Arts and Entertainment

February 2010


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is an ongoing exhibition. $5; members free, Wednesdays free. • A collection of photographs, Corporate Wasteland: The Landscape and Memory of Deindustrialization, demonstrates the effect of globalization on traditional manufacturing economies in North America. Beginning Feb. 7. 401 Riverside Drive W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013;

Artspace II: Watercolor and ink drawings by Abraham Walkowitz are up. Part of the Isadora Duncan series, the works feature classically draped dancers from the early 1900s. Feb. 3-28. 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540;

Biddle Gallery: Made in the Mitten is an ongoing multi-media exhibition of works by more than 100 Michigan artists. 2840 Biddle,Wyandotte; 734-281-4779;

David Klein Gallery: Drive is an auto-centric exhibition including work by Timothy Buwalda, Liz Cohen, and Cheryl Kelley. Through Feb. 20. 163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700;

Detroit Institute of Arts: Government Support for the Arts: WPA Prints from the 1930s is a collection of nearly 100 prints created under the Federal Art Project to provide economic relief to Americans during the Great Depression. Through March 21. 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;

Flint Institute of Arts: Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism opens Feb. 6 in the C.S. Mott Wing. 1120 E. Kearsley, Flint; 810-234-1695;

Gallery Project: In Spite of the Evidence runs through Feb. 21. • Mind opens Feb. 24 with a reception Feb. 26. 215 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012;

Grosse Pointe Art Center: Urban Edge runs through March 6. 16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park; 313-821-1848;

Lawrence Street Gallery: The Body Eclectic ’10 is an all-media figure competition exhibition that runs Feb. 3-26, with a reception Feb. 5 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. 22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394;

MSU Kresge Art Museum: Hananiah Harari’s Birth of Venus provides the focus for American Modernism, 1920s-1940s. First floor of Kresge Art Center, on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing; 517-353-9834;

Oakland University Art Gallery: The Art of the Artist’s Book runs through April 4. 208 Wilson Hall, on the Oakland University campus, Rochester; 248-370-2100;

Re: View Contemporary Gallery: A one-person exhibit featuring the work of Detroit-based metal sculptor Adam Shirley is on display beginning Feb. 13. 444 W. Willis, Unit 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000;

Sherry Washington Gallery: Portraits of Now! showcases works by Detroit native Richard Lewis through Feb. 27. 1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500;

Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery: 13 Ladies: A Journey of Healing will showcase works by Valerie Reitzel through Feb. 3. 33 E. Adams, Detroit; 313-963-7575;

UMMA: With his first solo exhibition in a North American museum, digital media artist Cory Arcangel showcases a dynamic installation for the eyes and ears. • Tradition Transformed features the traditional Chinese paintings of Chang Ku-nien, a Shanghai-trained 20th-century painter. • The collection of former postal employee Herbert Vogel and former librarian Dorothy Vogel is on display in An Economy of Means. The couple began collecting contemporary art in the early 1960s, with a focus on minimal and conceptual art. 525 S. State, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395;



Brunch with Bach: The award-winning members of the Harlem Quartet play a Valentine’s Day concert. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $35 includes brunch and concert; $15 concert only. Both prices include museum admission. In the Kresge Court of the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-4005,

Chamber Music Society of Detroit: Grammy award-winning pianist Emanuel Ax takes on a couple of giants: Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie and Schumann’s Fantasy in C Major. Other pieces include selected Chopin mazurkas, as well as the Polish master’s Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise, and Schumann’s Fantasiestucke. 8 p.m. Feb. 6. $75. • The Shanghai Quartet, featuring Yuja Wang on piano, takes on Schubert’s Quartetsatz in C minor, Franck’s Piano Quintet in F minor, and Dvorák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major. 8 p.m. Feb. 13. $25-$75. Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070;

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings: As part of the concert series “The Trumpets Shall Sound,” six trumpets display their clarion sounds in works for multiple trumpets, trombones, and organ. 4 p.m. Feb. 7. $10-$25. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, 4800 Woodward, Detroit; 313-831-5000;

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, Argentinian cellist Sol Gabetta makes her DSO debut with Barber’s Cello Concerto. Also on the program are Mennin’s Concertato for Orchestra (Moby Dick) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. Feb. 4-6. • After having performed at President Obama’s inauguration, pianist Gabriela Montero brings her talent to the DSO stage with, Grieg’s Piano Concerto. Also included are Sierra’s Sinfonia No. 4 and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8. Thomas Wilkins is on the podium. Feb. 26-27. $19-$123. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111;

