Arts & Entertainment






Ariana Gallery

Whimsical new jewelry designs by Link Wachler, artisan-designed studio glass from around the country, paintings by the late Jack Kevorkian, and colorful abstract paintings by Juan Carlos Zeballos Moscairo are on display.

119 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-546-8810,;


ART Artcite

The second part of the 30th-anniversary show, featuring 15 artists, is on exhibit July 6-Aug. 4. Opening reception July 6, 7:30 p.m.

• As part of the Windsor International Fringe Festival, off-site galleries will open in locations around downtown Windsor. July 16-31.

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


Art Department Gallery

Sculptural Intellect is on display July 6-Aug. 17. Opening reception July 6, 5-8 p.m.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is the gallery’s ongoing exhibition featuring a changing selection of historic Canadian artwork.

Two Women’s Views on the War of 1812 are unveiled in a two-artist exhibition, featuring work by 19th- and 20th-century painters Catherine Reynolds and Joyce Wieland. Through Sept. 2.

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


Artspace II

Work by Richard Lindner, Patrick Heron, Sonia Delaunay, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Alan Davie, and Carol Summers is part of the 1960s to ’70s Modern Masters of Print exhibit.  July 3-31.

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


Belian Art Center

Gallery Collection Show includes work by Reuben Nakian, Emil Kazaz, Edward Avedisian, and others.

• Functional and decorative pottery designs by Zabel Belian are on display in the Pottery Loft. Through August.

5980 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-828-1001,


Cranbrook Art Museum

George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher is an exhibit with more than 120 3-D works and exceeding 50 historical documents by one of the most influential American designer of the 20th century. Through Oct. 14.

39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3300;


David Klein Gallery

Vitamin P Is Good for You features work by Kristin Beaver, Ben Grasso, Alyssa Monks, Jessica Rohrer, and Trevor Young. Through July 14.

163 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-433-3700;


Dali’s Soft Construction with Boiled Beans, from the DIA’s Five Spanish Masterpieces. (© Salvador Dali, Fundacio Gala-Salvador Dali / Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York 2012.)

Detroit Institute of Arts

Five Spanish Masterpieces, including Melancholy Woman by Pablo Picasso, is up through Aug. 19.

Patti Smith: Camera Solo includes more than 60 black-and-white photographs, Polaroid prints, and the artist’s personal items. Smith’s photography was influenced by what was significant to her: writers and poets, portraiture, travel, and art and architecture. Through Sept. 2.

Picasso and Matisse: The DIA’s Prints and Drawings begins July 11. Admission: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth 6-17; under 5 free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Thurs.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun.; Closed Mon.-Tue.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Flint Institute of Arts

The Golden Age of Painting, 1600–1800, from by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky. is on display in the Charles Stewart Mott Wing. Through Aug. 19.

The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the Snite Museum is on display through July 29 in the Graphic Arts Gallery.

• Abstract Expressionism: Then and Now is in the Hodge & Temporary Exhibition Galleries. Through Aug. 19.

Viola E. Bray: A Legacy of Giving is in the Viola E. Bray and Summerfield Galleries. Through Aug. 19.

Designs from the Past: Ancient Chinese Ceramic Vessels is in the Decorative Arts Gallery through Sept. 16. Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; under 12 free. Noon-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 12-9 p.m. Thur.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

Realism vs. Surrealism is on exhibit through July 21.

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


Lawrence Street Gallery

The summer invitational show is on display in July.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394;


Long-Sharp Curis Gallery

John “Crash” Matos brings his graffiti art exhibit, Misdemeanors to Masterpieces, to the downtown gallery. Through July 3.

1260 Library St., Detroit; 313-600-7443,


Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition is on display through September.

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


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Members Biennial Exhibit showcases art in various media by PCCA members. On display in the Main gallery July 13-Aug. 10. Opening reception July 13.

• Mixed media collages by Sandra Cardew are featured on the first floor.

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


Pewabic Pottery

Simply by Hand: Architectural Ceramics from Mary Stratton to Now is on exhibit through Oct. 15.

10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-626-2000;

Re:View Art Gallery

Pop art by Matt Zacharias is on display in Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth, the artist’s first solo show. Zacharias conveys his life experiences and memories of popular culture through various media. Through July 7.

