Aug. 21-27, 2002

Aug 21, 2002 at 12:00 am
23 FRI–25 SUN • FUN FOR ALL The Detroit Blues and Cruise Festival You could hardly combine two more distinctly American traditions than gas-guzzling classic cars and high-octane electric blues. The sounds of roaring engines and wailing souls will fill the air this weekend at the Gibraltar Trade Center North (237 N. River Rd., Mount Clemens; call 248-435-3792). The event will feature many of Detroit’s finest classic blues and R&B acts including Mitch Ryder, Johnnie Bassett, Alberta Adams (pictured) and Thornetta Davis. For complete details, see A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Detroit Blues Society and Leader Dogs for the Blind.

23 FRI • FUN FOR ALL Kachina Drums The StoneLion Puppet Theatre's (cq) presentation of Kachina Drums will retell lore from the Navajo and Hopi tribes. The lifelike puppets dance and sing to the rhythmic pulse of Native American drums as a part of Family Friday at the DIA (5200 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-7900). There will also be sessions on making wearable art (6 p.m.), storytelling (6:30 and 8 p.m.) and guided tours (6 and 7:30 p.m.). In the Detroit Film Theater at the DIA, there will also be two showings of Late Marriage, Dover Kosashvili’s stunning directorial debut, at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

23 FRI • MUSIC The Demolition Doll Rods Summing up the Demolition Doll Rods live show in 50 words or less isn’t easy. Imagine an explosion of garagey noise-porn that comes off the stage like an adrenaline-filled rock ’n’ roller coaster of sexual confidence, raw soul and gyrating bodies in various states of undress. And while the Dollrods hometown contemporaries may enjoy more fame across the pond, on a good night the trio will not only blow anyone off the stage, but also send you home with unrefined libido pumping through their veins. And that’s just part of the action at Alvin’s (5656 Cass Ave., Detroit; call 313-831-4577) where they’ll share a stage with Detroit’s most uncompromising girl band, the Sirens, and the lovely ladies of Stun Gun. If you go home alone after this show, a cold shower is highly recommended.

24 SAT • DANCE The Bang If you are one of the lucky couple hundred or so that have come across a copy of Ann Arbor-based zine Geek Monthly, you probably already know. The Kinkos-printed brainchild of a handful of Ann Arbor kids delights in spoofing pop culture and is as perfectly irreverent, well-crafted and funny. Returning pop bottles and throwing dance parties keeps Geek Monthly afloat. The upcoming Bang, billed by its creators as "the biggest dance party freakout explosion ever" has the vibe of something between an ’80s high-school prom, a meeting of Ann Arbor’s indie rock who’s who and a blissfully drunken frat party (minus the cement-head frat-boys, of course). It takes place at the Blind Pig, 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor. Call 734-996-8555.

26 MON • MUSIC Vonné Kicking off the city’s biggest week in jazz, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge hosts local songstress Vonné in an evening of classic vocal standards. Other Baker’s events in the week of the Ford Detroit Jazz Fest include Dr. Teddy Harris Jr.’s jam session Wednesday, a band led by homecoming drummer Danny Spencer on Friday and drummer Bert Myrck’s (cq) outfit Saturday. For more events at the world’s oldest jazz club, check or call 313-345-6300. Baker’s is at 20510 Livernois, just south of Eight Mile in Detroit.