June 21, 2017

22 things happening in Detroit this week you may not have known about

Check out our staff picks of the top things to do in Detroit for the next 7 days!

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22 things happening in Detroit this week you may not have known about
Wednesday, 6/21
Halo Circus
@ 20 Front Street
Halo Circus is a bilingual alternative rock band, led by their fabulous singer Allison Iraheta, who was an American Idol finalist a while back. The band has amassed a lot of success, with John Taylor of Duran Duran calling them the best live band in the country thanks to their dark, soaring rock. They’ve performed with big time musicians like Heart and Emmylou Harris, and are climbing to success as you read this. They’ll be joined by Ruby Rose Fox, a soulful rock ’n’ roll singer who will leave you electrified. She’s won a bunch of awards at the Boston Music Awards and is definitely worth a listen.

Wednesday, 6/21

Halo Circus

@ 20 Front Street

Halo Circus is a bilingual alternative rock band, led by their fabulous singer Allison Iraheta, who was an American Idol finalist a while back. The band has amassed a lot of success, with John Taylor of Duran Duran calling them the best live band in the country thanks to their dark, soaring rock. They’ve performed with big time musicians like Heart and Emmylou Harris, and are climbing to success as you read this. They’ll be joined by Ruby Rose Fox, a soulful rock ’n’ roll singer who will leave you electrified. She’s won a bunch of awards at the Boston Music Awards and is definitely worth a listen.
Wednesday, 6/21
United States of Detroit screening
@ Fisher Building
Detroit is usually shown one of two ways in the media — shots of ruin porn or a hyper-positive Pure Michigan-esque drone shot over downtown. Director Tylor Norwood explores the communities in between those two extremes that are often left out of the conversation. Though he touches on gentrification and urban sprawl, he focuses on the Detroit Hustles Harder mentality that pushes residents and leaders to work together to save their blighted neighborhoods. Community activists will moderate a panel discussion after the first film screening in the Fisher Theatre for over 30 years. 
Doors open at 5:30 p.m., screening at 6 p.m.; 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; thefisherbuilding.com/rsvp; Tickets are $10.

Wednesday, 6/21

United States of Detroit screening

@ Fisher Building

Detroit is usually shown one of two ways in the media — shots of ruin porn or a hyper-positive Pure Michigan-esque drone shot over downtown. Director Tylor Norwood explores the communities in between those two extremes that are often left out of the conversation. Though he touches on gentrification and urban sprawl, he focuses on the Detroit Hustles Harder mentality that pushes residents and leaders to work together to save their blighted neighborhoods. Community activists will moderate a panel discussion after the first film screening in the Fisher Theatre for over 30 years.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., screening at 6 p.m.; 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; thefisherbuilding.com/rsvp; Tickets are $10.
Thursday, 6/22
Motown in Zimbabwe: Joyce Jenje Makwenda with Dr. Melvin Peters
@ Cultivate
Joyce Jenje Makwenda isn’t from Detroit. In fact, she isn’t even from the United States. Her home is in Harare, Zimbabwe. Yet, she’s acutely aware of the role Motown has played in the creation of early urban culture. The archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist, and writer will spend some time in conversation regarding the influential genre with Dr. Melvin Peters during this installment of the University of Michigan’s popular Penny Stamps speaker series. This speaker series was born out of Makwenda’s months-long research residency in partnership with the Stamps School and the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit. 
Starts at 6 p.m.; 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti; stamps.umich.edu; free.

Thursday, 6/22

Motown in Zimbabwe: Joyce Jenje Makwenda with Dr. Melvin Peters

@ Cultivate

Joyce Jenje Makwenda isn’t from Detroit. In fact, she isn’t even from the United States. Her home is in Harare, Zimbabwe. Yet, she’s acutely aware of the role Motown has played in the creation of early urban culture. The archivist, historian, ethnomusicologist, and writer will spend some time in conversation regarding the influential genre with Dr. Melvin Peters during this installment of the University of Michigan’s popular Penny Stamps speaker series. This speaker series was born out of Makwenda’s months-long research residency in partnership with the Stamps School and the Zimbabwe Cultural Centre of Detroit.

