Arts & Entertainment

August 2011




Ann Arbor Art Center

Artists repurpose discarded objects in Everything AND the Kitchen Sink: Michigan Outsider Artists. Through Aug. 15.

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


Ariana Gallery

Trashformations features found objects made into works of art.

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


Anton Art Center

For the month of August, Going Green features work inspired by the environmentally friendly catchphrase.

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



Roxanne Jackson brings select recent works for Monster. Through Aug. 6.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

• Mirrors, plywood, and fiber-optic trees constitute Death by Landscape, an installation by artist Annie MacDonnell. Through Oct. 9.

•  Diana Thorneycroft’s Canada, Myth and History Group of Seven Awkward Moment Series features moments from everyday life as well as widely known Canadian historical events. Through Sept. 25.

• Annie MacDonell’s The Abyss and the Horizon uses photography, film, sound and sculpture. Through Oct. 9.

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


Arts League of Michigan

Paradise in the City Through the Eye of the Camera features photos of Detroit captured by local artists. Opens Aug. 13.

311 E. Grand River, Detroit; 313-965-8430.


Biddle Gallery

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

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

The Palette & Brush Club and Anthony Macioce are the featured exhibitions through Aug. 26.

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


Detroit Artists Market

DAM Small(er) Show is a rotating showcase of small-scale art by more than 50 local artists. Through Aug 27.

4719 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-8540.


Detroit Institute of Arts

Animal prints and drawings from more than 100 artists from around the world are in It’s a Zoo in Here, a comprehensive showing of the museum’s animal-based holdings. Through Sept. 25.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

The WSU Alumni Exhibition runs through Aug. 12.

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


Flint Institute of Arts

•  Andrew Wyeth’s early and rarely seen works are displayed in Something Waits Beneath It — Early Work by Andrew Wyeth, 1939-1969. Through Aug. 7.

• Edmund Lewandowski’s work is remembered in this first-ever retrospective titled Precisionism and Beyond. Through Aug. 7.

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


Gallery Project

• Extremes runs through Aug. 7.

Imagine Communities examines the structure of human relationships. Aug. 10-Sept. 18

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

• The center’s Our Rivers, Our Lakes event begins July 22 and runs through Aug. 27.

73rd Member’s Show begins Aug. 30 and continues through Sept. 3.

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


Lawrence Street Gallery

Exhibitions by Larry Zdeb, a native Troy artist, and Gene Smith begin in August.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394.


Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

2 Centuries, 3 Decades, 28 works by Charles McGee is curated by Marilyn L. Wheaton. Free. Through Sept. 24.

Open Mon.-Sat.

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


River’s Edge Gallery

• The premiere of Detroit-based retro painter Slaw’s new work can be viewed in My Life in Pictures and Cars I Love. Through Aug. 6.

• 3D features work by sculptors who craft pieces out of wood, metal, and more. Opens Aug. 19.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Sherry Washington Gallery

Detroit-Beauty Abandoned by Mary King will be on display through Sept. 17.

1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500.


323 East

The gallery’s August exhibition, Fel 3000, begins Aug. 13.

323 E. Fourth, Royal Oak; 248-246-9544.



Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints presents work by 41 leading contemporary Chinese printmakers. July 16-Oct. 23.

• Amalia Pica creates multimedia pieces from everyday items turned around to make symbols or possible communication. Through Sept. 18. $5 suggested donation.

Open Tue.-Sun.

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





Thumb Area Artists’ Exhibition

The Romeo Guild of Art (RGA) sponsors the 51st annual event, which features more than 100 pieces of work from artists living in Michigan’s “Thumb.” The juror of the show is Michigan artist Jim Fetter, a commercial artist serving top brands and agencies nationwide. Through Aug. 21.

Art Capsule Gallery, 5 S. Washington St., Oxford.


David Wolfe RAW

A three-day seminar focuses on the raw-food revolution with the movement’s leading authorities. Topics include super foods,the latest research on cancer, hormones, herbs, longevity, and more. Also, special guest Jason Wrobel, a former-Detroiter raw chef, will make an appearance, and a screening of the film Food Matters will be shown before the conference on Aug. 4. Aug. 5-7. $125.

Heal Yourself Institute, 412 E. Fourth St., Royal Oak.


