Arts and Entertainment





Anton Art Center

D2C2 features work in all media from members of the Drake Drive Creative Consortium. Jan. 5-16.

• An Art Center tradition, the 38th Michigan Annual is an all-media fine art competition open to Michigan artists and features a special display of Mount Clemens artifacts from Mayor Barb Dempsey’s collection. Jan. 27-Feb. 25.

125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; 586-469-8666.


Art Center

Wit, Wisdumb, and Worry features large-scale prints and several installations from longtime artist colleagues Randy Bolton, Michael Krueger, and Tom Reed. Jan. 6-Feb. 5. Opening reception Jan. 13.

117 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004 x 101.



New artwork from Victor Romão highlights the artist’s interest in drawing, sculpture, performance, and print media. Jan. 6-Feb. 4. Opening reception Jan. 6.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

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

The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff, A Retrospective highlights more than 60 works from the abstract painter. Jan. 14-April 1.

• Artwork from Luanne Martineau is on display Jan. 21-March 25.

John Kissick: A Nervous Decade presents a 10-year survey of his work. Jan. 21-March 25.

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


Artspace II

Modern Masters of Print includes artwork from Joan Miro, Alex Katz, Frank Stella, and Robert Rauschenberg.

303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540.


Biddle Gallery

Made in the Mitten is the gallery’s ongoing exhibition of works by more than 100 Michigan artists.

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC)

• New mural paintings by Victor Pytko are on display in the Robinson Gallery.

• Artwork from the Detroit Society of Women Painters is on display in the Kantgias/DeSalle Gallery.

• Drawings from Allison Pascarew are on display in the Deforrest/Watson Ramp Gallery.

• Figurative work from the students of Amy Foster is on exhibit in the LaBan Commons Gallery.

All exhibitions run Jan. 6-Feb. 3.

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


Cranbrook Art Museum

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 show 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. Through March 25. Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 full-time students. Children under 12 free.

39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3320.


David Klein Gallery

Winter Selections is on display through Jan. 28.

163 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-433-3700.


Detroit Institute of Arts

Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus focuses on works by the Dutch master and his students depicting Jesus and events described in the Bible. Through 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.

Once Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings that Tell Stories includes artwork from familiar series, portfolios, and books. Dec. 21-June 24.

Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth 6-17; under 5 free. 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.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery

An African art exhibition is on display Jan. 27-March 16. Opening reception Jan. 27.

480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 313-993-7813.


Flint Institute of Arts

Art of Collecting includes paintings, drawings, original prints, and sculptures. The show is both an exhibit and an auction. Through Jan. 8.

• The reinstallation of the Asian Art Gallery features a Song Dynasty wood carving and several Chinese bronzes. Opens Jan. 21.

Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney highlights the artist’s journey with more than 100 illustrations and watercolor paintings. Jan. 14-April 15.

Marylyn Dintenfass: Autobiography and Other Anecdotes brings the artist’s abstract, automotive-themed artwork to paper. Dec. 10-Feb. 12.

Captured in Glass: Historic and Contemporary Paperweights is the decorative arts gallery’s inaugural exhibition. Through June 10.

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, Flint; 810-234-1695.


Grosse Pointe Art Center

The Holiday Shop runs through Jan. 7.

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


Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

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.


NCA Gallery

The National Conference of Artists features the exhibition Standard Time Portfolio: Works by Midwest Artists. Jan. 14-Feb. 18.

18100 Meyers, Detroit; 313-342-1786.


Oakland University Art Gallery

Idealizing the Imaginary: Invention and Illusion in Contemporary Painting showcases the work of 14 artists exploring the expansion of the imaginary and the clichés of realism. Jan. 14-April 1. Opening reception Jan. 14.

208 Wilson Hall on the Oakland University campus, Rochester; 248-370-3005.


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

• Artists Christopher Samuels and Ian Swanson collaborate as Debt Collective and transform the Main Gallery with their art. Jan. 21-Feb. 19.

• Dennis Guastella showcases his abstract paint collages. Jan. 21-Feb. 19.

Opening reception Jan. 21 for both exhibitions.

407 Pine St., Rochester; 248-651-4110.


River’s Edge Gallery

Affairs with Heroines and Serpents highlights the experimental work of three internationally known artists — Patricia Izzo, Birgit Hutteman-Holz, and Barbara Melnick Carson. Through Jan. 31.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Scarab Club

5 from Chicago features a mixture of sculpture by five Windy City artists. Through spring.

217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250.


Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Robert Wilbert has been an influential artist and educator in Detroit for more than 35 years. His current work is on display through Dec. 31.

700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700.


Scavolini by Cucina Moda

Seventeen large-scale images by photographer Lisa Spindler are on display in the kitchen showroom. The images focus on natural and botanical themes. Through January.

202 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-792-2285.


