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The Fabergé Tenth Anniversary Brooch, in gold, enamel, and diamonds, from the DIA Fabergé exhibit.

Art

 

 

Ariana Gallery

Figurative ceramic sculptures by Pamela Day, a collection of sculpture jewelry by Link Wachler and Todd Warner, a collection of paintings by the late Jack Kevorkian, and a series of abstract paintings by Juan Carlos Zeballos Moscairo are on display through December.

119 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-546-8810, arianagallery.com; arianagallery.com.

 

Artcite

Artcite’s annual Christmas fundraising exhibit and sale, Doin’ the Louvre, features artwork from Artcite members and non-members, some created especially for the event. Through Dec. 22.

109 University Ave. W., Windsor; 519-977-6564; artcite.ca.

 

Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

Kika Thorne: The WILDcraft runs through Jan. 6.

• The little-known story of the Mississauga dance tribe is told through the eyes of Robert Houle in the Paris/Ojibwa exhibition. Through Jan. 6.

Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is the gallery’s ongoing exhibition featuring a changing selection of historic Canadian artwork.

401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013; artgalleryofwindsor.com.

 

Artspace II

College for Creative Studies graduate Vidvuds Zviedris’ collection is on display. The Richard Jerzy protégé’s collection reflects his extended travels to Italy. Dec. 1-29

303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540; artspace2.com/artspace2.

 

Biddle Gallery

Made in the Mitten is the gallery’s ongoing exhibit featuring paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, home and fashion accessories by more than 100 Michigan artists.

2840 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-281-4779, biddlegallery.com.

 

Detroit Artists Market

Art for the Holidays, the annual sales market with something to appeal to almost every taste.  Through Dec. 22.

4719 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-8540, detroitartistsmarket.org.

 

Detroit Institute of Arts

Fabergé: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts features more than 200 precious objects from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The show follows Carl Fabergé’s rise to fame and his relationship with the Russian aristocracy while displaying his and his workers’ spectacular work. Through Jan. 21. Exhibit fee: $15 adults, $8 youth (8-17).

Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings showcases techniques and styles that defined much of 20th-century art. Through Jan. 6. Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth 6-17; under 5 free. (No admission for tri-county residents.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; Closed Mon.-Tue.

In the Hidden Treasures: An Experiment, visitors will vote on their favorite stories about eight works that have been in storage. Through March 3.

No admission fee for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Others: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth 6-17; under 5 free. (Special exhibit fees may apply for all residents.) 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Thur.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; Closed Mon.-Tue. Beginning Nov. 13, the museum will be open Tuesdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org.

 

Flint Institute of Arts

• The 300 finalists from an international cartoon competition are featured in Drawing Together: International Cartoons. The cartoons were drawn to instill tolerance and alleviate discrimination among young people and adults alike. Through Dec. 30. Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; under 12 free. 12-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 12-9 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

Around the World with 80 Objects features rarely seen items that transcend time and space. Through Aug. 11.

• American political cartoons in the 19th and 20th centuries are explored in Worth a Thousand Words:  American Political Cartoons. Through Jan. 6.

Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; under 12 free. 12-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 12-9 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint; 810-234-1695; flintarts.org.

 

Grosse Pointe Art Center

The Holiday Shop offers handmade gifts from local to international artists. ThroughJan. 7.

16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe; 313-821-1848; grossepointeartcenter.org.

 

Lawrence Street Gallery

Think Small 2012 challenges artists, who use all mediums, to create art 12 inches or smaller. Through Dec. 31.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394; lawrencestreetgallery.com.

 

Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Famed and obscure photographs from the Second World War are on display in Memories of World War II: Photographs from the Archives of the Associated Press. View familiar scenes such as British and U.S. soldiers hitting Normandy beaches and marching through Paris on D-Day, or Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. Some images in the 126-photo collection have not been seen since the war. Through Jan. 19.

7400 Bay Road, University Center; 989-964-7125; marshallfredericks.org.

 

MOCAD

Vision in a Cornfield, a large-scale collaboration uniting a band, an urban arts group, and an art collective, is on display. Through Dec. 30.

4454 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-6622, mocadetroit.com.

 

Re:View Art Gallery

Re:Collect 2012, a group exhibit, is up through Dec. 22.

444 W. Willis, Detroit; 313-833-9000; reviewcontemporary.com.

 

Robert Kidd Gallery

Rick Vian showcases his New Work. Through Dec. 15.

