Arts and Entertainment

April 2011



Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

Stupid Heaven, a multimedia installation by Kelly Marks, ends April 10.

• Mary Celestino’s paintings of the Canadian landscape in Middle Island are up through July 6.

• The mass consumption of plastic water bottles is under scrutiny in Supermarket, by Nadine Bariteau. Through June 18.

The Salton Sea chronicles photographer Sandi Wheaton’s travels and runs through June 26.

• Painter Dennis Michael Jones explores syntax and painting as a language. April 9-July 17.

• Photo-based multimedia pieces by Canadian artist Jayce Salloum are on display in History of the Present (Selected Works 1985-2009). April 29-July 17.

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


Artspace II

Prints by Al Held, an abstract expressionist, are on view.

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


Biddle Gallery

An ongoing multimedia exhibition, Made in the Mitten, showcases the work of Michigan artists.

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Regional art takes center stage through the Michigan Fine Arts Competition, which doles out more than $10,000 in prizes to Michigan artists. April 1-May 6.

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


College for Creative Studies Galleries

Tyree Guyton’s work is paired with the work of his grandfather and mentor in Tea for Two: Sam Mackey and Tyree Guyton, which ends April 30 at the Center Galleries.

301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit, and the Valade Family Gallery 460 W. Baltimore, Detroit; 313-664-7800.


Detroit Artists Market

• The annual student exhibition features pieces from the Cranbrook Art Academy. Through April 9.

• A multimedia exhibition features the work of northern Michigan artists. April 29-May 28.

4719 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-8540.


Detroit Institute of Arts

• In addition to art, Fakes, Forgeries, and Mysteries gives a behind-the-scenes look at what museum experts do as they investigate about 60 pieces in its collection. The connection of art to science is displayed in the diverse show of misattributed, forged, and mysterious works. The ticketed exhibit runs through April 10. Tickets are $12 for adults, $6 for children.

• Drawn primarily from the DIA’s permanent collection, An Intuitive Eye: André Kertesz Photographs 1914-1969 highlights Kertesz’s distinctive combination of photojournalistic compositions and modern, abstract aesthetics. The photographs of Paris, Hungary, and New York can be viewed through April 10. Open Wed.-Sun.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Detroit Zoo Ford Education Center

The North American premiere of the world’s largest wildlife photography competition is at the zoo for the sixth consecutive year. The 2010 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition has 118 photographs on display. Through May 1. Free with regular zoo admission.

10 Mile and Woodward, Royal Oak; 248-541-5717.


Eastern Michigan University Art Department

• Helen Bunch and Meghna Chauhan display their metalwork and paintings, respectively, April 4-8 in the Ford Gallery

The Annual Faculty Exhibition, Part 2 runs through April 15.

• Fiber pieces by Lois Bryant explore realism through jacquard weavings, mixed media, and installation art. April 11-15 in the Ford Gallery.

• Nancy Sly’s nature-inspired ceramics are in the spotlight April 10-15 at the Student Gallery.

900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti; 734-487-1268.


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

Material Spaces: Veneration Through the Needle’s Eye runs through May 20.

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


Ellen Kayrod Gallery

The Hannan Open displays the work of various artists through May 20.

4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300.


Flint Institute of Arts

Promises of Freedom, from the Arthur Primas Collection showcases the work of more than 30 African-American artists. Through April 17.

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


Gallery Project

Unhooked From Time runs April 6-May 8.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

Fire and Ice is on display April 15-May 28.

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


Habatat Galleries

The 39th International Glass Invitational showcases works by more than 90 artists. April 28-May 29.

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


Institute for the Humanities Gallery at the University of Michigan

David Chung’s multimedia installation, Pyongyang, is up April 5-May 21.

202 S. Thayer, Room 1010, Ann Arbor; 734-936-3518.


Janice Charach Gallery

The glass exhibit Too Hot to Handle features work from Benedetto Glassworks and students and alumni from the College for Creative Studies. Through April 28.

6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-661-1000.


Lawrence Street Gallery

Exposures: Photography ‘11 is on exhibit.

