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Judah Friedlander: Future President

Thu., Dec. 5, 6:30 p.m.
Saint Andrew's Hall 431 E. Congress St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$27

Throughout the entire 138-episode run of NBC’s 30 Rock, the unmotivated, deadpan, and libidinous sketch writer Frank, played by Judah Friedlander, wore a total of 204 trucker hats, each one displaying a label, warning, or instructional message: “Horny,” “Time Travel Agent,” “Wet to Activate,” and “Half Centaur,” to name a few. With 30 Rock behind him, the 50-year-old Friedlander is vying for another title: President of the United States. OK — so, not exactly, but he did challenge POTUS to the presidency in his 2017 stand-up special, America Is the Greatest Country in the United States. For 2019, he’s embarked on the Future President tour, where he leaves no flawed American ideal untouched and points out all the many reasons the USA is No. 1: high obesity, diabetes, and incarceration rates. 313-961-6358

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

Principles of Web Design for the Healthcare Industry

Thu., Dec. 5, 10-11:30 a.m.

Buy Tickets$139

@ Online, Online
Overview: A brief review of the basic principles of solid web design. Awareness of the possible compliance standards, including ADA, HIPAA, GDPR and FCC. Fundamentals of marketing: SEO, messaging, continuity Education on how to find the right experts for creating or improve a healthcare website, including functionality and design. 8003851607

Zell Visiting Writers Series: Arthur Sze, In Conversation with Professor Khaled Mattawa

Thu., Dec. 5, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Arthur Sze is a poet, translator, and editor. He has published ten books of poetry. Known for his difficult, meticulous poems, Sze’s work has been described as the “intersection of Taoist contemplation, Zen rock gardens and postmodern experimentation” by the critic John Tritica. This event is free and open to the public. Onsite book sales will be provided by Literati Bookstore. For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. (734) 764-0395; (734) 764-3731 (FAX)

Novi Bonefish Grill Invites Community to View their Remodeled Space + Complimentary Appetizers

Thu., Dec. 5, 5:30-8 p.m.

@ Bonefish Grill, 43304 Eleven Mile Road, Novi, MI 48375
Bonefish Grill in Novi is unveiling their new look on Thursday, December 5th and is inviting the community to celebrate with them by enjoying complimentary appetizers, live music and great giveaways from 5:30-8 p.m. The new elevated dining space now features a remodeled wine display, a brighter bar experience, an updated dining room with new tables and chairs, and a brand new built out to-go room dedicated to carry-out orders. Bonefish Grill specializes in market-fresh fish from around the world hand-cut in-house daily, savory wood-grilled specialties and locally-created, seasonal Partner Selection dishes featuring the highest-quality and freshest ingredients. 248-347-1635

Comedy For a Cause 2019

Thu., Dec. 5, 6 p.m.

Buy Tickets$25-$35

(248) 661-1900; (248) (FAX)

Milford’s Christmas Open House

Thu., Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
Downtown Milford 1100 Atlantic, Milford Greater Plymouth Area

Santa Claus is coming to town during Milford’s annual Christmas Open House. A community favorite, the seasonal event brings strolling entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday caroling, special promotions and deals at downtown stores and restaurants. The evening will kick off with a Christmas tree lighting at 5:45 p.m. at Center Street Park and at 6 p.m., the jolly old man will arrive on Main Street aboard a Milford Fire Department fire engine.

EMU “Let’s Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization” panel

Thu., Dec. 5, 6-8 p.m.

The Eastern Michigan University Cannabis Education Coalition will host a panel event titled “Let’s Be Blunt About Marijuana Legalization,” which will focus on the marijuana law, risks, benefits and side effects. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the EMU Student Center Auditorium. The panel will be comprised of Senator Jeff Irwin, who introduced legislation to expunge low-level marijuana-related offenses from criminal records, Dr. Kevin Boehnke from the Department of Anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center at University of Michigan; and Community Relations Officer Tim Siecinski from EMU’s Department of Public Safety. (734) 487-1157

A Christmas Story

Thu., Dec. 5, 6 p.m.
Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus 27055 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$55

Detroit Black Professionals 9th Annual Holiday Mixer

Thu., Dec. 5, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
The Whittier 425 Burns Drive, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets25

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We invite you to bring friends, family, and colleagues to the ninth annual Detroit Black Professionals Holiday Mixer. The event aims to foster fellowship among African American professionals in the region while giving to the local community. The event is open at all, the event’s net proceeds will be donated to a local community program. Over from over 10 professional associations will be represented under one roof to have fun and good fellowship in celebration of the holidays. Tix include parking, coat check, appetizers, and a cash bar.

