Arts and Entertainment






The Art Center

In its 89th year, The 2011 Annual All Media Exhibition features 4,000 artists from around the state. Jurors will distribute awards. Through Oct. 2.

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



Borders, by José Luis Torres, features pieces that are both aesthetic and functional. Through Oct. 8.

By Its Cover is a group invitational show in conjunction with BookFest Windsor. Opening reception Oct. 14; exhibit runs through Nov. 12.

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


Artspace II

The work of Esteban Chavez is on display through October. Chavez, a New York artist, uses multiple print methods to depict landmarks of Detroit. The exhibit runs Oct. 1-29.

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


Anton Art Center

• The Small Wonders Exhibition displays work smaller than 6 inches in all directions. Through Oct. 21.

• Detroit Gallery Week runs through Oct. 8.

• Macomb Community College’s Continuing Education Exhibition runs Oct. 2-23.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

• Mirrors, plywood, and fiber-optic trees constitute Death by Landscape, an installation by artist Annie MacDonnell. MacDonell’s The Abyss and the Horizon uses photography, film, sound and sculpture. Both through Oct. 9.

Joseph Hubbard: You Don’t Know What You Are Seeing (Romancing the Gallery) makes art out of contradictions like comedy and tragedy. Oct. 8-Dec. 31.

• The 2011 AGW Biennial features the work of 33 artists, showcasing a range of original ideas and contemporary themes. Through Dec. 31.

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


Biddle Gallery

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

Before the Storm features oil paintings by Detroit-area artist Donald Cronkhite. Through Nov. 30. Reception with the artist Oct. 1.

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC)

Three Views: Rose DeSloover/Sherry Moore/Louis Teicher and Birmingham Society of Women Painters are the featured exhibitions through Oct. 7.

• The works of Elijah Van Benschoten and the students of Andrea Tama are on display through Oct. 7.

• The BBAC faculty show runs Oct. 14-Nov. 11.

• The works of Jerry Lee Morton and the students of Leslie Masters and Robin Servo are on display Oct. 14-Nov. 11.

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


Cary Gallery

This month, two exhibitions by artist Judy Munro are on display through Oct. 8. Landscapes interprets the artist’s collection of memory fragments from her childhood. Figurative is an assemblage of portraits inspired by real people but, according to Munro, does not depict any particular individuals.

226 Walnut Blvd., Rochester; 248-651-3656.


Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 features more than 50 photographs by contemporary artists who shed light on the Motor City through their camera lens. Oct. 16-April 8.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

Lee nam Lee: A Conversation Between Sochi and Monet and Go Where You Are, an exhibition by Jim Hay, are on display through Oct. 21.

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


Flint Institute of Arts

Quilting Traditions: The Art of the Amish runs through Nov. 13.

Karel Appel: The Expression of Color features vibrant prints and sculptures. Appel was a founding member of the now disbanded CoBrA, a group of European artists that formed in Paris in 1948. Oct. 9-Dec. 4.

Captured in Glass: Paperweights Then and Now is the decorative arts gallery’s inaugural exhibition. Featuring 300 works representing the very best in glass-making, different techniques will be highlighted from the most prestigious factories in the world. Oct. 9-June 10, 2012.

1120 E. Kearsley, Flint; 810-234-1695.


Gallery Project

Subjunctive World/Umvelt observes the study of animal behavior. Through Oct. 30.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

The 73rd Annual Members Show runs through Oct. 22 and will feature at least one original piece from each member.

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


Karres Gallery

Sam Karres may be in his early 80s, but his paint brushes aren’t gathering dust. An exhibit of the artist’s current and past works includes watercolors, oils, and ceramic sculptures. Exhibit opens Oct. 2, with a reception on that date from 3-8 p.m. Runs indefinitely.

206 W. Sixth St., Royal Oak; 586-722-7872.

Lawrence Street Gallery

The works of Candy and Eric Law are on display, as well as the works of Anne vanLeeuwen, for the month of October.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394.


Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Assembled by the Seraphin Gallery in Philadelphia, Abstract Drawings by Henry Bertoia features expressive pieces dating back to the 1940s. Oct. 1-Jan. 5.

