February 26, 2014 at 1:00 am

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Taj Mahal & the Trio will play Saturday at Magic Bag. (Magic Bag)

big shows

OUR PICK

BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS

at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Blending pop, rock and blues, Big Head Todd and the Monsters have been around since their debut in the late ’80s. Since then, the band led by Todd Parker Mohr has released an album every few years or so, though none has been more popular than 1993’s “Sister Sweetly.” Chicago blues guitarist Ronnie Baker Brooks is also on the bill. 7 p.m. Sat. $24 in advance, $30 at the door, $45 mezzanine. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

THURSDAY

Hannibal Buress at Saint Andrew’s Hall, comedy, 7 p.m. Thurs. $27.50. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Doughboyz Cashout at Perani Arena and Event Center, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 3501 Lapeer, Flint. (810) 744-0580.

FRIDAY

Why Foolish Got Fired Comedy Show at Fillmore Detroit, comedy, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $17-$100. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

SATURDAY

Here Come the Mummies at Fillmore Detroit, funk/R&B, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $20-$30. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

Taj Mahal & the Trio at Magic Bag, blues, 8 p.m. Sat. $58. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

SUNDAY

Bizarre at the Shelter, hip-hop, 7 p.m. Sun. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Stanley Clarke at Majestic Theatre, jazz, 7 p.m. Sun. $38. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

WEDNESDAY

Bob Weir & Ratdog at Fillmore Detroit, rock, 6 p.m. Wed. $25-$65. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

live music

THIS WEEK

George “Sax” Benson at Dirty Dog Jazz Café, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $15 for some sets. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 882-5299.

THURSDAY

We Are the in Crowd at Pike Room, rock, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $15. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Jana Kramer with Canaan Smith and Austin Web at Crofoot Ballroom, country, 7 p.m. Thurs. $16. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Joe Louis Walker at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $25-$30. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Cycle of Violence, Blue Collar Stompers and Ironclad at the Rockery, punk, 8 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 1175 Eureka, Wyandotte. (734) 281-4629.

The Pete Siers Trio featuring Dave Bennett and Tad Weed at the Ark, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Skins and Strings: Lionel Loueke, Robert Hurst and Pepe Espinosa at Kerrytown Concert House, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $15-$30, $5 students. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Scott Gwinnell Dectet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8:30 p.m. Thurs. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Bob Wayne, Don “Doop” Duprie and Pat V and the Detroit 3 at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Thurs. $8. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Captains of the Head at Small’s Bar, sea chanties, 9 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

FRIDAY

Into It. Over It. with the World Is a Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid to Die, A Great Big Pile of Leaves and Braided Veins at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $12. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

The Unlikely Candidates and the Vegabonds at Shelter, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $8.90. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The Witches with Mexican Knives and Pretty Ghouls at Magic Bag, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

Irish Rovers at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, Irish, 8 p.m. Fri. $35 and up. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 943-2354.

Metal Church at Token Lounge, metal, 8 p.m. Fri. $20. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Commander Cody at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$25. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings at the Ark, Americana, 8 p.m. Fri. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

The Electric Flute Project wtih Neoterica Flutes at Kerrytown Concert House, jazz, 8 p.m. Fri. $15-$30, $10 students. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Michigan State University College of Music “Chopinana” at Fairchild Theatre in MSU’s Auditorium, classical, 8 p.m. Fri. $15, $12 seniors, $5 students. 542 Auditorium Road, East Lansing. (517) 353-5340.

Stikyfut, the Erers, the Wall Clocks and Big Brother Smokes at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Young Punk with Robin Parrent, Jason Daker, Humons and the Avon Players at New Dodge Lounge, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 8850 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Traits, Warhorses and Dead Leaf Echo at New Way Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

SATURDAY

Fred Frith at Trinosophes, rock, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $12-$15. 1464 Gratiot, Detroit. (313) 737-6606.

The Yellow Room Gang and Straight Eight at Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, folk, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $27.50. 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-0063.

Terence Blanchard & Friends at Orchestra Hall at The Max, jazz, 8 p.m. Sat. $18 and up. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Allan Barnes at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 and 10 p.m. Sat. $10. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

Hoodang at the Ark, Americana, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

New Country Rehab, Blair Alise & the Bombshells and Mike Galbraith at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $6. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Cheapshow, the Gator, Carmel Liburdi and Ben La Liberte at New Dodge Lounge, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 8850 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Mardis Gras Bash with Detroit Blues Society at Shelly Kelly’s Irish Pub, blues, 9 p.m. Sat. No cover. 18339 E. 14 Mile, Fraser. (586) 294-1440.

