19 super fun ways to spend your time in metro Detroit this week

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Thursday, 12/8
Taxon Clade 
@ The Loving Touch
It can generally be assumed that anything happening at the Loving Touch is going to be a magnet for purple-haired hipsters and guys with manbuns. We’re not saying it’s a bad thing, just stating some truths. Anyway, this Taxon Clade show is no exception, but we’re stoked to get down to the dancey soul pop of this Midtown-based trio. The group is led by Daniel Ericksen, who says his music is influenced by My Morning Jacket, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Motown. 
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596 thelovingtouchferndale.com; tickets are $5.
Thursday, 12/8
Taxon Clade
@ The Loving Touch
It can generally be assumed that anything happening at the Loving Touch is going to be a magnet for purple-haired hipsters and guys with manbuns. We’re not saying it’s a bad thing, just stating some truths. Anyway, this Taxon Clade show is no exception, but we’re stoked to get down to the dancey soul pop of this Midtown-based trio. The group is led by Daniel Ericksen, who says his music is influenced by My Morning Jacket, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Motown.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-820-5596 thelovingtouchferndale.com; tickets are $5.
Friday, 12/9
No DAPL Benefit starring Ethan Daniel Davidson
@ UFO Factory
Americans have this great way of glossing over the systematic mistreatment of American Indians that’s been going on for, you know, like 400 years. But, thanks to a corrupt government that’s overrun with corporate greed and special interests, we’ve been hearing a little bit more about this consistently marginalized minority group. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock has caused warranted outrage among tribe members and people everywhere who have a shred of human decency. Even though there has been a temporary halt to the pipeline expansion, the UFO Factory will still hold a concert and art show to send cash to the Sioux. Kathy Leisen from Soft Location will open the show with lyrically challenging singer-songwriter piano-based jams that will haunt your brain in the best way. Warren Defever from His Name Is Alive will play a rare solo set, which means you have no idea whether he’ll zone out entirely or play song-based stuff. It’s all headlined by singer-songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson, whose recently recorded album of deft and experimental Americana is nothing short of splendid.
Event starts at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; ufofactory.com; Minimum donation of $7 required.
Friday, 12/9
No DAPL Benefit starring Ethan Daniel Davidson
@ UFO Factory
Americans have this great way of glossing over the systematic mistreatment of American Indians that’s been going on for, you know, like 400 years. But, thanks to a corrupt government that’s overrun with corporate greed and special interests, we’ve been hearing a little bit more about this consistently marginalized minority group. The proposed Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock has caused warranted outrage among tribe members and people everywhere who have a shred of human decency. Even though there has been a temporary halt to the pipeline expansion, the UFO Factory will still hold a concert and art show to send cash to the Sioux. Kathy Leisen from Soft Location will open the show with lyrically challenging singer-songwriter piano-based jams that will haunt your brain in the best way. Warren Defever from His Name Is Alive will play a rare solo set, which means you have no idea whether he’ll zone out entirely or play song-based stuff. It’s all headlined by singer-songwriter Ethan Daniel Davidson, whose recently recorded album of deft and experimental Americana is nothing short of splendid.
Event starts at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull Ave., Detroit; ufofactory.com; Minimum donation of $7 required.
Friday, 12/9
Red Fang 
@ El Club
Red Fang is definitely among the greatest American metal bands to come out of the musical hellscape that was the early 2000s. Their third studio album, Whales and Leeches, reached No. 66 on the Billboard top 200 in 2013, and their fourth album, Only Ghosts debuted at No. 143, and is still climbing up on the charts. The concert is sure to be rad, and metal fans can’t miss the chance to hear some of the finest songs off the new album, like “Flies” and “The Deep,” as well as their biggest hit, “No Hope,” which launched the group into success. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; elclubdetroit.com; tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door.
Friday, 12/9
Red Fang
@ El Club
Red Fang is definitely among the greatest American metal bands to come out of the musical hellscape that was the early 2000s. Their third studio album, Whales and Leeches, reached No. 66 on the Billboard top 200 in 2013, and their fourth album, Only Ghosts debuted at No. 143, and is still climbing up on the charts. The concert is sure to be rad, and metal fans can’t miss the chance to hear some of the finest songs off the new album, like “Flies” and “The Deep,” as well as their biggest hit, “No Hope,” which launched the group into success.
Doors at 7 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit; elclubdetroit.com; tickets are $20 in advance and $22 at the door.
