La La Love the Pixies? Need a China-Ryder Fix? Oh, Hell Yeah!
Dudes, this is an important month for music fans. Not only are the Pixies — one of alternative rock’s most seminal bands — coming to town, but the most important film ever made, The Grateful Dead Movie, is screening for one night only (on 4/20, of course). And, lest need munchies for one of the many awesome shows featured, there’s a gourmet baking class to take beforehand. Ah, yeah, it’s good times in Detroit.
MISS THAT LONG STRANGE TRIP?
While it’s too bad the music had to stop, at least in the classic sense, the memories (and several musician-swapping machinations) continue to play on — nearly 16 years after the death of Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia.
And, for the legions of fans spanning the globe known affectionately as Deadheads, the next miracle ticket will be for a one-night screening of The Grateful Dead Movie at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.
Not since its initial release in 1977 has this legendary tome been in wide release. Warning: Tickets went on sale last month so you may have to walk in the parking lot asking, “Who has my miracle?”
Participating Detroit-area theaters include the AMC Forum 30, Sterling Heights; AMC Livonia 20, Livonia; Regal Commerce 14, Commerce Twp.; and the Ann Arbor 20 IMAX, Ann Arbor. For a complete list of theaters around the region, go to dead.net.
After eight years of red tape, the musical The Color Purple finally opened on Broadway in December 2005. Now, for three performances only, the fantastically glorious show comes to Detroit’s Fox Theatre.
With Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones among the co-producers, the inspiring story is set to a Grammy-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and blues. (Two of the three composer/lyricists — Allie Willis, a Jewish Mumford High School grad, and Stephen Bray — grew up in Detroit; Bray worked with Madonna early in her career.)
FASHIONISTA FOR A DAY
Get your Project Runway fix during the off-season with Season 2 designer Nick Verreos. The former contestant, who has dressed Heidi Klum, Eva Longoria and more, hosts Putting It All Together at Macy’s Twelve Oaks.
The designer will choose two contestants from the audience to style models for two different scenarios: an interview for your dream job and a night out with the girls. The winning stylist will receive a $100 Macy’s gift card — and the admiration of all her friends. Verreos also will share his fashion dos and don’ts, plus hot tips for spring. 2 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Macy’s Twelve Oaks, Novi. (248) 344-6800; macys.com.
HERE COMES YOUR MAN!
Pixies fans, rejoice! Black Francis, along with bandmates Kim Deal, Joey Santiago and David Lovering, will perform each and every song off their classic 1989 album, Doolittle, including “Debaser,” “Hey” and, of course, “Here Comes Your Man,” along with related B-sides, at a one-night visit to the Fox Theatre.
The band, which Kurt Cobain cited as being Nirvana’s single biggest influence, will open its concert with a showing of the 1929 Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali surrealist short film, Un Chien Andalou, which inspired Black Francis to write the song “Debaser.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22. Tickets start at $35. Fox Theatre, Detroit. (800) 745-3000;olympiaentertainment.com; ticketmaster.com.
NOT A DOILY IN SIGHT
Celebrate the end of brutal winter with the freshest goods from Detroit’s growing craft-scene subculture. A new generation of do-it-yourselfers is bringing a quirky-cool vibe to crafting, and Handmade Detroit, a loose collective of “people who like to make stuff” is the glue bringing it all together. (Oh, those pesky puns.)
The baby of Carey Gustafson, Stephanie Tardy and Lish Dorset, Handmade Detroit is making crafting cool by showcasing the wares of talented fellow crafters at events like the third annual Craft Revival, held at the Loving Touch pool hall/bar in Ferndale.
Kick off the event (along with Ferndale’s Green Week) with a band showcase and preview party 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, April 15, then stop and shop local artisans and participate in hands-on crafting 12-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Admission is free.
Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. Handmadedetroit.com.
Grab a friend or a spouse — and a spatula — to channel your inner Julia Child. BAKE!, Zingerman’s very hands-on teaching bakery in Ann Arbor, lets you make a mess (and lets the staff clean up) while you knead, dip and taste, all while learning the basics of bread and pastry baking with enough to bring home. Among the action-packed, fun- (and cream-) filled group classes: We Dig Donuts; Danish: The Breakfast of Vikings; Legally Magic Brownies; Fabulous French Baguettes; and more. Bring kids, age 7 and up, for Family Classes, schedule a private class — or embark upon a weekend or weeklong BAKE-cation, a fantasy camp for home bakers. (Attendees receive a discount at the local Four Points Sheraton.) Classes start at $75.
BAKE! 3711 Plaza Dr., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-7255; bakewithzing.com.