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Lucki

Wed., May 22, 7 p.m.

Chief Keef, Chance the Rapper, and Kanye West: It could be argued that Chicago is a breeding ground for gifted emcees. Moving up in the ranks is 22-year-old Lucki — who first stunned with his 2013 debut, Alternative Trap. Having openly struggled with addiction, which put much of his life on pause, Lucki reemerged this year with the critically acclaimed Freewave 3. Written in two parts (one while the young rapper was in love, the other written in its wake) Freewave 3 goes back to the basics — clean production and intimate songwriting. “She want me off them Percs, she say she sick of us/ For life, that’s my baby, don’t need my sippy cup,” he admits on “Of Course You Won’t” — just one example of Lucki’s ability to confront and look up. $20-$70

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El Club (map)
4114 W. Vernor Hwy.
Southwest Lucki

Jim James

Wed., May 22, 7 p.m.

For two decades, Jim James led My Morning Jacket — a once-obscure band from Kentucky-turned-polarizing Grammy Award nominees and Beach Boys incarnates. Since leaving My Morning Jacket (a band that is, inarguably a divisive pick in the halls of great alternative rock bands of the aughts) with 2015’s The Waterfall, James has gone on to make some dreamy and haunting solo soundscapes, including last year’s companion records Uniform Distortion and Uniform Clarity, which finds the 41-year-old caught between effects pedals and guitar shredding and acoustic sparseness. $40.50+

Royal Oak Music Theatre (map)
318 W. Fourth St.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone 248-399-2980
Jim James

82nd Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 2

For those who may be in doubt that children are the future, or could use a surge of inspiration, welcome back Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition, which is returning for its 82nd year. Despite Secretary of Education Cruella DeVos’ villainous attempt to cut educational budgets threatening Detroit’s public school programs, artistic students persevere with the support of the exemplary teachers working tirelessly to encourage self-expression. Explorations of imagination and visions of the future, as shown by students grades K-12, the exhibit will feature hundreds of works in a wide range of mediums, including paint, print, drawings, photography, ceramics, video, jewelry, and more. The exhibition will be on display through June 2. Free with museum admission

Detroit Institute of Arts (map)
5200 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone 313-833-7900
82nd Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition

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

KAWS: Alone Again

Wednesdays-Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Aug. 4

Remember when that 17-foot creepy Mickey Mouse-esque statue curiously appeared on the grounds of Quicken Loans’ campus downtown last year? The KAWS creation titled “Waiting” ignited a conversation about public art and how it speaks to its surrounding community. Now, more KAWS is coming to Detroit: In partnership with Library Street Collective, MOCAD will display five sculptures, a site-specific wall work, and three paintings by the renowned Brooklyn-based street artist. Alone Again boasts bold colors, abstractions, deconstruction, and commentary on turbulent times. The museum’s spring exhibition opening also welcomes 12 never-before-seen paintings by figurative surrealist Eddie Martinez, as well as Nicolas Lobo’s Wellness Center, which will be on display at Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead. Work will be on display through Aug 4. $5 suggested donation

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) (map)
4454 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 832-6622
KAWS: Alone Again
Femology (map)
553 East Jefferson Avenue
Greater Detroit Area Buzzed 3.0 x Unsold Studio

4th Trimester Circle

Wed., May 22, 9:30 a.m.

$125

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Detroit Mama Hub (map)
18032 James Couzens Freeway
Greater Detroit Area 4th Trimester Circle
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