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FREE TICKETS: Giulio Gallarotti & Ricky Velez stand-up comedy show @ Magic Bag Ferndale - this Friday December 12th
ONE NIGHT ONLY(Wed. Dec. 17): THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG screening with Director Andrew Leavold Q&A at Cinema Detroit
For one night only on Wednesday, December 17 Cinema Detroit is screening THE SEARCH FOR WENG WENG. It's an incredible, fascinating true story that ultimately draws profound conclusions about the influence of popular culture and the nature of fame. Director Andrew Leavold will be at the screening in person for a Q & A after the screening.
Possibly one of the most unlikely leading men to emerge from the late '70s/early '80s Filipino film industry was Weng Weng, the 2' 9" action star usually cast as a James-Bond-style assassin in low-budget, but nonetheless very successful, films. In the mid-'90s, guerrilla filmmaker Andrew Leavold began to wonder what had become of the diminutive star. Seven years in the making, SEARCH FOR WENG WENG is the result. Along the way, the film introduces us to a wide variety of colorful characters, from Weng Weng's sole surviving relative, to Filipino directors, actors, and producers, and in a truly surreal sequence, former first lady Imelda Marcos.
Cinema Detroit is located at:
For tickets and info visit the Cinema Detroit website.
HECK THE MALLS
It's Holiday season and what better way to avoid the long holiday retail lines than to come to our 2014 Emerging Artist Group Showcase on Thursday, December 18th.
The Scarab Club honored 11 artists of all mediums a monthly solo show in 2014, and now many will be together at once to provide a large array of affordable art, making this the most IDEAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING experience for those last minute shoppers who want something special to gift their friends and family.
Our 2014 Emerging Artists Participating Include:
This one-night event is being held Thursday, December 18th from 6-10pm.
This exhibit will be in conjunction with the Dr. Sketchy Art Class hosted by Dizzy Dames burlesque maven Lushes Lamoan, located on the first floor.
2014 Group Show on Facebook
This convention is shaping up to be a showstopper. With Keynote Speaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali, HowStuffWorks founder Marshall Brain, and favorites like Matt Dillahunty and Keith Lowell Jensen, our slate of speakers really has something for everyone.
But now we've got even more. This week, we announced that Trace Beaulieu and Frank Conniff, Mystery Science Theater 3000's Dr. Clayton Forrester and TV's Frank, will be joining us to speak and perform a live edition of MST3K at our National Convention
All in all, we have nearly 40 speakers, panelists, and comedians coming to our National Convention.
With comedy, live music, panels, workshops, a film screening, Dinner with the Stars, an art exhibition, games, and much more, our national convention has earned the distinction of being the largest (and most fun) atheist convention each year.
For our 41st Annual National Convention, we are thrilled to welcome keynote speaker: author and activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Ms. Hirsi Ali is the author of Infidel and Nomad: From Islam to America. She is currently a Fellow with the Future of Diplomacy Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs where she is researching the relationship between the West and Islam.
In addition to Ms. Hirsi Ali, American Atheists will welcome dozens of speakers from throughout the atheist community. More speakers will be announced as we approach the convention date.
Lily & Madeleine played The Ark in Ann Arbor yesterday and we snagged a vinyl copy of Fumes out on Asthmatic Kitty Records.
LILY & MADELEINE U.S. TOUR DATES*supporting Over the Rhine(additional dates to be announced)November 18 /// Cologne, Germany /// Blue ShellNovember 19 /// Berlin, Germany /// MagnetNovember 20 /// Hamburg, Germany /// Kleiner DonnerNovember 21 /// Paris, France /// Pop Up Du LabelNovember 22 /// Holland, Amsterdam /// Paradiso KZNovember 23 /// Birmingham, England /// Hare & HoundNovember 24 /// Glasgow, Scotland /// BroadcastNovember 25 /// Leeds, England /// Brudenell Games RoomNovember 26 /// London, England /// Bush HallNovember 28 /// Manchester, England /// Soup KitchenNovember 29 /// Bristol, Engalnd /// The Folk HouseDecember 1 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Sugar ClubDecember 2 /// Belfast, Ireland /// McHugh’sDecember 3 /// Oslo, Norway /// InternasjonalenDecember 4 /// Stockholm, Sweden /// StackenDecember 10 /// Cleveland, OH /// Music Box Supper Club*December 11 /// Ann Arbor, MI /// The Ark*December 12 /// Columbus, OH /// Lincoln Theatre*December 13 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Calvin College*December 20 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Taft Theatre*February 3 /// Nashville, TN /// Cause A Scene House ConcertFebruary 5 /// Dallas, TX /// All Good CaféFebraury 6 /// Houston, TX /// McGonigel’s Mucky DuckFebruary 7 /// Austin, TX /// Cactus CaféFebruary 10 /// Phoenix, AZ /// Valley BarFebruary 11 /// San Diego, CA /// The Loft @ UCSDFebruary 13 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The TroubadourFebruary 14 /// San Francisco, CA /// The ChapelFebruary 17 /// Seattle, WA /// Triple DoorFebruary 18 /// Portland, OR /// Doug Fir LoungeFebruary 20 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Kilby CourtFebruary 21 /// Denver, CO /// Daniels Hall @ Swallow Hill MusicFebruary 23 /// Colombia, MO /// Mojo’sMarch 3 /// Elmhurst, IL /// York High SchoolMarch 6 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Bryant Lake Bowl TheaterMarch 7 /// Madison, WI /// The Frequency
What sets this acoustic duo apart is their utilization of their varied experiences; Schillace has a separate career performing his instrumental guitar pieces, and he wrote the first academic work on the recordings of John Fahey; Knaggs has history with New Music compositions and improvisations, including her vocal work in Matthew Barney’s film “River of Fundament”. This with their separate experiences learning folk and blues in Appalachia, American roots binds the duo’s compositions with a heavy thread.
