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The Matrix

Sat., Jan. 18, 2 & 8 p.m.
Redford Theatre 17360 Lahser Rd, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

“One, nothing wrong with me. Two, nothing wrong with me. Three, nothing wrong with me. Four, nothing wrong with me.” Why are we singing the lyrics to Drowning Pool’s 2001 banger “Bodies” in a blurb intended for the 1999 film The Matrix, you may ask? Well, first of all, mind your own business. Second, YouTube user thehizouseV1 made a pretty sick mashup video using the song against Matrix footage in 2007 that we stumbled upon by simply searching the terms “The Matrix and Drowning Pool.” Anyway, maybe we’re purposefully not talking about The Matrix because we’re living in the Matrix. Think about it: it’s a film about a race of machines that enslave humanity by trapping us in a virtual-reality simulation so they can harvest our energy. It’s a lot more entertaining when a hot-ass Keanu Reeves is bending over backward, dodging bullets as Neo than, say, being forced to face our own reality in 2020, which is eerily similar to the film’s fictional digital hellscape. Fun fact: Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Johnny Depp were all approached for the role of Neo, but all turned it down. Smith apparently picked the dud pill when he opted to star in Wild Wild West instead because, at the time, he didn’t understand the Wachowskis’ Matrix pitch.

Structures of Light

Through Jan. 31
Culture Lab Detroit 1301 Broadway St, Detroit Downtown Detroit

For Structures of Light, a joint show from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Playground Detroit, artist and educator Scott Klinker uses new LED neon technology to transform a downtown Detroit space into a light-up wonderland — “like entering the space of a glowing, geometric line drawing,” according to the event curators. Should make a great selfie photo op.

Klinker is currently Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook, where he received his MFA in 1996. Klinker led the product design program at the Kanazawa International Design Institute in Japan, where he founded his independent studio, Scott Klinker Design, and has worked with clients like Herman Miller, Alessi, Steelcase, Landscape Forms, Burton Snowboards, and more.

Opening reception from 6-9 p.m.


Preoccupations: Palestinian Landscapes

Through Feb. 8
Holding House Gallery 3546 Michigan Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Here, the word “preoccupations” is a double entendre — it can refer to both Palestinians’ longstanding preoccupation with landscape art, but also Israel’s occupation of Palestine, which has transformed the terrain with military checkpoints and the West Bank wall. Curated by Kathy Zarur, this show features photos, paintings, and mixed-media from Palestinian artists Ryah Aqel, Zeina Barakeh, C. Gazaleh, Najib Joe Hakim, Manar Harb, Yazan Khalili, Suhad Khatib, and Mary Tuma. The show’s run includes a panel discussion and brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12; a conversation between Zarur and University of Michigan Islamic Arts lecturer Sascha Crasnow about the challenges of curating exhibitions of Palestinian art in the U.S. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16; a “Building a Palestine Library” event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25; a zine-making worksop from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1; and a closing reception from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

C. Gazaleh, "Flight Over Jerusalem," 2015. Ink on paper.

Through Feb. 22
Simone DeSousa Gallery 444 W. Willis St., Units 111 and 112, Detroit Midtown

Simone DeSousa Gallery has two exhibitions opening on Saturday. Always Sometimes Never is a solo exhibition of paintings by Timothy van Laar, made up of new works alongside selected works from the 1980s and ’90s. Meanwhile, I went to work but I did not get there has new work from Ryan Standfest, which draws on Standfest’s love of all things old-school, like comic strips and tabloid newsprint. (313) 833-9000

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940

Through April 5

This partnership with the the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibits 40 paintings made during the 90 years between 1850 and 1940 — a period of time that includes the Civil War, World War I, and the outset of World War II. The collection, “drawn from a turbulent epoch, presents a fascinating historical snapshot,” according to organizers. “If art is a mirror of its time, what do these forty paintings say about the ninety-years between 1850 and 1940?” Works include Seymour Joseph Guy, Carl Hirschberg, and Thomas Moran, among others.

Opening reception from 5-7 p.m on Friday, Jan. 10. Runs through Sunday, April 5.

