Detroit Fashion Week
Even if the only supermodel youll see around these parts is Jack Whites new wife, that doesnt mean Detroits first fashion week doesnt deserve a chance. Fashionistas should make their way to the 4731 Gallery for an exhibit of fashion photography and illustrations, as well as three runway shows. Thursdays show features designs from Detroit fashion students, while Fridays show highlights several independent designers. Saturday is the main event: The Glam Slam Runway Show, with pieces from Shapes of Royal Oak, Studio Couture of Southfield, Luxe of Birmingham and a special closing from the Betsey Johnson store at the Somerset Collection. 4731 W. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-894-4731.
FUN FOR ALL
The Xtreme Challenge in Pontiac is based on three Gen Y-pleasing parts. First, interactive paintball, skateboarding, BMX biking, in-line skating, wrestling and wall climbing. Next, technology-based competitions, including video game tournaments and a music-producing contest where amateur DJs compete in a live jam session. And last, live music, including a concert by the punky pretty boys of Good Charlotte. A portion of the events proceeds will help build a Center for Digital Arts and New Media in Pontiac, a place where kids and amateurs can learn to produce different types of digital media. General admission is $12 each day, or $25 for a three-day pass. At the Silverdome parking lot, 1200 Featherstone Rd., Pontiac; 248-745-0717 or xtremechallenge.com.
Caribbean International Festival
If your summer holiday plans are running a little behind schedule and you didnt make it to Jamaica as you planned, theres still hope. The Detroit Caribbean International Festival Carival 2005 brings to Hart Plaza the culture and with a little luck the great weather of the Caribbean. This years festivities include music by Maxi Priest, Leon Coldero & Code 868 Band, and the Millennium Steel Band. The celebration will also include the colorful Carival parade, a Detroit tradition since 1975. Starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the parade moves west, beginning at Jefferson Avenue and Chene Street, and ending at Hart Plaza, with dancers, music and floats celebrating the rich culture and heritage of the Caribbean nations. Hart Plaza, foot of Woodward Avenue at Jefferson Avenue; 313-255-2226 or myccco.com.
Pandoras Box Fest
Besides a double entendre-laden name, the Pandoras Box Fest at Planet Ant Theatre presents a variety of short films and plays by both experienced and up-and-coming female directors and writers. Featured directors include Alison Christy, Margaret Edwardtowski, Shannon Ferrante, Carolyn Hayes, Jennifer Nischan and Annie Palmer. Patrons can also do a little shopping for Joelry (jewelry) by Amy and Joel, and custom-made hula-hoops by Revolva. A $15 donation is asked for all performances, with proceeds going to a local childrens charity. 2357 Caniff Ave., Hamtramck; 313-365-4948.
Dr. Schavi Alis African Renaissance: The Reclamation of Consciousness
ISSUES & LEARNING
The Black Star Community Bookstore presents Dr. Schavi Ali, founder and president of Ipet Isut, an institute named after the ancient prestigious temple of worship in the African holy land of Kemet. Ali has traveled the world teaching and learning about African people she has also received countless awards, including the Spirit of Detroit for her teaching and community service. She has authored several books including Moments in Time, Out of Egypt: The Spiritual Legacy of Ancient Kemet and Ankhba: The Life of the Soul, and will be in Detroit to present a lecture entitled, African Renaissance: The Reclamation of Consciousness. Proceeds will benefit the Black Star Community Bookstore, which has experienced financial challenges in recent months. 6 p.m. at 19410 Livernois, Detroit; 313-863-2665.
With songs like Bootleg Novocaine and members who come from good beginnings like the country-rock band Bill Parker and His Motherscratchers, the Lonesome Tumblers must be worth a trip to Ypsi. And based on the absolute ear candy that was their demo, Night & Day has surmised that the Tumblers have a strong hold on both country and western as well as rock n roll. Noise-rock masters Wolf Eyes will headline in the most eclectic show of the summer. Elbow Room, 6 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti; 734-783-6374.
Though summer 2005 has been filled with cool things to do, there are few more interesting (or more fun) than Time Stereos annual all-day event, Noise Camp. While hosting some of the citys raddest noise and art-rock bands (see Princess Dragonmom, Aaron Dilloway of Wolf Eyes, Cotton Museum, Hive Mind and Odd Cloud), this fun-filled day also includes a watermelon race, a penguin toss, the Noise Camp Nurses, a crafts table and the Good Bush. Dont have any idea what any of these things are? Get there and see for yourself its living art. CPOP Gallery, 4160 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9901.
Tribute to Art Tatum
Former and sometimes Detroiter Johnny ONeal has played with Ray Brown, Milt Jackson and Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers, as well as leading his own group. And he added to his audience playing the great jazz pianist Art Tatum in the movie Ray. ONeal reprises and extends that role Sunday when hes featured with the Michigan Jazz Masters at Chene Park in a tribute to Tatum, who dazzled everyone from Fats Waller to Sergei Rachmaninoff. Saxophonists Donald Walden and Wendell Harrison, and trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, are the masters horn section, and, word has it, the ailing Teddy Harris Jr. might make the gig too. The 7:30 p.m live performance will be followed by an 8:45 p.m. screening of Ray. Free. Chene and Atwater streets, Detroit; 313-393-0292.
International and Emerging Fine Artist Show
As one of Royal Oaks newest additions, the Neal Davis Gallery has serious potential to become a favorite among arty types. While the gallery plans to exhibit a diverse list of international, national and local talent as well as several emerging artists, owner Neal Davis also hopes to use the beautiful facilities to host a variety of lectures, seminars, small gatherings and special collector-related events. Davis own works are now on display. 314 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-298-0326Send comments to [email protected]