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


Oakland University Art Gallery

This month’s exhibition is African Art from the John Korachis Collection. It runs through Nov. 20.

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


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Anthony Williams: A Life in Art showcases works by the local painter, draftsman, and teacher, who died in 2008. The exhibition runs concurrently with another one featuring works by his former students.

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


Re:View Art Gallery

• Throughout October, two one-person painting exhibits are on display.

• The works of Mark Dancey can be viewed through Oct. 8.

• The works of Dennis Hayes IV are on display from Oct. 22-Nov. 19.

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


River’s Edge Gallery

Detroit POP features pieces by Bill Morrison, a graduate of the College for Creative Studies and current art director for Fox’s Futurama.

Oct. 1-Nov. 7. 3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Susanne Hilberry Gallery

An exhibition featuring the work of Corine Vermeulen is on display through Oct. 29.

700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700.


Sherry Washington Gallery

The paintings of Lenore Gimpert, a graduate of CCS with an MA and MFA from Wayne State, emphasize form as opposed to color. Oct. 1-Dec. 31.

1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500.



Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints presents pieces by 41 leading contemporary Chinese printmakers. Through Oct. 23.

Mike Kelley: Day Is Done features parts two through 32 of Kelley’s ongoing project, Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstructions. Kelley’s goal is to reach 365 parts, one for each day of the year. Through Dec. 31.

• Sculptor Mark di Suvero received the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama in March 2011. His exhibit, Tabletops, is exclusive to Ann Arbor and features 15 of di Suvero’s smaller pieces. Oct. 8-Feb. 26.

Open Tue.-Sun.; 525 S. State, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395.


Wayne State University Art Department Gallery

Watercolor Revisited: A New Perspective is up through Oct. 14.

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







Chamber Music Society of Detroit

The Brentano String Quartet presents “Fragments: Connecting Past and Present,” a pastiche of unfinished pieces by Bach, Mozart, and Haydn, combined to create new music. 8 p.m. Oct. 1. $25-$75.

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


Detroit Chamber Wind and Strings

“30 Something,” the DCWS season opener, celebrates 30 years of music by retrospectively recalling first-season performances while also featuring a piece by Paul Dooley, composer-in-residence. 4 p.m. Oct. 22. $10-$25.

Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center. 311 Grand River, Detroit; 248-559-2095.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, Michael Camilo’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, conducted by Leonard Slatkin, kick off the new season. 8 p.m. Oct. 8 and 3 p.m. Oct. 9. Pricing starts at $15.

• Conductor Jerzy Semkow heads up Tchaikovsky’s final symphony, the Sixth, nicknamed Pathétique. Also being performed are Nielsen’s Helios Overture and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with soloist Kirill Gerstein. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 8 p.m. Oct. 21. Pricing starts at $15.

• Beethoven’s evergreen Fifth Symphony, conducted by Louis Langrée, takes center stage, along with performances of Qigang Chen’s Wu Xing (a DSO premiere) and Bloch’s Baal Shem. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27, 10:45 a.m. Oct. 28, and 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Pricing starts at $15.

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


University Musical Society

Pianist Yuja Wang performs a variety of pieces, including Scriabin’s Sonata No. 5 and Brahms’ Fantasies. 4 p.m. Oct. 9. $10-$56.

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







Detroit Opera House

Acquiring international success by blending athletic dance with ballet, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance (a troupe that performs more than 150 times a year) get ready for their Detroit Opera House premiere. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 30. $29-$76.

1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-960-3500.


Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

The high-stepping On the Move program presents a two-hour performance of contemporary virtuosic dance. 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30. $18, students $10.

Varner Recital Hall, on the campus of Oakland University, Rochester; 248-370-3013.


Music Hall

• Compania Flamenco Jose Porcel showcases exotic, contemporary dance moves, interwoven with traditional flamenco style. 8 p.m. Oct. 15. $27-$47.

• Roclan Gonzalez Chavez choreographed Cuba’s new dance show, The Kings of Salsa, to display classic Latin moves like street salsa, mambo, and the cha-cha-cha. 8 p.m. Oct. 21. $27-$47.