University Musical Society: Gramophone’s Artist of the Year in 2006, Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt presents a program including Bach’s Italian Concerto, Beethoven’s Sonata in D Major, and Brahms’ Sonata No. 3 in F minor. 8 p.m. Feb. 10. $10-$50. Hill Auditorium • Cellist David Finckel and violinist Philip Setzer accompany Wu Han on piano as they take on Schubert’s Piano Trio in B-flat Major and Piano Trio in E-flat Major. 4 p.m. Feb. 14. $24-$48. Rackham Auditorium; 734-764-2538;



Ballet Hispanico: The dancers of Ballet Hispanico combine ballet, modern, and Latin dance to produce a refreshing kind of movement. The group has worked with choreographers around the world and performed in front of more than 2 million people. Feb. 13-14. $25-72. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-961-3500,

Oakland University Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance: OU’s dance program hosts the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company as they perform works from the world’s largest repertory of contemporary black choreographers. 8 p.m. Feb. 12-13. $21. Varner Recital Hall, OU Campus, Rochester; 248-370-2030,

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts: The Detroit Windsor Dance Academy performs, Dance “313.” 6 p.m. Feb. 12. • The Akram Khan Dance Company presents Bahok, an original work by Akram Khan and Nitin Sawhney that brings together eight dancers from diverse cultures, traditions, and dance backgrounds. Despite cultural barriers, the dancers are able to use movement to communicate with one another. 8 p.m. Feb. 24. Call for tickets. 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500;



Cirque Du Soleil Alegria: Since its premiere in 1994, more than 10 million people have seen this world-class production. Alegria, which is Spanish for happiness, joy, and jubilation, features a cast of 55 performers and musicians from 17 countries. Enjoy Synchro Trapeze, Aerial High Bars, tumbling, and other feats. $31-$98. Feb. 4-7. Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Drive, Detroit; 800-745-3000.

Longhorn World Championship Rodeo: This 46th annual spectacle returns to The Palace. The show features cowboy and cowgirls who will be competing in six sanctioned events, including bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, cowgirl barrel racing, and other competitions. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13 and 2 p.m. Feb. 14. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-646-6666.

Metro Detroit Go Red for Women Luncheon: This event is the American Heart Association’s national campaign to help raise awareness of heart disease in women. The annual luncheon includes interactive health exhibits, free massages, health screenings, auction, and fashion show. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $250. Feb. 24. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, Detroit;

Cottage and Lakefront Living Show: Everything you need to know about living in a cottage or lakefront home is on display. Exhibits include log, timber frame, cedar homes, cottage rentals, designers, cottage furnishings, and more. Feb. 25-28. $4-$10. Rock Financial Show Place, 46100 Grand River, Novi;



Detroit Science Center IMAX: Some of us just don’t have the resources or the nerve to climb the Alps. So a decent alternative might be the IMAX film The Alps, a journey up the Eiger North Face. It’s a story of the Alps, the people who live there, and the people who climb the massive mountain. • We don’t have time machines, but we have archeologists. In Mummies: Secret of the Pharaohs, follow researchers as they piece together the fascinating and mysterious world of the pharaohs. Scientists will take you on a journey through the ancient pharaohs’ culture, religion, medicine, and everyday life. • Arabia 3D pulls back the shade on a unique culture. This IMAX experience is a journey through the Arabic culture, history, environment, and faith of its people. The film is a combination of historical re-creations and scenes from everyday life. The story follows a 22-year-old Arabian filmmaking student as he returns home from school to make a film about his native culture. All through February. $7.25-$12.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400;

