Arts and Entertainment

January 2010

ART

Anton Art Center: The Michigan Annual XXXVI exhibit is an all-media exhibition juried by Charles McGee. Jan. 22-27. Reception and awards on Jan. 22. 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; 586-469-8666, theartcenter.org.

Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is an ongoing exhibition. • Electric Avenue: Historic Streetcars of Windsor and Scott Conarroe: By Rail runs until Jan. 3. Admission: $5; members free, Wednesdays free. 401 Riverside Drive W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013, agw.ca.

Artspace II: An exhibit focuses on the work of African-American artist Benny Andrews. Through Jan. 30. 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540, artspace2.com.

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

Detroit Institute of Arts: Action < > Reaction: Video Installations examines the journey of the video format as art over four decades, highlighting five thought-provoking videos. Through Jan. 3. • Photography — The First 100 Years: A Survey from the DIA’s Collection includes photographs from roughly the early 1840s to 1940 by European and American photographers, which document the aesthetic evolution of the medium as art. Through Jan. 3. • Avedon Fashion Photographs, 1944-2000 is a comprehensive collection of the photographer’s images, spanning a half-century and ranging from the unknown to the iconic. Through Jan. 17. • Government Support for the Arts: WPA Prints from the 1930s features stylistically realistic to abstract prints created by artists 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, dia.org.

Art Department Gallery: Wayne State University’s MFA Thesis Exhibition I runs from Jan. 8 through Feb. 5. 150 Art Building, on the campus of Wayne State University, Detroit; 313-577-2423, art.wayne.edu/jacob_gallery.php.

Ellen Kayrod Gallery: The Seventh Annual Sight Fest: All Media Group Exhibition runs through Jan. 15. 4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300, hannan.org.

Flint Institute of Arts: The FIA’s permanent collection showcases works by Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, and Duane Hanson. • The Fine Art of Kansas City Jazz: Photographs by Dan White features portraits of famous jazz musicians. Through Jan. 3. • Gee’s Bend Quilts and Beyond is an exhibition featuring handmade quilts from the rural African-American community of Gee’s Bend, Ala. From Jan. 23 through April 18; lecture and reception Jan 23-24. $5-7. 1120 E. Kearsley, Flint; 810-234-1695, flintarts.org.

Gallery Project: Fashion Show runs through Jan. 11. 215 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012, thegalleryproject.com.

Grosse Pointe Art Center: Holiday Shop has paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and other artworks available throughout the gallery. Through Jan. 9. • The Urban Edge exhibit runs from Jan. 22 to March 6. 16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park; 313-821-1848, grossepointeartcenter.org.

Oakland University Art Gallery: The Art of the Artist’s Book runs from Jan. 8 to April 4 with a reception on Jan. 8. 208 Wilson Hall on the Oakland University campus, Rochester; 248-370-2100, oakland.edu/ouag.

Padzieski Art Gallery: The 15th Annual Photo Exhibit runs from Jan. 21 to March 13, with a reception on Jan. 21. Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan, Dearborn; 313-943-2350, dcacarts.org.

Re: View Contemporary Gallery: The group exhibit Re:Collect is open from Jan. 14-30. 444 W. Willis, Unit 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000, reviewcontemporary.com.

Sherry Washington Gallery: The exhibits Richard Lewis, Portraits of Now!, and Paintings and Drawings run from Jan. 16 to Feb. 27. 1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500, sherrywashingtongallery.com.

UMMA: UMMA Projects: Heather Rowe features a sculptural installation focusing on transitional spaces where interior and exterior space collide as raw materials of construction, such as lumber, glass, and metal combine with decorative elements. Through Jan. 3. • The natural and manmade beauty of the Normandy Coast inspired such painters as Manet, Courbet, Degas, and Monet, as well as photographers Henri Le Secq and Gustave Le Gray. Their stunning creations can be seen in The Lens of Impressionism: Photography and Painting Along the Normandy Coast, 1850-1874 . Through Jan. 3. 525 S. State, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395, umma.umich.edu.

WSG Gallery: Natural Landscapes, by Michigan artist Karin Wagner Coron, runs from Jan. 5 to Feb. 21 with an artist’s reception on Jan. 8. 306 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-2287, wsg-art.com.

 

CLASSICAL

Brunch with Bach: Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinists Ron Fischer and Kyoko Kashiwagi, along with pianist Angelina Pashmakova, perform selections from Mozart’s The Magic Flute for two violins, Moritz Moszkowski’s Suite for Two Violins and Piano, and Schnittke’s Suite in the Old Style. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10. $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: Presented in collaboration with the Marygrove College Department of Music, works by David DiChiera, Pierre Thilloy, and Stephanie Compare take center stage in “Reflections on Cyrano.” DiChiera’s Souvenir d’Arras for piano trio is just one of the works included in the Cyrano portion of the program, which has an original narration written by Thomas Sertillanges. Sergei Prokofiev’s Quintet for Oboe, Clarinet and Strings and a new piece by composer/bassist Clark Suttle are also on tap for the evening. 3 p.m. Jan. 24. $10-$20. Denk Chapman Hall on the campus of Marygrove College, 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit; 313-927-1538; scarabclub.org/chambermusic.

