The works of artist Peter Crow are on display in the Petitpren Community Gallery Nov. 18-Dec. 22.
125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; 586-469-8666.
• The 64th Annual Michigan Water Color Society’s Traveling Exhibition features 78 works from 69 Michigan artists.
• Focus on Maine features photography from Bob Paup that captures the transition from summer to fall. Both exhibitions are on display Nov. 8-Dec. 4. Opening reception Nov. 17.
117 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004 x 101.
By Its Cover: Artists’ Work Books and Book Works is a group invitational show in conjunction with BookFest Windsor. Through Nov. 12.
109 University Ave. W., Windsor; 519-977-6564.
• Joseph Hubbard: You Don’t Know What You Are Seeing (Romancing the Gallery) makes art out of contradictions like comedy and tragedy. Through Dec. 31.
• The 2011 AGW Biennial features the work of 33 artists, showcasing a range of original ideas and contemporary themes. Through Dec. 31.
401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013.
Woodcuts of the Arts and Crafts Movement highlights a collection of prints from artists in America and Europe influenced by Japanese composition and subject matter. Nov. 2-30.
303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540.
• Made in the Mitten is the gallery’s ongoing exhibition of multimedia from more than 100 Michigan artists.
• Before the Storm features oil paintings by Detroit-area artist Donald Cronkhite. Through Nov. 30.
2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.
• The BBAC Faculty Show runs through Nov. 11.
• The works of Jerry Lee Morton and the students of Leslie Masters and Robin Servo are on display through Nov. 11.
1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham; 248-644-0866.
No Object Is an Island: New Dialogues with the Cranbrook Collection is the first exhibit to open in the newly renovated and expanded museum. The exhibit features work from 50 leading contemporary artists and designers as well as objects from the museum’s permanent collection of 20th- and 21st-century artwork. Exhibit opens Nov. 11 and runs through March 25. To coincide with the grand reopening on 11-11-11, there will be an 11-day gala of events, lectures, film, and performances, during which the museum will be open for 11 hours; go to the Cranbrook website for more information.
Regular admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 full-time students. Children under 12 free.
39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3320.
• Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus focuses on works by the Dutch master and his students depicting Jesus and events described in the Bible. Nov. 20-Feb. 12.
• Gift of a Lifetime: The James Pearson Duffy Collection showcases the varied collection of drawings, paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs from one of Detroit’s most unconventional and respected collectors. Through March 18.
• Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 features more than 50 photographs by contemporary artists who shed light on the Motor City through their camera lens. Through April 8.
Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth 6-17; under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; Closed Mon.-Tue.
5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.
Oh Canada! Beyond Trees and Water runs Nov. 4-Dec. 16.
480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 313-993-7813.
Creative Aging in Midtown: Intergeneration Multi-Media Show with COMPÁS features pieces by young artists from COMPÁS (Center for Music and Performing Arts Southwest, a collaborative of cultural organizations in Southwest Detroit emphasizing Latino heritage) and senior artists from the Hannan Center of Senior Learning. On display through Nov. 23.
4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300.
• Art of Collecting includes paintings, drawings, original prints, and sculptures. The show is both an exhibit and an auction; artwork is on consignment from galleries in Detroit, Chicago, and New York. Nov. 26-Jan. 8.
• Quilting Traditions: The Art of the Amish runs through Nov. 13.
• Karel Appel: The Expression of Color features vibrant prints and sculptures. Appel was a founding member of the now disbanded CoBrA, a group of European artists who formed in Paris in 1948. Through Dec. 4.
• Captured in Glass: Historic and Contemporary Paperweights is the decorative arts gallery’s inaugural exhibition, which includes 300 works. Runs through June 10.
1120 E. Kearsley, Flint; 810-234-1695.
The Holiday Shop runs from Nov. 11-Jan. 7.
16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe; 313-821-1848.
