Arts and Entertainment

May 2010

ART

Anton Art Center: A dozen artists explore the ideas of process, rhythm, and repetition in Start. Stop. Repeat. Through June 19. 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; 586-469-8666, theartcenter.org.

Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): The New Normal explores the growing trend of documenting and sharing private information in the public view. Through July 4. • For more than 50 years, the Canadian Pacific Railroad made glass photographs (Magic Lantern Slides) to promote immigration and tourism in Canada. These slides will be on display beginning May 8. Admission: $5; members free, Wednesdays free. 401 Riverside Dr. W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013.

ArtSpace II: Works by the pioneers of 1960s Pop Art, including Andy Warhol and Ray Lichtenstein, are on display May 1-29. 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540, artspace2.com.

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, biddlegallery.com.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum: Making its North American premiere, Cape Farewell: Art & Climate Change features a collection of artists’ responses to climate change. Through June 13. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323, cranbrookart.edu.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Featuring more than 50 black-and-white photographs, Detroit Experiences: Robert Frank Photographs, 1955 showcases rare and never-before-seen works by artist Robert Frank. Through July 4. • Through African Eyes: The European in African Art, 1550-Present explores 500 years of artwork made by Africans in response to the “varied and dynamic cultural exchanges” with Europeans. through Aug. 8. 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, dia.org.

Ellen Kayrod Gallery: Showcasing Detroit artists ages 60 and over, The Hannan Spring Open runs through May 7. • Conversations: New Work, by Caroline Courth, opens May 14. 4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300, hannan.org.

Kresge Art Museum: Mid-Michigan Collects features a diverse collection of art collected by mid-Michigan residents. Ranging anywhere from African sculpture to 19th-century paintings, this exhibit opens May 1. Michigan State University, East Lansing; 517-353-9834, artmuseum.msu.edu.

MOCAD (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit): The Cranbrook Academy of Art 2010 Degree Show, featuring more than 75 works in various media, runs through May 9. • Woodward Avenue, a collection of films, drawings, and images of Detroit plants by Belgian artist Jef Geys goes on display May 27. • Detroit-based artist Mitch Cope and architect Gina Reichert’s project Too Much of a Good Thing opens May 27. 4454 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-6622, mocadetroit.org.

Oakland University Art Gallery: Oakland University’s Studio Art Senior Thesis exhibit runs through May 16. 208 Wilson Hall on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester; 248-370-2100, oakland.edu/ouag.

Padzieski Art Gallery: Displaying artwork from all grade levels, the Dearborn Schools’ City Wide Art Exhibit continues through May 28. Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan, Dearborn; 313-943-2190, DCACarts.org.

Re: View Contemporary Gallery: Sculptor and Detroit native Katie Silvio shows her work through May 29. 444 W. Willis, Unit 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000, reviewcontemporary.com.

Susanne Hilberry Gallery: Paintings by Yevgeniya Baras, Dana Giulio, Petrova Giberson and other artists will be on display beginning May 8. 700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700, susannehilberrygallery.com.

Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery: The annual exhibit of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Visions of Peace, is up until the end of June. 33 E. Adams, Detroit; 313-963-7575, swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.com.

UMMA: For the first time, UMMA will exhibit its collection of kimono, haori, obi, and other traditional Japanese women’s garments. Dating back to the 1930s, the collection follows changing Japanese fashion, as well as a woman’s journey from childhood to maturity. Wrapped in Silk and Gold runs May 1 through July 25. 525 S. State, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395.

 

CLASSICAL

Brunch with Bach: Classical saxophonist Otis Murphy and his wife, award-winning pianist Haruko Murphy, perform together. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 9. $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, tickets.dia.org.

Chamber Music at the Scarab Club: In its season finale, “France, From Belgium and Italy,” the CMSC features Molto Adagio and Meditation by Belgian composer Guillaume Lekeu, as well as Suite en Sol by Jacques de la Presle and Rispetti e Strambotti, by G. Francesco Malipiero. 7 p.m. May 16. $10-$20. The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250; scarabclub.org/chambermusic.

