Night and Day

Wednesday -Saturday • 19-22
Ann Arbor Art Fair

It's a Michigan tradition and the people will come in droves, but that hasn't stopped organizers of the Ann Arbor Art Fair from updating this year's haps to make it even more enticing. This year, the sprawling art fair and outdoor music festival will feature a) a new park-and-ride shuttle that will be available at two convenient locations (Pioneer High School and the Briarwood Mall), b) expanded children's activities to keep the tantrums at bay and c) an improved and pedestrian-friendly layout. Let's not forget the time-honored communal craziness, outdoor shopping and more than 1,200 vendors. In downtown Ann Arbor, visit for additional info.

Thursday-Sunday • 20-23
The Jungle Book

Adapted from the much-loved children's book by Rudyard Kipling, the stage version of The Jungle Book is a great way to keep the brood entertained. Kids 8 through 18 will perform this play, which, incidentally, takes place in the mysterious jungles of India. Encourage imagination at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 20; at 7 p.m., Friday, July 21; at 3 and 7 p.m.; Saturday July 22; and at 1 p.m., Sunday, July 23. At the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak; 248-541-6430.

Friday • 21
Dixie Chicks

You don't have to dig country music to appreciate the Dixie Chicks. Political bents aside, there's no denying that Martie, Emily and Natalie are some of the courageous few who've used their celebrity to draw attention to a dubious American administration. The feisty threesome has made personal and professional sacrifices because of their outspokenness, and yet they've remained true to their ideals. It doesn't hurt that these chicks are extraordinary pickers who write fun contemporary country music that spares us the slickness of Music Row. Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.

Saturday • 29
Final show at Richrichrich

In the short time that the RichRichRich gallery has been open, young CCS grads Ed Brown, Mike Smith and Nolan Simon have been more consistent with their vision than some local curators who've been at it for years. Their gallery is a dinky and dingy office space located in a strip mall. And the work they show (empty Doritos bags, piles of rubble, etc.) is as makeshift and temporary as the space itself, playing with the notion that art must be a finished product. The final exhibit of "assembly-required" sculptural work and collages by German artist Rene Zeh continues that coy conceit, contemplating the hardened condition of life. Through Aug. 2 at 49656 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp; 586-484-5957.

Friday-Saturday • 21-22
Four Play

Four Play is an evening of plays written by Ward Kay. The three one-acts and a monologue look at humorous, ridiculous and often frustrating parts of human relationships. The monologue, Don't Ask, opens with the line "A blow job saved my life," and takes the audience through a life history of sexual conquests. Men and Women is a funny peek at the bizarre world of dating; Morning After explores an awkward morning following a couple's first time together; and Three Times a Lady is a quirky look at marriage counseling. 8 p.m. curtain at the Historic Players Playhouse, 3321 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit. Call 248-259-6622 for tickets.

Tuesday • 25

Back in the late '70s — when a kid would get his head pounded in for admitting he liked punk rock — the Germs were festering in the bowels of old Hollywood as one of L.A.'s best, brightest punk bands. The ear-bleed riffs and atonal wail matched a stage show that doubled as fucked-up performance art. So it's nigh 26 years since front man Darby "Death is a Killer Career Move" Crash expired from toxic overload, which busted up the band. But the Germs are back; the remaining original members — guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Lorna Doom and drummer Don Bolles — are now fronted by a genuine L.A. actor, chiseled pinup Shane "Wreck" West (A Walk To Remember, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Dr. Ray Barnett on ER). West, who also plays the dead singer in a forthcoming Germs biopic, What We Do Is Secret, is said to be Crash incarnate. Early show reviews say the band is on. Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700.

Cat adoptions

It's not 1969, but it has been the summer of love. Cat love, that is. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is at full capacity with their feline friends. The modest office has more than 250 cats in its system — not surprisingly, the shelter is desperately looking for loving homes for these ownerless kitties. The adoption fee of $90 for kittens and $80 for cats covers the initial cost of vaccines, worming, neutering, leukemia tests and microchip implants. If you adopt a second kitty, its adoption fee is reduced by 50 percent. Shelter hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Thursday • 20
Jesse Palter

She's just a kid, but singer Jesse Palter has made an interesting choice. The 20-year-old Bloomfield Hills native eschewed the broom skirt and acoustic guitar, pushed aside the tempting rock 'n' roll life and went straight for the most challenging of genres for a singer ... jazz. Sure, the Ella Fitzgerald-sounding youngster is still developing her own style, but her self-penned tunes and mature attitude show tons of promise. At Bogart's, 6066 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-851-0805.

Eve Doster is the listings editor of Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected]