6 Things to Do This Independence Day Weekend (July 2-4)

Celebrate with the Detroit Tigers, a new show at Detroit Artists Market, and barbecue
Bill Bushart PC Melissa Vest
Comedian Bill Bushart is at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Melissa Vest

Bill Bushart

Bill Bushart’s high energy, in-your-face comedy — described by the comic himself as “a bitter pill to swallow” —  earned him the title of Metro Times’ Best Comedian in Detroit in 2010. He has since appeared on various local radio shows and worked with comedy greats like Greg Geraldo, Lisa Lampanelli, and Gilbert Gottfried. $10+. July 2 and 3. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; comedycastle.com

Wildwood BBQ Fest and Laser Spectacular

Celebrate the Fourth all weekend long with award-winning barbecue, classic rock covers, and a stunning laser show. The Wildwood BBQ Fest Guests can browse more than 20 vendor booths, while enjoying all-day, live music, including tributes to Poison, Phish, Def Leppard, and David Bowie. $7. Through July 5. Wildwood Amphitheater, 2700 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion; orion.events

“You Shall Not Pass,” by Sydney G. James, is among the works in the Overture exhibit. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit Artist Market


The Vanguard Artist Collective will show at the Detroit Artists Market this weekend, in its inaugural group exhibit. The group is made up of four Detroit artists — Sydney G. James, Scheherazade Washington Parrish, Rashaun Rucker, and Tylonn J. Sawyer — who use art as a medium to speak on social issues. As its name suggests, Overture will act as an introduction to the ongoing narrative the collective will present. The works in the exhibition incorporate themes of history, conditioning, gender, language, and politics, and they reject the idea of post-Blackness. No cost. Through July 24. Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroitartistsmarket.org

Girls Shred Session

Girls of all ages, skill levels, and disciplines are welcome to shred and socialize with like-minded peers at Royal Oak’s Modern Skate and Surf skate park this Saturday. Participants will enjoy discounted rates and a welcoming atmosphere. $10. July 3. Modern Skate & Surf, 1500 N. Stephenson Hwy., Royal Oak; modernskate.com

detroit tigers - Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan
The Detroit Tigers face the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park this Sunday. // Photo: IStock

Much Love Festival Pre-Party

If you’re struggling to wait for next month’s Much Love Festival in Bellevue, Ohio, stop by Hot Rock Sports Bar and Music Café this weekend. Thirteen dubstep, bass, and tech house acts — including heavyweights of the Cleveland scene, like Jondoetho1, Drgoo, and M8trx — come together to bring audiences a sneak peek of the highly anticipated electronic music festival. $10. July 3. Hot Rock Sports Bar and Music Cafe, 24300 Hoover Road, Warren; facebook.com 

Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox

Spend your Independence Day at the ballpark, and see if the Tigers can hang onto the energy that earned them two wins in Cleveland last weekend. Comerica Park will also host live bands and DJs, and a barbecue, in honor of the 4th of July holiday. After all — what’s more American than baseball? $33+. July 4. Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mlb.com