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Joan Belgrave Quartet

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Joan Belgrave was pretty much born to do this. The soulful jazz vocalist from Detroit began her music career at just 3 years old, soon receiving vocal training from University of Michigan professor Dr. Willis Patterson. Her career was taken to the next level when she started collaborating with her husband, the late jazz trumpeter Marcus Belgrave, who she made five records with. On Friday, she’ll be joined by pianist Zen Zadravec, bassist Ibrahim Jones, and drummer Brandon Williams for two sets at Ann Arbor’s new Blue LLama Jazz Club.

Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon

Sat., Oct. 19 and Sun., Oct. 20
Downtown Detroit Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Detroit might be the Motor City, but more than 26,000 runners from across the globe come here to travel by foot instead. The annual Detroit Free Press/TCF Bank Marathon returns for its 42nd year to give runners of all stripes an international workout, as the race traverses into Canada, taking runners over the Ambassador Bridge and through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, with stops in Corktown, Mexicantown, Indian Village, and Belle Isle along the way. Aside from the marathon, there’s a half-marathon, a 1-mile, a 5k, a relay event, a Disabilities Division, and a Meijer Kids Fun Run, and the event is expected to raise more than $2 million for more than 45 charities. Things kick off with a Health and Fitness Expo (that doubles as HQ for participants) from 2-8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18 at TCF Center with nearly 100 vendors, and continues Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. An afterparty for participants and friends and family runs from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at the corner of Fort Street and Third Street. Advance registration is closed, but people can sign up for U.S.-only events in person at TCF Center. Plus, new this year, photos will be taken and provided to runners free of charge, because pics or it didn’t happen, right?

Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim book release party

Sat., Oct. 19, 4-6 p.m.
Playground Detroit 2845 Gratiot Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

While Detroit-born twerking superstar Lizzo has become the #YasQueen totem for encouraging body positivity -- especially for women of color -- another metro Detroiter is furthering the conversation (and looks damn good doing it). Style blogger, model, and public speaker Leah Vernon can now add author to her list, thanks to her healing and revealing memoir, Unashamed: Musings of a Fat Black Muslim. An evolution of her blog, Beauty and the Muse, where Vernon shares everything from how to tie a turban in just two minutes to her Brazilian bikini wax experience, Vernon’s memoir is a bit more intimate as it details divorce, mental illness, abuse, and her own love-hate relationship with her weight, race, and faith, as well as her lifelong self-acceptance hustle. (For the book launch, Vernon has requested guests flex their best color-blocked or monochromatic look because everyone deserves to look and feel like their best selfie.

Electric 6

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Small's 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck Hamtramck

Buy Tickets$16

This is a 20-year milestone double-whammy. Hamtramck bar Small’s and heavy hitting rock band Electric Six were both founded in 1999, and both are now institutions in their own rights. Small’s celebrated its big 2-0 with a birthday bash last month. Meanwhile, E6 celebrated by doing the only thing it knows how to do: by releasing another record of high-octane rock ’n’ roll. The band released its 14th (!) studio record, Bride of the Devil, last year, and it might be its most political record yet. Well, sort of. “The title track, a radio anthem, is where it all becomes clear that The Devil is a metaphor for Russia, and the United States is the young girl who is seduced, corrupted, and wedded into a Satanic covenant with the Beast,” a press release for the record reads. “It’s all there in black and white.” The band is making a Hamtramck stop as part of its “Russia, If You’re Listening Tour.” DaveTV, described as “a nostalgic video and audio dance music experience from E6 guitarist Da Ve” will start things off, and the night ends with Thirstwave, Small’s long-running alternative dance party.

Paint Thinner

Sat., Oct. 19, 8 p.m.
Outer Limits Lounge 5507 Caniff St., Hamtramck Greater Hamtramck Area

Detroit punk band Paint Thinner has been putting in the work. The band only released its first LP, The Sea of Pulp, in February, and is already dropping follow-up Hagioscope to the Heart this week, with a record release show on Friday. While the band is new-ish to the scene, its members are not, featuring personnel from Detroit rock acts Terrible Twos, Fontana, Frustrations, and Human Eye. On Hagioscope, you can hear the band flexing: “Sue” is a nearly six-and-a-half-minute slow-burn, while “Vision Quest” ratchets up the tension with screaming vocals with a hypnotic bassline. “This isn’t anger, and this isn’t escapism. This is catharsis,” the band writes on its Bandcamp page. “Hagioscope is perhaps best understood as the sound of a band becoming, however unwillingly, comfortable with themselves.” Milk Bath and X! Records head honcho Scott X! are also on the bill.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show with shadowcast by the Leather Medusas

Sat., Oct. 19, 10 p.m.
Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor Downtown Ann Arbor

We just took a DNA test, turns out we’re 100 percent a sweet transvestite from Transexual, Transylvania filled with antici...pation because Halloween means one thing: it’s Rocky Horror Picture Show season. The campy 1975 film starring Tim Curry as the ravishing Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon as Janet (dammit!) Weiss, and babely boyfriend Brad Majors played by Barry Bostwick broke the mold as a hyper-sexual sci-fi musical that has gone on to touch (oh, has it touched) the beautiful pervs and prudes of the world, becoming a cult phenomenon along the way. Fan rituals will be in full effect, as will the resident Michigan Theater RHPS shadowcast team, the Leather Medusas, who will act out the scenes on stage with the film playing behind them. 734-668-8480

Glow with Bevlove and friends

Sat., Oct. 19, 10 p.m.
Deluxx Fluxx 1274 Library St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Bevlove is the Detroit R&B singer so fabulous that she graced the cover of Metro Times twice in one year. And her fabulosity is also such that she holds down a monthly night at Deluxx Fluxx, where she performs between sets from a lineup of DJs curated by her. Saturday’s event features DJs Sky Jetta, DJ Limelightz, and Xmillion.

