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Arab Film Series: Wild Relatives + talkback

Thu., April 18, 7 p.m.

Wild Relatives, which plays this Thursday at the Arab American Museum, is largely a study in counterpoints. Tugging at a fraying, ropelike thread that stretches from Svalbard to Aleppo with some detours into Lebanon, Jumana Manna's documentary explores the collective, cross-cultural efforts to preserve seed varieties grown in Syria amid the threat posed by their civil war — a threat, too, to the already-faint hope for a less-industrialized, more locally adaptable form of agriculture. $7-$10

Gymshorts with Double Winter, Craig Brown (Solo)

Thu., April 18, 7 p.m.

Rhode Island stoner punks Gymshorts have enlisted support from a Metro Times band to watch and a Third Man Records cowboy for the band’s free pre-4/20 blacklight bash. Holly Johnson, Morgan McPeak, Augusta Morrison, and Vittorio Vettraino — aka Double Winter — will deliver their occult-inspired blend of surf rock and ethereal garage pop. Appearing solo is Craig Brown of the Third Man Records’ Craig Brown Band, who will bring his pared-down country rock debauchery from 2017’s The Lucky Ones Forgot. No cover

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Wannabe: A Tribute to the Spice Girls

Thu., April 18, 8 p.m.

Sorting out the girl-group drama of the Spice Girls is as messy as say, cleaning out your actual spice cabinet. When news of a possible Spice Girls reunion broke late last year, the spice world waited with bated breath for confirmation. Shortly after, it was revealed that Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, would not be joining the tour, though she gave the girls her blessing. Last month, Mel B., aka Scary Spice, dropped the bombshell that she and Geri Horner, aka Ginger Spice, hooked up once back in the day, which has now threatened the possibility of a semi-complete reunion tour. In the meantime, to celebrate the five daring women who empowered a generation with their pop-positivity are five women who simply wannabe wannabes. Hailing from Toronto, Wannabe: A Spice Girls Tribute brings spice to life with a live band, choreography, platform boots, and British accents — and a whole lotta zigazig ha. $15

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Magic Bag (map)
22920 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone 248-544-1991;
info@themagicbag.com
Wannabe: A Tribute to the Spice Girls

Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection

Through May 26

A psychiatrist who now works and resides in Rochester, New York, Horn has continued to collect African art, amassing a sizable trove of 20th century works. He caught the attention of the Flint Institute of Arts director John Henry, who invited him to exhibit his collection in the museum. Starting this weekend, Horn's collection finds a temporary home in Flint as part of the museum's Black History Month celebrations. $10 donation

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
Engaging African Art: Highlights from the Horn Collection

The Road to a Green New Deal with Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Abdul El-Sayed

Fri., April 19, 6 p.m.

As people across the country step up to demand that our leaders confront the challenges of climate change, a nascent political movement has grown from the Green New Deal. To support its recent momentum, Sunrise Movement is touring eight cities across the U.S., including Detroit, to raise awareness and empower citizens to support sensible climate policies. In Detroit, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Abdul El-Sayed, Dorthea Thomas of Good Jobs Now, and Natasha J. Fernández-Silber of Democratic Socialists of America will share personal testimony on how climate change has affected them and their communities. The Detroit stop will emphasize sustainable water infrastructure and poverty elimination. Free with registration

Bonstelle Theatre (map)
3424 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 577-2960
The Road to a Green New Deal with Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Abdul El-Sayed

"Sorry to Bother You" screening with Boots Riley

Fri., April 19, 6 p.m.

Nothing says “dystopia” quite like the American dream, which is the unlikely subject of the sharpest — and most underrated — dark comedy of 2018. Offering commentary on race, competition, injustice, profit, protest, and the shallow millennial job pool (thanks, baby boomers), Sorry to Bother You is the ambitious debut from rapper-turned-director Boots Riley. The film stars LaKeith Stanfield as the struggling entrepreneur Cassius “Cash” and Tessa Thompson as his artist girlfriend, Detroit, as they navigate the cost of the corporate ladder once Cash accepts a shady telemarketing job where he develops his “white voice” (which sounds an awful lot like David Cross). Following a screening of the film at WSU Community Arts Auditorium, Riley will speak on the film and conduct a Q&A with the audience. Free with registration

Poor Player album release with the Whiskey Charmers

Fri., April 19, 8 p.m.

