NEXT MONTH: Geek Fan Expo, 5-6-7 Sept in Dearborn

August 22, 2014 by  
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Geek Fan Expo 2014
September 5th, 6th and 7th, 2014
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Detroit
5801 Southfield Service Drive @ Ford Rd, Dearborn Michigan

Anime • Books • Comics • Cosplay • Fantasy • Horror • Scifi • Tabletop Gaming • Video Gaming

What is Geek Fan Expo?
Geek Fan Expo is an all-inclusive Geek-Fandom Experience. We include programming from all walks of Geekdom, and have designed the experience around you. Together with you, we are building the next generation of convention by bringing geeks of every type together to share a truly social geek fan experience.

Our interactive forum focuses on quality entertainment and production to bring you a both modern and nostalgic fan experience. Featuring destination events, topical discussion panels, workshops, vendor and artist exhibitions, contests and more!

This looks like a con for every flavor of geek — check out the whole schedule here!

Gentle Reminder: The Polyphonic Spree

August 21, 2014 by  
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The Polyphonic Spree
@the Magic Bag
Friday, August 22
doors 8pm $23 adv

Free tickets! Queensryche, Great White (Mark Kendall Interview), Dio Disciples and Bang Tango Aug 28th @ DTE

August 21, 2014 by  
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Our friends at National Rock Review recently spent some time interviewing Mark Kendall of Great White about their upcoming show at DTE Energy Music Theatre with Queensryche, Dio Disciples and Bang Tango. Head over to their site and enter to win a pair of tickets to the show!

Third Wave Music

August 21, 2014 by  
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Some very cool folks are looking to open a full service musical instrument shop servicing Detroit. 
Watch this video and support the indiegogo campaign

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August 20, 2014 by  
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Our Detroit Derby Girls All-Star team has made it to Division 2 playoffs and need your help to get them there!

The girls have teamed up with the Frank Wendland Post 253 The American Legion on Friday, August 22, 2014 in Royal Oak to hold our very first spaghetti dinner fundraiser.

The night will include:
Dinner and Drinks with your favorite Derby Girls
50/50 Raffle
Silent Auction
Merchandise for purchase

Suggested donation of $9.00 will get you a plate of spaghetti, a salad, and a dinner roll. The plates start slinging at 5:00 pm and ends when food runs out.

Our fundraiser will take place at:
Frank Wendland Post 253 The American Legion
1505 N. Main Royal Oak Mi 48067

Theatre Bizarre Tickets Go On Sale Friday

August 20, 2014 by  
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Before seeing the The Polyphonic Spree at The Magic Bag, get your Theatre Bizarre tickets across the street.

Pre-Sale Ticket Event will be held on Friday, August 22nd & Saturday, August 23rd from 7pm until 2am

Both nights brimming with live music, circus freaks, & burlesque along with a cash bar in The Rust Belt Market event space in Ferndale, Michigan.

The Preview Gala ~ Friday, October 17th at the Masonic Temple [Limited to 450 tickets] ~ A semi-formal masquerade including special guests, strolling dinner, open bar, & valet

Tier 1: $150 -first 100 [available at The Rust Belt ONLY - limit 2 per purchaser]
Tier 2: $200 -only 150 available
Tier 3: $250 -only 200 available

Theatre Bizarre ~ The Greatest Masquerade on Earth ~ Saturday, October 18th at the Masonic Temple

Tier 1: $65 -first 500 [available at The Rust Belt ONLY - limit 2 per purchaser]
Tier 2: $75 -now until October 1st
Tier 3: $85 -after October 1st

Both nights of this Pre-Sale Event will be 21 and OVER only with a $5 COVER which is refunded with any purchase of a ticket or merchandise.

Tickets will also be available during normal Rust Belt Market hours in the Event Space from 11am-7pm Saturday & 11am-6pm on Sunday the 24th.

All remaining TICKETS will become available from our local retailers and from the website as WILL CALL ONLY beginning on August 25th.


August 20, 2014 by  
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Up and coming singer Leah Giesey is one of the 14 finalists in the Fifth Third Band Superstar Competition at the Michigan State Fair. The annual Fair is this labor day weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace located at 46100 Grand River in Novi.
The Superstar finalists will compete Friday, August 29th from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, August 30th from 2-6 p.m. on the main stage. Leah’s performance time slot is 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Each competitor will perform three original or cover songs for the judges and crowd.
Contestants will be scored in five areas including vocal technique, entertainment value, stage presence, appropriateness of music and appearance. Bonus points will also be awarded for performing original music and for receiving the loudest audience applause of the day.

