Upcoming: Hip Hop Peace And Unity Festival Launch Party And Fundraiser, Revival, Friday, January 23
What better way to launch a festival of hiphop unity than with a fundraising party featuring the current greatest DJ in the world, DJ Dopey , 2003's International DMC winner. Twenty-four-year-old Dopey, who opened for J-Live in Ottawa just last week, took a break during a day spent spinning at the GM International Car Show in Montreal to announce he'll be defending his DMC title in 04. "When it comes to the competition, I'm not the type to try to intimidate anyone," he says. Yeah. Good luck with all that. The Peace And Unity slate also includes DJs Fase and Nana and friends, plus Embassy .
Lee's Palace renovations
Anyone strolling by Lee's Palace during the first two weeks of January will have noticed the club is shut down. Is it a coincidence that the liquor licence violation plastered across the front door appeared at precisely the same time that Lee's announced its club-revamping renovations? "The renovations were planned before the ordinance," says owner Kenny Sprackman , "but we did take advantage of the ordinance to do some work. I'm short, so I had to stand on the stairs leading up to the Dance Cave if I wanted to see a band. Now the stage is 2 feet higher, and it's a big improvement."
Other upgrades include new dressing rooms, a souped-up PA system, new carpeting and a glossy red and black paint job.
Sprackman says Lee's was slapped with the liquor license violation after overcrowding the venue in late 2002, but the reno was done to "improve the experience for the public," not because of any safety hazards - although, he quickly adds that they've taken extra precautions to ensure audience welfare.
"The accident that happened at that club in Rhode Island is sad and scary, but I think it was a wake-up call to do things we really should have been doing all along."
After the shocking daylight heist at the Art Gallery of Ontario last weekend, you can't really blame Iggy Pop and his Stooges pals Ron and Scott Asheton for wanting to show off their paintings and photographs in a safer, more secure Detroit art gallery. The Fun House Art Show exhibition, curated by Destroy All Monsters screamer Niagara and hosted by C-Pop Detroit (4160 Woodward) - opening February 7 and running through March 2 - will also include original works in various media by Stooges contemporaries and pals including Lou Reed , Joey Ramone , David Johansen , Thurston Moore and Billy Gibbons as well as rock photographers Bob Gruen , Leni Sinclair and others. No word yet on who will attend the opening-night reception February 7 at 8 pm, but considering the rock royalty involved, it promises to be a star-stacked soiree. www.cpop.com