Arts and Entertainment

August 2009


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): 1960s British and American fixations on consumerism and pop culture take center stage with Pop is Everything, an exhibit gathering works by Andy Warhol, Greg Curnoe, and Chris Cran. Runs through Aug. 23.

• The Pop Art theme continues with Richard Hamilton Reflects: Prints 1963-74, displaying Hamilton’s exploration of consumerism and multiplication with his collage-like prints. Through Sept. 6

• Adrian Norvid: Showstoppers, Whoppers, Downers and Out of Towners exhibits work by the contemporary Canadian artist through Sept. 6.

• It’s a Madhouse This Modern Life… assembles Canadian art from the 1980s, through Sept. 20.

• The Green Corridor at the AGW exhibits materials relating to the multidisciplinary urban redevelopment project of the same name, focused on reviving the NAFTA Trade Corridor in Windsor and stimulating environmental consciousness. Through Sept. 27.

• $5; members free, Wednesdays free.  401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013;

Artspace II: A collection of works by Detroit-born artist Edgar Yaeger will be displayed through Aug. 29. Best known for his New Deal-era murals for the Works Progress Administration, Yaeger saw many artistic movements rise and fall in nearly a century of prolific creativity. 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540;

Biddle Gallery: The 14th Annual Climate Controlled Art Fair, showcases home accessories by more than 100 Michigan artists, including handmade pottery, jewelry, clocks, and fashion. Through Sept. 12. 2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779;

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC): The Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild, an organization for those who “work and play creatively with beads,” presents a bead bonanza through Aug. 21.

• Graffiti runs through Aug. 21.

• Bay City resident Mark Piotrowski displays a collection of mostly abstract oil paintings through Aug. 21.

• Students of Fibers display their work Aug. 21-Sept. 11, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 21.

1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham; 248-644-0866;

Community Arts: 2009 WSU Visual Arts Education Exhibition. Opens June 10.  150 Community Arts Building, Detroit; 313-577-2423.

David Klein Gallery: The Summer Group Show presents contemporary and postwar American art, Aug 1-29. Through July 25. 163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700;

Detroit Institute of Arts:  Action < > Reaction: Video Installations examines the evolution of the video format as art over four decades, highlighting five thought-provoking videos from around the world. Through Jan. 3. Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 ages 6-17; children and members free. Wed.-Thur.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mon.-Tue. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;

Detroit Zoo: Last April, students from the College of Creative Studies submitted designs to be reproduced as the official Detroit Zoo poster. Crystal Mielcarek of Harrison Township, awarded Best in Show, will have her poster on display, along with 54 other student submissions, at the Zoo’s Ford Education Center. Zoo admission is $11 for adults 15-61, $9 for seniors 62 and over and active military, and $7 for children 2-14. Members and children under 2 free. Through Sept. 7. 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-398-0900;

Ellen Kayrod Gallery: The Annual Intergenerational Community Exhibition celebrates works by a diverse group of Detroit artists. Through Aug. 21. • The first day of The Art of Aging Biennial is accompanied by an afternoon reception on Aug. 28. 4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300;

Ford Gallery and University Art Gallery: Eastern Michigan University Graduate Thesis Exhibitions run through August. 114 Ford Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; 734-487-0465.

Gallery Project: Shrines and Altars runs through Aug. 16. 215 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012;

Ladybug Gallery: A group exhibition run by the Southwest Artists Network of Detroit features various works by local multi-media artist Teresa Petersen. Petersen, who creates collages from vintage  prints, specializes in “found-object assemblage sculptures.” 1250 Hubbard, Detroit.

Lawrence Street Gallery:  Photography by George Booth is on display Aug 5-29. Opening reception 6 p.m.-9 p.m. on Aug. 7. 22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA): Scavenger Invitational features artists who work with collage, assemblage, and found objects. Main Gallery.