22620 Woodward, Suite A, Ferndale; 248-544-0394.


Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Examples of Art Deco and revival architecture from Detroit make up Art in Architecture: The Collaborative Spirit of the Interwar Period in Detroit. Items come from myriad area collections. Jennifer Baross of Destination Detroit Media presents a talk on architectural sculptor Corrado Parducci on April 6. The exhibition and lecture are free. Runs through May 28. Open Mon.-Sat.

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


Oakland University Art Gallery

Borders and Frontiers: Globalization, Temporality & Appropriation in the Contemporary Image combines the work of various artists to form a metaphor for globalization and the mass-produced commercial images in our digital era. Through April 10.

2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-370-2100.


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

• The main floor of the center is taken up by Come Play with Me, a juried group show made up of handmade toys, dolls, and games from Michigan artists. April 15-May 14.

• Detroit-based painter Andrew Krieger’s works are on the first floor. April 15-June 18.

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


Pewabic Pottery

Romancing the Rustbelt: Ceramics Inspired by our Heroic Industrial Past can be viewed through May 8.

10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-822-0954.


Re:View Art Gallery

Emily Duke’s solo exhibit is up throughout the month.

444 W. Willis Units 111 and 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000.


River’s Edge Gallery

Best Of revisits the works of multiple artists who showed at the gallery in 2010. Ends April 16.

• Deviating from its local art roots, gallery director Jeremy Hansen has made an exception for Desires and Devices 2 by international artist Etienne Yver. The exhibit opens on April 23, the artist’s birthday, and closes May 20.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Scarab Club

An all-media juried exhibition honors the working class through May 15.

217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250.


323 East Gallery

The gallery’s monthly exhibition gives viewers a look into the work of street artist Bask. Opens April 9.

323 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 866-756-6538.



• Visitors can walk through the multimedia interactive exhibition Photoformance: An Empathic Environment, which includes live dance, music, and poetry. Through May 15.

Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections runs through June 26.

• Korean ceramic traditions mesh with modern conceptualizations in Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists. April 2-June 26. $5 suggested donation. Open Tue.-Sun.

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


Washington Street Gallery

Black & White includes artwork from artists Dirk Bakker, Nina Hauser, and Terry Abrams. April 1-May 8.

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


Wayne State University Art Department Gallery

The WSU Undergraduate Exhibition showcases student work April 15-May 13.

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





The Queen of the Night is a formidable character in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, opening April 9 at the Detroit Opera House.


Chamber Music at the Scarab Club

A five-piece group performs a collection of pieces intended for duos and trios, featuring Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6, American composer William Grant Still’s Vignettes, Ukrainian composer Nikolai Kapustin’s Trio, and Belgian composer Joseph Jongen’s Sonate — Duo.

4 p.m. April 10. $10-$20.

Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe; 313-831-1250.


Chamber Music Society of Detroit

The Nash Ensemble of London performs pieces by Bax, Britten, Schumann, as well as Mozart’s Quartet No. 1 in G Minor. (Steven Rings, Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Chicago, discusses the repertoire before the recital from 6:45-7:30 p.m.)

8 p.m. April 2. $25-$75.

• As part of its Opus 3 Piano Series, the Chamber Music Society presents Jorge Federico Osorio, a pianist from Mexico, who will perform pieces by Mussorgsky, Granados, and Franck, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major and Variations in F Major.

8 p.m. April 16. $25-$75.

Seligman Performing Arts Center on the campus of Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070.


Irina Mishura

The acclaimed mezzo-soprano, a Michigan Opera Theatre favorite who has sung at opera houses around the world, displays her rich, dusky instrument in a recital celebrating the quarter-century mark of her career. Pianist Kevin Bylsma accompanies her in a program to be announced, which will be followed by an afterglow.

Free. 7 p.m. April 14.

St. Regis Catholic Church, 3695 Lincoln, Bloomfield Hills. More info:


Michigan Opera Theatre

Stephen Lord conducts Mozart’s fantastical opera The Magic Flute, which follows the adventures of Tamino and Papageno as they seek to find love. Featuring Chad Shelton and Norman Shankle alternating as Tamino, coloratura soprano Aline Kutan as the Queen of the Night, and Katherine Whyte and Ava Pine alternating in the role of Pamina. The production also features native Detroiter Kimwana Doner as the First Lady.