Assembled by the Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, Abstract Drawings by Harry Bertoia features expressive pieces dating back to the 1940s. Through Jan. 6.
7400 Bay Valley, Saginaw; 989-964-7125.
Multiplicity, Connection and Divergence: African Art from the John F. Korachis Collection focuses on objects from the 19th and 20th centuries that were to be used in religious ceremonies. Through Nov. 20.
208 Wilson Hall on the Oakland University campus, Rochester; 248-370-3005.
• Free Association includes work from Detroit-area artists Cathy Peet, Anita Andersons, and Mark Mardirosian. All three created sculptures, collages, and assemblages from found objects and materials.
• Open Borders by Lisa Rigstad features contemporary landscapes. Both exhibits run through Nov. 6.
407 Pine St., Rochester; 248-651-4110.
The works of Dennis Hayes IV are on display through Nov. 19.
444 W. Willis, Detroit; 313-833-9000.
• Detroit POP features pieces by Bill Morrison, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies and current art director for Fox’s Futurama. Through Nov. 7.
• But I’m Awake Now… highlights the experimental work of three internationally known artists — Patricia Izzo, Brigit Hutterman Holt, and Barbara Melnick Carson. Opens Nov. 12 and runs through Jan. 31.
3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.
Stephen Duren, who was born in California but moved to Michigan in 1978, approaches the traditional rural landscape in a fresh way with bold color and dramatic perspective. His paintings are on display Nov. 5-Dec. 10. Opening reception Nov. 5.
107 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-3909.
• An annual photography exhibit is on display through Nov. 20.
• The 99th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition displaying Scarab Club members’ artwork is up from Nov. 23-Dec. 31.
• 5 from Chicago features a mixture of sculpture by five Chicago artists. On display through spring 2012.
217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250.
Robert Wilbert has been an influential artist and educator in Detroit for more than 35 years. His current work is on display Nov. 5-Dec. 31. Opening reception Nov. 5.
700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700.
The paintings of Lenore Gimpert, a graduate of CCS and Wayne State University, emphasize form as opposed to color in the exhibit Super Women: New Paintings. Through Dec. 31.
1274 Library St., Detroit; 313-961-4500.
• Face of Our Time includes more than 100 works by photographers Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz, and Richard Misrach. The images examine our world today and the political, social, and economic struggles many face. Nov. 12-Feb. 5.
• Mike Kelley: Day Is Done features parts two through 32 of Kelley’s ongoing project, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions. Kelley’s goal is to reach 365 parts, one for each day of the year. Through Dec. 31.
• Sculptor Mark di Suvero received the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama in March 2011. His exhibit, Tabletops, is exclusive to Ann Arbor and features 15 of di Suvero’s smaller pieces. Through Feb. 26.
525 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395.
A faculty exhibition runs through Dec. 2.
150 Art Building, Detroit; 313-993-7813.
Violinist Sergey Khachatryan and his pianist sister, Lusine Khachatryan, perform sonatas by Beethoven, Bach, and Shostakovich. 8 p.m. Nov. 12. $25-$75.
Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070.
Czech chamber ensemble The Talich String Quartet performs Mozart’s Quartet in G Major, Schulhoff’s Quartet No. 1, and Schubert’s Quartet in A minor, Rosamunde. 8 p.m. Nov. 9. $25.
Christ Church Cranbrook. 470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-0097.
• Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, conducted by Joana Carniero, takes center stage, and Xuefei Yang, the first guitar major graduate from Beijing’s Central Conservatory of Music, joins the DSO to perform Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez. 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 4.
• The Festival of Flutes, led by Leonard Slatkin and featuring flutist James Galway, highlights pieces by Vivaldi, Bach, Paquito D’Rivera, and Mozart. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 10:45 a.m. Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Nov. 19, and 3 p.m. Nov. 20.
• Leonard Slatkin conducts the DSO in Schubert’s two-movement Unfinished Symphony. Also being performed is Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, featuring an electronica/orchestral fusion by DJ and composer Mason Bates. 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, 3 p.m. Nov. 27. $15-$50.
Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro explores a single day filled with mistaken identity, cross dressing, and infidelity in the palace of Count Almaviva. This entertaining opera first premiered in Vienna in 1786 and is still widely celebrated. Canadian soprano sings the part of Susanna, and the Countess is performed by Rachel Willis-Sørenson in this production directed by Mario Corradi. Nov. 12-20. $29-$121.
1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-960-3500.
Bassoonist Pawel Wnuk, violinists Laura Roelofs and Velda Kelly, violist James Greer, and cellist Nadine Deleury perform a combination of string quartets by Richard Ratner and Pete Ford. The program also includes Richard Danielpour’s Feast of Fools for bassoon and string quartet. There is a reception following the performances. 4 p.m. Nov. 13. $10-$18.
Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee; 248-474-8930.
• Jeannete Sorrell leads the ensemble called Apollo’s Fire in music by Handel and Vivaldi, with a special appearance by countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3. $10-$75.
Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor.
• The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs one of two performances with the UMS this season. This concert features the work of Haydn, R.M. Schafer, and Golijov. 8 p.m. Nov. 12. $22-$46.
Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333.
The Montecristo Piano Quartet, who are members of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival, perform as a part of the Vivace Music Series. Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat and Brahms Piano Quartet in C minor are among the pieces. 8 p.m. Nov. 19. $23.
Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills; 248-788-9338.
Join BalletMet Columbus for their production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker. The Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra performs the familiar score and Sir Roger Moore narrates as the company of more than 100 dancers and local children perform. Lunch and performance tickets available. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 and 27, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 28. Pricing starts at $29.
1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-960-3500.
Kick off the weekend with a night of art, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Northville. On the first Friday of each month, select art galleries are open late, and guests can shop and enjoy art demonstrations. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 4.
Disney’s Phineas and Ferb
Your favorite gang made an escape from the television 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. 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Nov. 4. $19-$40.
Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 800-745-3000.
As part of the 60th annual event (Nov. 2-13), Nathan Wolfe, a native Detroiter, will appear to discuss his book, The Viral Storm: The Dawn of a New Pandemic Age. Wolfe is the founder and director of he Global Viral Forecasting Initiative, which examines new and infectious diseases. 7:45 p.m. Nov. 6.
Jewish Community Center; 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Township; 248-203-1527.
Le Carnaval des ArtStars
Co-chaired by Yvette Bing and Catherine Forbes, this annual fundraiser for the DIA will include live entertainment, dinner, dessert, dancing, and more. 6 p.m. Nov. 12. $600-$2,500.
Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7967.
Themed “The World Awaits You — A Passport to Design,” this annual event kicks off with the Patron Tea. The display, on the first floor of Cranbrook House, offers inspiration for holiday entertaining. Nov. 17-20. The Patron Tea is Thursday; seatings are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $75. General admission, $20 individual, $15 for groups of 10 or more.
Cranbrook House, 380 Lone Pine Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3149.
The 40th annual Holiday Walk showcases the 110-room Tudor Revival mansion bedecked in holiday finery. Nov. 25-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 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.
Enjoy dinner, live entertainment, food, carnival midway games, and rides. All proceeds benefit The Parade Company. Nov. 18.
Ford Field, 2000 Brush, Detroit.
Barney Live in Concert — Birthday Bash
Celebrate Barney’s birthday with his “super-dee-duper” live stage concert. The bash features more than 25 sing-along tunes with the purple dinosaur, including “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “Wheels on the Bus,” and “Dino Dance.” Nov. 19-20. $12-$65.
Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 800-745-3000.
Entering its 27th 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. 19 ($25-$75), and Breakfast with Santa on Nov. 26 ($20-$25). Nov. 20-27. $3-$5.
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.
9:20 a.m. Nov. 24.
Begins at Mack and Woodward and ends at Woodward and Congress in downtown Detroit.
