Arts and Entertainment




Anton Art Center

Cut & Paste: The Art of Collage features more than 100 multiple-media artworks from artists nationwide. May 4-June 6. Opening reception is May 4.

Works by members of the Lakeside Palette Club, Mount Clemens Art Association, and Warren Tri-County Fine Arts, Inc. are on display in Juried Group Show. May 13-June 16. Opening reception May 20. 1-3 p.m.

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


Art Center

The PRINT is featured through June 10.

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



Festival MayWorks Windsor 2012 is happening through May 25.

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


Art Department Gallery

WSU Undergraduate Exhibition is up through May 11.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

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

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


Artspace II

Titled History Lesson, limestone and steel sculptures by Mark Beltchenko refer to primitive weapons. May 1-31.

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


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC)

Entries to the Michigan Fine Arts Competition are on exhibit through May 4.

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


Brown and Juanita C. Ford Gallery

Traces: Mark Making in Prints highlights works by Evangeline Montgomery and Jeanne Poulet. Through May 25.

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri. 9555 Haggerty, Belleville; 313-496-2510;


Cranbrook Art Museum

Work by Masters of Fine Arts and Masters of Architecture students, class of 2012, are on display through May 13.

39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3300;


David Klein Gallery

Art by Betty Woodman is on exhibit through May 26.

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


Detroit Institute of Arts

Upon a Time: Prints and Drawings That Tell Stories includes artwork from familiar series, portfolios, and books. Through 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

No.Town Beyond the Wall: Berlin Artists in Detroit is on display through June 22.

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


Flint Institute of Arts

Captured in Glass: Historic and Contemporary Paperweights is the decorative arts gallery’s inaugural exhibition, which includes 300 works. Through June 10. •

The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the Snite Museum runs May 5-July 12 in the Graphic Arts Gallery. •

The Golden Age of Painting, 1600–1800, from by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky. is on display in the Charles Stewart Mott Wing. May 5-Aug. 19. •

Abstract Expressionism: Then and Now is in the Hodge & Temporary Exhibition Galleries. May 5-Aug. 19. •

Viola E. Bray: A Legacy of Giving is in the Viola E. Bray and Summerfield Galleries. May 5-Aug. 19. 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 St., Flint; 810-234-1695;


Gallery Project

Spacial Shift explores the human connection to the physical and the three-dimensional in the modern, digital world. Through May 15.

215 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012;


Grosse Pointe Art Center

Faces/Portraits is on exhibit through June 2.

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


Habatat Galleries

More than 90 artists from around the world are featured in the 40th Annual International Glass Invitational Awards Exhibition. Through May 26.

4400 Fernlee, Royal Oak; 248-554-0590;


Lawrence Street Gallery

Paintings by Nora Chapa Mendoza are on display.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394;


Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

A Three-Dimensional Perspective showcases artwork by Michigan artists Tom Phardel and Sharon Que. Through May 26.

7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw; 989-964-7125;


Oakland University Art Gallery

Senior Thesis in Studio Art Exhibition II is up through May 13.

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


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Spring Gallery Stroll features works on paper by four artists in the main gallery. On the first floor are small paintings and collages by Robert Tucker, who draws inspiration from nature. Through May 25.

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


Re:View Art Gallery

Art by Greg Fadell is on display through May 26.

444 W. Willis, Detroit; 313-833-9000;


River’s Edge Gallery

Art of New Detroit is exhibited through May 11.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880;


Robert Kidd Gallery

Works by Robert Schefman are showcased. Exhibition begins May 12.

107 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-3909;


Toledo Museum of Art

For the Birds is inspired by the spring migration of birds. In the Gallery 18. Through Sept. 2.

African Art, selected by the University of Toledo art-history students, is featured in the Hitchcock Galley through July 24.

Refraction/Reflection presents photographs that focus on the themes of light, shadows, and reflection.

Revelation paintings by Russian-born Jules Olitski are in the Canaday Gallery. May 31-Aug. 26. 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, Toledo; 419-255-8000;



Recent Acquisitions: Curator’s Choice Part II includes modern and historic art from America, Europe, and Asia donated to the museum in the past five years. Through Aug. 5.

Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life showcases the work of such artists as George Brecht and Yoko Ono as they blur the boundaries between art and life. Through May 20.

• Visual art by Haroon Mirza is up through July 22. The installation explores the relationship between humans and the surrounding sounds created by objects, forces, and actions.

