Arts & Entertainment





The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is bringing one of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to its gallery walls. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles will be on view from Feb. 19 – May 28. It will be displayed in the Dutch galleries along with three other Van Gogh paintings owned by the DIA. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900, // Credit: The Bedroom at Arles, Vincent van Gogh, 1889. Oil on canvas. // Photo: Herve Lewandowski. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France. ©RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY

The Anton Art Center

The 40th Michigan Annual exhibition is on display in the Main Galleries, with a special exhibition housed in the adjoining Boll History Gallery. Through Feb. 24.

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


Ariana Gallery

• The Valentine’s Day exhibition entails things that are about love, including paintings and glasswork made with a Valentine’s Day theme. Feb. 1-15.

• Contemporary and traditional African art will be on display for a Black History Month exhibition. Opening reception 6:30-9 p.m. Feb. 17. Runs through Mar. 17

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

• The first in a three-part series, Border Cultures: Part One (homes, land) examines the notions of national boundaries through contemporary art. Through March 31.

The Border Bookmobile Public Archive and Reading Room is an archive of books, art projects, videos, and other forms of media on the history of the Windsor-Detroit area. Through March 31.

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



The first in a two-part series, 30×30 — Artcite 30th Anniversary Show features current works by 15 select artists who have previously hosted exhibitions at the gallery. Through March 2.

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


Biddle Gallery

Made in the Mitten is the gallery’s ongoing exhibit featuring paintings, pottery, glass, jewelry, ceramics, furniture, and home and fashion accessories by more than 100 Michigan artists.

2840 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte; 734-281-4779,


Cranbrook Art Museum

From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is a collective of Soth’s contemporary photography from the last 15 years, focusing specifically on his work made in the United States. Through March 30.

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


Detroit Artists Market

The DAM Design Show explores the creative process of design from all perspectives. Designers are tasked with creating functional and artistic pieces while giving an intimate look at how inspiration becomes art. Through Feb. 16

4719 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-8540,


Detroit Institute of Arts

• In Hidden Treasures: An Experiment, visitors will vote on their favorite stories about eight works that have been in storage. Through March 3.

• Photographers from Germany, France, and Detroit display their work for the Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now exhibit, capturing the city’s changing landscape and culture, the auto industry, and the people of Detroit. Through June 16.

No admission fee for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Others: $8 adults; $6 seniors; $4 youth 6-17; under 5 free. (Special exhibit fees may apply for all.) 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., closed Mon.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery

• Utilitarian objects (covers, containers, and supports) are on display in When Art Works: African Utilitarian Objects from the Faxon Collection. The objects featured were once used in African homes, workshops, and religious shrines. Through Feb. 8.

• The MFA Thesis Exhibition is on display Feb. 22-April 5.

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


Flint Institute of Arts

• See rare objects that transcend time and space in Around the World with 80 Objects. Through August.

• Six pieces from Michael Dunbar’s collection of sculptures are on display for Explorations in Space. The meticulously crafted objects, composed of bronze and steel, resemble machines waiting to be set in motion. Through Sept. 1.

Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; under 12 free. 12-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 12-9 p.m. Thu.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

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


The Gallery Project:

First Contact explores the aspects of mankind’s search for extraterrestrial life. Feb. 14-March 24.

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


Lawrence Street Gallery:

The Body Eclectic is a juried exhibition featuring various forms of the human figure. Through February.

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


The Scarab Club:

The 2013 Graphic Design Exhibition is a juried event featuring posters, brochures, logos, and other works in the digital realm by local artists. Through Feb. 10.

217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250;


Toledo Museum of Art:

The 94th annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition is a juried show featuring the best of northwest Ohio’s artistic community. Feb. 1-April 14.10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.

2445 Monroe, Toledo; 419-255-8000,



• African Art and the Shape of Time explores the breadth of time in Africa through a collection of more than 30 pieces. Through Feb. 3.

• El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa features 60 works organized by the Museum for African Art from the internationally renowned artist. Feb. 2-April 28.

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


Washington Street Gallery:

Adrienne Kaplan displays her work. Through Feb. 10.

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


Wayne State University Art Department Gallery:

The Graduating Seniors Exhibition features various works of graduates from Wayne State University’s college of fine and performing arts. Through Feb. 15.

