May 29-June 4, 2002

29 WED • FUN FOR ALL The Shrine Circus Xtreme Boasting a human cannonball, three "globes of death" and an wide array of traditional attractions, the Shrine Circus will be visiting the Pontiac Silverdome through June 2 for its 94th visit to Metro Detroit. Call 248-645-6666 for information or stop into Ticketmaster locations. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

29 WED • MUSIC Sugarcult With nothing less than stadium stardom in the crosshairs, all bets are on Sugarcult. Its overzealous power pop about luckless love and hot rich girls will blow by you like an afternoon drunk, replete with pick slides and every imaginable combination of the three-chord chorus. With constant national touring (look for the band this summer on the almighty Warped Tour) and some well-calculated marketing (the Sugarcult cut on National Lampoon’s Van Wilder is already in heavy rotation in frat houses across America) the band’s nearly painfully radio-ready formulas will leave you absolutely giddy. Sugarcult performs at the Shelter (431 E. Congress, Detroit; call 313-961-MELT) this time around. Next time it might be Ford Field.

30 THU • MUSIC Luna It’s almost impossible to imagine that a quiet band can be a powerhouse in live performance. But that's just what makes a Luna concert all the more serendipitous. It’s the integrity of the songs themselves that enables the band to mope and strum through sets that somehow pack twice the punch as bands with 10 times the amplified might. Luna will perform at the Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward, Detroit; call 313-833-9700 for more information.

31 FRI • MUSIC Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth It’s time to face the music, Sammy. In the upcoming showdown with David Lee Roth, you’re not really a contender. With the exception of his pre-Van Halen, speed-driving confessional, can anyone name a big Sammy Hagar song? "Panama"? No, that was David Lee Roth. "Hot for Teacher"? Nope, Roth again. Maybe "Running with the Devil"? Sorry, Sammy. Take away his Blue Voodoo tube amp and Hagar can’t boast much more than carpetbagging with Van Halen through some of the band’s more forgettable records. But the moment of truth will shine through for the gray-blonde front men at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston when the two duke it out. Call 248-645-6666 for more information.

1 SAT • COMMUNITY Realizing the Vision: Avalon International Breads Fifth Year Birthday Party Great gobs of crusty sourdough satisfaction — sinful mounds of chocolate and nut distraction — sandwiches for vegan ... action? Rhyming aside, Avalon International Breads is all this and more, a paradise for lovers of breads, spreads and coffee. Nestled in the Cass Corridor, the organic bakery is celebrating its fifth birthday by closing off Willis Street and throwing a bash. Daylong activities include face-painting, balloons, clowns and crafts. A fashion show will be augmented by tunes from DJ Hannah and others. Show up just to thank owners Jackie Victor and Ann Perrault for creating a world-class bakery for downtown dwellers, then check out how this little area is revitalizing with new businesses and galleries. Your olfactory nerves and tongue will thank you. Noon-5 p.m. at 422 W. Willis, Detroit; call 313-832-0008.

1 SAT • MUSIC — Sky-Clad Sound System Sky-Clad Sound System takes its cues from nights hosted by stoner-house UK label Tummy Touch and the it’s-all-good catholic embrace of music that can bounce from Groove Armada one minute to Verve "B"-sides the next — sometimes within the same song. Combining a DJ vibe with the shoegazing ethos, Sky-Clad’s resident band, Florida Room is an autumnal bloom on the aching branch of the Detroit Britpop family tree that stretches back through the idiot-savant soul of P.S. I Love You, the dubby blur of Majesty Crush and the mantra rock of the Spahn Ranch. Reuniting members from all three of the aforementioned half a decade later, Sky-Clad will share a bill with DJ Black Lincoln at the Motor City Brewing Works (470 W. Canfield, Detroit; call 313-832-2700.) you can expect a night of peripheral anthems.

1 SAT • MUSIC Jell-O-Rama So, you could go and see the Dead Kennedys at Harpos, but there’s a reason a lot of people — including seminal front man Jello Biafra — won't be there. While Biafra has prospered in recent years with his spoken-word tours, his ex-bandmates have not fared so well. That was until 1999 when they won a court battle for a pile of back royalties and started sniffing around for a new singer. When they scraped together a DK tour with Biafra’s replacement, Brandon Cruz (former front man of Kennedy’s ’80s punk contemporaries Dr. Know) he sued them back. So, who are the good guys and who are the bad? A slew of Detroit bands sided with Biadra and put together Jell-O-Rama, a musical benefit which will donate all proceeds towards Biafra’s hefty legal costs. The shit-kicking lineup features Queen Bee, The Motor City Burgers, Thrall, The Ghouls, The Unfriendlys, Feast or Famine, Bump N' Uglies, Earthworm, and a special DK tribute by FrankenChrist. For the meager $8 cover you get nine bands (working out to 88.8 cents each) and a chance to get Jello some justice. It all goes down at the Magic Stick (4120 Woodward, Detroit. Call 313-833-9700.).

4 TUE • MUSIC The High Strung The High Strung comes out of its Brooklyn home flashing some fairly heady pop hooks, giddy with slightly self-conscious energy that can turn on dime from washed-out psych riffs to an almost loungy sophication. The group’s appearance at the Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Call 313-961-4668) during the ever-popular $1 drink night is a great excuse to call in late for work on Wednesday.

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