The Crofoot Ballroom, Pontiac MI
I tend to speak through the pixels that I steal since too oftentimes words fail to express what I want to put across. In the case of attending the Gary Numan 'Splinter Tour' Show at The Crofoot last Friday, it still holds true. The night started out with Roman Remains, an ass-kicking Bjork-esque beauty whom I fell in love with, continued with Big Black Delta, a space-techno-muther-effer with major stage presence and culminated with the arrival of Gary Numan. And NOT the Gary Numan that you're mother had a crush on as a young girl seeing him for the first time on Saturday Night Live. This Gary Numan is less about the androgenous character he portrayed for so many years and more about the multi-layered, industrialist that he has created with his newest CD, 'Splinter'. So much so that during the entire set, he is almost hidden entirely in the shadows of the stage lighting while dancing around. The focus is the atmosphere he creates...the tracks...the music. It simply blew everyone away...me included.
Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
Wild At Heart
Not sure about you guys but we were about a day or so from having all the snow in my yard melting to about 8 inches of heavy, wet snow falling and covering everything. Just when I thought winter might be over, we got hit one last time. I'm hoping the 60 degree weather can melt some of this stuff because I am tired of seeing and want to start doing some yard work which is now delayed another week or so. Guess that new edge trimmer will have to stay in the box a bit before it can be used.
I am keeping it short this week because Yahoo is not working that well right now and I got to go through some emails. Have to go back to classic mode to even get close to reading them. So to keep it short, here are some cool shows coming up:
Tuesday (4/1) - Carmen Souza @ the Ark
Wednesday (4/2) - Mindless Self Indulgence @ St Andrews Hall
Thursday (4/3) - Chick Corea and Bela Fleck @ Motorcity Sound Board, "Experience Hendrix" feat Billy Cox w/Buddy Guy and Jonny Lang (also Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa, Doyle Bramhall II, Ana Popovic, Bootsy Collins, etc)
Friday (4/4) - 1592 @ Smalls, Blood Sweat and Tears @ Macomb Center For Performing Arts
Saturday (4/5) - Sonny Landreth @ Callahans
Sunday (4/6) - St Vincent @ Majestic Theatre, Taking Back Sunday and the Used @ the Fillmore
Monday (4/7) - Emmylou Harris w/Daniel Lanois @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
I saw Carmen at the Rochester Jazz Fest last year and was very impressed. Born in Lisbon to Cape Verde parents, she starting singing at 17 in a gospel choir and later got introduced to jazz and other genre which she has blended well into an exciting mix. A wonderful talent to catch in such a nice and intimate venue.
MORE FREE TICKETS: Detroit Film Theatre Tickets - The Sword of Doom, 13 Assassins, A Story of Floating Weeds and Yojimbo running in conjunction with Samurai: Beyond the Sword @ The DIA
we got another batch of tickets to giveaway
Calling All Samurai Movie Fans—April at the Detroit Institute of Arts is for You
Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m.
"Detritus: The Work of Tom Thewes " - Exciting April Exhibit at Northville Art House April 4 – 26, 2014
"Detritus: The Work of Tom Thewes "
April 4 – 26, 2014
CONTACT: Joanne Bandoni – BandoniCreative@gmail.com or 734-678-9881
Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167
The Northville Art House is proud to present its April, 2014 exhibit, "Detritus,"
an exciting solo artist show featuring the work of Detroit cultural icon and acknowledged airbrush master, Tom Thewes.
Thewes' compelling artwork has been described as masterful firestorms of line and color--still images that are anything but still. Painted facets and planes, the visual impact of tectonic plates that shift and collide, capture pop cultural insights from the artist's own underground experiences and brave influences.
Thewes is a partner of SUUMO Street Art Reproductions as well as the Executive Director at Contra Projects, a select group of respected, established artists who have gained global recognition by using the street as their canvas, and CEO of world-renowned ©POP Gallery, which forever changed the vibe of Midtown's Woodward corridor, launching careers of some of the world's most influential and important visual artists of the last 20 years. A graduate of the College For Creative Studies, Thewes has worked as an Art Director and Designer for Commercial Art Studio Graphic House, as well as for Compuware. He has illustrated for Playboy, Guitar World, Juxtapoz, The New York Rangers, Vibe, Ride Snowboards, Ford, How and Blue Canvas magazines, every major Detroit publication, and more. He's also known as the last der Lärm boy - what's left of a 1990's formed renegade band of Detroit-based graphic designers and painters, modeled after the art re-defining, modernist movements of the early 20th century.
"Detritus" will open First Friday, April 4, with an artist reception, sponsored by Edwards Cafe and Caterer and Bandoni Creative, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. and an artist talk at 8:00 p.m.
The show will run through Saturday, April 26 during regular Art House hours, Wed-Sat, 1-5 p.m.
Thewes' Exhibit Statement is as follows:
Detroit is my inspiration. Its massively hulking industrial structures and barely populated, overgrown and dilapidated residential areas are a gorgeously bleak, expansive wasteland of urban decay that stubbornly refuses to die or be forgotten. Until recently, living here felt like surviving outside the fringes of civilization, yet now it feels like the center of the universe. People here who used to see detritus blown around by the wind are now fuel for the transformation of the city. Despite a history of racial tension, governmental corruption, and industrial waste, the pioneering courage of its business and artistic communities are finally forcing a true rebirth. It is a powerful and important story. In "Detritus", I want to show my impressions of some of the people around me who make up my personal little chapter in that grand epic.