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


River’s Edge Gallery

Detroit pop-culture art by Bill Morrison is on display through July 16.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880;


Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Pots by Warren MacKenzie are featured through Aug. 4.

700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700;


Toledo Museum of Art

For the Birds is inspired by the spring migration of birds. On display in the Gallery 18. Through Sept. 2.

African Art, selected by the University of Toledo art-history students, is featured in the Hitchcock Galley through July 24.

Refraction/Reflection presents photographs that focus on the themes of light, shadows, and reflection. Through Aug. 5.

Revelation paintings by Russian-born Jules Olitski are featured in the Canaday Gallery. Through Aug. 26.

• In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the workshops, Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 is featured in the Wolfe Gallery. The exhibition emphasizes the role of color: conceptual, political, metaphoric, and artistic. Through Sept. 9. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thur.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; 12-6 p.m. Sun.

2445 Monroe, Toledo; 419-255-8000,



Visual art by Haroon Mirza is on display through July 22. The installation explores the relationship between humans and the surrounding sounds created by objects, forces, and actions.

Recent Acquisitions: Curator’s Choice Part II features modern and historic art from America, Europe, and Asia that was gifted to the museum in the past five years. Through Aug. 5.

The Flatness of Ambiguity showcase about 40 photographs by American photographer Judith Turner. Through Sept. 2.

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







Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The 20th annual salute to America will feature an entire musical Americana program, concluding with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and fireworks. Bring folding chairs or lawn blankets; seating is not provided. Picnic baskets are permitted, but not alcohol. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at Greenfield Village. July 1 and 3-4. Gates open at 6 p.m. $12-$50.

The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001,

• The DSO performs on the lovely grounds of the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House for two nights of music by Lake St. Clair. Lawn seating is available for general admission. 7:30 p.m. July 13-14. $20-$175.

1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores; 313-576-5111,







First Friday Experience

Let the weekend begin 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. July 6.

Downtown Northville;


National Cherry Festival

This weeklong festival celebrates cherries, tourism, and community involvement with more than 150 activities for both children and adults to enjoy. The activities include parades, bike tours, air shows, live music, bingo, classic film series, cherry pie-eating contests, among others.

Traverse City;


Preservation Detroit Tours

Discover the landmarks and architectural heritage of Detroit by going on a walking tour of various locations around the city.  Walking tour locations include Detroit Cultural Center, Downtown, Eastern Market, and Midtown areas.  10 a.m. July 7, 14, 21, and 28.

• After-work Tuesday Tours: Every Tuesday, there’s a different tour: First Tuesday, downtown skyscrapers; second Tuesday, Albert Kahn’s downtown buildings; third Tuesday, downtown sculptures and fountains; fourth Tuesday, a People Mover tour of downtown; fifth Tuesday, a Broadway tour. 5:30 p.m.

• Detroit’s Auto Heritage Bus Tour. July 14. 10 a.m.

Campus Martius, 800 Woodward, Detroit. • Detroit’s Auto Heritage Bus Tour. July 14. 10 a.m. 313-577-3559;


Garden Walk

Visit six private gardens for Troy Garden Club’s 38th annual garden walk. There will also be plein-air artists painting and Furnace Design Studio’s botanical glass exhibits in the gardens. July 11. 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m.

Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles, Troy;


Concert of Colors

Celebrating its 20th year, the diversity-themed music festival includes musical performances representing different cultures from around the world. Throughout the weekend there will also be ethnic food, merchandise vendors, and a children’s area. July 12-15.

In and around Detroit’s Midtown/ Cultural Center, Detroit;


Art in the Park

More than 400 artists from around the country display their work in downtown Plymouth as it hosts the second-largest art fair in the state. The event also includes live entertainment and children activities. July 13-15.

Downtown Plymouth;


Gold Cup Hydroplane Boat Races:

The American Power Boat Association Gold Cup is one of the oldest active trophies in motor sports and will continue the tradition this year at its 103rd APBA Gold Cup race. Hydroplanes will race at speeds up to 200 mph on the Detroit River. Friday is free for practice, while tickets can be purchased for the races on Saturday and Sunday. July 13-15.

Detroit River, east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge;


Ann Arbor Antiques Market

The market offers a selection of antiques for the public to purchase throughout seven buildings and numerous tents. July 14-15.

