February 09, 2017

18 metro Detroit date ideas to impress your lover

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Thursday, 2/9
Pepper, Less Than Jake
@ Majestic Theatre
Pepper has been around since 1997, and has released seven pretty awesome alternative rock/ska albums in that time span. Since the Hawaiian band moved to the mainland, they’ve had a pretty spectacular career, and most people have probably heard them without recognizing them, since the band has been featured in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Good Luck Chuck, and some video game soundtracks. Their latest release, 2010’s Stitches EP, followed a two-year hiatus that brought a fantastic growth in songwriting to the EP.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of.
Thursday, 2/9
Pepper, Less Than Jake
@ Majestic Theatre
Pepper has been around since 1997, and has released seven pretty awesome alternative rock/ska albums in that time span. Since the Hawaiian band moved to the mainland, they’ve had a pretty spectacular career, and most people have probably heard them without recognizing them, since the band has been featured in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Good Luck Chuck, and some video game soundtracks. Their latest release, 2010’s Stitches EP, followed a two-year hiatus that brought a fantastic growth in songwriting to the EP.
Doors open at 6 p.m.; 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; majesticdetroit.com; Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of.
Friday, 2/10
Dirty Heads
@ The Fillmore
From sunny California, the Dirty Heads are bringing their reggae fusion across the country. They’ve performed with O.A.R., Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, and more. Since their inception in 2006 by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell, they’ve released five albums. Their major influences include Sublime and the Beastie Boys, but it’s all with their own twist on the alternative hip-hop/reggae genre. This show, presented by Cal & Co from 89X, is sure to rock.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; thefillmoredetroit.com; Tickets are $8.90-$70.
Friday, 2/10
Dirty Heads
@ The Fillmore
From sunny California, the Dirty Heads are bringing their reggae fusion across the country. They’ve performed with O.A.R., Pepper, Kottonmouth Kings, and more. Since their inception in 2006 by Jared “Dirty J” Watson and Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell, they’ve released five albums. Their major influences include Sublime and the Beastie Boys, but it’s all with their own twist on the alternative hip-hop/reggae genre. This show, presented by Cal & Co from 89X, is sure to rock.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; thefillmoredetroit.com; Tickets are $8.90-$70.
Friday, 2/10
Pokey LaFarge
@ The Ark
Pokey LaFarge, born Andrew Heissler, grew up in Illinois immersing himself in Civil War and World War II history, and through his love of history, he developed an affinity for classic jazz and blues. After figuring out his way around guitars and mandolins, LaFarge developed his own modern brand of blues, jazz, and Western swing. His music is refreshingly current while classic at its heart. Seeing him live is sure to be a treat to all fans of the genre.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; theark.org; Tickets are sold out, but available through resellers.
Friday, 2/10
Pokey LaFarge
@ The Ark
Pokey LaFarge, born Andrew Heissler, grew up in Illinois immersing himself in Civil War and World War II history, and through his love of history, he developed an affinity for classic jazz and blues. After figuring out his way around guitars and mandolins, LaFarge developed his own modern brand of blues, jazz, and Western swing. His music is refreshingly current while classic at its heart. Seeing him live is sure to be a treat to all fans of the genre.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; theark.org; Tickets are sold out, but available through resellers.
Friday, 2/10
Perlon night
@ Marble Bar
Sammy Dee first made his name known in his hometown of Berlin, where he began experimenting as a DJ. He’s considered a veteran of the electronic scene because he’s been with it for so long, but he’s as active and innovative as ever. Keith Kemp, a Detroiter, found inspiration from Skinny Puppy and Brian Eno in his youth, and from that point forward, he began to make experimental, technical electronic music. Kemp has focused not just on DJing, but on other aspects of electronic music as well, like manipulating computers, samplers, and synths.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; facebook.com/marblebar; Tickets are $10 in advance.
Friday, 2/10
Perlon night
@ Marble Bar
Sammy Dee first made his name known in his hometown of Berlin, where he began experimenting as a DJ. He’s considered a veteran of the electronic scene because he’s been with it for so long, but he’s as active and innovative as ever. Keith Kemp, a Detroiter, found inspiration from Skinny Puppy and Brian Eno in his youth, and from that point forward, he began to make experimental, technical electronic music. Kemp has focused not just on DJing, but on other aspects of electronic music as well, like manipulating computers, samplers, and synths.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 1501 Holden St., Detroit; facebook.com/marblebar; Tickets are $10 in advance.