Starts at 6 p.m.; 307 N. River St., Ypsilanti; stamps.umich.edu; free.
Thursday, 6/22
Maureen Choi Quartet
@ Cliff Bell’s
Classically trained violinist Maureen Choi has a passion for Latin Jazz unmatched by any other successful jazz performer. Since 1993, she’s brought her music all over the world, including in Madrid, Spain, where she is currently based teaching music at a satellite of her alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, abroad. Her first jazz album with the Maureen Choi Quartet was released in 2011 and garnered acclaim from seasoned jazz connoisseurs as well as the average listener.  
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; cliffbells.com; Admission is $15.

Thursday, 6/22

Maureen Choi Quartet

@ Cliff Bell’s

Classically trained violinist Maureen Choi has a passion for Latin Jazz unmatched by any other successful jazz performer. Since 1993, she’s brought her music all over the world, including in Madrid, Spain, where she is currently based teaching music at a satellite of her alma mater, the Berklee College of Music, abroad. Her first jazz album with the Maureen Choi Quartet was released in 2011 and garnered acclaim from seasoned jazz connoisseurs as well as the average listener.  

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; cliffbells.com; Admission is $15.
Thursday-Sunday, June 22-25
Taylor Summer Festival
@ Heritage Park
Look, the city of Taylor gets a bad rap, but the enormous southern suburb has some good qualities, we promise. One is their annual summer festival that features an enormous midway, a color run, family fun area, and live music by the likes of local band Sponge as well as ’80s rockers Warrant and that guy who played Gil on Gilmore Girls (OK, you probably know him as Sebastian Bach). The festival is free, but various activities will come with a charge. For example, midway armbands can be purchased at varying prices, the color run is $25, and VIP accommodations for live music cost upwards of $35. Check taylorfestival.com for full details and pricing.
Open 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday; 734-287-6550; taylorfestival.com; entry is free, but there is a $10 general admission fee for concerts.

Thursday-Sunday, June 22-25

Taylor Summer Festival

@
Heritage Park
Look, the city of Taylor gets a bad rap, but the enormous southern suburb has some good qualities, we promise. One is their annual summer festival that features an enormous midway, a color run, family fun area, and live music by the likes of local band Sponge as well as ’80s rockers Warrant and that guy who played Gil on Gilmore Girls (OK, you probably know him as Sebastian Bach). The festival is free, but various activities will come with a charge. For example, midway armbands can be purchased at varying prices, the color run is $25, and VIP accommodations for live music cost upwards of $35. Check taylorfestival.com for full details and pricing.

Open 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday;
734-287-6550; taylorfestival.com; entry is free, but there is a $10 general admission fee for concerts.
Friday, 6/23
Monica & Ashanti@ Chene Park
The boy might be hers, but Monica’s agreed to share a tour with the one and only Ashanti. Monica has been making music since the ’90s (and she’s only gotten better with time), and she’s had success with reality television, including on The Voice, where she served as Cee Lo Green’s mentor. Ashanti has been working since she was a kid. Dancing professionally, acting in Disney’s 1989 film Polly, and getting discovered by P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records when she was 16, it’s clear that she’s never taken a break. She’s come a long way since the days of “Foolish,” and she recently appeared with Ja Rule on The Hamilton Mixtape, but this show with Monica is sure to delight ’90s Top 40 R&B fans. 
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; cheneparkdetroit.com; Tickets are $36-$56.