350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500.


University Musical Society

Taiwanese dance group Cloud Gate make their UMS debut with director Lin Hwai-min’s “Water Stains on the Wall,” a dance number inspired by the Chinese aesthetics of calligraphy. 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22. $18-$48.

Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.







Detroit Heritage Tours

Preservation Wayne offers guided walking tours through the Cultural Center, downtown, Eastern Market, Midtown, and Auto Heritage. Most tours are every Saturday through the end of October; reservations required. 10 a.m.

Various meeting points; 313-577-7674.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

The RenFest is filled with actors dressed in period costumes, belly dancers, jousting matches, and food. Weekends through Oct. 2. Weekends.

12500 Dixie Hwy., Holly.


Fall Remodeling Show

Research, update, and repair your pad, with advice from hundreds of companies. Shop with local vendors and compare prices for kitchens, baths, windows, doors, and more at the 2011 Fall Remodeling and Design Expo. Oct. 6-9. $7-$8.

Suburban Collection Showplace, Hall C, 46100 Grand River, Novi.


First 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. Oct. 7.

Downtown Northville.


So You Think You Can Dance Tour

This tour gives fans the chance to see all their favorite performers up close. Dancers include Season Eight finalists Caitlynn, Clarice, Jess, Jordan, Melanie, Mitchell, Sasha, Tadd, and Marko. Oct. 8. 7 p.m. $38.50-$58.50.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-471-6611.


Detroit Spa Week

The Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue, Visions Spa Salon, Indigo Salon, and Orchid Day MedSpa are just a few of the area spas participating. Guests can enjoy massages, facials, manicures, eco-friendly treatments, and other services for $50; normal prices range from $100-$400. Oct. 10-16.

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Great Lakes Art Fair

A “rain-free” marketplace, this biannual event offers guests the chance to shop at more than 200 booths while enjoying live entertainment. Oct. 14-16. $7.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.


Holiday Mart

The 53rd annual event features gifts from more than 30 upscale shops from Michigan and around the country. Items include clothing, designer jewelry, toys, and more. The Patron Preview Cocktail Party will be held Oct. 13, from 5:30-9 p.m. $75. Regular shopping begins Oct. 14-15. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit educational programs of Planned Parenthood Mid and South Michigan.

Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms.


Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleli

The production takes you inside the creative mind of the King of Pop, while capturing the essence and soul of his work. The performance is filled with visuals, dance, music, and fantasy. Oct. 15-16. 8 p.m. $50-$250.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit.


Ann Arbor Antiques Show

For more than 40 years, the show has offered a wide selection of antiques and collectibles from buyers throughout the United States and Canada. Items range from early American to Art Deco, and are sold throughout seven buildings and numerous tents. Oct. 15-16. $6.

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


Key to the Cure Campaign at Saks

During this charity-shopping weekend, Saks Fifth Avenue will donate a percentage of its sales to local and national women’s cancer organizations and research centers. Oct. 20-23. The event will be highlighted by the kickoff party at 5:30- 9 p.m. Oct. 20, where hors d’oeuvres, DJ entertainment, makeup artists, and psychics will be on hand. $55 includes a $50 SFA gift card.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection South, Troy; 248-643-6360.


Detroit International Wine Auction

The 30th annual “Art of Wine” auction features vintners Tom and Vicki Celani of Celani Family Vineyards. Enjoy wine and appetizers while browsing through an array of items during the silent auction, and a dinner with carefully selected wine pairings during the live auction. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the College for Creative Studies. Oct. 22.

GM Wintergarden inside of the Renaissance Center, 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit; 313-664-7464.


Art on the Farm

Entering its eighth year, this annual event showcases the work of 30 regional artists and artisans. Shop for fiber, jewelry, ceramics, paintings, and furniture, while enjoying live music, and refreshments. Oct. 30. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Lakeview Farm, 12075 Island Lake Rd., Dexter.






