Arts and Entertainment

November 2009
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ART

Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is an ongoing exhibition. $5; members free, Wednesdays free. 401 Riverside Drive W., Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013; agw.ca

Artspace II: Modern Masters: Old/New is an exhibit that features works by Miro, Chagall, Wesselmann, Katz, and others. Runs Nov. 3-28. 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540; artspace2.com

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

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC): The Annual Faculty Exhibit, as well as works by students of Chris Unwin, run through Nov. 13. 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham; 248-644-0866; bbartcenter.org.

David Klein Gallery: The large-scale contemporary works of figurative realist Bo Bartlett are on display through Nov. 28. 163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700; dkgallery.com.

Detroit Institute of Arts: Exhibits this autumn illustrate the artistic evolution of media. Action Reaction: Video Installations examines the journey of the video format as art over four decades, highlighting five thought-provoking videos from around the world. 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 both European and American photographers, documenting 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. 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.

Eastern Michigan University Ford Gallery: Energy: Charles McGee at Eighty-Five is a six-decade-spanning exhibit of the 2008 Kresge Foundation Detroit Eminent Artist Award recipient’s work, which focuses on equality among all species, ethnicities, and racial groups. 114 Ford Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; 734-487-0465; emich.edu/fordgallery.

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery: Detroit Collects, Part I: The Nature of Art includes 40 abstract and representational works by artists inspired by the natural world. Through Dec. 18. 480 W. Hancock, on the campus of Wayne State University, Detroit; 313-993-7813, art.wayne.edu/jacob_gallery.php.

Ellen Kayrod Gallery: New works by Detroit sculptor Robert Bielat run through Nov. 27. 4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300; hannan.org.

Flint Institute of Arts: Two exhibits featuring rock ’n’ roll posters of past and present run through Nov. 8. On Nov. 21, the FIA jumps musical genres to The Fine Art of Kansas City Jazz: Photographs by Dan White, showcasing portraits of jazz musicians. 1120 E. Kearsley, Flint; 810-234-1695; flintarts.org.

Gallery Project: Capturing Motion opens Nov. 4, with a reception scheduled for Nov. 6. 215 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012; thegalleryproject.com.

Grosse Pointe Art Center: Embedded Light and The National Encaustic Show run through Nov. 7. 16900 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Park; 313-821-1848; grossepointeartcenter.org.

Lawrence Street Gallery: A collaboration co-sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Glass Beadmakers Guild and the Great Lakes Beadworkers Guild showcase water-themed wearable pieces. 22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394; lawrencestreetgallery.com.

MSU Kresge Art Museum: Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey features 40 intimate color portraits of a diverse group of high-school students to form a large picture of contemporary American youth. Through Dec. 20. First floor of Kresge Art Center on the campus of Michigan State University, East Lansing; 517-353-9834; artmuseum.msu.edu.

Oakland University Art Gallery: Writing an Image: Chinese Literati Art runs through Nov. 22. 208 Wilson Hall on the Oakland University campus, Rochester; 248-370-2100, oakland.edu/ouag.

Padzieski Art Gallery: A one-person exhibit featuring the work of Adnan Charara runs through Nov. 7. The holiday market, Artistry & Craftsmanship, runs Nov. 19-Dec. 19. Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan, Dearborn; 313-943-2190, DCACarts.org.

Re: View Contemporary Gallery: The work of Dennis Hayes IV, a painter inspired both by nature and by blue-collar life in Rust Belt towns, is on display through Nov. 7. The group exhibit, Re:Collect, opens Nov. 28. 444 W. Willis, Unit 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000; reviewcontemporary.com.

River Gallery: An installation exhibit by U-M faculty members Larry Cressman and Susan Crowell runs through Nov. 15. 120 S. Main, Chelsea; 734-433-0826; chelsearivergallery.com.

Robert Kidd Gallery: With a focus on the human form, Bods: Rethinking the Figure is an exhibit featuring works by Mapplethorpe, Desiderio, Evan Penny, and others. Through December. 107 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-642-3909; robertkiddgallery.com.

Sherry Washington Gallery: The work of realist painter Richard Lewis, as well as the exhibition Portraits of Now! run through Nov. 14. 1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500; sherrywashingtongallery.com.

UMMA: (Un)Natural History: The Museum Unveiled features photographs of Richard Barnes, examining the role of the natural history museum in society’s understanding of itself through the acts of collecting, preserving, and displaying objects of value. Through Dec. 6.