• Valerie Mann of Saline presents a series of works made with cast-off materials. First Floor Gallery. Both exhibits run Aug 14-Sept. 19. 407 Pine St.; 248-651-4110;

Re: View Contemporary Gallery: The work of Detroit-based sculptor Kate Silvio is on display Aug. 22-Sept. 19. 444 W. Willis, Unit 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000;

Sherry Washington Gallery:  iDeas and iCons exhibits the work of David Driskell, David Fludd, M. Saffell Gardner, Lenore Gimpert, Richard Lewis, Nora Mendoza, Chun Hui Pak, Gilda Snowden, Shirley Woodson, Jocelyn Rainey, and Mark Sch-wing. Through Sept. 12. 1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500;



Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Resident Conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the DSO and violinist Ilya Kaler in three iconic Beethoven works: the Violin Concerto, the Leonore Overture No. 3, and the Pastoral Symphony. 8 p.m. Aug. 1.

• The DSO performs a program dubbed “Musical Magic.” Selections include Stravinsky’s Firebird: Infernal Dance, Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and Menken’s Aladdin Suite. 4 p.m. Aug. 2. $30 pavilion; $15 lawn. Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd, Rochester Hills; 248-645-6666;



Dancefest Detroit: Mack Avenue Dance Company is conducting a two-week summer intensive hosted by the Maggie Allesee Department of Dance at Wayne State University. Students and professionals can participate in a variety of classes taught by company members and guest-artist Stephanie Liapis from New York. $500 (early registration is $450). Drop-in rates are $10-$20 per class. Through Aug. 7.; 313-622-9622.



Concours d’ Elegance: This annual event devoted to classic cars brings festivities for all auto enthusiasts to enjoy. Convertibles, the Packard V-12, and the Rolls-Royce Phantom, are some of the vehicles on display. Before the actual Concours d’Elegance, dinners, black-tie, and invitation-only events will take place. Aug. 2 Meadow Brook Hall, Oakland University, Rochester Hills; 248-269-7672.

Summer Fine Arts in the Village: Entertainment, artists’ works, as well as arts and crafts activities, are planned. Aug. 1-2. Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams, Rochester Hills;

Milford Memories: A weekend filled with artwork, food, entertainment, and family activities. More than 200,000 guests are expected to attend and enjoy Civil War encampment, pancake breakfasts, cannon firings, and hot-pepper eating contests. Aug 7-9. Downtown Milford, 209 Main St., Milford;

Woodward Dream Cruise: Get in gear for a weekend featuring 40,000 classic cars, street rods, as well as custom and collector autos following the 16-mile route down Woodward Avenue. The Cruise encompasses nine communities, including Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Detroit, and Ferndale. Celebrating its 15th year, this event is considered the world’s largest one-day automotive event of the year. . 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. Aug. 16.

Michigan State Fair: Midway games, parades, rides, animals, entertainment, are hallmarks of the annual fair, which is also the nation’s oldest. Aug. 28-Sept. 7. $5-$10. Corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward, Detroit;



Detroit Film Theatre: In Jerichow, a chance encounter by Thomas with Turk Ali on the roadside turns into meeting Ali’s extremely attractive, angry wife. It’s gripping and steamy and interesting to see how the cultures turn this film, though an interpretation, into something completely new. Aug. 1-2.

• In 1974, Muhammad Ali and George Foreman jumped into the ring for a boxing match in Zaire that would become known as the “Rumble in the Jungle.” However, another notable event also took place then. It was a three-day music festival that featured James Brown, B.B. King, Sister Sledge, world-renowned African performers such as Miriam Makeba and Afrisa, and many other acts. Unfortunately. Foreman was injured and the fight was pushed back, but the show went on. For the first time ever, after 35 years of legal disputes, this historic concert has been assembled as a feature film called Soul Power. Aug. 1- 2 and Aug. 7-9. All tickets $6.50-$7.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;

Detroit Science Center IMAX: James Tiberius Kirk is back, sort of. He’s younger, though. And so are Spock, Scottie, and the doctor. In this year’s blockbuster film, Star Trek, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise goes back to the beginning … kind of.

• From the deep, northern waters of Lake Superior to the eastern edges of Lake Ontario, Mysteries of the Great Lakes takes the viewer on a spin through some of most beautiful shorelines and scenery the nation offers. And you’ll stay dry.

• In Deep Sea, you’ll glimpse some of the most unique, dangerous, and colorful creatures — and their habitats — on the face of the Earth.