She asked four fellow students from the School of Rock Farmington to make up her band The Troublemakers; Michael Tjilos (drums & keys), Scott Thayer (bass), Chris Coburn (guitar), David Moening (guitar).
The Grand Prize Winner will be the headlining performer (two 45-minute sets) the evening of Sunday, August 31st and will receive a prize package valued at approximately $25,000, including; a $2,000 cash prize, songwriting coaching, artist and repertoire song selection and publishing consultation and vocal performance instruction from Nadair Omowale and the Masters of Music Conservatory in Royal Oak, studio production consultation and direction from Chuck Alkazian, recording and mastering of a three song EP at Pearl Sound Studios in Canton and booking consultation with 2 Stones Events.
Leah Giesey is a 15 year old singer who hails from Commerce, Michigan where she is a sophomore at Walled Lake Northern High School. She is also a student at the School of Rock Farmington where she has been a member of the School of Rock’s House Band since August 2012 performing at festivals, schools, fundraisers and other events.

The teen's love of music started at the age of two and she later found her voice singing in the school choir. She took voice lessons at the age of nine and her first performances were at school talent shows singing pop songs and performed Broadway showtunes at B’nai Moshe & Temple Israel in West Bloomfield. She discovered not only a talent for singing but for playing as well and joined the school orchestra. In the sixth grade she participated in Huron Valley’s Got Talent Competition and won 2nd place. By the eighth grade she decided to pursue a career in music.

She has been a student at the School of Rock since 2012 studying voice, guitar, keyboards and bass. She was taught by her mentor Laura Mendoza of the hard rock band White Shag. Mendoza has been instrumental in her career, not only teaching her the basics but steering her in the right direction for her budding musical career. "Leah's voice is really amazing and the band is also very talented. It's really great to see them taking off on their own and taking things to the next level," Mendoza said of her protege.

For more information on Leah Giesey check out her page at

For more information on the Michigan State Fair visit their website at

NEW MUSIC: Johnny Marr Debuts New Single "Easy Money"

August 19, 2014 by  
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Legendary guitarist Johnny Marr has released "Easy Money" - the first single from his upcoming album Playland due out October 7 via Warner Music Group.  Rolling Stone explains the song has, "...throbbing bass, funky guitar and a catchy melody to mask lyrics about the downfalls of greed."

Johnny describes the video as, "A 'high times in low rent England' kind of thing whereas the song 'Easy Money' is more of a 'low times in high rent England' kind of thing." Marr adds: "I like the idea of sneaking a serious concern into the mainstream, disguised as a big pop tune. The riff was so catchy and infectious that I wanted it to be about something that appeared to be trite but was actually quite universal. Money is a preoccupation of everybody, and it took me quite a long time to write something that appeared to be simple. If you were to ask anybody in the City what they're after, essentially the root of it is money. It's the age-old thing of people thinking that it will make us happy."

'Playland' is Marr's second solo effort and the follow up to last year's critically acclaimed (included the honor of being named as NME's Godlike Genius) Top 10 debut album 'The Messenger.' Work on the album commenced in London in spring 2014 as soon as the year of touring in support of 'The Messenger' came to a close. It finds Marr continuing the creative connection that was forged on 'The Messenger' with collaborator and co-producer Doviak, as well as the other musicians who performed on the album and accompanying tour.



This Friday Inner State Presents Ales “Bask” Hostomsky’s "Location Location Location" August 22nd from 7-10pm

August 19, 2014 by  
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             Czech-Born Artist Bask Returns To Detroit For Solo Exhibition
"Location, Location, Location" Features An Entirely New Body Of Work & Massive Installation

Opening Friday August 22nd at 7pm, Inner State Gallery welcomes Czech-born artistAles "Bask" Hostomsky as he returns to Detroit for his first solo exhibition in over 2 years. An entirely new body of work "Location, Location, Location" showcases Bask's blend of graffiti, punk and DIY styles into his latest exploration of Detroit's unique textures and vast urban landscape.

"The inspiration for this show was to showcase Detroit's strengths, struggles, and landscape. Overall the esthetic of my work is very similar to the city of Detroit. The repurposed nature of my art plays off of panels, wood and signs that once were proudly displayed, but over the years stopped serving their intended purpose and were thrown out. That is until I come across it and drag it back to my studio, where hopefully I'll be able breath a second life into the object.  This is how I see Detroit and all the people that are fighting tooth and nail to pull the city back to the greatness it once represented." Bask said putting the finishing touches on his latest body of work in Detroit's historic Eastern Market.