• 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.

 

CLASSICAL

Brunch with Bach: Joel Schoenhals, associate professor of piano at Eastern Michigan University, plays solo piano fantasies by Schumann, Chopin, and Scriabin. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8. $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 Society of Detroit: Russian pianist Vladimir Feltsman takes on Schubert’s sprawling Sonata in B-flat Major and all four of Chopin’s dramatic Ballades. 8 p.m. Nov. 14. $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: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Karl Pituch, Corbin Wagner, and Bryan Kennedy toot their horns in a program called Horns O’Plenty III. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 6. $10-$20. Hagopian World of Rugs, 850 S. Old Woodward, Birmingham; 248-644-2040.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Pianist Michel Camilo performs in his own Piano Concerto No. 1, which will be a DSO premiere. Also on tap are Debussy’s ever-popular La Mer, Berlioz’s Le Corsaire overture, and Ginastera’s Estancia: Four Dances. Leonard Slatkin is on the podium. Nov. 19-21.

• Pianist Joseph Kalichstein is equally at home playing chamber music or concerti. He takes on Mozart’s final concerto, No. 27, with Leonard Slatkin at the helm. The piece shares the bill with Ravel’s sweeping La Valse and Menuet antique, Hindemith’s Concert Music for Strings and Brass, and the Toccata and Fugue by Bach-Skrowaczweski. Nov. 27-29. $19-$123. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111; detroitsymphony.com.

Michigan Opera Theatre: OK, so technically, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music is a musical, not an opera, but there’s no denying the byzantine operatic plot, sprightly waltzes, and supremely melodic score. And there is an overture, after all, which most operas have. Ron Raines and Leslie Uggams head the cast of the 1973 work, which includes such songs as “Liaisons,” “You Must Meet My Wife,” “A Weekend in the Country,” and, of course, “Send in the Clowns.” Nov. 14-22. $29-$121. 1526 Broadway, Detroit, 313-237-SING, michiganopera.org.

University Musical Society: American soprano Christine Brewer has one impressive set of pipes. She can handle the powerful demands of Strauss and Wagner, but her voice isn’t steely like many Wagnerian singers. Instead, it has a warm, golden tone. She performs a recital with pianist Craig Rutenberg, which includes pieces by Strauss, Marx, Britten, and other composers. 4 p.m. Nov. 1. $10-$50. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University.

• The St. Lawrence String Quartet performs a recital ranging from the Classical period to the modern day. Quartets by Haydn, Ravel, and Adams are on the menu. 4 p.m. Nov. 8. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor.

• One of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, stops by to perform Brahms’ Third and Fourth symphonies, as well as Schoenberg’s Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene, under the baton of Simon Rattle. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. $10-$125. Hill Auditorium.

• On Thanksgiving weekend, the unofficial start of the Christmas season, the ethereal singers of the Vienna Boys Choir lift their voices in a program called “Christmas in Vienna.” 4 p.m. Nov. 29. $10-$36. Hill Auditorium. 734-763-3333; ums.org.

Vivace Concert Series: The Merling Piano Trio, artists-in-residence at Western Michigan University, offers a program of Dvorak, Haydn, and Fauré. 8 p.m. Nov. 21. $12-$23. Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-788-9338; vivaceseries.org.

 

DANCE

Pilobolus: If you enjoyed the company’s shape-shifting performances at the 2007 Academy Awards, you can now see the troupe live, as they bend, stretch, and transform into mesmerizing shapes. The line between gymnastics end and dance is hopelessly blurred, so just enjoy. 2:30 p.m. Nov. 1. $29-$61. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-961-3500, motopera.org.

 

EVENTS

A Taste for the Holidays: This annual event is hosted by the Clarkston Rotary Club and includes wines from around the world as well as food from 12 Clarkston restaurants. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Nov. 5. $35-$45. Bordine Nursery, 8600 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston; 248-625-8055.

First Friday Art Walk: Enjoy a night of art exhibits, art demonstrations, and other attractions. Participating art galleries are open from 6-9 p.m., with some of the venues offering complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. 6-9 p.m. Nov. 6. Downtown Northville; downtownnorthville.com/WhatsGoingOn/FirstFridays.htm.

Kingswood Giftorama: The Kingswood Alumnae Association puts on the annual event and transforms the school into a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. The weekend consists not just of shopping, but also food from stores and boutiques from across the country. Regular shopping begins Nov. 6-8. Kingswood School Cranbrook, 885 Cranbrook Rd., Bloomfield Hills; giftorama.org.

