Arts & Entertainment





Anton Art Center

Aliment explores our intimate relationship with food through all media. Aug. 3-30. Opening reception is from 6-9 p.m. Aug 3.

Patriotism is a group show featuring work by members of the Lakeside Palette Club. Aug. 26-Sept. 22. Opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Aug. 26.

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


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,;



The second part of the 30th-anniversary show, featuring 15 artists, is on exhibit through Aug. 4.

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


Art Department Gallery

Sculptural Intellect is on display through Aug. 17.

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.

Made in America 1900-1950 features photos from the National Gallery of Canada. Through Sept. 2.

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


Artspace II

Works by the late College for Creative Studies instructor Tony Williams are on display. Aug. 1-31.

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


Belian Art Center

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

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


Biddle Gallery

Michigan Art Student Invitational is a mixed-media show featuring the work of aspiring fine-arts students from various Michigan universities. Work in photography, sculpting, illustration, ceramics, and many other media are on display. Through Aug. 18.

840 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-281-4779,


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George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher is an exhibit with more than 120 3-D works and exceeding 50 historical documents by one of the most influential American designer of the 20th century.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


Detroit Institute of Arts

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

• Johannes Vermeer’s Woman Holding a Balance will be on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The painting is one of roughly 35 surviving paintings by the 17th-century Dutch artist. The painting is on exhibit in the Dutch galleries Aug. 8-Sept. 2.

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;


Ellen Kayrod Gallery

A retrospective of constructed paintings by David Rubello. Aug. 10-Sept. 21.

In the Hannan House, 4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300, ext. 13.


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.

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.

Abstract Expressionist Works on Paper features smaller works by artists who typically paint on a larger scale. Opens Aug. 4. The exhibit runs through Oct. 28.

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. 12-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 12-9 p.m. Thurs.; 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

Our Rivers, Our Lakes is on exhibit Aug. 3-Sept. 1.

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


Lawrence Street Gallery

Glass Artists is on display through August.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394;


Marshall Fredericks Sculpture Museum

The Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition features sculptures from 22 Michigan artists selected by Joseph Becherer. Through Sept. 22.

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 through Aug. 10. Opening reception July 13.

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

Graphic Playground showcases art by a group of Michigan artists who employ graphic style and sensibility in their work. Aug. 24-Sept. 21.

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

Niagara’s first solo exhibit in Detroit in more than eight years, War Paint, explores the roles of women during wartime in a colorful and witty cartoon style. Through Aug. 4.

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


Susanne Hilberry Gallery

Warren MacKenzie’s pots are featured through Aug. 4.

700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700;


Toledo Museum of Art

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. •For the Birds is inspired by the spring migration of birds. In Gallery 18. Through Sept. 2.

• 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,



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

Flip Your Field is the inaugural show in a series of exhibitions in which various members of the U-M staff will curate the exhibit. Through Sept. 2.

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

• Work by the Seoul-based art collaborative Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, which uses innovative multimedia techniques, runs Aug. 11-Nov. 18.

African Art and the Shape of Time explores the multiplicity of time in Africa through a collection of more than 30 pieces. On display Aug. 18-Feb. 3.

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









First Friday Experience

Enjoy a night of art and live music as participating galleries and stores in downtown Northville are open from 6-9 p.m. Many galleries and businesses will have special exhibits and events on the first Friday of every month. Aug. 3.

Downtown Northville;


Preservation Detroit Tours

Experience the heritage of Detroit on foot this summer by taking a walking tour through several locations, which include the Cultural Center, downtown, Eastern Market, and Midtown areas. 10 a.m. Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25.

• 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, fountains, and art; fourth Tuesday, a People Mover tour of downtown. 5:30 p.m.

Campus Martius, 800 Woodward, Detroit.

• Annual Theatre District Tour. Aug. 25.



Summer Fine Arts in the Village

Along with the fine-art juried show, this event features an outdoor food court, entertainment, demonstrations, and children’s arts and crafts.  Aug. 4-5.

Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams Rd., Rochester Hills;


Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise

Thousands of classic cars and expected crowds of 200,000 people will make their way to Gratiot Avenue for the cruise’s 10th anniversary celebration.  Street rods, hot rods, racecars, trucks, and muscle cars will line the streets. Aug. 5.

Gratiot Avenue, from 14 Mile Road, north of Metropolitan Parkway through Clinton Township;


Milford Memories

Enjoy a weekend filled with music, art, food, a beer tent, and activities for all ages.  Featured activities include a blind canoe race, euchre tournament, and a Civil War encampment. Aug. 10-12.

Downtown Milford; 317 Union St., Milford;


Fash Bash

Held as an annual benefit for the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), this year’s Fash Bash will include a Neiman Marcus “Art of Fashion” show in the DIA’s Great Hall as well as a cocktail party before and after the fashion show. 7 p.m. Aug. 16. $75-$1,000.