Friday Art Walk

Kick the weekend off with a night of art, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Northville. On the first Friday of each month, select art galleries are open late, and guests can shop and enjoy art demonstrations. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 5.

Downtown Northville.


Summer Fine Arts in the Village

Entertainment, 101 juried artists from around the country, as well as arts and crafts activities, are planned. Aug. 6-7.

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


Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise

With or without a classic car, everyone is welcome to join in all the free festivities. Last year, more than 120,000 came out to enjoy the parade, raffle, live entertainment, and children’s activities throughout the day. Aug. 7. Noon- 6 p.m.

Gratiot Avenue, from 14 Mile Road, north of Metropolitan Parkway, to Wellington Crescent and back.


Milford Memories

• A weekend filled with artwork, food, entertainment, and family activities. More than 200,000 guests are expected to attend and enjoy a Civil War encampment, hot-pepper eating contest, kids’ fishing tournament, cannon firing, live entertainment, euchre tournament, and more. The event got its name in 1991 when the festival centered on a musical production called Milford Memories. Aug. 12-14.

• On Thursdays, enjoy the Milford Farmer’s Market, from 3-8 p.m., enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, and fresh produce. Through Oct. 2.

Downtown Milford, 209 Main St., Milford.


Woodward Dream Cruise

Get in gear for a weekend featuring 40,000 muscle cars, classic cars, street rods, as well as custom and collector autos following a 16-mile stretch down Woodward Avenue. Celebrating its 17th year, this event is considered the world’s largest one-day automotive event of the year; last year, it drew 1.5 million people.  9 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 20.

The Cruise encompasses eight host communities, including Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Royal Oak, Huntington Woods, and Ferndale.


Ann Arbor Antiques Show

For more than 40 years, the show has offered a wide selection of antiques and collectibles from dealers throughout the United States and Canada. Items range from early American to Art Deco, and are sold throughout seven buildings and numerous tents. Aug. 20-21. $6.

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


Fash Bash Rehash

A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Arts, the event will be held at the museum for the first time in 35 years. Festivities include strolling cocktails & hors d’oeuvres, and a fashion show. 7 p.m. Aug. 18. $75-$500.

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit.


Michigan Renaissance Festival

The festival is alive with actors dressed in period costumes, as well as clambakes, barbecue competitions, beer baron brewing brawl, jousting matches, and more. Weekends. Aug. 20-Oct. 2. Weekends.

12500 Dixie Hwy., Holly.





Detroit Film Theatre

• Before his son was directing smash hit sci-fi films, David Bowie had a film career of his own, which was kick-started with a starring role in the surreal sci-fi cult flick The Man Who Fell to Earth.

Aug. 5-14. $7.50.


• Produced by the U.S. government, then suppressed by the U.S. government, 1948’s Nuremberg contains historic footage of the world’s first major crimes against humanity trial.

Aug. 6-7. $7.50.

• Written by Shakespeare, adapted and scored by Verdi, then performed last month before a sold-out crowd at the London Opera House, the HD opera Macbeth features Simon Keenlyside in the title role and Martina Serafin as his scheming wife.

Aug. 11. $7.50.


• Macbeth gets adapted for the screen in Throne of Blood.

Aug. 13. $5.


!Women Art Revolution highlights the history of feminist art.

Aug. 19-21. $7.50.

• Patricio Guzmán’s Nostalgia for the Light takes viewers to the Atacama desert — a place where the sky is so clear that nighttime shadows are cast by neighboring galaxies, but the heat is so sweltering it mummifies forgotten bodies. With good reason, Patricio thought it made a lovely spot to ruminate on man’s place in the cosmos.

Aug. 12-21. $7.50.

• Roman Polanski’s debut film, Knife in the Water, was nominated for an Oscar and has since been called one of the world’s best films by Empire magazine. Impressive work, given the then-rookie director had a three-member cast (two of whom had never acted).

Aug. 20. $5.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-3237;

Main Art Theatre

• Originally released in 1987, Rob Reiner’s The Princess Bride is an unusually comedic fairy tale. Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, and Christopher Guest star.

Aug. 12-13. $7.

• When Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) travels back in time, the events he changes throw his own future off course. Originally released in 1985, Back to the Future co-stars Christopher Lloyd and Crispin Glover.

Sept. 2-3. $7.