• Animalopolis is a journey into a more light-hearted, dancing, somersaulting, fanciful animal kingdom than the one that exists in reality. But that’s OK, because this IMAX film is fun for the whole family. The film shows a variety of animals, including cheetahs, bears, crabs, and lions — with no threat of getting maimed. All through August. $7.25-$12.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400;

The Redford Theatre: The 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia is the story of Thomas Edward Lawrence and how he blazed his way to glory in the Arabian Desert. Called everything from hero to sadist, Lawrence takes viewers through his journey as a young intelligence office in Cairo to assisting a British general in destroying the Ottoman Empire. The film won seven Oscars, including best picture. Aug. 7-9.

• When George Taylor (played by Charlton Heston) and his space crew land on a planet, they are a bit confused. You see, they are the animals, and the apes are the ruling class in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes. It’s a world flipped on its ear. Aug. 21-22. All films $4. 17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;

Penn Theatre: Through an earthquake, fire, flood, and even a cannibal tribe, the Grant children know deep down that their shipwrecked father is still alive. After all, it was he who sent the message in the bottle, right? In Search of the Castaways screens Aug. 6.

• Farmer Hoggett wins a runt of a piglet at a local fair. Brought back to the farm, the piglet names himself Babe (that’s some ego) and gets to know the other animals. He become particularly close with a sheepdog, Fly, and decides to embark on a career of sheepherding. Babe was filmed in 1995. Aug. 13.

• The The Apple Dumpling Gang is the story of three orphaned siblings, a huge chunk of gold, and two bumbling outlaws — played by Tim Conway and Don Knotts. Aug. 20.

• The Muppets graduate from college and decide to take their senior revue on the road. They end up in Manhattan, where they try to sell their show to anyone who’ll listen. They eventually find a young, idealistic soul to take them up on the offer. After a number of problems and mishaps, it all comes together in the end. The Muppets Take Manhattan was filmed in 1984. Aug. 27. All films $3. 760 Penniman, Plymouth; 734-453-0870;



Arab American National Museum: A Yemeni Community: Photographs from the 1970s by Milton Rogovin reconnects the past community of Lackawanna, N.Y., where a small community of immigrants from Yemen lived until the city’s steel plants closed. Through Aug. 16.

• 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;

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Legends of the Music: The Photography of Leni Sinclair runs through October.

• 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.

• Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States. Ongoing on the Main Level.

• Detroit Performs is a photomontage dedicated to those who have gained national and international prominence in the performing arts. Ongoing in the Main Level Corridor.

• Target has initiated a program of Free First Sundays at the museum; general admission at other times is $5-$8.  315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800;

Detroit Historical Museum: An exhibit featuring more than 200 reproductions of American Judaic treasures from the Library of Congress and other loans from important institutions are on display in From Haven to Home: Jewish Life in America. See how Jewish immigrants sought refuge from persecution abroad and how they settled in America.

• Detroit Artist’s Showcase displays the paintings of Robert Hopkin (1832-1909), whose work has graced Ste. Anne’s Church and the original Detroit Opera House.

•Automotive Showplace celebrates the Model T centennial by displaying a “Tin Lizzie” from 1911.

• Hero or Villain: Metro Detroit’s Legacy of Leadership examines the controversial lives of 16 public figures from the area’s past 300 years, including Augustus Woodward, Jimmy Hoffa, and Coleman Young.

• 100 Years Ago allows visitors to relate to past Detroiters through different forms of media that capture daily life in 1909.

• Detroit’s Classic TV Personalities honors seven notable Detroit TV figures, such as Bill Bonds, John Kelly, Bill Kennedy, and Soupy Sales. Artifacts, as well as footage from their original broadcasts, are on display. The newest acquisitions to the museum’s collection include a pair of skates worn during the Detroit Red Wing 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Championship season, a dress made from film canisters that was worn to the 1993 Fash Bash by Louise Hodgson, and much more. General admission $4-$6. 5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805;

Detroit Science Center: Star Trek: The Exhibition is an interactive exhibit that allows fans the opportunity to explore the Star Trek universe through attractions, sets, costumes, and props from five TV series and 10 feature films. Highlights include a full-scale recreation of the Transporter Room from Star Trek: The Next Generation, a chance to ride through a Star Trek adventure in a full-motion flight simulator, and more. Through Sept. 7. $14.95-$18.95. 5020 John R, Detroit;