• Set in the Australian countryside, The Tree stars Charlotte Gainsbourg and newcomer Morgana Davies as mother and daughter in this drama of loss and rebirth.
Nov. 4-6. $7.50.
• Winner of several awards, Fellini’s retouched Nights of Cabiria brings back all of the aesthetic pleasures of the original.
Nov. 5. $5.
• World on a Wire follows a cybernetics engineer and his uncovering of a corporate and governmental conspiracy in this 1970s German take on a familiar theme.
Nov. 18-20. $7.50.
• Umberto D. tells the story of a former civil servant trying to survive on his pension while maintaining his dignity and compassion.
Nov. 19. $5.
• Mysteries of Lisbon is a masterly adaptation of the Portuguese novel. The film follows the extraordinary stories of several intriguing characters.
Nov. 25-27. $7.50.
• Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles tells a feminine, modern, and avant-garde story of a middle-age woman living a life of routine.
Nov. 26. $5.
5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.
• From Here to Eternity is a love story set in Hawaii just months before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. With Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, and Frank Sinatra.
Nov. 4-5. $4.
• Set in pre-revolutionary Russia, Fiddler on the Roof is a musical about a poor Jewish milkman, his wife, and five daughters trying to preserve their Jewish heritage.
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Nov. 18-19. $4.
17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.
• Purple Rain stars Prince as a young singer trying to reach stardom in this film featuring the artist’s original soundtrack.
Nov. 5. $6.
• Patrick Swayze takes a lead role in Road House, an action drama about a tough bouncer with a Ph.D. at a rough and wild bar.
Nov. 19. $6.
233 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-8667.
• Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country is an exhibit that tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that Arab-Americans have played throughout history. Opens Nov. 11.
• 2011 SURA Arts Academy Student Photography Exhibition is the work of middle-school students from Detroit and Dearborn. Through Nov. 27.
• 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. Under 5 free.
13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266.
• Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts celebrates the history of the company since Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook founded it. The multimedia exhibit focuses on the choreography, costumes, and other Mitchell accomplishments.
• The Heidelberg Project: Art, Energy, and Community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the display created by artist Tyree Guyton. Through Nov. 27.
• Perceptions: The Art of Barbara Brown King and Carole Morisseau is the work of two multifaceted women who are career-based in Detroit. Through Jan. 8.
• The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755-Present highlights rare artifacts from the personal collection of Chris Webber, native Detroiter, National Association All-Star player, and NBA announcer. His pieces reflect the lives and legacies of African-American greats such as Phyllis Wheatley, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.
• Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge, a series of intricate and 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 expansive, 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. Ongoing on the Main Level.
315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800.
• Streets of Old Detroit takes visitors back to the 19th and early 20th centuries through shop settings furnished with artifacts from the 1840s to early 1900s.
• Doorway to Freedom highlights Detroit’s role as part of the Underground Railroad, the last American stop for freedom-seeking slaves before boating across the Detroit River to Canada.
• Frontiers to Factories is an exhibit that shows what Detroit was like before the advent of automobiles. See how the area changed from a trading-post settlement to a metropolis with millions of residents and factories.
• Meier’s Wonderful Clock was built to demonstrate the skills of clockmaker Louis Meier Sr. Weighing 2,500 pounds, the clock stands at 15-feet high and 7-feet wide, and was shown at the Michigan State Fair in 1906 and Chicago World’s Fair in 1934.
• Detroit’s Official Symbols explains symbols throughout the city, such as the city’s flag.
• Glancy Trains are from the vast collection of Alfred R. Glancy Jr., co-owner of the Empire State Building.
• Also: Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, Detroit Toy Stories: Motor City, Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Award Winners, Janet Anderson, and Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit — 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age.
• New to the museum, 1941 Anderson Detroit Electric, William B. Stout, and Boy Scouts of America — Great Lakes Council.
General admission: $4-$6.
5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805.
