6 Things to Do This Weekend (March 19-21)

Spring makes its debut with a weekend of art, music, and film
Romona Collins Quartet
Romona Collins Quartet performs at Ann Arbor’s Blue LLama Jazz Club this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of the Romona Collins Quartet

Wojnarowicz

Wojnarowicz, which was shown at the Tribeca and Hot Docs Film Festivals, examines the life of David Wojnarowicz — a multidisciplinary, queer artist and activist of the 1970s and ’80s. Known for wielding his art as a weapon against injustice, Wojnarowicz denounced the establishment’s indifferent response to the AIDS epidemic that was ravaging his New York City community. He would die of the disease at just 37. The documentary combines recollections from friends, family, and contemporary artists with his body of paintings, journals, and films, to portray a fiercely political and unapologetic spirit.  Tickets include a Q&A with director Chris McKim and cultural critic Carlo McCormick. No cost. March 19-April 16. Virtual event; dia.org

Brahms’ Second Serenade

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform one of the few orchestral pieces by German composer, pianist, and conductor Johannes Brahms. Though a contemporary of the Romantic movement, Brahms is more often considered an observer of the classical. He is best known for his irregular rhythms, lyrical melodies, and folk-music influences, which characterize his Second Serenade. No cost. March 19. Virtual event; dso.org

Ramona Collins Quartet

Guests at the Blue LLama Jazz Club this Saturday will enjoy a tasting menu of chef-selected dishes — such as Seared Duck Breast, Cacio e Pepe, and Tomato Au Poivre — to the soundtrack of jazz classics and popular ballads performed live by singer-songwriter Ramona Collins. The seasoned songstress and WXTS-FM radio personality has flaunted her soulful voice and engaging stage presence at jazz clubs and festivals across the Midwest for more than 50 years. $125. March 20. The Blue Llama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-372-3200;  bluellamaclub.com

Quilting with Anue
Join Detroit fiber artist April “Anue” Shipps this weekend for a virtual quilting event. // Photograph courtesy of The Wright

Quilting with Anue

Detroit fiber artist April “Anue” Shipp’s original quilt patterns and soft-sculpture dolls have been exhibited at galleries, museums, and universities both local and international. Currently teaching the Art of Quilt Making at Wayne County Community College, Shipp will bring her tutelage to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, guiding students in exploring the technique behind quilt-making. No cost. March 20 and 27. Virtual event; thewright.org

Chris Smither

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chris Smither has released 18 albums over the course of his 50-plus-year career. He combines blues and American folk music with influences from modern poetry and philosophy, producing such hits as “Leave the Light On” and “Call Me Lucky.” This weekend, Smither will lead a virtual master class, in which he’ll break down his musical process and provide commentary on the origins of his songs. Joining him in this intimate conversation will be his good friend and musician-songwriter Peter Mulvey. $20. March 20. Virtual event; theark.org

Celebrating Women in Jazz

The Sean Dobbins All-Star Tribute Ensemble will pay homage to the influential ladies of jazz, raising awareness for the contributions of female artists and encouraging today’s young women to succeed them. In between renditions of the musicians’ greatest hits, the ensemble will discuss both the social challenges and the accomplishments of these iconic women. No cost. March 21. Virtual event; kerrytownconcerthouse.com

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