Kid Rock & the DSO 5/12 • Fox Theatre
For one riveting night, the classical musings of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will combine with the grittiness of Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band to raise $1 million to benefit the DSO. This unusual pairing has teamed up with the common goal of creating the funds that the DSO needs to keep the music thriving in Detroit. While Kid Rock is known for creating music of multiple genres such as rap, rock and country, and at times even melding them all together, he is also an avid philanthropist. Expect this event to give "classic rock" a whole new meaning. Tickets range from $100-$350, doors at 8 p.m.; for tickets and info go to olympiaentertainment.com.
Natasha Leggero 5/11 • Magic Bag
Presenting a delightfully brutal comedic personality juxtaposed with a vintage femme appearance, Natasha Leggero's standup is one you need to be aware of. She is a recurring face on Chelsea Lately, a judge on The Last Comic Standing and will soon be premiering in NBC's new show Free Agents in September. She'll be performing twice on Friday, so that you will be able to see that her comedic aura reach beyond pure gossip cattiness and to an intellectual and (at times) political statement about society. Tickets are $20, doors at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. More info at themagicbag.com.
George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic 5/11 • Royal Oak Music Theatre
George may not be sporting the long colorful weave any longer, but he and his funk, soul and rock collective (who were, in fact, originally two different bands under two different labels) will still be sure to bring you lots of dancing and loads of funk. Having been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1997 (along with 15 members of the Parliament-Funkadelic band), Dr. Funkenstein returns once again to the ROMT. Doors at 8 p.m., advance tickets are $29.50, $35 day of show. More info at romtlive.com.
Faces of Autism 5/12 • Judson Center
The creative minds of the clients, siblings and friends of the Royal Oak Judson Center's Autism Connections are delighted to present the art show entitled Connected Through Art: Faces of Autism. The show will display both the therapeutic art created by the clients and also a photo docu-series displaying the therapeutic process that the clients, siblings and friends go through when coping with an autism spectrum disorder diagnosis. Doors at 6 p.m. with a $20 suggested donation. For more information contact Elaine Robinson at 248.549.4339 or Elaine_Robinson@JudsonCenter.org.
Caroline D'Amore 5/12 • Bleu
The Los Angeles-born actress and model is known for her work in films Sorority Row, Pizza with Bullets and Rollers – but she's known more so for being simply gorgeous. Look for her intoxicating DJ credentials (she's good, we promise!) to make an electric appearance in Detroit for the first time as the featured guest DJ at Bleu's hottest weekly event, Experience. Cover is $10 for this 21+ event, more info at bleudetroit.com.
Peelander-z 5/12 • Pike Room
What do you get when you cross a Japanese game show and New York punk? If you guessed Peelander-Z, then you're obviously a cheater and we don't want to play with you anymore. But to be more specific, you'll be witnessing performances by Peelander-Yellow, Peelander-Red and Peelander-Green. Yes, those are their names. And they rock. And they're demanding of audience participation. Doors at 8 p.m., tickets are $12. More info at thecrofoot.com.
Dubfire 5/11 • Elektricity
Ali Shirazinia – better known as Dubfire – is bringing his techno, house and minimal sounds to Pontiac for a fantastic Friday performance with our good buddy YOS. The producer won Beatport's Best Minimal Artist and Best Techno Artist in '08 and '09, so you know it'll be a great party! Haven't been to Elektricity yet? Well, you should – it's only $10 for this show (as usual, they keep things financially responsible for all you EDM fans out there). Doors are at 9 p.m. for this 18+ show. More info at elektricitymusic.com.
Detroit Dog Rescue Adoption Fair 5/12 • Pet Supplies Plus
Head out to the Pet Supplies Plus store in Redford Township on Saturday (from noon to 3 p.m.) to check out the dog adoption fair – with some REALLY adorable rescued canines – a fantastic partnership between the Detroit Dog Rescue and local pet supply chain Pet Supplies Plus (our Best Pet Supply Chain Store for 2012). All dogs are current with their vaccinations, temperment-testing and have been spayed or neutered. Enjoy the animal companionship, along with food, drinks, DJ entertainment and DDR merchandise for sale. Contact Pet Supplies Plus at 313.255.1633 for more information.