Chamber Music Society of Detroit: Young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang performs music by Domenico Scarlatti, Beethoven, Debussy, and Prokofiev. 8 p.m. May 15. • A concert by the Parker Quartet features works by Haydn, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Piazzolla. A talk by University of Chicago Assistant Professor of Music Steven Rings precedes the event. 8 p.m. May 22. Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070; comehearcmsd.org.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: James Gaffigan conducts and André Watts is the piano soloist in a concert featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and Barber’s Essay No. 2. May 1-2. • Peter Oundjian leads the DSO and violinist Henning Kraggerud in a program dedicated to Mozart, featuring his lyrical Violin Concerto No. 4. May 13-15. • Sir Roger Norrington leads a performance of Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7. May 28-29. $19-$123. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111; detroitsymphony.com.

Michigan Opera Theatre: One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Tosca, is a melodrama in three acts directed by Bernard Uzan and conducted by Giuliano Carella. Mary Williams and Tiziana Caruso alternate in the title role, while tenors Antonello Palombi and Noah Stewart share the role of her lover, Cavaradossi. May 15-23. $29-$121. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING, motopera.org.

Vivace: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Emmanuelle Boisvert makes her fifth appearance at Vivace to headline a concert featuring the Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn, and Piano in E-flat. 7:30 p.m. May 16. $20-$23. Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills; vivaceseries.org.

 

EVENTS

Michigan International Women’s Show: Shop at more than 400 exhibitor booths with items ranging from cosmetics, lingerie, purses, shoes, food, and art. Enjoy makeovers and cooking demonstrations and learn how to save on groceries and everyday items from Coupon Queen Tanya Senseney. $7-$9. April 29-May 2. Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; internationalwomenshow.com.

Smucker’s Stars on Ice: Now in its 24th year, the Smucker’s figure-skating tour comes back to Detroit. This year, fresh from Olympic gold and Dancing With the Stars, Evan Lysacek will perform, as well as Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto; Sasha Cohen; Michael Weiss; and Todd Eldredge. May 2. Tickets start at $28. The Palace of Auburn Hills 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 800-745-3000.

Friday Art Walk: Kick the weekend off 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 7. Downtown Northville; downtownnorthville.com.

Utica Antiques Market: Considered one of the largest and oldest outdoor shows in the tri-county area, the event has hundreds of dealers. May 8-9. $5. The Knights of Columbus Grounds, 21 Mile Road, one mile east of Van Dyke, Utica; 586-254-3495.

Downtown Hoedown: The 28th annual three-day concert is known as the world’s largest free country concert. The hoedown includes music from local bands, as well as from established performers and newcomers. Some names include Stephen Cochran, Julianne Hough, and Tell U Ride. May 14-16. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit.

Comic Con: The Motor City Comic Con comes around once a year, and is a multi-media event with more than 1 million comics and collectibles for sale and trade. May 14-16. $10-$20. Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; motorcityconventions.com.

Michigan Antique Arms Collectors: Look for antique and collectible firearms from the Revolutionary War to modern times on display. With 500 tables featuring swords, knives, and accoutrements, one has the chance to buy, sell, and trade. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 15. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16, $6. Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; michiganantiquearms.com.

Fine Art at the Village: A weekend of arts and crafts with 101 artists from around the country. The weekend includes live demonstrations, food, children’s activities, and entertainment. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 22. Noon-6 p.m. May 23. Free. The Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills; fineartatthevillage.com.

St. Mary’s Polish Country Fair: This four-day event, held throughout the Memorial Day weekend, holds the distinction of being “American’s Largest High School Fair.” It has activities for all ages, which include live entertainment, dancing, rides, Vegas and bingo tents, and more. Also, chow down on genuine Polish food. May 28-31. Orchard Lake St. Mary’s School, 3535 Indian Trial, Orchard Lake; 248-706-6775.