Dead in 5 CD release party with Harlow, Downspeed and the Wild Savages at Token Lounge, hard rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $7-$10. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

The Brian Charette Organ Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

The Armed, Old Gods and Misfortunate Sons at the Rockery, hard rock, 10 p.m. Sat. No cover. 1175 Eureka, Wyandotte. (734) 281-4629.

SUNDAY

Al Petteway and Amy White, Dakota Dave Hull and Jake & Mary at the Ark, Celtic/folk, 1:30 p.m. Sun. $30. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Warren Concert Band Winter Concert at Warren Woods Community Theatre, classical, 3 p.m. Sun. $10, $5 students grades 9-12. 13400 12 Mile, Warren. (586) 709-8192.

Macomb Symphony Orchestra “No Strings Attached” at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, classical, 3 p.m. Sun. $18, $15 seniors and students. 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. (485) 286-2222.

George Benson and the Speakeasy Quartet at Kerrytown Concert House, jazz, 4 p.m. Sun. $15-$30, $5 students. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Foundations with Rising Autumn Shore and My Darling Annabel at Pike Room, rock, 5 p.m. Sun. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Wayne State University Student Jam with Chris Collins at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 6 p.m. Sun. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

MONDAY

Wayne State University’s Mondays at the Max at Music Box at The Max, classical, 7:30 p.m. Mon. $15. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Chappo and Royal Teeth with Parade of Lights and Lights & Caves at Pike Room, rock, 8 p.m. Mon. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

TUESDAY

Paczkipalooza with Polish Muslims, the Party and more at New Dodge Lounge, rock/polka, 7 a.m. Tues. No cover. 8850 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Paczki Day Party with Polka Floyd, East Side Elvis and the Motor City Mafia, Man, Inc. and 500 Club at Small’s Bar, rock/polka, 10 a.m., music starts at 4 p.m. Tues. No cover. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

O’Brother at the Shelter, rock, 6:30 p.m. Tues. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The Irish Rovers at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Irish, 7 p.m. Tues. $43-$48. 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. (485) 286-2222.

WEDNESDAY

Vance Gilbert at the Ark, folk, 8 p.m. Wed. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Loquacious with Phryme Rhyme Boss, Gen Pop, Obie Iyoha and more at Blind Pig, hip-hop, 9 p.m. Wed. $5-$8. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

visual art

FRIDAY

Artist reception for “Silhouettes” exhibit by Alice V. Schneider at the Carr Center, 6 p.m. Fri. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. (313) 965-8430.

Detroit Artists Market Annual Scholarship Awards and Exhibition at Detroit Artists Market, 7-10 p.m. reception (runs through April 5). 4719 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-8540.

Opening reception for “Kottie Gaydos: From Awake to Awake” at Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Fri. reception; 2 p.m. Sat. gallery talk (runs through April 4). 407 Pine, Rochester. (248) 651-4110.

film

THURSDAY

Brew & View with “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at Magic Bag, 9 p.m. Thurs. $2. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

THIS WEEKEND

“Bethlehem” at Detroit Film Theatre, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (also March 7-9). $8.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-4005.

“The Selfish Giant” at Detroit Film Theatre, 9:30 p.m. Fri., 9:30 p.m. Sat. and 4:30 p.m. Sun. $8.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 883-4005.

SATURDAY

Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Farmer’s Wife” at Detroit Film Theatre, 3 p.m. Sat. $8.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 883-4005.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

“Venus in Fur” at Performance Network Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $24-$32, pay-what-you-can Thursday. 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. (734) 663-0696.

“Moon Over Buffalo” at Hilberry Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs. and Sat. (through March 29) $12-$30. (313) 577-2972.

“Bartleby the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street” at Visitor Center of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. ($15. 1100 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Shores. (313) 881-4004.

“Breaking Convention” at Go Comedy! Improv Theater, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. (through March 7). $15-$20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

Comedian Keith Alberstadt with Phil Dunham and Adam Hirzel at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“Lysistrata Jones” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 6 p.m. Sat. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. and 2 and 8 p.m. Wed. (through March 9). $23-$40. 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester. (248) 377-3300.

