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This Weekend the Wright Way, 8-5-11


Comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform at the Meadowbrook Music Festival on Friday, August 5.

Whitdel Arts: Detroit Arts Feature

We don't often hear much from Whitdel Arts in southwest Detroit, but that might soon change. They're going to start ramping things up over there, and in that effort they're kicking off their season with Whitdel Arts: Detroit Artists Feature, which will feature a large number of very talented Detroit visual artists. Featured artists include the art and design collective That Evil Mess, Emily Whitehead, and Kresge Fellow Gilda Snowden. There's a reception Friday, August 5th from 6:00 - 9:00pm. For a schedule of exhibitions and events at Whitdel Arts, please visit

Goober & the Peas

Detroit knows how to honky-tonk. And I'm not tallkin' about the Downtown Hoedown new country apple pie and cheddar cheese. No. I'm talkin' Whitey Morgan & the 78s. I'm talkin' Detroit's troubadour alt-country rollickers Goober & the Peas, a band that features Blanche frontman and actor Dan John Miller. Oh yeah, this band was once home to a drummer by the name of John Gilles. You know him as Jack White. They play Friday at the Magic Bag: $12. Doors at 8PM. Visit for more information.

Jim Gaffigan

The only man alive who's both more pale and funnier than me? Yes, that'd be melanin-deficient, self-deprication-proficient comedian Jim Gaffigan. He's performing at the Meadowbrook Music Festival. Good weather for comedy? I guess. Go with it. Seats are $49.50 and $29.50 pavillion a piece and $19.50 to lay on the lawn. Visit the for more information.


Artist Nomo will play their percussive blend of Afrobeat, funk, and electronic music at Ypsilanti's Michigan Roots Jamboree Festival this Saturday, August 6.

Manifest Destiny! There was Blood on the Saddle

The Detroit-based "physical" theatre company The Hinterlands presents the opening of its original production, Manifest Destiny! There Was Blood on the Saddle. "Inspired by larger-than-life gestures of Billy The Kid, Calamity Jane and Buffalo Bill, the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, and the imagery or writer's Cormac McCarthy and William S. Burroughs, Manifest Destiny is equal parts Wild west Show and cultural scavenger hunt." Friday and Saturday at 8PM at the Jam Handy Building, 2900 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; $15; info and tickets at (313)454-1756 and

Third Annual Michigan Roots Jamboree

Featuring a slew of some of the favorite Michigan bands, such as Nomo, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Frontier Ruckus, Steppin' In It, and Black Jake and the Carnies please a whole lot more. Riverside Park, 515 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti; tickets range from $15 to $100; visit And if you're wondering where it goes, proceeds are pooled to benefit cultural programs and events in Ypsi all year long.


The Detroit Film Theatre inside the Detroit Institute of Arts is screening the complete director's cut of Nicolas Roeg's "The Man Who Fell to Earth" starring David Bowie and Rip Torn. It's one of those sci-fi flicks that doesn't need special effects to work. Turns out Bowie's special and weird enough as it is. More info at


Teams will face off this Saturday to win the COPA championship cup at the Detroit Futbol League Championship tournament in Belle Isle.


The Detroit Futbol League Championship tourney is an all-day affair that'll feature DJs Mike Meadow and Amy Dreamcatche (who plays on Cass Corridor United) as well as "potential food carts" and, of course, lots of soccer. Games start at 10AM and the championship match kicks off at 5PM. It's all going down in Belle Isle. Check out the Detroit City Futbol League's official site for more information.


while you're out on the Isle, check out Figment: Detroit, a public and participatory art exhibition. Figment has put on amazing events at Governor's Island in New York and Boston. More info at

Rover's Vintage Scooter Club!

The Detroit-Windsor scooter club, the Rovers, are steering their Vespas, Lambrettas and Moto-Guzzis to PJ's Lager House right around 8PM.

Animal House Party at the Whitney

Dig it: a cool and interactive "social good" experience benefiting the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). In an effort to raise awareness and funds while having a little fun along the way, the Animal House party will bring the community together to eat, drink and dance for the Michigan Human Society. The event is $40 and includes complimentary drinks, hors d'oeuvres, and entertainment (bring your dancing shoes, people) by way of the internationally-known DJ Graffiti.


Minnesota-based rapper Atmosphere headlines Saturday's Family Vacation Tour performance at the Crofoot.

The Family Vacation Tour

Your weekend rap-up: this hip hop Sunday night stop features accalimed emcee Atmosphere with friends Evidence, Blueprint, and DJ Baby along for the ride. That's at the Crofoot in Pontiac. More info here.

Bob Dylan

If hip hop isn't your thing, maybe Bob Dylan is. Be forewarned: his "Suburban Homesick Blues" is a proto-rap classic, and at seventy years old, he still belts it out. Sponsored in part by WDET, you can find more information at this link on our site.