Phish and a Slushy — A Menu for All
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past two television seasons, an entertainment juggernaut called Glee has transformed the genre formerly known as covering, and created a legion of fans, known as “Gleeks,” along the way. Attention Gleeks: Your show’s stars are touring this June. (And consider losing the name.)
No Glee for thee? We’ve got other handcrafted artisan offerings for your viewing delight this month. Um … Phish? How about a Trapper’s Alley redux or some sophisticated jazz sessions? The warmer weather finally allows one to experience Motown’s true awesomeness. If only summers were 12 months long!
Second only to the band that started it all (the Grateful Dead), these boys and their band with the funny spelling are show stoppers like few others; and their consistent sold-out shows speak for themselves.
Their sometimes whimsical, often theatrical and always entertaining concerts are festivals for the mind. Their song may not be mainstream — their fans may not be either — but catching a Phish show should be on everybody’s list of things to experience before they die (or turn too old to enjoy the atmosphere).
At press time, there were enough tickets for the 7 p.m. Friday, June 3, show to justify writing this offering; we hope it remains true when you read it. DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston; palacenet.com.
Right from the start, you know the Russell Bazaar is unique. Inspired by the fantastic street marketplaces in Europe — but with a more convenient location — the weekend Bazaar houses more than 150 vendors in a 60,000-square-foot space.
(The venue is a converted 1925 factory designed by Albert Kahn that was originally built to make chassis for the Murray Body Company before making wings for B-29 bombers during World War II.)
Spa products, clothing designers, books, gifts and electronics are yours for the consuming. Hungry? Satiate that need, too, at the food court with local favorites like Niki’s Pizza and Loco’s Tex/Mex Grille, plus chocolatiers, a mini-donut shop, a Good Humor cart and more. Hours of operation are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays.
1600 Clay, Detroit. (313) 972-7009; russellbazaar.com.
That’s “bring your own bike!” The craft beer movement is alive and well in Metro Detroit — come learn why the Motor City is a great bike and beer city on a guided, leisurely tour of Detroit breweries from the seat of your bike.
Discover the city’s historic brewery sites and find the new generation of breweries with Motor City Bike & Brew Tours’ monthly biking tours, offered throughout the summer (bus tours are offered year-round). The tours cover about 10 miles (between three-four hours), where you’ll soak up local brewing history, enjoy lunch and a beverage (beer or soda), and take away a drink voucher redeemable at one of several breweries.
Don’t have your own wheels? Don’t worry: The tour partners with Wheelhouse Detroit (wheelhousedetroit.com) for helmet and bike rentals. $24.99. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, June 5. (248) 850-2563; motorcitybrewtours.com.
Mellow out to the cool melodies of live local jazz in the lushly landscaped gardens of Meadow Brook Hall’s 320-acre farm estate. Jazz in the Garden, a summer concert series, lets visitors sip a cocktail from the cash bar and sample light hors d’oeuvres, all while roaming the gardens surrounding the hall, followed by a tour of the hall’s main floor. $30. 7-10 p.m. Thursday, June 23, July 21 and Aug. 18. Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester. (248) 364-6263; meadowbrookhall.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HEIDELBERG
When Tyree Guyton set out to create the Heidelberg Project with a paintbrush and a broom, he had many supporters; but most people didn’t know what to make of what would become his masterwork.
The art installation reclaimed two abandoned blocks on Detroit’s East Side and repurposed them — houses, sidewalks and all — with everyday found and discarded objects ranging from shoes and dolls to car hoods and furniture, all punctuated with his signature swirls of paint and polka dots.
Learn the history through Nov. 27 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit; 313-494-5800; chwmuseum.org), then head to the real deal (3600 Heidelberg St., Detroit). (313) 974-6894; heidelberg.org.
CALLING ALL GLEEKS!
After showing our favorite small-screen musical divas so much love last season, 13 members of the cast of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning Glee — including Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Mark Salling (Puck), Heather Morris (Brittany), Darren Criss (Blaine), dancer Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) and more — will return to Detroit for one live performance of the show’s musical anthems in Glee Live! In Concert!
“My Life Would Suck Without You,” “It’s My Life” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” are all part of the tour USA Today called “equal parts musical theater, giddy pop culture phenomenon and Journey-loving rock show.”
$52.50-$92.50. 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 13. The Palace of Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100; palacenet.com; ticketmaster.com.