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ANTI-FREEZE BLUES FESTIVAL

at Magic Bag

This annual post-holiday blues feast is headlined by Eliza Neals & the Narcotics on Friday with Big Ray and the Motor City Kings. On Saturday, James Montgomery is the big name, along with Jim McCarty, Tosha Owens and Bobby Murray. Doors open at 7 p.m. both nights and tickets cost $20 per evening. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

UNDERGROUND HIP-HOP AWARDS

at Saint Andrew’s Hall

A celebration of independent rap and hip-hop artists, this fourth annual event is hosted by DJBJ from Hot 107.5. This event is 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Tickets are $20-$50. There will be an Underground Hip-Hop Awards “Freshmen Showcase” 9 p.m. Friday at Bullfrog Bar & Grill, 15414 Telegraph, Redford. Cover is $10. Visit undergroundhiphopawards.com.

big shows

FRIDAY

Esham at Harpo’s, hip-hop, 6 p.m. Fri. $15. 14238 Harper, Detroit. (313) 824-1700.

Black Label Society with Corrosion of Conformity at Fillmore Detroit, metal, 6:30 p.m. Fri. $30 and up. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

SATURDAY

Tiffany Haddish at MGM Grand Detroit, comedy, 7 and 10 p.m. Sat. Sold out. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

WEDNESDAY

August Burns Red at Crofoot Ballroom, metal, 6:30 p.m. Wed. $25. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Criss Angel at Caesars Windsor, magic, 8 p.m. Wed. $35 Canadian and up. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. (800) 991-7777.

live music

THIS WEEKEND

“Ring with Words” with Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall at the Max, classical, 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. $15-$100. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

THURSDAY

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 7 p.m. Thurs. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Jessica Care Moore at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, rock/poetry, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10, $5 for members. 4454 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-6622.

Midnight Gold, Painted Shapes and Bear Bones at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

FRIDAY

Boys of Fall at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 6 p.m. Fri. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Awesome Dre at Detroit Institute of Arts, hip-hop, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fri. Free admission for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

The Fruits with Wonderbox, Call Marvin and Blue Anthems at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $5. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Thunderwüde with Chelsea House Orchestra at the Ark, bluegrass, 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Chris Codish Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

The Sugarees at Otus Supply, Americana, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 345 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-6160.

SATURDAY

Detroit Music Festival at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 3 p.m. Sat. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Daisys, Former Critics, Pancho Villa’s Skull and the Reckless Scamps at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Scarlet Lies, Krillin, Space Skull and the Lucid Furs at El Club, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $5-$8. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor, the High Strung, the Beggars and Duende at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Joe Hertler at Otus Supply, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $15-$20. 345 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-6160.

“What’s in a Song” with Martin Katz, piano and curator at Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, classical, 8 p.m. Sat. $40-$60. 911 N. University, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

Jon-Erik Kellso Quartet at Kerrytown Concert House, jazz, 8 p.m. Sat. $15-$30, $10 students. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

SUNDAY

Emma Aboukasm at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 7 p.m. Sun. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Dorothy at Shelter, rock, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The Abigail Stauffer Trio with Olivia Millerschin at the Ark, singer/songwriter, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

TUESDAY

Kenneth Thompkins at the Cube at the Max, classical, 7 p.m. Tues. $9-$49. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

clubs/djs

FRIDAY

DJ Minx and Mother Cyborg at El Club, 8 p.m. Fri. $5. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

Phlegmatic Dogs at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

SATURDAY

Dantiez at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEKEND

Jay Stevens at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7:15 p.m. Fri., 7 and 9:30 p.m. Sat. and 7 and 10:30 p.m. Sun. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Derek Richards at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $9-$14. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

FRIDAY

Comedy Showcase hosted by Wayne RobbinZ and It’s Kev at Vernors Room, 9:30 p.m. Fri. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

WEDNESDAY

“Cirque du Soleil: Crystal” at Little Caesars Arena, 7:30 p.m. Wed. (through Jan. 14). $95 and up. 2645 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

“Nana’s Naughty Nickers” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Wed. (through Feb. 4). $28-$43. 378 Meadow Brook, Rochester. (248) 377-3300.

visual art/film

THURSDAY

Documentary screening “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” and conversation with Oudolf and filmmaker Thomas Piper at Detroit Film Theatre, 7 p.m. Thurs. $10, $8 seniors and members. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

WEDNESDAY

“Nature and Nurture: Artwork from Ann Arbor Public Schools Art Teachers” at Kerrytown Concert House, 5-7 p.m. Wed. reception, runs through Feb. 4. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

etc.

SATURDAY

New Year, New You Wellness Expo at Royal Oak Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Free. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. yynywe.com.

SUNDAY

“Frozen” afternoon tea with Anna and Elsa at The Townsend Hotel, noon-1:30 p.m. Sun. $40. 100 Townsend, Birmingham. (248) 647-2196 to reserve.

Compiled by Meldoy Baetens

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