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Translator of "No Friends but the Mountains" Omid Tofighian

Fri., Jan. 24, 6 p.m.
Pages Bookshop 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

In 2013, Kurdish journalist Behrouz Boochani fled Iran to seek asylum on Australia’s Christmas Island, where he was illegally detained at a detention center on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. During his four-year detainment (he would be forced to remain on the island until 2019, however, once the center closed), Boochani documented the inhumane treatment and torture of asylum seekers under the neglect of the Australian government by using WhatsApp. The texts were then sent to Moones Mansoubi, who reformatted them as PDFs to be translated from Farsi to English by translator Omid Tofighian, resulting in Boochani’s award-winning 2018 memoir, No Friend but the Mountains. “So much about the Australian policy, the border politics in Australia, is surreal,” Tofighian told NPR. “You know, it has this really absurd quality about it and this kind of unfathomable nature to it — and it’s also horrific.” This free event will welcome Tofighian, who will discuss the delicate translation process as it pertains to exile and incarceration. Copies of No Friend but the Mountains will be available for purchase. 313-473-7342

Joe Hertler (solo)

Fri., Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
20 Front Street 20 Front St., Lake Orion Michigan

It’s been a decade since Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers first formed, but the band has shown no signs of slowing down. Hell, it’s been a busy past few weeks for the group. In December, the group opened for Denver by way of Detroit party machine GRiZ for his annual GRiZmas blowout, and then the group played a New Year’s Eve set at El Club. Last year, the band released Paper Castle, its fourth studio LP and first recorded with an outside producer (Rick Carson), an eclectic and upbeat record that shows why the band has become favorites on the festival and jam-band circuits. This show is just a solo acoustic set from the band’s titular Joe, but we expect it to still be a jam.

Starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at 20 Front Street; 20 Front St., Lake Orion; 248-783-7105; Tickets are $18.

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…

Jan. 24-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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The Rock

Fri., Jan. 24, 12 a.m. and Sat., Jan. 25, 12 a.m.
Main Art Theatre 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak Greater Royal Oak Area


Through The Fire: The History of the 1943 Race Riot and the 1967 Rebellion

Fri., Jan. 24, 12:30 & 4 p.m.
Detroit Historical Museum 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

Buy Tickets$15

(313) 833-1805; (313) 833-5342 (FAX)

Opening Reception of "Kelly & Kyle Phelps: Blue Collar"

Fri., Jan. 24, 5-8 p.m.
Pewabic Pottery 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Working-class heroes, race relations and the everyday struggles of the common man and woman have inspired nearly two decades of art by Kelly and Kyle Phelps. Working together in a shared studio, the twin brothers create visual narrative compositions about the blue- collar experience utilizing handcrafted clay/resin cast forms juxtaposed with found- and site-specific objects from abandoned factories, steel mills, warehouses, and railway lines. Both are professors who oversee sculpture departments – Kelly at Xavier University in Cincinnati, and Kyle at the University of Dayton. The exhibition is on view at Pewabic through April 27. 313-626-2000

Dinner Show: Barker & Broski

Fri., Jan. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
PJ's Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit Corktown

Barker & Broski - FREE in the front room - 5:30-7:30pm Join us in Corktown for our first gig at a very cool venue. I am planning to hang out afterward to listen to Classical Revolution Detroit at 8 PM. (313) 961-4668

In the Beginning

Fri., Jan. 24, 5:30-8 p.m.
Detroit Center for Design + Technology 4219 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

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To start 2020, Sarah Ayers curates In the Beginning… featuring multimedia work by artists L. Mikelle Standbridge, Nancy Unger, Dee Clements and Irene Lavon Walker. This exhibition explores the fragility and tenacity of feminine identity. These four women invite participants to immerse themselves in the ideas of women’s work, boundaries and expectation. In the Beginning… includes new sculptural multi-media work by Nancy Unger; sculptural installations by Dee Clements of Studio Herron; an interactive woven fiber-optic installation by Irene Lavon Walker and photographic multi-media work by internationally renowned artist, L. Mikelle Standbridge. 248-204-4060

Drop-In Workshop: Printmaking | Crayon Rubbings

Fri., Jan. 24, 6 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 25, 12 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


Translator Omid Tofighian

Fri., Jan. 24, 6 p.m.
Pages Bookshop 19560 Grand River Ave., Detroit Greater Detroit Area


Skate N' Dance Detroit Art Bazaar

Fri., Jan. 24, 6 p.m.
Lexus Velodrome 601 Mack Ave.,, Detroit Brush Park

Buy Tickets$15

7th Annual Variety Sliders, Spuds & Soup(er) Bowl

Fri., Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m.
The Townsend Hotel 100 Townsend St., Birmingham Greater Birmingham Area

Buy Tickets$100

On Friday, Jan. 24, experience a casual evening of food, drinks and live music amidst a fun-filled cooking competition at Variety the Children’s Charity of Detroit’s 7th Annual Variety Sliders, Spuds & Soup(er) Bowl event at The Townsend Hotel, 6:30 – 11 p.m. Many of the region’s top chefs will compete to have their dishes named Metro Detroit’s Best Sliders, Spuds and Soup. Please visit the Facebook event page at for a complete list of participating restaurants. Proceeds of the event will go towards changing the lives of children in our community through Variety’s programming. Tickets are $100.

Prince Dirty Minds Paint Party Part 2

Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
19926 Livernois Ave 19926 Livernois Avenue, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$40

Your Smith

Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
Deluxx Fluxx 1274 Library St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy Tickets$10+

Mark Webster Reading Series

Fri., Jan. 24, 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. Free and open to the public. This week's reading features Cherline Bazile and Aozora Brockman. Cherline Bazile is a Haitian-American writer from Florida. She studied at Harvard University and is a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow. Aozora Brockman is a poet, essayist, and dancer. She was raised on an organic vegetable farm in Illinois and often wishes she could be a child again, elbow-deep in dirt. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Detroit Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
Little Caesars Arena 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$25-$1,749.50

The Sugar Bombs, ZZVAVA

Fri., Jan. 24, 7 p.m.
The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy from Ticketmaster$5


Gryphon Trio — Beethoven Cycle No. I

Fri., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
The War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$10 - $45

Presented by the Chamber Music Society of Detroit For over 25 years, the Gryphon Trio has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios, garnering acclaim and impressing international audiences with its refined, dynamic and memorable performances. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional to contemporary and from European classicism to modern-day multimedia, the Gryphons are committed to redefining chamber music for the 21st century.The Gryphon returns to the CMSD with a traversal of the Beethoven piano trios across our three regional series venues over one weekend. 313-881-7511

A Bronx Tale

Fri., Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m.
Fisher Theatre 3011 West Grand & Fisher, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

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Fri., Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge 32523 Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$25-$35

Herman's Hermits

Fri., Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
Andiamo Celebrity Showroom 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren Greater Detroit Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$25-$69

(586) 268-3200; (586) 268-3224 (FAX)

Matthew Dear

Fri., Jan. 24, 8 p.m.
Blind Pig 208 S. First St., Ann Arbor Downtown Ann Arbor

Buy from TicketWeb$18+


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