(248) 370-3005

Historic Underground Railroad "Flight to Freedom" Living Museum Tour

Sat., Jan. 18, 10 a.m., Tue., Jan. 21, 10 a.m., Wed., Jan. 22, 10 a.m., Thu., Jan. 23, 10 a.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 10 a.m., Sat., Jan. 25, 10 a.m., Tue., Jan. 28, 10 a.m., Thu., Jan. 30, 10 a.m., Fri., Jan. 31, 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 1, 10 a.m., Tue., Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Wed., Feb. 5, 10 a.m., Thu., Feb. 6, 10 a.m., Fri., Feb. 7, 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 8, 10 a.m., Tue., Feb. 11, 10 a.m., Wed., Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Thu., Feb. 13, 10 a.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 15, 10 a.m., Tue., Feb. 18, 10 a.m., Thu., Feb. 20, 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 22, 10 a.m., Tue., Feb. 25, 10 a.m., Wed., Feb. 26, 10 a.m., Thu., Feb. 27, 10 a.m. and Fri., Feb. 28, 10 a.m.

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"Higher Grounds" Healing Arts Seminar and Open Mic

Mon., Jan. 20, 6 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 6 p.m., Mon., Jan. 27, 6 p.m., Fri., Jan. 31, 6 p.m., Fri., Feb. 7, 6 p.m., Mon., Feb. 10, 6 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Mon., Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Mon., March 2, 6 p.m., Fri., March 6, 6 p.m., Mon., March 9, 6 p.m., Fri., March 13, 6 p.m., Mon., March 16, 6 p.m., Fri., March 20, 6 p.m., Fri., March 27, 6 p.m., Mon., March 30, 6 p.m., Fri., April 3, 6 p.m., Mon., April 6, 6 p.m., Mon., April 13, 6 p.m., Fri., April 17, 6 p.m., Fri., April 24, 6 p.m. and Mon., April 27, 6 p.m.
18700 Woodward Ave Highland Park 18700 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48203, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

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Special Sacred Wave Gong Immersions Events

Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 7, 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 21, 7 p.m., Fri., Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Fri., March 6, 7 p.m., Fri., March 13, 7 p.m. and Fri., March 27, 7 p.m.
Sacred Wave Gong Immersions 808 North Rochester Road, Clawson Greater Royal Oak Area

Buy Tickets$35-$44

Shen Yun 2020 World Tour @ Detroit, MI

Sat., Jan. 18, 2 & 7 p.m., Sun., Jan. 19, 1 p.m., Wed., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Jan. 23, 2 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 25, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 26, 1 p.m.
Detroit Opera House 1526 Broadway St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy Tickets$80 and up


Joe Kwaczala

Sat., Jan. 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak Downtown Royal Oak

Buy Tickets$18

The Guys Upstairs Improv Show

Fri., Jan. 31, 8-11 p.m.
Exferimentation Brewing Co 7 North Saginaw Street, Pontiac Greater Pontiac Area

North-Oakland county's longest-running improv show is back and ready for the new decade! There will be short form, long form, music, volunteers and the ubiquitous jam, plus some surprise opening acts! Doors at 7:30 pm. Show at 8 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. Drinks and food will be available in Exferimentation's Lab.

Birmingham Village Players Presents "The Miracle Worker"

Sat., Jan. 18, 8-10:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 19, 2-4:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 24, 8-10:30 p.m., Sat., Jan. 25, 8-10:30 p.m., Sun., Jan. 26, 2-4:30 p.m., Fri., Jan. 31, 8-10:30 p.m., Sat., Feb. 1, 8-10:30 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 2, 2-4:30 p.m.

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@ Birmingham Village Players, 34660 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, MI
The Village Players of Birmingham presents the classic drama "The Miracle Worker" the weekends of January 17 through February 2, 2020. "The Miracle Worker" is the powerful yet poignant story of Annie Sullivan, the idealistic and headstrong woman who would become the mentor and teacher to a young Helen Keller, a child struck deaf and blind by an illness in her infancy. 248-644-2075

Over My Dead Body

Sat., Jan. 18, 8 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 19, 6 p.m.
Planet Ant Theatre 2320 Caniff St., Hamtramck Hamtramck

Buy Tickets$10+

(313) 365-4948; (313) 365-0782 (FAX)

The Mega 80s

Sat., Jan. 25, 8 p.m., Fri., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 22, 8 p.m., Sat., Feb. 29, 8 p.m., Sat., March 7, 8 p.m., Sat., March 14, 8 p.m., Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 16, 8 p.m.
Magic Bag 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

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Hamburger Tuna

Sat., Jan. 18, 9 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Planet Ant Theatre 2320 Caniff St., Hamtramck Hamtramck

(313) 365-4948; (313) 365-0782 (FAX)

Finally Fridays!

