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42nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Fri., Jan. 25, 6:30 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Now in its 42nd year, the annual festival, a fundraiser for Ann Arbor's storied music venue, the Ark, brings both newer and well-established acts to University of Michigan's Hill Auditorium. The lineup this year includes acts like Brandi Carlile, Rufus Wainwright, Pokey LaFarge, Gregory Alan Isakov, and more. $42.50+

Hill Auditorium (map)
825 N. University Ave.
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 764-2538
42nd Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Mr. Jackson & Mr. Thompson

Fri., Jan. 25, 7 p.m.

When it comes to Marc Evan Jackson and Paul F. Tompkins, comedy is serious business. The evening of improvisational comedy is billed as “Two American gentlemen” who will “enact false stories for a duration of one full hour and perhaps 10 additional minutes.” Thompson — who is known as the host of VH1’s Best Week Ever, the voice of Mr. Peanutbutter from BoJack Horseman, and, most comically, a man yelling at Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood — will take on the task with Jackson, who some may recognize for his roles on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation, and also for playing, on several occasions, the role of a school principal. Proceeds will benefit the Detroit Creativity Project. $28

The Fillmore (map)
2115 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit
phone 313-961-5451
Mr. Jackson & Mr. Thompson

Sonic Blizzard 2K19

Fri., Jan. 25, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 26, 8 p.m.

Leave it to Tangent Gallery to keep it weird. The gallery has partnered with Detroit art collective Mesmerism Ink for a two-night mini-fest celebrating Detroit’s rock, experimental, and electronic scenes. The loaded lineup includes sounds by Zilched, Space Junkie, and Saint Hewitt, as well as DJs Phil Minnick, Jessica Peacock, and Ryan McCray. Artist vendors will be on site, Pink Plate Treats will serve food, and, to keep things extra trippy, everything will be drenched in cosmic lighting courtesy of the Bedroom Light Show and zjump. $5-$20

Black Bottom Street View: Opening Reception

Sat., Jan. 26, 2 p.m.

Black Bottom, the epicenter of Detroit’s black community before the neighborhood was demolished in the early 1960s, will be remembered on Saturday with an exhibition at the Detroit Public Library’s Main Branch. “Black Bottom Street View” will showcase some of the thousands of photos from the Burton Historical Collection that together portray a vivid picture of life in the prime of the neighborhood. The photos were taken between 1949 and 1950 by Detroit’s “Corporation Council” to assess the value of the structures as part of the legal process of eminent domain. Digitally stitched together, the photos capture roughly one-fifth of the original neighborhood. Free
Detroit Public Library - Main Branch (map)
5201 Woodward Ave.
phone (313) 833-4042
Black Bottom Street View: Opening Reception

Tucson Salvage Reading and screening

Sat., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.

Brian Jabas Smith was an editor here at Metro Times from 2002 to 2013. Since then, he’s relocated to his hometown of Tucson, where he found a new career as a journalist, interviewing under-the-radar locals for a column for Tucson Weekly. Those stories — “of the lonely, lost, and forgotten, lives lived in the margins” — are collected in Tucson Salvage: Tales and Recollections From La Frontera, just released by London-based Eyewear Publishing. Smith will be in town to do a reading and Q&A, accompanied by a screening of a documentary film based on the book directed by his wife, Maggie, which won the Grand Prize at the Culver City Film Fest. On Saturday, the reading will be accompanied by poet Cal Freeman and singer-songwriter Eddie Baranek; another event will be held at Ann Arbor’s Lo-Fi on Sunday. It’s always good to see an MT alumnus land on his feet, and we couldn’t be more proud. Free

Bookbeat (map)
26010 Greenfield
Greater Detroit Area
phone (248) 968-1190
Tucson Salvage Reading and screening

Superman — 40th Anniversary Screening

Sat., Jan. 26, 7-10:30 p.m.
phone 313-894-0850

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s one of the greatest superhero films of all time. Long before superstud Henry Cavill slipped into his iconic blue spandex, the role of our beloved Man of Steel was solely synonymous with the late Christopher Reeve. The 1978 film stars Margot Kidder, Marlon Brando, and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, and chronicles the crash landing of Krypton cutie Kal-El. What unfolds is Reeves’ transformation into the poorly disguised (but still super babely) journalist Clark Kent, and eventually, his transition into Superman. Perhaps the biggest star of the film, however, is its use of practical effects and full-scale sets, which still manage to blow modern CGI out of this universe. $5
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Senate Theater (map)
6424 Michigan Ave.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 894-4100
Superman  — 40th Anniversary Screening

Sunday Sessions: A Musical Brunch

Sun., Jan. 27, 10 a.m.