Runs April 9-17. $25-$117.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-961-3500.


Pro Musica

The young lyric tenor Sean Panikkar, known for the beauty and expression of his instrument, performs a solo recital.

8:30 p.m. April 8. $45.

Orchestra Hall in the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111.


University Musical Society

The St. Petersburg Philharmonic, featuring Yuri Temirkanov as its conductor and Nikolai Lugansky on piano, returns to Ann Arbor to perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic suite Scheherazade, followed by Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor.

8 p.m. April 2. $10-$85.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.

• The Boulder, Colo.-based Takács Quartet returns to Ann Arbor to play the third and final installment in a cycle of Schubert’s late chamber works. On the menu are the Trout Quintet in A Major and the Cello Quintet in C Major.

8 p.m. April 8. $24-$48.

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333.

• Led by the German brother-and-sister team Christian and Tanja Tetzlaff, the Tetzlaff Quartet play Haydn’s Quartet in G Minor, Op. 20, No. 3, Mendelssohn’s Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13, and Sibelius’ Voces Intimae Quartet in D Minor Op. 56.

8 p.m. April 9. $20-$42.

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333.

• A vocal quartet featuring bass-baritone Thomas Quasthoff performs Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder, as well as some of Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes.

8 p.m. April 23. $10-$50.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.



Flutist Eugenia Zukerman is accompanied by the Russian-American soprano Svetlana Strezeva and her daughter, Milana Strezeva, on piano. The three perform a variety of folk songs, operatic compositions, and flute repertoire.

8 p.m. April 9. $20-$23.

The Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills; 248-788-9338.






Complexions Contemporary Ballet

Dancers from around the world come together to express social and emotional issues. Under the direction of Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, Complexions showcase their signature mix of classical ballet techniques and contemporary choreography.

8 p.m. April 2 and 2 p.m. April 3. $30-$50.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500.


Eastern Michigan University

Senior students present their final pieces.

4 p.m. April 2 in Pease Auditorium.

• Creative Choreography from dance students is on display in the Warner Studio Theatre.

8 p.m. April 8. Free.

900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti.


Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

The company’s 20th anniversary season closes with Two Decades of Dance in Detroit, a gala event.

8 p.m., April 16. $18.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township; 586-286-2222.


Wayne State University

Capstone performances from senior students round out the department’s dance season with performances April 15-17 in the Maggie Allesee Studio Theatre.


4841 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-4273.





Detroit Restaurant Week

For 10 days, metro Detroiters can enjoy a three-course meal for $28 at participating Detroit restaurants. This is the fourth time the promotion has been offered since 2009, and thus far has generated nearly $1.5 million in sales for participating restaurants.

April 1-10. $28 does not include tax, gratuity, or beverage.

Downtown Detroit.


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. April 1.

Downtown Northville.


Tartan Day

Hosted by the Scottish American Society of Michigan, the annual Tartan Day Ceilidh celebration will include Highland dancers, Celtic fiddling, Scottish dance demonstrations, and more.

$15-$25. April 2.

Monaghan’s Knights of Columbus, 19801 Farmington Rd., Livonia.


Art X Detroit

The Kresge Foundation is sponsoring a series of exhibitions, presentations, readings, discussions, concerts, and dance performances for the community. The event also will showcase the newly commissioned works by the Kresge Artist Fellowship awardees and the two Kresge Eminent Artists, visual artist Charles McGee and jazz musician Marcus Belgrave. Venues include MOCAD, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Institute of Arts, Scarab Club and many more.

April 6-10. Free.

Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Corridor.


Harlem Globetrotters World Tour

For 84 years, the Globetrotters have been entertaining crowds around the world. The tour has played more than 25,000 games, and makes a stop in the Motor City this month.

7:30 p.m. April 7. $17-$41.50.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills.


