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Homegrown Happenings: People's Arts Festival, Dirty Americans and more...

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* Sights and sounds will be the order of the day at the second annual People's Arts Festival, which runs 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday (Sept. 13) at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroit. More than 4,000 people attended last year's inaugural event, and this year's sequel will feature more than 100 visual artists and craftspeople, nearly 50 music acts -- including John Arnold, the Sugar People, 60 Second Crush, the Singles and the Tracy Kash Thomas Band -- on four stages and a pair of films ("The Passenger" and the science fiction serial "InZer0"), along with restaurant and crafts exhibitors. Admission is free. For information visit www.myspace.com/peoplesartsfestival. A discount coupon for gallery purchases at the festival is available at www.streetwiseart.com/oaklanpress.jpg.

* Pontiac's Crofoot Ballroom will have its roof rocked off on Saturday (Sept. 13) when Dirty Americans celebrate the release of a new EP -- and bring the Muggs and the Vamps to support them. The Crofoot is located at 1 S. Saginaw St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

* CeeCee Collins & the RJ Spangler Trio will celebrate the release of their new blues album "Don't Mess Around" with a pair of shows Friday and Saturday (Sept. 12-13) at Harbor House, 440 Clinton St. in Detroit's Greektown area. The album features Collins originals as well as covers of songs by Mr. Bo, Willy D. Warren and Eddie "Guitar" Burns. Showtime is 9:30 each night, and there's no cover. Call (313) 967-9900 or visit www.myspace.com/clintonstreetseafood.

* The much-loved Detroit nightspot Your Place Lounge closes this weekend with one final blast of music Sunday (Sept. 14) by an ad hoc combo of the Brothers Groove's Chris Codish, Perry Hughes, James O'Donnell and RJ Spangler. The music starts at 10 p.m. The club is located at 17326 E. Warren Ave. Call (313) 881-4850 or visit www.myspace.com/yourplacelounge.

* Local rockers band Spitting Nickels and some anticipated special guests will pay tribute Thursday (Sept. 18) to band member Tom Furtaw, who passed away while opening for Blue Oyster Cult at a Rockin' on the Riverfront show last month, on Sept. 18 at the Atwater Block Brewery, 237 Jos Campau St., Detroit. A silent auction will run from 5-9 p.m. to raise money for the Furtaw Children Education Trust, and Spitting Nickels will perform about 8 p.m. Donations will also be taken at the door or directly at any Chase Bank branch in Michigan. Call (313) 877-9205 or visit www.atwaterbeer.com.

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