323 East

The Future is Now Part 2: The Brooklyn-Detroit Connection features art, music, and visual installations from three New York artists. Through Jan. 4.

323 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 866-756-6538.


Toledo Museum of Art

The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb contains more than 150 objects from the ancient civilization. Through Jan. 8. Admission: Free for TMA members; $10 adults; $8 seniors; $5 students; Under 6 free.

4 Art: Student Artwork from BGSU, Lourdes, Owens, and UT features 100 works in a variety of media by students from the four institutions. Through Jan. 12.

Facebook “Pride of Toledo” includes photographs submitted by the museum’s Facebook fans. Through Jan. 12.

Storytelling in Miniature showcases about 140 miniature prints from the Renaissance to modern times. Through March 4.

Small Worlds highlights the work of five artists who created more than 40 little worlds through relief paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, video, and art installations. Through March 25.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thur.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 12-6 p.m. Sun.

2445 Monroe St., Toledo; 419-255-8000.



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. Through Feb. 5.

• 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.


Wayne State University Art Department Gallery

The WSU MFA Thesis exhibition is on display Jan. 13-Feb. 10.

150 Art Building, Detroit; 313-993-7813.


Whitdel Arts

A membership exhibition is on display Jan. 13-Feb. 3. Opening reception Jan. 13.

1250 Hubbard, Suite B1, Detroit; 313-899-2243.


WSG Gallery

New work from sculptor Francesc Burgos is on display Jan. 3-Feb. 12. Opening reception Jan 6.

306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-2287.






Chamber Music Society of Detroit

The Tokyo String Quartet is joined by oboist Eugene Izotov as they perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Takemitsu, and Debussy. Jan. 7. $25-$75.

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


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• Guest conductor Hélène Bouchez leads the forces in Franck’s Symphony in D minor, as well as pieces by Debussy. Teen sensation Conrad Tao takes the solo duties in Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2. Jan. 20-22. $15-$103.50.

• Join DSO Principal Horn Karl Pituch and Conductor Hans Graf for the Invitation to the Dance. The performance includes Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto and favorites by Weber and Schumann. 8 p.m. Jan. 28. $15-$53.50.

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


University Musical Society

• Russian pianist Denis Matsuev tackles sonatas by Schubert, Beethoven, and Grieg as well as Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrouchka. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. $10-$56.

• Their use of modern instruments and a vast repertoire of music give Québec City Les Violons du Roy a unique advantage. Performing with Swiss recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger and conductor Bernard Labadie, the chamber orchestra will perform works by Handel, Geminiani, Telemann, and others. 8 p.m. Jan. 28. $22-$48. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333.

• French composer Olivier Messiaen wrote Des Canyons Aux Etoiles based on inspiration from landscapes of the American West. Conductor Jeffrey Tate and the Hamburg Symphony collaborate with Israeli filmmaker Daniel Landau to re-create the piece with a cinematic installment. 4 p.m. Jan 29. $10-$65.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-763-3333.







Detroit Opera House

Based in New York, Shen Yun is the world’s premier Chinese dance and music company. Their all-original orchestral compositions, choreographed dance, and use of myths and legends evoke a sense of magic. Jan. 26-29. $80-$180.

1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-872-1000.







The Big, Bright Light Show

Entering its sixth year, this annual event features most of the city’s downtown stores decorated with more than 1.5 million lights, along East and West Fourth Street and extending north to Romeo Road. There will also be lighted displays on Fourth Street from Walnut to Water. The traditional Christmas tree on University will also be transformed into the holiday Dazzling Tree of Lights. Through Jan. 1.

Downtown Rochester;


Ultimate Fishing Show

This four-day show allows one to stock up on tackle, rods, boats, and more. Activities include a fly-fishing area, shore lunch fish fry, trout pond, and more. 2 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Jan. 12.  Noon-9: 30 p.m. Jan. 13.  10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 14.  10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 15.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; 800-328-6550.


The North American International Auto Show

• See more than 500 vehicles at this annual display that brings in more than 7,000 journalists from about 60 countries. Jan. 14-22. $6-$12.

• Be one of the first to view the show at the black-tie Charity Preview, whose proceeds directly benefit a wide range of charities. Since 1976, the preview has raised more than $84 million for Southeast Michigan children’s charities.  6-9 p.m. Jan. 13. $250.

Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 248-643-0250 or


2012 Winter Dog Classic

More than 160 breeds and 7,000 dogs, educational demonstrations, as well as obedience and conformation judging, are featured. Jan. 19-22. $8-$35.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; 248-361-3061 or


Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me

Entering its 14th season, the program uses current stories for questions and comedy. The show recorded in Detroit will be broadcast Jan. 21, on WDET. Host Peter Sagal, along with judge Carl Kasell, leads a panel of comedians, humorists, journalists, listeners, and celebrity guests through a comic review of the week’s news. Jan. 19. $38-$68.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.