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






Chamber Music Society of Detroit

The American String Quartet has been performing for 37 years and has undertaken works by such composers as Claus Adam, Richard Danielpour, and Tobias Picker. Enjoy the intimate setting of The Music Box, where The American String Quartet will play excerpts from several pieces and discuss their passion with patrons. 8 p.m. Feb. 8.

The Music Box at Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 248-855-6070;


The American String Quartet

The American String Quartet will also perform a more traditional set at Seligman Performing Arts Center, playing pieces by Haydn, JanáÄek, and Beethoven. 8 p.m. Feb. 9.

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


Cranbrook Music Guild

Formed in 1994, the Adaskin String Trio will perform alongside Ensemble Schumann. Ensemble Schumann, which consists of pianist Sally Pinkas, violist Steve Larson, and oboist Thomas Gallant, has collaborated with the Trio in the past. 3 p.m. Feb. 17.

Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-0097;


Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings

• Expose yourself to sounds from abroad as Tianshi Feng and Xiao Dong Wei perform concert music on Chinese instruments, such as the erhu, bamboo flute, and guzheng, for Beijing to Birmingham. 8 p.m. Feb. 1. $10 – $22.

Hagopian World of Rugs, 850 S. Old Woodward Avenue, Birmingham; 248-646-7847;


• Liven the winter season with Bring It Brass, a concert performance by DCWS brass musicians playing works by Giovanni Gabrieli, Anthony Plog, and more. Amateur brass musicians will be invited on stage to play one piece with DCWS musicians. 3 p.m. Feb. 17. $10-$25. Concert preview begins at 2:15 p.m.

 First United Methodist of Birmingham, 1589 W. Maple Rd., Birmingham; 248-646-1200;


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• Conductor James Gaffigan and violinist Stefan Jackiw perform a suite of works, highlighted by Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. 8 p.m. Feb. 2. $15-$100. 3 p.m. Feb. 3. $10 – $25.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; and Seligman Performing Arts Center of Detroit Country Day School, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070;


• Conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Beethoven’s 3rd and 8th Symphonies. 10:45 a.m. & 8 p.m. Feb. 8; Beethoven’s 4th and 5th Symphonies. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. & 3 p.m. Feb. 10; Beethoven’s 1st and 6th Symphonies. 10:45 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Beethoven’s 2nd and 7th Symphonies. 8 p.m. Feb. 15-16; Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 8 p.m. Feb. 22-23, & 3 p.m. Feb. 24. All concerts $15-$100.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111;


• In the 16th Annual Sphinx Competition, participants will compete for $30,000 in prizes. Maestro Anthony Elliott will direct the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. 2 p.m. Feb. 17. $10-$25.

Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111;


University Musical Society

• Returning for their second year, the New Century Chamber Orchestra will play pieces by Mendelssohn, Bolcom, Villa Lobos, and R. Strauss. 8 p.m. Feb 2. $26-$52.

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


• Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet has been said to have redefined the sound of the classic wind quintet. The Quintet will be playing pieces by Mozart, Kalevi Aho, Ibert, Milhaud, and Poulenc. During the performance of the latter, U-M Professor Martin Katz will join The Quintet on piano. 8 p.m. Feb. 9. $26-$50.

Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538;


• First performed in 1720 to the court of the Armenian King Tiridate, Handel’s Radamisto centers on desire, dictatorship, and personal infatuation. This performance will be led by Harry Bicket, with U-M alumnus David Daniels as countertenor, Patricia Bardon as mezzo-soprano, Luca Pisaroni as bass-baritone, and Joélle Harvey and Brenda Rae as sopranos. 4 p.m. Feb. 17. $10-$65.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333;


• Returning for the first time since 2009, the New York Philharmonic will play pieces by Mozart and Brahms. 8 p.m. Feb. 23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24. $10-$100.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333;







Detroit Opera House

• Back in Detroit for the first time since 2004, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform acts such as The Lark Ascending, Contested Space, and Black Swan. The Theatre was founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook and has since grown in popularity around the world. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 & 2:30 p.m. Feb 3. $25-$80.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464;


• Directed by Julie Taymor and scored by Elton John and Tim Rice, the wildly popular Disney musical, The Lion King, invites audiences to experience the African Pride Lands in a new way. Feb. 13-March 10. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; 6:30 p.m. Sun.; 2 p.m. Sat. matinee; 1 p.m. Sunday matinee; Special weekday matinee at 1 p.m. Feb. 14. $30-$150.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-7464;


Fox Theatre

Lord of the Dance creator Michael Flatley still oversees all aspects of the production of the highest-grossing Irish dance show in the world. On the heels of a successful return to the stage for a concert documentary, Flatley recently introduced new sets, lighting, costumes, and a revised LED wall to Lord of the Dance — taking a step into the future.