Manchester Orchestra

Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak Downtown Royal Oak



Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Small's 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck Hamtramck

Buy from TicketWeb$15

A Christmas Carol

Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$39

(248) 377-3300

Kali Masi, Baggage

Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
The Loving Touch 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale Downtown Ferndale

Buy from Ticketmaster$10


Bryan McPherson, Lisboa, Timmy Reynolds

Thu., Dec. 5, 7-11 p.m.
PJ's Lager House 1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit Corktown

Bryan McPherson will be stopping in from Boston to share some stories using Folk music mixed with nostalgic punk protest. Lisboa is returning to the Lager House to remind us of the better things in life via well thought-out indie/punk rock. Meanwhile Timmy Reynolds will round things out with some treasonous ballads and songs of heartbreak with a Country/Bluegrass/Irish flair. On top of that you never know who may stop by to play us some tunes at this community event! 7pm doors / 8pm music / $8 (313) 961-4668


Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Majestic Theatre 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

Buy from Ticketmaster$22

(313) 833-9700

A World without Borders

Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
The Detroit Writing Room 1514 Washington Blvd., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$30

Subtleties of Scotch

Thu., Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.
The War Memorial 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$49.00

Discover 6 very different styles of this classic spirit. From smooth & silky to dignified and youthful, discover learn why this whiskey is a worldwide favorite. Enjoy a stellar variety of this fascinating malt beverage. Refine your palette with the endless variations! Ages 21+ 313-881-7511

The Moth: Family

Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Marble Bar 1501 Holden St., Detroit New Center


Crobot, '68

Thu., Dec. 5, 7 p.m.
Small's 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck Hamtramck

Buy from Ticketmaster$15

Pages Bookshop & DEAL Present Jodie Adams Kirshner

Thu., Dec. 5, 7-8:30 p.m.

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We are thrilled to host author, professor, and researcher Jodie Adams Kirshner for her new book about Detroit, "Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises." Jodie will be joined in conversation by two life-long Detroiters, profiled in the book and will have a moderated conversation with Stephen Henderson the host of WDET's Detroit Today. An audience Q&A will follow. This event is free and open to the public. (313) 473-7342

Jeff Leeson

Thu., Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak Downtown Royal Oak

Buy Tickets$10

Dru Hill and Color Me Badd

Thu., Dec. 5, 8 p.m.
Sound Board 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$42-$55

MACHO & Rabbit Ears

Thu., Dec. 5, 9-11:30 p.m.
Bowlero Lanes & Lounge 4209 Coolidge Hwy., Royal Oak Greater Royal Oak Area

Indie rock. Open bowling after 9:30PM. Free Admission. (248) 549-7500

Rockin' for the Hungry

Thu., Dec. 5, 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6, 6-7 a.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 6 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

@ Maple Village Kroger, 400 S. Maple Rd., Ann Arbor, 48103
Food Gatherers, ann arbor's 107one and Kroger are hosting Washtenaw County’s largest food and fund drive, Rockin’ for the Hungry. Visit us at Kroger while we broadcast live to raise 1 million meals for our hungry neighbors. All Rockin’ gifts will be matched 1:1 by generous community members. Donate food or funds in person, or donate online at or by phone, 734-761-2796. Rockin' for the Hungry Kick-Off & Giving Tuesday: December 3rd, 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM at Traver Village Kroger, 2641 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor 48105. Rockin' for the Hungry: December 4th – December 7th, 6:00 AM - 7342621534

Laura Mendoza Live in Concert

Thu., Dec. 5, 7-11 p.m.
Spread Art 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit University District

Detroit musician Laura Mendoza live in concert with a special acoustic performance. Art show by local artists and flea market onsite. 586-806-9343

Facing Our Truth: 10-minute Plays on Trayvon, Race, and Privilege

Thu., Dec. 5, 7:30-10:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6, 7:30-10:30 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 2:30-5:30 & 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Varner Lab Theatre 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester Greater Rochester Area

Buy Tickets$8 all seats

By Quetzal Flores, Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morisseau, Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien, Mona Mansour, and A. Rey Pamatmat. Directed by Kelli Crump. In light of the George Zimmerman verdict, The New Black Fest commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege with the goal of inciting serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues. (248) 370-2030

Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas

Thu., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 7, 3 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 8, 3 p.m.
City Theatre 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$43

Vital Eyes

Thu., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Fri., Dec. 6, 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
Betty Pease Studio Theater 1310 N. University Court, Ann Arbor Greater Ann Arbor Area

(734) 763-5460

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