Sunday, 1/27 Sunday Sessions: A Musical Brunch @ Otus Supply FOOD Did you know? Otus Supply now serves brunch. Additionally, Ferndale’s most psychedelically designed restaurant and music venue has also launched a monthly brunch-time music event. Starting on Sunday, Otus Supply will host Sunday Sessions, “a spirited brunch with live music and a communal vibe aimed at bringing folks together with great food, creative cocktails, and live music,” according to a press release. The first edition features two sets from Ann Arbor folk band Appleseed Collective, as well as cocktails from Valentine Distilling Co. Free

Otus Supply (map)
345 E. Nine Mile Rd.
Downtown Ferndale Sunday Sessions: A Musical Brunch

Sunday Dinner Club

Sun., Jan. 27, 4 & 6:30 p.m.

Hazel Park dining pop-up Frame has launched a new Sunday Dinner Club, and is partnering with Detroit’s Willis Show Bar for what is sure to be a snazzy evening. Its first installment features a “warm winter” four-course dinner designed by Chef Matt Tulpa which features Parmesan Buñuelo, Whole Roasted Cabbage, Sourdough Bread and Pecorino Dumplings, and Braised Lamb with Smoked Grapes. After dinner, guests can catch a lift from the Detroit Bus Co. to head to Willis Show Bar for dessert and a nightcap, where a live band will cover John Coltrane’s landmark record Giant Steps before the Detroit Bus Co. returns guests to Hazel Park. $95

Frame (map)
23839 John R Rd #2
Greater Ferndale Area Sunday Dinner Club


Sun., Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

The future is Nao. The 31-year-old soul singer spent her early years idolizing the likes of Missy Elliott and Brandy, as well as Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin for her transition from gospel choir singer to Queen of Soul. This diverse range of influences bleeds through into the East London singer’s sophomore release, 2018’s Saturn. Nao’s breathy falsetto dips and dives through tales of heartbreak and forgiveness — take the album’s lead single, “Make It Out Alive,” which sounds like its taking cues from Brandy and Monica’s R&B territorial banger, “The Boy is Mine.” We think that Nao is definitely on the right track. Xavier Omar is also on the bill. $25-$30

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Majestic Theatre (map)
4140 Woodward Ave.
phone (313) 833-9700

House of Vans Detroit

Thu., Jan. 24, 5 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25, Sat., Jan. 26 and Sun., Jan. 27
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Though it shuttered as a school in 2016, Detroit’s historic Jefferson School is getting a new lease on life, at least for now. For its biggest pop-up to date, Vans will host a four-day free event with an indoor skate park, live music (featuring Thundercat, Protomartyr, and Amber Mark on Thursday, and Danny Brown, Joyce Manor, and Kelsey Lu on Friday), and workshops (like a modular synth workshop from Ghostly International darling Matthew Dear). In addition, there will be a sprawling marketplace featuring local vendors and work from Detroit artists like Niagara, Jay Howell, Greg Hunt, Ellen Rutt, and more. Free

Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends

Fri., Jan. 25, 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 11 a.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m., Sun., Feb. 10, 11 a.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

Cold weather blows, but winter can be a blast — and it is, thanks to Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends. Entering its 14th year, the fest will switch to a four-weekend, totally free admission format this year, continuing the tradition of wintery, family-friendly programming full of marshmallow-roasting, ice sculptures, free ice skating (on the first and last weekends), zip-lining, a Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics, and the return of a festival favorite, the 30-foot slide. This year’s musical lineup welcomes headliners Thornetta Davis and Laith Al-Saadi, DJs as part of the Movement Music Festival showcase, as well as 30 other artists. free


Through Feb. 21

Features the work of Chinese and Chinese-American artists Chongzhang Zhou, Luzhen Qiu, and Shulin Sun.

Janice Charach Epstein Gallery (map)
6600 W. Maple Rd.
Greater Birmingham Area
phone (248) 432-5448 (FAX); (248)

2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Through Jan. 27, 5:30 p.m.

Usually, when “Detroit” and “figure skating” share a sentence, the next names that usually follow are “Nancy Kerrigan” and “Tonya Harding.” Nearly 25 years since the infamous Cobo Arena knee-bashing (which also perhaps cemented the word “Whyyyyyy!” in pop culture history), the U.S. Figure Skating Championships returns to the city with a triple-axle-landing vengeance. The 2019 iteration will post up at Little Caesars Arena for a six-day, 15-session event during which champions will be crowned in women, men, pairs, and ice dance categories at Junior and Senior Championship levels. What’s at stake? Well, it’s the final qualifying event to determine the U.S. teams eligible for Olympic competition, that’s what. $15+

Annica Cuppetelli: Measures of Constriction

Through March 2, 6-9 p.m.

Interested in how fashion is tailored to constrict the female figure and ultimately, to transform it, the artist borrows techniques and materials from garment-making to create forms that evoke fashion but function instead as sculpture and space. Free admission


Thu., Jan. 24, 7 p.m. and Fri., Jan. 25, 7 p.m.


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Saint Andrew's Hall (map)
431 E. Congress St.
Downtown Detroit
phone 313-961-6358
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