January 22-28 

22 WED • MUSIC Alles Gute! Bis Bald! featuring the Trembling Seen bellied-up at almost every rock ’n’ roll venue that offers more fun than a day trip to Zug Island, Munich native Tanja Mayer quickly became a lovable supporter and fan of all things Detroit rock ’n’ roll. In an attempt to repay her for her loyalty and lovable attitude, Detroit indie rock bands du jour have banded together for an evening of proper farewells and beautiful rock. Headlining the send-off festivities will be the Trembling (one of Tanja’s favorites; think Pixies meets Mates of State with much humor and smiles). Also appearing will be singer-songwriter Mod Orange and the "tiny steps" of a certain special guest. At the Lager House (1254 Michigan Ave., Detroit). Call 313-961-4668 for further lowdown.

22 WED • FUN FOR ALL Views of the Universe-IMAX Through the funnels of space and time, the Detroit Science Center offers an intergalactic tour from the comfort of a cushy chair. With the help of Digistar technology and Sky-Skan automation, IMAX audiences can travel anywhere in the universe, soaring through a the rings of Saturn or into the anomalies of a black hole. Educational as well as inspiring, Views of the Universe is perfect for the whole family. At the Detroit Science Center (5020 John R, Detroit). Call 313-577-8400 for show times.

23 THU • Open mic w/Nobody’s Business Nobody’s Business front man, Bill Giorgio, deserves a little attention. Hosting a forum for new talents and old-school veterans to collaborate and jam, Giorgio’s unfettered dedication to Thursday nights at the New Way Bar has made this weekly event a local installation. Many have cut their teeth on the New Way’s tiny stage; when it comes to honky-tonk, rockabilly and old-style jazz, there is no place better to get your fill. So grab the ol’ hollow-body and join the fun. High pompadours and low beer prices — what more could you want? At the New Way Bar (23130 Woodward Ave, Ferndale). Call 248-541-9870 for more information.

24 FRI • THEATER A Moon for the Misbegotten A familial tragedy that only playwright Eugene O’Neill could dole out, A Moon for the Misbegotten is here for your forlorn musings. The play, based around the seemingly tough-as-nails Josie and a family of self-defeating alcoholics, is the stuff of modern-day genius. Known for his admonishing style and honest dialogue, O’Neill evokes both the sting and the forgiveness of any sad lineage. At the Bonstelle Theater (3424 Woodward, Detroit). Call 313-577-2960 for further details.

24-25 Fri-Sat • VARIETY "Swing with King" Wayne County Community College honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy by honoring elder statesmen and stateswomen of Detroit’s performing arts community. "Swing with King" includes the presentation of awards Friday (starting at 6 p.m.) to jazz master Teddy Harris Jr., local blues legend Alberta Adams, WDET-FM 101.9 jazz host Ed Love, dancer Lottie the Body and percussionist-composer Francisco Mora. That’s followed by dance, poetry and musical performances by artists including Adams and Marcus Belgrave (the latter performing with the school jazz ensemble). The event continues Saturday with workshops in topics from African dance to blues. At the college’s eastern campus (5901 Conner, Detroit). Call 313-922-3311 for information.

25 SAT • ART "La Somnolence" by Spring Hurlbut Cold and white with shadow the only perception of depth, this dimly lit art installation is winter incarnate. The vast gallery of cast iron baby carriages is as cold and harrowing as it provocative. With its tiny beds crafted in the 19th century, at a time when child labor was common and workhouses still existed, "La Somnolence" (French for "sleepiness") is an illustration of life’s growth cycle and the important changes from one generation to the next. Though Hurlbut’s overtones are dark, humanity and sympathy radiate throughout. At the Art Gallery of Windsor (401 Riverside Drive W., Windsor). Call 519-977-0013 for further information. The exhibit runs through March 30.

27 MON • MUSIC Erykah Badu To her fans, Erykah Badu is much more than a jazz/R&B/hip-hop goddess. With her impressive she-stuff and multitude of talents, Badu has created a new following of proud women and dedicated fans the likes of which we have not seen in a long time. While often compared to her predecessors, Billie Holiday, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield and Bessie Smith, Badu says, "There are millions and millions of atoms of their music in my music," adding, "It’s not nostalgic, it’s real for me." A mother, a sister an idol and an artist, her fused music and poetry breathe pride and certitude into the lungs of the new generation. At the Royal Oak Music Theatre (318 W. Fourth St, Royal Oak). Call 248-544-7949 for further information.

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