• Exhibits include a rocket laboratory, fitness-and-nutrition station, as well as a heart-health display. Also, the center offers the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which was formerly located at the Novi Expo Center. Ongoing.
• Dinosaurs Unearthed is the largest dinosaur exhibition to come to Detroit, and includes 24 animatronic dinosaurs, five full-size skeletons, and nearly 40 fossil replicas and eggs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.
5020 John R, Detroit.
• Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes explores the methods used by mariners over the years to communicate with others at sea, and people on the shores.
• City on the Straits provides snapshots of the ways the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have influenced the region. Artifacts include wood shipping crates, an iron paddlewheel hub from The Northerner, a Great Lakes depth chart, and more.
• 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 pilothouse was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979.
Also: Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes and To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders.
100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805.
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. Admission is free, but suggested donation is $6.
University of Michigan campus, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478.
• The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition allows you to explore a multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary exploration of the Land of Oz. Through Jan. 8.
• 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.
• Automobiles in American Life features automotive milestones, including the 15 millionth Model T, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001.
Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s domicile, and the home of Robert Frost. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $16-$22.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001.
Like some of her folk contemporaries, Baez is also an ardent social activist. Her efforts were recognized by Amnesty International last spring, when she was presented with the inaugural Award for Outstanding Inspirational Service in the Global Fight for Human Rights, or the “Joan Baez Award,” as it’s now dubbed.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 1. $27-$69.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.
The Civil Wars
Here’s all you really need to know about the duo of Joy Williams and John Paul White, who make up The Civil Wars: British songstress Adele described them as “by far the best live band” she’s ever seen. Also, they play an intense blend of foot-stomping country music (appropriate for a Nashville band), and are having quite a successful year.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $20-$35.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.
The Sea and Cake
One doesn’t typically pair baked goods with the open water, but The Sea and Cake’s moniker can be explained through a simple misunderstanding. The jazz-influenced indie quartet was supposed to be called “The C in Cake.”
The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.
A last name like Buckingham commands respect by itself, regardless of personal accomplishment. But having the role of male lead singer and half of the creative force behind Fleetwood Mac only pads Lindsey Buckingham’s résumé that much more. A new album, titled Seeds We Sow, is another notch on his ever-expanding belt.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.
Mills’ career dates back more than four decades, when, in 1968, she was cast in her first Broadway role in the musical Maggie Flynn. But she is perhaps best known for her role as Dorothy in the 1980s African-American reinterpretation of The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz. Since then she’s released a number of solo albums to moderate success (if you can call winning a Grammy Award “moderate”).
MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.
Straight No Chaser
This a cappella group was formed in 1996 at Indiana University, and first found mainstream success after an old YouTube video of them performing “The 12 Days of Christmas” landed them an album deal with Atlantic Records (the 10 million views it attracted didn’t hurt, either). Three of the original members quit between 2009 and 2010; one of their replacements, Seggie Isho, hails from Rochester Hills.
The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.
Eric Burdon & the Animals
Burdon is a man of small stature, standing only 5 feet 7 inches tall. But what he lacks in height, he makes up for in the volume of his voice and the energy of the live show that earned his raucous band its name. 8 p.m.
Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren; 586-268-3200.
Judas Priest, Black Label Society, and Thin Lizzy
Something must’ve gone wrong during the booking of this heavy metal tour, because around here, the dinosaurs usually come out to play only during summer. Perhaps it’s a testament to all three bands’ skirting of conventions that they’re willing to brave the onset of a Great Lakes winter in the name of their art. Here’s hoping their hot guitar licks can still turn the heat up after all these years.
6 p.m. Nov. 13. $25-$80.
Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.
There are so many bands these days with some kind of animal, especially deer, in their names: Deer Hunter, Deerhoof, Deer Tick. But unlike the others, this Rhode Island alt-country/folk band’s rustic blend of woodsy rock ’n’ roll lends merit to their moniker.