Artists Market: Leon & Lulu hosts the fourth-annual Artists Market, where guests can meet and buy from local artists and craftspeople. Items include jewelry, home accessories, wall art, fiber art, and more. There’s also entertainment. Free. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. May 30. Leon & Lulu, 96 W. 14 Mile Rd., Clawson, leonandlulu.com/artistsmarket

 

FILM

Detroit Film Theatre: Mid-August Lunch is directed by Gianni Di Gregorio, who also stars in the flick. He was the co-screenwriter of the hit Gomorrah. It’s a story of food, strong women, and an unlikely friendship during a Roman holiday. May 1-2. • M. Hulot’s Holiday is a classic work of slapstick comedy from 1953. Jacques Tati (who also directed the picture) stars as Monsieur Hulot. All he wants to do is relax. But it doesn’t seem to happen as he is thrown into 87 minutes of obstacles. May 1-2. • The new president of Huxley College, played by Groucho Marx, is against it, whatever it is. That stance brings chaos to the college and ends with an anarchic football game between Huxley and its rival university, Darwin. The 1932 film Horse Feathers is the fourth feature by the Marx brothers and it’s just as chaotic and comic as the rest. May 1. • Romeo and Juliet is one of the most famous love stories of all time. It’s also one of the most tragic. Another installment of the DFT’s World Opera in Cinema brings Shakespeare’s tale of forbidden love and family tragedy filtered through Charles Gounod’s lyrical opera. May 27-29. All tickets $6.50-$7.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org/dft.

The Redford Theatre: The classic 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain stars Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, and Donald O’Connor. May 1. • In the film To Have and Have Not, the boating transportation business isn’t as usual on Martinique for Harry Morgan and his booze-soaked sidekick, Eddie, thanks to the onset of World War II. A large sum of money went unpaid to the duo. Their hand is forced to transport a fugitive on the run from the Nazis to Martinique. May 14-15. • Harold Hill has a scam. He says he’ll train a boy’s marching band, for a fee, but when you pay that fee, having no real musical ability for himself, he skips town with the money. So he gets out at River City with this in mind. Yet the scam goes awry when he falls for a librarian. The Music Man is a classic musical comedy by Meredith Willson. May 28-29. All films $4. 17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.

Penn Theatre: May is musical month at the Penn Theatre, and they’re starting it off with An American in Paris. Jerry Mulligan is a struggling American painter living in Paris. He’s “discovered” by an influential heiress who likes more than just his art. Jerry, however, is in love with a young French girl. Well, as musicals go, dancing, singing, and romantic complications ensue. May 6. • The Show Boat is where everyone in the South boards for great musical entertainment. After the star attractions are asked to leave, the captain of the boat’s daughter and a gambler take their slots. They fall in love, marry, but the new wife quickly learns that gambling takes precedence in their relationship. May 13. • In Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter brings together a divorced couple to play in his musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. The couple seem to take on the traits of their characters, which threatens the life of the production. May 20. • Meet Me in St. Louis is set in 1903 in St. Louis. Young John moves in next door to 17-year-old Esther. He doesn’t notice her and, of course, she falls in love with him. However, that’s at first. Just as the love starts to grow, Esther’s dad is transferred to a nice job in New York, which means the family has to move. May 27. All films $3. 760 Penniman, Plymouth; 734-453-0870; penntheatre.com.

 

MUSEUMS

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. From Mocha to Latte: Coffee, the Arab World and the $4 Cup is an exhibit that explores the effects of coffee on the history of the Arab world, as well as its impact on the rest of the world. The exhibit also takes a look at its cultural roots, social traditions, and global institutions. $6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Under 5 free. 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Joe Louis: Hometown Hero, Crowning Glories: States, Style, and Self-Expression and Who Am I? My DNA Diary all run through the fall. • 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; maah-detroit.org.

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 focuses 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. • 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. • 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 for the neighborhood. • Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Beloved Sports Coaches features George “Sparky” Anderson, William “Scotty” Bowman, Chuck Daly, Will Robinson, and Dick Vitale. • Detroit Artists Showcase features John Gelsavage (1909-1988), a Polish-American painter and illustrator from Detroit who spent his career capturing the average working American. • Michigan Senior Olympics was founded in 1979, and the first annual Summer Olympics Game was hosted by the City of Pontiac at the Pontiac Silverdome. The exhibit highlights the inspirational stories of those who take part in the tradition. Opens May 8.  General admission $4-$6. 5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org.

Detroit Science Center: The center offers more than 200 hands-on exhibits that include taking a look into space, and science and physical science displays. Exhibits include a Rocket Laboratory, fitness and nutrition station, as well as a Heart Health display. Ongoing. $11.95-$13.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; detroitsciencecenter.org.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Committed to the Deep: Exploring Underwater Treasures explores the changes that have taken place in the last century beneath the surface of the Great Lakes. On display are shipwrecks that divers have explored, as well as salvaged artifacts. • L is for Lighthouse explores lighthouses, lenses, locations, and lives of their keepers. Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Celebrating 50 Years! will focus on the early years, when the museum replaced the Dossin, and feature the individuals who made the museum possible. • Life on a Long Ship: Great Lakes Sailors takes a look at the lives of those who make a living on the Great Lakes. 100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org.

