the same time demonstrating universal respect for materials, and deep interest in the integration of form and function. On display are objects that are familiar on one level, yet poke holes in our daily lives. Join the Facebook group for notifications and more information. Freehttp://www.annarborartcenter.org/exhibitions/mid-west-furniture-zoku/
The International Institute presents the screening of the documentary film Legacy Alive. The documentary follows the Pan African Youth Orchestra, an electrifying combo based out of Ghana. In addition to the screening, there will be a special appearance by the Pan African Youth Orchestra themselves. There will also be special appearances from other artists and performers from Ghana. This is really an event to not be missed. $15http://www.www.iimd.org
Sometimes you need a little bit of country music to get you through the last stretch of winter in Detroit, and Chris Young just might be the perfect artist to see. Young is one of the genre’s buzziest artists and last year’s impressive album, I’m Comin’ Over, proves why. The lead single, also called “I’m Comin’ Over,” went straight to the top of the charts giving Young his sixth No. 1 single. This Grammy-nominated artist be a show that any contemporary country music lover will not want to miss. $39.50http://www.royaloakmusictheatre.com
Explore the science of wine and chocolate with experts from VESTA-MSU, the Michigan Grape & Wine Industry Council, Mindo Chocolate Makers, and People's Food Co-op and Café Verde. Enjoy Michigan wines and chocolates, artisan grilled cheese sandwiches from the Grillcheezerie and other gourmet snacks. Experience hands-on activities, demonstrations and photos provided by ShutterBooth. Tickets are limited and will be available on January 15th to members and on January 19th to non-members. $25 members; $30http://www.aahom.org/night-wine-and-chocolate
Following four sold-out shows in November, Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and the Civic Improv Ensemble are excited to announce the second Improv Showcase of their 2015-16 season. All three Civic Improv troupes will be performing on Friday February 5 and Saturday February 6 at 8pm and 10pm in the A2CT Studio. Tickets are $10 and are available by phone at 734-971-2228 or in limited quantities at the door. $10http://www.a2ct.org/events/improv-troupe
Pull out those dusty cowboy boots, strap on your spurs, and don your ponchos. The Redford Theatre is featuring a special presentation of 1966 film The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. See Clint Eastwood as a badass, poncho-wearing, gun-slinging gold digger. Playing Blondie, Eastwood hunts for gold in this “Italian-made spaghetti Western” set during the Civil War. Starring alongside Eastwood are Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. Together they form the titular trio, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly, causing violence in pursuit of riches. Fill your Friday with fun — Old Western style. $5http://www.redfordtheatre.com
The house band of Michigan bluegrass takes the stage with opener Brad Phillips. $10http://www.theark.org
'The Interviewees' is an off the cuff talk show featuring interviews with 5 guest characters played by 1 improviser. Each interview will inspire a whirlwind of improvised scenes from an outstanding ensemble. This episode of The Interviewees will feature characters by Jen Hansen. $18https://www.facebook.com/events/638365419635993/
DJ Spider has been DJing and promoting events around the world since well before the EDM craze that has taken over our nation’s clubs. And Spider has DJed at lots of fancy spots, from major Hollywood events to the most famous nightclubs around the world, including multiple stops at Las Vegas’ premier hotels. DJ Spider will be performing a special one-night only event at Sabrage in Royal Oak. There will also be an opening set by DJ Denis Celic.
Cranbrook’s head of ceramics, Anders Ruhwald, curates a new exhibition at Pewabic. This exhibition is a special collaboration with Pewabic and Cranbook, featuring ceramic artists from all over the country. Throughout the run of the exhibition there will be special speakers and programs located at both places. The exhibition runs until March 28. Freehttp://www.pewabic.org
This live concert biopic hits close to home for not only creator and star Eric Gutman, but also to Detroit natives because Gutman himself is from Detroit. Gutman starred in the uber-popular show Jersey Boys on Broadway, but chose to move back to Detroit to raise his two daughters closer to his family. Gutman sings pop songs, does celebrity impressions, and uses storytelling to share his journey from starring on Broadway to becoming a suburban dad. The show runs until Feb. 20. $45; $20 studentshttp://www.detroitpublictheatre.org/
This feature-length documentary on African-American ballerina Misty Copeland examines her prodigious rise and her potentially career-ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world. "A moving portrait," praises The Village Voice. $4 – $6http://www.flintarts.org/films/
Taylor Mac is beloved for his iconic beauty, disarming vulnerability, and soaring spirit. His 24-Decade History of Popular Music will eventually become an epic show performed over 24 hours. This show will focus on the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, connecting the decades to the vibrant music scene in Detroit.http://www.ums.com
@ Au Cochon, 260 N Old Wordward Ave Birmingham, MI 48009
Need an escape during the week? Head over to Au Cochon in Birmingham weekdays from 3 – 6 p.m. and explore upscale French café cuisine during Happy Hour. Offerings include half-off all appetizers and sides, including pomme frittes and Fromage blanc, a fresh cheese served with truffle honey, lemon and toast points, as well as Au Cochon’s 17 wines by the glass. For $5, guests can enjoy well drinks, and for $6, house cocktails such as the Pear Hiver and Light as a Feather.
Detroit Weather: 365 Days is a 90-minute video by Susan Goethel Campbell. The two-channel video comprises thousands of still images taken every minute, 24 hours a day, for one year, enabling the viewer to see how weather patterns come and go and move in all directions. Free with museum admissionhttp://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=5359&iid=
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