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Committed to the Deep: Exploring Underwater Treasures is an exhibit that explores the changes that have taken place in the last century beneath the surface of the Great Lakes. On display will be shipwrecks that divers have explored and the artifacts that have been salvaged. • L is for Lighthouse is an exhibit that explores lighthouses, lenses, locations, lives of their keepers, and more. 100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805;

Exhibit Museum of Natural History: Journeys of the Bison Hunters is an exhibit that tells the story of bison hunters and the traders who lived in the small mud-walled villages near Roswell, N.M. Through August. Relics pay tribute to ingenious gadgets, such as a mirrored ball, rotating galaxy projector, video-projector masks, and much more. On display indefinitely.

• Dinosaur tours are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

• Planetarium shows are generally presented at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. weekdays; call for weekend dates.

• The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, an animated adventure about weather, plays at 12:30 weekdays.

• Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, with recorded narration by Liam Neeson, explains the formation of the early universe. At 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission to the museum is free, but suggested donation is $6. Planetarium price is $4.75. University of Michigan Campus, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478;

Henry Ford: Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 is a follow-up exhibit from Stars’ Cars & Guitars that took place in 2007. The exhibit marries music and machines, and offers a selection of hot rides and rare guitars. • 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 honors this great invention by featuring milestones, including the 15 millionth Model T, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit.  20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;

Greenfield Village: Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s home, and the home of Robert Frost. $14-$20. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit: Three permanent exhibits are on display: The Ethel Averbach Dolls of the World, the Flags of the World, and the Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Wilkinson Immigrant Ship Collection. Free. There’s also the International Café on the lower level. 111 E. Kirby, Detroit; 313-871-8600;



Paolo Nutini: At 22, Nutini has already opened up for the Rolling Stones. Might as well retire now, huh? Nutini disagrees. Instead, he released his second album, Sunny Side Up, in June. The album is full of observations and complications that the Scottish troubadour has encountered in his ripe 22 years. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1. $20 in advance. $25 at the door. St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8137.

Fleet Foxes: These Seattle-based indie darlings don’t play the scuzzy brand of flanneled grunge often associated with the Emerald City (although the flannel remains intact). On their critically lauded first full-length album, Fleet Foxes, the pastoral quintet sends you to heaven on a four-part harmony daydream (or they just lull you to sleep). You decide. 8 p.m. Aug. 5. $22 in advance. $25 at the door. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

The Temptations and The Four Tops: There has been much talk lately about what Detroit will be known as in the coming years. The Motor City assembly lines are barely chugging along and many bands are skipping over the Rock City altogether. But thanks to these two groups, the Motown legacy — on the other hand — lives on. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $10-$36.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Erykah Badu: Badu, born Erica Wright, shares a birthday with Johnny Cash, but she has more in common with Billie Holiday. Much has changed since her debut album, Baduizm, 12 years ago — she might ask you to text Tyrone rather than call him — but you still better find a phone of your own. 8 p.m. Aug. 7. $22-$60. Chene Park, 2600 Atwater, Detroit; 313-393-0292.

The Misfits: “I wanna be just like Jerry Only,” sang the punk-rock pride of southwest Detroit, the Jollys. Thanks to Mr. Only, the Misfits’ brand of horror-punk has been kept alive (or undead) for more than 30 years, despite original singer Glenn Danzig’s departure in the early ’80s. 5 p.m. Aug. 8. $20. Harpo’s Concert Theatre, 14238 Harper, Detroit; 313-824-1700.

Tori Amos: Her new album is called Abnormally Attracted to Sin, so she sounds like a devilish woman. But her fans would counter that she sings like an angel. Back in 1992, Amos released her debut album, Little Earthquakes, and the singer, songwriter, and pianist has been shaking up the music world ever since. She brings her Sinful Attraction tour to Detroit at 8 p.m. Aug. 8. $31-$61. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway; 866-789-1884.