To the Nines Gala: This year the Detroit Institute of Arts’ annual fashion gala is inspired by the fashion photographs in the Avedon Fashion Photographs 1944-2000 exhibit at the museum. The evening consists of black-and-white décor, while performers in costumes will try to mimic Avedon’s fashion images. Guests will also enjoy entertainment, drinks, and dinner. The benefit includes a tribute to A. Alfred Taubman, a longtime supporter of the DIA. 6 p.m. Nov. 14. $100-$20,000. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; dia.org.

Holiday Tables: This year’s event, which is themed “There’s No Place Like Home,” begins with the Patron Tea (12:30-4:30 p.m., Nov. 19, $60). General admission, $20, Nov. 20-22. Cranbrook House and Gardens, Bloomfield Hills; cranbrook.edu/housegardens, 248-645-3149.

Hob Nobble Gobble: Celebrate America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade the night before with a black-tie family-friendly event. Enjoy dinner, live entertainment, food, carnival midway games, rides, and more. All proceeds benefit The Parade Company. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Nov. 25. Michigan State Fairgrounds, corner of Eight Mile Road and Woodward, Detroit; theparade.org.

America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade: 9:20 a.m. Nov. 26. Begins at Mack and Woodward and ends at Woodward and Congress in downtown Detroit; theparade.org.

 

FILM

Detroit Film Theatre: British TV commercials are unlike those anywhere else. These surprising television productions not only have been cutting-edge and brilliantly conceived, but also have showcased the work of Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Hugh Hudson, and Alan Parker. Since the 1980s, the top prize winners of the British Television Advertising Awards have toured the world, and this year the DIA is happy to be one of those spots. Nov. 1 & 6-8.

• The Canadian Scene is a co-presentation of the Windsor International Film Festival and the Detroit Film Theatre. Three films will play, the first of which is Necessities of Life, a story of an Inuit man stricken with tuberculosis, pulled from his isolated home in Canada’s far north, and sent to a Quebec City hospital. His fish-out-of-water bewilderment softens as he becomes interested in those around him, and vice versa. Throw in a crush on a nurse that would ruffle the feathers of those back home and you’ve got a movie. Nov. 4.

• The second installment of The Canadian Scene, Pontypool follows DJ Grant Mazzy, a morning disc jockey for rural Ontario. Like most morning DJs, Mazzy has attitude, but, on this particular day, he has a little more. Maybe it’s because it’s Valentine’s Day or perhaps he just got out of the wrong side of the bed. But whatever the reason, something is happening out on the streets of his listening audience. There are reports of naked residents speaking gibberish, riots, and the unexplained spread of a terrifying virus. Mazzy, despite his attitude, tries to be the voice of order and sanity and finds himself an existential philosopher. Nov. 5.

• Finally, The Canadian Scene shows It’s Not Me, I Swear!. It’s the late 1960s in Quebec when 10-year-old Leon begins acting out due to the troubled marriage of his parents. At first it’s fairly unsurprising behavior for such a situation – a bit of vandalism, running away from home, breaking and entering – but as the film continues, Leon’s “acting out” becomes more outrageous and shocking and the unexpected happens. Nov. 7.

• After years of turmoil, war, and Taliban rule, pop culture in Afghanistan is beginning to take hold and grow, so much so that the county, since 2005, has adopted a show similar to American Idol. It’s called Afghan Star. What’s surprising is that it welcomes everyone from across the country, despite gender, ethnicity, or age. The documentary, under the same name, follows four contestants, two men and two women, as they try to become the nation’s favorite star. Afghan Star becomes a window into the country’s struggle for modernity. Nov 13, 15 & 20.

• Throw Down Your Heart follows American banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck as he journeys to Africa to record an album and trace the little-known African roots of his instrument. Nov. 13, 15 & 21.

• American Harmony is a journey into the greatest singing competition you’ve never heard of. It’s the ultra-obsessive, heartfelt world of barbershop singing. This documentary follows the international competition and the narrowing of the 50 participating quartets down to just four. The conclusion is the most controversial in the contest’s 70-year existence. Nov. 20-21.

• Cosi Fan Tutte (Thus Do They All ) is one of three operas by Mozart in which the libretto (the text of the opera) was penned by Lorenzo Da Ponte. The DFT brings in an installment of World Opera in Cinema with German director Claus Guth and his version of the Mozart opera from the coming Salzburg Festival 2009. Nov. 26-28. Special prices apply. $18-$20.

