#PLAYDETROIT: March Events Happening in Detroit

Contributor Imani Smith highlights the top events of the month.

Let’s start off by saying that we could all use a little pick-me-up around this time of the year. It’s not quite spring- yet the nostalgia for winter and snow has already come and gone. By now you’re probably feeling the lack of sunshine messing with your mind. Despite the winter blues, it’s time to pull yourself together, get fresh and help shake off that seasonal depression! Check out our suggestions to get you through the month.

Textures of the City Opening Reception (Friday March 8th)

Details: 6p Collected Detroit -2439 Fourth Street – Detroit, No Cover

Collected Detroit presents its second exhibition Textures of the City.” The exhibit will feature 25 works by revered artist and teacher Glida Snowden. And for the first time Gilda will be joined by an additional seven of Detroit’s most spirited contemporary artists including painter Darius Baber, painter and sculptor Donald Calloway, painter and printmaker Eric Fogle, painter and sculptor M. Saffell Gardner, fiber artist Najma Ma’at, fiber artist Mandisa Smith, and painter and encaustic artist Paula Zammit.

Textures of the City embodies a rich array of artworks created by area artists using various styles, techniques, and materials. Each of these artists have a special connection with or were inspired by the much-missed Gilda Snowden. The exhibit honors Gilda’s memory and her impact on the Detroit art community.

There will be live music at the opening reception on March 8. The event will be catered by the Cass Cafe and beverages will be provided. There is ample parking in the lot across the street from the gallery. The exhibit will run through Saturday, April 6, 2019. More info here.  

The 6th Annual Hamtramck Music Festival (March 7th-9th)

Details: Friday 7pm, Location varies, Hamtramck MI. $15 all access Wristbands

If you’re a local music head and know anything about having a good time, then you already know that this weekend of live music is bursting with local musicians from every genre featured in the Hamtramck Music Fest! HMF features 209 bands playing in 24 different venues celebrating the very diverse music scene of Detroit!

Saturday Night is packed full of our top picks (how do you be in multiple places at once?!) including Mister (10PM) and Tart (12AM) on Saturday night at Ant Hall; Ben Keeler Band at Bumbo’s (10:30PM) or The Drinkard Sisters (12AM) at Outer Limits, and performances James Linck (11:15PM)(back from California!) and The Dropout (12:15AM)at Baker Street Car.

Purchase your weekend wristbands here to access all of the bands performing throughout the city!

Vibe With Me: House on Horton Release Party (March 9th)

SaturdayCorktown Tavern – 1716 Michigan Ave. Corktown, Detroit

$5 before 11pm

Stableheed is bringing another installment of Vibe with Me. If you’ve never been to a Stableheed house party, then you are in for an evening of beautifully curated music, art and culture. Featuring Live DJ sets by WRCKLES, TAMMY LAKKIS, NUNTHELESS and JHOUSE! House of Horton will celebrate and display original artwork from Stabbleheed’s Creative. WRCKLES in the house that sparked the very vision of the collective.

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers (March 15th)

Friday 8p Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Tickets $20

Link to purhcase

This is an event that will have you laughing, crying and asking for more! A curated live storytelling show that features real stories and real people. Told Live presents: Ain’t I A Woman!” The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, a curated live storytelling event that features Real People. True Stories. Told Live presents “AIN’T I A WOMAN!” Featuring Twisted Storytellers Jane Garcia, Allo Greer, Yolanda Nichelle and Jane Rennalls. Along with Twisted Musical Guest: Lamar Anthem and Twisted Dance Guest: Renaissance High School Dance Team. More info here.

Massive Attack at Masonic Temple Theatre (March 22nd)

Friday 7:00p Masonic Temple – 500 Temple Street,Tickets $69

Who doesn’t love Massive Attack? And who doesn’t love the history and feeling of Masonic Temple Detroit? Exactly, go get your tickets!

Virago (March 23rd)

Details: Saturday 7pm 16647 Livernois Avenue Detroit MI 48221

Reimagining the Civic Commons Presents VIRAGO: A multi-media group art installation discussing the origins of American contemporary gender presentation Franchesca Lamarre, Deja Jones, Cyrah Dardas and Taylor Childs investigate the identities of five femme identifying, Detroit native musicians, isolating and encapsulating the ways in which they present their gender; discussing femininity through sound, fashion, photography, and environment.

The exhibition features installations by Cyrah Dardas, Franchesca Lamarre, Deja Jones and Taylor Childs, as well as the visual art of Bapak Durden, Paul Fifty Johnson, GIsela Mcdaniel, Donovan Dewberry, Ijania Cortez, Olivia Guterson and Cydney Camp.

The Exhibition opening takes place on March 23rd, 2019 and will exist for one night only. Admission is free and open to the public, with an RSVP: https://viragoexhibit.app.rsvpify.com

Last Day of Fractured Beauty Exhibition: Andrew Krieger, Alisa Henriquez (March 23rd)

No cover. David Klein Gallery – 1520 Washington Blvd – Detroit

Three artist taking you on a trip through their individual perspectives exploring shapes, colors and other elements. Exhibit on display from Feb 16th-March 23rd.

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2019 (March 29th)

Friday 7:30p Motown Museum – 2648 W Grand Blvd – DetroitGA $10

Every Friday in March join performers at the historical Motown Museum for preliminary rounds of Motown Mic. A spoken word poetry competition paying homage to the birth of Motown’s Black Forum Label.

Drag Brunch in the D! (March 31st)

Details: Sunday 11:30a Punch Bowl Social – 1331 Broadway – Detroit

Tickets $35

Looking for some seriously glam Sunday morning fun? Punch Bowl Social is hosting this daytime drag show… with all the mimosas and glitter, this brunch gone give you want you want, chile! Strike your best Vogue and werk! Purchase your tickets on their Facebook.

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