“Assassins” at Farmington Players Barn Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $18, $16 students. 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 553-2955.

Godfrey at Joey’s Comedy Club, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12-$20, $22-$32 with dinner. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

Comedian Mike Green at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $7-$10 in advance, $9-$12 at the door. 314 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

“Redwood Curtain” at Purple Rose Theatre Company, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. and 3 and 8 p.m. Wed. (through March 15). $22-$42. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.

“My Occasion of Sin” at Detroit Repertory Theatre, 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 3 and 8:30 p.m. Sat. and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. (through March 16). $17 in advance, $20 day of. 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. (313) 868-1347.

“Ain’t Misbehavin’ ” at Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $20-$24. 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 541-6430.

The Joffrey Ballet at Detroit Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. $35-$65. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

THURSDAY

85th annual Spring Dance Concert “Celebrate!” at Bonstelle Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $15-$20. 3424 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 577-2960.

SATURDAY

“The Improvised Shakespeare Company” at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 2 and 7 p.m. Sat. $25, $20 seniors and students. 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. (485) 286-2222.

Motor City Improv at Comedy Sportz Detroit inside the Michigan Actors Studio, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 648 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (877) 636-3320.

OPENING TUESDAY

“Porgy & Bess” at Detroit Opera House, 8 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through March 9). $29-$112. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

WEDNESDAY

Comedian Grant Lyon at Joey’s Comedy Club, 8 p.m. Wed. (also March 6-8) $10, $20 with dinner. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

etc.

OUR PICK

CLARK PARK WINTER CARNIVAL

at Clark Park

Shake off cabin fever with outdoor games, ice skating, marshmallow-roasting, carriage rides and a petting zoo at the annual Winter Carnival. noon-5 p.m. Sat. Free admission. 1130 Clark, Detroit. (313) 841-8534.

THIS WEEKEND

Outdoorama and Cottage and Lake Front Living Show at Suburban Collection Showplace, 3-9:30 p.m. Thurs., noon-9:30 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10, $4 ages 6-14, $5 parking. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (800) 328-6550.

FRIDAY

Book Launch: “A Violent Embrace: Art and Aesthetics After Representation” by renée c. hoogland at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 6-8 p.m. Fri. $5 suggested museum donation. 4454 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-6622.

Celebrating Youth Dinner with silent auction and live music at El Zocalo Restaurant, 6-9 p.m. Fri. $35-$100. Proceeds benefit Clark Park. 3400 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 841-8534.

SATURDAY

PaczKi Run in Hamtramck, 10 a.m. Sat. $40. Jos. Campau at Hanley, Hamtramck. www.tour-de-troit.org/paczkirun.

Monster Jam at Ford Field, 7 p.m. Sat. $20, $10 kids, $2 more day of show. 2000 Brush, Detroit. (800) 745-3000.

Battle of the Bands X swing band competition and swing dance at Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom, 7 p.m. Sat. $25. 500 Temple, Detroit. (248) 879-3706.

Moon Dusters Ballroom Dancing with Tommy James at Livonia Civic Center, 8-11 p.m. Sat. $8. 15218 Farmington, Livonia. (248) 968-5197.

SUNDAY

“Best Movies” party at Maple Theater, 5:30 p.m. Sun. Free admission, $29 for reserved seat and buffet and popcorn. 4135 W. Maple, Bloomfield. (248) 750-1030.

TUESDAY

WWE Smackdown at Joe Louis Arena, 7 p.m. Tues. $23-$98. 19 Steve Yzerman Dr., Detroit. (313) 396-7000.

WEDNESDAY

“Public Enemy: Confessions of an American Dissident” author Bill Ayers at Source Booksellers, 6:30 p.m. Wed. 4240 Cass, Detroit. (313) 832-1155.

Stanley Clarke will perform Sunday at the Majestic Theatre. (Valery Hache / Getty Images)
Hannibal Buress will do his stand-up comedy act Thursday at Saint Andrew's ... (Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images)
Bob Weir & Ratdog will be at the Fillmore Detroit on Wednesday. (Cory Schwartz / Getty Images)
The Irish Rovers perform Friday in Dearborn and Tuesday in Clinton ... (Irish Rovers)
The Improvised Shakespeare Company will do the bard for laughs Saturday. (Macomb Center for the Performing Arts)