The six-piece Americana band hailing from metro Detroit better known as Poor Player will follow up their 2015 roots rock record, High Holy Hills with Where the Wasteland Ends. Described as post-industrial prairie, Poor Player is equal parts James McMurtry with hints of a moonshine drinking Randy Newman. Also joining the release show are seductive alt-country rockers Whiskey Charmers who scored a gamer audience last year thanks to their inclusion on the soundtrack for 2018’s Playstation 4 game, Detroit: Become Human. Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns and Mike Galbraith are also on the bill. $10

PJ's Lager House (map)
1254 Michigan Ave.
Corktown
phone (313) 961-4668
Poor Player album release with the Whiskey Charmers

The Lucid Furs, Krillin, the Scapes, Scissor Now

Fri., April 19, 8 p.m.

Detroit freak-rock outfit the Lucid Furs’ Bandcamp page comes with a warning: “to hold on to your morality, virtues, and chastity — do not listen to the Lucid Furs.” Described as music that is unsuitable for children and horses, the Lucid Furs are following up their mystic psych-rock debut, 2017’s This Ain’t No Mating Dance with No God? No Problem. To celebrate their sophomore release, they band has planned a pre-4/20 bash and the kick-off for the band’s 10-date midwestern jaunt. Space rockers Krillin will also be on the bill along with soul-infused funk band the Scapes, and “wacky punk” three-piece Scissor Now! $10

Small's (map)
10339 Conant St.
Hamtramck The Lucid Furs, Krillin, the Scapes, Scissor Now

Countdown to 4/20 with Doug Benson

Fri., April 19, 9 p.m.

The verdict is in: comedian Doug Benson is high. Probably. Hell, he may even be as high as he was when he made the parody film Super High Me, during which he smoked weed for 30 days straight (in other words, an autobiographical documentary). This, of course, was in 2007, long before a handful of states like Colorado and Michigan (woo!) would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. While it may no longer be shocking for a comedian to perform stoner comedy, it is still really fucking funny, and more relatable than ever. After a string of successful podcasts, Doug Loves Movies and Getting Doug with High, Benson most recently hosted the Comedy Central series, The High Court with Doug Benson, a court-comedy where he would get ultra-mega high and rule over real-life cases with lawfully binding consequences, and a rotation of celebrity bailiffs. $30

Royal Oak Music Theatre (map)
318 W. Fourth St.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone 248-399-2980
Countdown to 4/20 with Doug Benson

Earth Night benefit with DJ Holographic

Fri., April 19, 9 p.m.

While everyone is assembling their respective stashes for 4/20, others are ramping up for a productive Earth Day on April 22. A few days ahead of the worldwide day of action and activism, is Earth Night, a DJ-scored benefit aimed to fund summer camp for Detroit youth through the local nonprofit Green Living Science. Leading the bill is one-woman funk machine DJ Holographic (aka Ariel Catalina), who has performed at high school proms and international electronic clubs, as well as her hometown festival Movement, where she took the Red Bull Stage last year and where she will return for next month’s event. To pair with Holographic’s nu-disco energy, she’ll be joined by EC Rowe and DJ Beige, who are also performing in cooperation with DJs for Climate Action. $5 donation

Marble Bar (map)
1501 Holden St.
New Center
phone 313-551-3158
https://www.facebook.com/marblebardetroit
Earth Night benefit with DJ Holographic

Backwoods & BonFires Music Festival 2019

Sat., April 20, 12 p.m.

