February 05, 2014

16 things to do in Detroit this week (Feb. 5-11)

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SATURDAY, 08
Detroit Derby Girls
Ah, roller derby. The only time you can watch women with names like Roxanna Hardplace and Princess Die hip check each other … on roller skates. But roller derby is no mere theatrics: It’s a competitive, athletic sport, and Saturday’s bout won’t disappoint. It’s a double header — the Detroit Pistoffs square off against the Pistolwhippers, while the D-Funk Allstars take on the Devil’s Night Dames. In honor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign, fans are asked to wear red to promote heart health. A shuttle will take fans to McShane’s Irish Pub in Corktown for an after party following the match. See all the bumps, bruises and beauties at the Detroit Masonic Temple at 4:45. Tickets are $18.
SATURDAY, 08
Detroit Derby Girls

Ah, roller derby. The only time you can watch women with names like Roxanna Hardplace and Princess Die hip check each other … on roller skates. But roller derby is no mere theatrics: It’s a competitive, athletic sport, and Saturday’s bout won’t disappoint. It’s a double header — the Detroit Pistoffs square off against the Pistolwhippers, while the D-Funk Allstars take on the Devil’s Night Dames. In honor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red campaign, fans are asked to wear red to promote heart health. A shuttle will take fans to McShane’s Irish Pub in Corktown for an after party following the match. See all the bumps, bruises and beauties at the Detroit Masonic Temple at 4:45. Tickets are $18.
FRIDAY, 07
Manowar
Sorry, the tickets are how much? It’s $75 minimum? For fucking Manowar? To be fair, the metal titans hardly ever play metro Detroit, so there will be some demand for the group of musicians with a penchant for puffing out their barbarian chests and wielding a broadsword. Whether the demand matches the insane cover charge remains to be seen. Those who do go will surely be rewarded with a killer metal show and a whole lot of epic power metal tunes. The bravado is part of the deal, and those fans will expect nothing less. Just watch out for those swinging loincloths. The loudest metalheads on the planet will shake the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Friday, doors open at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, 07
Manowar

Sorry, the tickets are how much? It’s $75 minimum? For fucking Manowar? To be fair, the metal titans hardly ever play metro Detroit, so there will be some demand for the group of musicians with a penchant for puffing out their barbarian chests and wielding a broadsword. Whether the demand matches the insane cover charge remains to be seen. Those who do go will surely be rewarded with a killer metal show and a whole lot of epic power metal tunes. The bravado is part of the deal, and those fans will expect nothing less. Just watch out for those swinging loincloths. The loudest metalheads on the planet will shake the Royal Oak Music Theatre on Friday, doors open at 8 p.m.
SUNDAY, 09
The Black Angels • Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville
Austin band the Black Angels is named after a Velvet Underground song, “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” and they love the 13th Floor Elevators, so their quality influences are present and correct. The band has a very psychedelic sound, though a contemporary take on the Nuggets formula, so the fact that it’s touring with Roky Erickson of those 13th Floor Elevators makes complete sense. Erikson is 66 now and, though he has piled on a few pounds and is gray around the edges, he still looks like the mildly deranged and out-of-left-field rocker that he’s always been. This double bill will be awesome. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Magic Stick in Detroit. Tickets start at $20.
SUNDAY, 09
The Black Angels • Roky Erickson & the Hounds of Baskerville

Austin band the Black Angels is named after a Velvet Underground song, “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” and they love the 13th Floor Elevators, so their quality influences are present and correct. The band has a very psychedelic sound, though a contemporary take on the Nuggets formula, so the fact that it’s touring with Roky Erickson of those 13th Floor Elevators makes complete sense. Erikson is 66 now and, though he has piled on a few pounds and is gray around the edges, he still looks like the mildly deranged and out-of-left-field rocker that he’s always been. This double bill will be awesome. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Magic Stick in Detroit. Tickets start at $20.
WEDNESDAY, 05
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai
Wild costumes, astounding acrobatics, vibrant colors, intense precision and an incredible spirit of wonderment are all characteristics of a Cirque du Soleil show, and Varekai promises to deliver them all during its short stint in Detroit. Varekai, which translates to “wherever” in the Romani language, “pays tribute to the nomadic soul.” According to the website, “The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.” This acrobatic act will be flying high at the Joe Louis Arena Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 9. Tickets start at $38.
WEDNESDAY, 05
Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

