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George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Thu., May 25, 8 p.m.

As we all know by now, George Clinton and his Parliament Funkadelic crew have been exceptionally, extremely, and audaciously funky since 1968. Though they may have gotten started as a barbershop vocal act in New Jersey in the mid 1960s, it didn’t take long for Clinton and the band to realize where music was headed. Of all of the bands to gain momentum at the height of the 1970s, P-Funk created the best dance music with the most meaningful politically charged lyrics out of any of the rest. Never miss a chance to see Clinton with the mothership, never. $35-$47

MotorCity Casino Hotel - Sound Board (map)
2901 Grand River Ave.
Midtown
phone (866) 752-9622
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic

Suicide Girls

Thu., May 25, 8 p.m.

The collective of alt-babes known as Suicide Girls now travels the world performing their Blackheart Burlesque repertoire. Manwe-Sauls Addison, the choreographer who has worked with the likes of Beyonce and Lady Gaga, created the show that’s full of references to all things geek (think: Donnie Darko, Star Wars, and Game of Thrones) mixed with erotic sexuality. Vice described the performance as “comicon meets burlesque nerd orgy.” Trust this will be like no burlesque show you’ve ever seen. $25

El Club (map)
4114 W. Vernor Hwy.
Midtown Suicide Girls

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair

Fri., May 26, 5 p.m., Sat., May 27, 11 a.m., Sun., May 28, 11 a.m. and Mon., May 29, 11 a.m.

Summer in Michigan means churches everywhere are throwing booze-fueled, yet family-friendly festivals that include gambling, carnival rides, live music, and more. Yearly, the fair attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors who flock to Orchard Lake to nosh on pierogi, and take their chances in a Las Vegas-style casino tent. This year there will be a new interactive sports tent that will offer playable sports as well as large flat screen TVs playing the weekend’s biggest games. $6 per person, $12 for families up to six, children three and younger are free

St. Mary's Prepatory School (map)
3535 Indian Trail
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 681-4542
St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair

Trip Metal Fest

Fri., May 26, 6 p.m., Sat., May 27, 6 p.m. and Sun., May 28, 6 p.m.

It was hands-down our single favorite musical event of last year, and the Wolf Eyes-curated Trip Metal Fest returns to El Club for this Memorial Day weekend with a stellar lineup. Self-described as a celebration of “twisted and beguiling avant-garde music and performance, running congruent with Movement,” this year the fest is a super-smart mixture of local and international talent. Pharmakon, Body/Head, Container, Aaron Dilloway — wow, this is seriously so good. We’ve been waiting to see Body/Head (the duo of Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and percussionist Bill Nace) for years, and Pharmakon is so crazily adored right now, and for great reason. The local bookings are just as crucial. After all, it’s members of Princess Dragonmom who helped to start Noise Camp and thus to usher in the golden age of Michigan noise music some 40 years ago, so kudos for including them. $20-$200

El Club (map)
4114 W. Vernor Hwy.
Midtown Trip Metal Fest

Jermaine Dupri

Fri., May 26, 7 p.m.

Reality TV personality and Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, and producer Jermaine Dupri will be joined by Bow Wow and Da Brat on Jermaine Dupri Presents: “SoSoSUMMER 2017 Tour.” Dupri, who introduced us all to the impracticality of wearing our pants backwards by producing Kris Kross’ “Jump” at age 19, has continued to influence hip-hop. He’s produced TLC, Usher, Xscape, and more, and he’s amassed a lot of fame thanks to the Lifetime competition show, The Rap Game. This tour is designed to be family friendly, and will introduce audiences to those who might be the next faces of hip-hop. $29.50-$55

Fox Theatre (map)
2211 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit
phone (313) 471-6611
Jermaine Dupri

Lucky Garden

Fri., May 26, 7 p.m.

You may have noticed the larger-than-life floral murals of Detroit artist Ouizi cropping up around town. For her new exhibition, the artist has scaled down somewhat, creating an installation of more than 40 new works, which incorproate colored pencil and gouache. According to a press release, the title of the show (lifted from a common name for Chinese restaraunts in the United States) is an homage to her Chinese-American heritage, which she further explores through her use of imagery. The show runs alongside an exhibition of Movement's visual artist in residence 1010's work (see our art feature this week for more info). Free

Inner State Gallery (map)
1410 Gratiot Ave
Greater Detroit Area info@innerstategallery.com
Lucky Garden

Oddisee

Fri., May 26, 8 p.m.

Amir Mohamed spent years as a visual artist before realizing that his true passion was hip-hop. Since then, there’s been no turning back. Beginning his career as a member of Washington D.C.’s Low Budget Crew, Mohamed — under the stage name, Oddisee — has blossomed into a true artist. He’s recorded with DJ Jazzy Jeff, and this show is a stop on his world tour to promote his album The Iceberg, which was just released in February. If you’re interested in more than his music, there will also be a meet and greet and Q&A after his performance. $15

Arab American National Museum (map)
13624 Michigan Ave.
East Downtown Dearborn
phone (313) 582-2266; (313) 582-1086 (FAX)
Oddisee

Civil War Remembrance

Sat., May 27, 9:30 a.m., Sun., May 28, 9:30 a.m. and Mon., May 29, 9:30 a.m.