A scene from the horror-comedy flick Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, at the Main Art Theatre. // Photograph courtesy of Magnet Releasing

Main Art Theatre

In the horror-comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, the two friends set out for a relaxing vacation in the woods. Instead, things turn bloody when they get attacked by a group of preppy college kids who mistake them for serial killers. Oct. 1. $7.

118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-263-2111.


Redford Theatre

• The Second Annual Classic Animation Festival will be held Oct. 1. $5.

The Three Stooges Festival is a film compilation of 1950s television material from the zany trio, Larry, Moe and Curly. Oct. 7-8. $5.

Munster, Go Home! finds the Munsters moving to England. When Herman finds he is the new lord of Munster Hall in England, the family relocates. Special appearance by Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster). Oct. 21-22. $5.

• Originally released in 1939, The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the familiar tale of a Gypsy girl and Quasimodo, the Notre Dame Cathedral bell ringer who does not match the ideal standards of beauty. Oct. 29. $5.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.


State Theater

Filmed partially in Detroit and directed by Michiganian Sam Raimi, The Evil Dead rises from the grave again for one night only. Oct. 1. $7 for students and seniors, $9 for adults.

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






The Detroit Science Center hosts several exhibits, including Dinosaurs Unearthed.

Arab American National Museum

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country is an exhibit that tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that Arab-Americans have played throughout history.

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

Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts celebrates the history of the company since Arthur Mitchell and the late Karel Shook founded it. The multimedia exhibit focuses on choreography, costumes, and other Mitchell accomplishments.

The Heidelberg Project: Art, Energy, and Community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the display created by artist Tyree Guyton. Through Nov. 27.

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755-Present highlights rare artifacts from the personal collection of Chris Webber, native Detroiter, National Association All-Star player, and NBA announcer. His pieces reflect the lives and legacies of African-American greats such as Phyllis Wheatley, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Ring of Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States. Ongoing on the Main Level.

• $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.

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 is an exhibit that 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.

Meier’s Wonderful Clock was built to demonstrate the skills of clockmaker Louis Meier Sr. Weighing 2,500 pounds, the clock stands at 15-feet high and 7-feet wide, and was shown at the Michigan State Fair in 1906 and Chicago World’s Fair in 1934.

Detroit’s Official Symbols explains symbols throughout the city, such as the city’s flag.

Glancy Trains are from the collection of Alfred R. Glancy Jr., co-owner of the Empire State Building. His extensive collection is on display. Also: Scripps-Booth “Da Vinci Pup” Cyclecar, Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, Motor City, Jerome Biederman, Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Award Winners, Janet Anderson, Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit — 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age and, new to the museum, Detroit Toy Stories.

• General admission: $4-$6.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805.


Detroit Science Center

• Exhibits include a rocket laboratory, fitness-and-nutrition station, as well as a heart-health display. Also, the center offers the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which was formerly located at the Novi Expo Center. Ongoing.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is the largest dinosaur exhibition to come to Detroit, and includes 24 animatronic dinosaurs, five full-size skeletons, and nearly 40 fossil replicas and eggs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods.

• $11.95-$19.95.

5020 John R, Detroit.


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

City on the Straits provides snapshots of the ways the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have influenced the region. Artifacts include wood shipping crates, an iron paddlewheel hub from The Northerner, a Great Lakes depth chart, and more.

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 pilothouse was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979. Also: Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes and 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. Admission is free, but suggested donation is $6.

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


Henry Ford Museum

The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition allows you to explore a multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary exploration of the Land of Oz. Through Jan. 8.

Heroes of the Sky is a permanent exhibit focusing on adventures in early aviation.

With Liberty and Justice for All highlights four pivotal periods of history, beginning with the American Revolution and ending in the 1960s. Permanent exhibit.

Automobiles in American Life features automotive milestones, including the 15 millionth Model T, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit.

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


The steam locomotive Edison chugs along the Weiser Railroad, transporting visitors around Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford. // Photograph By Michelle Andonian, Michelle Andonian Photography

Greenfield Village

Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s domicile, and the home of Robert Frost. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $16-$22.