Wild costumes, astounding acrobatics, vibrant colors, intense precision and an incredible spirit of wonderment are all characteristics of a Cirque du Soleil show, and Varekai promises to deliver them all during its short stint in Detroit. Varekai, which translates to “wherever” in the Romani language, “pays tribute to the nomadic soul.” According to the website, “The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.” This acrobatic act will be flying high at the Joe Louis Arena Friday, February 5 - Sunday, February 9. Tickets start at $38.
SATURDAY, 08
John Acquaviva & Kevin Saunderson
There’s a lot to get excited about here. A performance by Kevin Saunderson would be reason enough to party — one of techno’s original godfathers, Saunderson has had success through the years under the aliases Kreem and Inner City while also DJing by his own name. Saunderson’s a living legend — hell, the guy’s mixing board is now in the Detroit Historical Museum. Add London, Ontario’s John Acquaviva to the mix and we now have a rock solid night of electronic music. Acquaviva has decades of DJing on his résumé and is one of the founders of electronic music download site Beatport. Grasshopper residents Golf Clap and PRGRM round out the bill. Catch the show at the Grasshopper Underground at 8 p.m.
SATURDAY, 08
John Acquaviva & Kevin Saunderson

There’s a lot to get excited about here. A performance by Kevin Saunderson would be reason enough to party — one of techno’s original godfathers, Saunderson has had success through the years under the aliases Kreem and Inner City while also DJing by his own name. Saunderson’s a living legend — hell, the guy’s mixing board is now in the Detroit Historical Museum. Add London, Ontario’s John Acquaviva to the mix and we now have a rock solid night of electronic music. Acquaviva has decades of DJing on his résumé and is one of the founders of electronic music download site Beatport. Grasshopper residents Golf Clap and PRGRM round out the bill. Catch the show at the Grasshopper Underground at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, 07
Dilla Day • De La Soul
De La Soul has been around since ’87, which makes sense to us because we can remember kicking back to “Me Myself and I” at high school. That 3 Feet High and Rising album was and remains a killer, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that the band has released a ton of material since then and most of it is great. It often is forgotten, but it shouldn’t be. Don’t panic though; they’ll also play “Say No Go” and “The Magic Number.” This show is a celebration of the Detroit talent that was J Dilla, so members of Slum Village will also be performing. Dilla would surely approve. Celebrate Dilla at The Fillmore in Detroit. Tickets start at $35. Doors open at 8 p.m.
FRIDAY, 07
Dilla Day • De La Soul

De La Soul has been around since ’87, which makes sense to us because we can remember kicking back to “Me Myself and I” at high school. That 3 Feet High and Rising album was and remains a killer, but it shouldn’t be forgotten that the band has released a ton of material since then and most of it is great. It often is forgotten, but it shouldn’t be. Don’t panic though; they’ll also play “Say No Go” and “The Magic Number.” This show is a celebration of the Detroit talent that was J Dilla, so members of Slum Village will also be performing. Dilla would surely approve. Celebrate Dilla at The Fillmore in Detroit. Tickets start at $35. Doors open at 8 p.m.
THURSDAY, 06
G. Love & Special Sauce 
How much more laid-back can G Love get? At this point, he makes Beck sound like he’s bouncing around on speed. But that’s how we like him. The Special Sauce sound was the soundtrack to many summers back in the mid-’90s, and those same people are now trying to get through the week as working men and women. They need some musical Xanax to avoid getting addicted to the real thing. G. Love has a new album due out this year, sugar. It’s unlikely to be a slab of speed metal, so the new songs played at St. Andy’s will probably go down just fine with a crowd that just wants to sway. Catch the show at St. Andrew’s Hall. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
THURSDAY, 06
G. Love & Special Sauce