107 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-642-3909, robertkiddgallery.com.

 

Toledo Museum of Art

Museum People: Faces of TMA features hundreds of headshots of community members. Through Jan. 10.

Manet: Portraying Life features about 40 portraits by Édouard Manet from 25 museums around the world. Through Jan. 1.

• An exhibit focusing on the stars, sets, and scenes created by the American film industry, Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the Kobal Foundation, is full of photographs from the major Hollywood Studios from 1920-1960. Through Jan. 20.

Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life exhibits approximately 20 works from the Toledo-based artist. Through Jan. 13.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thur.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.

2445 Monroe, Toledo; 419-255-8000, toledomuseum.org.

 

UMMA

• Jesper Just, the Danish artist, showcases his installation This Nameless Spectacle. Through Dec. 9.

African Art and the Shape of Time explores the multiplicity of time in Africa through a collection of more than 30 pieces. On display through Feb. 3. 

Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire features West’s famous painting, The Death of General Wolfe, along with multiple other depictions of General Wolfe. Through Jan. 13, 2013.

525 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395; umma.umich.edu.
 


Classical

 

 

Chamber Music Society of Detroit

• Pianist Menahem Pressler performs alongside four advanced student pianists representing Michigan’s best university music departments in Piano Master Class. 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

Schaver Hall at Wayne State University, 480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 248-855-6070, chambermusicdetroit.org.

• Christoph Prégardien, a German tenor, is accompanied by pianist Menahem Pressler in Schubert’s Die Winterreise (Winter’s Journey). 8 p.m. Dec. 15.

Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W.13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070; comehearcmsd.org.

 

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club

Works by  Richard Stöhr (1874-1967) are performed by cellist Stefan Koch and pianist Robert Conway. Koch, being a friend of Stöhr’s family, knows the man behind the music and will better acquaint the audience with his music. For the 140th anniversary of the Art House (Elisha Taylor Home) in Detroit, Joseph Palazzolo was commissioned to write a new string quartet, which will also be performed. 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe; 248-474-8930; scarabclub.org/chambermusic.

 

Cranbrook Music Guild

The ensemble called Intersection, consisting of violinist Lara Frautschi, cellist Kristina Cooper, and pianist John Novacek, perform. 8 p.m. Dec. 5. $25.

Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-0097; cranbrookmusicguild.org.

 

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

A festive program called Holiday Brass showcases a brass ensemble and choir, performing “The Christmas Song,” “Twelve Days of Christmas,” and other favorites. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9. $35 regular, $30 senior, $10 student.

First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd., Royal Oak. Also 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms; 248-559-2098; detroitchamberwinds.org.

 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• Join the festivities this holiday season by attending the Annual Holiday Concert. 4 p.m. Dec. 2.

• Conducted by Susanna Mälkki with Leila Josefowicz on violin, a program of music inspired by the Romeo and Juliet story features Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, and Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, along with Adès’ Violin Concerto (Concentric Paths). 8 p.m. Dec. 8. and 3 p.m. Dec. 9. $15-$100. 

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

 

• DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads the forces in Vaughan-Williams’ Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, the world premiere of Sierra’s Navidad en la montaña (with soprano Heidi Grant Murphy), and Tchaikovsky’s Act II from The Nutcracker. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. and 8 p.m. Dec 14. $15-$100.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111. Also at 3 p.m. Dec. 16. Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070; dso.org.

 

Michigan Opera Theatre

This year’s production of Too Hot to Handel, a jazz take on the Handel-composed oratorio Messiah, features the Rackham Symphony Choir and the Too Hot Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1. $20-$68.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING, michiganopera.org.

 

University Musical Society

The UMS Choral Union, winner of the 2006 Grammy for “Best Choral Performance” for William Bolcom’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, performs the annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Jerry Blackstone, conducts the 175-voice ensemble, which includes Juliana Di Giacomo, soprano, Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, William Burden, tenor, Morris Robinson, bass, and Edward Parmentier, harpsichord. 8 p.m. Dec. 1. and 2 p.m. Dec. 2. $10-$36.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org.

 

 

Dance

 

 

Music Hall

Lightwire Theatre presents The Ugly Duckling and the Tortoise and the Hare, a light and dance show spectacular. Watch as dancers, equipped with tubes of lighting on their body, dance through the dark and light up the  imagination. 4 p.m. Dec. 2. $27.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8501, musichall.org.

Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

EDE Artistic Director Laurie Eisenhower’s Songs Without Words and EDE Associate Artistic Director Stephanie Pizzo’s Unconditional make up the high-stepping program at 8 p.m. Dec. 7. $18.

Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-559-2095; ede-dance.org.
 

Events

 

 

First Friday Experience:

Explore everything downtown Northville has to offer as it hosts this event the first Friday of every month.  Participating galleries will have special exhibits and featured artists present. Also, select shops are open late and will serve refreshments, feature live music, and hold special sales. 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7.

Downtown Northville; downtownnorthville.com.

 

Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

The 41st annual Holiday Walk showcases the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion bedecked in holiday finery. Through Dec. 22. Mon. 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tue.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $20 adult, $12 Oakland University staff and alumni (with I.D.), $5 OU students (with I.D.), $5 children 17/under with paying adult, free for children 2/under. Seniors receive $5 off Tue. through Thur.

2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; meadowbrookhall.org/visit/holidaywalk.

 

Christmas with the Rat Pack

Travel through time to the glitzy Las Vegas of the ’50s and ’60s as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. bring down the house with Christmas classics, complete with big band accompaniment. Nov. 27-Dec. 2. $25-$75.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Christmas Show

Premiering at the Redford Theatre, Christmas Show features Lance Luce with The Gentlemen’s Songsters and The Evola Keyboard Music Club. Dec. 8. Adults $12, Children $8.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.

 

Noel Night

Immerse yourself in Detroit history and the arts at the annual Noel Night, where more than 60 Midtown venues, including the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Historical Museum, open their doors to the public, free of charge. Includes horse-drawn carriages, holiday shopping, and musical performances. 5-9:30 p.m. Dec. 1.

3939 Woodward, Suite 100, Detroit. 313-420-6000 midtowndetroitinc.org.

 

Wayne County Lightfest

The annual Wayne County Lightfest 2012 will again light up Hines Drive. 7-10 p.m. Through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25). $5.

Enter off Merriman Road, between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren Avenue in Westland; waynecounty.com.

 

Birmingham Winter Marke

Enjoy traditional holiday art, decorations, crafts, traditional German food and drink (hence the Teutonic spelling of “market”) on the Community House Patio, live entertainment by local musicians and school groups, ice sculptures, Santa House, horse-drawn carriage rides, live reindeer, and more at the Birmingham Winter Markt.  10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 1.; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 2.

Shain Park, Birmingham; 248-530-1200, enjoybirmingham.com.

 

Holiday Craft Extravaganza

Head to the Suburban Collection Showplace for a Holiday Craft Extravaganza, showcasing hundreds of diverse gift items, such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, and textiles. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 1.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 2. Free admission, $5 parking fee.

46100 Grand River, Novi. Suburban Collection Showplace. Hall B; 248-348-5600. holidaycraftextravaganza.com.

 

Great Train Expo

The Great Train Expo invites all model-railroad enthusiasts to check out model railroad layouts in all scales and gauges, to discover and meet local clubs, or to buy and sell your own sets. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 8. $7 for adults and children over 12, free for under 12, $5 parking fee.

46100 Grand River, Novi. Suburban Collection Showplace, Hall A; 248-348-5600, greattrainexpo.com.

 

Ann Arbor Antiques Market

The display showcases antique dealers and their products, ranging from pottery to jewelry to furniture and more. Dec. 9.

5055 Saline Rd. Ann Arbor; 734-662-0496, annarborantiquesmarket.com.

 

 


Film

 

 

Detroit Film Theatre

• Set on a quiet street in Recife, Brazil, Neighboring Sounds tells the story of political unrest that erupts when a private security firm is hired to police the streets. 7 p.m. Dec 1.; 2 p.m. Dec. 2. $7.50

Kumare follows the actions of a guru, Sri Kumaré, as he moves to America to spread his teachings. However, his followers quickly learn that he is not a guru, but a filmmaker, who wanted to see if he could make people believe in him. Kumaré begins to feel a sense of responsibility for his “followers” and must deal with the dilemma of telling future followers the truth or if it’s better that they never know and continue believing. 9:45 p.m. Dec. 1.; 4:45 p.m. Dec. 2. $7.50

In the auditorium at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-4005; dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/DFT.