Detroit Institute of Arts; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit;


Woodward Dream Cruise

One of the largest one-day automotive events, the Woodward Dream Cruise draws 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars from around the world to the famous Woodward drag. Classic cars, muscle cars, and street rods can be seen for miles along the 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 18.


Ann Arbor Antiques Market

Antiques and collectibles from the United States and Canada range from early American to Art Deco. Aug. 18-19.

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


Michigan Renaissance Festival

In a 17-acre Renaissance-styled village, enter another time with full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, and many other activities on the 16 themed stages and fields. Jewelry, crafted leather, glassware, and Renaissance clothing are sold in the marketplace.  Every weekend there is also a different theme. Weekends. Aug.18-Sept. 30.

12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly;


Live Love Local Celebration

The Greening of Detroit presents an event with culinary demonstrations by some of Detroit’s top chefs, local produce for sale, and “farm to fork” discussions supporting Detroit’s local food movement. Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 25.

Shed 5 at Eastern Market, 2934 Russell, Detroit. $25.

Earlier, there’s a gala five-coarse dinner embracing local food at Roast in the Westin Book Cadillac. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16. $500.

1128 Washington Blvd., downtown Detroit;


Wine and Food Festival at Meadow Brook

More than 100 wines are showcased from award-winning wineries from Michigan and beyond at this year’s festival. There is also live entertainment, wine and food seminars, food vendors, special exhibits, and art displays. $10 for designated driver ticket, which includes two soft drinks. $25 for adult tickets. Free for 21 and under. 1 p.m. Aug. 25-26.

Meadow Brook Music Festival; 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills;


Birmingham Bike Festival

Watch professional or hand cyclists race through downtown Birmingham or ride your own bike and participate in citizen-friendly races, which are open to all ages, and win a prize.  Live music and vendors are also part of the festival. 8 a.m.-5p.m. Aug. 26.

Downtown Birmingham;

Arts, Beats, & Eats

A weekend of art, music, and food to support both the community and local charities. Ford Arts, Beats, & Eats has raised more than $2 million for charity. This festival has a juried fine-art show, musical performers, and food from many restaurants around southeast Michigan. Aug. 31-Sept. 3. $3.

Downtown Royal Oak,


Great Lakes State Fair

The state fair is back in Michigan as this non-profit organization resurrects the fair that closed in 2009. It has a new location at the Suburban Collection Showplace and provides live entertainment, games, rides, vendors, a circus, livestock and agricultural areas, Michigan brewery beer garden, and Michigan grown or produced products. $5-$25. Aug. 31-Sept.3.

 Suburban Collection Showplace; 46100 Grand River, Novi;


Detroit Jazz Festival

Spend this Labor Day weekend listening to 100 jazz acts across five stages. The festival also includes educational activities for adults and children, fireworks, late-night jam sessions, and more. Aug. 31-Sept. 3.

Downtown Detroit; from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius;






Detroit Film Theatre

The second half of Raymound Bernard’s Les Miserables is shown at 4 p.m. Aug. 4. $7.50 adults, $6.50 students, DIA members, and seniors.

• When disenchanted father and adamant pub-crawler Egbert Sousé (W.C. Fields) captures a bank robber, he’s given a job as the bank’s new security guard and hilarity ensues in The Bank Dick. 2 p.m. Aug. 11. $7.50 adults, $6.50 students, DIA members, and seniors.

The Flowers of St. Francis conveys the universal teachings of St. Francis through simple yet beautiful vignettes. 2 p.m. Aug. 18. $7.50 adults, $6.50 students, DIA members, and seniors.

• The epic anti-war film All Quiet on the Western Front follows a group of German schoolboys into World War I. Based on a novel by Erich Maria Remarque. 2 p.m. Aug. 25. $7.50 adults, $6.50 students, DIA members, and seniors.

Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Redford Theatre

Watch two of America’s comedic frontiersmen, William Abbott and Lou Costello, in a special double feature. Buck Privates and Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer show the talent of the team who inspired many of today’s comedians. 8 p.m. Aug. 10. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 11. $5

• Considered to be among the greatest Alfred Hitchcock films, North by Northwest tells the story of a New York advertising executive (Cary Grant) who is mistaken for a government agent. Mysterious spies, interrogations, chases, and narrow escapes make this thriller a favorite among critics and film junkies alike. With Eva Marie Saint and James Mason. 8 p.m. Aug. 24. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 25. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;


Penn Theatre

The first film of the Indiana Jones franchise, Raiders of the Lost Ark, pits an archeologist and adventurer (Harrison Ford) against a group of Nazis in a race to discover the Ark of the Covenant. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 2. $3.