Spring Home and Garden Show

Everything from landscaped gardens, planting and garden supplies, grilling, ideas for patios and decks, and home-energy tips are just some of the features of the exhibition.

April 8-10.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.


Detroit Spa Week

Indigo Salon, Spa and Boutique, Insta Firm Body Wraps, and Orchid Day MedSpa are just a few of the area spas participating in this yearly event. Guests can enjoy massages, facials, manicures, and other services for $50, where normal prices range from $100-$450.

April 11-17.

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Michigan International Wine Expo

With more than 300 wines for tasting, the weekend also includes gourmet food sampling and wine seminars.

5 p.m.-10 p.m. April 15. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. April 16.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.


Great Lakes Art Fair

A “weather-free” marketplace, this biannual event offers guests the opportunity to shop for wood pieces, sculptures, prints, paintings, metal, and more.

April 15-17.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.


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.

8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 16 and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. April 17. $6.

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


Michigan International Women’s Show

This annual event returns for its 24th year, with exhibitor booths ranging from cosmetics, lingerie, purses, shoes, food, art, and more. Enjoy makeovers, cooking demonstrations, runway fashion shows, and more.

$7-$9. April 28-May 1.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.





Detroit Film Theatre

• Independent film director Jeff Lipsky presents Twelve Thirty, a drama about three young women and the relationships they have with the two men in their lives.

April 1-3. $6.50-$7.50.

• The animated film Idiots and Angels follows Angel, a miserable jerk who wakes up one day with a pair of wings sprouting from his back, which, against his will, inspire him to perform good works.

April 1-3 and April 8-10. $6.50-$7.50.

• Japanese director Kaneto Shindo’s 1968 horror film Kuroneko (Black Cat) tells the story of a war hero sent to fight an evil spirit with a penchant for murdering samurai, only to find two women who eerily resemble his deceased wife and mother.

April 8-10 and April 15-17. $6.50-$7.50.

• The Estonian documentary Disco and Atomic War details the day in the mid-1980s when, suddenly, the people of Estonia found that a new Finnish television antenna allowed them access to disco, Dallas, and the rest of Western pop culture that their repressive Communist government would never have allowed.

Playing April 9. $6.50-$7.50.

• Italian director Michelangelo Frammartino’s dialogue-free film Le Quattro Volte explores the cycle of life and nature in four parts.

Runs April 15-17 and 22-24. $6.50-$7.50.

• In the French comedy Queen to Play, a French chambermaid on the island of Corsica discovers both a knack and passion for chess. Starring Kevin Kline as the American doctor who tutors her.

April 22-24 and April 29-May 1. $6.50-$7.50.

• Set in rural Thailand, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives follows a dying man who believes that he can remember being a water buffalo, a princess, a talking catfish, and insects in his past lives.

April 29-May 1. $6.50-$7.50.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-3237.


The Redford Theatre

• Over the course of two days, the Redford will hold a Three Stooges festival, showing the films Whoops, I’m an Indian! (1936), Back to the Woods (1937), Termites of 1938 (1938), Oily to Bed, Oily to Rise (1939), A Plumbing We Will Go (1940), and Cactus Makes Perfect (1942).

April 8-9. Tickets $5.

The Tarzan Double Feature features the 1941 film Tarzan’s Secret Treasure and 1942’s Tarzan’s New York Adventure, starring Johnny Weissmuller, the originator of the famous Tarzan yell.

April 29-30. Tickets $6.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.





Arab American National Museum

Motawi Tileworks is an exhibit that looks back at the company’s history while shedding light on the tile-making process. The exhibition also focuses on Motawi tile as both art and architectural décor, as well as the connection between contemporary work and the Arab World’s tradition of making tile. 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.


Birmingham Historical Museum & Park

A Lifetime of Cameras is a 40-plus collection of cameras owned by Stu Shuster, with the earliest camera given to him by his grandmother, up to the latest analog camera. Look for the Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic camera, along with photographs taken by each camera. Through June 11.

556 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-530-1928.


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise: An Artist’s Journey takes a look into Gale Fulton Ross and her journey from confusion and despair to self-forgiveness, enlightenment, and artistic freedom. Her art is loosely based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Through May 29.