Chamber Music Society of Detroit: The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet performs Mozart’s Fantasia in F minor, Reicha’s Wind Quintet in D Major, Barber’s Summer Music , and Nielsen’s Wind Quintet. 8 p.m. Jan. 30. $43-$75. Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070; comehearcmsd.org.

Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings: One of the founders of Detroit Chamber Wind & Strings, DSO trumpet player Kevin Good, is highlighted in “Trumpet Takes.” 3 p.m. Jan. 31. $10-$25. First United Methodist Church of Birmingham, 1589 West Maple Road, Birmingham; 248-559-2095. • Oboist Donald Baker and violinist Kimberly Kaloyanides Kennedy perform music from the 17th and 18th centuries. 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15. $10-$20. Hagopian World of Rugs, 850 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham; 248-644-2040; detroitchamberwinds.org.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Under the direction of Leonard Slatkin, the DSO takes on Beethoven’s mighty Eroica Symphony (No. 3), Williams’ Violin Concerto with soloist Emmanuelle Boisvert, and Purcell’s Chacony in G minor. Jan. 14-17. • Up next are Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, Rossini’s Overture to La Gazza Ladra, and Higdon’s Violin Concerto, with soloist Hilary Hahn, for whom the concerto was written. Leonard Slatkin is on the podium. Jan. 21-23. • The DSO’s annual Classical Roots event brings Detroit native Regina Carter to center stage as she performs Barney Childs’ new Violin Concerto. Also on the menu are Johnson’s Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing , Wilson’s Lumina, and James Lee III’s Beyond Rivers of Vision. Leonard Slatkin is at the helm. Jan. 29-30; $19-$123. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111; detroitsymphony.com.

University Musical Society: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra brings Bartók’s one-act opera, Bluebeard’s Castle, to life under the direction of Pierre Boulez, with mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, bass-baritone Falk Struckmann, and Mathieu Dufour on flute. The program also includes Maurice Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Marc-André Dalbavie’s Flute Concerto. 8 p.m. Jan. 27. $10-$100. Hill Auditorium. 734-763-3333; ums.org.

 

DANCE

Shen Yun: Experience classical Chinese dance and music brought to life by colorful costumes, animated digital backdrops, and a live orchestra combining classical Western and Chinese instruments. Jan. 2-3. $33-$204. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-961-3500, motopera.org.

University Musical Society: Artistic Director Bill T. Jones and the Arnie Zane Dance Company present a contemporary look at Abraham Lincoln titled Fondly Do We Hope … Fervently Do We Pray . 8 p.m. Jan. 22-23. $18-$44. Power Center. 734-763-3333; ums.org.

 

EVENTS

Wayne Country Lightfest: Keep the holiday spirit going with a drive through the longest holiday light display in the Midwest at the Wayne County Lightfest. Four and a half miles of lights are on display at this annual show. Visitors should enter off Merriman Road between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Through Jan. 1. $5 per car. 734-261-1990.

Big Bright Light Show: This downtown Rochester event promises to be bigger and brighter than ever. Attracting more than 1 million visitors yearly, the show features most of the city’s downtown stores, decorated with more than a million lights, along East and West Fourth Street. There will also be lighted displays on Walnut from Third to University, a Dancing Tree of Lights at the Depot Plaza, and The Snowflake Spectacular on the Western Knitting Mill on Walter Street. Through Jan. 2. Downtown Rochester; downtownrochesstermi.com.

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 pound, and more. 2 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Jan. 7. Noon-9: 30 p.m. Jan. 8. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 10. Rock Financial Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; 800-328-6550.

The North American International Auto Show: This annual event brings in more than 7,000 journalists from about 60 countries to cover the unveiling of some of this year’s hottest cars. Jan. 16-24. $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 1989, the preview has raised more than $79 million for southeast Michigan children’s charities. 6-9 p.m. Jan. 15. $250. Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 248-643-0250 or naias.com.

2010 All Breed Dog Show: The Livonia and Oakland County Kennel Clubs present the Motor City Winter Classic Dog show, now in its 75th year. The event includes more than 150 breeds exhibiting in conformation, obedience, junior showmanship, and rally. Jan. 21-24. $5 per vehicle. Rock Financial Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; 800-328-6550 or oaklandcountykennelclub.com.

Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular: 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. Carvers from the U.S. and Japan will participate. Jan. 22-24. Downtown Plymouth; mi-plymouthdowntown.civicplus.com.