Plymouth Ice Festival

This annual extravaganza reigns as the oldest and largest ice-carving festival of its kind. Featured are more than 100 statues carved from a single block of ice, or multiple block sculptures ranging from five to 100 blocks. Jan. 20-22.

Downtown Plymouth;


Novi Home Improvement Show

This annual event allows exhibitors to spotlight the latest trends in baths, kitchens, windows and remodeling. Jan. 27-29. $7-$8.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi;


Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, and Larry the Cable Guy

This trio of comedians take the stage for one night, and special guest star Reno Collier joins them. Foxworthy, known for his redneck jokes, also hosts the show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Engvall is known for his stint hosting Country Fried Home Videos, while the Cable Guy is recognized for his catchphrase “Git-R-Done.” Jan. 28. $58.50.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills.




Detroit Film Theatre

La Havre tells the story of an aging shoe shiner who takes pity on a young illegal immigrant trying to get home to his family in London. Jan. 13-15 and Jan. 20-22. $7.50 adults, $6.50 students and seniors.

• Based on the painting The Way to Calvary, by Pieter Bruegel, The Mill and the Cross takes place the year the masterpiece was created and follows a dozen characters whose lives and stories unfold and intertwine. Jan. 20-22 and Jan. 27-29. $7.50 adults, $6.50 students and seniors.

Rembrandt is a biographical portrait of the Dutch artist that begins at the height of his fame and ends with his death. Jan. 21. $5, and free for DIA members.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Redford Theatre

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers begins in 1850 Oregon when a man’s six brothers decide they want to be married after he brings a wife home. Jan. 6-7. $4.

Forbidden Planet is a sci-fi mystery that follows a starship crew investigating the silence of a planet’s colony, only to find two survivors left. Jan. 20-21. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.







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. Under 5 free.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Perceptions: The Art of Barbara Brown King and Carole Morisseau is the work of two multifaceted women. 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.

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.

Detroit Performs! is a photomontage dedicated to those who have called Detroit home and have gained national or international attention in the performing arts. Ongoing on the Main Level.


315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800.


Detroit Historical Museum

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 shows what Detroit was like before the advent of automobiles.

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 collection of Alfred R. Glancy Jr.

• Also: Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, Detroit Toy Stories, Motor City, Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Destinations, 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.


Detroit Science Center

• 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. $11.95-$19.95. (Note: Because of financial conditions, the Detroit Science Center may be closed, so call first.)

5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400.


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.

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: To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders.

100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805.


Exhibit Museum of Natural History

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 features a large panel display and video booth featuring research done by U-M biologist Barry O Connor.

Explore Evolution focuses on seven research projects that have made a major contribution to our understating of evolution, and include the growth of HIV, the emergence of a new species, and the genetic ties between humans and chimps.

Water and You teaches water basics, and what you can do to protect this precious resource.

Admission is free, but suggested donation is $6.

University of Michigan campus, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478.


Henry Ford Museum

The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition allows visitors 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.


Holocaust Memorial Center

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

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






Black Jake & the Carnies

Thanks to its unique blend of punk, bluegrass, and Americana, this Ypsilanti-based sextet bill themselves as “The Original Kings of Crabgrass.” The band makes its raucous return to The Ark early this month. 8 p.m. Jan. 6. $15.

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


Jill Jack Birthday Bash

Since 1997, Jack has won 30 Detroit Music Awards in a variety of singer/songwriter categories. She has also released seven albums in genres ranging from soul to rock, folk to country. Last year, Jack celebrated her birthday with her band and fans at The Ark, and it was apparently so successful that she’s doing it again this year. 8 p.m. Jan. 7. $20.

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


Anti-Freeze Blues Festival featuring Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

The trio of Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band specializes in the genre of country-blues. The hard-working band has been known to play nearly 250 shows in a year, including Warped Tour performances in 2009 and 2010, where they were the only band on the bill to include washboards, bottleneck slides, and 5-gallon buckets in their live show. 7 p.m. Jan. 7. $20.

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


Eric Johnson

American guitarist Johnson has been included in Guitar Player magazine’s “Gallery of Greats” and was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century” by Musician magazine. 7 p.m. Jan. 11. $25.

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


Mountain Heart

This sextet blends folk, rock, and country while attempting to revolutionize how acoustic music is presented. Mountain Heart has played with country-rock acts including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, and The Avett Brothers. 8 p.m. Jan. 13. $30.

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


The Yellow Room Gang

This band is composed of eight musicians who originally came together by simply meeting once a month. This led to workshops, then concerts, then to recording an album together. Their most recent album was recorded during a two-night performance in front of a select audience at Ann Arbor’s Big Sky studio and is aptly titled Live at Big Sky. 8 p.m. Jan. 14. $15.