Returning for its third wave is the burgeoning midwest hip-hop music festival Backwoods and Bonfires. The CrowdFreak-produced day-to-night fest will take place in Southwest Detroit at a location dubbed the Farmhouse, and will offer adult bounce houses, pancakes, live muralists, and firepits. The live music lineup includes headliner Doja Cat, the L.A. rapper who went viral with 2018’s video for “Mooo!” — a trap song about being a cow. Her ascension was derailed, however, when her homophobic tweets aimed at Tyler, the Creator and Earl Sweatshirt resurfaced. (She later offered an explanation and, eventually, an apology.) The event will also host sets from five DJs as well as artists Rocky Badd, B Free, and Ypsilanti native and metro Detroit’s rising queen of R&B trap, Neisha Neshae. $25-$65

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The Farmhouse (map)
3733 McKinley St.
Southwest Backwoods & BonFires Music Festival 2019

Alcoholics Anonymous Redux by Thelonius Bone

Sat., April 20, 7 p.m.

As a bartender, you see a lot of people in various states of joy, despair, and disrepair. As an artist, you might see things a bit differently. “Alcoholics Anonymous” is a collection of impressionist-style portraits and illustrations by renowned Detroit artist Thelonius Bone, which captures the feeling of “wanting to be unknown and unseen.” The exhibition, which had a successful run at Playground Detroit last year, will be on display once again, this time with selected works from the series that were not featured during its premiere. Blurred like intoxicated vision, “Alcoholics Anonymous” pairs portraiture with boozy iconography and AA adages, resulting in what feels like a collective — and emotional — last-last call. The show will also feature coffee and donuts à la AA, a reggae DJ set by Hello Records’ Wade Kergan, and an after-show dance party with the Shitty Club DJs. No cover

Shake That Azkaban: A Harry Potter Burlesque Tribute

Sat., April 20, 7:30 p.m.

Expecto patronum! Wingardium leviosa! Expelliarmus lumos! If these are your bedroom safewords, then you might already know that the wizarding world just got a heck of a lot steamier thanks to Shake That Azkaban, a burlesque tribute to Harry Potter. For the event (that has, in the past, sold-out), all are invited to channel their inner Moaning Myrtle and snatch a snitch as Dish Delish, Dotty Dart, Hermoine Stranger, Darryn Storm, and others shed their muggle skin and robes to pay tribute to the beloved franchise through mischief, magic, and nipple tassels. $15-$20

Planet Ant Theatre (map)
2357 Caniff St.
Hamtramck
phone (313) 365-4948; (313) 365-0782 (FAX)
Shake That Azkaban: A Harry Potter Burlesque Tribute

Wild Belle

Sat., April 20, 8 p.m.

Wild Belle — Elliot and Natalie Bergman — are much more than just a brother and sister duo. While it's charming that the two are siblings, each of them is an accomplished artist in their own right, musically and otherwise, and the duo's melding of influences makes for a type of delightfully unconventional pop music. The band's latest album, Everybody One of a Kind, is an amalgamation of their appreciation for world music, doo-wop, and dark rock. $15

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The Loving Touch (map)
22634 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone 248-546-3644
Wild Belle

Dead Again's 7th Annual 4/20 Bash

Sat., April 20, 8 p.m.

The band that has been synonymous with improvisational jams, a loyal gang of fans dubbed the “deadheads,” those tripped-out little dancing bears, and, well, the good drugs, Grateful Dead’s legacy lives on beyond Bob Weir and John Mayer. Paying tribute to Jerry Garcia’s musical legacy for more than 10 years is Michigan’s premier Grateful Dead tribute, Dead Again, who are keeping with their 4/20 tradition at the Magic Bag seven years and running. The seven-piece band is led by Brian Avigne who works to capture Garcia’s vocal and guitar essence, and together they span everything from the Dead’s classic psychedelia to the synthesized later years. $15

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Magic Bag (map)
22920 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone 248-544-1991;
info@themagicbag.com
Dead Again's 7th Annual 4/20 Bash
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