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Best of the best: 5 fun things to do Aug. 8-14

August 7, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 07--Excitement is building all over town about Sunday's TV premiere of "LOW WINTER SUN," the made-in-Detroit crime drama series that's airing on AMC. To mark the big occasion, Detroit's Baltimore Bar & Grill is throwing an evening-long viewing party with music courtesy of Detroit blues artist Jeff Maylin, who will perform before and after the debut episode airs at 10 p.m. If staffers at the Baltimore seem a little starstruck Sunday, you'll have to pardon them: Scenes for the show were shot at the Greektown establishment. In a review of "Low Winter Sun" published Monday, the Hollywood Reporter called the D the show's "best character" and hailed "the crumbling, haunting beauty of Detroit."

Doors open at 6 p.m. Sunday, the Baltimore Bar & Grill, 1234 Randolph, Detroit. 313-964-2728. No cover.

As summer weekends go in metro Detroit, the upcoming one is relatively calm, but that's no excuse for idling away the next few days in a backyard lawn chair. Greenfield Village is jump-starting the midsummer fun Thursday night with an event it's calling LOCAL ROOTS BLUES, BREWS AND EVENING DINING BBQ. The hot-weather party is a Michigan-centric affair featuring Mitten-brewed beer and a locally sourced menu (think pulled pork with slaw, smoked Michigan beef brisket, grilled corn on the cob and shortcake). Music comes courtesy of the Front Street Blues Band, and dancing is strongly encouraged.

6:30-9 p.m. Thursday (dinner at 7 p.m.), Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. 313-271-1620. www.thehenryford.org. $65 (includes two drink tickets).

Rockers too young to remember hearing CHERIE CURRIE belt out "Cherry Bomb" with teen girl band the Runaways way back in 1976 got a chance to experience the next best thing in 2010 when young actress Dakota Fanning played Currie in the well-received film "The Runaways." (Kristen Stewart played fellow Runaway Joan Jett.) The movie stirred fresh interest in the band, which broke new (and usually shocking) ground for female rockers in the '70s and soon became identified with the growing punk movement. Currie, 53, still performs and tours when she's not busy working as a chain saw artist at home in California. She'll stop by the Magic Bag on Thursday as part of a quick swing through the Midwest.

8 p.m. Thursday, the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. 248-544-3030. $18.

The RED BULL HOUSE OF ART in Detroit's Eastern Market area will unveil work from a fresh batch of local artists starting Friday. This will be the fifth group of metro Detroiters given an opportunity by Red Bull "to create their work without financial or institutional constraints or censorship." Look for creations from, among others, Steven McShane, a steel sculpture artist; Elysia Vandenbussche, who works in clay and ink, and Jesse Kassel, who draws inspiration from vintage advertisements and graphic design. The Red Bull gallery is beneath the artists' workspace in the E & B Brewery Lofts.

Gallery opening, 7-11 p.m. Friday, Red Bull House of Art, E&B Brewery Lofts, 1551 Winder St., Detroit. www.facebook.com/redbullhouseofartdetroit. Free. Regular gallery hours 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.

Pretty-as-a-picture Monroe will be luring metro Detroiters south on I-75 this weekend for the DOWNTOWN MONROE FINE ART FAIR and the RIVER RAISIN JAZZ FESTIVAL. The art fair, marking its 10th anniversary this year, features everything from photography and paintings to fiber art and jewelry and also showcases Monroe's ample array of restaurants, shops and bars. The 12th annual jazz fest, held in St. Mary's Park along the riverfront, has a lineup this year that includes Alex Bugnon, Bobby Caldwell, Kevin Toney and Alexander Zonjic & Friends.

Downtown Monroe Fine Art Fair: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 734-240-2458. wwwmonroefineartfair.com.

River Raisin Jazz Festival starts at 6 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Performances are at St. Mary's Park in downtown Monroe. 734-240-2458.

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