Do it in Detroit: The best and brightest events this week in the Motor City

Castaway trash goes couture, Detroit bike culture converges on Cobo, and Detroit's Cass Corridor does a dance with the devil. Behold your ever-updating guide to the best ways to spend your nights and days in Detroit.

matthew-richmond-paper-bag-dresses.jpgMetropolitan DetroitMatthew Richmond’s paper doll dresses are the subject of a new exhibition at City Gallery.Paper Bag Princesses

It seemed like every fashionista in Detroit posted a pic of designer Matthew Richmond’s recycled paper dresses during last year’s North American International Auto Show. Richmond fashions environmentally-friendly textiles out of discarded (clean) trash, like Target-brand wrapping paper, discarded issues of the Metro Times and plastic grocery bags.

Don’t mistake these designs for, say, Mugatu’s “Derelicte” homeless-chic line in “Zoolander.” Despite having no formal training, the Ferndale-based designer brings an eye for detail and a spirit of 80s decadence to his sculptural art (he’s inspired by Cher’s favorite couturier, Bob Mackie). And Richmond says he’s sold over 100 of his dresses to wannabe paper dolls since launching in 2011. We have a feeling even that fashion curmudgeon Henry David Thoreau would approve of these re-imagined new clothes. Meet the designer at tonight’s opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m.

What: Matthew Richmond’s Paper Dress exhibit
Where: City Gallery is located in the
Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile in Farmington.
When: Opening reception is Monday, March 19, from 6-9 p.m. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and during special events.

detroit-bike-city.jpgdetroitbikecity.orgThe first Detroit Bike City show and swap meet happens this Saturday at Cobo Center.Wheelin’ and Dealin’

Decreased population, one-way streets and the city’s Parisian-inspired spoke formation are all reasons why Detroit is best explored on two wheels.

Detroit Bike City will sponsor a massive bike sale and swap this Saturday at Cobo, featuring 100 of the Midwest’s experts on two-wheeling terrain.

Find a new ride, be it a road bike, BMX, mountain or touring style. While you can’t swap a bike without a vendor permit, feel free to bring your old pedals or hubs to trade with another cyclist.

Admission is $8 and free for kids under 12.

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