• *batteries not included tells the story of a group of benevolent aliens, the Fix-Its, who help a family to save their New York City home from the threat of property development. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 16. $3.

• Wallace and his wise but silent dog Gromit try to discover the truth behind a rumored mutant rabbit that’s attacking the villagers’ crops before the annual vegetable competition in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 23 $3.

• Kermit the Frog and company have to save Gonzo the Great to help him reach his alien family after he is kidnapped in Muppets from Space. 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 30. $3.

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






Arab American National Museum

Fighting for Democracy: Who is the We in We the People? uses World War II as a point to begin discussion about how women and minorities have expanded the meaning of “we” in “we the people.” Through Aug. 12.

Patriots and Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country tells true stories that affirm the role of Arab-Americans in our country throughout history, highlighting service in the U.S. Armed Forces, diplomatic service, and the Peace Corps. Through Aug. 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. Children under 5 free.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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

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

Local Roots Blues, Brews, and Evening Dining BBQ features a menu full of slow-cooked ribs, beer brats, beef brisket, and Michigan-crafted beer to go along with the sounds of live blues bands 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9. $65. Reservation only.

• World Tournament of Historic Baseball brings two full days of vintage baseball to the Village as various baseball clubs face off for the world title. Aug. 11-12.

• Bring the kids to Macy’s 2nd Mondays where special children’s activities go on throughout the Village free of charge. 10 a.m.-noon. Aug. 13.

• Witness the War of 1812 Muster in Greenfield Village as citizen soldiers, craftsmen, merchants, and others give an up-close opportunity to learn more about the militias and other facets that helped America through this conflict. Aug. 18-19.

• 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. Through Aug. 19.

• 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 and Society 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, 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;






Reba McIntire

There are actresses who can sing and musicians who can act. Retracing what talent came first is tricky, but country singer Reba McEntire has proved herself on both stage and screen. With a successful spot on Broadway and a Golden Globe-nominated television sitcom, Reba, it seems acting and singing are both her strong suit. 9 p.m. Aug.11. $55.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor; 888-345-5885.



In the ’90s, Coldplay signed with independent record label Fierce Panda. Today, the group has gained mainstream media control. Despite a surge in power, Coldplay remain democratic. Their profits are shared equally and 10 percent of their yearly earnings are donated to charity. The band’s most recent album, Mylo Xxyloto, is about love, addiction, escape, and working for someone you don’t like. 7 p.m. Aug. 1. $49.50-$63.50.

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


Country duo Sugarland bring their sweet music to the DTE Energy Music Theatre Aug. 4.


The country-music duo of Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush are embracing a creative rebirth, claiming their upcoming tour is a musical awakening. Pinpointing themselves in a place of discovery, Nettles says she and Bush are experimenting with new methods of genre-bending. The two pledge to perform a collection of fierce anthems, connecting the dots between rock and what they coin “rebellious country.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. $29.50-$99.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.


Wiz Khalifa & Mac Miller

Two powerful Pittsburgh-bred MCs team up to form one rap marathon. Wiz Khalifa arrived with the club bangers “Black and Yellow” and “Say Yeah.” His younger counterpart, Mac Miller, is a self-taught musician who became serious about rap at age 15 and has been called the “new Eminem” by business mogul Donald Trump. 5:30 p.m. Aug. 5. $25-$49.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.



Before the huge success of the hit song “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes had blazed the long, abstract trail of progressive rock in the ’70s. By the time “Owner” came out in 1983, Yes had gone through at least six lineup changes and one major breakup. Some fans even began distinguishing this era of the band as “Yes West” because of the band’s move to Los Angeles and its radio-friendly bent. Now, more than 40 years after the band’s formation, Yes continues on, and still say “no” to disbanding. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $10-$75.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.



Train made its way onto the main tracks in 1998 with the release of its debut album, Meet Virginia, and continued to pick up steam with singles such as “Tell Me,” “Calling All Angels,” and “Hey, Soul Sister.” The San Francisco pop-rock group pushed its way onto playlists with cosmic allusions and swirling refrains, and even made it to Hollywood, stocking cinema favorites such as Jersey Girl and Spider Man 2 with soundtrack tunes. 7 p.m. Aug. 7. $25-$59.50.

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


Joe Cocker & Huey Lewis and the News

Joe Cocker’s unmistakable gritty voice has been a pop mainstay for the past four decades. Cocker attributes much of his musical style to Ray Charles, Lonnie Donegan, and The Beatles. During film production for the Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe, he was asked to play the lead singer of “Come Together.” In his early years, he’d played Beatles covers at local pubs. Openers Huey Lewis and the News started performing under that moniker in 1980, after their previous name, Huey Lewis and the American Express, brought complaints from the eponymous credit card company. Eventually, the band lodged its own set of complaints when, in 1984, they argued that the melody of Cass Tech graduate Ray Parker Jr.’s smash hit “Ghostbusters” was plagiarizing their song “I Want a New Drug.” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9. $20-$75.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.