[ di trtəss ]
1. debris: debris or discarded material
2. rock fragments: fragments of rock that have been worn away
3. organic matter: organic debris formed by the decomposition of plants or animals
"Detritus: The Work of Tom Thewes"
Opening Reception: First Friday, April 4, 6-9 p.m., Sponsored by Edwards Cafe and Caterer and Bandoni Creative. Artist Talk at 8:00 p.m.
Dates of Exhibit: Friday, April 4 through Saturday, April 26.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. (First Fridays only, 1-9 p.m.)
Location: Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady Street, Northville, MI 48167
More Information: Northville Art House (248) 344-0497
Images: "Brass" by Tom Thewes
"TRUBLgrrl" by Tom Thewes
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is providing free bus transportation to and from the museum on Saturday, April 5 for Wayne County residents. Visitors can browse the collection, take part in an art-making activity, view two free exhibitions, or see the Samurai: Beyond the Sword exhibition at the discounted group rate of $12 per person.
In addition to the great art, the DIA has two restaurants: Café DIA and Kresge Court. The museum shop has a variety of gifts, many of which cannot be found in other area stores. A special Samurai: Beyond the Sword shop is also available, with many objects imported from Japan (no visit to the exhibition necessary).
The special Wayne County Day is provided thanks to Wayne County residents, who voted to support the DIA through last year’s millage.
Wayne County locations and schedule:
Dearborn Heights City Hall, 6045 Fenton St. Dearborn Heights
Bus departs city hall at 9:30 a.m.; bus departs DIA at 2 p.m.
Belleville Area District Library, 167 Fourth Street, Belleville
Bus departs library at 9:30 a.m.; bus departs DIA at 2 p.m.
Livonia Community Recreation Center, 15100 Hubbard, Livonia (use 5 Mile parking lot entrance, corner of 5 Mile and Berwick)
Bus departs recreation center at 10 a.m.; bus departs DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Focus: HOPE, 1400 Oakman Blvd. Detroit (CAT parking lot)
Bus departs Focus: HOPE at 10 a.m.; bus departs DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Patton Park Community Center, 2301 Woodmere, Detroit
Bus departs community center at 10 a.m.; bus departs DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Woodhaven Community Center, 23101 Hall Rd. Woodhaven
Bus departs community center at 9:30 a.m.; bus departs DIA at 2 p.m.
Reservations for free bus transportation are required. Please call 313-833-4005 or register online at http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4406
Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 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.
The Listening Party will be at The Store Front Gallery 477 West Marshall in Ferndale
Admission is free
here's an FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/704555579577376/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1
Stream the teaser:
"DETROIT" The Album
40 Detroit Musicians
9 Original Songs
1 Album called “DETROIT”
Wild Bill Ketelhut provides the "blog" to this anti-blog
Wild At Heart
"Breathe In" is Drake Doremus' third film to play at Sundance and stars Guy Pierce as a high school music teacher Keith Reynolds who desperately wants to land a job in a symphony and is feeling he is not living up to his potential. He loves his wife and daughter but the undercurrent of unrealized dreams does hover over his life and threatened to tear apart his marriage. Entering into their life is British foreign exchange student Sophie (Felicity Jones), a piano prodigy that ignites a spark in Mr Reynolds life.
The movie doesn't really have a character to root for as everyone seems flawed in some way but Doremus makes up for this getting great performances from the cast, esp Pierce and the use of close ups and a nice pace to draw us into the characters emotions. The relationship between Mr Reynolds and Sophie grows slowly through passing glances and moments of sharing that build as both characters have been bereft of these type of contact with another person for a long time. They are like two moths being puled towards the same flame and we wonder when they will burn.
This films doesn't hit us over the head with overdone emotions or loud conflicts and this might be hard for some viewers to deal with. It is nice to have a film that just allows the actors to carefully bring us into this affair and lets us feel like we are part of the emotions. The film does lack a lot in the actual story and sometimes can feel it is losing itself, but that doesn't prevent it from being an engaging piece. Given time and effort, this film delivers a compelling, emotional piece of life story and Pierce shows why he is such a wonderfully under-rated actor.
This is not for everyone but if you enjoy films like "Elephant"by Van Sant, this is right up your alley so take the time to see this film which opened at the Uptown Palladium 12 today. It feels like a movie that could take place with someone you know.
I give it a B.
In other movie news, on monday, March 31st, outside the lovely Detroit Opera House, from 11AM-1PM, you can check out the Firebreather Car from the upcoming supernatural adventure film "jinn". So celebrate Tigers opening day filmmaker/director.designer Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad will also be on site. There will be an opportunity to win tickets to the North American premiere.
A day to celebrate everything that is bicycles. Saturday March 29th come down to Cobo Center and be ready to have your eyes opened. Detroit Bike City is the largest consumer based bike expo around. Not only can you see whats coming out, but you can actually buy one off the floor. Old or new, many to choose from. This year we bring you...
-Rise Above BMX team with the bike swing
-Ask Dr. Nandi live show
-An introduction to Cargo bikes
-Custom bike fitting seminar with Rob West
-The Bike Shop Show with Scott Dedenbach live blog
-Seminars from Mode Shift, The Detroit Greenways Coalition and Challenge Detroit.
100+ Vendors, Swap Section, Custom Builders, Best in Shows, The Detroit Marketplace, Bike Shops, Bike Clubs and MUCH,MUCH,MORE!!!
Kids 12 and under are FREE
Special thanks to our sponsors:
American Cycle and Fitness
Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop
Great Lakes Coffee
League of Michigan Bicycles
New Belgium Brewinf
Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Ill Itches, Cheetajs, Radio Burns & YUM - Detroit Bike City Expo 2014 - The Rose Cult Single Release Show
They are going to be releasing the new album on vinyl in the coming days, and they are sharing the stream to two tracks available now on the bandcamp page