The Test: Tuskegee Airmen Project showcases the first African-American aviators in the U.S. military during World War II. Through June 19.

Framed Stories: The Art of Carmen Cartiness Johnson and Jerome Wright is a two-person exhibit, paired together because of artistic similarities. Johnson, living in San Antonio, Texas, and Wright, from Philadelphia, are both self-trained, create narrative art, and demonstrate post-modern sensibilities in their work. Through April 11.

The Heidelberg Project: Art, Energy, and Community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the display created by artist Tyree Guyton. Created to “provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action, and heal communities,” this project is known as one of the most influential open-air art environments in the world. 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. Through Nov. 6.

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. •


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 1940s 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.

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.

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 in-depth 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 at the museum.

• Also: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, Fabulous 5: Detroit Historic Retailers, Scripps-Booth “Da Vinci Pop” Cyclecar, Motor City, Jerome Biederman, and WWJ Newsradio 950: 90 Years of Innovation, Booth Wilkinson Showcase, Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Award Winners, and Janet Anderson.

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. New to the center is the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, which was formerly located at the Novi Expo Center. Ongoing.

Dinosaurs Unearthed is the largest dinosaur exhibition ever 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.


5020 John R, Detroit.


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

City on the Straits is an exhibit that 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.

Life on a Long Ship: Great Lakes Sailors takes a look into the lives of the people who make a living on the Great Lakes. This exhibit also offers a glimpse into the jobs of other crew members, such as the wheelsmen, mates, porters, and engineers.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Celebrating 50 Years! focuses on the early years and the people who made the museum possible.

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.

100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805.


Exhibit Museum of Natural History

Relics pays tribute to ingenious gadgets, such as a mirrored ball, rotating galaxy projector, video-projector masks, and more. On display indefinitely.

Collecting for Science: Collections, Science, and Scholarships in the U-M Research Museums showcases the research at the U-M Museum departments of anthropology, paleontology, zoology, and the herbarium. Through July.

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 to the museum is free, but suggested donation is $6.

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


Henry Ford Museum

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

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

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

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





Iron & Wine, aka Sam Beam, comes to the Royal Oak Music Theatre April 14.
Iron & Wine, aka Sam Beam, comes to the Royal Oak Music Theatre April 14.


The Greenhornes

Despite hailing from Cincinnati, The Greenhornes are inexorably linked to Detroit by sharing members with The Raconteurs — led by Detroit natives Jack White and Brendan Benson. This connection almost cost The Greenhornes their existence. Members Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler barely spoke with third Greenhorner Craig Fox during their Raconteurs stint. Fox even began playing with past Greenhornes members in another band while waiting in the wings. But rumors of a breakup were dispelled with the recent release of the band’s fourth album, Four Stars.

8 p.m. April 2. $12.

Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.


Celtic Woman

Celtic Woman is a rotating, all-female classical-pop ensemble — the brainchild of former Riverdance musical director David Downes. Combining vocals and strings, the group traverses a range of styles — from Celtic classics like “Danny Boy,” to Bach’s “Ave Maria,” and such modern tunes as “You Raise Me Up,” made popular by Josh Groban.

7:30 p.m. April 7. $34.50-$70.50.

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


Scott Stapp

Christian rock band Creed, led by under-bite propagator Scott Stapp, can add a new accomplishment to their résumé — saving a life. Last winter, 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 all the way and pointed in the direction of the beasts. The wolves turned around and trotted away. Stapp is hoping to garner a better reaction from his fans when he performs Creed hits and solo songs in what’s being billed “a rare, intimate acoustic show.”

8 p.m. April 8. $34-$37.

MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.


Mr. B’s Piano Celebration

The yearly event, hosted by Ann Arbor’s own piano whiz, Mark “Mr. B” Braun, will feature Detroit native and Charley’s Crab staple Bob Seeley. New participants include jazz pianist Eric Reed and stride piano wunderkind Stephanie Trick.

8 p.m. April 9 & 10. $25.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.


Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks

“Even though I haven’t seen or talked to Rod Stewart in many, many years, it doesn’t seem like that,” Nicks said on Ellen, where the pair announced their Heart and Soul tour. Her reason? Because she’s used to hanging out with English people. Little does she know, Rod the Mod isn’t your average Englishman. In fact, he’s a Commander of the Order of the British Empire — an honor bestowed to those who would probably just get a crummy reality show in the U.S.

7:30 p.m. April 10. $49.50-$125.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.


Mike Watt and The Missingmen

Watt, the venerable co-founder and bassist of ’80s indie rock pioneers The Minutemen, has continued to “jam econo” — as they used to say — for all these years. And though it’s been more than 25 years since The Minutemen dissolved (due to the death of guitarist D. Boon), Watt’s latest solo album, Hyphenated-Man, features 30 short songs that collectively make up what Watt calls his “third opera.”

8 p.m. April 12. $12.

Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.


Iron & Wine

Iron & Wine principal Sam Beam won his way into the hearts of fans of Garden State and The O.C. with his hushed, layered vocals, poetic lyricism, and his bearded, Jesus-like mien. But Beam has expanded on his folksy formative years, incorporating horns, electric guitar, African rhythms, and psychedelic tape loops into the arrangements on 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. Iron & Wine’s latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean — the first on a major label — has continued in Dog’s direction.

7 p.m. April 14. $25 in advance. $28 at the door.

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



The band that built a city on rock ’n’ roll has come a long way from chasing white rabbits during its early Jefferson Airplane underpinnings. Though originally a Paul Kantner-led spinoff from Airplane, the band formerly known as Jefferson Starship is not quite the same group it was then. Because of a series of legal proceedings, this band can’t use “Jefferson” in its name. That’s reserved for a revamped Jefferson Starship, still led by original member Kantner. This Starship, on the other hand, features Mickey Thomas, who led the band during much of the ’80s. Follow?

8 p.m. April 16. $25-$59.

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



Rush’s bio is much easier to parse than Starship’s. The band’s lineup has remained steady since the summer of 1974, when — two weeks before its first tour — virtuoso drummer Neil Peart replaced original member John Rutsey on the kit. Following the recent nostalgic wave of playing landmark albums in their entirety, on this, the Time Machine Tour, Rush will play all of the 1981 album Moving Pictures. That includes the band’s best-known track, “Tom Sawyer.”

7:30 p.m. April 17. $50.50-$126.

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


The Pixies

Speaking of that nostalgic wave of bands playing their landmark albums, The Pixies were one of the first to ride it — nearly two years ago, when the band celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Surfer Rosa album. The gimmick must have paid off, because two years later the band continues to tour playing that album and its B-sides. Following an 11-year breakup, the band’s 2004 reunion tour grossed a reported $14 million in ticket sales. Imagine coming back to that, after spending your initial career toiling in college-radio obscurity. It’s no wonder they’re still going strong — their pocketbooks continue to grow.

8 p.m. April 22. $35-$59.50.

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


Reverend Horton Heat

Jim “Reverend Horton Heat” Heath preaches the gospel of psychobilly — a mixture of country, punk, and rockabilly. Accompanied by Jimbo Wallace on upright bass and Paul Simmons on the skins, the Reverend holds church in smoky bars 300-plus nights a year, turning them into sweaty “psychobilly tent revivals.” After nearly three decades, the Texas band has garnered quite a cult following.

8 p.m. April 24. $22/$24.

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


James Blunt

It’s been more than five years since Blunt’s breakout hit, “You’re Beautiful,” made the Brit a bona-fide star, and the world has finally gotten that refrain out of its collective head. Now, after a shave and a haircut, Blunt is back with a less-mopey look and a new sound on his third album, Some Kind of Trouble. The first single, “Stay the Night,” is decidedly more uplifting than anything Blunt has done in the past. Rather than watching the girl go off with another guy, the song’s narrator actually gets her. As they say: “Nothing succeeds like success.”

7:30 p.m. April 27. $33.50-$45.

