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Melvin Davis

Sun., Jan. 26, 5 p.m.
PJ's Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit Corktown

More Melvin! For those of you who didn’t get enough of a soul fix this week, Davis has another performance, this time an early show at PJ’s Lager House — where the 77-year-old living legend will play a mix of hits spanning his careers at Fortune and Motown Records. A songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Davis has touched many songs that have become beloved by the U.K.’s Northern Soul scene: As Michael Hurtt, writing for Metro Times, reported in a 2009 long-read, that’s Melvin’s drumming on Dennis Coffey & the Lyman Woodard Trio’s “River Rouge”/“It’s Your Thing,” his vocals on the 8th Day’s AM soul staple “You’ve Got to Crawl (Before You Walk),” and his pen behind the lyrics of J.J. Barnes’ “Chains of Love,” which was introduced to new audiences via the Dirtbombs. History, people!
(313) 961-4668

Audra Kubat: Dinner and a show

Sun., Jan. 26, 5 p.m.

In November, we reported that longtime Detroit-based folk artist Audra Kubat was at work on a new project: the Detroit House of Music, an abandoned 19th century Cass Corridor Victorian house that Kubat has been refurbishing into a community hub. You can check out the project during an intimate dinner and show: Kubat will perform, along with special guests Emma Guzman and George Montrelle, while Kind Cafe and Moon Bar will serve up dinner. Tickets include a year-long membership to the Detroit House of Music.

Doors at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Detroit House of Music; 487 Alexandrine St., Detroit; Tickets are $50.

Found Footage Festival Volume 9

Sun., Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
Michigan Theater 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor Downtown Ann Arbor

Facercise, acne rap, how to cybersex on the internet, and here come the hunks are just a few samplings of Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher’s national thrift store and garage sale foraging. The childhood friends began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video titled “Inside and Outside Custodial Duties” at a Wisconsin McDonald’s. Thus, the Found Footage Festival was born — “a one-of-a-kind celebration of the videos that time forgot, dredged up in dusty thrift stores and estate sales throughout North America.”

Since 2004, Pickett (The Onion) and Prueher (The Colbert Report) have sacrificed any semblance of a normal life to deliver the best of the worst unearthed VHS finds from across the country, including the 1983 travelogue Carnival in Rio, featuring in Arnold Schwarzenegger seducing a woman with watermelon and, later, wearing a very appropriated headdress. Now in its ninth volume, this year’s Found Footage Festival promises recently unearthed footage from the 1987 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant, an exercise video called “Skiercise!” a “jaw-dropping” home movie taken at a hose factory in Windsor, a local news story about Pudgie Wudgie the Wonder Cat, and a tape labeled “bonion sergery.” 734-668-8480

Snoop Dogg

Sun., Jan. 26, 7 & 8 p.m.
The Fillmore 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$57+

According to stoner lore, when weed becomes legal statewide, that state gets majorly hotboxed by rapper, wizard, and the original GOAT, Snoop Dogg, or, depending on who you ask, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Uncle Snoop, the Doggfather, Snoopy, Snoopzilla, DJ Snoopadelic, Snoop Lion, or even Coach Snoop. In recent weeks, the 48-year-old unlikely bestie to Martha Stewart, served as inspiration for a limited time doughnut-and-Beyond Meat sandwich for Dunkin Donuts, it was also announced that Snoop would serve as Guns N’ Roses’ special guest for the band’s pre-Super Bowl LIV party performance, and signed off on an album of xylophone-heavy lullaby renditions of his greatest hits, including “Gin and Juice” because of course he did. 313-961-5451

Chaka Khan

Sun., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.
Sound Board 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$76-$88

Another year, another Rock and Roll Hall of Fame snub for the Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan. This year, the Cleveland-based pyramid of nightmares (no, seriously, have you ever been to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?) nominated Whitney Houston, the Notorious B.I.G., T. Rex, the Doobie Brothers, Depeche Mode, and Nine Inch Nails. Though they are all very deserving recipients, Chaka Khan and her five-decade-long career and 10 Grammys as both a solo artist and as the bandleader for Rufus, has, once again, failed to make the cut. We feel for you, Chaka. The “Tell Me Something Good” singer released Hello Happiness last year, which was the result of having checked herself into rehab for an addiction to painkillers brought to light following Prince’s accidental fentanyl overdose in 2016. The last time the Queen of Funk visited Detroit was in 2018 when she performed an energized rendition of “Going Up Yonder” at the massive and televised celebration of life for fellow music royalty Aretha Franklin.

Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown Crab Trap takeover

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 16
Hazel, Ravines and Downtown 34977 Woodward Ave., Birmingham Greater Birmingham Area

Winter in Michigan means one thing: everyone is so dang crabby. The lack of sunlight, the promise of snow, frigid temperatures, and, to top it off, the perfect hair day is beyond out of reach, thanks to this stupid hat and static electricity. Though spring break may feel like an eternity away, the folks over at Birmingham eatery Hazel, Ravines, and Downtown are bringing a bit of the Gulf Coast to our frosty Mitten state. Starting Jan. 21, Hazel’s will undergo a temporary makeover when it transforms into Hazel’s Crab Trap. The heart of the special event menu, which will be available through Feb. 16, is fresh stone crab, which will be flown in fresh from Florida daily. The crab event follows in the footsteps of the restaurant’s popular Lobster Pound takeover last summer and will also offer hushpuppies, conch fritters, alligator bites, several fresh grouper items, Cedar Key Clams, Buffalo calamari, as well as amped-up raw bar offerings, including king and snow crab, oysters, and shrimp. Even vegan Detroit pop-up Street Beet has gone coastal, creating a vegan addition to Hazel’s Crab Trap menu in the form of the Not-So-Crabby-Patty sandwich. Oh, and to make it feel a bit more like a vacation, Hazel’s will also offer frozen margaritas and daiquiris because just kill us already.

Structures of Light

Through Jan. 31
Culture Lab Detroit 1301 Broadway St, Detroit Downtown Detroit

For Structures of Light, a joint show from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Playground Detroit, artist and educator Scott Klinker uses new LED neon technology to transform a downtown Detroit space into a light-up wonderland — “like entering the space of a glowing, geometric line drawing,” according to the event curators. Should make a great selfie photo op.

Klinker is currently Designer-in-Residence at Cranbrook, where he received his MFA in 1996. Klinker led the product design program at the Kanazawa International Design Institute in Japan, where he founded his independent studio, Scott Klinker Design, and has worked with clients like Herman Miller, Alessi, Steelcase, Landscape Forms, Burton Snowboards, and more.

Opening reception from 6-9 p.m.


Preoccupations: Palestinian Landscapes

Through Feb. 8
Holding House Gallery 3546 Michigan Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Here, the word “preoccupations” is a double entendre — it can refer to both Palestinians’ longstanding preoccupation with landscape art, but also Israel’s occupation of Palestine, which has transformed the terrain with military checkpoints and the West Bank wall. Curated by Kathy Zarur, this show features photos, paintings, and mixed-media from Palestinian artists Ryah Aqel, Zeina Barakeh, C. Gazaleh, Najib Joe Hakim, Manar Harb, Yazan Khalili, Suhad Khatib, and Mary Tuma. The show’s run includes a panel discussion and brunch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12; a conversation between Zarur and University of Michigan Islamic Arts lecturer Sascha Crasnow about the challenges of curating exhibitions of Palestinian art in the U.S. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 16; a “Building a Palestine Library” event from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25; a zine-making worksop from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1; and a closing reception from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8.

C. Gazaleh, "Flight Over Jerusalem," 2015. Ink on paper.

Through Feb. 22
Simone DeSousa Gallery 444 W. Willis St., Units 111 and 112, Detroit Midtown

Simone DeSousa Gallery has two exhibitions opening on Saturday. Always Sometimes Never is a solo exhibition of paintings by Timothy van Laar, made up of new works alongside selected works from the 1980s and ’90s. Meanwhile, I went to work but I did not get there has new work from Ryan Standfest, which draws on Standfest’s love of all things old-school, like comic strips and tabloid newsprint. (313) 833-9000

American Paintings from Nancy and Sean Cotton Collection, 1850-1940

Through April 5

This partnership with the the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibits 40 paintings made during the 90 years between 1850 and 1940 — a period of time that includes the Civil War, World War I, and the outset of World War II. The collection, “drawn from a turbulent epoch, presents a fascinating historical snapshot,” according to organizers. “If art is a mirror of its time, what do these forty paintings say about the ninety-years between 1850 and 1940?” Works include Seymour Joseph Guy, Carl Hirschberg, and Thomas Moran, among others.