Fri-Sun, 2/10-2/12
The Dirty Show
@ Russell Industrial Center
Local prankster Jerry Vile’s annual erotic art exhibition has turned 18, which means it’s all grown up. Does that mean we should expect a grown-up, more mature show? In some ways, yes. This year’s special guest artist is the Czech sculptor David ?erný, who is known for provocative and daring installation work (see our Q&A in this issue). But don’t worry, the Dirty Show hasn’t gone entirely political — erotic artwork in every medium, burlesque shows, boylesque shows, drag, spanking booths, bondage demonstrations, go-go dancers, and more are sure to titillate. (And if you can’t catch it this weekend, catch it Feb. 17-18).
Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday; 1600 Clay St., Detroit; dirtydetroit.com; tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Fri-Sun, 2/10-2/12
The Dirty Show
@ Russell Industrial Center
Local prankster Jerry Vile’s annual erotic art exhibition has turned 18, which means it’s all grown up. Does that mean we should expect a grown-up, more mature show? In some ways, yes. This year’s special guest artist is the Czech sculptor David ?erný, who is known for provocative and daring installation work (see our Q&A in this issue). But don’t worry, the Dirty Show hasn’t gone entirely political — erotic artwork in every medium, burlesque shows, boylesque shows, drag, spanking booths, bondage demonstrations, go-go dancers, and more are sure to titillate. (And if you can’t catch it this weekend, catch it Feb. 17-18).
Doors open at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. on Sunday; 1600 Clay St., Detroit; dirtydetroit.com; tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.
Fri-Sat, 2/10-11
Cary Grant tribute weekend
@ Redford Theatre
Cary Grant was actually born Archibald Alexander Leach, which is kind of hard to believe because that name is so awful it has to be made up. Quite in the fashion of Old Hollywood, he changed his name to make himself more appealing to directors and moviegoers. Grant, who is widely accepted as one of the greatest leading men of all time, starred in films like Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, The Philidelphia Story, North by Northwest, and An Affair to Remember. Some of his greatest works (along with his greatest co-stars, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman included) will be shown this weekend at the historic Redford Theatre.
Arsenic and Old Lace starts at 8 p.m. on Friday night, Charade starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Notorious starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday; 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com; tickets are $5 to all showings.
Fri-Sat, 2/10-11
Cary Grant tribute weekend
@ Redford Theatre
Cary Grant was actually born Archibald Alexander Leach, which is kind of hard to believe because that name is so awful it has to be made up. Quite in the fashion of Old Hollywood, he changed his name to make himself more appealing to directors and moviegoers. Grant, who is widely accepted as one of the greatest leading men of all time, starred in films like Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, The Philidelphia Story, North by Northwest, and An Affair to Remember. Some of his greatest works (along with his greatest co-stars, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman included) will be shown this weekend at the historic Redford Theatre.
Arsenic and Old Lace starts at 8 p.m. on Friday night, Charade starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Notorious starts at 8 p.m. on Saturday; 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com; tickets are $5 to all showings.
Fri-Sat, 2/10-11
VLNTNSDYMRKT 5
@ Jam Handy
If you’re looking for some locally made goods for your betrothed this Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to check out our guide of funny gifts as well as the VLNTNSDAYMRKT put on by Pot and Box. The event, now in its fifth year, invites local crafters and vendors to shill their wares in honor of the day of love. You’ll find creations by JKM Candles, Tree Trunk Arts, Rebel Nell, Dave’s Sweet Tooth, Stef-N-Ty, Jody Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles, Sfumato Fragrances, Drifter Coffee, and many more. And yes, of course, there will be a Lularoe vendor there too.
Runs 6-10 p.m. on Friday night and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday; 2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; potandbox.com.
Fri-Sat, 2/10-11
VLNTNSDYMRKT 5
@ Jam Handy
If you’re looking for some locally made goods for your betrothed this Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to check out our guide of funny gifts as well as the VLNTNSDAYMRKT put on by Pot and Box. The event, now in its fifth year, invites local crafters and vendors to shill their wares in honor of the day of love. You’ll find creations by JKM Candles, Tree Trunk Arts, Rebel Nell, Dave’s Sweet Tooth, Stef-N-Ty, Jody Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles, Sfumato Fragrances, Drifter Coffee, and many more. And yes, of course, there will be a Lularoe vendor there too.
