10 things happening in metro Detroit this week
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Wednesday, 2/10 -
@ MOCAD -
In an artsy mood? Learn about curating visual and performing arts by listening to RoseLee Goldberg. The literary event hosted at Detroits Museum of Contemporary Arts features the author, historian, art critic, and curator as a lecturer this Wednesday. Goldberg wrote Performance Art: From Futurism to Present and founded the nonprofit for the research and organization of visual and performing arts, PERFORMA. She definitely knows her visual art.
Starts at 7 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.org; admission is free, $5 suggested donation. (Photo via Creative Commons).
Thursday, 2/11 -
Drinks x Design
@ 601 West Fort Street -
Unleash your creativity or admire others at the amplified Drinks x Design event. Hosted by the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, otherwise known as DC3, the event offers complimentary food, drinks, and entertainment. It also offers opportunities to mingle with fellow Detroit designers and creators. Free up your Thursday night and bring your friends (as long as theyre 21) and let your creative side run free.
Starts at 5:30 p.m.; 601 W. Fort St., Detroit; detcityofdesign.eventbrite.com; free.
Friday, 2/12 -
@ Jam Handy -
No, thats not just a bunch of random letters. VLNTNSDYMRKT 4 is an annual night market event. The night market is open Friday, Feb. 12, two days before Valentines Day. So if youve procrastinated on purchasing a V-Day gift for your special someone, the VLTNSDYMRKT has one-of-a-kind goodies from local sellers. This year marks the fourth run for the night market, which features the essentials on a Friday night - shopping, food trucks, and music. (Photo from Real Hearts Treasure).
Runs from 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; 2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; vlntnsdymrkt.com; admission is free.
Fri-Sun, 2/12-14 -
Dance Theater of Harlem
@ Michigan Opera Theatre -
If a crowded Campus Martius isnt your ideal weekend getaway, stay warm and cozy inside another downtown venue - the Michigan Opera Theatre. This weekend, the theater will feature performances by the Dance Theater of Harlem Co. Bringing New York to Detroit, the company, which started in order to disprove the belief that ballet was not meant for performers of African descent, is said to provide a series of performances that promise to dazzle, delight and produce awe.
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday; 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; tickets start at $25.
Fri-Sun, 2/12-14 -
@ Campus Martius -
Bundle up and enjoy whatever this Michigan winter has to throw at us. This years annual Winter Blast is here all weekend. The event, sponsored by Meridian Health Plan, will feature both indoor and outdoor activities. Detroit favorites, like the Bedrock zip line, and a giant snowslide will be up all weekend, along with music, giveaways, and exhibitions. This year, the Meridian Winter Blast will also host Sing, Skate, and Slide for Flint, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a fundraiser that aims to raise $75,000 for Flint. Check out the website for concert lineups and event schedules.
Opens at 11 a.m. Friday-Sunday; 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-963-8418 winterblast.com; admission is three canned goods, a childrens book, or $3 that will be directly donated to Matrix Human Services.
Saturday, 2/13 -
Cupids Undie Run
@ The Fillmore -
This Saturday its OK to leave your house in just your underwear
as long as youre taking part in the annual 1.5-mile Cupids Undie Run. Proceeds benefit a good cause - the Childrens Tumor Foundation - hoping to stop NF, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. The Undie Run provides an opportunity to break in that new Valentines Day lingerie and party, drink, and dance in the middle of the street in your best undies. Its a win-win - helping a good cause while having a good time.
Doors open at noon; run starts at 2 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; cupidsundierun.com/city/detroit; $55 to register.
Saturday, 2/13 -
@ Joe Louis Arena -
If Valentines Day brings about some sad feelings, grab a friend and watch Katt Williams for some guaranteed laughs. The triple-threat star is stopping by Detroit on his Conspiracy Theory tour, bringing light to controversial and perhaps even offensive topics. The actor, rapper, and comedian officially returned to the stand-up stage after pursuing other endeavors in film and music in 2012. The Denver Post described Williams stage persona as between a possessed rival preacher and Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil, which is sure to make for an interesting comedy show.
Starts at 8 p.m.; 19 Steve Yzerman Dr., Detroit; 800-745-3000 olympiaentertainment.com; tickets start at $52.
Sunday, 2/14 -
Valentines Day dinner pop-up
@ Harrys Detroit -
Still unsure of Valentines Day plans? Harrys Detroit along with Dine Drink Detroit have you and your significant other covered. This year, the four-course meal will be created by chef Marcus Ware. The menu features spicy tomato soup with garlic oil and fried basil, kale salad with strawberries, candied walnuts, and goat cheese tossed in honey balsamic vinaigrette, herb encrusted lamb with sweet potato puree, and crispy onions tossed in a mint chimichurri, and a wafer cheesecake with a berry compote. There is also a vegetarian alternative, which features a mushroom risotto with Parmesan cream. Bottled wine and champagne will be available for purchase. Dinner, booze, and live music is the recipe for a perfect romantic evening.
Starts at 6 p.m.; 2482 Clifford St., Detroit; dinedrinkdetroit.com; tickets are $45 per person.
Saturday, 2/13 -
@ downtown Detroit -
Its Winter Blast, but for grown-ups! The annual Bar Blast is back, and theres no better way to drink your winter blues away. While there isnt a giant snowslide or zip line involved (but how cool would that be?) there is a continuous shuttle that will take you to where the fun begins. For $10, drinkers have a designated driver to take them to and from participating bars throughout the Foxtown, Greektown, and downtown area. Bring your bar-hopping shoes and ID, and get ready for a night of drinking. Warning: Hangovers may occur.
Starts at 9:30 p.m.; begin at any of the participating venues; neptix.com/events/30311/; wristbands are $10.
Sunday, 2/14 -
Celebration of Love fashion show
@ Embassy Suites -
Those with a passion for fashion wouldnt want to miss this years Celebration of Love fashion show, hosted by Vizions Inc. The show takes place on the day of love, and strives to create an intimate and inviting atmosphere of like-minded individuals interested in socializing while creating new personal and business relationships in a safe and upscale environment. The fashion event will be hosted by Grammy Award-winning rapper and actress Yo Yo Honey Singh. The classy fashion show will have an open bar, strolling hor doeuvres, a celebrity relationship panel, and a fashion show featuring Detroit designers.
Starts at 5 p.m.; 19525 Victor Parkway, Livonia; detroitfashionweek.pressly.com; tickets are $75.