Here's a fabulous opportunity to preserve some personal history. As part of a one-year initiative to gather the life stories of African-American families across the country, StoryCorps Griot will be in the D to collect personal tales of "endurance, resilience, achievement and hope." The interview consists of a 40-minute conversation between two people and will be accompanied by a moderator who will help participants with the technical aspects of the recording. Participants will take home an audio CD and (with permission) copies will go to the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian. To make a reservation, listen to clips or see sample questions, go to www.storycorpsgriot.net. Interviews will take place Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Call 800-850-4406 to reserve your appointment. Ends June 16.
Second City: General Auditions
Love to make people laugh? Think you're at least as hilarious as those dudes on the boob tube? Well, then why not take a chance at success and audition for a spot with the famous Second City Theatre? Former talent from Detroit's Second City includes According to Jim's Larry Joe Campbell, Mad TV's Keegan-Michael Key and SNL's Jerry C. Minor. To secure an audition time, call Nate DuFort at 248-348-4448. At 42705 Grand River Ave., Novi, 248-348-4448.
Heaven and Hell
Sans irony, we suggest all fans of rock 'n' roll check out this show. Sure, Dio's been the butt of many a pop culture joke, but the fact remains that this man's voice is synonymous with cock rock and all its many (misunderstood) glories. That guitar master Tony Iommi will be in the house only ensures that this night of rehashed Black Sabbath (the Dio years), should relegate this summer's Ozzfest (free tickets or not) to the back burner. Pump fists at Cobo Arena, One Washington Ave., Detroit. Call Ticketmaster at 248-645-6666.
Sixth Annual African World Language and Culture Fair
ISSUES & LEARNING
Featuring representatives of the African world community who are fluent speakers of many of the languages spoken by African people including Yoruba, Fula, Gullah, French, Zulu, Xhosa, Haitian creole and more the African World Language and Cultural Fair's aim is simply to preserve. Workshops include Disappearing African Languages: An Exploration, At Risk of Dying out, and Creoles and Pidgins: the Impact of Slavery and Colonialism on Language. Admission for workshops and exhibition is $10 adults and $5 children. Starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Nsoroma Institute at Clinton Education Center, 22180 Parklawn, Oak Park; 248-541-2548.
Bone Marrow Drive
There are few things more devastating than when one's own body turns on itself. And when cancer of the bone marrow strikes, it can be a death sentence. Through bone marrow transplants, modern science saves lived daily, but the procedure depends on finding compatible volunteer donors. So why not get yourself tested for the donor registry during the Bone Marrow Drive at Gilda's Club in Royal Oak? This week, they are specifically seeking a match for a young mother named Tara Revyn (she's of Korean descent and ideally needs a donor of the same ethnicity), but all prospective donors are welcome! Noon- 4 p.m. at Gilda's Club, 3517 Rochester Rd., Royal Oak; 248-577-0800. All fees are waived.
Amy Chenier and Tim Burke
This is your last chance to check out the oddly paired works of Amy Chenier and Tim Burke. While Chenier's painting style is both elegant and serene, the raw found art sculptures (pictured) of Detroit's Burke make for a forward-thinking and brave juxtaposition. Show closes on Saturday, May 12, at the River's Edge Gallery, 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.
Detroit Derby Girls
FUN FOR ALL
The local roller-skating rough necks who think happiness is a hip-check and nirvana, an elbow to the thorax, hit the Masonic Temple this week. The Detroit Derby Girls take on the Pistolwhippers for a night of femmed-up pugilism on wheels. Doors at 7 p.m. at 500 Temple, 313-832-7100. Tickets are $15 and are available at all Meijer locations and at starticketsplus.com
In celebration of Mother's Day, O'Wel Produc-tions introduces a play that puts the spotlight on the lady of the house. Starring local singer-actor Karen Newman, Mommyhood is the maternal gal's Vagina Monologues. Written by Macomb's Melonie Jackson, this series of one-acts honors all foibles and fabulousness alike that comes with being a mom. Skip the gifts and take Ma to see one of the two shows: noon and 5 p.m. at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2222.
Morrissey, who once ruled the world of alternative music, has since become a mystery man, much more a pop star in the shadows than the pouty icon he once was. But this week, he hits Ann Arbor for a musical foray into all things ultra-serious. After all, 2006's Ringleader of the Tormentors, you'll note, was the most appropriately named record in modern pop music history. Check him out at the Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8480.
Elmore Leonard: Up in Honey's Room
He's king of the crime novel and one of Detroit's most revered "exports." Elmore "Dutch" Leonard hits Borders in Birmingham to discuss his latest offering Up in Honey's Room: A Novel, the tale of Walter Schoen, a German spy living as a butcher in Detroit. He'll be there to read and autograph copies at 7 p.m. at 34300 Woodward Ave., Birmingham; 248-544-1203.
An Inspector Calls
Appearances are often deceiving as illustrated by J.B. Priestly's play An Inspector Calls. In pre-World War I England, an inspector calls on the affluent Birling family to investigate the death of a young girl and the family's ultra-thick façade is threatened. Runs Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until May 19 at the Aaron DeRoy Theatre, 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900. Tickets are $29-$39.
Eve Doster is the listings editor of Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected]