6 Things to Do This Weekend (May 14-16)

Check out new art exhibits, explore the paranormal, and be transported to destinations from Japan to the 1800s, to a galaxy far, far away, with this weekend’s events
May the 4th
Drink Boozy Blue Milk, enjoy Root Leaf Stew, and celebrate all things Star Wars at Hazel Park’s Frame. // Photograph courtesy of Frame

May the 4th be With You Dinner and Drinking Experience

Make the jump to lightspeed and head to The Rebel Outpost for your last chance to celebrate the unofficial Star Wars holiday May the Fourth. Mingle with smugglers and bounty hunters in Frame’s transformed backlot tent, complete with droids, space jams, a cantina bar, a 23-foot A-Wing Starfighter, and lots of Boozy Blue Milk. Plus, an otherworldly feast of dishes like Root Leaf Stew, Roasted Porg, and Cruciferous Flower from Lah’mu. $64. Through May 16. Frame, 23839 John R Rd. Ste. 2, Hazel Park; framehazelpark.com

Edo Avant Garde

The DIA’s Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures has partnered with Friends of Detroit Film Theatre and Freer House to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with free showings of Edo Avant Garde. The 2019 documentary, which focuses on the art of Japan’s Edo period (1615–1868), leads viewers through museums, tea houses, homes, and temples, where they encounter artwork in the form of folding screens, hanging scrolls, and handscrolls. Interviews with scholars, collectors, dealers, and priests elucidate the many innovative approaches to painting — such as abstraction, minimalism, surrealism, and subjectivity — that emerged from the Edo period. No cost. Through May 23. Virtual event; dia.org

Afterimage
See artist Frank Lepkowski’s debut solo exhibit, Afterimage, at The Riverside. // Photograph courtesy of Frank Lepkowski

Afterimage

Detroit artist Frank Lepkowski strives to capture the noise of the digital age through his multi-layered works. After featuring in group exhibitions both locally and internationally, Lepkowski presents his debut solo exhibition, Afterimage. Named for the “ghost images” that sometimes obscure our vision following exposure to bright or bold visuals, the series of digital paintings and large-scale interactive projections explores our relationship with online media. Abstracted landscapes represent half-memories and unfinished thoughts, begging the question, “When our minds rest after consuming a day’s worth of digital stimuli, what is left over?” No cost. Through May 22. The Riverside, 8711 Grand River Ave., Detroit, playgrounddetroit.com

Luce County Sheriff’s House and Jail Paranormal Exhibition

This weekend, Detroit Paranormal Expeditions — Southeast Michigan’s band of paranormal investigators — is taking on the Luce County Sheriff’s House and Jail. The latest in their repertoire of (supposedly) haunted historical sites, this house was built in 1894. For the next 70-plus years, the main floor of this irregular Newberry structure served as the sheriff’s residence, while the basement served as a jail. As with many old buildings, some claim it’s haunted. Watch the investigation live from the Detroit Paranormal Expeditions Facebook page to find out for yourself. No cost. May 15. Virtual event; detroitparanormalexpeditions.com

Lucia Hierro PC David Klein Gallery
Catch a virtual talk with artist Lucia Hierro this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of David Klein Gallery

Virtual Artist Talk with Lucia Hierro

The David Klein Gallery will take to Instagram Live this Saturday, to host a virtual artist talk with Lucia Hierro, the creative mind behind its Y Quien Quiere ta’ Comiendo Mierda e’ Hielo, Cuando Puede ta’ Bailando Algo Mejor? exhibition. The name, derived from song lyrics by Dominican singer Rita Indiana, roughly translates to, “And who’d want to be eating shit ice when you could be dancing something better?” Its room-size installations depict two-dimensional domestic environments, juxtaposed with supersized, three-dimensional foodstuffs and iconic mainstays of the Latin American home, including plantains, Mazola corn oil, devotional candles, and Fabuloso All Purpose Cleaner. Hierro will discuss how each element of the exhibition serves its purpose as a commentary on American imperialism. No cost. May 15. Virtual event; instagram.com

Our Kitchen: Vietnamese Cuisine

Another selection from the DIA’s extensive lineup of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month programming, this cooking demonstration will be hosted by Vietnamese American Association of Michigan board member and owner of Clarkston Village Bakeshop Stephanie Tran. She’ll be joined by Chef Tommy Nguyen, who will teach viewers to prepare the popular Vietnamese soup pho. In addition to being widely known in America, pho remains one of the most common dishes in Vietnam, served at street stalls, restaurants, and home dinner tables across the country. Nguyen will pair this with traditional Cà phê đá, — pronounced “cafe da” — a Vietnamese beverage of specially brewed coffee, iced and combined with sweetened condensed milk. No cost. May 15. Virtual event; dia.org

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