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Homegrown Happenings: People's Arts Festival, Mega-Weedge and more...

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* The fourth annual People's Arts Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28, at the Russell Industrial Center, 1600 Clay St., Detroit. The day-long free event includes exhibitions by some 140 artists, more than 40 musical acts -- including the Bell Beat, Rattletrap, Bastion, Jere Stormer, Michael Bermudez and more -- locally produced films, food, fashion and "unusual performers." Call 313-872-4000 or visit www.rccadetroit.org.

* Mega-Weedge, a Ween tribute band from Detroit. plies its idiosyncratic craft on Friday, Aug. 26, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave, Ferndale. Catfish Mafia and Miss Katie Grace also perform. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

* Veteran trumpeter and band leader Johnny Trudell and his orchestra will be featured in Jazz at Ford House: A Prelude to the Detroit Jazz Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Farms. Tickets are $12-$25, with some proceeds going to the Detroit Jazz Festival. Call 313-884-4222 or visit www.fordhouse.org.

* The Planet D Nonet holds its third annual tribute to the late Sun Ra at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the 3rd Bar, 699 W. Forest Ave., Detroit. This year's special guest is trombonist Vincent Chandler, who's performed with Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsalis, James Carter and others. The Nonet's CD from the first two Sun Ra tributes was named Best Jazz Recording at this year's Detroit Music Awards. Call 313-833-0603 or visit www.eastlawnrecords.com.

* Guitarist A. Spencer Barefield and his Super String Quartet, featuring his daughter Jannina on violin, will headline a Summer Soiree concert in Detroit that will also feature locally grown organic foods and beverages. The show takes place at the Imagination Station, which is set up in two formerly blighted houses at 2230 Fourteenth St. in Corktown. The show runs 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $10-$50. Call 248-953-0469 or visit www.facethestation.com.

* The Stone House Concerts series in Detroit's Palmer Park holds a Folk Fest from 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, featuring Derek Daniel, Sigrid Christiansen with David Mosher, Potter's Field and Billy Brandt and Sarana Verlin. Suggested donation is $20. To make reservations call 313-345-1225 or visit www.stonehouseconcerts.com.

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