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Film, Flame And More
You know it’s our pleasure to comb through the mounds of schlock we come across, just to find those few items that seem … slightly ajar from the norm. So, sit back, relax and marinate on our February selections. There is something here for just about everyone. Need more? The calendar is packed with oodles o’ offerings to browse through.
LET IT SNO
Has shoveling, salting and scraping sucked every last morsel of joy from your winter? Come see how cool snow can be as the world’s best snowmobile athletes wow fans at the Silverdome. (We’re glad to see the old gal getting some use, too.) The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series features high- speed motocross-style racing and freestyle aerial action by the world’s best snocross competitors, many of them just back from January’s ESPN Winter X Games. Wild winter fun, minus the snow down your pants! Saturday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. $10-$35. Pontiac Silverdome. (248) 338-7000; silverdometickets.com.
BECOME A BONA FIDE FILM CONNOISSEUR
Conceived to complement the contemporary films being shown at the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Detroit Film Theatre, the new series “DFT 101” presents celluloid must-sees that, in DFT curator Elliot Wilhelm’s words, are the “basic building blocks of the evolution of motion pictures.” And, far be it for us to argue with the host of Detroit Public Television’s Friday Night Film Festival, where you can see classic films in their uncut, uninterrupted glory. This month at the DFT, see sexy Jewish screen god Kirk Douglas’ uncanny portrayal of Vincent van Gogh in director Vincent Minelli’s 1956 classic Lust for Life (based on the novel by Irving Stone). Screening time is Saturday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m. 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Free to DIA members; $5/nonmembers. (313) 833-4005; dia.org.
BUST A GUT
Larry King and Jules Feiffer love Lewis Black; and the late George Carlin’s stamp of approval, alone, is better than anything we could tell you. Irritable as Black can be, you will become a believer, too, after seeing him perform his passionate and compelling comedy at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater during his aptly-named “In God We Rust” tour. He takes the stage Saturday, Feb. 19, at 8 p.m. $37-$57. 603 East Liberty St., Ann Arbor. (734) 668-TIME; michtheater.org.
BOW TO YOUR PARTNER … AND CIRCLE LEFT
Grab your partner for a do-si-do to Troy, where veteran square-dance caller T. C. Richardson, who specializes in calling and teaching square-dance parties for people who don’t “swing” regularly, will teach a series of classes for beginners. We promise, we won’t make fun of you either (actually, you’d knock our socks off if you could square dance!). Every Monday night, 7-8:15 p.m. $5/session for Troy residents; $6/session for nonresidents. First class is free to new students. Troy Community Center, 3179 Livernois, Troy. (248) 689-8256; squaredancemichigan.tripod.com.
TO LIFE! OLÉ!
You may know Lin-Manuel Miranda from his spectacular “Wedding Surprise” to his bride, Vanessa (check him out serenading his new wife with “L’Chaim” on YouTube, if you haven’t already seen it). If so … well, you are plugged in. In addition to being an oh-so- suave romantic, this Renaissance man of Puerto Rican descent conceived and scored the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. While the musical (co-produced by former Oak Parker Jeffrey Seller) tells the story of close-knit, hard-working Latino immigrants, the comparisons to Fiddler On the Roof are intrinsic: “Fiddler is in the DNA of Heights,” says Miranda. “Look at our opening number, it’s “Tradition” with hip-hop.” In the Heights runs through Feb. 13 at the Fisher Theatre. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. $34-$84. (800) 982-2787; broadwayindetroit.com.
WHO SAID BURLESQUE IS DEAD?
Before there was Christina Aguilera, we had real burlesque. So, naturally, Detroit is home to one of the country’s best-known troupes, the Detroit Dizzy Dames. Voted the Best Burlesque Show in 2010 by Real Detroit, these 13 performers will titillate your sensual demands in a comparably PG way. From singing, choreographed dance, fetish, fi re and parody, these gals got it going on. For $10 each, take your Valentine to catch the action on Monday, Feb. 14, at 9 p.m. Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit. (313) 961-2543; cliffbells.com.