2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611;


University Musical Society

The drum, an instrument known in Japan to unite its people, is at the center of Kodo’s act. This will be the touring group’s 23rd appearance at UMS and will be directed by Kabuki luminary Tamasaburo Bando. 8 p.m. Feb. 15. $10-$52.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333;
Visions of Our 44th President running now through Aug. 4 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. // Photographs courtesy of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History






Fox Theatre

Sesame Street Live: Join Elmo, Big Bird, and the rest of the gang for Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music. The fuzzy monsters of Sesame Street take to the stage to teach children about patience, acceptance, and teamwork through music. Through Feb. 18. $12-$65.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611;


Suburban Collection Showplace

• 2013 Progressive International Motorcycle Show: The largest motorcycle show in the world caters to enthusiasts of all ages with motorcycles, custom bikes, ATVs, scooters, and more. 3-8 p.m. Feb. 1; 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 2; 9:30 a.m.– 4 p.m. Feb. 3. $15 adults; $6 children; under 5 free. $5 parking fee.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 248-348-5600;


• Detroit Camper & RV Show: Getting the 2013 camping season in gear, the Detroit Camper & RV Show will have all new models of folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, and fifth-wheel travel trailers. Parts and accessories, as well as campground and financing information will also be available. 2-9 p.m. Feb. 6-8; 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Feb. 9; 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Feb. 10. $9 adults; $8 seniors; children 12/under free. $5 parking fee.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 517-349-8881;


• Giant Motorcycle Swap Meet: A place for bikers to buy, sell, and swap bikes, frames, motors, touring accessories, seats, tires, tanks, shocks, fenders, gauges, and other products from all brands. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Feb. 17. $10 adults; $3 children; children 5/under free. $5 parking fee.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 800-968-4242;


• Outdoorama and Cottage & Lakefront Living Show: Enjoy two events for the price of one. The Outdoorama show will return with some favorites, such as “Wildlife Encounters” and “Big Buck Night,” as well as new activities and seminars. The Cottage & Lakefront Living Show celebrates the Michigan tradition of owning a cottage. 2-9:30 p.m. Feb. 21-22; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Feb. 23; 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Feb. 24. $10 adults; $4 children; children 5/under free. $5 parking fee.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 800-328-6550;;


Campus Martius

Motown Winter Blast: Started in January 2005 to complement Super Bowl XL in Detroit, one of the biggest winter events returns to the Motor City in all its festive glory. Feb. 8-10.

Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; 313-963-8418;


Cobo Center

• Motor City Golf & Travel Show: Michigan’s new golf show will feature golf-related vendors, exhibits, travel deals, golf simulators, and a Par 3 contest.

Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 734-261-0123;


• Detroit Boat Show: The annual Detroit Boat Show returns, boasting more than 100 of Michigan’s best boat dealers and marine businesses. Meet Trapper Joe & Trigger Tommy from the History Channel show Swamp People, crawl inside a human hamster ball and walk on water, or kick back and relax at the tiki bar. 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Feb. 16; 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Feb. 17; 3-9 p.m. Feb. 18-21; 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Feb. 22-23; 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Feb. 24. $12 adults; children 12/under free.

Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 734-261-0123;




Redford Theatre

• In Pillow Talk, Rock Hudson disguises his voice over the phone to seduce the woman who despises him, played by Doris Day. 8 p.m. Feb. 8; 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Feb. 9. $4.

• Bette Davis stars in The Letter as the wife of a plantation administrator accused of shooting a friend dead. 8 p.m. Feb. 22; 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;


Michigan Theater

• When his fiancé disappears, a groom-to-be enlists the help of his detective cousin to find his missing bride in Helpless. 2 p.m. Feb. 9. $7-$10

• Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, and Jackie Chan are just a few actors who lend their voices to Kung Fu Panda, the story of a hapless panda who becomes an unlikely hero when his friends need him most. 1:30 p.m. Feb. 17. $7-$10.

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


State Theatre

• Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, and Will Ferrell relive their college years in the comedy Old School. Midnight. Feb. 2. $7.

• In Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Jim Carrey learns that his ex-girlfriend, played by Kate Winslet, has had her memories of their relationship erased from her brain. Midnight. Feb. 16. $7.