The Fray & Kelly Clarkson

Started by two schoolmates, The Fray originally packaged itself as religiously inspired, but a change in lineup occurred before hitting the mainstream. Trading hymns for power ballads, the group strayed from promoting religious messages for a secular route. Kelly Clarkson, winner of the first American Idol, spurred a rally around shows harvesting uncharted musical talent. To distance herself from her former sweetheart image on Idol, Clarkson takes creative license. 7 p.m. Aug. 10. $27.50-$75.

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


The Wiggles!

Known as the hottest thing since boxed juice, The Wiggles are a preschool sensation. Catering to a certain crowd, parents with children can dance themselves silly in this concert. Originally studying to be preschool teachers at Macquarie University before forming the band, these Aussies incorporated their theories of child development into a series of video, television programs, and live performances. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 10. $15-$40.

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


Barenaked Ladies

BNL’s run started 20-plus years ago, when it released its first five-song cassette, The Yellow Tape. Countless miles later, the Canadian band is in the midst of a new phase. On the aptly titled All in Good Time, BNL’s 11th album, a new freedom was granted after founding member Steven Page’s departure spurred more creative exploration. 7 p.m. Aug. 11. $25.50-$75.50.

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


My Morning Jacket with Band of Horses

No suit coat and tie required. Despite what the band’s name may imply, My Morning Jacket shies away from formal protocol and looks experimentation in the eye. From Americana to reggae, neo-psychedelic to funk, MMJ has blazed a path for alternative country-rock bands such as Band of Horses, The Shins, and Fleet Foxes. The band’s most recent album, Circuital, was recorded in a gymnasium. 7 p.m. Aug. 14. $26-$47.50.

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


Linkin Park & Incubus

MTV calls Linkin Park the sixth-greatest band of the music-video era and the third best of the new millennium. Adapting nu-metal and rap metal as their own, Linkin Park produced something unconventional with a radio-friendly appeal combining alternative rock, hip-hop, and atmospheric electronica. Equally important in leading the alt-metal band movement of the new millennium is Incubus, born into the funk-metal but growing upward and outward, widening their range to thrash, rap-metal, and post-grunge rock. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 21. $30-$85.50.

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


Jason Mraz

Before being discovered, Mraz often performed at coffeehouses throughout California. After years of pop-up gigs and complimentary cups of joe, Mraz’s talent had time to steep and filter. Though traveling between polar coastlines, Mraz continues to hold onto his Virginian roots. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29. $23-$59.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.






Barn Theatre

The Barn’s most popular musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is bizarre tale of how the newly engaged Brad and Janet must pay a visit to Dr. Frank N. Furter’s home after their car breaks down.  Through Aug. 12.

• From the classic film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, comes the musical Spamalot. Winner of the Tony for best musical in 2005, it tells the tale of King Arthur and his knights of the round table.  It also features killer rabbits, French people, cows, and showgirls. Aug. 14-26. $34.

13351 W. M96, Augusta; 269-731-4121;


Henry Ford Community College Theater Program

The residents of Laramie, Wyo., were forever changed when Matthew Shepard was murdered in 1998. The Laramie Project is told through a set of interviews with the residents about the brutal murder of Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming. 7 p.m. or 2 p.m. on Sundays. Aug. 17-19, 24-26. $10-$12.

Adray Auditorium on the Dearborn campus in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center; 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn; 313-845-9817,


Performance Network Theatre

Set in 1986 Manhattan, Burn This tells the story of Pale and Anna, who meet after Anna’s roommate and Pale’s brother, Robbie, dies. Their romance ends as Pale’s troubled personality emerges. He pursues her relentlessly, which sparks both rage and desire. Through Sept. 2. $25-$41.

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


Purple Rose

In On Golden Pond, the unexpected arrival of Ethel and Norman Thayer’s estranged daughter, her fiancé, and his teenage son help them rediscover the bliss of everyday life. Through Sept. 1. $25-$40.

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


Water Works Theatre Company

Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak offers three summer shows in the Starr Jaycee Park. William Shakespeare brings the life of Henry V to stage just as he becomes king. Civil conflicts have left the people of England restless and King Henry must gain their trust. Henry invades France, which leads to a conspiracy against his life. Through Aug. 12. $20. • Bring a blanket and the whole family to a daytime show of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Through Aug. 12. $6. • Summer Sonnets is a free show with an adaptation by Audra Lord of the Bard’s sonnets. Through Aug. 12.

320 W. 7th St., Suite 200, Royal Oak; 248-399-3727,


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