Arts & Entertainment

June 2011




Ann Arbor Art Center

Print-making techniques and styles are explored by Michigan artists in The PRINT Exhibition. Through June 26.

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


Ariana Gallery

The MAM Show features mosaic work from Michigan artists. June 11-July 11.

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



Whale Disco Ocean Party is one of many recent works Roxanne Jackson will be exhibiting June 3-July 2.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

• Nadine Bariteau’s Supermarket is a critical exploration of plastic water bottles, their manufacturing, and mass consumption. Through June 18.

• Mary Celestino’s paintings of the Canadian landscape in Middle Island are up through July 6.

• The travel photography of Sandi Wheaton is showcased in The Salton Sea, which runs through June 26.

• Dennis Michael Jones’ paintings in Sometimes, Somewhere, Someday seek to create a new language. Through July 17.

History of the Present (Selected Works 1985-2009) is a retrospective of Canadian artist Jayce Salloum’s photo-based multimedia pieces. Through July 17.

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


Arts League of Michigan

Great American Artists showcases the work of 11 African-American figurative artists through July 17.

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


Artspace II

Though he was known as a sculptor, Sir Jacob Epstein’s work on paper — which includes watercolors and drawings done during his early career — are being exhibited June 1-30.

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


Biddle Gallery

The gallery’s ongoing multimedia exhibition, Made in the Mitten, continues.

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

The Michigan Watercolor Society and Jud Coveyou take up residency in the art center through July 8.

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


Detroit Artists Market

• Artists expose Victoria’s secret in Underwear Show, a curated group show that looks at the taboo subject.

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 July 24.

Open Wed.-Sun.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

A summer group exhibition begins June 3. Through July 29.

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


Ellen Kayrod Gallery

Artists who have previously shown at the gallery return for the Stable Invitational. Through July 22.

4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300.

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.

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


Gallery Project

Oil and Water runs through June 26.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

The center’s Word Play event ends June 4.

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


Habatat Galleries

There’s a lot to see at the 39th International Glass Invitational, which extends through June 24.

4400 Fernlee, Royal Oak; 248-554-0590.

Lawrence Street Gallery

The June 1-25 exhibition is all about pieces from Laura Whitesides Host. Reception: June 3, 6-9 p.m.

22620 Woodward, Suite A, 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. June 3-Sept. 24.

Open Mon.-Sat.

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


Paint Creek Center for the Arts

• Paintings from Detroit-based artist Andrew Krieger combine painting with sculpture. On the first floor through June 18.

• The center’s annual mixed-media showcase of students’ and teachers’ projects is on display on the main floor June 3-18.

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

Pewabic Pottery

Wearable Ceramics is a showcase of jewelry from international artists. Through July 4. W

Elizabeth Lurie: New Work is also on display through July 4.

10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-822-0954.


Re:View Art Gallery

• Woodworker Andy Kem’s work is on display.

• In conjunction with the Allied Media Conference, a two-person show combines the work of Chitra Gopalakrishnan and Wes Taylor. June 23-July 23.

444 W. Willis Units 111 and 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000.


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. June 4-Aug. 6.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Sherry Washington Gallery

Belle Isle Supreme is the culmination of a yearlong project by Bill Sanders, who photographed the island for 365 days from 2009-2010. Through June 18.

1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500.


Scarab Club

Blooms, Bugs, Beasts continues through June 26.

217 Farnsworth, Detroit; 313-831-1250.


Starkweather Art and Cultural Center

 Illustrators Heather Hansma, Kill Taupe, and Crystal Mielcarek fill two floors of the center with the playful Happy Serum exhibition. June 3-June 25.

219 N. Main, Romeo; 586-752-5700.


323 East

Works by Camilo Pardo runs through June 4.

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



Out of the Ordinary: Selections from the Bohlen Wood Art and Fusfeld Folk Art Collections ends June 26.

Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists runs through June 26.

• 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.


Washington Street Gallery

Recent Works, an exhibition by Elizabeth Schwartz, showcases abstract paintings. Ends June 19.

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


Wayne State University Art Department Gallery

The work of visual arts education students makes up an exhibition running through June 24.

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




Detroit Institute of Arts

The Brunch with Bach series is coordinating an effort with the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival to bring some musicians from the festival to the DIA. The result is Music of the Spheres, led by artistic director James Tocco.

June 19. $15-$35.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

The 19th annual Salute to America runs June 30-July 3 in the Walnut Grove area of Greenfield Village. A musical Americana program will be topped off by Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and fireworks. Bring folding chair or lawn blankets; seating is not provided. Picnic baskets permitted, but not alcohol. Beer and wine will be available for purchase at Greenfield Village. Gates open at 6 p.m. $17.50-$50.

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


Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

Over the course of two weeks, the 18th annual festival will feature the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Mozart, as well as one performance dedicated solely to the 2011 Stone Composers-in-Residence Chen Yi and Zhou Long. The performances begin June 11 with Emmanuelle Boisvert, Jeremy Denk, James Tocco, and the Jasper String Quartet at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, and conclude June 26 at the Kerrytown Concert House in Ann Arbor. Other venues include St. Hugo of the Hills, Temple Beth El, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, and Kirk in the Hills.