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, 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 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; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.

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; thehenryford.org.

 

MUSIC

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: Led by nine-time Grammy-nominated pianist Kenny Barron, the six latest “Monterey Jazz All-Stars” take the popular festival on the road. The 36-date romp comes to a close in Detroit at 8 p.m. May 1. $27-$47. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500.

Porcupine Tree: With a name like Porcupine Tree, and influences like Tangerine Dream, it’s evident why the band bears a reputation of being tough to categorize. The English quartet has dabbled in psychedelic and progressive rock, and was nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for Best Surround Sound Album — of all categories. Porcupine Tree’s latest album (its 10th), The Incident, is a single conceptual composition broken down into 14 suites. 7:30 p.m. May 2. $29.50-$45. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

Dave Mason & Leon Russell: Other than Mason’s 1977 hit “Feelin’ Alright,” and some of his earlier work with the band Traffic, you don’t hear much about this pair of musicians on the radio or in classic rock discussions, though both have worked with the likes of Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones. Despite rock ’n’ roll’s ubiquity waning by the end of the ‘70s, both men have continued with their own unique interpretations of a genre that never dies. 7:30 p.m. May 6. $29.50-$75. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.

Colin Hay: Hay works so hard, he’s playing two nights. But if you know anything about the guy, you’re familiar with his history of hard labor: doing time in the Aussie band Men at Work. Since coming from a land down under (“where women glow and men plunder”) to the States, Hay’s musical output has mellowed somewhat; he’s become a Zach Braff staple, with a song on the Garden State soundtrack and guest appearances on Scrubs. Hay performs both nights accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. 8 p.m. May 11 & 12. $23.50. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Pat Metheny: Metheny was born in 1954 into a musical family in Kansas City. He picked up a guitar at age 12, and within three years, was working with some of the area’s best jazz musicians. By 19, he was teaching at the esteemed Berklee College of Music. An innovator of jazz guitar, Metheny blends contemporary, progressive, and fusion jazz for a sound and style all his own. 8 p.m. May 14. $49.50-$99. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500.

Coheed and Cambria: Coheed and Cambria is perhaps the nerdiest band in contemporary rock music, carrying the torch for prog-rock predecessors like Rush and Yes. C&C’s albums collectively tell a science-fiction story called The Amory Wars and are often accompanied by comic books written by lead guitarist/singer Claudio Sanchez. The band’s latest full-length, April’s Year of the Black Rainbow, serves as a prequel to the storyline and is accompanied by a Sanchez-penned novel of the same name. 7 p.m. May 15. $27 in advance. $30 at the door. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: In his Pitchfork review of the band’s 2007 release, 100 Days, 100 Nights, Joe Tangari compares Sharon Jones to the likes of soul legend Etta James. “Anyone with a taste for old funk and soul will love this record,” he writes. While Amy Winehouse dominates headlines for personal problems, Jones and her band quietly — and soulfully — continue down the path blazed by Berry Gordy right here in Motown a half-century ago. Last month, the band released its fourth full-length, I Learned the Hard Way, recorded on an old-school eight-track recorder — for that genuine warmness digital recording can’t reproduce. 8 p.m. May 18. $20. The Majestic Cafe, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

Crash Test Dummies: You might remember this Canadian rock group from their 1993 hit, “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm.” The song was nominated for a Grammy, but history hasn’t been quite so charitable: VH1 listed it as one of the “50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs Ever” and Rolling Stone included it on its “20 Most Annoying Songs” list. The band has released a number of albums since, without much fanfare, but are touring in support of their first in six years, the digital-only Ooh La La. 8 p.m. May 19. $25. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Maxwell & Jill Scott: Neo-soul pioneer Maxwell is coming off what most would consider a pretty good year. His last album, 2009’s BLACKsummers’night was his first in eight years and earned him Grammys for Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Maxwell is joined by a three-time Grammy winner herself, Jill Scott. May 22. Time and price TBA. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Chicago: It can be hard to distinguish Chicago from all the other location-named rock bands of the ‘60s and ‘70s (Boston, Kansas). But in terms of success, the Illinois boys have both aforementioned bands beat, with almost 40 million albums sold worldwide, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. And after 40 years, Chicago is still touring. Why? Because they’ve got 8 million records to sell to catch up with Alabama. 9 p.m. May 22. $42.80-$65.80. The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