 

Redford Theatre

• Set in the 1940s, A Christmas Story is the classic story of a boy, Ralphie, and his obsession to convince his parents and Santa Claus that a Red Ryder BB gun is the perfect gift for Christmas. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 1. $4

• The 1954 film White Christmas details the story of a song-and-dance team as they become romantically involved with another act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Rosemary Clooney. 8 p.m. Dec 14.; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec 15. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.

 

Michigan Theater

• Alonzo Smith, father of the Smith family, wants to uproot his family and go to New York in Meet Me in St. Louis, a period musical starring Leon Ames, Judy Garland, and Tom Drake. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Free.

Warren Miller’s Flow State offers moviegoers the chance to experience the rush of extreme skiing and snowboarding, immersing them directly in snow-covered mountains. 6 p.m. Dec. 1. $19.45.

United in Anger is a feature-length documentary about a small group of men and women of all races and classes, activists of the ACT UP (AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) Oral History Project. 5:10 p.m. Dec. 6. Free.

• Part of the Benard L. Maas Family-Friendly Film Series, Elf is a family-friendly Christmas story of a human (Will Ferrell) raised by elves at the North Pole. After finding out he’s not a real elf, he seeks out his birth parents in New York. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Free.

• The holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street invites people of all ages to experience the magic of Christmas with Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn, John Payne, and Natalie Wood. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Free.

It’s a Wonderful Life tells the inspiring story of George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) who has decided to end his life, but a guardian angel saves him and shows him what the world would be like had he never been born. 1:30 p.m. Dec. 23. Free.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463; michigantheater.org.
 

Museums

 

 

Arab American National Museum

Arab Civilization: Our Heritage features Arab contributions to the early world. Ongoing in the Community Courtyard.

Coming to America focuses on Arab immigrants and the culture they brought to the United States. Ongoing in Gallery 1.

Living in America exhibits early Arab-American life. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 2.

Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3.

$6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Children under 5 free.

13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org.

 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

• A collective sculptural show, Visions of Our 44th President, recognizes the historical significance of the first African-American U.S. president. Each artist interprets the event through a life-size, three-dimensional form.

Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge, a series of colorful works focusing on three areas of African-American culture and history: musicians, dancers, and freedom advocates, is one of the ongoing exhibits in the Main Level Corridor.

A Is for Africa includes 26 interactive stations making up a 3-D “dictionary” designed for children. Ongoing in the Lower Level Corridor.

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is an evolving exhibit that recounts the 3.5-million-year-old odyssey that began in Africa and ends in Detroit. Ongoing in the Core Exhibition Gallery.

Ring of Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States.

315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800; chwmuseum.org.

 

Detroit Historical Museum

• New permanent exhibits include: Doorway to Freedom: Detroit & the Underground Railroad, which tells Detroit’s role as the “doorway to freedom” in fugitive slaves’ quest to find freedom in the North.

The Allesee Gallery of Culture highlights the people, places, and events that influence our understanding of modern Detroit.

Detroit: Arsenal of Democracy documents the contributions Detroit’s industry made in World War II and also explores how the war changed the city.

• Robert Scherer and Henry Ford are just a few inventors featured in The Gallery of Innovation.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805, detroithistorical.org.

 

Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes explores methods used by mariners over the years to communicate with others at sea, and people on shore.

City on the Straits provides snapshots of the ways the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have influenced the region.

Gothic Room allows visitors to experience the likes of a gentlemen’s lounge inside the City of Detroit III. The exhibit also features a window on the right side of the gallery to show the Detroit shoreline in the early 1900s.

S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot House is a Great Lakes freighter that was scrapped, but its pilot house was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979.

To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders features the art of model shipbuilding of Great Lakes vessels in Michigan.

100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org/main/dossin.

 

Exhibit Museum of Natural History

Evolution & Health studies how the evolution of humans promoted our survival, but not our well-being.

Archeology! Current Research in the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology is an ongoing research exhibit that examines the questions that contemporary archeologists ask about the past and the techniques they use to answer them.

The invisible World of Mites highlights the microscopic insects, and the research Professor Barry O'Connor has done on them. Through mid-November.

• Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Free admission; suggested donation is $6.

University of Michigan, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.

 

Greenfield Village

• Visit Santa with his live reindeer during Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. Other attractions include live performances on four stages, horse-drawn wagons and Model T rides, and ice-skating. Through Jan. 1. $20 adults; $15 youth; children age 4 and under free.

