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  • Sushi-Making Classes

    Have you ever wanted to be able to roll sushi like the masters at your favorite Japanese restaurant? Well now you can! Wyandotte’s aptly named Sushi Bar is holding a sushi-making and sake-tasting class this Tuesday. You will learn how to make several different types of sushi, how to make rice the right way and other tricks of the trade all while sipping on a sake, wine or beer pairing for each roll. Reservations are required.

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  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 7/29 7:00PM
     

    Attention! Calling all black sheep, bad seeds, outcasts and rejects! Next Tuesday, Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds will be rockin’ the grand interior of the Masonic Temple. No strangers to the constant ebb and flow of life, this alternative group has seen a multitude of members come and go and has experimented with every form of rock imaginable: punk, grunge, garage, gothic, no wave. You name it; chances are they’ve played it. We love Cave’s slow, haunting drawl in “Wide Lovely Eyes” and his metric story telling in “Red Right Hand”. Each song showcases different styles, sounds and instrumentals, leaving the listener constantly guessing what’s to come. Forest Gump could have alluded to Cave and the Bad Seeds because, like a box of chocolates, with this band, you never know what you’re gonna get.

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  • Michael Honig’s Winemaker 5-Course Dinner

    It has been 50 years since San Francisco ad man Louis Honig bought his 68-acre ranch in California’s Napa Valley, planting it with grapes to sell to neighboring wineries. It has been 30 years since his grandson Michael Honig took over the vineyard and winery. And 25 years ago, the family began producing small amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the sustainable, successful family winery now produces wines that appear on lists throughout the country. Those bottles will shine when paired with a menu from chef Alex Wannemacher’s 5-course dinner at Ann Arbor’s Chop House. Expect such choices as fennel-scented diver sea scallops, cardamom-crusted rack of lamb, porcini-dusted prime New York strip and more. It’s pricey, yeah, but what do you expect for a five-course meal with wines from a vineyard whose owner is right there with you?

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  • Jazz on the Avenue and 12 on 12 Pop Up Art Gallery

    For the second year in a row the city of Dearborn will be hosting its annual Jazz on the Ave concert series in conjunction with its 12 on 12 Pop Up Art Gallery. Both events will take place at the Dearborn City Hall 7-9 p.m. So whether it is live music or live art that you are interested come out and support this culturally enriching event. There will be several neighborhood restaurant showcased with booths set up around the park and all of the nearby restaurants will be open as well. So come by and make a picnic night of it.

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  • Imminent Disclosure Festival

    Since the beginning of time, man has wondered, “Are we alone?” The truth is here. Full disclosure: aliens do exist and this festival is dedicated to celebrating this knowledge. This is a weekend fest with music, art, dance and friends. There are several local headliners including: Dixon’s Violin, Downtown Brown, Leaving Lifted, Sick and many more. Claim your space, lay out your tent and get ready for a weekend party that is out of this world. The fest will kick off Friday at 3 p.m.

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  • Go Wild for a Cure!
    Go Wild for a Cure! 8/10 7:30AM
     

    Join us at the Detroit Zoo to raise awareness for lupus. All proceeds will go towards support, education and research with the goal of finding a cure for lupus!

    Place: Detroit Zoo    Tags: zoo
    Category: Events, Community, Benefit

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