The Redford Theatre: Written by Truman Capote, then turned into a 1961 film, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the story of a struggling writer (George Peppard) who moves to the Big Apple. In his apartment building is the pretty and quirky Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn). He quickly becomes intrigued by her and her somewhat confusing lifestyle. In public she’s a sexy, sophisticated, confident woman, but in private she’s completely flipped — a vulnerable bag of neuroses. Feb. 5-6. • The dancing duo of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers are the stars in Flying Down to Rio. It’s a musical comedy of two boys loving one girl. She’s ambivalent. But one of the boys graciously gives the other boy dibs by parachuting out of the plane. Feb. 19-20. All films $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. • Connecting Communities is a new multimedia exhibit that lets immigrants tell their own stories. On display are photos, personal objects, and writings. Through March. $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 and Joe Louis: Hometown Hero run through May. • 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: VeloCity: Detroit’s Need for Speed showcases the ways in which Detroiters have used their need for speed on land, water, air and other forms of transportation. • The Cougar II is a one-of-a-kind two-door red coupe. It was built in 1963 as a prototype of the Ford Motor Co. • Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Snack Food Superstars is an exhibit featuring Better Made Snack Food Co., Germack Pistachio Co., Sanders Confectionery, Stroh’s Products, and Vernor’s Ginger Ale. • Detroit Trivia includes more than 300 years of Detroit facts, divided into four categories. Questions are based on difficulty and include historic images and artifacts. • Belle Isle: Soul of the City, Lighting the Way for Better Urban Living is an exhibit focusing on better urban living through a healthier citizenry. • 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. • 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. • Detroit’s Classic TV Personalities honors seven notable Detroit TV figures, such as Bill Bonds, John Kelly, Bill Kennedy, and Soupy Sales. • The newest acquisitions to the museum’s collection include a pair of skates worn during the Detroit Red Wings 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Championship season, a dress made from film canisters that was worn to the 1993 Fash Bash by Louise Hodgson, and more. • Corktown Works! is presented in the Community Gallery and showcases a diverse mix of urban farmers, working artists, entrepreneurs, and others who came to Detroit in the 1840s and adopted the name Corktown. General admission $4-$6. 5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805;

Detroit Science Center: Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato makes its world debut in Detroit. The exhibit is a 10,000-square-foot showcase that features 36 never-before-seen mummies. The mummies are on loan from the Museo de las Momias de Guanajuato. Through April 11. 5020 John R, Detroit;

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

Exhibit Museum of Natural History: Relics pays tribute to ingenious gadgets, such as a mirrored ball, rotating galaxy projector, video-projector masks, and more. On display indefinitely. • Collecting for Science: Collections, Science, and Scholarships in the U-M Research Museums showcases collections research at the U-M Museum departments of anthropology, paleontology, and zoology and the herbarium. • 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 that they use to answer them. • Free dinosaur tours at 2 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Planetarium shows every Saturday. $5. Admission to the museum is free, but suggested donation is $6. Planetarium price is $4.75. University of Michigan Campus, 1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478;

Henry Ford Museum: 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;



Dr. Dog: This Philly-based quintet draw comparisons to the holy trinity of 1960s “B” bands: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Band. But the alliteration doesn’t stop there. Dr. Dog’s band members take on nicknames all beginning with the letter “T”—Taxi sings, Tables plays the bass, and Time, fittingly, keeps time. 7 p.m. Feb. 3. $12 in advance. $14 at the door. The Pike Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

Shinedown with Puddle of Mudd: If Kurt Cobain had been a bald-headed American Idol runner-up who sported tight leather pants and chain wallets, his band might have been Shinedown; Puddle of Mudd would have been his side project once his hair grew out. Oh, and all of this would have happened after some band called Nirvana introduced grunge to the mainstream two decades earlier. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $29.50. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

Rascal Flatts with Darius Rucker: Can you believe these boys had the gall to cover Tom Cochrane’s “Life Is a Highway”? Their excuse: It was for the soundtrack to the children’s movie Cars. Perhaps that can explain why the country trio, according to USA Today, is the sixth most-popular act among kids ages 10-12. And though he might not be Nemo, opener Rucker has experience with flounder in his old band Hootie and the Blowfish. 8 p.m. Feb. 5. $40.20-$86.20. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Slayer with Megadeth: With Cobo Arena’s future in limbo because of the proposed Cobo expansion, the historic rock ’n’ roll venue will host a night of thrash metal billed as the “American Carnage” tour. The heavy-metal giants promise to play Cobo out with a bang — if it can survive the onslaught of ominous riffage. 7 p.m. Feb. 6. $10-$189.50. Cobo Arena, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-877-8777.