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



Named after creatures from the movie Gremlins, this Scottish post-rock quintet always intended to get a better handle, but “never got ’round to it.” They rarely get around to writing lyrics, either, and eschew vocals altogether on the majority of their tunes. With some songs pushing the 10-minute mark and beyond, they can take their time getting around to ending compositions. One thing they have no trouble getting around to is naming their albums. Take their latest release for example, February’s Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

7 p.m. April 28. $20.

St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8137.


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. April 28 and 29. $25.

The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.


Coheed & 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. In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, the band will play its debut album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in its entirety, followed by an acoustic set and an encore of electric songs from other records.

7 p.m. April 29. $27 in advance. $30 at the door.

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






Set to music by ABBA, Mamma Mia! opens at the Fisher Theatre April 13.


Bonstelle Theatre

The musical The Full Monty follows a group of down-on-their-luck steelworkers from Buffalo who decide to bare it all in order to make some money, learning some important lessons in friendship and self-worth.

April 15-24. $20.

3434 Woodward, Detroit; 313-577-2960.


Fisher Theatre

• Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Les Misérables returns to the Fisher to tell the story, based on Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel by the same name, of revolution and redemption.

Runs through April 3. $48-$99.

Mamma Mia!, the Tony-nominated show based on the music of ABBA, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Swedish group, tells the tale of Sophie, a young bride-to-be desperate to discover the identity of her father.

April 13-17. $29-$85.

3011 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit; 313-872-1000.


Fox Theatre

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by the same name, the musical The Color Purple follows the life of Celie, who struggles to find peace with herself, her family, and God during a lifetime of hardship and pain.

April 8 and 9. $30-$60. 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-965-3099.


Hilberry Theatre

Based on the book by John Irving and divided into two plays, The Cider House Rules, 1&2 follows Homer, a young man who grows up in an orphanage that he eventually comes to run, following in the footsteps of the obstetrician who delivered him.

Through May 14. $20-$25.

4841 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.


Jewish Ensemble Theatre

New Jerusalem, set in Renaissance Amsterdam, centers on Baruch de Spinoza, a young Jewish man whose controversial views on the nature of the divine get not only him, but all of the Jews in Amsterdam into trouble.

Through April 10. $32-$41.

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


Matrix Theatre Company

Matrix Theatre Company features two one-act plays by local playwrights. One, Para Siempre, written by Maria Serratos, follows a frazzled couple as they try to get their daughter into Detroit’s Holy Redeemer school. Retired UAW member Roger Kerson wrote the other play, Backstage Passes, which chronicles a theater company as their show goes horribly and hilariously wrong.

April 8-May 1. $15.

Matrix Theatre Company; 2730 Bagley, Detroit; 313-967-0999.


Meadow Brook Theatre

• The farcical comedy Ding Dong follows Bernard, a man who discovers that his wife is having an affair and invites her lover’s wife to dinner as revenge.

Through April 10. $24-39.

• The 1960s period musical SHOUT! The Mod Musical explores the ever-changing roles of women in society in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Opens April 20. $24-39.

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


Performance Network Theatre

• The Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson portrays an African-American family in 1936 Pittsburgh caught in the struggle between holding onto the past and embracing the future.

Through April 3. $25-41.

• The Obie Award-winning comedy Circle Mirror Transformation shows what can happen when a New England community-college drama class goes awry in the hands of an inept instructor.

Runs April 21-May 22. $25-41.

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


Purple Rose Theatre Company

In its world premiere, Carey Crim’s heartbreaking comedy Some Couples May… chronicles a woman and her family as they journey through the challenges of infertility.

Runs through May 28. $20-$40.

137 Park St., Chelsea; 734-433-7573.


Tipping Point Theatre

The Cocktail Hour, a drama about family ties, follows John, an aspiring playwright who wants to use his own family as material, revealing many of the family’s skeletons in the process.

Runs through April 30. $28-$30, Senior citizens 62 and older receive a $2 discount.

Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady, Northville; 248-347-0003.


University Musical Society

In a one-night-only performance, Academy Award winner Danny Boyle directs an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which covers themes of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, and the nature of good and evil.

7 p.m. April 6. $12-$18.

Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.

photograph by joan marcus


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