20 things going on this week that you probably didn't know about

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Wednesday, 1/18
Shane Mauss
@ Comedy Castle
Mauss has a resume similar to many comedians these days — he won some stand-up comedy show, he’s performed any number of times on late night talk shows, he has a Comedy Central special, and a show on Netflix. All that’s great but it’s like, how does that make him different from any other comedian? That’s still a question we’re trying to answer, but for the most part Mauss does appear to be funny. And although he hilariously tweets about Donald Trump and his supporters, this show is all about doing the drugs — it’s actually called Good Trip — but we’re guessing he’ll find a way to fold the topic of politics somewhere too. 
Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:30 p.m.; 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; comedycastle.com; 248-542-9900; tickets are $10.
Wednesday, 1/18
Shane Mauss
@ Comedy Castle
Mauss has a resume similar to many comedians these days — he won some stand-up comedy show, he’s performed any number of times on late night talk shows, he has a Comedy Central special, and a show on Netflix. All that’s great but it’s like, how does that make him different from any other comedian? That’s still a question we’re trying to answer, but for the most part Mauss does appear to be funny. And although he hilariously tweets about Donald Trump and his supporters, this show is all about doing the drugs — it’s actually called Good Trip — but we’re guessing he’ll find a way to fold the topic of politics somewhere too.
Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:30 p.m.; 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; comedycastle.com; 248-542-9900; tickets are $10.
Friday, 1/20
Universal Hip-Hop Museum & Microsoft Envisioning Session
@ University of Detroit Mercy
The people behind the Universal Hip-Hop Museum want to know your thoughts. Mostly your thoughts pertaining to hip-hop, but we’re guessing they might also field feelings about current events and politics — it’s all sort of intertwined anyway. So, they’re hosting this event and asking local emcees, hip-hop artists, journalists, clothing designers, professors, gallery owners, memorabilia collectors, and basically anyone who incorporates hip-hop into their work to chime in. The conversation is part of an initiative to create a virtual museum (their brick and mortar operation is in the Bronx) and “augmented reality exhibit experiences.”
<iRuns from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; uhhm.org; free.
Friday, 1/20
Universal Hip-Hop Museum & Microsoft Envisioning Session
@ University of Detroit Mercy
The people behind the Universal Hip-Hop Museum want to know your thoughts. Mostly your thoughts pertaining to hip-hop, but we’re guessing they might also field feelings about current events and politics — it’s all sort of intertwined anyway. So, they’re hosting this event and asking local emcees, hip-hop artists, journalists, clothing designers, professors, gallery owners, memorabilia collectors, and basically anyone who incorporates hip-hop into their work to chime in. The conversation is part of an initiative to create a virtual museum (their brick and mortar operation is in the Bronx) and “augmented reality exhibit experiences.”
Friday, 1/20
Xeno and Oaklander
@ UFO Factory
Neo-coldwave, inimalist electronic act Xeno and Oaklander, hailing from Brooklyn, New York, have been scoring films and making albums for well over a over a decade now. Their most recent album, 2014&#146;s Par Avion, was eerie, haunting, and downright awesome, featuring Liz Wendelbo&#146;s light, almost unsettling vocals, and their always impressive instrumentation, including classic analog synths, which they perform live with at their shows. While fans have been anxiously awaiting a new album, the duo released 2016 single, &#147;Palms,&#148; which certainly makes people wonder just what the two of them will do next. 
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit
Friday, 1/20
Xeno and Oaklander
@ UFO Factory
Neo-coldwave, inimalist electronic act Xeno and Oaklander, hailing from Brooklyn, New York, have been scoring films and making albums for well over a over a decade now. Their most recent album, 2014’s Par Avion, was eerie, haunting, and downright awesome, featuring Liz Wendelbo’s light, almost unsettling vocals, and their always impressive instrumentation, including classic analog synths, which they perform live with at their shows. While fans have been anxiously awaiting a new album, the duo released 2016 single, “Palms,” which certainly makes people wonder just what the two of them will do next.
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit
Friday, 1/20
G. Love and Special Sauce
@ MGM Grand
Philadelphia: It&#146;s an underrated hub of good music. Since 1993, G. Love & Special Sauce have brought their unique alternative hip-hop/extra-bluesy R&B sound to fans around the world. With eight studio albums under their belt, G. Love and Special Sauce have stuck to treating all of us to their always-funky vocals and kind-of twangy guitar sound. 2015&#146;s Love Saves the Day follows in the tradition of the band&#146;s other work, with songs like &#147;Back to Boston&#148; and &#147;Peanut Butter Lips&#148; showing just how far they&#146;ve come in their 23 years together. 