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


Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs

Together, the four art fairs bring 500,000 people annually to the streets of downtown Ann Arbor to view recent artists’ work. July 18-21.

Downtown Ann Arbor;


Detroit Brewing History & Micro-Brewery Tour

Pete Cornils and Stewart McMillin offer a historical tour to several locations where Detroit breweries once existed. The breweries include Stroh’s, Goebel, E & B, Pfeiffer, Tivoli, Schmidt, Zynda, Kling, and many more. July 21. 1-7:30 p.m. $35.



Detroit Brewing History & Micro-Brewery Tour

Pete Cornils and Stewart McMillin offer a historical tour to several locations where Detroit breweries once existed. The breweries include Stroh’s, Goebel, E & B, Pfeiffer, Tivoli, Schmidt, Zynda, Kling, and many more. July 21. 1-7:30 p.m. $35.



Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair

Nine bands with ties to Sterling Heights will be among the groups playing at the fair.  The event also offers entertainment, food from a dozen local restaurants, food vendors, free nightly concerts at three locations, midway games, and artwork. July 26-28.

Sterling Heights;

Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

The 10th annual event focuses on visual arts with 150 to 200 artists selling their original work to the public. The show also includes live entertainment, children’s art activities (including a youth art competition), and food from local restaurants. July 27-29. $5 for adults, free for children 12 and under.

West Bloomfield, located on Powers and Daly roads, west of Orchard Lake Road, south of Maple;


Meadow Brook Twilight Tuesday

Experience a self-guided house tour or landscape and architecture tour while enjoying music on the historic home’s Loggia Terrace. July 31. 6-9 p.m. $10.

480 S. Adams Rd., Rochester; 248-364-6263,







Redford Theatre

A young girl (Judy Garland) travels through a mystical land full of Munchkins and winged monkeys in order to return to her Kansas farm in the 1939 classic musical The Wizard of Oz. 8 p.m. July 13; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 14. $4.

• Paul Newman plays a beaten-down inmate who adamantly refuses to conform to the dogmas of a prison system in Cool Hand Luke. 8 p.m. July 20; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 21. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;


Penn Theatre

George Henderson (John Lithgow) and his family take Bigfoot (Kevin Peter Hall) home, only to have him escape and romp through the city in Harry and the Hendersons. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 5. $3.

• An animated film sprinkled with humor, Shrek parodies traditional children’s stories and focuses on an anti-social ogre (Mike Myers) and his mission to regain privacy. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 12. $3.

• When aliens abduct the adults of a small town, Jimmy Neutron (Debi Derryberry) and his friends join forces and travel into space to defeat the evil extraterrestrials in the animated film Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 19. $3.

• After the team he coaches makes the playoffs, Jim Morris (Dennis Quaid) honors a bet and tries to take his fastball to the major leagues in The Rookie. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 26. $3.

760 Penniman Ave. Plymouth; 734-453-0870,







Arab American National Museum

Arab Civilization: Our Heritage features Arab contributions to the early world. Ongoing in the Community Courtyard.

Coming to America focuses on Arab immigrants and the culture they brought to the United States. Ongoing in Gallery 1.

Living in America exhibits early Arab-American life. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 2.

Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3. $6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Under 5 free.

13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266;


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Visions of Our 44th President features 44 artistic 3-D interpretations of Barack Obama.

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

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

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is an 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.

Detroit Performs! is a photomontage dedicated to those who have called Detroit home and have gained national or international attention in the performing arts. Artists include John Lee Hooker, Aretha Franklin, Derrick May, and Kevin Saunderson. Ongoing on the Main Level.  Also: Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney, Great American Artists — Part II: The Branches, and The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755-Present. On display through September.$5-$8.

315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800;


Detroit Historical Museum

The museum will be closed until Nov. 23 for renovations.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805;


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes explores methods used by mariners over the years to communicate with others at sea, and people on shore.

City on the Straits provides snapshots of the ways the Great Lakes and the Detroit River have influenced the region.

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 pilot house was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979.

To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders features the art of model shipbuilding of Great Lakes vessels in Michigan.

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


Exhibit Museum of Natural History

Evolution & Health studies how the evolution of humans promoted our survival, but not our well-being.