Known for his massive murals across the globe, over the top gallery installations and tireless work ethic, Bask's latest solo exhibition is his most ambitious to date. Created over countless late nights and early mornings over the summer Bask has assembled nearly 300 pieces of original artwork for Location, Location, Location.

With his latest hand-painted multiple series "Face Invaders" Bask provides his die-hard fans with a collection of 200 - 12x12 inch original works of art that embrace the iconic language he has developed over his 15-year career.

"I wanted to do something special to coincide with the show. So the idea came to mind to to make a series of pieces in sets that were all hand painted. No stencils or silkscreens. I just wanted to offer actual painted pieces that are affordable to anyone who wants it. From there I had the idea of bringing back some of the faces that have appeared in my past works along with characters that Detroit inspired me to create. There are over 500 hours in these between myself and my assistant. Each panel was painstaking worked over and my focus to was to make sure that each piece is a one of a kind." Bask said.

Along with these hand-painted multiples, the solo exhibition will feature a massive installation as well as new large scale work from the Florida based artist who himself once called Detroit home.

"I took the opportunity to move to Detroit fourteen years ago, but my stay lasted only 4 years. However, during that time the city had a profound impact on my work, as well as my consciousness towards social and political issues. It was this appreciation for the influence that Detroit has had on me that inspired the work I made for the show," Bask said.

Recently, Bask's work was personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. and was featured in the blockbuster Iron Man 3 with Bask's artwork featured throughout the movie and lining the lair of the movie's villain Mandarin. In addition Bask has been commissioned Evan Longoria, Death Cab For Cutie, Primus, the estates of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, Art Basel Miami, MTV, Vans and Red Bull among many others.


"Bask's dedication and work ethic is second to none and we've been honored to watch his work evolve into an internationally recognized talent. We couldn't be more excited to present his most ambitious show to date," Inner State gallery co-owner Jesse Cory said.

Please join us at from 7-10pm for an artist welcoming reception and opening night.

Inner State Gallery
1410 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI. 48207

About Bask:
Bask has been working as a professional artist for 15 years. His work has been featured in countless books and publications. His work has also been personally selected by Robert Downey Jr. to be featured in Iron Man 3 and commissioned by the likes of, Evan Longoria, Pow Wow Hawaii, Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, Death Cab For Cutie, Primus, the estates of Tupac Shakur and Notorious BIG, Ride Snowboards, Art Basel Miami, MTV, Vans and Red Bull. Bask's work has also been viewed around the world in solo exhibitions and group exhibits.

About Inner State:
Inner State Gallery is Detroit's premier art gallery for both established and emerging artists, both locally and internationally. Located in Eastern Market, the 1800 square foot gallery is home to two exhibition spaces, an artist live/work space and the gallery's publishing company 1xRUN.

More information can be found at:


August 19, 2014 by  
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"Menagerie: A Group Exhibition"
Presented by the Ferndale Public Library Arts and Exhibitions Committee
When & Where: Monday, August 25 – Saturday, October 11, 2014
Artist's Reception: Thursday, August 28, 7-9pm - Free to the Public
The Ferndale Public Library will be presenting a zoo's worth of art with its latest group exhibition.
"Menagerie" is the seventh art exhibit hosted by the library and it runs Mon., Aug. 25 – Sat, Oct. 11, 2014.
There will be an Artists' Reception held at the library on Thu., Aug. 28, 7-9 pm.
Creatures from every kingdom, from insects to jellyfish to birds and mammals, will be captured in frames and in form at the library. Two-dimensional works include photographs, drawings and paintings in numerous mediums. Animals are represented in folded paper, mixed media ensembles, stone, and more. Artists from throughout the metro Detroit area found inspiration for this exhibition.
Contributing artists include:
Lara Alami, Kia Arriaga, Abida Blaze, Alana Carlson, Joseph Ferrarro, Faye Gibson, Jeremy Harvey, Julie Howells, Peggy Kerwan, Brigid Kilcoin, Debby Kobayashi, Brian Lewandowski, Terri Light, P. Mari, Kathy Meloy, Katherine Montalto, Deandra Norman, Rafael Pacheco, Matt Paw, Catherine Peet, Marion Richter, Kathy Ritter, Stella Rothe, Joseph Smedo, Jenny Snyder, Jeremy Wilson and Kelly Wojdyla.
The Committee will not be involved in the sale of any artwork in the exhibition beyond providing interested buyers with the artist's provided contact information.
The Ferndale Public Library Art and Exhibitions Committee's mission is to promote and foster an appreciation of two and three-dimensional art for library patrons, through exhibits, lectures, and an expanded collection of art books.
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