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DIY Fest and Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Fri., Sept. 22, Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24

Ferndale’s annual ode to the “Do It Yourself” ethos turns 10. In a return to the setup from past years, the DIY Fest, held on the east side of Woodward, will be joined this year with the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, held across the street on the west side — making for a formidable arts and craft double-whammy. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is more of a traditional art fair — think sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and ceramics. Meanwhile, the DIY Fest is a little more offbeat — as in past years, you’ll find screenprinted posters, T-shirts, and even stained-glass night lights. Combined, both fests provide the perfect place to find handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts.

DIY Street Fair takes place on Woodward Avenue at Troy St.; See diystreetfair.com for more info and hours. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is held at Nine Mile Rd. at Woodward Ave.; See funkyferndaleartfair.com for more info and hours.

http://funkyferndaleartfair.com
Downtown Ferndale (map)
9 Mile and Woodward
Greater Royal Oak Area
phone 248-546-1632
DIY Fest and Funky Ferndale Art Fair

DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair

Fri., Sept. 22, Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24

DIY Fest, held on the east side of Woodward, will be joined this year with the Funky Ferndale Art Fair, held across the street on the west side — making for a formidable arts and craft double-whammy. The Funky Ferndale Art Fair is more of a traditional art fair — think sculptures, paintings, jewelry, and ceramics. DIY is a little more offbeat. In past years, you’d find screenprinted posters, T-shirts, and even stained-glass night-lights. Combined, both fests provide the perfect place to find handmade, one-of-a-kind gifts.

DIY Street Fair runs Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; ferndalediy.com; Funky Ferndale runs Friday 3 to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; funkyferndaleartfair.com; Admission to both fairs is free. Free

http://funkyferndaleartfair.com
Downtown Ferndale (map)
9 Mile and Woodward
Greater Royal Oak Area
phone 248-546-1632
DIY Street Fair & Funky Ferndale Art Fair

New Wave

Fri., Sept. 22

This group show organized by Ben Venom will feature works by Rose Eken, Bob Gorman, Laurel Roth Hope, Dennis McNett, Erin M. Riley, Lucien Shapiro, Truth Never Told, Meghan McAleavy, and Venom, all of whom have created pieces that will help the viewer redefine the way they view contemporary craft. The opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m.; Admission is free.

Red Bull House of Art (map)
1551 Winder
Greater Detroit Area houseofart@us.redbull.com
New Wave

Strange Beautiful Music

Fri., Sept. 22, Sat., Sept. 23 and Sun., Sept. 24

New Music Detroit celebrates their decade milestone this year with a celebration at MOCAD. Doors open at 5 p.m.; Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) (map)
4454 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 832-6622
Strange Beautiful Music

Strange Beautiful Music 10

Fri., Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

A music marathon of the avant-garde, New Music Detroit returns for their 10th annual Strange Beautiful Music production featuring three venues over three days and over 20 artists whose sonic explorations toe the line between being, well, strange and beautiful. Described as a diverse lineup ranging from “contemporary chamber music, European folk, and noise improvisation,” this festival would pair well with thoughtful conversation, a glass of wine, and a healthy dose of the psychedelic of your choosing.

Festival starts at 5 p.m. on Friday at Trinosophes, 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Cube, and Sunday at 2 p.m at MOCAD; 313-576-5111; dso.org; Weekend passes start at $35. $35

Trinosophes (map)
1464 Gratiot
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 737-6606 (FAX); (313)
newdetroitsounds@hotmail.com
Strange Beautiful Music 10

Motor City Comedy Festival

Fri., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Sat., Sept. 23, 2 p.m.-12 a.m. and Sun., Sept. 24, 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
phone 734-956-0153
motorcitycomedyfestival@gmail.com

Send in the comics! For three days, comedians will be bringing laughs across multiple supporting venues in Detroit. Hometown comics and out-of-state funny people, who’ve made impressions everywhere from local dives and clubs to television shows and international festivals, will be center stage all weekend. Headliners include America’s bar basement explorer and The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail alumnus Sean Patton, recent winner of Comedy Central’s Roast Battle 2 Frank Castillo, Texas-born worldwide performer Jay Light, and Detroiter turned Last Comic Standing finalist Dave Landau.

Times and locations vary, Detroit; motorcitycomedyfest.com; Tickets are $20 for individual shows, $35 for a day pass, and $75 for a weekend pass. $5-$15

http://motorcitycomedyfest.com

Protomartyr record release

Fri., Sept. 22, 6 p.m.

Detroit's biggest indie band in years, Protomartyr will celebrate their most recent release, Relatives In Descent, aboard the Detroit Princess Riverboat. The all-ages show is planned for Friday, Sept. 22, and features a boat cruise and concert. Read our cover story on their rock ascension here. Tickets are $20 for the cruise and concert or $15 for just the concert, and are available here. The lineup also includes Adult, Metz, Tyvek, and Preoccupations. $15/$20

Detroit Princess Riverboat (map)
201 Atwater St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (877) 338-2628; (877) - (FAX)
sales@detroitprincess.com Protomartyr record release

Dlectricity

Fri., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 23, 7 p.m.