James Taylor & Carole King: The story goes like this: It was 40-some years ago at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles where Taylor and King first played together. The show marked the beginning of King’s career as a solo artist after writing 22 Top 40 hits for other musicians while she served as a Brill Building songwriter. King went on to unleash 1971’s Tapestry, selling 25 million units worldwide, and James Taylor went on to be a star in his own right. 7:30 p.m. May 27. $39.50-$79.50. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: What do the films Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Problem Child have in common with the television show Married with Children? Here’s a hint: It’s not just annoying teenagers. They all include Thorogood’s hit, “Bad to the Bone” in their soundtracks. 8 p.m. May 27. $41.80-$70.55. The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

Gaelic Storm: Almost everyone has seen Titanic. Which means that almost everyone has seen Gaelic Storm — they’re the Irish band that played during Kate Winslet’s tabletop dance below-deck. The band will release its eighth full-length album of rousing Celtic rock, aptly titled Cabbage, sometime this summer. 8 p.m. May 29. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Movement 2010: Formerly known as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (and still referred to as “DEMF” by some enthusiasts), the 10-year-old Memorial weekend fest celebrates the best in electronic music from around the world. This year’s creative director, renowned techno producer and Detroit native, Carl Craig, returns to the event for the first time since 2001. The festival runs daily from noon until midnight May 29-31. $50-$65 for 3-day passes. Hart Plaza, 1 Hart Plaza, Detroit; 313-877-8077. 

 

THEATER

Detroit Repertory Theatre: In Two Point Oh, a world-renowned CEO and computer whiz tries to replicate human life and emotion in the cyber world, testing the boundaries between reality and virtual reality. $17-$20. Runs through May 23. 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347; detroitreptheatre.com.

Fisher: Broadway hit and Tony Award favorite Spring Awakening brings its celebration of teenage self-discovery to Detroit. Based on the controversial 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, the musical follows teens Wendla and Moritz on their journey to adulthood. $25-$80. Runs through May 9. • Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning favorite, Cats runs May 18-23. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000.

Gem: Take a trip back to the 1958 Springfield High School prom with The Marvelous Wonderettes, a pop musical that chronicles the lives of four girls with big hopes and dreams. The audience follows Betty Jean, Cindy Lou, Missy, and Suzy to their prom and later to their 10-year reunion, all to the beat of popular songs from the ’50s and ’60s. Runs through May 23. • Written by comedian Rob Becker, Defending the Caveman takes a humorous look at the differences between men and women. The play explores common themes and scenarios found in most romantic relationships. Through May 16. • The one-man show The Male Intellect: An Oxymoron? tells the story of Bobby, a young man trying to answer the age-old question, “What do women want?” After getting dumped by his girlfriend, Bobby receives the advice of five mentors, with all characters in the comedy played by writer Robert Dubac. Through May 23. 333 Madison, Detroit; 313-963-9800; gemdetroit.com.

Hilberry: Aimwell and Archer are two men who have fallen on hard times in The Beaux Stratagem. They plan to travel through towns and steal money from heiresses. But when Aimwell falls in love with a targeted victim, the duo face comical consequences. $25-30. Through May 15. 4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre: Palmer Park, named after the neighborhood in Detroit, tells the story of two couples, one black and one white, who work together to rally the families in their upper-middle-class neighborhood and maintain their community during the 1967 riot in Detroit. Runs through May 9. 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900; jettheatre.org.

Meadow Brook: Breaking Up is Hard to Do takes the audience to the Catskills in the 1960s for a show to the tune of Neil Sedaka’s hits. $24-$39. Runs through May 16. 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com.

Purple Rose: Directed by Guy Sanville, the American classic Our Town follows the residents of small town Grover’s Corners and explores the triumphs and failures of people everywhere. Runs through May 29. 137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7673; purplerosetheatre.org.

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