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Blues and Love Are in the Air — Sports, Too

Since its debut in 2001, when a group of volunteers got together to raise money for charity, what has become the Ferndale Metro Blues Festival, averaging more than 60 concerts held over nine days at two dozen locations in downtown Ferndale and neighboring cities, has become hugely popular, even an officially sanctioned event of the Super Bowl XL in 2006. This year’s lineup of notable blues, jazz and rock musicians includes the Howling Diablos, Howard Glazer & the EL34s, the Luddites, Albert Young & Straight 8s and more. Jan. 27-Feb. 4. Check the website,, for schedule details and shuttle info.

High-end food, low-end prices! The annual Birmingham Restaurant Week returns for two weeks of fantastic feasts at more than 20 participating restaurants. Sample Ruby Red Trout with almonds and beurre blanc at Cafe Via, North Atlantic Salmon Tempura at Big Rock Chop House, Butternut Squash Soup with maple chantilly cream at Tallulah Wine Bar and Bistro and more at Barrio Tacos & Tequila, 220, Chen Chow Brasserie, Fleming’s Prime and more. Each restaurant will offer a three-course lunch at a fixed price of $15 per person and a three-course dinner for $30 per person. While you’re there, select restaurants will set out Forgotten Harvest 5 Feeds 25 canisters; a $5 donation will provide 25 meals for those in need. Jan. 30-Feb. 3, Feb. 6-10. Bon appetit!; (248) 530-1200.

Get folky on Feb. 14 with My Folky Valentine, the Ark in Ann Arbor’s annual celebration of married couples who make music together. This year, hosts Annie and Rod Capps (shown) invite friends to share the stage, including bluesmeisters Shari Kane and Big Dave Steele, hard-times Virginia songwriter duo Doug and Telisha Williams and Nashville bluegrassers Jeff and Vida. 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451;

Everyone’s favorite culinary villain, Anthony Bourdain — chef, author of Medium Raw and host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations — teams with Eric Ripert — chef extraordinaire of Le Bernardin, author and host of PBS’ Avec Eric — for Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert for storytelling and honest behind-the-scenes insights and observations. 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. $50-$150. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (800) 745-3000;

Meet former and current stars of your favorite Detroit teams — the Lions, the Pistons, the Tigers and the Red Wings, including NFL Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, former Tiger pitchers Frank Tanana, Dave Rozema and Dan Petry and former Red Wing Darren McCarty — at the 97.1 The Ticket Sportsfest. Interactive games, memorabilia displays, a sports pub, autograph time, clinics, mascot appearances, panel discussions and more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. No charge. Suburban Collection Showplace (formerly Rock Financial Showplace), 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. (248) 855-5100;

Whether you’re looking for inspiration, information or are just plain curious, check out the 17th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo, running Feb. 24-26 at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Organized by Metro Detroit’s Eternal Tattoos, the expo offers seminars on topics ranging from color theory and practical application to bloodborne pathogens. More than 100 guest artists, including Corey Miller, Dusty Neal and Mofo Tats, will be on hand for demonstrations, contests and more. $20/one-day pass; $30/two-day pass; $40/weekend pass. or



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