8 p.m. Nov. 15.
Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.
Little Leann Rimes was one of the youngest country music stars of all time, rising to fame at 13. Thanks to her early start, Rimes, best known for her cover of “How Do I Live” is now one of the richest female country singers in the United States.
8 p.m. Nov. 17.
Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.
City and Colour
City and Colour is the acoustic solo project of Alexisonfire frontman Dallas Green. The moniker comes from his own name, Dallas: a city, and Green: a “colour” — as our northern neighbors spell it. Green has won Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys, in both his full-time band and on his own.
8 p.m. Nov. 25. $25.
The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.
Kanye West and Jay-Z
The last few years have been landmarks for both rappers: West’s last album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, was a critical triumph, while Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 3 was a commercial success. What do two hip-hop kings do with a view from the top? They keep their eyes on their derrieres — if you’re following the logic of the pair’s collaborative album, Watch the Throne, released in August.
7:30 p.m. Nov. 26. $49.50-$129.50.
Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.
Hot Mess Chronicles III is a short-form comedy directed by Mike McGettigan that combines humor and fright.
Through Nov. 5.
1301 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-575-6628.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the holiday tale of two friends putting on a show in a Vermont inn and finding love. It features the classics Blue Skies and the title song.
Nov. 8-13. $25.50-$100.
2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.
• In the two-man play Freud’s Last Session, Dr. Sigmund Freud and novelist C.S. Lewis debate the meaning of life and love.
Through Nov. 20. $39.50-$44.50.
• Daddy Long Legs is a musical from Tony Award winner John Caird, director of Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby.
Through Nov. 20. $39.50-$44.50.
• All Night Strut Holiday Show! is the two-act musical celebration of the 1930s and 1940s with a holiday twist.
Nov. 23-Dec. 31. $39.50-44.50.
• Mary Zentmyer reprises her role as Sister in Sister’s Christmas Catechism: Mystery of the Magi’s Gold. This interactive play creates a living nativity from audience members.
Nov. 23-Dec. 31.
333 Madison, Detroit; 313-963-9800.
Shakespeare’s classic Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two engaged couples. Young and in love, Claudio and Hero cannot wait to be married. On the other hand, Benedick and Beatrice spend most of their time expressing their distain for each other.
Through Nov. 19. $25-$30.
4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.
Deborah Margolin’s fantasy tells the story of one of the greatest Ponzi schemers of all time. Imagining Madoff focuses minimally on the facts and has only three characters: Madoff, his secretary, and poet Solomon Galkin. This Midwest premiere is directed by Yolanda Fleischer.
Through Nov. 13. $36-$43.
6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield Township; 248-788-2900.
In honor of 30 years of performances, Charles Nolte provides an adaptation and original staging of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300.
The 1978 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show gives audiences a glance at the humor of 1930s Harlem. Tim Rhoze directs this story of Thomas “Fats” Waller’s rise to fame.
Nov. 10-Jan. 1. $32-$46.
120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681.
Yolanda Fleischer directs Sunday Punch, a comedy following a man’s persistent feelings of mediocrity and discontent, which he blames on his overbearing father.
9 p.m. Nov. 18-Dec. 10. $10.
2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948.
Written by Chelsea native, Purple Rose founder, and Hollywood star Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber, The Squid and the Whale), Escanaba in Da Moonlight is a Yooper comedy fit for anyone who’s from Michigan.
Through Dec. 17. $25-$35.
137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673.
In the Oscar Wilde classic The Importance of Being Earnest, Jack Worthing must deal with two women who have fallen in love with Earnest, the brother he pretends to have.
Nov. 3-Dec. 18. $28-$30.
361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003.
The Odd Couple, Female Version relates the exploits of Olive Madison and Florence Unger. The comedy is the first play of this new company, which focuses thematically on women.
Nov. 4-27. $15-$18.
Inside the Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 6800 Orchard Lake Rd., West Bloomfield Township; 248-850-9919.