Friday, 6/23

Monica & Ashanti
@ Chene Park
The boy might be hers, but Monica’s agreed to share a tour with the one and only Ashanti. Monica has been making music since the ’90s (and she’s only gotten better with time), and she’s had success with reality television, including on The Voice, where she served as Cee Lo Green’s mentor. Ashanti has been working since she was a kid. Dancing professionally, acting in Disney’s 1989 film Polly, and getting discovered by P. Diddy’s Bad Boy Records when she was 16, it’s clear that she’s never taken a break. She’s come a long way since the days of “Foolish,” and she recently appeared with Ja Rule on The Hamilton Mixtape, but this show with Monica is sure to delight ’90s Top 40 R&B fans.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St., Detroit; cheneparkdetroit.com; Tickets are $36-$56.
Friday, 6/23
Secret Walls
@ Red Bull House of Art
We know the free drinks and good music at these gallery openings can lead to long lines and a packed venue, but the globally recognized “Fight Club of the art scene” is worth the wait. Six artists split into two teams compete in a Marvel comic book-inspired live painting competition. Armed with only acrylic paint or black markers, the teams have 90 minutes to fill a blank canvas up to 25-feet tall. The final products are a unique collaboration of Detroit’s artistic styles and a look into the methodical chaos of creating within a time limit.  
Starts at 7 p.m.; 1551 Winder, Detroit; redbullhouseofart.com; free entry.

Friday, 6/23
Secret Walls

@ Red Bull House of Art

We know the free drinks and good music at these gallery openings can lead to long lines and a packed venue, but the globally recognized “Fight Club of the art scene” is worth the wait. Six artists split into two teams compete in a Marvel comic book-inspired live painting competition. Armed with only acrylic paint or black markers, the teams have 90 minutes to fill a blank canvas up to 25-feet tall. The final products are a unique collaboration of Detroit’s artistic styles and a look into the methodical chaos of creating within a time limit.  

Starts at 7 p.m.; 1551 Winder, Detroit; redbullhouseofart.com; free entry.
Friday, 6/23
Rays, Feelings
@ UFO Factory
From Oakland, Calif., we have the highly rated Rays, and if you’re in the mood for a band that cites the Modern Lovers as an inspiration then here is basically what you are doing tonight. They have a lot in common with the plethora of exceptional Australian bands that hang out around Mikey Young, who mastered their eponymous debut album, that just came out in March. Rays will be joined by Feelings, who will play the UFO Factory for the first time in a long time. They’ll also be joined by Kalamazoo up-and-comer Erik Nervous as well as the always wonderful Beauticians. 
Doors open at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; ufofactory.com; Tickets are $8.

Friday, 6/23
Rays, Feelings

@ UFO Factory

From Oakland, Calif., we have the highly rated Rays, and if you’re in the mood for a band that cites the Modern Lovers as an inspiration then here is basically what you are doing tonight. They have a lot in common with the plethora of exceptional Australian bands that hang out around Mikey Young, who mastered their eponymous debut album, that just came out in March. Rays will be joined by Feelings, who will play the UFO Factory for the first time in a long time. They’ll also be joined by Kalamazoo up-and-comer Erik Nervous as well as the always wonderful Beauticians.

Doors open at 9 p.m.; 2110 Trumbull St., Detroit; 
ufofactory.com; Tickets are $8.
Fri, 6/23-Sun, 6/25
Vintage Pop-Up Shop
@ 32782 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak
You know how you go to some vintage sales and it’s a little more “vintage-inspired” than actual vintage? Look, we know there is a place and time for both vintage-inspired and more traditional vintage sales, but let it be known that this one is going to be all vintage, all the time. Expect to find vintage toys, clothing, furniture, and collectible from “all eras.” The market will be held in a former Mr. Vape location in a strip mall on Woodward Avenue, so expect a small store setting. 
Runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; 32782 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak; facebook.com/vintagepopupshop; free entry.  

Fri, 6/23-Sun, 6/25

Vintage Pop-Up Shop

@ 32782 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak

You know how you go to some vintage sales and it’s a little more “vintage-inspired” than actual vintage? Look, we know there is a place and time for both vintage-inspired and more traditional vintage sales, but let it be known that this one is going to be all vintage, all the time. Expect to find vintage toys, clothing, furniture, and collectible from “all eras.” The market will be held in a former Mr. Vape location in a strip mall on Woodward Avenue, so expect a small store setting.

Runs 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday; 32782 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak; facebook.com/vintagepopupshop; free entry.