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


Redford Theatre

• Fresh off time-traveling as Superman to save Lois Lane in 1978, 1980’s Somewhere in Time finds Christopher Reeve gallivanting through time yet again — on this occasion, to the Grand Hotel to find a 1912 actress whom he falls in love with from an old photograph. Somewhere in Time was filmed on location at Mackinac Island’s historic Grand Hotel.

Aug. 5-6. $5.

• Once again, Humphrey Bogart suits up to break the heart of an actress half his age. In Sabrina, though, Bogart falls for Audrey Hepburn, and not even Bogie can stoically let her walk away.

Aug. 19-20. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.

Penn Theatre

• Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, a tale about a young boy who befriends a lost alien, took home four Oscars. You can watch E.T. phone home on the big screen for one night only.

Aug. 4. $3.

• In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy Gale finds she’s not in Kansas anymore. After getting swept up in a tornado, she befriends a scarecrow, a lion, and a tin man. Together, they seek the Wizard in order to return home.

Aug. 11. $3.

Chicken Run is a claymation comedy from the makers of Wallace and Gromit. Rocky (voiced by Mel Gibson) leads his feathered friends in their escape.

Aug. 18. $3.

• In The Great Muppet Caper, Kermit and Fozzie are reporters sent to interview a wealthy fashion designer in London. There, Kermit meets Miss Piggy and falls in love. Originally released in 1981.

Aug. 25. $3.

760 Penniman, Plymouth; 734-453-0870.






This 1939 Douglas DC-3 is part of the Heroes of the Sky exhibit at The Henry Ford.


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.


Birmingham Historical Museum & Park

Birmingham in the Civil War — Here and There is a special exhibit to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War (1861-65). On display are a collection of artifacts from the museum’s private gallery, as well as period clothing, photographs, and a handmade Civil War-era flag from Oakland County.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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

The Heidelberg Project: Art, Energy, and Community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the display created by artist Tyree Guyton. Created to “provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action, and heal communities,” this project is known as one of the most influential open-air art environments in the world. Through Nov. 27.

The Chris Webber Collection: Exceptional People During Extraordinary Times, 1755-Present highlights rare artifacts from the personal collection of Chris Webber, native Detroiter, National Association All-Star player, and NBA announcer. His pieces reflect the lives and legacies of African-American greats such as Phyllis Wheatley, Rosa Parks, and Martin Luther King Jr. Through Nov. 6.

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

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

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

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


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


Detroit Historical Museum

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

Streets of Old Detroit takes visitors back to the 19th and early 20th centuries through shop settings furnished with artifacts from the 1940s to early 1900s.

Doorway to Freedom highlights Detroit’s role as part of the Underground Railroad, the last American stop for freedom-seeking slaves before boating across the Detroit River to Canada.

Frontiers to Factories is an exhibit that shows what Detroit was like before the advent of automobiles. See how the area changed from a trading-post settlement to a metropolis with millions of residents and factories.

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

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

Glancy Trains are from the collection of Alfred R. Glancy Jr., co-owner of the Empire State Building. His extensive collection is on display at the museum.

• Also: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, and Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Award Winners, Detroit Economic Club: 75 Years of Remarkable Speakers and Compelling Conversations and Janet Anderson.

General admission: $4-$6.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805.


Detroit Science Center

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

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


5020 John R, Detroit.


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

• New to the museum is Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes and To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders.

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

Gothic Room allows visitors to experience the likes of a gentlemen’s lounge inside the City of Detroit III. The exhibit also features a window on the right side of the gallery to show the Detroit shoreline in the early 1900s.

S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot House is a Great Lakes freighter that was scrapped, but its pilothouse was brought to the museum. Built in 1952, the 646-foot straight-decked vessel was lengthened to 767 feet in 1979.

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


Exhibit Museum of Natural History


Archeology! Current Research in the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology is an ongoing research exhibit that examines the questions that contemporary archeologists ask about the past and the techniques they use to answer them.

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

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


Henry Ford Museum

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

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

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

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


Greenfield Village

Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s domicile, and Robert Frost’s home.

Open daily. 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. $16-$22.

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





Photograph by Dan Winters


Sade with John Legend

Hip-hop and R&B inexplicably seem to be metonyms these days. But in 1983, when Helen Folasede Adu debuted as “Sade,” people still knew the art of rhythm and blues. Sade and her band blend jazz with dance music, rewarding patient listeners. And after 10 years of silence, most listeners could probably use their R&B refresher course.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 3. $52.50-$152.50.

