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Homegrown Happenings: Honky Tonk Heartache, Venus Ball and more...

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It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, so why not spend a night lamenting the one who done you wrong at Honky Tonk Heartache Friday (Feb. 13) in the Pike Room at the Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac? Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, Doop and the Inside Outlaws, Delilah Dewylde & The Lost Boys, John Holk & the Sequins and burlesque dancer Lily LaRue will all join forces to put a tear in your beer. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Some of the Detroit music scene’s most compelling women gather on Saturday (Feb. 14) for the annual Venus Ball, which this year features the all-female or female-led groups Lola Valley, S.A.R., Mystery Key, Screaming Rachel and Janice Franco. The show is at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Detroit poet Jessica Care Moore and poet-rapper fluent (aka Joel Greene) will be joined by Brooklyn MC Talib Kweli for Saturday’s (Feb. 14) “Words and Rhythms of the D,” part of a year-round effort to inspire Detroit area students to write and read. The show takes place at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall Center, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $15. A free after-party and jam session will be held in the Music Hall’s Jazz Cafe. Call (313) 887-8500 or visit www.musichall.org. The three headliners also will host a Master Class and workshop on Saturday afternoon for young poets. Register by e-mailing fluent@musichall.org.

The monthly B’Jazz Vespers series gets into the spirit of the weekend with “We’re In This Love Together ... A Jazzy Valentine,” a performance that features singer Tony Camilletti, with special guest Sandra Bomar, performing with the Darryl Roenicke Trio at 6 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 15) at First Baptist Church, 300 Willits St. at Bates, Birmingham. Admission is free, but a collection will be taken for the musicians. Call (248) 644-0550 or visit www.bjazzvespers.org.

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