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.

• Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Free admission; suggested donation is $6.

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


Greenfield Village

Watch Historic Baseball Games played by the 1867 rules while live 19th-century music is played every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. July 7-Aug. 5.

• The Detroit Symphony Orchestra celebrates America’s independence with the 20th Annual Salute to America. (See listing under Classical.)

Macy’s 2nd Mondays features children’s activities throughout the village, free with Village admission. 10 a.m.–noon July 9.

Ragtime Steet Fair celebrates the early 20th-century Ragtime era. The July 14-15 weekend brings dance demonstrations, food vendors, music performances, a short silent film screening, and other festive activities. All are free with Village admission.

• Visit nearly 100 historical buildings, including the home of Henry Ford, the replica of the first factory where Ford worked, and the lab where Thomas Edison created the first light bulb. Districts and buildings include: Edison at Work, Henry Ford’s Model T, Liberty Craftworks, Main Street, Porches and Parlor, Railroad Junction, Working Farms. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $24 adults; $22 seniors; $17.50 youth. Free for children 4 and under. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-600

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


Henry Ford Museum

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition is a 10,000-square-foot exhibit that features more than 300 artifacts, 250 of which have never been displayed in Michigan. The exhibition features room re-creations and the replica of the Grand Staircase and guides the visitors chronologically from the Titanic’s construction to the ship’s tragic final voyage. Through Sept. 30.

Driving America is an exhibit that includes more than 100 vehicles, authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts that focus on the influence the automobile has had on American culture.

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. Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America. Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus.

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


Holocaust Memorial Center

Exhibits are dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Learn about World War II, the Jewish culture, religious beliefs, the postwar world, heroic rescues, and more. The center also houses a multi-lingual library.
$5-$8 admission.

28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400;







Sarah McLachlan with Symphony Orchestra

After a successful symphony orchestra performance last summer, three-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter McLachlan announces a second tour throughout the States and her native Canada. Known for her soulful lyrics, McLachlan promises a concert she says is “gonna be full on and fun.” 7:30 p.m. July 1. $15-$49.50.

Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.


Neil Diamond

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Neil Diamond makes sparks during his 2012 North American summer tour. Fueled up and ready to hit the ground running, Diamond is scheduled to make a much-awaited Detroit detour to serenade fans for the first time in nearly two decades. Polished up and ready to roll, Diamond reignites “The Feel of Neil” with favorites like “Sweet Caroline,” “Song Sung Blue,” and “Forever in Blue Jeans.”  8 p.m. July 3. $29.50-$127.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.


Death Cab for Cutie

Lead vocalist Ben Gibbard has a solo success story to sing about. From small cassettes to big-break records, Death Cab for Cutie crossed over from independent music scene to mainstream media. Sprouting from an era of ’90s grunge revival, Death Cab dug its roots into the underground sound system and alternative form. Gibbard also credits the equally countercultural Jack Kerouac as a musical influence, fading the line between Beat writer and modern beats. 7 p.m. July 4. $25-$39.50.

Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.


Aerosmith and Cheap Trick

Despite reaching a peak in the mid-to-late ’70s and enduring a lull halfway through the ’80s, Aerosmith packed enough punch during the height of its rock and rollercoaster success to keep stadiums full and devout fans (nicknamed the Blue Army) pining for more. 7:30 p.m. July 5. $29.50-$149.50.

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


Stevie Nicks

In need of a Nicks fix? Stevie Nicks, signature singer of Fleetwood Mac, satisfies the hankering for something sweet, just in time for summer. Deemed by Rolling Stone as the “Reigning Queen of Rock and Roll,” Nicks has proved her success as both a part of Mac and as an eight-time Grammy-nominated solo artist. 7:30 p.m. July 6. $79-$671.

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


American Idol Live

What mixes better than sweet and salty? It’s a tough combination to beat. Chips Ahoy! and Ritz present the annual American Idol Live summer tour. The tour kicks off in Detroit, showcasing the top 10 contestants from Idol’s 11th season. Sponsors amp up the excitement with promised cookie and cracker coupons, making it one sweet and savory performance. 7 p.m. July 6. $70-$746.