525 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395;


Whitdel Arts

Two-Person Exhibition is on display through May 11.

•  2010 Submission Group Show runs May 18-June 15. Reception is May 18.

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



Vice Versa by Nora Venturelli runs May 8-June 17. Opening reception is May 11.

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






Brunch with Bach

Piano duo and sisters Yuki and Tomoko Mack perform pieces by Bolcom, Liszt, and Barber. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 13. $35 includes brunch and the 1:30 p.m. concert; $20 for 11 a.m. concert and continental breakfast; $15 for concert only. Museum admission included in prices.

In Kresge Court, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Offering a program of Austro-German music, Windscape members — Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Randall Ellis, oboe; Alan R. Kay, clarinet; David Jolley, French horn and Frank Morelli, bassoon — are hailed for their creative energy. Music by J.S. Bach, J.C. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. 8 p.m. May 19. $25-$75.

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


Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

Soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani projects the sounds of spring in a program called Voice of the Baroque. She’s joined by 
Kiri Tollaksen, cornetto; and Glenn Miller, harpsichord/organ. 7:30 p.m. May 12. $25. Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church refectory, 1340 W. Long Lake, Bloomfield Hills; and 3 p.m. May 13. $25.

Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms;


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Modest Mussorgsky’s musical ode to artist Viktor Hartmann, Pictures at an Exhibition, is brought to life  by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Also included are two cello and orchestra pairings by Franz Waxman and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Leonard Slatkin is on the podium and his brother, Fred, handles the cello solos. 7:30 p.m. May 3-6. $15-$103.50.

• Saint-Saens’ Organ Symphony  earns its reputation for a towering sound and emphasis on organ instrumentation. The DSO’s Craig Rifel takes on the organ solo while conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the DSO in a concert that also includes Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Haydn’s Symphony No. 67. May 11 and 13.

• The DSO wraps its classical season with four symphonic fortissimo bangs: Ravel’s La Valse, Cindy McTee’s Ballet for Orchestra, John Williams’ Cello Concerto, and Respighi’s Pines of Rome. 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. May 17-19. $15-$103.50.

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


Detroit Institute of Arts

Xiao Dong Wei — a classically trained Chinese musician who  plays everything from the erhu (two-string Chinese violin), guzheng, and pipa to piano, cello, percussion, and vocals — pairs with Yuki Mack, one-half of the Mack Sisters Piano Duo, to play music from the classical Asian and Western repertoire. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 6.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Fort Street Chorale

Stabat Mater, by Antonin Dvorak, is performed by the Fort Street Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. 3 p.m. May 6. $15-$20.

Fort Street Presbyterian Church, 631 W. Fort, Detroit; 313-961-4533;


Michigan Opera Theatre

Love, betrayal and jealousy take a tragic turn in Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, which includes Canio’s famous aria “Vesti la giubba.” Steven Mercurio conducts a cast that includes Jill Gardner as Nedda, Gordon Hawkins as Tonio, Luis Ledesma as Silvio, and Antonello Palombi and John Pickle alternating in the role of Canio. May 12-20. $29-$121.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING.


Scarab Club

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club reaches its season finale with a string quartet by Belgian composer Joseph Jongen, among other works. 7 p.m. May 20.

The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250;



With musical selections by Mozart and Brahms, this is an evening of song for voice, viola, clarinet, and piano inspired by poems of Beaudelaire and Verlaine. 7:30 p.m. May 20.

The Birmingham Temple, 28611 12 Mile, Farmington Hills; 248-661-1348.






Music Hall

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is a mix of methods, styles, and cultures under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson. 8 p.m. May 5. $30-$50.

Music Hall, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500;






313 Trivia

The Detroit Historical Society hosts 313 Trivia the first Wednesday of each month. Register as a team of three or five, or register solo and be paired with a team of players. The games feature five rounds of 10 trivia questions. Winners receive a complimentary Hard Rock Café tab for the evening, gift cards to the Hard Rock Café and two free-admission passes each to the Historical Museum. Funds raised during the competition go toward the museum’s $20.1-million Past > Forward campaign. 6:30 p.m. May 2. $10.

Hard Rock Café Detroit, 45 Monroe, Detroit;


First Friday Experience

Let the weekend begin 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.

