Spotlight on big-city buzz

The Movement Electronic Music Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Detroit. The Movement Electronic Music Festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Detroit. (Doug Wojciechowski)
By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / May 9, 2010

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MAY 29-31


Movement Electronic Music Festival: The 10th anniversary lineup includes live sets from Plastikman, Inner City, Model 500, plus techno DJ Derrick Carter, Josh Wink, DJ Pierre, Recloose, and Stacey Pullen. It’s an anniversary that nearly didn’t happen. Early in its history, Movement was weighed down by infighting and court cases between its founders. These skirmishes eventually subsided, and the festival has since flourished. It’s appropriate for Detroit to host the festival given that the city served as an important incubator in the development of electronic music. Tickets are $60; VIP passes $150. Hart Plaza,



“Sex and the City’’ package: The Waldorf Astoria celebrates the continuing adventures of Carrie Bradshaw and company with a tribute to all things “Sex’’ in honor of the forthcoming film “Sex and the City 2.’’ The package, which starts at $300 a night, includes a stay in the Waldorf’s Tower Suites with cupcakes from Magnolia Bakery waiting for you when you arrive. Would Magnolia still be in business without the “Sex’’ gals? You’ll also time travel back to 1999 with cosmopolitans at the Bull & Bear restaurant (where Samantha and Smith Jerrod first found love). The package also includes a 60-minute spa treatment and tickets for a “Sex and the City’’ tour. As long as it’s in theaters, you’ll also get tickets to see the film — if you’re not too busy living it. 100 East 50th St., 212-872-1275, JUNE 2-6


MUTEK: Most of the big summer music festivals attempt to cram as many big names onto the roster as possible. MUTEK does the opposite. This sprawling gathering is all about introducing its audience to new names. Organizers have a strong ear for finding buzz bands and bringing in acts from across the globe. This year’s names include British bands such as Actress, the Caretaker, Demdike Stare, and King Midas Sound; and German acts Paul Kalkbrenner, Brandt Brauer Frick, Dixon, Shed, and DJ Koze. There are plenty of Canadian and US performers for those who prefer their bands be North American. A festival passport ($205) gets you into five days of shows. There are weekend passes ($126) and tickets to individual shows (prices vary). 866-908-9090,

JULY 21-25


Tales of the Cocktail: This extended weekend of imbibing is not only tasty, but it’s also educational. By day, attend seminars such as “Scotland’s Whiskey Legends,’’ “Civilization Begins With Distillation,’’ “The Julep Story from 1488 to Present,’’ and “Tiki Now! The New Breed of Tiki Bar.’’ There are also endless tastings (many of them free) throughout the day and night. Several restaurants will be offering special dinners paired with cocktails, and there will be bartender competitions. A package of seminars and special events is $595; tickets to individual seminars $40. There’s even a cocktail tour of the city, for those of you who enjoy drinking in the local sights.




Field Day: Victoria Park is transformed into a village of music and games (sack race or tug of war, anyone?). This year’s bill includes Phoenix, Amiina, Chilly Gonzales, Silver Apples, James Holden, and Caribou. Tickets are $50. CHRISTOPHER MUTHER

Events are sometimes canceled, rescheduled, or sold out; call or check online. Christopher Muther can be reached at