The Moody Blues: Who would’ve thought that so many days of the future would pass and this original British Invasion band would still be around? You can bet they’ll play “Nights in White Satin” in all of its 7-minute-38-second glory. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. $10-$49.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

The Decemberists: With their latest release, The Hazards of Love, Colin Meloy & Co. continue to expand their unique blend of Zeppelin-esque prog-rock. They’ll play the album in its entirety, followed by a set of various past tunes. 7 p.m. Aug. 11. $26 in advance. $28 at the door. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

Doug Fest 2009 featuring Foreigner, Loverboy, and a Flock of Seagulls: 93.1 FM, better known as “DOUG”, probably needs to change its slogan. They claim to play everything, but their definition of “everything” is strongly geared toward ’80s bands with questionable hair-grooming practices. 6 p.m. Aug. 12. $10-$52. Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 586-268-7820.

Jimmy Buffett: You could enjoy a “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, wash it down with an ice-cold Landshark Lager, then waste away in Margaritaville while reading Swine Not? and still not get to the heart of what made Buffett a household name in the first place — his music. 8 p.m. Aug. 13. $34.50 – $134.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Jason Mraz: Mraz is often called one of the most down-to-earth musicians today; this quality shines through the 12 mellow tracks off of his latest album, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. It has to be all those stylish hats that keep the fame from getting to his head. 7 p.m. Aug. 14. $24.50-$36.50. Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 586-268-7820.

AC/DC: The home of the Detroit Pistons hosts the celebrated arena-rock band that made playing in the pocket fashionable. Can’t say the same for the short shorts. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. $92.50. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

B.B. King: Even if your blues collection is made up entirely of B.B. King, that’s still more than 130 songs spanning more than half a century – and that’s just the tracks that have been released as singles! At 83, the King of the Blues continues to shred on his signature Gibson guitar, Lucille. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. $10 – $49.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

The B-52s: Did you know that the B-52s have a new album out? It’s called Funplex. Well what did you expect from the Athens, Ga., group that brought you “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack”? 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20. $10-$35. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Heaven & Hell with Coheed and Cambria: After Ozzy Osbourne left Black Sabbath to launch a solo career, the band recruited Ronnie James Dio to fill his shoes. They released Heaven and Hell in 1980. Now they tour under the moniker of the album title to distinguish themselves from the alternate Ozzy-fronted Sabbath. 7 p.m. Aug. 21. $20-$65. Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100

Peter Frampton: After the 1976 release of Frampton Comes Alive!, one of the best-selling live albums in the U.S., the golden-locked guitarist’s mug adorned the bedroom walls of teenage girls. You’d think all those years of champagne for breakfast would have taken their toll, but Frampton still has it — as evidenced by his 2007 Grammy award-winning instrumental album, Fingerprints. 8 p.m. Aug. 22. $15-$55. Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.

Kenny G: The one thing that most people know about Kenny G is that he once held the world record for blowing a single musical note on a saxophone (an E-flat) for 45 minutes and 47 seconds. Usually, though, his smooth jazz consists of many notes played in succession. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23. $15-
$48.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

American Idols Live!: The top 10 finalists of the show’s eighth season, including winner Kris Allen, will take the stage to perform their versions of hits like “Mad World” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” 7 p.m. Aug. 26. $40.50-$69.50. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Get Back! The Cast of Beatlemania: It turns out the Clash was wrong all those years ago when they pre-emptively declared Beatlemania had “bitten the dust.” A high-profile motion picture based on Beatles songs, an imaginative Cirque du Soleil show, and this successful tribute band all prove just how wrong Joe Strummer was. 8 p.m. Aug. 29. $10-$22.50. Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.



Barn Theatre: The state’s oldest summer-stock theater presents the Who’s rock opera, Tommy. $29. Through Aug. 9.

• Also on stage is Big River with Huck Finn, inspired by Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. $29. Aug. 11-23. 3351 W. M-96, Augusta; 269-731-4121;

PuppetART: The classic tale of Sleeping Beauty is retold through a marionette ballet. Like the dance version, the puppet production is presented without spoken word, and is expressed through music and movements. $5-$10. Aug. 1, 8, and 15. 25 E. Grand River, Detroit; 313-961-7777;

Purple Rose: Directed by Guy Sanville, Wake, a world-premiere comedy, follows Molly, an agoraphobic, who finds refuge in her funeral-home business. Her mother and daughter add comic relief to Molly’s journey in helping her conquer her fear. $12.50-$38.Through Aug. 29. 137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673;