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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. Oct. 5.

Downtown Northville; downtownnorthville.com.

 

Disney’s Phineas and Ferb

Your favorite gang made an escape from the TV screen and have landed right in metro Detroit. Perry, the pet platypus, shifts to his secret double life as Agent P to foil another one of Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s evil plans in this high-energy, part action adventure, part rock-concert production. Nov. 2 and 4. $19-$40.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 800-745-3000.

 

2012 Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions

Nastia Liukin, the 2008 Olympic all-around champion, leads members of the men’s and women’s 2012 Olympic gymnastic teams and local gymnasts through a challenging course that pairs athleticism with performance art. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $25-$75.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 800-745-3000.

 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Fully Charged

You’ve heard of a human cannonball, but how about a flaming human arrow shot from a giant crossbow? “Fully Charged” harks back to the traditions of acrobatics and dare-devilry that earned it the title of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Nov. 7-11. $13-$82.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 800-745-3000.

 

Kathy Griffin

The redhead comedian is famously candid and unrelenting in her takedowns of Hollywood A-list celebrities. She’s also a two-time Emmy winner for her Bravo reality show, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, a New York Times bestselling author, and a three-time Grammy Award nominee. 8 p.m. Nov. 9. $49-$76.

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

 

Holiday Tables

The display, on the first floor of Cranbrook House, offers inspiration for holiday entertaining. Nov. 15-18.

Cranbrook House, 380 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3149, cranbrook.edu/housegardens.

 

Detroit Christmas Tree Lighting

The official kickoff of the holiday season in the heart of Detroit features live music, ice-skating performances, and open skate for attendants. Festivities begin an hour and a half before the tree is lit at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.

Campus Martius Park; campusmartiuspark.org.

 

Hob Nobble Gobble

Enjoy dinner, live entertainment, food, carnival midway games, and rides. Proceeds benefit The Parade Company. Nov. 16.

Ford Field, 2000 Brush, Detroit; theparade.org.

 

Lewis Black

Lewis Black has nabbed a couple of Grammys, both in the category of Best Comedy Album. He is a famously cynical and passionate stand-up who rose to fame with his colorful and often biting commentary on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. 8 p.m. Nov. 16. $46-$86.

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

 

Great Lakes Art Fair

The bi-annual indoor art fair, featuring fine artists from throughout the region, has more than doubled its attendance since its 2009 inception. Nov. 16-18. $7.

Suburban Collection Showplace, Hall A, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; greatlakesartfair.com.

 

Festival of Trees

Entering its 28th year, this annual event is one of the largest fundraisers for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. The eight-day festival features individually designed trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, Christmas stockings, and more. The black-tie preview party will be held on Nov. 17 ($25-$75), and tree-lighting on Nov. 20. Nov. 17-25. $3-$5.

Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; fot.org.

 

Turkey Trot

Last year, the Turkey Trot and its two offshoots (the Stuffing Strut and Mashed Potato Mile) combined for the largest race in the state. Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, this year’s run promises to be even bigger. 7-9 a.m. Nov. 22.

Woodward Avenue, downtown Detroit; theparade.org.

 

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

9:05 a.m. Nov. 22. Begins at Mack and Woodward and ends at Woodward and Congress.

Downtown Detroit; theparade.org.

 

Meadow Brook Hall Holiday Walk

The 41st annual Holiday Walk showcases the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion bedecked in holiday finery. Nov. 23-Dec. 22.

Open daily 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special evening hours Dec. 17-20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. $20 adult, $12 Oakland University staff and alumni (with I.D.), $5 O-U 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.

 

National Circus of the People’s Republic of China

Founded in 1953 and sponsored by the People’s Republic of China, the “Cirque Chinois” is one of the longest-running National Circus troupes of the communist country. Acts include trapeze artists, contortionists, jugglers, and other feats of daring. Nov. 24-25. $27-$47.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500.

 

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.
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2014 High Tea for Alternatives for Girls

On Dec. 5 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham, a high tea was held to support Alternatives for Girls, a Detroit-based organization that helps local homeless and high-risk young women. The event also featured a silent auction of new and white elephant treasures brought by guests.

2014 Shop 'n Champagne

On Dec. 3 at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, guests sipped champagne, enjoyed gourmet food from local restaurants, and shopped in two galleries filled with functional and decorative art.

Detroit Young Professionals' 2014 Holiday Party

On Dec.4 at Willys Detroit, the Detroit Young Professionals got a head start on their holiday shopping while enjoying refreshments. Proceeds from the event benefitted DYP's Adopt-a-Child Participation.

2014 Italian American Bar Association Winter Gala

On Dec. 5 at the Detroit Athletic Club, guests enjoyed live music by Mark Randissi, a full Italian dinner menu and drink selections, and a fruit table. Part of the proceeds went to a local charity, Friends of Foster Kids. Guests also brought gifts for children in the foster care system.

3rd Annual Cheers to the Holidays

On Dec. 5 at John Bowman Chevrolet, guests tasted wine and craft beer to benefit Easter Seals Michigan and Michigan residents with disabilities that rely on the services to successfully live and work in their communities. Guests also enjoyed a strolling dinner, live music, a wine pull, and a silent auction.
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