Sample Sale: Find savings of 60 to 70 percent off in quality home furnishings, such as furniture, rugs, home accessories, lamps, art, and more. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 29 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30. Admission is $5, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting COTS — the Coalition on Temporary Shelter. Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Drive, Troy; 248-649-4772. michigandesign.com.

Novi Home Improvement Show: This annual event allows exhibitors to spotlight the latest trends in baths, kitchens, windows and remodeling. Jan. 29-31. $7-$8. Rock Financial Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; novihomeshow.com.

 

FILM

Detroit Film Theatre: In keeping with the spirit of the Christmas season, the DFT presents The Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet was performed and filmed at Russia’s Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg (home of the Kirov Ballet Academy). Jan. 1-3. • Rigoletto, another installment of the DFT’s World Opera in Cinema, is a story of the relationship between court jester Rigoletto and his beloved daughter Gilda. But a curse ruins their happy times. Performed at Parma’s Teatro Regio and recorded in digital HD, Verdi’s Rigoletto is conducted by one of the most exciting conductors of his generation, Massimo Zanetti. Leo Nucci, one of the greatest Italian baritones working today, sings the title role. Jan. 28-30. All tickets $6.50-$7.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org/dft.

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 The Alps, a journey up the Eiger North Face. It’s also the story of the people who live there, and those who climb the massive mountain. Through January. $7.25-$12.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400; detroitsciencecenter.org

The Redford Theatre: Directed by Billy Wilder (Stalag 17, Ocean’s Eleven) and with an all-star cast of Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe, Some Like It Hot (1959) is a story of music, murder, and cross-dressing. Two musicians, Curtis and Lemmon, witness a murder, and the only way they can get out of the city is if they join an all-girl band. The problem, besides the fact that they are being hunted by the mob, is that one of the “male” musicians falls for the real female in the group. Jan. 8-9. • When one gang member falls for the sister of a rival gang member, look out. Some serious dance/fighting takes place in the 1961 musical film West Side Story . Jan. 22-23. All films $4. 17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.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 in Gallery 2. • Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing in Gallery 3. Connecting Communities is a new multimedia exhibit that lets immigrants tell their 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; arabamericanmuseum.org.

Birmingham Historical Museum: The annual holiday Model Railroad Exhibit features an operational display of classic heritage trains and contemporary model trains. Through Jan. 9. Public tours Wed.-Sat.: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission: $2 adults; $1 seniors, students, Birmingham Historical Society members. 556 W. Maple, Birmingham; 248-530-1928, bhamgov.org/museum.

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 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.

Cranbrook Art Museum: Together with the Institute of Science, the museum presents Artology: The Fusion of Art and Science at Cranbrook. The exhibit includes Animal Logic: Photography and Installation, by Richard Barnes, through Jan. 3. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323.

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. Opens Jan. 23. General admission $4-$6. 5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org.

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. 5020 John R, Detroit; detroitsciencecenter.org.

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 surface of 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; 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 research at the U-M Museums 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; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.

Henry Ford Museum: Lego Castle Adventure is an interactive display designed specifically for children and families. Visitors can tour the castle built of Legos, sit in thrones, view the royal family’s portraits, and more. Through Jan. 3.•  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

David Gray: Gray, the Manchester-born, Welsh-bred songwriter began his career as an all-acoustic folkie. His 2000 album, White Ladder, featuring his breakout hit, “Babylon,” remains Ireland’s top-selling album of all time. His latest hit, “Fugitive,” is in steady rotation on WDET-FM’s Essential Music with Ann Delisi . 9 p.m. Jan. 2. $33.35-$59.80 (Canadian). The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.

The Anvil Experience: This heavy-metal band formed in Toronto in the late 1970s and experienced a brief brush with fame via a three-record deal with Metal Blade Records (Gwar, The Goo Goo Dolls, Slayer) in the ‘80’s, peaking at 191 on the Billboard 200. But only die-hard metalheads had heard of the band before their 2009 big-screen debut in Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a documentary that propelled Anvil to newfound fame and a performance on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. 7 p.m. Jan. 9. $15-$47. The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

Livingston Taylor: Unfortunately for Livingston, sister Kate, and brothers Alex and Hugh — all musicians in their own right — they’ll always live in the shadow of the more-famous James Taylor, whose hit, “I’ll Come Running,” was actually penned by Livingston. It’s hard to tell by listening, but both brothers suffered from severe depression as youngsters and spent time in the same psych ward. Now better adjusted, Livingston is a full-time music professor at the Berklee College of Music, where he teaches stage performance. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Anti-Flag: The question always comes up with this band’s name: “That’s not anti-the-American-flag, is it?” Frontman Justin Sane says the moniker came in response to “goons” sporting American flag jackets who came to the band’s early shows just to beat up on one another. But with album names like Die for Your Government and North America Sucks, the band’s anti-capitalist sentiment shines through its conspicuous nickname. Now if only Sane could explain how a band with such anti-corporate views could sign a record deal with RCA… 7 p.m. Jan. 12. $16. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