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


Piquette Model T

Fashion and the Automobile: An Exhibit in 10 Eras is presented by guest curator Victoria Mobley of Harrison Township. The display highlights the relationship between fashion and automotive design, and how together they have evolved over the years. Through Oct. 5. $10. Wed.-Sun.

461 Piquette, Detroit.







Pat Metheny

An evening with guitarist Pat Metheny and bassist Larry Grenadier is usually a show for a large, crowded venue, not a small one. A master of jazz, Metheny’s guitar work (and possibly his intricately styled Farrah Fawcett hairdo) has helped him stack up 17 Grammys. And no, those aren’t your eyes deceiving you: Pat Metheny does play a guitar with 42 strings. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2. $39.50-$75.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1818,


Dream Theater

It’s difficult to think of heavy (much less progressive) metal acts charting in a post-’80s culture, but Dream Theater’s 2009 album, Black Clouds & Silver Linings debuted at No. 13 on Billboard and No. 1 in Europe. Their 11th album, released in August, is the first without founding drummer Mike Portnoy. The album is aptly titled A Dramatic Turn of Events. 7 p.m. Oct. 3. $39.50.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


Explosions in the Sky

With its sixth album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, this quartet from Texas continues its expansive rock sound. Songs typically build and expand over long durations (eight to 10 minutes is common), often with climactic guitar work awaiting listeners with enough patience to stick around for the end. 8 p.m. Oct. 8. $20.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


Jackie Greene

A rolling stone of sorts, Jackie Greene kick-started his own career while still in high school through self-recorded and self-released records. A Rolling Stones fan of sorts, Greene once sang an entire set of Stones covers with Gov’t Mule, an Allman Brothers Band side project he occasionally plays with. You may think you haven’t heard Jackie Greene, but between the singer-songwriter’s tunes being on network TV shows like Private Practice and Life, and a song in the Oscar-winning film Brokeback Mountain, chances are you’re somewhat of a fan. 8 p.m. Oct. 8. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9. $25.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1818,



Since 1984, Primus has been a hard-to-ignore, irreverent presence in the rock scene. And even during their three-year hiatus at the turn of the millennium, they could still be heard every night on television, beckoning audiences with their South Park theme song to come and “meet some friends of [theirs].” Their music has been called a parody, and LPs titled Sailing the Seas of Cheese might enforce such a notion, but those same Primus records have also gone platinum. 8 p.m. Oct. 11. $35.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463.


Blue October

It took four albums, but Blue October’s 2006 release, Foiled, paid off in a big way. With singles like “Hate Me” and “Into the Ocean,” Foiled went platinum in both the U.S. and Canada and paved the way for a career that continues to grow. Reaching Normal, the next album, debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard chart. The band’s sixth album, Any Man in America, was released in August. 7 p.m. Oct. 12. $25.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


The Lemonheads

In 1992, The Lemonheads released It’s a Shame About Ray, their breakthrough record. Clocking in just shy of 30 minutes, the alternative album turned heads. People magazine even put lead singer Evan Dando on its beautiful people list. Despite a split in 1997, Dando reformed the band in 2005. On this tour, The Lemonheads plan to return listeners to the alternative rocking ’90s by playing It’s a Shame About Ray in its entirety. 8 p.m. Oct. 18. $15-$18.

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


Collective Soul

Collective Soul’s debut record went double platinum — numbers not often associated with introductions. Even more unlikely is that Collective Soul’s 1993 debut record was actually compiled of rough demos. Their follow-up 1995 album, a self-titled record, sold 3 million copies. 8 p.m. Oct. 20. $35-$40.

Sound Board, in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 866-752-9622.


Guitar Masters

Billed as “guitar masters,” Andy McKee, Stephen Bennett, and Antoine Dufour raise the bar for acoustic guitar players with unique tunings and virtuosic finger-picking to create different and experimental sets. Following their individual sets, the guitarists unite for a final set of orchestral-like, improvisational music. By comparison, other and lesser acoustic guitarists might as well be playing around a campfire, butchering “Kumbaya.” Oct. 24. 8 p.m. $30.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1818,


Joe Bonamassa

Born in 1977 to a family of musicians, Joe Bonamassa’s career began at the age of 12, when he opened for B.B. King. Since then, Bonamassa has played with greats like Eric Clapton and Ted Nugent, all the while establishing a successful blues discography. His 11th solo record, Dust Bowl, was released earlier this year. 8 p.m. Oct. 29. $59-$85.