Jackie Greene: Greene, who hails from Salinas, Calif., shares a birthplace with John Steinbeck. The town must be quite affecting, because both men are highly identified with the American spirit. In fact, Green has even been dubbed “The Prince of Americana” by The New York Times. Greene began sitting in with bar bands as a teenager, but earned his title with original bluesy tunes about ramblin’ men and Mexican girls. 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Those Darlins: Those Darlins are three whiskey-fueled women from Kentucky, South Carolina, and Virginia who gravitate to New York City when they record their swingin’, countrified rock ’n’ roll. Their two-and-a-half-minute songs sometimes sound like the Famous Carter Family for the punk-rock set, or Patsy Cline with a heavy dose of vinegar. 8 p.m. Feb. 10. $8. The Pike Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

John Mayer: When his debut album, Room for Squares, was released a week after Sept. 11, 2001, John Mayer was a short-haired Berklee College of Music grad who wrote acoustic ballads like “Your Body Is a Wonderland.” Almost a decade later, his hair is a little longer and his now-bluesy songs are about heavier things — like changing the world, and more recently, getting stoned. 8 p.m. Feb. 12. $36-$76. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

The Pink Floyd Experience: Like last month’s Lez Zeppelin without the gender implications, the Experience revives Floyd for all the fans who just aren’t buying Roger Waters doing Dark Side of the Moon without David Gilmour. These six fellas, all experienced musicians in their own right, aim to re-create not just the music of Pink Floyd, but the whole sensual adventure. So don’t try to call them a cover band. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13. $30 in advance. $35 at the door. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

Neville Brothers with Dr. John: The Big Easy comes to town when the Neville Brothers, self-described as “New Orleans’ First Family of Funk,” bring their deep jazzy grooves to the Michigan Theater. And they’re bringing a friend from the bayou: Dr. John, whom Tom Moon calls “a greasy-fingered pianist with frogs in his mouth” and “a high priest of soul” in his book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die . 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17. $29.50-$75. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.

Evan Dando: As the leader of The Lemonheads, Dando was once the poster child for early-’90s alternative rock slacker superstars. He was even chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in 1993. But, like Amy Winehouse a decade later, Dando became a victim to crack cocaine and his career fell apart. After five years in obscurity, Dando released his first solo album, Baby I’m Bored, in 2003 to a favorable reception. Since then, he’s reformed the Lemonheads (as the only original member) and collaborated with the likes of The MC5 and The Dandy Warhols. 9 p.m. Feb. 19. $10-$12. The Majestic Café, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

St. Vincent: St. Vincent is neither a “Vincent” nor a saint — though Annie Clark, the artist who performs under the moniker, may sing like one. Clark spent some time in The Polyphonic Spree and toured with Sufjan Stevens’ band before striking out on her own. In the compositions on her latest album, 2009’s Actor, Clark uses Disney-esque orchestral arrangements that swirl around discordant guitar work. But it’s her clear, fragile voice that soars above the fold. 8 p.m. Feb. 19. $12 in advance. The Pike Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

Yes: Before the huge success of the hit song “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes had blazed the long, abstract trail of progressive rock in the ’70s. By the time “Owner” came out in 1983, Yes had gone through at least six lineup changes and one major breakup. Some fans even began distinguishing this era of the band as “Yes West” because of the band’s move to Los Angeles and its radio-friendly bent. Now, more than 40 years after the band’s formation, Yes continues on, and still won’t take “no” for an answer. 8 p.m. Feb. 20. $40-$45. MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

Buckwheat Zydeco: The musical genre known as zydeco evolved from Louisiana Creole music and centers on the accordion and washboard. Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural Jr. is one of the most popular artists operating within the genre. He began his career in the ’60s playing soul and R & B, before experimenting with his father’s accordion in the ’70s. In 1996, his band played to an estimated 3 million people at the close of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. 8 p.m. Feb. 22. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Sondre Lerche: Lerche is Norway’s answer to Conor Oberst, minus the navel-gazing mopey-ness. The Norwegian tends to genre-hop a bit more than Oberst, too, experimenting with bossa nova, jazz, and pop. Some songs exude a cinematic quality (Lerche penned the soundtrack to the 2007 Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche film Dan in Real Life.) His latest effort, 2009’s Heartbeat Radio, has been compared to such lush orchestral Beatles tracks as “Eleanor Rigby.” 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $12. The Majestic Café, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

Justin Townes Earle: As the son of outlaw country artist Steve Earle, and named after outlaw country artist Townes Van Zandt, it would appear that Justin’s path was pre-determined. And though he has shared in some of his father’s misgivings (both have struggled with drug addiction), Justin has since cleaned up his image and focused on his music — a blend of bluegrass, Americana, and old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll. 8 p.m. Feb. 28. $10-$12. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.



