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"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

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

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

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

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

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

PeeWee Eggstravaganza

Fri., April 19, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
phone 248-352-8000
lbarrick@ffrc.net

Join us for some EGGstra special fun! Visit with the Easter Bunny, hunt for eggs, do a craft, bounce and more! Ages: 1-12 $5.00 per member $10.00 per non member $5.00 walk in fee if not registered by Monday April 15th, 2019. *Payment due at time of registration Contact Laura for more information or to register at lbarrick@ffrc.net 5-10

Franklin Athletic Club (map)
29350 Northwestern Hwy
Greater Birmingham Area
phone (248) 352-8000; (248) - (FAX)

2 + 2

Fri., April 19, 4-8 p.m. and Sat., April 20, 4-10 p.m.
whatsup@tangentgallery.com

Two local painters and two photographers will exhibit together for the first time. Painters Michael Thoresen and Calvin Waterman of Ann Arbor along with photographers Timothy Nolan of Ypsilanti and J. Vida of Toledo will display their work for two days only. The event is free and all are welcome. Free

Gallery Bypass (map)
715 Milwaukee St E
Midtown

3 + 1

Fri., April 19, 4-8 p.m. and Sat., April 20, 4-10 p.m.
whatsup@tangentgallery.com

Two local painters and two photographers exhibit together for the first time. Painters Michael Thoresen and Calvin Waterman of Ann Arbor along with photographers Timothy Nolan of Ypsilanti and J. Vida, of Toledo will present a varied group of works for two days only. The event is free and all are welcome. Free

Gallery Bypass (map)
715 Milwaukee St E
Midtown

KBK Modesty Fashion Show

Fri., April 19, 5:30 p.m.

$0-$50

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American Moslem Society

Fri., April 19, 6 p.m.
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