Fri., Jan. 24, 9 p.m.
Johnny's 215 South Main Street, Royal Oak Greater Royal Oak Area

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Tripp N' Dixie Live

Sat., Feb. 1, 10:30 p.m., Fri., March 6, 10:30 p.m., Sat., March 28, 10:30 p.m. and Sat., April 4, 10:30 p.m.
Kid Rock's Made in Detroit 2645 Woodward Avenue, Detroit Downtown Detroit

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Anointed Faces Gospel Coffee House OPEN MIC Night

Third Friday of every month, 8-10:30 p.m.

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Join us as Anointed Faces Gospel Coffee House OPEN MIC night for a wonderful evening in a family atmosphere for gospel and inspirational songs, poetry, gospel-jazz; actors and actresses are also invited to do monologues etc. 11-866-834-8706

Michigan Winter Dog Classic

Through Jan. 19, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Michigan Winter Dog Classic will host more than 7,000 dogs, 160+ breeds of “man’s best friends”, throughout the 4-day show, including several breeds getting ready for the country’s premier Westminster Kennel Club Dog show in February. Dogs will be judged on standards set by the American Kennel Club. Lots of fun with “can’t miss” exhibitions throughout the weekend: Barn Hunt Canine Good Citizen Testing Duck Herding Demonstrations Flyball Health Clinics Meet The Breeds My Dog Can Do That! Police K-9 Demonstrations Scent Work Dock Diving (248) 348-5600

Sketch And Coffee

Through Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

@ ZAB Cultural Collective, 16927 East Warren Avenue
Let's meet and sketch together! We'll meet daily between the hours of 9am-12pm. Membership is $5.00 and includes a sketchbook. Free coffee tea or water is available to enjoy while you sketch. All subsequent visits are only $2.50 thereafter. Perfect for people wanting a fun, creative, and inexpensive morning activity. Drop on by Monday thru Friday! 800-679-2208

Exhibition: Myles Gallagher | Fine Art Photography

Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 28
Color & Ink Studio 20919 John R Rd., Hazel Park Greater Detroit Area

An engaging selection of the fine art photographs of Myles Gallagher is being shown in this superb solo exhibition. Myles says of his photographs, “It's all about the light! Light and shadow have been the foundation of photography since the beginning.” Myles is an award-winning photographer who has been featured in Black & White Magazine and Still Point Arts Quarterly and has exhibited in prestigious galleries such as The Scarab Club (Detroit), Jules Maeght (San Francisco), and Attleboro Arts Museum (MA). The public is invited to meet Myles at an artist's reception on Saturday, February 15 at 1-4 pm. 248-398-6119

Exhibition: "Abstraction, Color, and Politics: The 1960s and 1970s" (June 8, 2019–February 9, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 9

In the midst of the political and cultural upheavals of the 60s and 70s, artists, critics, and the public grappled with the relationship between art, politics, race, and feminism. During these decades, the notion that abstraction was a purely formal and American art form, concerned only with timeless themes disconnected from the present, was met with increased skepticism. Women artists and artists of color began to actively and assertively explore abstraction’s possibilities. Their new formal and intellectual strategies—seen here across large-scale and miniature work—dramatically transformed the practice of abstraction in the 1960s and 1970s in a politically shifting American landscape. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Mari Katayama" (October 12, 2019–January 26, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 26

Japanese artist Mari Katayama (born 1987) features her own body in a provocative series of works combining photography, sculpture, and textile. Born with a developmental condition, the artist had both her legs amputated at the age of nine and has worn prosthetics ever since. In order to fill a deep gap between her own understanding of self and physicality, and contemporary society’s simplistic categorizations, Katayama began to explore her identity by objectifying her body in her art. In photographs she assumes different personas, dressed in revealing lingerie in private, domestic spaces or in dramatic waterscapes. Her first solo US show. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Take Your Pick: Collecting Found Photographs" (September 21, 2019–February 23, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through Feb. 23