How much more laid-back can G Love get? At this point, he makes Beck sound like he’s bouncing around on speed. But that’s how we like him. The Special Sauce sound was the soundtrack to many summers back in the mid-’90s, and those same people are now trying to get through the week as working men and women. They need some musical Xanax to avoid getting addicted to the real thing. G. Love has a new album due out this year, sugar. It’s unlikely to be a slab of speed metal, so the new songs played at St. Andy’s will probably go down just fine with a crowd that just wants to sway. Catch the show at St. Andrew’s Hall. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets are $20.
TUESDAY, 11
Kings of Leon
Nashville band the Kings of Leon might be as generic as almighty hell, they might sound like a lot of other bands and inspire nothing but the desire to hum along, but they do sell a lot of records and they pack all of the big venues, headlining summer festivals all over the world. This show, on the first leg of the band’s Mechanical Bull Tour, also has Gary Clark Jr. on the bill, and it will probably sell out or at least come close because, let’s be honest, sometimes we just want to hum and sing along to easy-to-like rock anthems. In that regard, these guys are the kings. Fans can catch them at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets start at $29.50.
TUESDAY, 11
Kings of Leon

Nashville band the Kings of Leon might be as generic as almighty hell, they might sound like a lot of other bands and inspire nothing but the desire to hum along, but they do sell a lot of records and they pack all of the big venues, headlining summer festivals all over the world. This show, on the first leg of the band’s Mechanical Bull Tour, also has Gary Clark Jr. on the bill, and it will probably sell out or at least come close because, let’s be honest, sometimes we just want to hum and sing along to easy-to-like rock anthems. In that regard, these guys are the kings. Fans can catch them at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Doors open at 7:30. Tickets start at $29.50.
FRIDAY, 07
Dance Theatre of Harlem: ?Dance Medicine Clinic 
The best-kept secret is a dancer’s injury. Dancers’ bodies endure abnormal strength, power, flexibility and agility training, sometimes on a daily basis, to achieve their choreographic goals. Pushing their bodies past their limits in the name of art and entertainment, dancers often ignore physical pain because “the show must go on.” So in addition to their athletically artistic performances, the Dance Theatre of Harlem presents: Dance Medicine Clinic in conjunction with the DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, a clinic focusing on the importance of dance wellness, flexibility and injury prevention followed by a performance from the world-renowned dance troupe. Limber up with the best on Friday, February 7 from 11:30 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $65.
FRIDAY, 07
Dance Theatre of Harlem: ?Dance Medicine Clinic

The best-kept secret is a dancer’s injury. Dancers’ bodies endure abnormal strength, power, flexibility and agility training, sometimes on a daily basis, to achieve their choreographic goals. Pushing their bodies past their limits in the name of art and entertainment, dancers often ignore physical pain because “the show must go on.” So in addition to their athletically artistic performances, the Dance Theatre of Harlem presents: Dance Medicine Clinic in conjunction with the DMC’s Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, a clinic focusing on the importance of dance wellness, flexibility and injury prevention followed by a performance from the world-renowned dance troupe. Limber up with the best on Friday, February 7 from 11:30 a.m.- 2:15 p.m. Tickets are $65.
THURSDAY, 06-SUNDAY, 09
Shen Yun
Bringing 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture to the stage, Shen Yun transports audiences back to the past through music and dance while simultaneously pissing off China’s communist regime. This group, a nonprofit dance company based in New York, merges the elements of colorful costumes, acrobatics, folklore and history to share a vibrant version of ancient Chinese history. Despite battling with the CCP over the years, the company continues to tour internationally and will be landing in Detroit this weekend. Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese Culture at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets start at $80.
THURSDAY, 06-SUNDAY, 09
Shen Yun

Bringing 5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture to the stage, Shen Yun transports audiences back to the past through music and dance while simultaneously pissing off China’s communist regime. This group, a nonprofit dance company based in New York, merges the elements of colorful costumes, acrobatics, folklore and history to share a vibrant version of ancient Chinese history. Despite battling with the CCP over the years, the company continues to tour internationally and will be landing in Detroit this weekend. Immerse yourself in traditional Chinese Culture at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets start at $80.