May 4. Downtown Northville;


Charlotte’s Wings Benefit

An evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, and dancing, featuring a silent auction to support reading and raise awareness for adolescent illness. 6:30p.m. May 5.

Royal Park Hotel, 600 E. University Dr., Rochester;


Preservation Detroit Tours

Experience the sights, sounds and history of Detroit from the best view possible – on foot. Walking tour locations include: Detroit Cultural Center, Downtown, Eastern Market, and Midtown areas. 10 a.m. May 5.

• After-work Tours: Every Tuesday, there’s a different tour: First Tuesday, downtown skyscrapers; second Tuesday, Albert Kahn’s downtown buildings; third Tuesday, downtown sculptures and fountains; fourth Tuesday, a People Mover tour of downtown; fifth Tuesday, a Broadway tour. 5:30 p.m. Campus Martius, 800 Woodward, Detroit.

• Bootlegging Tour: A history of bootlegging on the Detroit River. 6 p.m. May 12.

• Charles N. Agree Bus Tour: A visit to several of Agree’s architectural works, including the Belcrest, Vanity and Grande ballrooms, Holden Reptile House, Cliff Bell’s, and other locations. 10 a.m.

May 19. $50 (includes lunch at Cliff Bell’s). 313-577-3559;


Cinco De Mayo Parade

It’s a cultural celebration, and one of the highlights of May in Southwest Detroit. Noon, May 6.

Clark Park, 1130 Clark, Detroit.


Utica Antiques Market

Shop for treasures at the largest outdoor antique market in Southeastern Michigan. 8 a.m. May 12-13. $5.

Utica Antiques Market, 11541 21 Mile Rd., Shelby Township;


Ann Arbor/Saline Antique Show

From early Americana to Art Deco, marketers offer a variety of antiques for collectors of all things timeless. May 19-20.

Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor;


Movement Electronic Music Festival

Experience live performances of electronic music at the one of the most anticipated annual musical events of the year. May 26-28. $25-$75.

Hart Plaza, Detroit;






Redford Theatre

Get in the spirit with Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in a special Grease sing-along. 8 p.m. May 18-19. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;


State Theater

Director Steven Spielberg imagines J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan with a ’90s spin in Hook. Starring Robin Williams as a 40-year-old Peter Pan who has lost touch with his imagination when he returns to Never Land. With the help of Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts), he rescues his kidnapped children, and his inner child, from Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman). 1:30 p.m. May 20. $10 and $8 for students.

233 State St., Ann Arbor; 734 761-8667;






The Driving America exhibit at The Henry Ford includes more than 100 vehicles. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF THE HENRY FORD.)


Arab American National Museum

Fighting for Democracy Who is the “We” in “We the People?” highlights the stories of seven individuals and their dedication to their country and civic engagement. Through June 10.

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country showcases stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that Arab-Americans have played in our country. Through June 12.

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

Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, Social and Political in African American Art is composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed-media by 36 artists. Through June 3.

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. Artists include John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson. Ongoing on the Main Level. $5-$8.

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


Detroit Historical Museum

An exhibition about the 80-year history of Detroit Artists Market is presented in the Community Gallery.

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. See how the area changed from a trading-post settlement to a metropolis with millions of residents and factories. • 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., co-owner of the Empire State Building. Also: Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, Detroit Toy Stories, Motor City, Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Destinations, and Janet Anderson. New to the museum: Detroit Artists Market, 1914 Anderson Detroit Electric, William B. Stout, and Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit — 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age. $4-$6. The museum will be closed May 28-Nov. 23 for renovations.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805;


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. 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 pilot house 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. Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Free admission; suggested donation is $6.

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


Greenfield Village

Visit nearly 100 historical buildings including the home of Henry Ford, the replica of the first factory where Ford worked, and the lab where Thomas Edison created the first light bulb. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24 adults; $22 seniors; $17.50 youth. Free for children 4 and under.

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;


Henry Ford Museum

Driving America is an exhibit that includes more than 100 vehicles, authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts that focus on the influence the automobile has had on American culture.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a 10,000-square-foot exhibit that features more than 300 artifacts, 250 of which have never been displayed in Michigan. The exhibition features room re-creations and the replica of the Grand Staircase and guides the visitors chronologically from the Titanic’s construction to the ship’s tragic final voyage. Through Sept. 30.

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. Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America.

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 postwar world, heroic rescues, and more. There’s also a multi-lingual library. $5-$8 admission.