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; mgmgranddetroit.com; Tickets are $45.50-$55.50.
Friday, 1/20
G. Love and Special Sauce
@ MGM Grand
Philadelphia: It’s an underrated hub of good music. Since 1993, G. Love & Special Sauce have brought their unique alternative hip-hop/extra-bluesy R&B sound to fans around the world. With eight studio albums under their belt, G. Love and Special Sauce have stuck to treating all of us to their always-funky vocals and kind-of twangy guitar sound. 2015’s Love Saves the Day follows in the tradition of the band’s other work, with songs like “Back to Boston” and “Peanut Butter Lips” showing just how far they’ve come in their 23 years together.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; mgmgranddetroit.com; Tickets are $45.50-$55.50.
Friday, 1/20
Celvinger
@ Jumbo&#146;s
This is quite the bittersweet affair, as it&#146;s not only a record release show for the beloved local indie-punk heroes, but a going-away party for one its members. Former Metro Times reporter Ryan Felton (who most recently was a stringer for the Guardian) is headed to New York City to work for Jalopnik (&#147;we work in dying industries,&#148; is the group&#146;s self-description on their Bandcamp page). Clevinger&#146;s LP, Personal/Professional (Salinas), packs serious punches on both the melody and the noise fronts. Peach Pit, Alchemists, and Cosmic Sun open.
Starts at 9 p.m.; 3736 Third St., Detroit; 313-831-8949; show is free.
Friday, 1/20
Celvinger
@ Jumbo’s
This is quite the bittersweet affair, as it’s not only a record release show for the beloved local indie-punk heroes, but a going-away party for one its members. Former Metro Times reporter Ryan Felton (who most recently was a stringer for the Guardian) is headed to New York City to work for Jalopnik (“we work in dying industries,” is the group’s self-description on their Bandcamp page). Clevinger’s LP, Personal/Professional (Salinas), packs serious punches on both the melody and the noise fronts. Peach Pit, Alchemists, and Cosmic Sun open.
Starts at 9 p.m.; 3736 Third St., Detroit; 313-831-8949; show is free.
Friday, 1/20
Children of Challenge, Crisis, and Conflict
@ Swords into Plowshares
This compelling exhibit, created between 1985 and 1991, shows children who faced serious challenges, including famine and war. Lynn Baum created these drawings and paintings from life as he traveled to countries including Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, and Israel/Palestine. As Baum says, &#147;I hoped by now to look back and know all is well, and my series is outdated. I cannot say that. The faces change, the landscapes change, but the effects of poverty, dehumanization, and war continue.&#148; In addition to drawings from the original series, the Upstairs Gallery features new drawings of children who represent Detroit hope.
Starts at 5 p.m.; 33 E. Adams Ave., Detroit; swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.org; 313-963-7575; free.
Friday, 1/20
Children of Challenge, Crisis, and Conflict
@ Swords into Plowshares
This compelling exhibit, created between 1985 and 1991, shows children who faced serious challenges, including famine and war. Lynn Baum created these drawings and paintings from life as he traveled to countries including Nicaragua, Northern Ireland, and Israel/Palestine. As Baum says, “I hoped by now to look back and know all is well, and my series is outdated. I cannot say that. The faces change, the landscapes change, but the effects of poverty, dehumanization, and war continue.” In addition to drawings from the original series, the Upstairs Gallery features new drawings of children who represent Detroit hope.
Starts at 5 p.m.; 33 E. Adams Ave., Detroit; swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.org; 313-963-7575; free.
Friday-Sunday, 1/20-1/22
Fire at Sea
@ Detroit Film Theatre
Gianfranco Rosi crafted this award-winning documentary that follows 12-year-old Samuele as he explores the island of Lampedusa and his efforts to gain mastery of the sea. The island, located 150 miles south of Sicily, is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living there and documenting the day-to-day culture of the island&#146;s inhabitants. The result is a true-to-life portrait of the island&#146;s people and their lives. 
Shows start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-3237; dia.org; general admission tickets are $9.50.