Friday, 12/9
The Supersuckers
@ Small’s Bar
Supersuckers, another swell band to come out of Seattle’s legendary Sub Pop record label, rock as hard today as they did on their first studio album, 1992’s The Smoke of Hell. Starting out as garage rock, and transitioning into alternative country, Eddie Spaghetti and the gang have never disappointed audiences, despite as absurd amount of lineup changes in their 29-year lifespan. They’ve toured with Thin Lizzy, Bad Religion, the Butthole Surfers, and more, plus they’ve backed Willie Nelson, and have recorded with Eddie Vedder and Steven Earle. The Supersuckers have managed to stick out past the Sub Pop glory days and for that, we owe them the price of admission to this intimate evening of indie rock.
The show starts at 8 p.m.; 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; smallsbardetroit.com; tickets are $15, $18 at the door; all ages.
Friday, 12/9
The Supersuckers
@ Small’s Bar
Supersuckers, another swell band to come out of Seattle’s legendary Sub Pop record label, rock as hard today as they did on their first studio album, 1992’s The Smoke of Hell. Starting out as garage rock, and transitioning into alternative country, Eddie Spaghetti and the gang have never disappointed audiences, despite as absurd amount of lineup changes in their 29-year lifespan. They’ve toured with Thin Lizzy, Bad Religion, the Butthole Surfers, and more, plus they’ve backed Willie Nelson, and have recorded with Eddie Vedder and Steven Earle. The Supersuckers have managed to stick out past the Sub Pop glory days and for that, we owe them the price of admission to this intimate evening of indie rock.
The show starts at 8 p.m.; 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; smallsbardetroit.com; tickets are $15, $18 at the door; all ages.
Friday, 12/9
Gimme Danger
@ The Magic Bag
The Stooges are one of many Detroit bands to leave a lasting mark of intensity and ambition on the music world. Whether you dig Fun House or Raw Power, there’s no doubt the Stooges have touched your rock-loving heart. Jim Jarmusch tells the Ann Arbor natives’ story in Gimme Danger, and the rock documentary has been met with overwhelming acclaim. This special screening at the Magic Bag could be your last chance to see it in a theater setting.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit; themagicbag.com; Tickets are $8 in advance.
Friday, 12/9
Gimme Danger
@ The Magic Bag
The Stooges are one of many Detroit bands to leave a lasting mark of intensity and ambition on the music world. Whether you dig Fun House or Raw Power, there’s no doubt the Stooges have touched your rock-loving heart. Jim Jarmusch tells the Ann Arbor natives’ story in Gimme Danger, and the rock documentary has been met with overwhelming acclaim. This special screening at the Magic Bag could be your last chance to see it in a theater setting.
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit; themagicbag.com; Tickets are $8 in advance.
Friday, 12/9
Karim Nagi
@ Arab American Museum
Egyptian-born and American-raised Karim Nagi has made it his work to introduce people to Arab culture with Karim Nagi: An Alternative Tour Through the Arab World. Nagi, a musician, folk dancer, lecturer, and composer, has given lectures at a slew of Ivy League universities. He has released four albums, and has collaborated with Alicia Keys and the Urban Griot Project. His material is a fusion of hip-hop and traditional Arab music that often broaches tougher subjects, like xenophobia and stereotyping, with wit and great beats to boot. 
The show starts at 8 p.m.; 13624 Michigan Ave., Detroit; arabamericanmuseum.org; tickets are $15.
Friday, 12/9
Karim Nagi
@ Arab American Museum
Egyptian-born and American-raised Karim Nagi has made it his work to introduce people to Arab culture with Karim Nagi: An Alternative Tour Through the Arab World. Nagi, a musician, folk dancer, lecturer, and composer, has given lectures at a slew of Ivy League universities. He has released four albums, and has collaborated with Alicia Keys and the Urban Griot Project. His material is a fusion of hip-hop and traditional Arab music that often broaches tougher subjects, like xenophobia and stereotyping, with wit and great beats to boot.
The show starts at 8 p.m.; 13624 Michigan Ave., Detroit; arabamericanmuseum.org; tickets are $15.
Friday, 12/9
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops Concert
@ Hill Auditorium
Christmastime is about so much more than gift giving — it’s also about those warm, fuzzy feelings you get when surrounded by evergreen branches, bright red cranberries, and twinkling multicolored lights. And what would Christmas be without the sounds of the season? The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will once again present a festive smorgasbord of orchestral, classical, and pops music with the help of the all-men’s chorus, Measure for Measure plus Huron, Pioneer, and Saline High School choruses. The whole thing will conclude with a harmonized chorus of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.” 
