"Lost Cultural Venues of Detroit: Social Spaces and Playgrounds." At the Library of the University of Detroit Mercy, McNichols Campus. June 15 to September 10, 2016 Detroiters once gathered together for music, lectures, poetry, cinema, dancing at venues which are now lost. These included the Graystone Ballroom, Danceland, the Vanity Ballroom, Cobb’s Corner, Alvin’s, the Art Center Music School, the Minor Key, the Grande, Zoots, the Freezer Theatre, the Gold Dollar Show Bar, the Fourth Street Fair, the Grinning Duck Club and many more. Some have been demolished, some sit empty and others are now being used for other purposes.
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
@ 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.
Art and music workshops for children. Learn guitar, keyboard, percussion, singing, painting, drawing, ceramic, art crafts, skateboard building, youth theatre, and breakdancing. Children will showcase their new skills during performances on Saturdays at 8pm. $10http://www.garagecultural.org
Are you interested in living a healthier and more active life? Look no further! Step to Greater Health Community Walking Club is a free walking program designed for adults featuring monthly enrichment classes from April through November. Participants at all levels of fitness are welcome. Beginning Monday, April 18, join on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Palmer Park at 6pm for an experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Freehttps://ghcwc.eventbrite.com
Tour Cranbrook House, the former home of Cranbrook's founders, George and Ellen Booth. View handcrafted furnishings, tapestries, and a selection of the Booth's large collection of world class art in their 1908 English Tudor manor home that was designed in the Arts & Crafts Style. $10; $8 seniors, students, or active duty militaryhttp://housegardens.cranbrook.edu/cranbrook-house-admission
On Thursday night at Harbor House you will find Sky Covington hosting and performing with her band, Club Crescendo, a weekly Open Mic & Jam. This Thursday evening is catered to featuring Detroit's best show of their talents. This new move will fit in nicely with Harbor House's musical schedule, along with a delicious steak and seafood menu, fused with one of the hottest jams in Detroit. Donation
War Boys and War Girls: Get your blow torches, paint brushes and motor oil in gear for the next EPIC Mad Max event! They are looking for War Wagons, War Bikes, Art, Constructs and the max in Mad Max Cosplay. Here's your chance to express yourself with fellow Road Warriors! There are no limits to what can be submitted. As long as you can drive it, ride it, push it, pull it or wear it there, they want to see it. $5https://www.facebook.com/events/552269348286073/?active_tab=highlights
The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center has hosted the Michigan Fine Arts Competition annually since 1982 when the Detroit Institute of Arts turned the statewide competition over to the BBAC. Every year, more than 500 artists from Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois & Wisconsin enter the competition. Many winners have gone on to national prominence as a result of this competition. Each year, the MFAC is juried by artist(s) or curator(s) of distinction, who select current work of the highest quality. Cash awards support working artists, while recognizing the contributions they make to the cultural fabric of our region. Freehttp://bbartcenter.org/mfac/?utm_source=MetroTimes&utm_medium=Calendar&utm_campaign=MetroTimesCalMFAC
See Detroit as it should be seen, up close and personal. There’s no better way to do this than on foot. The See The D Walking/People Mover Tour takes you through the heart of the Motor City where you’ll be able to soak up the sights, sounds, and scents of this fascinating place. From the hustle and bustle of Greektown to gorgeous riverfront views and architectural masterpieces, you’ll get to experience it all. Along the way, we’ll point out Detroit’s crown jewels and legendary landmarks and regale you with tales of Detroit’s vibrant history. $20http://citytourdetroit.com
We don’t care what anyone else says, but this has to be the holy grail of summer festivals. Taking place just a little bit north of Flint in Clio, High Times is presenting a three-day festival entirely devoted to medical marijuana. Yes, people — there may actually be a God. The festival’s website says that only people with medical cards will be permitted, but there are doctors on sight just in case. There will be performances from Laith Al-Saadi and Royce 5’9’, along with activism talks, seminars, a Heady Village, something called a Sunday POTathon, and the first 420 (hehe) attendees get a limited edition pen. Oh, and everyone will most likely be super stoned so get ready for the nicest group of people you’ve ever encountered! Doors at 2 p.m. on Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday; 10205 N. Saginaw Rd., Clio; 810-686-9500; cannabiscup.com; One day pass is $50, weekend pass is $135. $50 or $135http://cannabiscup.com
It seems that almost every town in metro Detroit has some sort of arts and music festival, but it’s great to see community engagement in small towns. This week’s festival comes from Chesterfield as they celebrate their second installment of their music and arts festival. There will be over 60 vendors showing off their hand-crafted art at Brandenburg Park. Food and drinks will be handled by Hamlin Pub, and fun events for all ages will be around like a cornhole tournament and canvas painting that involves wine. Friday: 6:30-10:45 p.m. Saturday: noon-10:30 p.m. Sunday noon-5 p.m.; 50050 Jefferson Ave., Chesterfield; 586-949-0400; parks.chesterfield.org; Event is free. Free
It’s the f**kin’ Catalina Wine Mixer! (PAHH PAHH!) OK, sorry. We had to get our Step Brothers reference in there. But how much fun does this sound? You and all your friends can head out to the Belle Isle Casino (fun fact: The casino was built in 1908 with two levels of gambling fun) where you can try different types of wine and munch on delicious hors d’oeuvres and listen to great music courtesy of Dirty Basement Blues. Event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at midnight; 1 Sunset Dr., Detroit; 313-224-1100; eventbrite.com; Tickets range from $50-$85. $50-$85http://eventbrite.com
Relationship experts always say that incorporating a “Date Night” into a couple’s routine will surely save the relationship, so why not have a date night with your SO and spend it at Go Comedy! Improv Theater for a show that makes fun of date nights? This improv show will play with the idea of date nights and all the classic romantic comedy troupes. It will be like watching When Harry Met Sally live; just don’t expect Meg Ryan to make any cameos. Show runs from 8 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.; 261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; 248-327-0575; gocomedy.net; Tickets are $15. $15http://gocomedy.net
Downtown Detroit’s monthly music celebration “4th Fridays” will wrap up in a fabulously funky fashion as none other than George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic take over the Campus Martius Park main stage. There will be music all day, beginning at noon, featuring Alise King, D Sorrell & S World, the Strange, and Nik West. Call in sick to work or skip whatever obligations you have to enjoy some refreshments and refreshing music in the heart of our awesome city. Doors at 9 p.m.; 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Free. Free
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