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Tracksuit Party 3 @Whiskey In The Jar

Friday, April 3, at 8:00pm to 2:00am
Whiskey In The Jar
2741 Yemans St,
Hamtramck, Michigan 48212

Tracksuits, Boozeses and beats.

This year's raffle proceeds will benefit Pancreatic Cancer research.

George Morris and The Gypsy Chorus offer free download of new album... week!!! 

Happy April Fool's Day People
According to the band's Facebook page, the new full length will be offered up on all streaming sites and available for free on bandcamp this Tuesday April 7th.

In the meantime you can catch George and the crew playing at Small's in Hamtramck this Saturday April 4th with Valley Hush and Nigel & The Dropout. Show info for that here

UPCOMING: Motown Showdown comedy games @ Elizabeth Theater 18 April

Go Comedy! Presents
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 8:00 pm & 10 pm

We're taking our showdown on the road! Join us at the Elizabeth Theater (above the Park Bar!) for our Motown Showdown!

A highly interactive improvised game show one part "Whose Line is it Anyway," and one part "Match Game PM." The audience can be as involved as they want to, but aren't picked on. The game show features a series of short improv games, challenges and more.


Photo by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Seven-month project includes Museum exhibition and Cave’s “Biggest, Baddest Performance Series!”
...and locations around Detroit
April–October 2015

This spring, summer, and fall, Cranbrook Art Museum and Detroit will serve as the backdrop for Nick Cave’s most ambitious project to date – Nick Cave: Here Hear. At the invitation of Cranbrook Art Museum, Cave will stage seven months of events throughout the city of Detroit anchored by his first solo exhibition in Michigan at Cranbrook Art Museum, opening this summer. Nick Cave is an artist and dancer, famous for his sculptures, called Soundsuits, which he often stages in public spectacle.

The events will kick off in April, when Nick begins “invading” the city of Detroit for a series of site-specific photo shoots. His first stop will be on the Peristyle at Cranbrook Art Museum at noon on April 10. Cave will be dressed in one of his iconic Soundsuits giving the public the rare opportunity to see the artist dressed in a suit himself. He will continue to “pop up” at locations throughout the city of Detroit in April and May - the Dequindre Cut, the Brightmoor neighborhood, the Parade Company, Mexicantown, the African Bead Museum, Eastern Market, The Fisher Building, One Woodward Avenue and many more. Follow Cranbrook Art Museum on Facebook and Twitter for clues about his locations and the opportunity to see Cave in action at some of these locations. The photographs will be published as a book this summer, titled Nick Cave: Greetings from Detroit, depicting the positive creativity of the city.

The exhibition at Cranbrook Art Museum will open to the public on June 20 and run through October 11, 2015. It will include a collection of approximately 30 sculptural Soundsuits in the main gallery, offset by a room of seven newly commissioned artworks surrounded by a wall-based tapestry inspired by Cave’s childhood watching the night sky. An additional gallery will feature a selection of his recent sculpture work and a projection room of the artist’s video work. Finally, the “Map in Action” room will serve as a hub for the Detroit Performance Series and display the wearable Soundsuits that will come and go to performances throughout the city of Detroit. Video footage of the performances will be added to the room throughout the duration of the show, thereby becoming a living document of the entire project.

A full weekend of celebrations are planned for the exhibition opening, including a film screening and block party performance in Detroit’s Brightmoor and Old Redford communities on Sunday, June 21 at both the historic Redford Theatre and The Artist Village.

Cave will be using his time in Detroit to engage the area in a philosophy he calls “collective dreaming.” Cave is a 1989 graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and he has said the time he spent in Detroit was critical to his growth as an artist. He is returning to capture the excitement currently captivating the city. “My goal,” says the artist, “is to work with these groups and those who live in and love the city to reimagine Detroit as an always-surprising environment of creativity, excitement, and engagement. My dreams for the city are big, because I believe it is important for Detroit to be dreaming ambitiously at this moment about its own future.”

In addition to the exhibition, Cave will use the city of Detroit to stage his largest performance series to date. He will design Dance Labs in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD); work with LBGTQ young adults from the Ruth Ellis Center in Highland Park to create the performance Up Right Detroit, and work with students from the Detroit School of Arts and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy for Heard•Detroit, a procession of as many as 30 life-size horse sculptures operated by 60 high school dancers that will parade along Detroit’s riverfront on Saturday, September 26. Cave’s project will culminate at the end of the exhibition in October, when the artist will stage Figure This: Detroit, a massive public performance at Detroit’s Masonic Temple on Sunday, October 4.

Though influenced by a vibrant palette of African art, armor, found objects, and fashion and textile design, Cave’s Soundsuits are rooted in social critique. Cave first created a suit in the aftermath of the Rodney King beatings in 1991, envisioning an emotional shield that protects one’s race or gender while still expressing individuality.

