Events starting Jul. 19 in Detroit

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Dej Loaf

Fri., July 19, 6 p.m.
Café 78 inside MOCAD 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit Midtown

Buy Tickets$20-$25

There are few Detroit artists with as an elusive of a career as DeJ Loaf. The rapper made waves in 2014 with her YouTube hit “Try Me,” followed by an appearance on Eminem’s star-packed “Detroit Vs. Everybody,” and since then, has released several mixtapes, collabs, and singles — notably, 2017’s “No Fear” — but still has yet to drop an LP. Last year, she teamed up with retro-soul darling Leon Bridges for the self-acceptance anthem “Liberated,” which was speculated as a single for her alleged forthcoming record of the same name. Alas, we’ll just have to settle for an in-the-flesh performance by the gifted 28-year-old, give-no-fucks rapper as part of MOCAD’s Hot Logic summer concert series, which will open up the museum for an immersive art and music experience. Zeelooperz, Lena LaDonna, and others will also perform. 313-784-9636

Pig & Whiskey

Fri., July 19, 6 p.m., Sat., July 20, 11 a.m. and Sun., July 21, 11 a.m.
Downtown Ferndale 9 Mile and Woodward, Ferndale Greater Royal Oak Area

Fri., 7/19-Sun., 7/21 Pig & Whiskey @ Downtown Ferndale BBQ We’ve all heard the saying “everything is better slathered in BBQ sauce and/or whiskey.” OK — so technically it’s not a popular saying, but Metro Times’ annual celebration of live music, barbecue, and booze is returning for a sticky ’n’ sweet, meat-filled weekend. Pig & Whiskey returns to downtown Ferndale for three days offering more than 20 food vendors ranging from classic barbecue to sweet treats, as well as more than 70 liquors, beers, cocktails, and hard ciders and spritzers. This year will also see the return of the top-shelf tent for those with more expensive tastes. To whet your appetite even further, this year’s musical lineup includes Verve Pipe, Laith Al-Saadi, Electric Six, Stone Clover, Tart, and Michigan Rattlers. (See our feature with the band this week.) Oh yeah, admission to Pig & Whiskey is free. Don’t forget to tip your bartenders. 248-546-1632

Crash Detroit

Fri., July 19, 6 p.m., Sat., July 20, 2 p.m. and Sun., July 21, 2 p.m.
Clark Park 1130 Clark St., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Crash Detroit is back and kickin’ major brass. The three-day festival invites street bands from all over the country with some loud and local representation via the Detroit Party Marching Band, Motor City Soul Street, Post Imperial Jazz Band, and others. Crash Detroit will host performances at the Old Miami, Dequindre Cut Freight Yard, and a headlining event at Clark Park in Southwest Detroit. To get things rolling on Friday, or Crash Night, Crash will pass through Detroit bars, businesses, and public spaces with spontaneous roving performances, with hints being dropped the night before as to where the bands might appear.

Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2019

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Continues through Sept. 15
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

It’s back. Just in time to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship, the DIA will once again look at baseball culture through the lens of an art history museum. This year’s exhibition explores the evolution of America’s pastime with a special focus on two championship teams, the 1887 Detroit Wolverines, Detroit’s first professional baseball and championship team, and the 1984 Detroit Tigers. Highlights include Ty Cobb memorabilia; the history of baseball cards, including the first card of an African-American player, Jackie Robinson; handwritten scorecards kept by announcer Ernie Harwell; and baseball-themed works of art from the DIA’s collection. 313-833-7900

Farmington Founders Festival Presented By Meijer

Through July 21
Downtown Farmington Grand River Ave., Farmington Greater Detroit Area