Runs 6-10 p.m. on Friday night and 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Saturday; 2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; potandbox.com.
Saturday, 2/11
Dead Again
@ Otus Supply
Dead Again is easily the best Grateful Dead cover band around. Their shows are coveted and sell out fast because Deadheads take this stuff seriously. The good news is, if you can’t score a ticket to this show and you just have to pay your respects to Jerry Garcia and the gang, there’s always the band’s annual 4/20 show. So, go find a tie-dye shirt and maybe some sort of fringed leather accessory, and find a ticket to this show as quickly as you can.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; facebook.com/otussupply; Tickets are $12.
Saturday, 2/11
Dead Again
@ Otus Supply
Dead Again is easily the best Grateful Dead cover band around. Their shows are coveted and sell out fast because Deadheads take this stuff seriously. The good news is, if you can’t score a ticket to this show and you just have to pay your respects to Jerry Garcia and the gang, there’s always the band’s annual 4/20 show. So, go find a tie-dye shirt and maybe some sort of fringed leather accessory, and find a ticket to this show as quickly as you can.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 345 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale; facebook.com/otussupply; Tickets are $12.
Saturday, 2/11
Black Tiger Sex Machine
@ Saint Andrews Hall
If you like how Daft Punk wears those masks while making your booty move around, then you’ll love Black Tiger Sex Machine. The Canadian electronic trio dons tiger masks fitted with LED lights that are synced to their music during performances. The group, which has been active since 2011, has performed at Lollapalooza, SXSW, Electric Forest, and more. They’ve brought their aggressive electro house to the world, and they’ve released 10 albums that have brought them a considerable amount of critical acclaim. 2016’s Welcome to Our Church didn’t disappoint, and fans will want to hear it live. Their last show in Detroit, at Populux, sold out pretty quickly. So those who want to go see the animalistic electronic trio live should make their plans soon.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; saintandrewsdetroit.com; Tickets are $20.
Saturday, 2/11
Black Tiger Sex Machine
@ Saint Andrews Hall
If you like how Daft Punk wears those masks while making your booty move around, then you’ll love Black Tiger Sex Machine. The Canadian electronic trio dons tiger masks fitted with LED lights that are synced to their music during performances. The group, which has been active since 2011, has performed at Lollapalooza, SXSW, Electric Forest, and more. They’ve brought their aggressive electro house to the world, and they’ve released 10 albums that have brought them a considerable amount of critical acclaim. 2016’s Welcome to Our Church didn’t disappoint, and fans will want to hear it live. Their last show in Detroit, at Populux, sold out pretty quickly. So those who want to go see the animalistic electronic trio live should make their plans soon.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; saintandrewsdetroit.com; Tickets are $20.
Saturday, 2/11
Cupid’s Undie Run
@ The Fillmore
If you have an exhibitionist streak and also enjoy raising money to benefit scientific research that could cure deadly childhood diseases, then Cupid’s Undie Run is the perfect marriage of your interests. The not-quite-a-mile dash has runners sprinting through the cold February air wearing nothing more than boxer briefs and sports bras. While the quick race around Foxtown is the event’s headliner, a before-and-after party also takes place at the Fillmore. The party/run raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and research for neurofibromatosis. The run, which takes place in several cities across the country, raised $3.5 million for their cause just last year.
Starts at noon; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; cupidsundierun.org; tickets are $25-$55.
Saturday, 2/11
Cupid’s Undie Run
@ The Fillmore
If you have an exhibitionist streak and also enjoy raising money to benefit scientific research that could cure deadly childhood diseases, then Cupid’s Undie Run is the perfect marriage of your interests. The not-quite-a-mile dash has runners sprinting through the cold February air wearing nothing more than boxer briefs and sports bras. While the quick race around Foxtown is the event’s headliner, a before-and-after party also takes place at the Fillmore. The party/run raises money for the Children’s Tumor Foundation and research for neurofibromatosis. The run, which takes place in several cities across the country, raised $3.5 million for their cause just last year.
Starts at noon; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; cupidsundierun.org; tickets are $25-$55.