“Nick Cave’s return begins with his past connection to the city, but it is fueled by an enthusiasm for the future of Detroit,” says Cranbrook Art Museum Curator of Contemporary Art and Design Laura Mott. “This ambitious project is sited in many different neighborhoods and communities throughout the city and it is part of Cave's mission to ignite Detroit’s collective imagination. Nick Cave chose the title—Here Hear—because it speaks to both the place and an act of engagement, and together they form a triumphant ch eer.”

According to Cave, “the exhibition at Cranbrook is a way to recognize and celebrate the richness in the city of Detroit. The idea of rebuilding and repurposing is very much in line with what I do as an artist.”

Cranbrook Art Museum Director Gregory Wittkopp says this project highlights Cranbrook’s plans to continue to connect its international exhibition program with the city of Detroit, and also to highlight work from alumni of Cranbrook Academy of Art. “We’ve made a special effort over the past two years to bring more emerging and contemporary artists into our exhibitions, with a focus on Detroit-based artists and graduates from Cranbrook Academy of Art,” Wittkopp says. “The Nick Cave project not only fulfills both goals, it knocks them out of the park.”

The project will also include “Nick Cave: Exploring Identity through the Arts,” a K-12 curriculum for educators that will be available online without charge. It will encourage students to explore social and cultural issues relevant to their personal and community identity through the arts. Cranbrook Art Museum will also offer costume workshops and camps inspired by the work of Nick Cave during the summer months.

This project has attracted a wide variety of sponsors and community partners who are eager to share Cranbrook Art Museum’s desire to spread creative positivity throughout Detroit. The Presenting Sponsor is the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, who through their Knight Arts Challenge Detroit initiative, look to fund ideas that engage and enrich Detroit through the arts. Cranbrook Art Museum received a matching grant of $150,000 to kick-off this ambitious project. According to Dennis Scholl, vice president of arts for the Knight Foundation, “Detroit’s future is being driven by the cultural creatives who have big ideas for their city. It’s an honor to help bring visual artist Nick Cave back to the Michigan, to engage many more people in thinking creatively about their lives, their neighborhoods, their Detroit.”

The ambitious 2015 schedule of events for Nick Cave: Here Hear, includes:
April 10:
Nick Cave will give a public appearance performing in a Soundsuit on the Peristyle outside of Cranbrook Art Museum at noon.
April 10-15; May 1-5:
Nick Cave Soundsuit “invasion” photo shoots in Detroit.
June 19:
Nick Cave: Here Hear ArtMembers and Sponsors exhibition preview.
June 20:
Nick Cave: Here Hear opens to the public at Cranbrook Art Museum
June 21:
Celebration and performance at the historic Redford Theatre, followed by a celebration at The Artist Village, engaging the Brightmoor, Old Redford and Northwest Detroit communities. These events will be free and open to the public.
Up Right Detroit: a performance with participants from the Ruth Ellis Center. Conceived by Nick Cave as an “act of initiation” and a preparation of the mind, body, spirit, and selfhood, a group of African-American men will undergo a ritual of being costumed in elaborate Soundsuits, before they reenter the city, transformed. The site, date and format will be determined by funding initiatives.
Cranbrook Art Museum will partner with the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) to present three Dance Labs designed by Nick Cave. He will pair three local dance companies with three groups of musicians to create their own choreographed works with his extraordinary Soundsuits. The rehearsals at MOCAD will be open to viewers, and the free public performances will be staged in locations throughout the city. Dates and times to be announced.
September 26:
As a continuation of his renowned performance series, Nick Cave will present Heard•Detroit as a partnership between Cranbrook Art Museum, The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and The Detroit School of Arts. The project will feature a procession of as many as 30 life-size horse sculptures operated by 60 high-school dancers along the Detroit riverfront. A dreamlike vision that stops everyday life for a collective transformative moment, Heard•Detroit will be performed by talented dancers and musicians attending the Detroit School of Arts, one of four magnet schools in the Detroit Public School system. The performance along the riverfront will be free and open to the public.
October 4:
The culmination of the project will be Figure This: Detroit, a large-scale performance comprised of the dances and music from the Dance Labs, a presentation by children of their Cave-inspired creations, and the artist’s new artwork Up Right Detroit. This final performance will be a free event in Detroit’s Masonic Temple for an audience of hundreds.

Stay up to date on Nick Cave’s Detroit takeover by following @CranbrookArtMuseum on Instagram and @CranbrookArtMus on Twitter.

OPENING TONIGHT: Italian Film Festival @ DFT/DIA

April 1-26, 2015
...and various locations around Detroit

11th annual film festival offers FREE film screenings and lectures with Italian film directors! 

