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MICHIGAN COMIC CON

at Cobo Center

Comic artists and pop culture are the core of these types of conventions, but celebrity guests help with the hype, too. Some of the stars scheduled to appear include actors Cary Elwes and Lea Thompson (both Sat.-Sun. only), “Star Trek” legend Nichelle Nichols and others. Noon-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $30-$60. 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit. michigancomiccon.com.

CLASSICAL NIGHTS

at Clark Park

This three day celebration of music, art and dance includes a variety of entertainment. Sean Blackman and Audio Birds play world music on Friday night, and Fransis Batayhe brings traditional and folkloric Arabic music Saturday. Sunday’s entertainment is Ballet Folklorico Pasión Mexicana, Group Azteca, COMPAS, Motor City Street Dance Academy and DJ Skipz. 3-7 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Free. 1130 Clark, Detroit. southwestdetroit.com.

I LOVE THE ’90S TOUR

at DTE Energy Music Theatre

Get those Cross Colours jeans and choker necklaces ready for this celebration of pop, hip-hop and R&B from the 1990s. It’s 105.1 the Bounce’s second birthday bash, too, and Salt-N-Pepa, Montell Jordan, Kid ’n Play, Tone Loc, Rob Base and Young MC are all expected to perform, however the lineup is subject to change. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.

MOTOR CITY MUSCLE

Downtown Detroit

A celebration of rock and roll and muscle cars, this new event includes three days of hot cars and seven stages of entertainment. Musical highlights include Belinda Carlisle (9:15 p.m. Fri.), the Gories (7:45 p.m. Sat.), Ace Frehley (10:15 p.m. Sat.) and Sponge (10:15 p.m. Sun.). Fri.-Sun. Free. Campus Martius, Spirit of Detroit Plaza and Hart Plaza. Woodward near Jefferson, Detroit. motorcitymuscle.us.

DREAM CRUISE

on Woodward

The Motor City looks back to glory days with classic cars on display on and around Woodward from Ferndale to Pontiac. Each city has cruise-related programming and family fun. All day Saturday. Free. woodwarddreamcruise.com.

big shows

THURSDAY

G-Eazy and Lil Uzi Vert wity Ty Dolla $ign and more at DTE Energy Music Theatre, hip-hop, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $29.50 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO with Dawes at Little Caesars Arena, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $49.50 and up. 2645 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-7000.

FRIDAY

Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Dwight Yoakam with King Leg at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, Americana/country, 6:30 p.m. Fri. $35 and up. 234 Festival Drive, Rochester Hills. (313) 471-7000.

Jeremih, Teyana Taylor and DaniLeigh at Majestic Theatre, R&B, 7 p.m. Fri. $35 in advance, $40 day of. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Toad the Wet Sprocket with Megan Slankard at Royal Oak Music Theatre, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $39.50-$65. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Rockin’ on the Riverfront with War at GM Renaissance Center, rock/metal, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free. Atwater near Beaubien, Detroit. gmrencen.com/rockinontheriverfront.

SATURDAY

Kindred Music & Culture Festival with Payroll, Bevlove, Supakaine and more at Roosevelt Park, R&B/hip-hop, noon-9 p.m. Sat. $35-$45. 2405 Vernor, Detroit. facebook.com/KindredMediaAndEntertainment.

Quinn XCII at Beacon Park, singer/songwriter, 6:30 p.m. Sat. Free. 1901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 962-0101.

Rascal Flatts with Dan + Shay and Carly Pearce at DTE Energy Music Theatre, country, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $29.50 and up. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (313) 471-7000.

Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ’N Out Live with Rip Michaels, Hitman Holla, Conceited, Justina Valentine, Iamzoie, Charle Clips and more at Little Caesars Arena, comedy, 8 p.m. Sat. $35 and up. 2645 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 477-7000.

Earth, Wind & Fire with Sheila E. at Chene Park, pop/R&B, 8 p.m. Sat. $65 and up. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

SUNDAY

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Saint Andrew’s Hall, ska/punk, 6 p.m. Sun. $29 and up. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Black Tusk with Child Bite, White Nails and more at Small’s Bar, metal, 6:30 p.m. Sun. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. smallsbardetroit.com.

Beach House with Papercuts at Royal Oak Music Theatre, indie rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $32-$55. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

TUESDAY

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, jazz, 8 p.m. Tues. $40-$52. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Shelby Lynne at the Ark, country, 8 p.m. Tues. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

WEDNESDAY

Raheem DeVaughn at Chene Park, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $15 and up. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

live music

THURSDAY

Many Rooms with Angelo De Augustine at Pike Room, singer/songwriter, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $13. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Lydia, Jared and the Mill and Cherry Pools at the Loving Touch, indie rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $16. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Cheick Hamala Diabate at Trinosophes, African music, 8 p.m. Thurs. $12. 1464 Gratiot, Detroit. (313) 737-6606.

