10 things to do in October in metro Detroit
Dia de los Muertos, Theatre Bizarre, a Stooges documentary, and more
2015 ofrenda by Patricia Pfaendtner.
Photograph courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts
See the October issue of Hour Detroit for an expanded list of arts and entertainment events.
Detroit Institute of Arts: The DIA celebrates the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with its annual exhibition of ofrenda altars. Designed by artists, the altars mix traditional and conceptual practices. Oct. 21-Nov. 6. 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org
Elle King: The singer, songwriter, and actress had a radio smash with 2015’s cheeky “Ex’s & Oh’s.” The Los Angeles native is touring on the cusp of the success of her debut album, Love Stuff. Oct. 30. $28+. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com
Detroit Film Theatre: Ann Arbor’s The Stooges are the subject matter of director Jim Jarmusch’s Gimme Danger, which combines concert footage with animation to tell the story of one of the most influential punk bands of all time. Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. $8+. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-4005; dia.org
Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Fall in love with the Beatles all over again at the “Classical Mystery Tour,” featuring former members of Broadway’s Beatlemania! Fab Four. Oct. 14-16. $19+. • Music Director Emeritus Neeme Järvi is returning to Detroit to commemorate Rachmaninoff. He, along with cellist Zuill Bailey, will also premiere Michigan-based composer Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway.” Oct. 20-22. Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org
U-M School of Music, Theatre & Dance: Band-O-Rama: The combined university bands celebrate Homecoming weekend with this annual family-friendly event which features the band marching through the audience. Oct. 21. $5+. • The annual Halloween concert features the combined University bands continue the tradition of performing in Halloween costumes. Oct. 30. $8+. Hill Auditorium; 825 University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; music.umich.edu
Comedy Castle: Dan St. Germain has had numerous television appearances, including his own half-hour special on Comedy Central, along with appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Guy Code, and Adam Ruins Everything. Oct. 13-15. $10. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle; 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com
Music Hall: One of the most treasured love stories in Egyptian mythology unfolds on stage with The Osiris Legend, performed by the Chicago Dance Company and choreographed by Ron de Jesus. Oct. 8-9. 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8501; musichall.org
Toni Braxton: One of the best-selling R&B artists of the 1990s, Braxton is most known for hits like “Un-Break My Heart” and “Another Sad Love Song.” Oct. 12. $45+. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614; soundboarddetroit.com
Erebus Haunted Attraction: If you dare to be scared this Halloween season, there is a four-story house of horrors waiting for you. Erebus has been deemed one of the best spooky spots in the nation, and has been featured on national media outlets such as the Travel Channel. Every Wednesday through Sunday in October. $28+. Erebus Haunted Attraction, 18 S. Perry St., Pontiac; 248-332-7884; hauntedpontiac.com
Theatre Bizarre: For the first time, this annual event will be held two weekends in a row. Dinner, drinks, and dark performances are provided, and elaborate costumes are a must. The masquerade gala will be a more formal event, while Theatre Bizarre will offer a larger capacity of adventurous hopefuls the opportunity to be a part of the decadence. Galas will be held on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21; Theatre Bizarre will be held on Oct. 15 and Oct. 22. $85+. Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-832-7100; theatrebizarre.com