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



The band originally known as Bearfoot Bluegrass formed in Alaska in 1999. After several years and an evolution in the band’s sound, the members decided to strike “Bluegrass” to reflect their newly achieved and slightly different genre. Bearfoot’s latest and fifth studio album, American Story, was released last September. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15. $15.

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


Martin Sexton

Not only does Sexton intertwine soul, gospel, country, rock, blues, and R&B, he is also known for beat-boxing and scat-singing guitar solos. John Mayer has been quoted as saying that Sexton was the best live performer he had ever seen. 7 p.m. Jan. 19. $40.

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


Robert Gordon featuring Chris Spedding

Gordon, the American rockabilly musician, has been active since the late ’70s. His sound has been compared to early-era Elvis, which is fitting considering Gordon was greatly affected by hearing “Heartbreak Hotel” as a 9-year-old. It was then that he decided he wanted to be a musician. English rock ’n’ roll and jazz guitarist Chris Spedding accompanies. 8 p.m. Jan. 27. $20.

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


Ann Arbor Folk Festival

The 35th annual installment of this two-night fundraiser for The Ark kicks off Friday night with the likes of folk-rock newcomers Dawes, David Wax Museum, and others, while Saturday is peppered with venerable veterans such as Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell, and Joe Henry. Comedian Heywood Banks provides a little levity as master of ceremonies both nights. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27-28. $35-$85.

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


Mung Xuan Nham Thin 2012 Vietnamese Concert

Vietnamese musicians scheduled to perform include Thuy Duong, Bang Kieu, Minh Tuyet, Duy Truong, Ky Phuong Uyen, Nguyet Anh, and The Liberty Band. 6 p.m. Jan. 29. $36.85-$41.95.

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






ABOVE: Martin Kaye as piano-pounding Jerry Lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, at the Fisher Theatre. (PHOTOGRAPH BY JOAN MARCUS)


Detroit Opera House

Three boyhood friends search for meaning in a post-9/11 world in the 2010 Tony Award-winning musical Green Day’s American Idiot. The production features hits from the band’s 2004 Grammy Award-winning album. Jan. 17-22. $29-$65.

1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-872-1000;


Fisher Theatre

On Dec. 4, 1956, Sam Phillips gathered four of rock ’n’ roll’s biggest stars for the first and only time. Million Dollar Quartet is the Broadway musical re-creating the union of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Jan. 24-Feb. 5.

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

Hilberry Theatre

• When Hollywood comes to an island off the Irish coast, a local boy gets a chance at fame in The Cripple of Inishmaan. Through Feb. 4. $25-$30.

• Adapted from Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand, Frank Langella’s Cyrano follows a swordsman-poet with an unfortunate nose as he uses his literary gift to woo Roxane away from her handsome love interest, Christian. $25-$35.

4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.


The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company

• Tony Award-winning God of Carnage explores an altercation between two 11-year-old boys and their parents’ attempt at a mature solution. Directed by David J. Magidson. Dec. 7-Jan 1. $36-$48.

• Plot twists, self-serving agendas, and betrayal are all present in David Mamet’s Race. The story, directed by Christopher Bremer, revolves around a man accused of rape and the defense created by a small law firm. This production includes racial and sexual references, as well as provocative language. Jan 25-Feb 19.

6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield Township; 248-788-2900.


Meadow Brook

The Hoboken sisters travel to California to play at the Hollywood Bowl. But they arrive to find they aren’t performing at the famous amphitheater, but the Hollywood Bowl-a-Rama instead. Nunset Boulevard is by Dan Goggin. Jan 4-29. $24-$39.

207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300.


Performance Network Theatre

Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Fats Waller Musical Show gives audiences a glance at the humor of 1930s Harlem in this story of Thomas “Fats” Waller’s rise to fame. Through Jan. 1. $32-$46.

• A co-production with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, God of Carnage is a comedy showing that maturity and polite conversation has its limits. Jan. 1-Feb. 19. $25-$41.

120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-663-0681.


Purple Rose

In this tribute to fathers and sons, Agostino, a retired stone mason, is evicted from his home to make room for a new highway. He refuses to leave, and his son must persuade him to let go of the house and his memories. A Stone Carver is by William Mastrosimone. Jan. 19-March 10. $25-$40.

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


Tipping Point Theatre

The Love List makes audiences consider the adage “Be careful what you wish for.” Bill creates a list of the 10 ideal traits in a partner. When she appears, Bill and his friends experiment with the list and see disaster ensue. Jan. 19.-Feb. 19. $28-$30.

361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003.


University Musical Society

Nicholas Hynter directs National Theatre Live’s production of John Hodge’s The Collaborators. It centers on an imaginary encounter between playwright Mikhail Bulgakov and Josef Stalin. 4 p.m. Jan. 8. $12-$22.

Michigan Theater. 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397.

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