Come help build our collection of “ordinary” American 20th-century photographs. "Take Your Pick" invites you—the Museum’s visitors—to select photographs for our permanent collection. What belongs in a permanent collection, and why? Who and what should be represented, and how should we decide? This exhibition considers these questions in regard to 1,000 amateur photographs on loan from the private collection of Peter J. Cohen, who has gathered more than 60,000 snapshots while exploring flea markets in the United States and Europe over two decades. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Exhibition: "Reflections: An Ordinary Day" (November 16, 2019–May 10, 2020)

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through May 10

UMMA’s second exhibition of Inuit art derived from the Power Family’s generous promised gift to the Museum in 2018 explores the relationship between the artist and the representation of everyday experiences. Through a selection of mid-century to contemporary Inuit prints, drawings, and sculptures that portray seemingly ordinary reflections of daily life along with daydreaming meditations, the exhibition bridges the mundane and the fantastic. "Reflections: An Ordinary Day" takes visitors on a lyrical journey of the myriad spaces and routines within an Arctic landscape. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Re-Imagining Printmaking: Kath Frajbis and Dennis Gordon

Tuesdays-Fridays, 12-5 p.m. and Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Continues through Feb. 1
Northville Art House 215 W. Cady St., Northville Downtown Northville

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Kath Frajbis and Dennis Gordon delve into a variety of printmaking methods to develop exciting prints. Frajbis’ work features rich colors and textural surfaces. She often combines lino etching and collagraph techniques with a variety of metals and materials to build intaglio prints that resemble sculptural works of art. Gordon’s work reveals strong lines and vibrant intensity. Utilizing a laser to help create the woodcut, he is able to produce startling detail and linework. His woodcuts are then inked and printed on a variety of colored background. Reception on Sat., Jan. 11, 1 -3pm with Artist talk at 2 pm. 248-344-0497

Statewide Artist Open Call- "Citizens Coping" Artists Respond to 4 Years of an Administration

Mondays-Sundays, 12 p.m. Continues through Sept. 5

@ Project civilartzation, 126 s union st traverse city, mi. 49684
Project Civilartzation /non-profit Arts Organization is currently having a statewide open call to explore the theme of :" Citizens Coping"- Artists respond to the last 4 years of an administration. Please visit our website for detailed info on how you can be a part. All Media is considered 2312524616

Lobster Fest

Through Feb. 1, 12 p.m.-12 a.m.
Joe Muer Seafood 400 Renaissance Center, Detroit Downtown Detroit

Joe Muer Seafood invites you to enjoy Lobster Fest for a limited time at both Joe Muer Seafood locations. Prepared by our award-winning culinary seafood experts, Lobster Fest creates the one-of-a-kind seafood experience that can only be found at Joe Muer Seafood. For a limited time, guests are invited to enjoy a special four-course prix fixe menu featuring lobster dishes for $55.00* that includes the must try signature Mini Lobster Corn Dog and Lobster Pot Pie made with Maine lobster flown in fresh every day. This special menu includes a starter, your choice of second course, entrée, and dessert. (313) 567-6837

Wonders of the Arctic

Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays, 4 p.m. and Thursdays-Saturdays, 7 p.m. Continues through Feb. 2
Longway Planetarium 1310 Kearsley St., Flint Greater Detroit Area

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The Inuit and their predecessors adapted and thrived for thousands of years in what is arguably the harshest environment on earth. Today, the Arctic is the focus of intense research. Instead of seeking to conquer the north, scientist pioneers are searching for answers to some troubling questions about the impacts of human activities around the world on this fragile and largely uninhabited frontier. This show explores the state of the Arctic today and the crucial role that ice plays in the northern environment. 8102373400

Skies Over Michigan

Through Dec. 30, 4 p.m.
Longway Planetarium 1310 Kearsley St., Flint Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$2.50-$7

Longway Planetarium’s astronomy experts take you on a tour of the night sky over Michigan in this live planetarium lecture. Learn about the rotation of the Earth, how to find the North Star, and which constellations and planets are visible in your backyard tonight. Stargazers can come back to this show again and again to find out about recent astronomical events and for seasonal updates on what's visible in the night sky over Michigan. Recommended for ages 8 and older. 8102373400

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