1-3 THU-SAT • MUSIC Michael Daugherty and the DSO — Michael Daugherty is a wild and crazy guy. The Ann Arbor-based composer habitually riffs on all kinds of pop-cult themes and personas — from Barbie and Niagara Falls to Elvis and Liberace — while writing "classical" works that sound like Stravinsky meets the B-52's. He's been composer-in-residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra the past four years and, to bring that stint properly to a close, the DSO (conducted by maestro Neeme Järvi) performs the world premiere of Daugherty’s concerto, "Fire and Blood for Violin and Orchestra" (played by Detroit virtuoso Ida Kavafian), this weekend. Inspired by Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" murals at the DIA, the work promises an extended cocktail of Daugherty's signature passion and everyman relevance. Also on the brilliant program are Shostakovich's awesome "Symphony No. 5" and the DSO premiere of Dvorák's "The Wild Dove" — Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward. Call 313-576-5111 or order tickets at www.detroitsymphony.com.
2-4 FRI-SUN • FILM Melvin Van Peebles — Maverick filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles shot Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song in 19 days on a $500,000 budget; the $14 million gross set the stage for the ’70s blaxploitation era in which Hollywood mimicked (and toned down) his decidedly non-Hollywood flick. "He kicked in the doors that Spike Lee and all of today’s black filmmakers walk through," says Njia Kai, one of the folks responsible for bringing him to Detroit for a weekend of tributes, screenings (Sweetback and his latest film, Bellyful, plus local productions) and workshops (topics from film lighting to scripting). At the Cinema Café in the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4605 Cass at Forest, Detroit. Fees range from $10 for screenings to $150 for the full weekend. For more information, call DV Studio, 313-833-1944.
3 SAT • ART Bomb Pop — CPOP’s latest exhibit, courtesy of young curator and artist Ales Hostomsky (aka BASK), is a unique graffiti-art installation that just may help bridge the chasm between street art and fine art. Often debated, the hazy lines that divide "vandalism" and "graffiti" and "art" can be as subjective as the works themselves; and for those who are not familiar with the genre, it can be confusing to say the least. Bomb Pop boasts the works of such famed urban artists as Constance Brady, Cister, Claw, Gear, Mear One, Posh, Scribe and many others, and offers a chance to see what all the fuss is about. At CPOP Gallery (4160 Woodward, Detroit). The festivities start at 6 p.m. Get there early — you don’t want to miss the live graffiti presentation by Cister. Call 313-833-9901 for more information
4 SUN • MUSIC The Rapture — Britain’s NME magazine describes the Rapture as "the latest brilliant band with a 'The' in their name." Refined Jacks of several musical trades, the Rapture are sonic cross-pollination incarnate. Post-New Wave, electroclash, moody pop song-cum-modern-day garage band, this mostly instrumental breed of pop music is matched only by the frenetic stage performances from lead singer Luke Jenner and his über-cool band mates. Check it out at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward, Detroit). With the Boggs and Young People. Call 313-833-9700 for further lowdown.
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