PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOT ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, AS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED. He's known as "the Original Dirty Rapper," but Blowfly is more than an outrageous performer in a crazy costume. His hilarious X-rated songs like "Electric Pussy Sucker" and "Shittin' on the Dock of the Bay" might make it difficult to believe that he's the same dude who penned songs for Sam and Dave and K.C. & the Sunshine Band, but, make no mistake, this mothah knows how to put on a show. At the Bohemian National Home, 3009 Tillman St., Detroit; 313-737-6606. SSM and DJ Benny Benjamin to perform.
ISSUES & LEARNING/ART
Here's a rare opportunity to meet one of the great curators of our time. Klaus Kertess co-founded the Bykert Gallery in New York and has written extensively on contemporary artists such as Basquiat, Barry Le Va, John Chamberlain and Robert Irwin. His curatorial skills have been tapped by the likes of the Whitney Museum of American Art, and for the 2000 traveling exhibition, Willem de Kooning: In Process. Most recently, he has been commissioned to create work for the inaugural exhibition of the new Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit this fall. 7:30 p.m., Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, campus of the College for Creative Studies, 201 E. Kirby St., Detroit; 313-664-7800.
Eddie from Ohio
Those still chapped by the 2004 presidential election needn't worry, they aren't actually from Ohio, but Virginia's Eddie From Ohio, are an American treat. These smart-ass bluegrassy folkies write songs that are melodic, original and fun. Their ninth studio album, 2004's This is Me, was produced by Grammy-winning producer Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks, James McMurtry) and has been a favorite among the band's ultra-loyal following. 8 p.m. at the Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-763-8587.
Children of Uganda
Popular demand convinced the University Musical Society to bring back Children of Uganda, a beautiful multimedia showcase for the whole family. Performed by 20 young people, all of whom have been orphaned by AIDS and civil war in Uganda, this evening of dance, song, music and storytelling teaches as much about the human condition as it does about the cultural traditions of Uganda. 7 p.m. Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.
Motown In Motion
The Eisenhower Dance Ensemble teams up with Motown faves the Contours for a night of modern dance and golden oldies. Featuring the singing of Sylvester Potts, this trip down memory lane should be an unusual (and fun) way to marry two fun art forms. (Feel free to insert your own obligatory joke about the guys who made "First I Look at the Purse.") $25-$30, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township; 586-286-2222.
Who is Sleeparchive? The man behind the moniker isn't saying much, but the rest of the electronic underground can't stop talking about how his fluid, microscopic techno is helping to reinvent the Berlin dance scene. His hard and fast 4/4 beats have changed into something groovier and freakier, not unlike the scream-a-delic rave culture of the 1990s. No wonder Sleeparchive has been compared to Plastikman (and was initially rumored to be a Richie Hawtin side project) and has shared production credit with Kero, Windsor's audiovisual whiz kid. His "Elephant Island" and "Research" became collectible as soon as they were issued. Sleeparchive trips into his first live Detroit appearance at Oslo, 1456 Woodward Ave., Detroit. 313-963-0300.
Voices of Light
In 2000, we said you had a once in a lifetime chance to see this extravaganza: Our bad. This time we'll say it's "an at least once more in a lifetime chance." The Rackham Symphony Orchestra salutes Joan of Arc with a no-holds-barred 21st century multimedia production. Carl Dreyer's 1928 silent film La Passion de Jeanne D'Arc will be screened, accompanied by a 70-member choir, eight soloists and a 30-piece orchestra. 3 p.m., Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560. Tickets are $18-$45.
Brother, Fish, Mud
Local author Peter Markus reads from his latest work, Brother, Fish, Mud as part of the current exhibition, Shoot the Family. Perhaps his fruitful collaboration with musician friend Chris Moore is what makes his poetry so lyrical. 4:30 p.m. in the Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 N. Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 877-462-7262.
So many groups mix up the past, present and imagined future of jazz in so many different ways that to say they share that postmodern approach hardly pins them down. Two of the key things distinguishing the ICP (Instant Composers Pool) Orchestra out of Amsterdam are that they like to glue the pieces of their musical collages with laughs and they like to work in miniature, with lots of tunes that are less than five minutes. Veteran pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink still helm the mayhem they helped stir up in '60s. 8 p.m., Kerrytown Concert House, 415 N. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-769-2999.
Let's hear it for chicks with paintbrushes. This month's exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center features works from a variety of talented women: Presented by the Ann Arbor Women Artists in honor of Women's History Month, Spring Forward is a multimedia showcase including watercolor, pastel, oil and photography. Ends March 27, 117 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004.Send comments to [email protected]