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Inside Hamtramck’s Ant Hill & It Takes A Village To Raise A Chef

Friday, August 8, 2014

Download of the Week

Innercity Travelin’ Man by Yasiin Gaye

This soulful mashup from Amerigo Gazaway meshes the music of Motown legend Marvin Gaye with the lyrical stylings of Yassin Bey, the contemporary hip-hop icon and actor formerly known as Mos Def.

Plan For the Weekend w/ Culture City

Blazing Paddles: Once Around Belle Isle Fest

Saturday, August 9th from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Once Around Belle Isle, or OABI, is being billed as the first-ever paddle of its kind to go down in the D. The organizers stress that attendees need not worry about experience, let alone equipment. With food trucks, craft brew, local vendors and live music rounding out the festival vibe, the main event is the “paddlerama exhibition,” featuring demos, classes, and contests including a 7 mile race around the island.

Day Tripping:Treasure Hunting at Michigan’s Longest garage Sale

August 8th-10th, Morning to Dusk

Uncover antiques from yesteryear (and whoknowswhat from yesterday) while driving 360 miles across the state this weekend. An equally cool and quaint way to explore the state, journey to Michigan’s Longest Garage Sale along the US-12 Heritage Trail and the Blue Water area’s annual Yard Sale Trail.

Keep On The Sunny Side-Up Eggs: Lac La Belle Plays A folk Brunch Fantasy

Saturday, August 9th from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

It’s eggs up, folks down in Corktown at PJ’s Lager House. Dig this free show from local Americana aficionados Lac La Belle (comprised of Jennie Knaggs and Nick Shalice) featuring songs from The Carter family catalogue, going down during everybody’s favorite meal. We hear the shrimp and grits are legit. “Hello Stranger” is my jam.

Thinginess & Nothingness: Nigerian Artist Osi Audu Takes It Beyond the Canvas

Saturday, August 9th at 2 p.m.

At the N’Namdi Center For Contemporary Art, two of the area’s more insightful art academics, Michael Stone Richards and Addie Langford, speak with Osi Audu about the intersections of scientific, cultural, and philosophical ideas about the nature of consciousness. His work is currently on display inside N’Namdi’s Black Box Theatre.

Fleshing It Out: Anatomic Interpretations of Corpus Illuminata

Friday & Saturday night, 6 p.m. - Midnight

Every August, for the last four years, Detroit hosts one of a most interesting exhibition, one that brings together medical and biological curiosities. Victorian-era medical instruments, along with various tools used throughout time use for surgery and mortuary science. Meanwhile, video installations will display videos of historical medical experimentations, artistic interpretations, and, yes, autopsies. Not for everyone. But undoubtedly Detroit.

Canada’s Bruce: 3 days of Folks with Mr. Cockburn & More!

August 8th - 10th, 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Bruce Cockburn has had a few crossover hits and his discography runs deep, but across the border the man is folk-rock royalty. He joins southern ONtario mainstays The Laws and dozens upon dozens of other artists over three days at the Kingsville Folk Music Festival in Kingsville, Ontario.