Shuck Yeah!

Sun., Oct. 20, 11 a.m.
Otus Supply - Parliament Room 345 East 9 Mile Road, Ferndale Greater Ferndale Area

Buy Tickets$30-$40

This year’s celebration of all-things-oyster (and bloodys and cocktails and beer and food samples) returns to downtown Ferndale at Otus Supply on October 20th - SUNDAY FUNDAY!

Tickets include: 6 Oysters, 2 Oyster Shooters + commemorative oyster shot glass, 6 Drink Tickets, and Food Tastings from Local Restaurants.

Great Music, watch the Lions v. Vikings and more...we say Shuck Yeah!

For more information, visit

Edgefest 2019

Wed., Oct. 16, 6 p.m., Thu., Oct. 17, 6 p.m., Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 19, 12 p.m.
Kerrytown Concert House 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor Kerrytown

Returning to push jazz to the limit is Edgefest — the four-day experimental avant jazz fest produced by Kerrytown Music House, which makes its return to Ann Arbor with a roster of artists carrying the torch for the improvisational and collaborative genre. The award-winning fest, which was founded in 1997, will once again host dozens of players and composer-performers from all over the country, as well as their ensembles, many of whom will be joined by Michigan area performers. This year will see performances that pay homage to West Coast-inspired music with performances by by Oluyemi Thomas’ Positive Knowledge, William Hooker Remembrance trio, Myra Melford Combo, Tad Weed Tribute, Cycle of Restoration, Andrew Bishop’s New and Used, Bobby Bradford and Vinny Golia Quartet, and others. (734) 769-2999; (734) 769-7791 (FAX)

Humble and Human: Impressionist Era Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts, an Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr.

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Jan. 5
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

If you haven’t had a chance to behold the beauty of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ new Impressionist-era exhibition, there’s still time. The museum announced last week that it will now run through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. The show, which opened in June, was originally supposed to come down in October. The museum says it made the decision to keep it open due to near-record attendance: more than 100,000 people visited the exhibition in its first 13 weeks, and 200,000 are expected by the new closing date, which will make it the highest-attended exhibition at the DIA in nearly 20 years. The show features 44 works by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters like Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and more. Many of the works on display had never been shown in Detroit. It honors the late art collector Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., the founder and owner of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills who lived in the Detroit area for much of his life. 313-833-7900

deadmau5 / CUBE V3-2019 Tour

Thu., Oct. 17, 7:30 & 8 p.m. and Fri., Oct. 18, 7:30 & 8 p.m.
The Fillmore 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$39.50-$500


Vinnie Caruana

Fri., Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
El Club 4114 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit Southwest

Buy Tickets$12-$15

HALA DTD Pancake Fundraiser

Fri., Oct. 18, 6 & 8 p.m.
Rose's Fine Food 10551 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$25

tobi lou

Fri., Oct. 18, 6 p.m.
The Shelter 431 E. Congress St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$15


Annual PH1LL Scholarship Banquet 2019

Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
The Fairlane Club 5000 Fairlane Woods Drive, Dearborn Greater Dearborn Area

Buy Tickets$50

Comedy Night w/ Ellen Karis "The Greek Goddess of Comedy"

Fri., Oct. 18, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

@ Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Banquet Hall, 36375 Joy Rd., Westland, MI 48185
Join us for a fun evening w/ New York comedian Ellen Karis (!, AHEPA and Daughters of Penelope District #10 Present COMEDY NIGHT - Friday, October 18th @ 6:30 pm, Tickets: $50 per person before Sept. 18th or $60 at the door, Make checks payable to: AHEPA District #10, Mail checks to: 1409 Burgundy Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105, RSVP by: September 18th, Appetizers - Cash Bar / Music by DJ

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 & 8 p.m.
The Token Lounge 28949 Joy Rd., Westland Greater Detroit Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$20

The Mersey Beatles

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Buy Tickets$17 - $45 VIP

The Mersey Beatles are no ordinary tribute band. The lads grew up as childhood and schoolmate friends, just like the Beatles! They are the official Beatles tribute band representing the City of Liverpool and for over a decade, were the resident tribute band at The Cavern Club, the nightclub in Liverpool, England, where The Beatles perfected their act before launching a global rock music revolution in the 1960s. (734) 394-5300

1st of the Day® Anniversary Party

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Allegiant nonstop 28300 Dequindre Road, Warren Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$40

Friday Night Live! Ashley Bathgate

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


Laffs in the Lair

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Green Brain Comics 13210 Michigan Ave., Dearborn Greater Dearborn Area

Buy TicketsFree

(313) 582-9444

Mark Webster Reading Series

Fri., Oct. 18, 7-8 p.m.

One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. The Mark Webster Reading Series presents emerging writers in a warm and relaxed setting. We encourage you to bring your friends–a Webster reading makes for an enjoyable and enlightening Friday evening. This week's reading features Karolina Letunova and Mariya Zilberman. Born and raised in a Siberian coal town, Karolina Letunova writes fiction. She is working on her first novel. Mariya Zilberman is an Ann Arbor-based poet. She immigrated to the United States from Minsk, Belarus and grew up in Maryland. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

MotorCity Cage Night VII - Live Mixed Martial Arts Fights

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Sound Board 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$25-$180

The Third Annual Cider Slush

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.

Buy Tickets$20-$250

The Steel Woods

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
The Machine Shop 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$15

(810) 715-2650

Rickie Lee Jones

Fri., Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Magic Bag 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

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