• In a French working-class neighborhood, a train-driving father, his beloved daughter, and a handsome new neighbor are at the core of a story that traces their lives and those around them. From director Claire Denis, this graceful, intricate, and delicate film was called “magical, moving and marvelously profound,” by Variety. 35 Shots of Rum plays Nov. 27-29. All tickets $6.50-$7.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org/dft.

Detroit Science Center IMAX: From the deep, northern waters of Lake Superior to the eastern edges of Lake Ontario, Mysteries of the Great Lakes takes the viewer on a spin through some of most beautiful shorelines and scenery the nation offers. And you’ll stay dry. • Animalopolis is a journey into a more lighthearted, somersaulting, fanciful animal kingdom than the one that exists in reality. But that’s OK, because this IMAX film is fun for the whole family. The film shows a variety of animals, including cheetahs, bears, crabs, and lions — with no threat of getting maimed. • Some of us just don’t have the resources or the nerve to climb the Alps. So, a decent alternative might be the IMAX film The Alps, a journey up the Eiger North Face. It’s a story of the Alps, the people who live there, and those who climb the massive mountain. All through November. $7.25-$12.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400; detroitsciencecenter.org.

The Redford Theatre: My Fair Lady is the story of a bet and love. Professor Henry Higgins takes a wager from a colonel that he can transform the unrefined Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, into an elegant lady and pass her off as such. Higgins accomplishes the bet, and a young aristocrat, Freddy Eysfold-Hill, ends up falling for the transformed flower girl. As Higgins boasts about his efforts, he forgets that it took two to tango, and the newly formed Doolittle leaves Higgins angrily for the aristocrat. In her absence, Higgins realizes he’s grown accustomed to her face and can’t live without her. Nov. 6-7.

• A tornado blows over Dorothy’s home. After a knock on her head, she wakes in a land of color and munchkins, flying monkeys, and witches. But all she wants to do is take her little dog, Toto, and go home. But she’s wrapped up in murder and theft, according to the Wicked Witch of the West. As she landed, her house crushed the witch’s sister and her magic ruby slippers ended up on Dorothy’s feet. Her fairy godmother comes to Dorothy’s rescue and sends her to the Emerald City to find a way home. Along the Yellow Brick Road she befriends a scarecrow, a lion, and a tin man. Does Dorothy make it to the Emerald City and get the wizard’s help? Does the Wicked Witch and her army of flying monkeys catch the gang before they get there? Does Dorothy ever make it back to her home in flat Kansas? OK, so you’ve probably seen The Wizard of Oz a hundred times, but it’s addictive. Nov. 20-21. 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 exhibit in Gallery 2.

• Making an Impact tells the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3. Connecting Communities is a multimedia exhibit that lets immigrants tell their own stories. On display will be 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.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Legends of the Music: The Photography of Leni Sinclair runs through May.

• Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge, a series of intricate and colorful works focusing on three areas of African-American culture and history — musicians, dancers, and freedom advocates — is one of the ongoing exhibits in the Main Level Corridor.

• A Is for Africa includes 26 interactive stations making up a 3-D “dictionary” designed for children. Ongoing in the Lower Level Corridor.

• And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is an expansive, evolving exhibit that recounts the 3.5-million-year-old odyssey that began in Africa and ends in Detroit. Ongoing in the Core Exhibition Gallery.

• Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States. Ongoing on the Main Level. • Detroit Performs is a photomontage dedicated to those who have gained national and international prominence in the performing arts. Ongoing in the Main Level Corridor.

• Target has initiated a program of Free First Sundays at the museum; general admission at other times is $5-$8. 315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800; maah-detroit.org.

Detroit Historical Museum: VeloCity: Detroit’s Need for Speed showcases the ways in which Detroiters have used their need for speed on land, water, air and other forms of transportation.

• The Cougar II is a two-door red coupe that is the only one as its kind. 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. Each company is a household name and has been around for generations.

• 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.

• 100 Years Ago allows visitors to relate to past Detroiters through different forms of media that capture daily life in 1909.

• 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. 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, 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 the artifacts that have been salvaged.

• L is for Lighthouse 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.

• Dinosaur Tours are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

• Planetarium Shows are generally presented at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. weekdays; call for weekend dates.

• The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, an animated adventure about weather, plays at 12:30 weekdays.

• Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity explains the formation of the early universe. At 2:30 p.m. weekdays. 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.

Greenfield Village: Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s home, and the home of Robert Frost. $14-$20. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org.

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit: Three permanent exhibits are on display: The Ethel Averbach Dolls of the World, the Flags of the World, and the Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Wilkinson Immigrant Ship Collection. Free. There’s also the International Café on the lower level. 111 E. Kirby, Detroit; 313-871-8600; iimd.org.

 

MUSIC

Celtic Thunder: These male troubadours, ranging in age from 16 to 40, perform solo and ensemble Celtic numbers, accompanied by dramatic lighting and choreography. They even performed at the White House last St. Patrick’s Day. 3 p.m. Nov. 1. $37.50-$145. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000.

Rob Thomas: Thomas’ Web site cites the Matchbox Twenty frontman and solo artist as “arguably the most accomplished singer/songwriter of his generation,” and his recently released second solo album, Cradlesong, as a “magical collection.” No pressure, buddy! 7 p.m. Nov. 2. $40.50-$475. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451

Black Heart Procession: For the first three years of the band’s existence, each album of haunting, piano-driven gloom pop was numbered in succession, from its debut — 1997’s 1 — to 2000’s Three. Then, in 2002, the band took a turn toward the equator with Amore del Tropico. A few more albums with actual titles followed, but must not have succeeded as well as planned, because Black Heart is back with a new album, Six. Can you guess how many came before it? 7 p.m. Nov. 6. $10. The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

Dan Auerbach: Auerbach is best-known as half of the two-piece Akron blues revival band The Black Keys. His first solo album, Keep It Hid, retains the same soul of his full-time gig while incorporating elements of country, reggae, and ’60s pop psychedelia. Justin Townes Earle, son of country star Steve Earle, opens the show at 8 p.m. Nov. 6. $20. The Majestic Theatre, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

Ska Is Dead IV feat. Mustard Plug, The Toasters, Voodoo Glow Skulls: If you didn’t get a chance to catch the Verve Pipe perform their hit “The Freshman” last month, don’t sweat it. Grand Rapids-based third-wave ska pioneers, Mustard Plug, do a better rendition than the original anyway — because a horn section improves any song. 8 p.m. Nov. 6. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

David Wilcox: Wilcox’s 16th album, Open Hand, was recorded in just one week, live, with minimal overdubs. The singer/songwriter, who has drawn comparisons to James Taylor and Nick Drake, performs solo, accompanied only by his acoustic guitar, at 8 p.m. Nov. 10. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

Keb’ Mo’: Born Kevin Moore in south central Los Angeles, the modern-day bluesman takes his cues from Muddy Waters and Taj Mahal, then adds a modern twist. His songs span eras and genres, jumping from Delta blues to jazz without skipping a beat. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11. $26-$50. Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397.

Skinny Puppy: This Canadian industrial outfit formed in 1984, the year that George Orwell’s famous dystopian novel took place. And “dystopian” is an excellent adjective to describe Skinny Puppy’s music. Their live set plays out like a horror show, with apocalyptic themes of chemical warfare. In other words: A great way to spend an autumn evening. 8 p.m. Nov. 11. $27 in advance. $30 at the door. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: The Boss is experiencing an upswing in popularity lately. He has somehow transcended generations; parents who remember the release of Born to Run are finding their teenagers in tight jeans and plaid shirts with cut-off sleeves playing air guitar to “Thunder Road” in their bedrooms. Springsteen, who has been the butt of many jokes (like the very funny “Counting with Bruce Springsteen” sketch from Ben Stiller’s short-lived ’90’s TV show), has become the quintessential American rock legend — and the hardest-working man in show business. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13. $29-$89. Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Boys Like Girls: “I used to be love-drunk/But now I’m hung-over” is the hook for the band’s first single from their latest release, Love Drunk. For a band with a name like “Boys Like Girls,” whose members all sport Zac Efron hairdos, the sentiment is fitting. 5 p.m. Nov. 14. $25-$100. Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron, Pontiac; 248-333-2362.

Saving Abel: Saving Abel is Mississippi’s answer to Canadian gener-rock band Nickelback, which is fine, because innovation isn’t exactly the band’s forte. Frontman Jared Weeks describes the band as “accessible and comfortable.” He characterizes their songs as the kind that sound as though you’ve heard them before. It might not be the most gripping sales pitch, but if everything has been done before, then at least Saving Abel is keeping it honest. 7 p.m. Nov. 14. $21 in advance. $25 at the door. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.