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


Fiona Apple

After earning a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal in 1998, a 19-year old seedling from the Big Apple grew into a commercial sensation. American singer, songwriter, and pianist Fiona Apple won over listeners’ hearts with her first album, Tidal, and continues to cater to her fans’ cravings. 7 p.m. July 7. $74.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5451.


Def Leppard and Poison

At the height of the U.S and British rock craze, Def Leppard bit the music industry hard. The English rockers played an instrumental role in headlining the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Their track “Bringin’ on the Heartbreak” was one of the first metal music videos aired on MTV in 1982. Band members Joe Elliot, Rick ‘Sav’ Savage, Rick Allen, and Phil Collen prescribe energetic performances paired with heavy rock as the recommended antidote for die-hard music junkies. 7 p.m. July 7. $30-$89.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.


The Dave Matthews band rocks the dte energy music theater july 10.


Dave Matthews Band

Well-known for their infusion of unconventional instruments and sounds packaged into a signature blend of folk, jazz, and traditional rock, Dave Matthews Band doesn’t hesitate to experiment with genre. Each member adds flavor to the mix, bridging classical, soul, funk, hip-hop, and bluegrass to boot. 7 p.m. July 10. $40.50-$75.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.



Feeding crowds his energy for nearly 40 years, Carlos Santana’s signature Afro-Latin-blue-rock fusion transcends the confines of neatly bound musical genres, proving one genre can bleed into the next. Santana landed on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” at number 20 and continues to entrance fans. 8 p.m. July 15. $15-$80.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.



This Vancouver-based band rose to fame in the mid-’90s, wedging themselves between a rock and a hard place. Nickelback floats between hard rock, post-grunge, and alternative rock. The band’s latest album, Here and Now, was released in 2011, marking a return to more organic roots. Lead vocalist Chad Kroeger says, “We’re four people who love making music, the way we like to make it.” 6:30 p.m. July 17. $36-$99.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.


Nicki Minaj

From a little girl living in Queens to international hip-hop princess, Nicki Minaj continues to pop her way to fame. Also famous for her trending alter-ego fashions, Minaj competes with bigwig female artists such as Katie Perry and Lady Gaga. 8 p.m. July 17. $79-$281.

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


Van Halen

Since its debut album in 1978, Van Halen continues to hold the title of most No. 1 hits on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. After years of separation, the heavy-metal pioneers announced their 2012 tour dates in tandem with a new album release, their first in about 14 years, titled A Different Kind of Truth. 7:30 p.m. July 19. $29.50-$149.50.

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


Rascal Flatts

This country trio requires a large trophy room to house their 40 major awards, including AMC and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year.” One award the artists won’t be able to hold on to is their recently laid star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Flatts attracts a youthful following, coming as a bit of a surprise to some who’d expect teens and young adults to gravitate toward rap and mainstream pop. 7 p.m. July 20. $29.75-$79.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.


Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band

Nothing says summer more than music and margaritas, and no one blends the two like the season’s biggest exponent. Despite a mix of sweet-and-sour trials during his early years, Jimmy Buffet sold his island escapism lifestyle to franchisees and followers, branding his easygoing beach-bum persona into billions. An avid pilot, this bird of paradise also knows how to strum a sweet tune or two. 7:30 p.m. July 28. Tickets start at $72.

Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.


Florence and the Machine

Known for her “mass of contradictions,” indie-pop singer/songwriter Florence Welch is also famous for her intense voice and geeky persona. She’s zany but heartfelt, dark but romantic. 7:30 p.m. July 31. $59-$212.00.

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







The City Theater

Ernie, by Mitch Albom, is dedicated to Hall of Fame Detroit broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Through July 29.

2301 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3465,


Performance Network Theatre

The comedy In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, explores female sexuality and gender roles in the Victorian age. Without an idea about why it works, Dr. Givings uses vibration therapy to treat female patients’ “hysteria.” When his jealous wife tries the device for herself, erotic chaos begins. Adult themes. Through July 15.

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


Planet Ant

Original Comedy, a part of the Late Night series, runs July 6-21.

2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948;


Purple Rose

In On Golden Pond, Ethel and Norman Thayer receive an unexpected visit from their daughter, her fiancé, and his son. When Norman and the boy develop an unexpected friendship, the Thayer family rediscovers the joy in life. Through Sept. 1. $25-$40.

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



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