Things to do this weekend for those who don’t dream of crusin’

Q: Hey, are you going down to the Dream Cruise this weekend?
A: meh

If you’re like me and your answer to this question is also “meh,” then you may be more interested in a couple of activities that are more aesthetic than automotive in nature.

Joe’s 13th Annual Art Party

It’s that time of year again, the time that Joe goes out of his way to throw an art party. To be honest, I’m not sure who this mysterious Joe is. Apparently, said Joe has no artistic talent at all but really, really likes the stuff and likes when people get together to look at it. He hosts this party every year and asks local artists and performers to share their art. So who is this Joe? Well, he’s our art party man. And if he can’t do it, no one can, I suppose.

Highlights for this night will include the performance of excerpts from the new play “A Chinaman’s Waltz” by local playwright John Karabetsos (music by Colton Weatherston), which one performer involved described a “vanguardy cabaret musical.” Sounds pretty cool. There will also be a live jazz band, a DJ to keep you dancin’ into the wee hours, and plenty of local art to “hmmm,” and “Oh wow,”and “Now, that’s interesting” to your heart’s content.

But art snobs beware. Joe’s Art Party is for the proles. Leave snubbed noses and airborne pinkies at home.

Joe’s 13th Annual Art Party takes place at the Iodent Building, Centaur Lounge; 2233 Park Avenue, Detroit, Michigan; Downtown behind the Fox Theatre
Doors open at 8 pm, free admission, cash bar

Last Tourist CD Release Party


Detroit band Last Tourist had this awesome idea recently. You see, they’re releasing a CD called “Portrait of a Marathon,” which I hear is pretty darn good. In order to celebrate the new release, they decided to book a show at Small’s in Hamtramck, get a couple of other bands to play, and have a party! A CD Release Party!

Their MySpace profile, which includes two sample tracks, saith: “If Detroit has become synonymous with “Garage Rock” in your mind, Last Tourist will confound all of your expectations.” Confounding of expectations? Yes please.

Doors open at 8:00. $7 cover. Porchsleeper and Deastro open

And if you’re walking the streets of Detroit or Hamtramck on Saturday and are still feeling wistful for some car-lookin’, I promise I’ll slow down a bit so that you can get a good look at my Ford Focus. She’s a real beaut, Clark!

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