Sander Kleinenberg 4/27 • Elektricity
The Dutch DJ and producer has not only been successful with his eclectic music and record labels, he's also known for his ability to create different atmospheres at all sorts of venues all over the world – including his use of self-created digital video at his concerts to enhance the experience and add variety to the show. "I thought it to be imporant to use my success and position in a forward-thinking, creative and modern way," says Kleinenberg. "DJing with video is great way of using modern techniques to create synergy." He's currently working on a new album, and after traveling all the way to Pakistan on tour, he's thrilled to be playing the Motor City. "Detroit is one of the most influential places of the planet, when it comes to music. From the Jacksons to Carl Craig and from Derrick May to the Supremes. It has been an inspiration throughout modern music history. Playing in Detroit is and always will be special," he says. Tickets are $10, more info at elektricitymusic.com.
Swan Lake 4/27-4/29 • Detroit Opera House
Arguably the world's most well-known ballet, Swan Lake – with its delicate artistic choreography, music and romantic storyline – obviously carries with it a rich history and culture (all Black Swan jokes aside). It's considered a classic and has served as a benchmark for all sorts of stories that followed it. Whether it be stage plays, films, operas or books, this enchanting tale has influenced storytelling for over a hundred years. And now is your chance to see it at the Detroit Opera House, performed outside of Spain for the first time ever by the Barcelona Ballet. The Barcelona Ballet incorporates classical, neoclassical and contemporary choreography, making it the only classical ballet company in Spain. More info at michiganopera.org.
Magda Kaminski 4/27 • Bleu
The multi-talented Polish singer, dancer and songwriter Magda Kaminski has been performing on stages in Canada, Detroit and Chicago since she was a little girl, so it's no wonder where she developed her big stage presence. After becoming a well-known name in the Polish community, she decided to win America over. And so far she's been incredibly successful in doing so, especially right here in Detroit–her song "This Is It" hit number one in just two weeks on our local radio station, 96.3 and was number one on the Radio Café for eight weeks in a row. Recently, her album Who I Am was released and became an instant hit because of her captivating style of electronic pop music. Because she's been so well-received by Detroiters, she's going to be making an appearance and performing at Bleu Detroit on Friday.
Royal Oak Restaurant Week 4/27-5/6 • Royal Oak
For the second year in a row, the city will be hosting Royal Oak Restaurant Week. Three-course meals will be served by over 20 restaurants for $15, $25 or $35 during lunch and dinner. This is a perfect opportunity to revisit your old favorites or check out new restaurants in town. Some of the participating restaurants include Andiamo, Black Finn, Pronto!, Café Muse and more. The event runs for ten days and no tickets are necessary.
Motor City Nightmares 4/27-4/29 • Novi Sheraton
For the third time, Skull House Pictures is bringing us the only horror/ independent film convention in Michigan. If you've seen any of the work this team of Detroit moviemakers has offered us before (Fright Night double features, Exit 33, The Remake and more), you know that the Motor City Nightmares Weekend of Horror is going to be a wonderfully dark and subversive experience. The night will include tons of events, special guests and presentations for all of the diehard horror fans in Detroit.
Saliva 4/26 • Emerald Theatre
One of the most prominent bands today, Saliva has been named a pioneer of the new American rock along with bands like Creed. The band has been on a one-way road to success ever since the release of its self-titled debut album in 1997, and has since topped the charts and even made it on Billboard's Hot 100 and 200 lists. This past year, the guys released their most recent album, Under Your Skin, and will be performing an all-ages show at the Emerald on Thursday. Doors at 7 p.m., tickets are $15. More info at emeraldtheatre.net.
Hot Chelle Rae 4/26 • Crofoot
Hot Chelle Rae has made a huge impact on pop culture and created a name for itself in the music industry. And that's just in 2012. The group's hit "Tonight, Tonight" not only made it to the Billboard top 10, but became a well-known pop reference with its humorous and catchy lyrics. And that song is only one of the several upbeat, feel-good tracks that Hot Chelle Rae offers on its most recent album, Whatever. After spending the summer on the road with We the Kings and doing a fall tour with the Script, they're now headlining a U.S. tour. Doors at 6:30 p.m., tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of. More info at thecrofoot.com.