The release of their third album, "A Friend Too Long", (October 2014), has drawn critical acclaim, as Lac La Belle elaborate upon their cohesive duo, with the addition of upright bass, pump organ, piano, percussion and strings. Written in a secluded cabin in Michigan's upper peninsula, and recorded in their Detroit home during the snowiest winter on record, "A Friend Too Long" animates the lives of fictional characters grappling with the tensions between the urban and the rural, the individual and the community, economic decay and the land of plenty.
The group has completed six tours of the mid-west, south and east, and has completed two European tours in 2012, 2013, with a third slated for 2015.
Southern Rock hit's Hamtramck this Saturday with Nashville Pussy.
Also on the bill are the bands Valient Thorr, Against the Grain, and Dear john tractor
It all goes down on Saturday Dec. 13, 2014
At Small's Bar on 10339 Conant St in Hamtramck, MI 48212
Doors at 8pm
$15 at the door
MCB PICK OF THE WEEK: Blues Guitarist Eric Gales to Play at Callahan's on December 12/ new CD just released
SEE "A HISTORY OF HUDSON'S" AT THE DETROIT HISTORICAL MUSEUM ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14
The Detroit Historical Society continues its free monthly Film Series with "A History of Hudson's" at the Detroit Historical Museum on Sunday, December 14 at 3 p.m.
"A History of Hudson's" runs 60 minutes, and tells the story of Detroit's historic Hudson's department store. Opening his downtown store to the public in 1881, James Lowthian Hudson's success enabled him to quickly pay back his creditors with interest. This indication of Mr. Hudson's honesty and integrity saved him later in times of trouble. The long history and memorable traditions of this store, which soon became a Detroit destination, are highlighted throughout the film.
The Film Series will continue at the Detroit Historical Museum in 2015 with the following films:
· "Nothing Will Be Alright," a look at Detroit in the 1960s, on January 11;
· "The Freedom Train," which chronicles Detroit's role in the civil rights movement, on February 8;
· and "Borderline: The Story of 8 Mile Road," which highlights the road's unique history, on March 8.
The Detroit Historical Museum, located at 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, is open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all, all the time. Parking in the Museum's lot is $6 at all times. Group tour pricing and information is available by calling 313.833.7979. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy," the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America's Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. For more information, call the Museum at 313.833.1805 or check out our website at www.detroithistorical.org
12:15PM All The Wild Children
I moved to Ferndale in 2010 from an east-side suburban Weirdsville that was filled with bars not venues and not much more to walk to than an ACO hardware or Jet's pizza. Ferndale's walkabout was exciting to say the least. Once I regulated my alcohol tolerance to remain stable throughout the entire evenings possibilities I was on a steady stroll place to place. I could grab a few $2 Black Labels at Sneakers, some fancy tacos at Imperial, an extraordinarily high APV brew from One-eyed Betty's and finish the night off with live local music. Once a month was a given. A Wednesday. A Duendesday.
"What is this?" someone asked genuinely on the events promotional page on Facebook. While making me laugh it made me think- what was it? A monthly showcase of four awesome bands to put it simply. It was free but accepted donations if one was willing to donate. It was a chance to see a great band you haven't seen yet. Also a chance for your band to be seen by who hasn't. It was an excuse to go out on a week day. It was drinks pouring inside and an enormous cloud of marijuana smoke outside. It. Was. Awesome.
This Wednesday marks the end of a great run of those Duendesdays. If you were there you knew what it was and felt at home. If you don't know what it was, well, you snooze you lose. OLE!
Oak Bones started the night out. Brian Miller- who hosts a very talked about open mic in Ferndale at the New Way Bar, lead a boot-stomping hand-clapping set. It wasn't shockingly obvious they were missing a live drummer as the trio's acoustic guitars and vocals were rich in harmony and depth. The songs were energetic and fun. They got everyone's attention and participation warming the room for the rest of the acts planned that night.
The Crane Wives are already well upon their way to being Michigan's next band to break, or make it, or whatever the kids call it these days. Everywhere this band is, droves of people come out. It's feel good music, played really well- it's that simple.