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






Mayer Hawthorne & the Country perform May 15 at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre. (PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF STONES THROW RECORDS.)


Weird Al Yankovic

Alfred Matthew Yankovic was considered “weird” by his peers as early as elementary school, when he entered kindergarten a year earlier than most kids and subsequently skipped the second grade. The nerd persona he came to embody in his later professional life skewering popular music songs and videos was solidified then. But the “weird” was watered down in the late ’90s, when Yankovic shaved his signature mustache, received corrective-eye surgery, and grew his hair out to hippie length. OK, that’s still pretty weird, and so is the artist currently still known as Weird Al. 8 a.m. May 5. $19-$49.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.



German industrial metal band Rammstein gained quite a following in the late ’90s with its worldwide German-language hit, “Du hast.” Subsequent singles have failed to gain as much traction outside of Europe, but the band’s literally hot live shows — complete with over-the-top pyrotechnics — have earned Rammstein a loyal following, despite the language barrier. 8 p.m. May 6. $45-$88.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.


Andrew Bird

Bird’s name is quite fitting (and real). The multi-instrumentalist and songwriter is also quite an accomplished whistler — a great skill for attracting birds. His signature warbles also make a Bird tune easy to pick out from the brush of understated indie rock. 7 p.m. May 10. $35-$45.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

Glen Campbell

Last summer, pop and country-music star Campbell announced that he’d been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. After a 50-year career in show business, Campbell recorded a farewell record, Ghost on the Canvas, his 61st studio album. The day after the album’s release, Campbell embarked on a goodbye tour, set to wind down this summer. Surrounded by a band featuring three of his children, Campbell’s strong guitar work during a set at this year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival showed he’s still a fine entertainer. Make no mistake, this is your last chance to catch Glen Campbell in metro Detroit. 8 p.m. May 11. $25-$69.

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren; 586-268-3200.


Kid Rock & DSO

The unexpected pairing of DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin and rockstar bad boy Kid Rock can be credited in part to Quicken CEO Dan Gilbert, who, along with Mr. Rock, came up with the concert to raise money for the beleaguered symphony. All musicians are donating their time for the one-night-only event, which hopes to raise $1 million to keep the DSO buoyant. 8 p.m. May 12. $100-$1,500.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The TSO, who’ve been making annual appearances in the Detroit area every holiday season to play their overblown metal versions of Christmas folk songs, are making an out-of-character spring appearance. In 2000, under the guidance of founder Paul O’Neill, the TSO expanded their horizons to release a concept album titled Beethoven’s Last Night, about the composer’s last night alive. They’ll play the whole thing at 9 p.m. May 12. $60.11-$77.06 (Canadian).

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 888-345-5885.


Zonjic & Friends

Zonjic learned to play the guitar at 9 and was lead guitarist of an R&B band by 15. At 21, he picked up a jazz flute and it took him roughly a year to grasp the basics. Since then, he has released 10 solo albums. 8 p.m. May 13. $30.

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren; 586-268-3200.


Mayer Hawthorne & The County

“Mayer’s my middle name, Hawthorne’s the street I used to live on,” the former Ann Arborite told Hour Detroit last year. The artist formerly known as Drew Cohen has been enjoying quite a bit of success with his blend of Smokey Robinson-inspired new-school soul songs. If you missed his gig at Hour Detroit’s Best of Detroit party last year, here’s your chance to catch him again. 8 p.m. May 15. $25.

Majestic Theatre, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.


The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers might not assault your eardrums like the Black-Eyed Peas, but their disregard for the rules of language is evident on their latest album, the Rick Rubin-produced I and Love and You. Thirteen songs comprise the disc of understated, banjo-laden folk musings that hint at a hidden punk undercurrent. 8 p.m. May 18. $36.50-$59.50.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

Il Divo

A French pop singer, a Spanish baritone, and an American and Swiss tenor walk into a bar. That could be the beginning to a killer joke, but it’s just what happens when the international operatic vocal male quartet, Il Divo, walk into a bar. Created by American Idol and X-Factor impresario Simon Cowell, Il Divo (which means “divine male performer” in Italian) has sold more than 26 million albums made up of operatic versions of popular songs worldwide. 9 p.m. May 18. $71.41-$139.21 (Canadian).

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 888-345-5885.


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 those are just the tracks that have been released as singles. At 86, the King of the Blues continues to shred on his signature Gibson guitar, Lucille. 8 p.m. May 23. $32.50-$65.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.