FRIDAY

Ann Arbor Blues Festival with Shemekia Copeland, Benny Turner, Carolyn Wonderland and the Bob Margolin Trio at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, blues, 5 p.m. Fri. $40 and up. 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline, Ann Arbor. a2bluesfestival.com

Red Baraat at the Cube at the Max, rock/jazz/funk, 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$49. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Class of ’98 at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $5. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Oopapada featuring Dr. Prof. Leonard King at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

SATURDAY

Ann Arbor Blues Festival with Ana Popovic, Javina Magness, John Sinclair and the Blues Scholars with Don Was, Jake Kershaw and more at Washtenaw Farm Council Fairgrounds, blues, 11 a.m. Sat. $40 and up. 5055 Ann Arbor-Saline, Ann Arbor. a2bluesfestival.com

St. Clair Jazz Festival with Jazz Funk Soul, Lindsey Webster, Alexander Zonjic, Urban Jazz Coalition and Joey Sommerville at Palmer Park on St. Clair River, jazz, 1-9 p.m. Sat. Free. 498 N. Riverside, St. Clair. (810) 329-2962, (810)329-7121 or zonjic.com.

Elvis tribute and memorial service with Sherman Arnold with Charlie Nava and Dawn Marie at Huron Valley Eagles #3732, tribute show, 4:30 p.m. Sat. doors, 7 p.m. show. $20 (includes dinner). 13636 Telegraph, Flat Rock. (734) 231-8358.

NateWantsToBattle with Zach Callison at Loving Touch, pop, 7 p.m. Sat. $15-$50. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Night Demon at Token Lounge, metal, 7 p.m. Sat. $10. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Emily Rose with Audra Kubat and Tamara Findlay and Scott Fab and Carmel Liburdi album release concert at Ant Hall, singer/songwriter, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 2320 Caniff, Hamtramck. planetant.com.

SUNDAY

Jarrod Champion at Cliff Bell’s, pop/rock, 11:30 a.m. Sun. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Ann Arbor Blues Festival with Tosha Owens, Erin Coburn, Kara Grainger and Dany Franchi at Blind Pig, blues, 1:30 p.m. Sun. $15 and up. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

Neil Woodward with Suzanne and Jim at the Ark, folk, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

WEDNESDAY

Discipline, Bill Grogan’s Goat and Ladyship Warship at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 7 p.m. Wed. $8 in advance, $10 day of. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Kota the Friend at Pike Room, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Wed. $15-$35. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

clubs/djs

FRIDAY

Coalition DJs Detroit 6th anniversary concert featuring Tee Grizzley at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 6 p.m. Fri. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Paul Oakenfold at Grasshopper, 9 p.m. Fri. $25. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

Luau Night at Bleu Detroit, 10 p.m. Fri. 1540 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 974-7799.

SATURDAY

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

SUNDAY

Psyclon Nine at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Sun. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

TUESDAY

Tacos, Turntables and Tequila Tuesdays hosted by Grant Jackson at the Alley Deck at Magic Stick, 4 p.m.-midnight Tues. No cover. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEKEND

“Wicked” at Detroit Opera House, 8 p.m. Thurs. 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. and 8 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through Sept. 2). $43 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

Tom McCarthy with Ken Witzgall and Jim Eliot at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7:15 p.m. Fri. and 7 p.m. Sat. $10-$20. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Josh Wolf at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $15. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

FRIDAY

Chippendales at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 8 p.m. Fri. $23-$35. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

visual arts/films

THURSDAY

Birmingham Society of Women Painters opening night reception at Atrium of Novi, 6-8 p.m. Thurs. (runs through Sept. 21). 43155 Main, Novi. bswpainters.org

FRIDAY

Cult Classics in the Courtyard with “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” at Trumbull & Porter Hotel, 8 p.m. Fri. Free. Trumbull and Porter, Detroit. reddunnkitchen.com.

etc.

THIS WEEKEND

Day Out With Thomas at Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and Aug. 24-26. $22. 6140 Bray, Flint. (866) 468-7630.

African World Festival at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5824.

Summer Motor City Tattoo Expo at Detroit Marriott, noon-11 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun. $20-$45. 400 Renaissance, Detroit. summermotorcitytattooexpo.com.

Royal Pet and Ale Fest at Michigan Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $23.95, $12.95 seniors and students, $14.95 ages 5-12. 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly. (248) 634-5552 or michrenfest.com.

SUNDAY

Motorcycle ride to benefit Homes for Our Troops at Texas Roadhouse, 8 a.m. Sun. breakfast and registration, followed by 10 a.m. ride ceremony. $25-$35, $10 for non-riders. 27050 23 Mile, Chesterfield to 4270 24th Avenue, Ft. Gratiot. HFOTUSA.org/bikerun.

MONDAY

Free open skate at Farmington Hills Ice Arena, 5:30-6:50 p.m. Mon. Free admission and skate rental. 35500 Eight Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 478-8800.

Compiled by Melody Baetens

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