Organizers of the 2015 Italian Film Festival USA Metro Detroit announce the return of its 11th edition, April 1-26. Opening night will take place Wednesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre with Il Capitale Umano (Human Capital). Weekend screenings will then continue throughout the month at various locations across the metro area, including Wayne State University, April 3-4; Henry Ford College, April 10-11; University of Michigan(Ann Arbor), April 17-18; Oakland University, April 24-25; and closing night April 26 at Detroit Film Theatre with La Mafia Uccide Solo D’Estate (The Mafia Kills Only in the Summer). A full schedule will be announced soon.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. 

All films will be shown in original language with English subtitles.

See the website for full schedule.

NEXT WEEK: Michigan Pinball Expo Discounted Tickets Available Now


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Welcome to the 2015 6th Annual Michigan Pinball Expo!!! As you can see we are gearing up for another EPIC show! We have over 100+ machines ready and waiting! We will have Vendors and Guest Speakers including Jersey Jack Guarnier talking about the HOBBIT pinball machine! We will have the Hobbit pinball machine at the show! TALK ABOUT WOW! Come see and play JJP's newest offering! We will also be doing PINBRAWL 6! Sign up today! Machines will be for sale! Bring the kids for the "WIZARDS IN TRAINING" kids tournament. Play in the Michigan State Open Championship or any one of our 3 Classic Pinball Tournaments! Over $20,000 to be awarded in cash and prizes! Come and have FUN! Just play some pinball! Please tell all your family and friends about this event! Please help us spread the word!

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When the MPE isn't going on, come play 30+ Pinball Machines at Avon North Hill Lanes! See pictures below!!! We also Buy all Pinball Machines-Video Games-Juke Boxes-Dart Boards-and any Coin-op.

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Pastel Invitational Exhibit in April at Northville Art House





Pastel Invitational Exhibition

April 3-25, 2015

Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street


Be a pART of it! The Northville Art House is proud to present a Pastel Invitational Exhibition showcasing the work of seven accomplished pastel artists.  The award winning artists who will be represented are Kathy Fish, Susan Perrish, Joan Rosenblum, Gayle Sanchirico, Shelley G. Schoenherr, Jill Stefani Wagner and Carolyn Weins.  This exhibit was curated by Bob Wesley. 


This exhibit will open with an artist reception on Friday, April 3, from 6-9 pm and will continue through April 25 during Art House Gallery hours (Tues-Fri, 12-5 pm and Saturdays 12-4 pm; the Art House will be closed on April 3, but open from 6-9 for this opening reception).  For additional information, call 248-344-0497 or visit The Art House is located at 215 W. Cady Street and is a facility of the Northville Arts Commission. Admission to Art House exhibits is always free and open to the public.



Pastel Invitational Exhibition

Opening Reception: April 3, 6-9 pm; exhibit continues through April 25.

Hours: Tues-Friday, 12-5 pm; Saturdays, 12-4 pm (Art House will only be open from 6-9 on April 3.)

Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street




Fog Lifting by Carolyn Weins

Cypress Lane by Jill Stefani Wagner

Dibro Chimes by Joan Rosenblum

Braveheart by Kathy Fish

Eggplant and Friends by Shelley Schoenherr

After the Dance Show by Sue Perrish

Guidance by Gayle Sanchirico





LOTUS - The Gilded Age Tour (2 nights) ROMT 4/10 & 4/11



AEG Live and React present

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Royal Oak Music Theater
318 W. Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067
8pm doors / 16+


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Royal Oak Music Theater
318 W. Fourth Street
Royal Oak, MI 48067

Interview and Show Preview: The Soft Moon at UFO Factory Tuesday, April 14

The Soft Moon make music that is dark and visceral. It is music that seeps into the ears like a like gasoline and then makes suggestions about lighting matches. The music comes from the lone mind of Luis Vasquez who has spent time in various parts of the world honing in on a unique melodic, post-punk sound that never compromises. His third album Deeper on Captured Tracks hit the stores and internets on March 31st. His tour starts April and you can see him perform locally at the UFO Factory on April 14. His shows have been described as intense and expressive both in terms of visuals and sound.  

MCB has tickets to giveaway for the show, if you are interested send an email to with "Soft Moon" in the subject area. 

MCB: How do you think people described you when you were a teenager in high school?

Luis: That’s an interesting question. I myself don't know how i would've described myself back then. Perhaps people would've described me as mostly quiet but with a strange sense of humor. I never tried to stand out by ay means and preferred to hide amidst everyone. 

MCB: I read your early influences were metal bands like Slayer, do you think anything from them seeps into your sound?

Luis: I think what i've gathered from metal bands and incorporated into my own music has been a form intensity, especially within the live shows. Not necessarily in regards to decibel levels or anything like that but in regards to expressing brutal emotion and passion. Perhaps some of the darkness too. Sometimes i like to believe that my vocal approach live is sometimes inspired by people like Tom Araya of Slayer, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and Axl Rose but only when they hit their high notes.