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


The Glitch Mob:

Considering that Detroit is the birthplace of techno, its citizens should take note of up-and-coming acts. Here’s one for you: The Glitch Mob, an industrial electronica group. You may have heard them in the trailer for last month’s blockbuster, Captain America: The First Avenger.

8 p.m. Aug. 3. $18-$20.

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

Rascal Flatts

The boys in Rascal Flatts know the sheen of platinum: seven country albums — all platinum. The highlights in lead singer Gary LeVox’s hair — all platinum. According to their newest album’s song, “Red Camaro,” however, their car choices are decidedly not platinum.

7 p.m. Aug. 4. $25-$75.

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

Michael W. Smith

If the early-summer rapture had happened, would Michael W. Smith have been forced to cancel his tour and move it to heaven? Probably. His gospel music has earned him three Grammys, 40 Doves (an award for gospel performers), and 29 No. 1 hits.

7 p.m. Aug. 4. $55-$85.

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

Meat Loaf

What does one do with old meat loaf? Keep it away from Gary Busey. At 63, Dallas native Marvin “Meat Loaf” Aday continually proves everything is, in fact, bigger in Texas. Careers are bigger and last more than 44 years. Sales are bigger, and a single album moves 43 million units. Outbursts and blood-pressure numbers are bigger and are broadcast on shows by big-haired businessmen on big networks.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 6. $10-42.

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

Bob Dylan

“Things have changed,” sang Bob Dylan in 2000, well aware that the century he helped define had seen its final day. With that song, “Things Have Changed,” Dylan stepped into the 21st century with his first Academy Award (for Best Original Song in the film Wonder Boys). And even though some old stars are content to don ill-fitting bell-bottoms and rush out every summer to live off old hits, Dylan is still using his rusty voice to craft new commentaries on the zeitgeist. There aren’t many true living legends left, much less opportunities to see them.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 7. $29.50-$64.

Meadow Brook Theatre, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester Hills; 248-377-3300.


American Idol Live Tour 2011

Remember the heyday of Detroit racing, when the asphalt of downtown Detroit caught fire under the Pirelli tires of European F1 single-seaters? Well, moms and daughters running to catch the American Idol show will probably be just as fast and loud, so keep your eyes open. The major difference between the two events, however, is the Detroit Street Circuit knew to block off the roads.

7 p.m. Aug. 7. $45-$65.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr, Detroit; 313-396-7444.

Selena Gomez

Having already sold more than a million records, Disney’s newest bred-for-superstardom teen will effectively wipe the Detroit Shock from local memory for most young girls. They’re more likely to grab a “Team Selena Gomez” shirt now. But Selena (age 19) is more likely to grab the shirt of her not-quite-a-man, Justin Bieber. But since Biebs doesn’t turn 18 until 2012, she has a year to wait. Perhaps that’s where her newest album, A Year Without Rain, get its name.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 10. $20-$42.

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


Brian McKnight

McKnight was on the Motown label — not Hitsville-era Motown, but Motown nevertheless. In fact, McKnight was one of the last artists signed to the label before the media conglomerates finally spat out the current “Universal Motown” moniker. McKnight has been nominated for 16 Grammys, but never won. That’s a record he looks to end next year.

8 p.m. Aug. 13. $37-$67.

Chene Park, 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit; 313-393-0292.

Janet Jackson

Wardrobe malfunctions or not, Janet Jackson always knows how to put on a show. That’s probably why her career has recently expanded into successful film work. Her current world tour, called “Number Ones: Up Close and Personal,” is Jackson’s largest ever.

8 p.m. Aug. 16. $65.50-$95.50.

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


Def Leppard and Heart

If you stumble by DTE this month and see an abundance of teased hair, leather pants, and smoke machines, rest assured — you didn’t go back in time. More likely, you’re watching Def Leppard play with Heart. With two diamond albums and 65 million records sold, Leppard is one of the best-selling outfits to emerge from the ’80s heavy-metal boom.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 17.

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

J. Geils Band

Back in January 2010, after three or four reunions, singer Peter Wolf announced the J. Geils Band was calling it quits for good. What he meant to say was, “See you all a few more times down the road.”