Four Tops: Even though the Motown record label left Detroit in the early ’70s, the Four Tops have stuck around. Down to one surviving original member — Abdul “Duke” Fakir — the band continues to entertain audiences who can’t help themselves to a little “Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch.” 8 p.m. Nov. 14. $32.50-$35.50. MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

Brian Setzer Orchestra: Setzer has always been an advocate of out-of-style genres of music — first with his rockabilly band The Stray Cats in the ’80s, and then with his orchestra during the height of the ’90s swing revival. His big band released a number of Christmas albums, and they remain a popular fixture in the merriest time of the year. 8 p.m. Nov. 20. $52-$435. MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

Gary Hoey: Hoey has become a staple on Drew & Mike’s WRIF-FM morning show thanks to his Ho! Ho! Hoey! series of Christmas albums and tours. If you don’t know, Hoey re-appropriates classic yuletide carols for the heavy-metal crowd. Think the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, minus the overblown theatrics. 8 p.m. Nov. 20. $20. Blondies Detroit, 2281 W. Fort, Detroit; 313-964-1000.

The Jesus Lizard: The Jesus Lizard likes to keep things terse; each of their albums is titled with just one word, including their 1990 debut full-length, Head, the follow-up, Goat, their last album of original material, 1998’s Blue, and all the compilations, live albums, and studio works in between. And although their handle is supposedly taken from the nickname for a basilisk, the band has always displayed a degree of concupiscence in their live sets. Catch them for their first tour in 10 years at 8 p.m. Nov. 25. $20 in advance. The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333.

Matt Watroba: Watroba is best-known as the longtime host of the Folks Like Us program, heard Sundays on WDET-FM. But the radio personality is also an accomplished folk musician in his own right, covering songs by everyone from Woody Guthrie to Phil Ochs, as well as writing his own pieces. Nov. 27. $15. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800.

The Big Pink with Crystal Antlers: Though named after the debut album by the Band, the Big Pink take their cues from electro outfits like Crystal Castles (not to be confused with show openers, Crystal Antlers), even though they recorded their first full-length, September’s A Brief History of Love, at Electric Lady Studios. The studio is a better fit for Crystal Antlers, whose spazzy psychedelia recalls the heyday of rock ’n’ roll. 8 p.m. Nov. 28. $12. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

All Time Low: This band sounds like power-chords, octaves, and palm-muting behind lyrics detailing suburban heartbreak — with a polish that even Pete Wentz’s fingernails would be jealous of. 7 p.m. Nov. 29. $20. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451

 

THEATER

Fox: Cruella De Vil hits the stage looking for Dalmatians to turn into coats. But a family that bands together to overcome her every hurdle foils her plans. Based on the book by Dodie Smith, The 101 Dalmatians Musical is an experience for the whole family. Nov. 17-22. 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.

Fisher: Based on the hit film Legally Blonde, the musical of the same name follows sorority girl Elle Woods, who spontaneously decides to attend Harvard Law School. Laugh and sing along with Elle as she hits the books in style. Nov. 1. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000.

Gem: Performing veteran Rita McKenzie, re-creates the golden age of Broadway by singing such Ethel Merman classics as “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business” in the production Ethel Merman’s Broadway . Through Dec. 31. $25-$39.50. 333 Madison, Detroit; 313-963-9800; gemdetroit.com.

Hilberry: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare, follows the misadventures of four young lovers. But thanks to the pixie dust spread by Puck, the stars are realigned. Nov. 6-21. 4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre: Local playwright Kitty Dubin premieres her fourth play, The Blank Page. The dramedy follows a creative-writing professor struggling to revive her once-successful literary career. $30-$39. Nov. 1-9. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900.

Meadow Brook: The classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a premiere at the Meadow Brook Theatre. The story by Washington Irving relates the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. $24-$39. Nov. 1. 207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300.

The Studio Theatre: Set in Harlem during the Great Depression, Blues for an Alabama Sky tells the tale of two African-Americans’ economic and social struggles during the nation’s toughest time. $10-$12. Nov. 1.

• Dunelawn, written by Terrence McNally, is the first of two one-act plays called Bad Habits. Both are based in sanatoriums. In Dunelawn, a doctor allows his patients to indulge in their bad habits in the hopes that they will find happiness. Nov. 27-Dec. 5. 4743 Cass, Detroit, on the lower level of the Hilberry Theatre; 313-577-2972.

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