Touting itself as Detroit’s “Real Car Show” (no idea what they’re referencing there), Autorama is set to take over Cobo Center once again with hot rods, customs, and the pin-up girl-inspired Miss Autorama contest. They’ll showcase over 800 vehicles, plus they’re bringing back some famous coups — namely the Batmobile, the Zingers, and the Firetruck, among others. Additionally, the car show will serve as a Dukes of Hazzard reunion with a special stunt show featuring the General Lee at 11:45 a.m. on Friday. Catherne Back and Tom Wopat are also scheduled to meet with fans and sign autographs Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. and the show’s famous vehicles will be featured too. $20 adults, $7 kids (6 to 12), Free for kids 5 and younger
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)
This New Orleans-style masquerade gala will benefit the Marche du Nain Rouge parade (slated for March 26) and Gabriel Hall, a restaurant and music venue coming to West Village. Gabriel Hall’s executive chef, Louisiana transplant Ederique Goudia, will serve up New Orleans fare, and the bar will feature Mardi Gras cocktails. Entertainment includes the Gabriel Brass Band, burlesque star Lushes LaMoan and more. Guests are asked to “dress to impress with a splash of red and wear Mardi Gras masks.” $50 in advance, $60 at the door, $100 VIP (VIP ticket includes food, two drink tickets, reserved seating, swag bag, and more)
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
Looking for a reason to hit Matthew Baldridge’s new Ferndale eatery? If you can’t justify eating a meal at the small plates restaurant, consider visiting Monday evening when Supino’s Dave Mancini and Ottava Via’s Ariel Millan will go head-to-head to find out who can concoct the greatest hot dog. The audience will decide the winner, so we’re guessing everyone will get a bite of these creatively created dogs. The winner will donate their own money to their favorite charity. Also, there will be drink specials.
Chief Keef only just became able to legally purchase alcohol in August when he turned 21, but he’s already the CEO of his own record label (Glory Boyz Entertainment) and a pretty successful rapper. From the South Side of Chicago, Chief Keef started making his own mixtapes at age 5 and never stopped. He was featured on Kanye West’s Yeezus, and he himself has put out 17 mixtapes and two studio albums. $22 advance,$30 the day of
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. Freehttp://www.dirtydogjazz.com/EventDetail/?id=6370
Saxophonist/ composer/ educator Marcus Elliot is gaining recognition for his imaginative improvising, and thoughtful voice on the saxophone. Elliot performs professionally as part of the Detroit Jazz scene, where he has been practicing and composing the music that you will hear every Tuesday night at Cliff Bell's. Freehttp://www.cliffbells.com
My favorite scene from HBO’s seminal series Sex in the City has to have been when Miranda must pour dish soap over the pan of brownies she’s already thrown in the trash because she cannot stop eating them. I find it very relatable. I reference it often. My point is, women around the world find their own reality mirrored in the iconic show. Kerry Ipema gets that, which is why she crafted a one-woman show to take audiences on a journey through all six (was there really only six?) seasons. $28.50 and $38.50
GZA, cousin of RZA and the spirit behind the exalted Wu Tang Clan, has of course left an impact on rap music that only a choice few have matched. Born Gary Grice, he had two passions in his childhood: nursery rhymes and science. He took off with the nursery rhymes and developed his love for them into some not-quite Mother Goose-appropriate rap skills. He joined on as a founding member of Wu Tang Clan, where he helped craft and guide the group, and went on to have an illustrious solo career. As a side project, began giving lectures at Harvard, MIT, Oxford, and more. He also launched Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bringing Attention to Transforming, Teaching, and Learning Science), which helps New York public high school students learn science through hip-hop and rap. He’s led an interesting life, and he hasn’t forsaken his music career. His latest album, Dark Matter, will drop this year and is slated to be just as awesome as the rest of his catalog. $25
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