7:30 p.m. Aug. 19. $25-$75.

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


Train & Maroon 5

Like Kerouac before them, Train went to San Francisco looking for salvation (or something). Their latest album, Save Me San Francisco, yielded their biggest hit yet, “Hey, Soul Sister,” while simultaneously rejuvenating their careers. San Francisco saves again.

7 p.m. Aug. 21. $25-$55.

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


Kings of Leon

Although the band hails from Nashville, Kings of Leon bear little resemblance to their city’s country-singing forefathers. After nine years of garage rocking in a city built on honky-tonk and twang, the band of brothers (three brothers and a cousin, actually) finally hit it big with a platinum record in 2008.

7 p.m. Aug. 23. $30.50-$60.50.

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

Tony Bennett

There are parallels to be drawn between Bennett and the Detroit automakers. Like the Big 3 (responsible for the Arsenal of Democracy), Bennett served in WW II. Then, like the Big 3, Bennett enjoyed unprecedented success in the ’50s and ’60s. And, just like the Big 3, Bennett found himself conflicted in the ’70s as a victim of quiescence during a new day and age. But the 21st century finds Bennett a greater draw than ever: selling out shows, winning Emmys, and receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. There’s an inclination to believe that the Big 3 are about to follow suit and reclaim their thrones, too.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 24. $55-$85.

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


Aretha Franklin

Detroit has its fair share of stars, but few shine brighter than Aretha. Rolling Stone ranked her ninth on its list of greatest artists. She’s sold more singles than any other woman. She’s topped the charts 20-some times. And she’s received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. $15-$75.

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



Singer-songwriters Elliott Smith and Mary Lou Lord once sang, “Everyone’s got a dollar sign after their name.” Kesha Sebert, always trying to be different, either misheard or decided to defiantly stick a dollar sign right smack in the middle of her name. She prides herself on doing her own thing. Bacchanalia has never been this auto-tuned.

7:30 p.m. Aug. 26. $19.50-$49.50.

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


Alice Cooper

Detroit’s native son — the man who turned 18 and liked it; the man who wants school out forever; the man who never cries; the man who never bleeds; the man who says when it’s “feeding time” — returns. Special guest Ace Frehley of Kiss (the guy who plays the “Detroit Rock City” riff that opens every Detroit sports game ever) will be joining.

8 p.m. Aug. 27. $10-$39.

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


When Deep Purple re-formed in the ’90s, band member David Coverdale was too busy fronting Whitesnake to participate. What began as a bluesy act without a name had become a top heavy metal act by then. Despite some time off in the ’90s, the band has been a constant presence throughout the aughts. Let the power ballads ring.

8 p.m. Aug. 28. $15-$45.

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







Barn Theatre

• When Blanche DuBois, a schoolteacher and former Southern belle, meets Stanley Kowalski, a member of the urban working class, they seriously clash. Written by Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. Through Aug. 7. $34.

• Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella tells the classic fairy tale of a girl who’s transformed into a princess. Aug. 9-21. $34.

• Based on the 1950 film of the same title, Sunset Boulevard finds a young screenwriter and faded movie star teaming up. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  Aug. 23-Sept. 4. $34.

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

Performance Network Theatre

Set against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh concerns an amorous love triangle among Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France; her good friend and portrait painter, Elisabeth Vigée le Brun; and the fictitious genteel playboy, Alexis de Linge. Through Aug. 28. $22-$41.

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


Purple Rose

Directed by Guy Sanville, Consider the Oyster tells an unusual love story. After Gene Walsh proposes to his girlfriend during a Detroit Lions Super Bowl victory celebration, the couple’s future changes drastically. Through Sept. 3.

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


Water Works Theatre Company

• Under starry skies at Starr Jaycee Park, director Jeff Thomakos presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest. King Prospero, having been exiled with his daughter, Miranda, to an island courtesy of his brother, attempts to restore his daughter to her rightful place in Milan. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the park before the show. Through Aug. 7. $20.


• Lane Riosley’s The Commedia Aladdin provides viewers with a Water Works daylight family show. Returning for a third year, the comedic production is suitable for all ages. Through Aug. 7. $6.


• Making its debut performance, Summer Sonnets offers audiences a free afternoon of Shakespeare’s most famous love poems. Through Aug. 6. Free.

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

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