Super Bowl XL Party Guide
Night & Day’s top picks: beg, borrow or steal your way in …
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 1, 3 & 4
There is no “i” in “team” this weekend at the Lager House in Corktown. The joint will be packed to the gills with pasty rocker types: If tourists are interested in checking out the D’s storied garage rock scene, here’s where to go. On Wednesday, the Cyril Lords, Light and Stylex perform; Friday, the Paybacks, Johnny Headband and Velvet Audio (a new N&D fave) play; and on Saturday, enjoy the Hentchmen, the Sights and Submarine Races (with Ian Adams of the Ponys). 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-961-4668. $5 each night.
Split Britches’ Dress Suits to Hire
If there’s anything less Super Bowl-like than lesbian feminist theater, we’d like to hear about it. This week, the Michigan Theater welcomes Split Britches, Holly Hughes’ funny and poignant exploration of lesbian eroticism. The double entendres, campy songs, costumes and white-hot sexuality have made the play a favorite among theater folk since the show’s debut in 1987. Performances are 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, at Duderstadt Center (2281 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor). There will be an artists’ talk with actors at 2 p.m. at the Michigan Theater (603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8480).
Mary Lou’s Mass
Count Basie, Charlie Parker and others achieved greater fame, but of all the artists shaped during Kansas City’s swinging heyday, Mary Lou Williams may have produced the most varied body of work, including such spiritually oriented pieces as Mary Lou’s Mass. University of Michigan faculty member and jazz star Geri Allen leads an all-star tribute to Williams for Black History Month by re-creating the mass with help from drummer Jimmy Cobb, bassist Robert Hurst, saxophonist Donald Walden, trombonist Dennis Wilson and trumpeter Ed Sarath, not to mention a choir and featured vocalists Carmen Lundy and George Shirley. 8 p.m., at the Power Center, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor. Call 734-764-0583 for information. Free
Bob Seeley and Bob Baldori
If you are a fan of the boogie-woogie piano, there is no finer performer than Bob Seeley. While the ivory-tickler is often remembered for his long-running night at Charley’s Crab in downtown Rochester, Seeley has returned to the local scene, this time with Bob Baldori (Chuck Berry’s piano player). From what we hear, Baldori also plays a mean blues harmonica. Thursdays at Fishbone’s, 400 Monroe St., Detroit; 313-965-4600. Free.