Lady Gaga: The public has gone gaga for Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, and it’s easy to see why she adopted a stage name. The lady has made a name for herself with club hits such as “Just Dance” and “Poker Face,” as well as her erratic behavior and various stages of (un)dress. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12-13. $35-$395. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

The Duchess and The Duke: The Duchess (Kimberly Morrison) and The Duke (Jesse Lortz) were childhood friends before they were bandmates. Their minor-key acoustic rustlings feature co-ed vocals and homespun percussion; Lortz’s Jagger-like holler adds to the duo’s early-Rolling Stones vibe. 9 p.m. Jan. 13. $8. The Majestic Café, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

City and Colour: City and Colour is the acoustic solo project of Alexisonfire frontman Dallas Green. The moniker comes from his own name, Dallas: a city, and Green: a “colour”— as our northern neighbors spell it. Green has won Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys, in both his full-time band and on his own. 8 p.m. Jan. 16. $20.93-$30.93. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

The Upwelling: Brothers Ari and Joshua Ingber, who hail from Queens, N.Y., started The Upwelling shortly after Sept. 11, 2001. The brothers released their first full-length album, An American Stranger, featuring the single “American Girls,” over the summer. Think Kings of Leon minus the Southern rock. 7 p.m. Jan. 21. $8. The Vernors Room at The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

Yo La Tengo: Critics love Yo La Tengo. After 25 years, the Hoboken, N.J., three-piece band has released at least a dozen smart full-length albums, scored multiple films, and provided background music to NPR’s This American Life. Yo La Tengo’s eclectic mix of folk, noise, and rock ’n’ roll is displayed on their latest album, Popular Songs, released last fall. The album hit 58 on the Billboard 200 — the band’s highest chart performance to date. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22. $17 in advance.  The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

33rd Ann Arbor Folk Festival: This fundraiser for The Ark features two nights of big names in the folk-and-roots music scene. Indie-folk darlings Iron and Wine headline Friday night, which also features Jay Farrar (of Son Volt) and Benjamin Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie) playing a set of Jack Kerouac-inspired songs from their album, One Fast Move Or I’m Gone. Rosanne Cash headlines Saturday night, and will play selections from her latest release, The List — 12 cover songs culled from a list of 100 greatest country tracks her father, Johnny Cash, gave her. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29 and 30. $30-$45 per night, $50-$80 both nights. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333.

 

THEATER

Fisher: Experience the magic with Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion in the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 14. • Before their hit songs “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Rag Doll,” pop sensations The Four Seasons were four young, blue-collar kids from New Jersey. Follow the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers in The Jersey Boys in their rise to the top as they made music history. Through Jan. 23. $25.50-$75.50. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000, broadwayindetroit.com.

Fox: Sesame Street’s beloved Elmo comes to life in Elmo’s Green Thumb as Elmo and friends learn the importance of patience, overcoming fears, and the role of each creature in our ecosystem, encountering grouchy beetles and dancing ladybugs along the way. $12-$22. From Jan. 29 to Feb. 15. 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.

Hilberry: The Seagull, a dramatic play by Anton Chekhov, follows Konstatin and his tribulations as he seeks to validate him as a playwright and the romantic conflicts that occur among himself and other main characters. Through Feb. 11.• In The Servant of Two Masters, Truffaldino attempts to serve two masters, who are coincidentally searching for each other, trying not to be caught. Through March 27. $10-$30. 4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre: This comedic retelling of world history illustrates the writers’ attempt to secure financial backers, played by the audience, for their musical numberThe Big Bang. Laugh along with renditions of Adam and Eve, the building of the pyramids, and Christopher Columbus’ travels. $30-$39. Until Jan. 3. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900, jettheatre.org.

Meadow Brook: Boeing-Boeing follows Parisian architect Bernard as he juggles three fiancées, all airline hostesses who visit Paris on a rotating schedule. When circumstances bring all three women to Paris at the same time, it leaves Bernard scrambling. $24-$39. From Jan. 6-31. 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300, mbtheatre.com.

Music Hall Center: Based on Mo Willem’s children’s books about a widely enthusiastic pigeon, Pigeon Party is a live show full of fun and feathers. $10-$20. 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8501, musichall.org.

Planet Ant: Snowbound by Margaret Edwartowski, which is part of the Late Night Series, runs from Jan. 8-23. $5 (Fri. and Sat.). • Winter Colonyfest runs from Jan. 26-30. $10-$15. 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948, planetant.com.

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