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June 11 - 17

Detroit City back on home pitch this Friday

Yes, the Detroit City Football Club's home opener is finally here. Le Rouge hosts their Lake Erie rivals AFC Cleveland on Friday, May 17. Match time is 7:30 p.m. at Cass Tech's football field. Tickets are $5.

As always, there are pregame festivities, starting at 4:30 p.m. up the street at Harry's, 2482 Clifford, Detroit.

Echospace, JPLS, Population One head 'Ghost in the Sound' party

May 26, 9 p.m. - 7 a.m.
Maybe one of the most anticipated afterparties this weekend should be this one, 'Ghost in the Sound,' featuring Echospace, a duo made up of Port Huron's Rod Modell (a.k.a. Deepchord) and Chicago producer Stephen Hitchell (SoulTek). Echospace will be performing a live, danceable soundtrack to their film, Silent World. Which will be screened as well.

Also performing: JPLS, who has collaborated with Richie Hawtin, Marc Houle, Dubfire, Loco Dice, Voodeux, Ambivalent & Len Faki and others. JPLS also performs live, as does Detroit native Terrence Dixon's Population One project. Both rare local appearances. Also live: Steve Stoll, Woody McBride and Flashbulb, and DJ set by Detroit's Nospectacle with integrated video.

At 4264 Grand River, Sunday May 26, 9 p.m. - 7 a.m.

French no wave band Ulan Bator plays Trinosophes

Yet another "one of the best bands in the world you've never heard of" comes to Detroit, courtesy of the discerning programmers at Trinosophes.

Ulan Bator formed in France in 1995, and during the next two years hooked up with Krautrock pioneer Jean-Hervé Péron, who helped organize the first live collaboration between Ulan Bator and his band Faust.

In 2000, the full length Ego:Echo was released on Young God Records and produced by Michael Gira of Swans.

The band has added and subtracted members amd collaborators ever since, but remains a must-see. 

Saturday, May 11. Doors 9 p.m. $7. Trinosophes is at 1464 Gratiot, in Eastern Market.

Motor City Pride kicks off with MikeQ at the controls

June 7, 10 p.m. - 5 a.m.
MikeQ (Fade To Mind|Qween Beat|Mad Decent), is one of the leading figures of the long-running (but still largely underground) ballroom/vogue-house culture.

Based in New Jersey, the 27-year-old producer is not only one busy DJs, but he also heads up his own Qween Beat label and turns out a steady stream of vogue and ballroom tracks, re-edits, and remixes.

Thanks to Wink Detroit and Datswotsup! Q is in town this Friday, June 7 to kickoff the countdown to Motor City Pride. It's at the Works, with more DJs, from 10 p.m. until the sun comes up Saturday. Make that 5 a.m. 

The Works is 1846 Michigan Ave. in Corktown.

Nain Rouge: Run, chase, good times

March 24, various
Just thinking about the return of that red rascal, the Nain Rouge, brings our blood to a boiling point. It also inspires us to go shopping for gear to wear while we chase (or protest the chase) this Sunday.

The best places to start to prepare for the Marche du Nain Rouge, are at City Bird and Nest this Thursday, 6-9 p.m., at the stores' annual Fete du Nain Rouge.

And, of course, plan on wearing your finest 18th century threads at Model D's swinging Last Temptation of the Nain Rouge party on Saturday night.
On Sunday morning, head back around the corner for a warm-up at City Bird and Nest. Check out the Marche du Nain Rouge event page here.

'Passion of Joan of Arc' screens at DFT with live score

March 22-23, 8 p.m.
This film-music combo sounds mighty tasty. The Rackham Symphony Choir will perform composer Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra, accompanying a screening of Carl Th. Dreyer’s silent film, The Passion of Joan of Arc.
The Passion of Joan of Arc (actor/author Antonin Artaud pictured) is considered by many critics to be among the greatest films ever made.
Einhorn’s score is built around a series of texts by women writers of the middle ages, and brings to it both his research in medieval chant and his appreciation of compositional minimalism. The libretto is a montage of Latin and ancient French writings, and is presented with English subtitles. This program is presented through the collaboration of the Rackham Symphony Choir and the DIA Friends of Detroit Film Theatre.   
Friday, March 22 @ 8 p.m.: Dress Rehearsal; Saturday, March 23 @ 8 p.m.: performance. 

Get tickets in advance here. The DFT is inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., in Midtown's Cultural Center.

Carl Craig does intimate four hour set at MCW

May 24, 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.
We're beginning to get used to this in all the right ways: another Intimate evening with Detroit techno titan Carl Craig at MotorCity Wine.
This is the third festival weekend appearance by the legendary producer and DJ at MCW. This year, Craig is making this a benefit for the Detroit Institute of Arts. 
It's $10 before midnight, more after (if you can get in). MCW is a small venue. Space is limited. C2 plays a four-hour set, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
MotorCity Wine is at 608 Woodward Ave (2nd Floor), downtown Detroit.

Dan Kroha live, plus dance party at Hamtown's Lo & Behold

May 11, 8 p.m.
By now we're absolutely sure that you've been over to Lo & Behold, the book and record shop in Hamtramck that also features live music entertainment of the indie psych-folk-rock-blues variety. No? Well, what are you waiting on?

This weekend, the monthly Folk Blues Night features a release party for the cassette only collection Give Me No Trouble in the World I Know. It's the first of a series of traditional music compilations recorded live at Folk Blues Night at Lo & Behold. 
Last month, Rollie Tussing, Todd Albright and John Roundcity joined hosts Dan Kroha and Dave Morrison. Check out the April jam here.

As is part of this new tradition, the Detroit 78 Society will be going late into the night with a DJ-driven dance party. Check out the mixtape here.

Performances start at 8 p.m. No cover but donations are most welcome.
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