12 Days of GRiZMAS, Detroit Urban Craft Fair, David Sedaris and more things to do in metro Detroit this week | What happens | Detroit

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GRiZ performs for GRiZMAS 2019. - LIZZ WILKINSON

  • Lizz Wilkinson
  • GRiZ performs at GRiZMAS 2019.

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12 days with GRiZMAS

Wed 12/1-Sun 12/12: There is vacation and then there is that holidøs, which is how Detroit flames, eh, celebrating the most wonderful, flaming time of the year. ‘It’s the season for 12 Days of GRiZMAS, an annual festival hosted by Michigan’s own kush-smoking DJ and philanthropist GRiZ, who just this year also launched its own line of cannabis products as well as a limited coffee blend (stocking stoppers, anyone?) And gives back in great style. Now in its 8th year, 12 Days of GRiZMAS is 12 consecutive days of trippy community-oriented activities, many of which will benefit the event’s annual charity partner, Seven Mile, an organization that offers after-school and summer camp programming involving local youth in music and creative art. (GRiZMAS says it has raised more than $ 100,000 for Seven Mile since its inception.) The event begins with an opening night workshop at GRiZMAS HQ (1301 Broadway St., Detroit) where people can come in and donate to the ongoing coat and toy ride , shop exclusively GRIZ merch, and bid on the charity auction, among other holiday activities and offers. The rest of GRiZMAS looks something like this: Craft and Cocktail Night at Spot Lite Detroit; GRiZMA’s charity dodgeball tournament in the Durfee Innovation Society; a 24-hour global charity live stream / mystery party; yoga in a place of surprise; hold trivia livestream; a community day that connects interested volunteers with local non-profit organizations; local microphone night at DIME; a jazz jam livestream with GRiZ and friends on Magic Stick; and rainbow roller disco at Bonaventure Family Skating Rink in Farmington Hills. As with previous years, GRiZMAS concludes with a few performances of the man himself, but this year we get a bonus performance, which means that there are three opportunities to strike his own track through the holiday season, with a little help from our saxophone-swinging friend. – Jerilyn Jordan

Event times and locations vary and run from Wednesday, December 1st to Sunday, December 12th; the full program of events can be found at 12daysofgrizmas.com. Ticket prices vary. Tickets for the GRiZMAS performances at the Detroit Masonic Temple start at $ 45. * The place requires proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before entry.

The magic of light

Wed 12/1 – Sat 1/1: Light is like a big deal. So much so that people are writing songs about, well, light. There’s Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” and Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights,” “There’s a Light That Never Goes Out” by Smiths, and of course Ellie Gouldings 2010 banger “Lights.” Once again, the power of light embraces the DTE Energy Music Theater, which is hosting its second annual extravaganza for vehicle vacations, the Magic of Lights. Last year, the event attracted 250,000 light-seekers, who enjoyed themselves in the glow of the event’s twisted light display with holiday-themed scenes using LED technology as well as digital animations, which now include a prehistoric Christmas and Mega Tree displays. There are some return favorites, such as the drive-thru Blizzard Tunnel, 12 Days of Christmas Winter Wonderland and The Night Before Christmas. Although this is a family-friendly event, take it from us, hotbox yourself into the holiday spirit and enjoy the sights, while at the same time trying to take a cue at how much Magic of Lights electricity bill is. – Jerilyn Jordan

The event takes place from 17:30 to 22:00 Sunday-Thursday and 17: 30-23: 00 Friday and Saturday at the DTE Energy Music Theater; 33 Bob Seger Dr., Clarkston; 313presents.com. Tickets cost $ 20 +.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Fri 12/3-Sun 12/5: Life’s a stitch, then you DIY Fortunately, the annual indie shopping event, also known as the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, has returned to take the scrap out of the often soulless nightmare of holiday shopping (because with every trip to Sharper Image for to buy a step -father a neck massager, an angel actually loses his wings). Following a virtual version of the shopping bazaar last year, DUCF will celebrate its 16th year as Michigan’s longest-running indie craft fair, having previously welcomed up to 10,000 visitors through the cunning AF weekend, which everyone is invited to take a closer look at. the more than 100 jury-judged sellers specializing in everything from jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, bath products, children’s items and other modern handmade items. The opening night will feature some make-and-take crafts as well as a live craft installation, and there will also be various giveaways during the weekend long event. For anyone who may not be able to get to the personal event (or if all this talk about the new COVID variant that sounds like the name of a new Marvel villain, Omicron, has scared you), DUCF will offer a detailed list of its suppliers with all the link to their online stores and social media sites so you can still support Midwest manufacturers from the safety of your sofa / bed / bathtub. – Jerilyn Jordan

The event runs from kl. 18: 00-21: 00 Friday, December 3, at 10.00-19.00 Saturday 2 December and at 11.00-18.00 Sunday 3 December; 500 Temple St., Detroit; detroiturbancraftfair.com; Tickets cost $ 10 for Friday, $ 5 Saturday and Sunday.

The aces

Sat, 12/4: It’s a minute ago we heard the happy indie pop stylings of Aces, the Utah foursome consisting of sisters Alisa and Cristal Ramirez as well as longtime friends Katie Henderson and McKenna Petty, whose second album, 2021’s Under my influence is the soundtrack to the reality show / mall’s montage of our pent-up pandemic dreams. A follow-up to the band’s debut in 2018 When my heart felt volcanic, which was basically an optimistic sunny ode to heartache (and gave us JR JR vibes or a Disney Channel version of Haim, which like, if you know us, is a compliment), Under my influence screws up for bulging, synthy and totally dancing disc Selling Sunset meets Tove Lo energy. Perhaps the most recognizable song on the record is “My Phone Is Trying to Kill Me,” in which the Ramirez sisters refer to their phones as being akin to “a monster” in their pockets. “Fucked up, drinking, smoking / Trying to live in the moment / I check that screen just one more time / My phone tries to kill me / When reading I feel hopeless,” they harmonize. Excuse us now as we put our phones on “do not disturb” and you know turn our attention to another screen or two. – Jerilyn Jordan

The doors open at 19.00 in St. Andrew’s Hall Detroit; 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com. Tickets cost $ 20 +. * The event requires proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before entry.

David Sedaris

Tue 12/7: No personal opinion, observation or neurotic pondering is out of the question for the prolific humorist, non-fiction legend and ironic lover of culottes, David Sedaris, who since joining NPR in 1992 to read his now famous essay “SantaLand Diaries” (in which he describes his stay as a department store nanny at Christmas) has made life a lot easier to laugh at. In recent years, Sedaris has been studied, among other things, by author Alex Heard, who fact-checked some of Sedaris’ work in 2007, only to discover some of his published essays involved exaggerated narratives with fictional characters. But like everything else, Sedaris puts its spin on its already skewed worldview and as a result invites us into a world where we are reminded that we are the authors of our own stories. Hi, it’s not like he went all the way up in James Frey or Stephen Glass, and at least no one seems to care much about how imaginative his memories of personal stories can be, a testament to his whimsical approach to the art of writing. At least, fast forward to Sedaris’ 13th collection of essays, this year Carnival of Snackery: Diaries (2003-2020), which is exactly (and nothing like) what it sounds like: a charcuterie table for self-examination. Sedaris was in hot water after a “joke” did not 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 basically a citizen’s arrest, but instead of detaining someone, you get fired. In this economy? Puf. Maybe just … stick to culottes. – Jerilyn Jordan

The doors open at 19.30 at the Michigan Theater; 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397; michtheater.org. Tickets cost $ 56 +. * The place requires proof of full vaccination or negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before entry. Masks are also required.

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