Dlectricity returns to Midtown for the first time since 2014 (the event, originally launched in 2012 as a biennial, was further delayed due to QLine construction). The festival of lights will feature a smaller, more walkable footprint this year, featuring light-up installations, projections, and other illuminated works of art along Woodward and John R, between the DIA and MOCAD. (The popular Light Bike Parade will also return. Organizers advise registering on the Dlectricity website, as light kits are limited.) Free

Sister Sip: Untapped

Fri., Sept. 22, 7-9 p.m.

According to a June article published on Fortune, something like 72 percent of senior executives at Fortune 500 companies are white men. The women behind the Young, Ambitious, and Beautiful collective, a nonprofit that works to change the narrative for women of color in business, wants to work on that. During this event, just one in a series created by Y.A.B., panelists will discuss ways to change a flawed mentality that plagues women looking to break into the corporate world. The Ten Nail Bar co-founders Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson, community & government affairs director for United Way Ghida Dagher, Carter Snell Skin Center founder Dr. Brittany Carter-Snell, and Live6 Alliance co-director Lauren Hood will serve as panelists.

Runs from 7 to 9 p.m.; 1420 Washington Blvd., Detroit; eventbrite.com; Tickets are $1. $1

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sister-sip-untapped-tickets-37113769283
Bamboo Detroit (map)
1442 Brush St
Midtown
phone 313-288-2298
Sister Sip: Untapped

Jim Breuer

Fri., Sept. 22, 8 p.m.

A Quadruple-threat, Jim Breuer is known for his work as an actor, author, musician, and comedian, and he’s bringing his Marriage Warrior Tour to the Motor City. A Saturday Night Live cast member in the mid-’90s, Breuer has since stayed very busy and very funny. He’s gone on to appear in films like Half Baked, Zookeeper, Titan A.E., and Beer League, and also recently debuted a metal album with his band, Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy. Plus, he released both an autobiography and a one-hour comedy special. Whew! This guy must be tired! The intimate performance at the Sound Board will showcase Breuer’s stage antics, family-friendly style, and impressions.

Show begins at 8 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614; soundboarddetroit.com; Tickets are $25-$35. $25-$35

http://soundboarddetroit.com
Soundboard (map)
2901 Grand River Ave.
Downtown Detroit Jim Breuer

Seun Kuti + Egypt 80

Fri., Sept. 22, 8 p.m.

There is nothing ordinary about Nigerian musician Seun Kuti. The son of Afrobeat pioneer, composer, and activist Fela Kuti, this guy is African music royalty. At the age of 14, when his father died, Seun took over as lead singer in Fela’s band Egypt 80. A mix of his father’s material along with original compositions, a Seun Kuti performance is not merely a family affair but an exploration of an ongoing cultural legacy by means of infectious funk beats, jutting horns, and hip rocking percussions.

Doors open at 8 p.m.; 4114 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit; 313-436-1793; elclubdetroit.com; Tickets are $20. $20

http://elclubdetroit.com
El Club (map)
4114 W. Vernor Hwy.
Midtown Seun Kuti + Egypt 80

The Art of Play: A Legacy Exhibition

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Oct. 13

Jim Miller-Melberg is best known for creating mid-century modern playground equipment that most adults remember from their youth, and this show will feature his Form, Inc. playscapes, high relief, wall-mounted plaster works, and large-scale floor pieces. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; free and open to the public.

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Homemade Ice Cream: Jason Yates + Friends

Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 16

Detroit-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jason Yates will return to his hometown with his largest scale project to date. The exhibit will feature fully outfitted domestic spaces constructed inside the gallery, many of which were inspired by his childhood. Works by locals such as Martha Mysko, Jonathan Baker, Alexander Buzzalini, John Charnota, Leslie Rogers, and Victoria Shaheen will also be featured. The opening reception is Sept. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Wasserman Projects (map)
3434 Russell Street
Downtown Detroit
phone 248-220-4628
Homemade Ice Cream: Jason Yates + Friends

Vital Signs for a New America + The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 14
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The University of Michigan’s Stamps Gallery has been open since March, but these simultaneously running exhibits are the space’s first non-student affairs. The Unfinished Conversation will feature video and image works by Terry Adkins, John Akomfrah, Shelagh Keeley, and Zineb Sedira. As for Vital Signs for a New America, another group exhibition, the Srimoyee Mitra-curated show will include work by Dylan Miner, Sheryl Oring, and the performance collective the Hinterlands. The show promises to use meaningful and compelling community-engaged approaches to invite people to speak out and share stories.

Amazing Dave

Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Sept. 30
phone 313-365-4948
planetant.com

Part of Planet Ant’s One Act Series, this stage show by Shawn Handlon tells the story of a doomsday cult started by a con man and the group of followers who are gullible enough to believe him. Tickets are $11

Planet Ant Theatre (map)
2357 Caniff
Hamtramck
phone (313) 365-4948; (313) 365-0782 (FAX)
Amazing Dave
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