Master Keys: Tribute to Detroit Jazz
Here's one more sign of Detroit jazz's international rep: Famed English DJ Gilles Peterson included the late Harold McKinney's long out-of-print cut "Ode to Africa" in the new anthology Gilles Peterson Digs America (Ubiquity/Creative Vibes). Here's one more sign that such a musician has honor at home: Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave is heading up a tribute to McKinney, Teddy Harris Jr. and Tommy Flanagan, fallen Detroit keyboard titans all. In addition to Belgrave, the salute this year's E. Azalea Hackley Concert features three generations of keyboard mastery in Johnny Allen, Johnny O'Neal and Roland Hamilton. 7 p.m., Friends Auditorium, Detroit Public Library Main Branch, 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-4048; $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
The Irish "Peace Process": Reality and Fiction
ISSUES & LEARNING
Join Patricia Campbell, co-editor of Fourthwrite, vice president of the Irish Workers Union and longtime Irish Republican activists for a Q&A at the International Institute in Detroit. Campbell is to discuss last year's disarmament of the Irish Republican Army and prospects for real peace between the IRA, the British Army, and the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland. Sponsored by Solidarity, a socialist, feminist and anti-racist organization. 7 p.m. at 111 E. Kirby, Detroit; 313-871-8600.
They are so dark, brooding, greasy and soulful, you'd think they were from Detroit, but Missouri's Living Things are the real McCoy, a contemporary take on the large and loud sound that made the '70s the decade of both arena and punk rock. Lead singer Lillian Berlin's sex-and-rage stage show is the most fucked-up and beautiful thing going. To wit: His band mates include his brothers, Eve and Brosh, and word is they are the progeny of an anarchist mom and a gay dad. With the Vacation at St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-6358. Visit livingthingsmusic.com to hear what we are talking about.
Drawing into Painting
Consider the relationship between drawing and painting. Where does one end and the other begin? Do the two art forms need each other to survive? This week artists Margot Spindelman, Tom Carey, Steven Matthew Brown, Miroslav Cukovic and Rose Schueller offer some insight into the interplay between the two processes. At the Ann Arbor Art Center, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 3.
It's a great week for rock 'n' roll in Detroit this week: Autumn Defense, known simply to music wonks as "two guys from Wilco," is in town. That they are members of the greatest alt-country outfit in the world should be enough to grab interest, but if y'all must know, the songs of John Stirratt and Pat Sansone though tinged with the stuff that makes Wilco a straight-up phenom have a charmingly straightforward bent. They come to the Magic Stick this week to sing lovely (albeit Tweedy-less) songs from 2003's Circles. With Shipwreck Union and Ben Cyllus at 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700.
Just Let Me Breathe Festival
It seems that Emily Schaller's cystic fibrosis hasn't gotten in the way of her ability to show off her chops. The drummer for Hellen, an all-female local buzz band, reckons with the debilitating disease on a daily basis, which is why she and her bandmates are out to help find a cure. Enter the Third Annual Let Me Breathe Festival: a rock 'n' roll fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Hellen will be joined by South Normal, the Muggs and Shipwreck Union at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980. Tickets are $22.50 at ticket.com or at the door. All ages.
Dr. Juma Santos And The African Jazz Funk Project
Visual artist and percussionist Juma Santos gets around: Massachusetts-born, he's toured and studied in Africa and Cuba, and participated in numerous recording sessions including the epochal Bitches Brew session with Miles Davis. Santos settled hereabouts in the late '90s, taking his music into the schools and playing with the original house band at the Detroit Art Space before splitting for a spell. He brings his vision of jazz and contemporary hip hop to the Detroit Institute of Arts at 6 and 7:30 p.m. as part of the Friday evening offerings that go with admission; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900.
Countdown To Paczki Day
HOLIDAY/FUN FOR ALL
Sure, you could just schlep down to the supermarket and grab some substandard pastries to satisfy your Fat Tuesday paczki jones but why would you when the real, jelly-oozin', belly-bustin' deal will be everywhere you look in Hamtramck starting Saturday? Stop by the tent at Holbrook and Joseph Campau (right near RiteAid, so you can stock up on antacids while you're there) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and enjoy some authentic Polish dancing and tunes by Misty Blues while you sample a heart-stopping variety of paczki from the local bakeries. Then go back Tuesday for your annual dozen (but get there early, or all they'll have left will be those prune-filled ones).
Shoot the Family
The family portrait has seen many themes and variations, but Cranbrook Art Museum's latest exhibition, Shoot the Family, explores beautiful new territory. The photographs and home videos are several artists' interpretations of the conventional family snapshot. Unusually intimate, focusing on the artists' own families, this installation explores the sketchy territory between our public and private lives. Until April 2 at 39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 1-877-462-7262.Send comments to [email protected]