Starts at 8 p.m.; 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; tickets are $10-$52.
Friday, 12/9
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops Concert
@ Hill Auditorium
Christmastime is about so much more than gift giving — it’s also about those warm, fuzzy feelings you get when surrounded by evergreen branches, bright red cranberries, and twinkling multicolored lights. And what would Christmas be without the sounds of the season? The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra will once again present a festive smorgasbord of orchestral, classical, and pops music with the help of the all-men’s chorus, Measure for Measure plus Huron, Pioneer, and Saline High School choruses. The whole thing will conclude with a harmonized chorus of “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”
Starts at 8 p.m.; 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; tickets are $10-$52.
Friday, 12/9
Hasan Minhaj
@ City Theatre
Hasan Minhaj has made a living off being both funny and brown. His show, Homecoming King, delves into a story he calls the “New Brown America,” which is based on events from his life. He deftly balances topics like interracial love, racism, and his Muslim family’s quest for the American Dream with dry wit and exasperated humor. His show is so popular that it warranted a second show at City Theatre. 
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3465; olympiaentertainment.com; tickets are $30 and $55.
Friday, 12/9
Hasan Minhaj
@ City Theatre
Hasan Minhaj has made a living off being both funny and brown. His show, Homecoming King, delves into a story he calls the “New Brown America,” which is based on events from his life. He deftly balances topics like interracial love, racism, and his Muslim family’s quest for the American Dream with dry wit and exasperated humor. His show is so popular that it warranted a second show at City Theatre.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.; 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3465; olympiaentertainment.com; tickets are $30 and $55.
Saturday, 12/10
Straight No Chaser 
@ The Fox Theatre
Scoot over, Pentatonix. Straight No Chaser, one of the most popular professional a cappella groups to ever exist (with good reason) just released their third Christmas album in October. The group has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, and more. They’ve covered Barry Manilow and Adele, and they’re versatility has been a crowd pleaser since the group’s inception in 1996. The latest album, I’ll Have Another...Christmas Album, features classics like “Joy to the World” and “Up on the Housetop” as well as less conventional tracks like “Merry Christmas (The Drinking Song)!” 
The show starts at 8 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; olympiaentertainment.com; Tickets are $29.50-$59.50.
Saturday, 12/10
Straight No Chaser
@ The Fox Theatre
Scoot over, Pentatonix. Straight No Chaser, one of the most popular professional a cappella groups to ever exist (with good reason) just released their third Christmas album in October. The group has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Jason Mraz, Sara Bareilles, and more. They’ve covered Barry Manilow and Adele, and they’re versatility has been a crowd pleaser since the group’s inception in 1996. The latest album, I’ll Have Another...Christmas Album, features classics like “Joy to the World” and “Up on the Housetop” as well as less conventional tracks like “Merry Christmas (The Drinking Song)!”
The show starts at 8 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; olympiaentertainment.com; Tickets are $29.50-$59.50.
Saturday-Sunday 12/10-11
Merry Market
@ Detroit Mercantile
Skip Target and forget about the mall — buy everyone on your list something special and locally made this holiday season at the Merry Market in Eastern Market. The enormous market is jam-packed with Michigan vendors selling everything from children’s toys to coffee to spectacles made from pressed wood. You’ll find funky neckties, avant-garde jewelry, Michigan-themed home decor, vintage items, clothing, and all sorts of one-of-a-kind items that please even the pickiest of people. Plus, Eastern Market will be open for a special holiday shopping event on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Doors open at 9 a.m.; 3434 Russell St., Detroit; 313-831-9000; detroitmercantile.com/merrymarket; admission is free, well-behaved dogs welcome.
Saturday-Sunday 12/10-11
Merry Market
@ Detroit Mercantile
Skip Target and forget about the mall — buy everyone on your list something special and locally made this holiday season at the Merry Market in Eastern Market. The enormous market is jam-packed with Michigan vendors selling everything from children’s toys to coffee to spectacles made from pressed wood. You’ll find funky neckties, avant-garde jewelry, Michigan-themed home decor, vintage items, clothing, and all sorts of one-of-a-kind items that please even the pickiest of people. Plus, Eastern Market will be open for a special holiday shopping event on Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Doors open at 9 a.m.; 3434 Russell St., Detroit; 313-831-9000; detroitmercantile.com/merrymarket; admission is free, well-behaved dogs welcome.