Friday, August 28 One of Detroit’s smaller, but more intimate, downtown celebrations, Detroit SummerFest, continues throughout the weekend at the downtown parks (Campus Martius, Cadillac Square, Grand Circus Park, Paradise Valley Park, Capitol Park) with free live music acts, street performers, and other family fun. Bring your dog, too!
Saturday, August 29 Dabl’s African Bead Gallery, a gem (pardon the pun) of Detroit’s westside, holds its annual African Bead Museum Festival for the 12th consecutive year. There’s dance, yoga (bring a mat), meditation, martial arts, and other activities for the mind, body, and soul.
Sunday, August 30 Oren Goldenberg, the filmmaker behind the short-lived but beloved satirical “Detroit Blank City” videos, turns a critical eye to the now-demolished Brewster-Douglass Housing Projects. Goldenberg’s film In Retrospect: A Requiem for Douglass documents rituals performed around and during the demolition, as well as the video installation he created around them, and plays every weekend through September 13 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Monday, August 31 Before it gets ridiculously cold, you have to go to improv Mondays at Planet Ant Theatre in Hamtramck just once, because it’s that thing you swear you’ve always wanted to go to but never had time. Seriously, now that everyone’s moving to Hamtramck, the parking spaces outside the theater on Caniff seem to be harder to find each Monday night.
Tuesday, September 1 The one-and-only Black Sabbath tribute band with a fast-food theme, Mac Sabbath, comes to the Majestic Theatre. This is your only chance to see what it would look like if Ozzy Osbourne and Ronald McDonald procreated.
Wednesday, September 2 More improv! The newly formed Improv Detroit comes to Traffic Jam and Snug, in its new every-other-Wednesday tradition at Traffic Jam and Snug in Midtown. This is the other Wednesday, so go check it out.
Thursday, September 3 MacArthur “Genius Grant” awardee Tiya Miles comes to Detroit’s newest bookstore, Pages Bookshop in Rosedale Park, to discuss her novel The Cherokee Rose. Critics have drawn comparisons of Miles to Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and Louise Erdrich.
Featured image: Still from Oren Goldenberg’s “A Requiem for Douglass.”
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