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







The Abreact

• The two season openers, Bobby Gould in Hell and The Devil and Billy Markham, are written by David Mamet and Shel Silverstein. Through Oct. 1.

• Hot Mess Chronicles III is a Halloween comedy perfect for little ghouls and goblins of all ages. Oct. 14-Nov. 5. Call for ticket prices.

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


Fox Theatre

What’s sometimes called “the  world’s greatest musical” finds Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins falling in love — after some very tense moments. My Fair Lady hits the stage for two nights and features such classics as “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Oct. 22-23. $30-$60.

2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.


Gem & Century Theatres

• In the two-man play Freud’s Last Session, Dr. Sigmund Freud and novelist C.S. Lewis debate the meaning of life and love. Through Nov. 20. $39.50-$44.50.

• The world premiere musical Daddy Long Legs is a musical from Tony-Award winner John Caird, director of Les Misérables and Nicholas Nickleby. Through Nov. 20. $39.50-$44.50.

333 Madison, Detroit; 313-963-9800.


Hilberry Theatre

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine is a musical-comedy consisting of two one-act plays. With music by Frank Lazarus, this show is full of tap dancing and Marx Brothers-esque laughs. Through Oct. 15. $25-$30.

• Shakespeare’s classic Much Ado About Nothing tells the story of two engaged couples. Young and in love, Claudio and Hero cannot wait to be married. On the other hand, Benedick and Beatrice spend most of their time expressing their distain for each other. Oct. 28-Nov. 19. $25-$30.

4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.


Meadow Brook

Something Wicked This Way Comes is based on Ray Bradbury’s 1962 novel of the same name. It tells the story of Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, two young boys who experience a wicked traveling carnival that visits their Midwestern town. Oct. 5-Oct. 30. $24-$39.

ImaginOcean is an off-Broadway production for children. This glow-in-the-dark musical features sea-creature puppets that teach tots the importance of friendship. Oct. 11. $7-$17.

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


Music Hall

Mercy, Mercy Me is the sequel to My Brother Marvin and shares the memoirs of Alberta Gaye, Marvin’s mother, and the only witness to his murder. Oct. 25-30. $25-$39.

350 Madison, Detroit; 313-862-8220.


Performance Network Theatre

A nominee for best play at the 2010 Tony Awards, Time Stands Still is the story of a photojournalist who returns home from Iraq and faces difficult life decisions. Through Oct. 23. $22-$41.

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


Purple Rose

Written by Chelsea native and Purple Rose founder and Hollywood star Jeff Daniels (Dumb & Dumber, The Squid and the Whale), Escanaba in Da Moonlight is a Yooper comedy fit for anyone who’s from Michigan. Through Dec. 17. $25-$35.

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


Planet Ant

Love Song follows the life of Beane, a mopey boy who finds happiness after his apartment gets robbed and he meets a girl, Molly. Through Oct. 8. $20 general admission, $5 discount for students, seniors (60+) and Hamtramck residents.

• October’s Late Night Series features the stars of Monday-night’s improv team in a series of one-act plays. Oct. 14-29. $5.

2357 Caniff St., Hamtramck; 313-365-4948.


Tipping Point Theatre

Vampires, mummies, and werewolves are all a part of The Mystery of Irma Vep, a Gothic comedy. Through Oct. 9. $26-$30.

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


University Musical Society

The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer stars John Malkovich as Jack Unterweger, a deceased serial killer who takes the stage to recite his autobiography. Based on the life of convicted murderer and acclaimed prison poet Unterweger, it features a 40-piece chamber orchestra. Oct. 1. $10-$75.

• Brought to the stage by the Gate Theatre of Dublin, Samuel Beckett’s two one-act plays, Endgame and Watt, are said to be among his best works. Oct. 27-29. $18-$48.

881 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.


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