MCB: What was the first instrument you learned to play?

Luis: When i was twelve years old my grandfather bought me an electric guitar because i had been begging for one. I ended up getting a small scale children's guitar by a brand called Synsonics which was pretty shitty but at the time it was my favorite thing in the world. Once i outgrew it i upgraded to a Fender Stratocaster. I still wish i had kept my first guitar though.

MCB: I’ve been listening to Deeper and find it a very intriguing album, did you play all the instruments in it?

Luis: Yeah, i find that in order for me to learn about myself every instrument has to be created from my mind and performed with my hands. Every little thing that comes solely from my body gives me information about who i am, why i create what i create, and what i am capable of. In the future things may change and i'll be more open to collaborating with others but at the moment The Soft Moon is still a one man vision.

MCB: The drumming is very tribal on some tracks, did you get a release from playing them?

Luis: There’s always a release for me when performing and recording percussion. Drums are the most primal instrument i can think of. There's nothing better for release than to bang on shit as hard as you can.

MCB: I think my favorite track right now is “Far” can you give me your perspective on the meaning of the song?

Luis: My mind races at a million miles an hour and drives me crazy. I struggle everyday with maintaining calmness, staying peaceful, and clearing my mind. "Far" represents my battle with my inner self. My fight to get out of my own hell.

MCB: What kinds of things do you like to do and see when you are on tour?

Luis: I usually look for the best places to eat whenever i'm in a new city. The more local the better. When i travel to different countries i seek whatever the national dish may be and the best place to find it. Sometimes my bandmates and i will watch an episode of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" depending on what city we're in and try our best to make time to visit one of the spots on his show.

MCB: I live in Detroit where you are playing in April, what can we expect from your show?

Luis: If the energy is right we will all experience something cathartic together.

MCB: Are there any Detroit bands you identify with?

Luis: The most knowledge of have in regards to music coming out of Detroit is the early techno scene. I believe it was "Clear" by Cybotron being the first Detroit electronic track i was ever exposed to. Until this day is still i still listen to Detroit techno. 

MCB: Travelling seems to be an integral part of your life, what do you think is the biggest benefit you get from it? 

Luis: The experience of traveling within itself is highly influential in my music. It gives you the opportunity to take so much of the world in and also gives you a bit of perspective on humanity. I feel that traveling has helped me grow as a person and after five years of touring around the world i definitely feel like a different person. Everything i experience has a way of getting absorbed and released subconsciously in my music.

Interview by Mikel O.D. of MPAD Media


APRIL: Art X Detroit

Midtown, Downtown, Eastern Market
April 9-12, 16-19, 25-26, 2015

Art X Detroit: Kresge Arts Experience (AXD) is a 10-day festival of dance, literary, musical & theatrical performances, film screenings, visual arts installations, workshops, panel discussions & interactive experiences. AXD presents works created by the 2013-2014 Kresge Eminent Artists and Artist Fellows. AXD will be hosted at multiple venues throughout Midtown Detroit and beyond over a three-week period in April & is FREE to the public.

AXD is presented by The Kresge Foundation and produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc. AXD partners include: Kresge Arts in Detroit, College for Creative Studies, Creative Many, and MOCAD.

ONGOING: Howdy Doody on display with VIPs from the Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection @ the DIA

It’s Howdy Doody Time at the Detroit Institute of Arts!

VIPs from the Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection
Now through September 20, 2015

Some very important puppets (VIPS), including the iconic Howdy Doody marionette, will go on display beginning Friday, March 20 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The VIPs feature some of the oldest and best known puppet personalities that will be displayed through September 20, 2015.

The collection includes two sets of historic puppets, an 18th-century Venetian comedia del arte (art comedy) cast and American colonial era Punch and Judy. Punch and Judy are comedic hand puppets from 18th-century New England with ornate theater play-boards and miniature stage props.

Joining them will be Howdy Doody, the famous marionette from the first nationally syndicated American television program, The Howdy Doody Show. Howdy will appear wearing his original cowboy boots and buckskin gloves. He has not been on display at the DIA since 2009, when a U.S. Postal Service stamp was created in his honor.

Credit line for attached image: Howdy Doody, Velma Dawson, 1948, wood dough, cloth, leather, wood. ©Detroit Institute of Arts

Hours and Admission9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313–833–7971.

PHOTOS: TYCHO @ Royal Oak Music Theatre 3/27

Tycho performed to a sold out crowd at the Royal Oak Music Theatre last Friday. If you weren't there, you missed a good one!

Fortunately, we have some photos from the gig so you don't totally miss out...

Link to full set HERE