• Districts and buildings include: Edison at Work, Henry Ford’s Model T, Liberty Craftworks, Main Street, Porches and Parlors, Railroad Junction, Working Farms. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24 adults; $22 seniors; $17.50 youth. Free for children 4 and under.

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; hfmgv.org/village.

 

Henry Ford Museum

• Kick off the holiday season with Holidays in Henry Ford Museum. See the giant Christmas tree, visit with Santa, and enjoy the Lionel and LEGO train displays. Through Jan. 1. $17 adults; $15 seniors age 62 and up; $12.50 youth age 5 to 12; children 4 and under free.

Driving America is an exhibit that includes more than 100 vehicles, authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts that focus on the influence the automobile has had on American culture.

Heroes of the Sky is a permanent exhibit focusing on adventures in early aviation.

With Liberty and Justice for All highlights four pivotal periods of history, beginning with the American Revolution and ending in the 1960s. Permanent exhibit.

• Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition exhibit displays 13 large-scale, prominent architectural wonders, such as the Empire State Building, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and the Sky Needle — made entirely of LEGO blocks. Through Feb. 24. $17 adults; $15 seniors age 62 and up; $12.50 youth; free for children 4 and under. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon.-Thur. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus.

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org.

 

Holocaust Memorial Center

Exhibits are dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Learn about World War II, the Jewish culture, religious beliefs, the postwar world, heroic rescues, and more. The center also houses a multi-lingual library.  $5-$8 admission.

28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400; holocaustcenter.org.
 


Music

 

 

Robert Cray Band

Robert Cray grew up planning to  be an architect. It turns out his fingers were better suited to plucking guitar strings than drawing floor plans. Thirty-five years, five Grammy awards, and a successful solo career later, Cray is still at it, along with his band, promoting his 16th studio release, Nothin’ But Love. 8 p.m. Dec. 2. $35-$45.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

 

New Found Glory

It took New Found Glory two independent releases and an EP of soundtrack covers to land their first major record deal. Since then, critics and fans alike have championed the band. Some even refer to New Found Glory as pioneers of pop-punk music. The “Sticks and Stones Anniversary Tour” marks 10 years since the release of their major-label debut, Sticks and Stones. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2. $27.

The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

 

Moody Blues

The Moody Blues set themselves apart from other bands of their time by combining hard rock laced with classical. A few line-up changes haven’t hindered the band’s success, either. Although the group’s most recent recording, December, was released almost 10 years ago, the guys want us to know they’re still at it, if their “The Voyage Continues” tour is any indication. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4. $48.50-$78.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Celtic Woman

Often referred to as “Riverdance for the voice,” the five-woman singing group returns to perform such Christmas classics as “Silent Night,” and “The Christmas Song,” during the “Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration” concert. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. $39-$89.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Straight No Chaser

If you need further proof that technology has forever changed the music industry, take a look at Straight No Chaser. The all-male a cappella group was offered a five-album record deal in 2006 after a comedic video of the troupe singing “The 12 Days of Christmas” in 1998 made its way to YouTube. The ensemble makes a stop in Detroit following their “Chasers at Sea” cruise. 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $29.50-$44.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Shawn Colvin

Popular on the folk circuit, Shawn Colvin has experienced some mainstream success and critical acclaim. To celebrate her first collection of original material in six years, she visits Ann Arbor to perform new songs from her latest release, All Fall Down. 8 p.m. Dec. 12. $42.50.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Kenny Rogers

To maintain tradition, the Grammy-award-winning country singer celebrates the holidays with his annual Christmas Tour. Expect traditional holiday favorites and original material from Rogers’ holiday albums. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. $38.50-$75.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

The Four Tops

These Detroit originals were first known as The Four Aims. The group was founded in 1953 by lead singer Levi Stubbs, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Lawrence Payton, and Abdul “Duke” Fakir, who is now the only surviving founding member. Their roots stem from their first record deal with Motown Sound in the 1960s. 8 p.m. Dec. 13. $32.50-$35.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

 

Clay Aiken

You may know him for his rise to fame as an American pop singer, but Aiken is equally known for being runner-up on American Idol’s second season in 2003, losing to Ruben Studdard. Since then, Aiken has gone on to become the best-selling singer of the second season, beating Studdard and earning $1.5 million last year. Aiken has released seven studio albums under two record labels, co-wrote a New York Times best-selling book, and appeared on Broadway and in his own TV special, A Clay Aiken Christmas. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14. $35-75.50.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

The Verve Pipe

Hailing from East Lansing, The Verve Pipe formed in 1992 by Brian and Brad Vander Ark, Brian Stout, and Donny Brown. The band has had 13 various members and released five studio albums and two EPs — their most notable song being “The Freshmen,” from the album Villains. 8 p.m. Dec. 15. $20.

Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.

 

Mannheim Steamroller

Known for their creative take on Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller gained popularity in 1984 with the release of their first holiday album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, followed by A Fresh Aire Christmas in 1988, and Christmas in the Aire in 1995. Their latest album, Christmas Symphony, was recorded in Prague and features members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. 7 p.m. Dec. 16. $30-$85.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

 

Delbert McClinton

A native Texan and a part of the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame since March 2011, Delbert McClinton is a blues-rock and electric blues singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and harmonica player. Active in the music industry since 1962, McClinton has recorded several major-label albums, and made it to the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 4 on the U.S. Country chart in 1992 with his single “Tell Me About It,” a duet with Tanya Tucker. 8 p.m. Dec. 20. $50.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Founded in 1993, this group blends classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive music. They’ve also released a series of rock operas, including a Christmas trilogy, which consists of Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, and The Lost Christmas Eve. Known for their elaborate concerts, they make extensive use of pyrotechnics, lasers, light shows, and effects synchronized to their music. 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Dec. 29. $33-$73.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

 

 


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Abreact Performance Space

Find out what happened to Francis Hardy in Faith Healer. Four friends, over a series of monologues, remember the same events differently as they tell Francis’ story and inform us of his “gift.” Dec. 7-29.

1301 W. Lafayette, 113, Detroit; theabreact.com.

 

Bonstelle Theatre

Gerda must travel to the North Pole to rescue her best friend, Kai, when the evil Snow Queen kidnaps him. Find out if Gerda prevails in saving her pal from the wicked queen’s palace in Snow Queen. Through Dec. 9. $15.

3424 Woodward, Detroit; 313-577-2960, bonstelle.com.

 

Eastern Michigan University Theatre

A wicked stepmother, Evilum, plots to bring an end to Snow White in V. Glasgow Koste’s adaptation of the fairy tale. See if Snow White is able to thwart her stepmother’s plans of destruction in White as Snow, Red as Blood: The Story of Snow White. Through Dec. 9. $15, $7 children 12 and under.

103 Quirk Building, Ypsilanti; 734-487-2282, emich.edu/emutheatre.

 

Fisher Theatre/Detroit Opera House

• A group of friends go from blue-collar average Joes to pop superstars in Jersey Boys, the story of the Four Seasons. Original music chronicles the group’s rise to record-breaking status. Dec. 12-Jan. 6. $45-$145.

3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000, ticketmaster.com, BroadwayInDetroit.com.

 

• Christmas is everyone’s favorite day in Whoville, everyone except for the Grinch. In the musical version of the Dr. Seuss classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Grinch learns the true meaning of the holidays when he steals all the Christmas presents in Whoville. Dec. 18-30. Call for ticket prices.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-872-1000, ticketmaster.com, BroadwayInDetroit.com.

 

JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre)

Based on the 1951 play The Fourposter, the musical I Do! I Do! follows a couple as they relive major milestones of their enduring marriage. Dec. 5-31. $38-$45.

6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900, jettheatre.com.

 

Performance Network Theatre

Swedish actress Desirée Armfeldt runs into her former lover, Fredrik, in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Only one thing stands in the way of the former lovers’ rekindled romance — Fredrik’s wife. Through Dec. 30. $27-$41.

120 E. Huron Street, Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681, performancenetwork.org.

 

Planet Ant Theatre

The Monday Night Improv Home Team puts on a one-act play composed of improvisations in The Original Comedy Show as part of the Late Night Series. 9 p.m. $10. Through Dec. 15.

2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948, planetant.com.

 

Purple Rose Theatre

Arthur is on the verge of giving up on everything in Superior Donuts. That is, until he meets Franco Wicks, an idealistic regular at Arthur’s donut shop who helps him see all the things life has to offer. Through Dec. 15. $27-$42.

137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673, purplerosetheatre.org.

 

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