Friday-Sunday, 1/20-1/22
Fire at Sea
@ Detroit Film Theatre
Gianfranco Rosi crafted this award-winning documentary that follows 12-year-old Samuele as he explores the island of Lampedusa and his efforts to gain mastery of the sea. The island, located 150 miles south of Sicily, is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living there and documenting the day-to-day culture of the island’s inhabitants. The result is a true-to-life portrait of the island’s people and their lives.
Shows start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-3237; dia.org; general admission tickets are $9.50.
Friday-Sunday, 1/20-1/22
Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
@ City Theatre
We live in an age of duality. Sure, most women identify as feminist and fighting the patriarchy seems as bland a topic as the weather, yet we&#146;ve elected a president who can&#146;t seem to muster the brain cells to compute that grabbing women by the pussy equals sexual assault. So, maybe attending this one-man-show-meets-stand-up-comedy could be considered something of an educational event. Ryan Drummond will perform a series of vignettes that cover topics like dating, marriage, and sex. 
Shows start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3465 olympiaentertainment.com; tickets are $54.
Friday-Sunday, 1/20-1/22
Men Are From Mars, Women are from Venus Live!
@ City Theatre
We live in an age of duality. Sure, most women identify as feminist and fighting the patriarchy seems as bland a topic as the weather, yet we’ve elected a president who can’t seem to muster the brain cells to compute that grabbing women by the pussy equals sexual assault. So, maybe attending this one-man-show-meets-stand-up-comedy could be considered something of an educational event. Ryan Drummond will perform a series of vignettes that cover topics like dating, marriage, and sex.
Shows start at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday with a 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday and a 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3465 olympiaentertainment.com; tickets are $54.
Friday-Sunday, 1/20-1/22
Meridian Winter Blast
@ Campus Martius
Winter doesn&#146;t have to be a time for hibernation and undue weight gain. Case in point, Campus Martius&#146; Winter Blast presents any number of opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Patrons can lace up their ice skates and hit the Rink, glide down a zip line, coast down the giant winter slide, roast marshmallows, and nosh on food truck fare. Between outdoor activities, they can hit a heated tent and enjoy live music, family-friendly entertainment, and beer and cocktails. Plus, the whole thing gets you downtown and close to bars, restaurants, and shopping. 
Runs 4-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday; 1 Campus Martius, Detroit; winterblast.com; 248-541-7550; admission is three cans of food or $3 that will be directly donated to Matrix Human Services.
Friday-Sunday, 1/20-1/22
Meridian Winter Blast
@ Campus Martius
Winter doesn’t have to be a time for hibernation and undue weight gain. Case in point, Campus Martius’ Winter Blast presents any number of opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Patrons can lace up their ice skates and hit the Rink, glide down a zip line, coast down the giant winter slide, roast marshmallows, and nosh on food truck fare. Between outdoor activities, they can hit a heated tent and enjoy live music, family-friendly entertainment, and beer and cocktails. Plus, the whole thing gets you downtown and close to bars, restaurants, and shopping.
Runs 4-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday; 1 Campus Martius, Detroit; winterblast.com; 248-541-7550; admission is three cans of food or $3 that will be directly donated to Matrix Human Services.
Saturday, 1/21
Chris Tucker
@ Fox Theatre
Sometimes we idly wonder if Tucker regrets that most people know him for starring opposite Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour series. How many people per week approach him on the street and excitedly ask, &#147;Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?&#148; Maybe he will address this during his stand-up comedy event at the Fox Theatre, though we doubt it. And there are more interesting aspects to Tucker&#146;s life, including but not limited to the fact that he was close friends with Michael Jackson, he&#146;s traveled with Bill Clinton, and he participated in a PBS special that investigated the genetic makeup of African-Americans. 
Show starts at 8 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit olympiaentertainment.com; 800-745-3000; tickets are $45.50, $55.50, and $75.50.
Saturday, 1/21
Chris Tucker
@ Fox Theatre
Sometimes we idly wonder if Tucker regrets that most people know him for starring opposite Jackie Chan in the Rush Hour series. How many people per week approach him on the street and excitedly ask, “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Maybe he will address this during his stand-up comedy event at the Fox Theatre, though we doubt it. And there are more interesting aspects to Tucker’s life, including but not limited to the fact that he was close friends with Michael Jackson, he’s traveled with Bill Clinton, and he participated in a PBS special that investigated the genetic makeup of African-Americans.
Show starts at 8 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit olympiaentertainment.com; 800-745-3000; tickets are $45.50, $55.50, and $75.50.