Spend the day inspecting Daggat Farms, Firestone Farmhouse, shops, riding the carousel, and perusing other historical features in the village. This special weekend you’ll have the chance to look on as Union and Confederate soldiers take part in cavalry, artillery firing, and tactical demonstrations at Walnut Grove. Guests can also take part in special presentations from historians, see an exhibit of fashions from that time period, and look through military history from original Army and Navy artifacts. $27 for adults, $24.50 for seniors, $20.25 for youth, and free for kids two and younger.

Greenfield Village (map)
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Greater Dearborn Area
phone (313) 271-1620
Civil War Remembrance

Broods

Sat., May 27, 8 p.m.

Auckland, New Zealand’s best electronic pop brother and sister act, Broods, is definitely an up-and-comer. Singer Georgia Nott and her multi-instrumentalist older brother Caleb Nott are no strangers to playing music together, and have since childhood. Their adolescent band, the Peasants, won a few national contests that helped them gain recognition, and put them in touch with producer Joe Little, who helped Lorde skyrocket to fame. After the Peasants broke up, Little helped Broods create “Bridges,” which reached the Top 10 in New Zealand, and paved the way for the duo to sign to various major labels across territories. $25

Majestic Theatre (map)
4140 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 833-9700
Broods

Artlab J Spring Dance Concert

Sun., May 28, 11 a.m.

Sunday brunch and a performance by some of the city’s most inventive dancers? Sounds like a great combo. Also, it’s free which makes this event pretty much unmissable. The dance concert promises to provide an intimate experience with Artlab J dance companies, including pieces by all three dance companies and a short film. Free with admission

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) (map)
5200 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 833-7900
Artlab J Spring Dance Concert

WALK Fashion Show

Sun., May 28, 1 p.m.

Detroit might not be a city known for a thriving fashion industry, but some players are working to change that. The folks behind WALK have worked to put on 14 successful fashion shows in Detroit (their 15th will take place on Sunday) and have expanded to host fashion shows around the country in cities such as Cleveland, Atlanta, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and many more. This show will feature a number of local designers as well as celebrity designer Steve Boi who is known for his inventive sunglasses. The day begins with a children’s fashion showcase followed by an emerging designer showcase, and concluding with an independent designer showcase. $30-$75

Eastern Market (map)
2934 Russell St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 833-1560
WALK Fashion Show

Bevlove’s Americana V

Sun., May 28, 4 p.m.

For years now, we’ve been telling you that Detroit indie R&B artist Bevlove is strong, talented, and a great live performer to boot. One of the coolest things she does, though, is host this Americana festival every year. Now in its fifth year, the lineup looks great: SG, Kamp Klutch, Martez, Manner, Chad Roto, Milfie, Dopehead, Kitty Kvsh, Sam Austins, DJ Stacye J, and Bevlove herself will grace the stage at El Club this year in what is set to be an entire day’s worth of fun. $15-$20

El Club (map)
4114 W. Vernor Hwy.
Midtown Bevlove’s Americana V

Ho99o9

Sun., May 28, 7 p.m.

As one of Rolling Stone’s 2014 “10 Artists You Need to Know,” Ho99o9 (pronounced “Horror”) is one of the best blends of hip-hop and punk rock. Influenced by Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and the Death Set, this New Jersey duo keeps getting better and better. They’ve performed at Afropunk, SXSW, and even A Gathering of Juggalos. This show will be promoting this year’s United States of Horro9, its latest — and arguably best — album. $13

The Crofoot Ballroom (map)
1 S. Saginaw St.
Downtown Pontiac
phone (248) 858-9333
info@thecrofoot.com
Ho99o9

My Friend’s Comedy Show with Whitmer Thomas @ El Club

Tue., May 30, 8 p.m.

Southwest Detroit music venue El Club just secured more than $50,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to renovate an adjacent building, turning it into a coffee shop and practice space for local musicians. They’re probably doing a little giggling in relief right now, but there will be a lot more laughter at this comedy show featuring Whitmer Thomas, who apparently does a killer Tom DeLonge impression. Wonder if we’ll see his alter ego come out during this show. $10-$15

El Club (map)
4114 W. Vernor Hwy.
Midtown My Friend’s Comedy Show with Whitmer Thomas @ El Club

The Charles Boles Quartet

Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
phone 313-882-5299

Charles Boles is an internationally known conductor and music director, who has worked with such absolute greats like Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, B.B. King, and other notable acts. The quartet performs during the dinner rush every Tuesday at the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe Farms. Free

http://www.dirtydogjazz.com/EventDetail/?id=6370
Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe (map)
97 Kercheval Ave.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 882-5299
The Charles Boles Quartet
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