233 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-8667;






Arab American National Museum

• Middle-school students of the SURA Arts Academy display their work in the 12th Annual SURA Student Exhibition in the Lower Level Gallery. Through Feb. 3.

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

• A collective sculptural show, Visions of Our 44th President, features 44 three-dimensional interpretations of President Obama. Through Aug. 4 (pictured below).


• Serving as an introduction to the arrival of the Broadway play Fela!, Moving to His Own Beat – Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music celebrates the life and music of Fela Anikupalo-Kuti. Through March 17.

• 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 begins 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. $8 adults; $5 seniors (62+); $5 youth (3-12); children under 3 free.

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


Detroit Historical Museum

• New permanent exhibits include Doorway to Freedom: Detroit & the Underground Railroad, which tells Detroit’s role as the “doorway to freedom” in fugitive slaves’ quest to find freedom in the North.

The Allesee Gallery of Culture highlights the people, places, and events that influence our understanding of modern Detroit.

Detroit: Arsenal of Democracy documents the contributions Detroit’s industrial infrastructure made in World War II and also explores how the war changed the city.

• Robert Scherer and Henry Ford are just a few inventors featured in The Gallery of Innovation, an exhibit featuring Detroit innovators and the products they created still being used today.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805,


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

The museum is closed for renovations, but will reopen in May 2013.

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.

• Permanent exhibits are The Hall of Evolution, The Michigan Wildlife Gallery, The Anthropology Displays, and The Geology Displays. Admission is free, but suggested donation is $6.

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


Greenfield Village

The Village is closed for the winter season and will reopen April 13.

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


Henry Ford Museum

• Developed by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition displays 13 large-scale architectural wonders, such as the Empire State Building, the St. Louis Gateway Arch, and the Sky Needle, made entirely of LEGO blocks, with no help from glue or other adhesives. Through Feb. 24.

Driving America 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 chronicles America’s journey to freedom, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. $17 adults; $15 seniors (62+); $12.50 youth; children 4/under free.

• Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Thu.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

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, 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;


Michigan Science Center

Bodies: Human Anatomy in Motion examines the effects of health and lifestyle choices on the inner workings of the human body. Through May 27. $12.95 adults; $9.95 seniors and youth; children under 2 free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed.-Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

5020 John R St., Detroit; 313-577-8400;


Motown Museum

• The museum gallery is composed of original stage uniforms worn by famous Motown artists, sheet music, rare photos, and other memorabilia.

• Studio A — where Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and other Motown artists recorded — still contains the original instruments and equipment used during Detroit’s Motown era.

• Other attractions include Berry Gordy’s flat and Michael Jackson’s famous jeweled white glove.

2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-875-2264;




Dark Star Orchestra

Continuing The Grateful Dead Concert Experience: In 1997, guitarist John Kadlecik had an idea — to re-create historic Grateful Dead shows. After bouncing that notion off keyboardist Scott Larned, they decided to go for it. More than 1,900 shows later, the seven-member band is still at it. 8 p.m. Feb. 4. $22.

The Majestic, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700;


Alan Jackson

This country legend grew up 30 miles west of the Dixie Highway (the same Dixie that runs through Michigan), in Newnan, Ga. Jackson thus named his 2012 album Thirty Miles West, solidifying his more than 23-year career at the top of the country charts. Jackson has joined the ranks of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Merle Haggard as the only musicians to write and record more than 20 No. 1 songs. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $82+.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100;


Aaron Lewis

Staind frontman and crossover country artist Aaron Lewis has been performing solo acoustic shows since he was 17. Lewis’ signature gloomy vocals led Staind on seven albums, and most recently on his first full-length solo album, The Road, released in November 2012. The registered Republican is an avid deer hunter and father to three girls: Zeo, Nyla, and Indie. Come see this “country boy” at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. $39+.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-237-7711;


Coheed and Cambria

Fans of this progressive-rock quartet are likely familiar with comic books, science fiction, and other notoriously nerdy pastimes. All six — soon to be seven — of the band’s studio albums are concepts following a storyline, The Amory Wars, written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. A lesser-known element about Sanchez’s story is that Coheed and Cambria are actually the names of the married lead characters. Borrowing themes from other famous sci-fi works, C&C’s seventh album, and the latest installment in the series, is set to drop this month. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $25 – $45.

