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Yes She’s Wearing White after Labor Day What are you implying
She’s on a tear to get THE dress for her big day — and we pity the fool who gets in her way. You want some of that? We didn’t think so. Thankfully, this month there’s a bridal gown show that should cool her off. Of course, if it’s not there then we’re all in trouble.
Not getting married? There’s a back alley event on Cass that’s neither seedy nor illegal, and a good band in concert, too. Perhaps you want to browse high-end retail in the city? Somerset Collection has spent the summer putting its toe in the water in downtown Detroit.
September is, of course, the official end of summer (collective sigh) — but climate change didn’t consult the Roman calendar — so we fully expect you’ll take advantage of the numerous outdoor activities we’ve culled for you this month.
Their Largesse is Official: TMBG
One of alternative music’s pioneer bands, They Might Be Giants is the quintessentially quirky collection of rockers who have been a part of the “alt rock” scene since before “alt rock” was even a term — remember “New Wave” anybody?
The boys from Brooklyn come back to Detroit with a brand-new show and a brand-new album: Join Us. With 30 years of making fans smile (both adults and kids), their shows are always upbeat, fun and high energy.
Doors open to the all-ages show at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 17; Majestic Theatre, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; $18-$20; (313) 833-9700; majesticdetroit.com.
Somerset in the City
When Somerset CityLoft opened in Detroit for its first weekend of Summer in the City shopping events in July, shoppers were waiting in line to get through the doors. The 4,000-square-foot pop-up shop, a portion of whose proceeds benefit Detroit community groups, houses 41 mini-stores in Detroit’s Merchants Row, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, MaxMara and Baby Gap from the Somerset Collection in Troy — and is open for its last weekend this month.
Daily fashion shows, live entertainment, food and a fleet of 10 complimentary Cadillac Escalades to shuttle guests from downtown offices and hotels shows just how much potential Detroit has. Call (248) 643-6360 or visit somersetcollectioncityloft.com for specific dates and times.
For Arty Eves and Adams
In its 47th year and esteemed as Michigan’s second-largest juried fine arts festival with more than 285 artists from across the country, Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ Art & Apples Festival is the show of art shows.
Artists offer their wares — including clay, glass, leather, jewelry, wood and toys. Also enjoy local and national entertainment, three food courts, a kids’ zone and an apple pie and dessert contest all packed into Rochester Park’s 30 acres. Come Sept. 9-11: 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Rochester Park, Rochester. (248) 651-4110; artandapples.com.
Every September since 1977, the alley at Second and Forest in Detroit’s Cass Corridor is transformed — for one day only — into the performing-arts festival Dally in the Alley. The narrow passageway that, in the 1890s, housed horses and carriages belonging to the owners of the corridor’s stately homes, now packs in more than 100 participating vendors and restaurants — selling food, beverages and a creative variety of wares.
Local music is a big draw, with dozens of bands playing all day long on four stages, including one devoted exclusively to electronica.
Saturday, Sept.10; rain day Sunday, Sept. 11. Dallyinthealley.com.
Hey Bridezillas …
All bridal, all the time! Almost 200 of Metro Detroit’s wedding-related experts, products and services, all under one roof, at the 2011 Fall Bridal Celebrations Show at the Palace of Auburn Hills, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. A fashion show, displays of gowns and accessories, wedding planners on hand to answer questions, plus deals on everything from venues to honeymoons. $8/advance; $10/at the door; free/children 12 and under. (800) 745-3000; palacenet.com.
Meet Me in St. Louie (aka Royal Oak)
In 1942, the New Yorker magazine ran a weekly feature by Sally Benson called “5135
Kensington,” which detailed her childhood in turn-of-the-century St. Louis. The immensely popular stories were then gathered into a book by the author called Meet Me in St. Louis and subsequently turned into the 1945 musical starring Judy Garland, who made the film’s songs “The Trolley Song” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” classics. (And who also ended up marrying her director, Vincente Minnelli).
The musical was also transformed into a Tony Award-winning Broadway stage version in 1989, which we can now enjoy at Stagecrafters in Royal Oak Sept. 16-Oct. 9. 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. $18-$20. (248) 541-6430; stagecrafters.org.
No Sleep till Brooklyn
Detroit darlings Jack White and Brendan Benson bring their band, the Raconteurs, along with Sheryl Crow, to headline the first-annual MI Fest, Michigan’s new music and camping festival. The outdoor fest features the best of Michigan, including music (Mitch Ryder, the Howling Diablos and Jill Jack), food (American Coney Island, Jacques’ Tacos and Badass Beer), an outdoor marketplace featuring local artisans — and the newly relaunched Creem magazine will be on-hand selling memorabilia.
Camping facilities are available, or come and go as you please. Gates open at noon Saturday, Sept. 17. $79. Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich. (800) 354-1010; mi-fest.com; mispeedway.com.