Bonstelle: In Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, identical twin brothers with identical twin servants encounter a series of wild mishaps stemming from mistaken identity. Both sets of twins were accidentally separated as babies during a storm, and unaware of their counterparts, they have a chance meeting as adults. Feb. 19-21 and Feb. 26-28. $12-$15. 3424 Woodward, Detroit; 313-577-2960.

Detroit Repertory Theatre: Written by Detroit native Pearl Cleage, A Song for Coretta pays tribute to Coretta Scott King through the memory of five fictional African-American women waiting in line at Ebenezer Baptist Church to say goodbye to her. The play is inspired by the long line of mourners who stopped by to pay their respects to the deceased widow of Martin Luther King, Jr. $17-$20. 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347;

Fisher: Join Dorothy and her little dog Toto on the national tour of The Wizard of Oz. In this classic production, Dorothy and a colorful cast of characters travel down the yellow-brick road in search of the Emerald City and the Wizard of Oz. Through Feb. 14. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000.

Fox: Elmo and his Sesame Street pals explore the inner workings of our ecosystem with the help of Sunny the Sunflower and some dancing ladybugs. This colorful musical teaches lessons about patience, overcoming fears and appreciating the role we all play on Earth. Elmo’s Green Thumb runs through Feb. 15. $12-22. • Garrison Keillor and guests present a live national broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. The celebrated variety show will be broadcast on public radio station Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit). 5:45 p.m. Feb. 27. $38-$68. 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.

Gem: Featuring popular songs from the ’50s and ’60s, The Marvelous Wonderettes chronicles the lives of four girls with big hopes and dreams. Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy transport the audience to their 1958 Springfield High School prom and later to their 10-year reunion. Beginning Feb. 3. • Defending the Caveman celebrates the humorous differences between men and women. Written by comedian Rob Becker, the play explores common relationship themes, and misconceptions. Beginning Feb. 3. • Attempting to answer the age-old question, “What do women want?” Robert Dubac penned the one-man comedy The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? With the guidance of five chauvinistic mentors, protagonist Bobby attempts to figure out why the girl of his dreams has dumped him. Beginning Feb. 10. 333 Madison, Detroit; 313-963-9800;

Hilberry: In Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, each character is denied the thing they most crave. The play follows the ingénue Nina, the fading actress Irina, her son the playwright Konstantin, and the famous middlebrow storywriter Trigorin, as they all attempt to validate their dreams. Through Feb. 11. • Performed in the original style of commedia dell’arte, Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters follows hungry servant Truffaldino as he attempts to serve two masters, eat more food, and not get caught. • In Good, a 1930s German literature professor and generally good man, John Halder, writes a novel about his personal life that is enlisted by political figures in support of Nazi propaganda. Good examines the rise of Hitler through Halder’s eyes and how even good people can be steered into bad things. Beginning Feb. 26. 4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972;

Jewish Ensemble Theatre: The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife follows doctor’s wife Marjorie Taub through a midlife crisis. Having convinced herself that she will never be more than mediocre, Marjorie is soon surprised by Lee, a worldly friend from her childhood. Although a welcome distraction at first, Lee soon becomes the guest from hell. Through Feb. 21. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900;

Meadow Brook: A thriller following true-crime paperback writer Mark Styler, Mindgame is full of suspense. When Styler attempts to get an interview with a notorious serial killer, he soon realizes he has taken on something bigger than he can handle. Beginning Feb. 10. 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300;

Music Hall: Judi has worked hard to forget her humble past and do well for herself. In Daddy Can I Come Back Home, after pursuing an Ivy League education and obtaining a penthouse apartment, Judi loses everything, and the only place she can go is home. Feb. 2-7. • Based on the beloved children’s book, The Hungry Caterpillar graces the stage with an assortment of puppet characters. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 13. $17 adults; $7 children. • “I Am Who I Am” The Teddy Pendergrass Story explores the life of recording artist Teddy Pendergrass who suffered a life-altering auto accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500;

The Studio Theatre: A performance of Ravenswood, from the second act of Bad Habits, features a doctor who allows his mentally ill patients to indulge in their bad habits as a means of finding a cure. Feb. 4-6. $12-$15. 4743 Cass, Detroit, on the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre; 313-577-2972.

Send information at least nine weeks in advance to: Listings, Hour Detroit, 117 W. Third St., Royal Oak, MI 48067. By e-mail: By fax: 248-691-4531.

Facebook Comments