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


Tony Bennett

Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., this Italian-American legend has been music to our ears since his 1951 hit, “Because of You.” In addition to his collection of 17 Grammys, two Emmys, and 50 million albums sold, Bennett is also a successful painter. He may have “left his heart in San Francisco,” but there’s no end in sight for this classic crooner. “If you are creative, you get busier as you get older,” he explains. That pretty much sums it up for the beloved Bennett. 9 p.m. Feb. 9. $45+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;


Judy Collins

She may be known first and foremost as a folk singer, but Judy Collins’ tumultuous life and times invariably led her to social activism. After battling polio, tuberculosis, bulimia, and alcoholism, this pianist and guitar-playing songbird overcame the odds, and has since gone on to work with UNICEF, along with various campaigns against land mines. An author to boot, Collins has written a novel and two memoirs, one of which addresses her only son’s suicide in 1992. Come see this survivor perform live at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $49.50.

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


Maroon 5

Forming their musical roots fairly early, lead singer Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, and former drummer Ryan Dusick began jamming together in junior high. Since releasing their first album, Songs About Jane, in 2002, the group has had a consistent string of successful pop singles. With a genre that lands somewhere between pop, rock, dance and — more recently — electropop, the band has formulated a unique and ever-evolving sound that has proved prosperous. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $69+.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100;


The Whispers

In 1963, twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott first harmonized with pals Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon. Making their way across the street corners of Los Angeles and the nightclubs of San Francisco, the group eventually found success in R&B during subsequent decades. The ’80s proved the most fruitful for the singers, who sang the national anthem during Game 2 of the 1989 World Series. After the death of Hutson in 2000, the quintet became a quartet and vowed to remain that way. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. $51.95+.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-237-7711;


Lady Gaga

A classically trained pianist, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta blasted onto the scene with the 2008 release of her first album, The Fame. Since her debut, she has rocked the world with her outrageous fashions and addictive pop/rock/dance tunes. Gaga’s also become a philanthropist and an advocate on behalf of natural disaster relief, fighting against HIV and AIDS, in favor of anti-bullying measures, and for LGBTQ equality. After wearing a controversial meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, she explained: “If we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.” Catch the “fame monster” live at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $68+.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100;


Paul Anka

He may not be a woman, but Paul Anka is credited with writing one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, “She’s a Lady,” in 1971. A pioneer of heartthrob, Anka made a name for himself as a teenage crooner in the late 1950s, with longevity in the music realm ensuing. Going on to write the theme song for The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, Anka is also responsible for such hits as “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” 9 p.m. Feb. 16. $45+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;


Matchbox Twenty

Most pop music fans remember Matchbox Twenty’s introduction to the mainstream with the single “Push,” which garnered major radio airplay in 1997. But the song never actually made it the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to 1998, in order to chart the famous list, songs had to be released as singles, and “Push” hadn’t been. That didn’t hinder the band, whose debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, went on to sell more than 15 million copies. The band’s popularity has dwindled slightly in recent years, while frontman Rob Thomas’ solo career took off, but Matchbox Twenty persevered, releasing its fourth album, North, in September. 8 p.m. Feb. 21. $55+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;


Passion Pit w/Matt and Kim

What do drive-in theaters and Passion Pit have in common? The electropop group out of Cambridge, Mass., chose its moniker — a nickname for the outdoor movie houses — from the “Variety Slanguage Dictionary,” a reference guide to Variety magazine’s lingo. Opening the show is Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim, who released their fourth album, Lightning, in October. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $29.50 adv. $35 at door.

The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333;


Experience the Beatles with Rain

Relive the magical mystery of the Fab Four with this Broadway-inspired Beatlemania spinoff concert. Travel musical history with John, Paul, George, and Ringo through songs, costumes, and fake hairpieces. Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you a blast from the past. 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $40.40+.

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


Suzanne Vega

Beginning her poetry career at the age of 9, this folksy singer/songwriter was the first artist to appear at the inaugural Lilith Fair. Credited as “The Mother of the MP3,” her song “Tom’s Diner” was the reference for Karlheinz Brandenburg’s sound compression algorithm in the very early stages of the MP3. Business 2.0 magazine explains: “When an MP3 player compresses music by anyone from Courtney Love to Kenny G, it is replicating the way that Brandenburg heard Suzanne Vega.” 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $40.

