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  • Fantasia
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    After rising to fame on Season Three of American Idol, Fantasia Barrino, who now simply goes by Fantasia, has created quite a career as an R&B singer/actress. In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her song “Bittersweet” and has also recorded four albums between 2004 and 2013. The singer turned actress has also starred in Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story, as well as on Broadway in The Color Purple and After Midnight. Fantasia performs at Chene Park, Friday, Aug. 1. Doors at 8 p.m.; 2600 Atwater St, Detroit; 313-393-7128; cheneparkdetroit.com; tickets $40 and up.

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  • Godzilla
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    Kensington Metropark, Stony Creek Metropark, and Willow Metropark • With the DFT and DIA currently under renovation, the Detroit Film Theatre is presenting its summer movie series at various Metroparks in southeast Michigan. In celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original monster movie that entirely changed movie entertainment, the DFT will be having three showings of the original Japanese film Godzilla. The classic 1954 movie was directed by Ishiro Honda and is still heralded as the best the franchise has ever seen. This screening will feature a restored version in Japanese with English subtitles. Each night the movie will be prefaced with a short reel from award-winning Michigan student filmmakers. Screenings begin at 8:45 p.m.; admission is included with park entry; Godzilla will screen at Kensington on Aug. 1; Stony Creek on Aug. 8; and Willow on Aug. 15; 313-833-7900; dia.org.

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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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  • Royal Oak Summer Beer Session

     Another installment of Royal Oak Beer Fest, Summer Session is the celebration of local craft beer and the people who make them. This event is great for both those who consider themselves an aficionado of local brews as well as those who just like to casually enjoy craft releases. Here you’ll get a chance to taste great beer, meet with brewers, enjoy food from local restaurants, get down to great music, and enjoy games like Giant Jenga. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; royaloakbeerfest.com; tickets are $45 for general admission and $65 for VIP.

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  • Sidewalk Festival

    Not many cities have the plethora of independent and alternative art forms that flood the streets of Detroit. Simply walking through Midtown can be like flipping through a fashion book or stumbling upon a free jazz concert. This fest is a celebration of those people; you know, the artists and creators, the visionaries, and the people that keep Detroit just weird and wonderful enough to feel like home. This second annual Sidewalk Fest is coming back full-fledged with numerous performances from local bands, DJs, artists, dance troupes, and more. Passalacqua, Detroit Party Marching Band, and Tunde Olaniran are just some of the musical performers who’ll be on hand while Pop-Up Shakespeare seems particularly intriguing. Sci-fi belly dance by Raks Geek and a 30-foot fiber art tunnel are other worthy attractions. Shows start at 3 p.m.; 17340 Lahser Rd., Detroit; sidewalkdetroit.com. Free.

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  • Sidewalk Festival

    Not many cities have the plethora of independent and alternative art forms that flood the streets of Detroit. Simply walking through Midtown can be like flipping through a fashion book or stumbling upon a free jazz concert. This fest is a celebration of those people; you know, the artists and creators, the visionaries, and the people that keep Detroit just weird and wonderful enough to feel like home. This second annual Sidewalk Fest is coming back full-fledged with numerous performances from local bands, DJs, artists, dance troupes, and more. Passalacqua, Detroit Party Marching Band, and Tunde Olaniran are just some of the musical performers who’ll be on hand while Pop-Up Shakespeare seems particularly intriguing. Sci-fi belly dance by Raks Geek and a 30-foot fiber art tunnel are other worthy attractions. Shows start at 3 p.m.; 17340 Lahser Rd., Detroit; sidewalkdetroit.com. Free.

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