The annual Greater Farmington Area Founders Festival presented by Meijer returns this year for its 55thcelebration of summer with many new attractions including a major expansion into the city’s Shiawassee Park. A soft opening for the Beer Tent starts at 5 p.m. Thursday July 18, while the full festival runs from July 19 through 21. The festival will be bringing back some traditional events like the parade up Grand River Avenue, the Bingo Tent, Beer Tent, and live music. Several new features including fireworks Saturday night, a children’s carnival, and a pig roast will be added. Along with the transition to Shiawassee Park come all-new parking locations. Plenty of parking will be available at Farmington High School, next to Our Lady of Sorrows church, behind the Maxfield Training Center, and other lots around town. A courtesy shuttle provided by American House Senior Living Communities and Omega Benefit Strategies will operate daily between Farmington High and the festival grounds for handicapped and elderly visitors. A stretch of Shiawassee Road will be closed to through-traffic between Farmington Road and south-bound Power Road. (248) 477-1199

KAWS: Alone Again

Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 4

Remember when that 17-foot creepy Mickey Mouse-esque statue curiously appeared on the grounds of Quicken Loans’ campus downtown last year? The KAWS creation titled “Waiting” ignited a conversation about public art and how it speaks to its surrounding community. Now, more KAWS is coming to Detroit: In partnership with Library Street Collective, MOCAD will display five sculptures, a site-specific wall work, and three paintings by the renowned Brooklyn-based street artist. Alone Again boasts bold colors, abstractions, deconstruction, and commentary on turbulent times. The museum’s spring exhibition opening also welcomes 12 never-before-seen paintings by figurative surrealist Eddie Martinez, as well as Nicolas Lobo’s Wellness Center, which will be on display at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead. Work will be on display through Aug 4. (313) 832-6622

The Michigan Glass Project

Fri., July 19, 12 p.m.

Buy Tickets$20-$35

(313) 872-4000

Friday Night Motown Review w/Apropos

Fri., July 19, 4:30 p.m.
The Whitney 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

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(313) 832-5700

Closing Reception for the first annual Alumni Show

Fri., July 19, 5 p.m.
AtomArt 522 East 9 Mile Road, Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

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Art & Wine

Fri., July 19, 6 p.m.

Buy Tickets$50

Afrofuture Film Series

Fri., July 19, 6 p.m.
The Creators Den 671 Peterboro Street, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$0-$45


Fri., July 19, 6 p.m.
Majestic Theatre 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

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(313) 833-9700

Progressive Caucus Fundraiser w/ Rashida Tlaib

Fri., July 19, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PJ's Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit Corktown

Buy Tickets$20

Join the Progressive Caucus of the Michigan Democratic Party for an evening with one of the most impressive progressive leaders in the nation, Detroit’s very own, Representative Rashida Tlaib. Come meet and network with our statewide coalition of activists as we channel our rage into organizing a political revolution like nothing this country has ever seen. We are asking a $20 donation, give more if you can, if you can't give what you can. All funds will be used to help us support progressive candidates and causes. (313) 961-4668

Chase Atlantic

Fri., July 19, 6:30 p.m.
Saint Andrew's Hall 431 E. Congress St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

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"The Crosstown Detroit" Beer Shuttle Tour

Fri., July 19, 6:30 p.m.
Eastern Market Brewing Co 2515 Riopelle Street, Detroit Eastern Market

Buy Tickets$65

2k19 Summer Boat Party

Fri., July 19, 6:30 p.m.
Windsor River Cruises 78 Riverside Drive West, Windsor Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$35

Mystery Skulls

Fri., July 19, 7 p.m.

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Tell Me How You Feel: Bakpak Durden & AM Scout

Fri., July 19, 7-10 p.m.
Ko Studio Gallery 9536 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck Hamtramck

KO Studio Gallery in collaboration with Detroit Art Week presents “Tell Me How You Feel,” an honest art show featuring new works by Bakpak Durden and AM Scout. Join us for the opening reception July 19, 2019 from 7-10pm. Sponsored by PBR. Artists Durden and Scout are Detroit-based painters who create work discussing gender/queer identity, mental health and body politics.

Pop Up Hip Hop In Heels

Fri., July 19, 7 p.m.
19954 Livernois Ave 19954 Livernois Avenue, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$10

CrowdFreak'n Weekend |BlocBoy Jb Concert & More Detroit|

Fri., July 19, 7 p.m.
Harpo's 14238 Harper Avenue, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$19.99-$99.99

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