Everything You Need to Do in Detroit This Weekend

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Let’s face it: March has already been somewhat exhausting. We all deserve a break. Whether that break is best spent rocking out to a forgotten '80s punk band or seeing monster trucks race to each other is entirely up to you. Because you do you -- just make sure to wash your hands. Here are our picks for the weekend.

Friday, March 13
UFO Factory
Everyone loves an epic underdog story, and the Pathetx’s is 40 years in the making. The Detroit punk band played every venue around the city before they recorded their 18-minute debut album in 1981 -- but it was never released. Until now. Courtesy of Third Man Records, the first-ever Pathetx release show will be marked by the band’s first performance in four decades.
Cost: $8

Theo Katzman
Theo Katzman | Ticketmaster

Friday, March 13
Saint Andrew’s
Thanks to such brilliant schemes as the infamous “Sleepify” stunt, the University of Michigan alumni in Vulfpeck have achieved such feats as selling out Madison Square Garden. One of Vulfpeck’s core members is Theo Katzman, a guitarist/drummer/singer/songwriter who puts on a hell of a show all by himself, too.
Cost: $20

Travel to Italy through a few classic films

Friday, March 13 - Saturday, March 14
Redford Theatre
The gorgeous Redford Theatre has (purely coincidentally with what's happening in that country right now) an incredible lineup of films set in Italy: La Dolce Vita, Roman Holiday, and The Italian Job. Don't miss it.
Cost: $5 each

Blood Orange
Blood Orange | Ismael Quintanilla III/Shutterstock

Saturday, March 14
Saint Andrew’s
How many people can claim they’ve worked with artists as stylistically diverse and ridiculously impressive as Blondie, Mariah Carey, FKA Twigs, and Philip Glass? There’s only one answer: Dev Hynes, aka Blood Orange. The producer/songwriter/singer’s highly lauded solo project provides an intoxicating mix of chillwave, funk, and experimental pop.
Cost: $70-75

Get a boost with some monster trucks at Monster Jam

Saturday, March 14 - Sunday, March 15
Ford Field
There’s a lot to be frustrated or upset about right now, and you might be looking for an acceptable outlet to vent out that angst. Have you considered watching 12,000-pound monster trucks with names like Grave Digger race and do various ridiculous stunts? If not, perhaps this is the absurd adrenaline rush you need.
Cost: $15 and up

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Kirsten Carey is a contributor for Thrillist.