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  • GRiZ performs at GRiZMAS 2019.

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12 days of GRiZMAS

Wed 12/1-Sun 12/12: There are the holidays and then there is the Hellodaze, this is how Detroit soars, uh, celebrates the most wonderful, most flamboyant time of the year. It’s the 12-day season of GRiZMAS, an annual festival hosted by Michigan kush-smoker and DJ and philanthropist GRiZ, who this year also launched his own line of cannabis products as well as a blend of limited coffee anyone?) and is, once again, giving back tremendously. Now in its 8th year, the 12 Days of GRiZMAS are 12 consecutive days of trippy community activities, many of which will benefit the event’s annual charitable partner, Seven Mile, an organization offering after-school and summer camp programming engaging young people. young locals in music and creative arts. (GRiZMAS says it has raised over $ 100,000 for Seven Mile since its inception.) The event begins with an opening night workshop at GRiZMAS headquarters (1301 Broadway St., Detroit) where people can come. and donate to the ongoing coat and toy drive, buy exclusive GRiZ products and bid on the charity auction, among other holiday activities and offers. The rest of GRiZMAS looks like this: night of crafts and cocktails at Spot Lite Detroit; GRiZMAS charity dodge ball tournament at the Durfee Innovation Society; a 24 hour global charity livestream / mystery party; yoga in a surprise place; live team quiz; a community day, which connects interested volunteers with local non-profit organizations; local microphone evening at DIME; a jazz jam livestream with GRiZ and his friends at the Magic Stick; and Rainbow Roller Disco at the Bonaventure Family Rink in Farmington Hills. As in previous years, GRiZMAS ends with a pair of performances of the man himself, this year, however, we get a bonus performance, which means that there are three opportunities to forge your own way through the holiday season, with a little help from our saxophonist friend. —Jerilyn Jordan

The times and locations of the event vary and run from Wednesday December 1 to Sunday December 12; the full program of events is available on 12daysofgrizmas.com. Ticket prices vary. Tickets for GRiZMAS performances at the Detroit Masonic Temple start at $ 45. * The venue requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to entry.

Magic of lights

Wed 12/1-Sat 1/1: Lights are, like, a big deal. So much so that people write songs about the lights. There’s Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights”, the Smiths’ “There’s a Light that Never Goes Out”, and, of course, Ellie Goulding’s 2010 “Lights” banger. The DTE Energy Music Theater, once again welcoming the Power of Lights, is hosting its second annual in-vehicle vacation extravaganza, Magic of Lights. Last year, the event attracted 250,000 light seekers who bathed in the glow of the event’s curvy light featuring holiday-themed scenes using LED technology, as well as digital animation. which now include a prehistoric Christmas and a mega tree. There are a few returning favorites, like the Driving Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas Winter Wonderland, and The Night Before Christmas. Although this is a family event, trust us, get into the holiday spirit and soak up the views while simultaneously trying to measure the amount of Magic of’s electric bill. Lights. —Jerilyn Jordan

The event takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the DTE Energy Music Theater; 33 Bob Seger Drive, Clarkston; 313presents.com. Tickets cost $ 20 and up.

Detroit Urban Craft Show

Fri 03/12 / -Sun 12/5: Thankfully, the annual independent shopping event, aka Detroit Urban Craft Fair, is back to do away with the often soulless nightmare of holiday shopping (because on every trip to Sharper Image to buy a not-dad a masseur from neck, an angel actually loses its wings). Following a virtual version of the Trade Bazaar last year, DUCF will celebrate its 16th year as Michigan’s longest-running independent craft fair that has, in the past, welcomed more than 10,000 visitors throughout the Artful AF weekend. , who are all invited to browse the more than 100 sworn vendors specializing in everything from jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, bath products, children’s items and other contemporary handmade items. The opening night will feature handcrafted creations as well as a live craft installation and there will also be various freebies throughout the weekend event. For anyone who might not be able to make it to the event in person (or if all that gossip about the new COVID variant that looks like the name of a new Marvel villain, Omicron, has scared you) DUCF will offer a detailed list of its suppliers with all links to their online stores and social media pages so you can always support Midwestern manufacturers from the safety of your sofa / bed / tub. —Jerilyn Jordan

The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 2, and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3; 500 Temple Street, Detroit; detroiturbancraftfair.com; Tickets are $ 10 on Friday, $ 5 on Saturday and Sunday.


Sat, 12/4: It’s been a minute since we’ve heard the happy indie pop style of the Aces, the Utah quartet of sisters Alisa and Cristal Ramirez as well as longtime friends Katie Henderson and McKenna Petty, whose second album, 2021 Under my influence is the soundtrack of the reality show / mall montage of our pent-up pandemic dreams. A sequel to the group’s debut in 2018 When my heart felt volcanic, which was essentially an upbeat ode to sunny heartbreak (and gave us JR JR vibes or a Disney Channel version of Haim which, if you know us, is a compliment), Under my influence turns the dial on sensual, synthetic and totally dancing Sunset Sale meets Tove Lo energy. Perhaps the most relevant song on the record is “My Phone Is Trying to Kill Me,” in which the Ramirez sisters describe their phones as “a monster” in their pockets. “I fucked up, I drank, I smoked / I’m trying to live in the moment / I’m checking this screen again / My phone is trying to kill me / Reading it I feel desperate, ”they harmonize. Now excuse us while we put our phones on “Do Not Disturb” and, you know, turn our attention to another screen or two. —Jerilyn Jordan

Doors open at 7 pm at St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit; 431 E. Congress Street, Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com. Tickets cost $ 20 and up. * Event requires proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to entry.

David Sedaris

Tuesday 12/7: No personal opinions, observations, or neurotic musings are off limits to prolific comedian, non-fiction legend and one-iron culotte lover David Sedaris, who since traveled to NPR in 1992 to read his essay. Now famous “SantaLand Diaries” (in which he details his stint as a department store elf at Christmas) has made life a lot easier to laugh about. In recent years, Sedaris has come under scrutiny in part because of writer Alex Heard, who checked some of Sedaris’ work in 2007 to find that some of his published essays involved exaggerated narratives with fictional characters. But, like everything, Sedaris puts its twist on its already quirky worldview and, as a result, invites us into a world in which we are reminded that we are the authors of our own stories. Hey, it’s not like he’s all James Frey or Stephen Glass and, anyway, no one seems to care much about the whimsy of their personal story memories, a testament to their whimsical approach to art. to describe. Either way, fast forward to Sedaris’ 13th Essay Collection, this year Snackery Carnival: Newspapers (2003-2020), which is exactly (and not at all) what it sounds like: a self-examining charcuterie board. Sedaris ended up in hot water after a “joke” didn’t land. During a CBS segment last year, Sedaris complained about poor customer service during the pandemic and introduced the idea of ​​“citizen dismissal,” which is essentially an arrest by a citizen, but instead of detain someone, you can fire them. In this economy? Weft. Maybe just … stick to the culottes. —Jerilyn Jordan

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the Michigan Theater; 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397; michheater.org. Tickets cost $ 56 and up. * The venue requires proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to entry. Masks are also mandatory.

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