Opening reception from 5-7 p.m on Friday, Jan. 10. Runs through Sunday, April 5.

(248) 370-3005

In the Beginning…

Through March 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
Detroit Center for Design + Technology 4219 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

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With In The Beginning…, the Detroit Center for Design + Technology “explores the fragility and tenacity of feminine identity” through a multimedia exhibition curated by Sarah Ayers. The exhibition features photographic multimedia work by L. Mikelle Standbridge, sculptural multimedia work by Nancy Unger, sculptural installations by Dee Clements, and an interactive woven fiber-optic installation Irene Lavon Walker, tackling “ideas of women’s work, boundaries and expectation.”

Opening 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at DCDT Woodward Gallery, 4219 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 248-204-4060; No admission. Show runs through March 31.

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‘Beyond Breath’ - A free Introduction to The Happiness Program in Troy

Sun., Jan. 26, 11 a.m.
Somerset Inn 2601 W. Big Beaver, Troy Greater Royal Oak Area

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(248) 643-7800; (248) - (FAX)

Bolshoi Ballet: Giselle

Sun., Jan. 26, 12:55 p.m.
Maple Theater 4135 West Maple Road, Bloomfield Township Greater Birmingham Area

"The Puppeteer" Fundraiser Play for Greater Woodward CDC

Sun., Jan. 26, 1 p.m.
Detroit Repertory Theatre 13103 Woodrow Wilson St., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$20

(313) 868-1347

A Bronx Tale

Sun., Jan. 26, 1 p.m.
Fisher Theatre 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit New Center

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Blithe Spirit

Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$41

(248) 377-3300

To Be Or Not To Be

Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m.
Detroit Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


A Bronx Tale

Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m.
Fisher Theatre 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit New Center

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Rita Woods

Sun., Jan. 26, 2 p.m.
Pages Bookshop 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area


Free tour: "Cullen Washington, Jr.: The Public Square"

Sun., Jan. 26, 2-3 p.m.

This expansive look at the work and concerns of emerging contemporary artist Cullen Washington, Jr. pivots around the artist’s most recent series, "Agoras." The compositions explore the ancient Greek public space as a site for activated assembly and the heart of the artistic, spiritual, and political life of the city. UMMA’s installation is designed with an actual public square at its center, complete with sound components featuring noted political and aesthetic discourse and surrounded by Washington’s soaring monumental collages. Works from four earlier series by the artist form the perimeter of the Museum’s largest special exhibition space. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Restorative Yoga + Reiki

Sun., Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m.
Yoga Shala - West Dearborn 22213 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn Greater Dearborn Area

Buy Tickets$35


Sun., Jan. 26
Flint Institute of Arts 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint Greater Detroit Area

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In Conversation: Disability and Power with Dessa Cosma

Sun., Jan. 26, 3-4 p.m.

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Dessa Cosma is a social justice activist and the founding director of Detroit Disability Power, which works to bridge the gap between the disability community and social justice movements. For Cosma, disability is a key part of her identity and of critical importance socially and politically—just like race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion. In this informal gallery talk, she will respond to the works of Japanese artist Mari Katayama and reflect upon her experiences and political expression as a disability activist. Katayama uses her disabled body as the subject in her provocative series of works combining photography, sculpture, and textiles. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Meditation for Beginners - Isha Kriya Yoga

Sun., Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m. and Mon., Jan. 27, 6 p.m.

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Senior Recital: Esther (Yejoo) Lee, Violin

Sun., Jan. 26, 5 p.m.
McIntosh Theatre 1100 Baits Drive, Ann Arbor Greater Ann Arbor Area

(734) 763-4726

Night of Comedy

Sun., Jan. 26, 5 p.m.
Prosper Center 17575 Livernois Avenue, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$20

A Bronx Tale

Sun., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Fisher Theatre 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit New Center

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Blithe Spirit

Sun., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$37

(248) 377-3300

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