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


The Pink Floyd Experience

The re-creation of psychedelic classic rock is on its way to Detroit. The Pink Floyd Experience takes you back to The Dark Side of the Moon with the music of Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour. Don’t miss out, or you’ll wish you were there. 7 p.m. Feb. 24. $25 – $45.

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


Buddy Guy ft. Jonny Lang

Learning to play guitar on a homemade two-string diddley bow, blues legend Buddy Guy has influenced such artists as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix over the course of his five-decade career. Separating himself from the pack, Guy “mingles anarchy, virtuosity, deep blues and hammy shtick in ways that keep all eyes on him,” according to The New York Times. The show will feature Jonny Lang, the teen prodigy turned bluesy rock megastar who’s toured with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and B.B. King. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. $53+.

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


The SteelDrivers

Based in Nashville, this band of bluegrass pickers uses a traditional recipe — banjo, mandolin and fiddle — to create a contemporary bluegrass sound. The first self-titled album from the Grammy-nominated quintet peaked at number 57 on the U.S. Country chart. Its third studio album, Hammer Down, will be released this month. 8 p.m. Feb. 28. $25.

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






Detroit Opera House

Follow Simba on his quest to be king following the demise of his father at the hands of his vengeful uncle in The Lion King. The stage adaptation features original music from the animated Disney film, including “Circle of Life” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” Feb. 13-March 10. $25-$79. Premium seating $135.

1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-872-1000;


Detroit Repertory Theatre

Strapped for cash in a small Tennessee town, struggling photographer Alvin Moseby uses his lens to capture racist acts and sell them as postcards. After leaving his wife and fleeing to New York City, Moseby discovers his box of postcards has followed him, tormenting his soul at every turn in Postcards. Through March 17. $17, $20.

13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-3686;


Eastern Michigan University Theater

A 20-year drought results in a water shortage and a ban on private toilets in Urinetown: The Musical. Those who refuse to use “pay toilets” are banished from the city and sent to the mysterious Urinetown as punishment. Feb. 15-24. $7-$15.

103 Quirk Building, Ypsilanti; 734-487-2282;


Hilberry Theatre

In a suburb just outside an American city that could be Detroit, Ben and Mary invite their new neighbors over for a barbecue. The friendship forged between the two couples soon spirals out of control. Detroit explores what happens when you open yourself up to new experiences. Through April 5. $30.

4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972;


JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre)

Rosalind Franklin is on the verge of discovering the “secret” of life: the DNA double helix. Follow the driven young physicist’s journey and discover how her name was left out of the history books in Photograph 51. Through Feb. 10. $38.

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


Meadow Brook

• In White Lies, big-shot divorce lawyer Joe White is pressured into settling down. The idea of taking on a family of his own is so frightening that Joe decides to make up a family to please his mother instead of starting one. Feb. 3. $25-$40.

• The 2010 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Best Drama, Next to Normal follows a suburban family coping with crisis. Feb. 13-March 10. $25-$41.

207 Wilson Hall, Rochester; 248-377-3300;


Performance Network Theatre

• In Brill, a Big Band songwriter and an aspiring rock ’n’ roll star join forces to make beautiful music. But a culture clash between the two, secrets, and other obstacles may land one of them out on the streets in this story of rock in the late 1950s. Through Feb. 10. $25-$41.

• Margie, a recently unemployed dollar-store worker, reaches out to an old boyfriend in Good People. As she attends an elegant cocktail party, Margie discovers a secret about her ex-lover’s past that could prove valuable. Feb. 21-March 31. $22-$41.

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


Purple Rose Theatre

The Meaning of Almost Everything, written by Purple Rose founder and The Newsroom star Jeff Daniels, questions the absurd nature of our world. Through March 9. $25-$35.

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


Tipping Point Theatre

Four middle-aged characters are on a quest to find love in Looking. When Andy places a personal ad, he meets Val, a hopeless romantic. But things don’t go according to plan when best friends Nina and Matt have more chemistry than the blind daters. Through March. 3. $50-$250.

361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003;


University of Detroit Mercy Theatre

Wings follows the life of Emily Stinson. In the aftermath of suffering a stroke, Emily is desperately trying to make sense of her new surroundings. Feb. 8-17. $10-$20.

4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit; 313-933-3270;


University Musical Society

Propeller, an all-male Shakespeare company, will return to the University Musical Society to perform Twelfth Night and The Taming of the Shrew. Feb. 20-24. $18-$56. 881

N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538;
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