Sam Roberts Band

The Sam Roberts Band should be quite comfortable playing Windsor. The Juno Award-winning Canadian quintet led by its namesake lead vocalist and songwriter found success across the river with the song “Detroit ’67,” an ode to the Motor City. “I was always wide-eyed whenever we came across the Ambassador Bridge,” Roberts told the Free Press a few year back. And just because he’s not crossing the Ambassador on this night, you can still expect wide-eyed tunes to begin at 9 p.m. May 25. $31.86-$54.46 (Canadian).

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 888-345-5885.



Christian rock band Creed can add a new accomplishment to their résumé — saving a life. In 2010, a 13-year-old Norwegian boy was reportedly walking home from school when he was confronted by a pack of wolves. Luckily, he was listening to Creed’s “Overcome” on his cell phone, which he turned up and pointed in the direction of the beasts. The wolves trotted away. The band is hoping to garner a better reaction from their fans when they perform their first two albums in their entirety beginning at 7 p.m. May 31. $25-$69.50

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.






The Abreact

Master Hamm is blind and unable to stand; his servant, Clov, is unable to sit. They live in a tiny house and fight each day as if life were a chess match. One wants to withdraw from the Endgame, and the other wants to finish it. Directed by John Jakary. Through May 5.

1301 W. Lafayette, Detroit; 313-575-6628;


The Boll Family YMCA Theater

A young man arrives from Down South in search of redemption for a murder he committed. The person to help him is Aunt Esther, a local cleanser of souls. Gem of the Ocean tells a story of lives in the African-American community in the 20th century. Adult content. Through May 12.

1401 Broadway, Detroit; 313-593-0926;


Detroit Repertory Theatre

A cemetery supervisor and two young people search for answers while digging graves in Dead and Buried. Each worker has a secret or an agenda. Through May 20.

• After Mimi got Alzheimer’s, her two daughters and a grandson had to take care of her. Now Mimi is dead. Who killed her? A family member or a veterinarian, who thinks we should deal with our loved ones as we would with our pets? Taking Care of Mimi is a morality murder mystery by Marilynn Barner Anselmi. May 31-June 24.

13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347;


Hilberry Theatre

Earnest Major in the Salvation Army thinks her millionaire father needs saving from his ways, but he ends up being the one to save the Salvation Army when it needs funding. Shaw’s Major Barbara plays through May 5.

4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972;


The Jewish Ensemble Theatre Company

Jailed diplomat Galimard narrates a series of flashbacks of his love affair. Inspired by the opera Madame Butterfly, the play raises the question, “Who is Butterfly — Galimard or his lover?” The play contains adult content. M. Butterfly runs May 2-27.

Aaron DeRoy Theatre, 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900;


Meadow Brook

From My Hometown is a 2004 Off-Broadway hit, featuring Motown’s greatest hits. Through May 13.

• In Xanadu, a Greek muse from the heavens appears in California to inspire an artist to create the first roller disco. May 23-June 17. $24-$39.

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


Performance Network Theatre

The drama Red, winner of six Tonys, premiers in Michigan. For two years, abstract expressionist Rothko and his assistant work on the murals for the Four Seasons restaurant. The challenge causes Rothko to question himself and his achievements. Through May 27.

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


Planet Ant

After her father’s death, Mari comforts herself by listening to old records, and hopes to find a better life with her boyfriend in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. But after hearing Mari sing, he has different plans. Through May 19.

2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948;


Purple Rose

In White Buffalo a small-town family’s life is interrupted when the birth of a white buffalo calf brings a flood of spiritual followers. White buffaloes symbolize peace and unity in Sioux tradition. Through June 2. $25-$40.

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


Ringwald Theatre

A comedy, The Divine Sister, inspired by Hollywood movies involving nuns, is a story of the travails of Mother Superior. On her quest to build a new school for the convent, she has to deal with a young postulant with “visions,” sexual hysteria, a mysterious visitor, a schoolboy, and an old suitor who tries to make her forget her vows. May 11-June 4.

27742 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-399-3727;


Tipping Point Theatre

Trying to cope with the deaths of their husbands, three Jewish women meet in the cemetery every month. As they talk about the past and quarrel, they start to heal and attempt to date again. The Cemetery Club is a bittersweet comedy about life and friendship. May 10-June 17.

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


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