June 11-26. $35-$170.

For a complete list of events, visit the festival’s website. 248-559-2097.


Sequina DuBose

The Alexis Novelty & Gifts Company celebrates its 25th anniversary with a performance at Orchestra Hall, featuring the soprano Sequina DuBose. Included in the performance are pieces by Mozart, Handel, and Strauss. Proceeds from the event will go to the Alternatives for Girls organization.

June 25. $19-$110.

Orchestra Hall in the Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111.





Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

An informal performance on the campus of Oakland University kicks off the month of June for EDE.

June 1. $20.

Varner Hall, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-370-3013.


This stately English home on Iroquois is part of the Indian Village Home & Garden Tour on June 4.





Christ Church Grosse Pointe Antiques Show

Over the years, more than 30,000 people have attended this annual event. The four-day show includes antiques, food, entertainment, and informative talks. A preview party and silent auction will be held on June 2.

June 2-5. Three-day admission, $10.

Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Grosse Pointe Farms.


Mount Clemens Art Fair

A weekend full of ceramics, paintings, photography, and jewelry are on display at the annual art fair in downtown Mount Clemens.

June 3-5.

Downtown Mount Clemens.



Now in its 12th year, this annual fundraiser to benefit Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House brings together some of the area’s best restaurants and musical acts. Last year’s event drew a crowd of more than 2,000 and raised more than $253,000 for the institution.

7:30 p.m. June 3. $90.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING.


Indian Village Home & Garden Tour

The 38th annual event takes place in Detroit’s historic east-side neighborhood. View eight home and garden venues covering a wide range of architectural styles. Works by local artists are for sale across from Iroquois Avenue Christ Lutheran Church.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4. $20.



Pleasant Ridge Home and Garden Tour

Enjoy a tour filled with a variety of architectural styles and gardens in Pleasant Ridge, the second smallest incorporated city in Michigan.

10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11. Tickets are $20 and available the day of the event.

Historical Museum, located behind City Hall, 23925 Woodward, Pleasant Ridge.


Garden Walk 2011

The Franklin Branch of the Women’s National Farm & Garden Association is hosting its 25th annual walk. The private gardens vary from small and intimate to grand European-style estates.

June 15. $10 presale, $12 day of tour.

Franklin Village Gazebo, west side of Franklin Road, between 13 and 14 Mile roads; 248-851-1066.


Capuchin Souper Summer Celebration

This annual free fundraiser is celebrating its 30th year. Hosted by Edmund T. Ahee Jewelers, this year’s theme, “The Best of the Best,” promises a night filled with entertainment, food, drinks, raffle, fireworks, and more. Raffle items include jewelry from Rolex, Cartier, Tag Heuer, and David Yurman.

7:30 p.m. June 18. Must be 21; dressy springtime attire required.

Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward, Detroit; 313-886-4600.


Ann Arbor Antiques Show

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

June 19-20. $6.

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

Detroit River Days Festival

This three-day annual festival returns to Detroit’s riverfront and ends with The Parade Company’s 53rd annual Target Fireworks on June 27. Enjoy live concerts, a carnival, as well as activities that celebrate Detroit’s history and culture.

June 24-26.

Detroit International Riverfront, along the Detroit River, Detroit.


Gem & Jewelry Show

The Gem & Jewelry Show has been around for more than 40 years. Featuring more than 150 booths, the show invites you to shop for gems, minerals, estate collections, pearls, and more.

June 24-26. $8.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi.




The Redford Theatre

• The 1971 Disney musical Bedknobs and Broomsticks features Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch who takes in three children during the 1940 London blitz and involves the kids on a magical adventure to recover a prized artifact.

 June 10-11. Tickets $4.

• The multi-Oscar-winning 1957 film The Bridge on the River Kwai stars Alec Guinness as a British colonel who, along with his men, is taken captive by the Japanese. He forces his men to help their captors in building a bridge that, unbeknownst to him, is slated for destruction by the Allies.

June 24-25. Tickets $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.






Arab American National Museum

Motawi Tileworks is an exhibit that looks back at the company’s history while shedding light on the tile-making process. The exhibition also focuses on Motawi tile as both art and architectural décor, as well as the connection between contemporary work and the Arab World’s tradition of making tile. Through June 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. Under 5 free.

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


Birmingham Historical Museum & Park

A Lifetime of Cameras is a 40-plus collection of cameras owned by Stu Shuster, with the earliest camera given to him by his grandmother, up to the latest analog camera. Look for the Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic camera, along with photographs taken by each camera. Through June 11.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The Test: Tuskegee Airmen Project showcases the first African-American aviators in the U.S. military during World War II. Through June 19.

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.

Detroit Artists Showcase features John Gelsavage (1909-1988), a Polish-American painter and illustrator from Detroit who spent his career capturing the average working American.

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

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.

Life on a Long Ship: Great Lakes Sailors takes a look into the lives of the people who make a living on the Great Lakes. This exhibit also offers a glimpse into the jobs of other crew members, such as the wheelsmen, mates, porters, and engineers.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Celebrating 50 Years! focuses on the early years and the people who made the museum possible.

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

Water and You is an exhibit based on the increasing number of people around the world facing water scarcity, water-borne diseases, and political conflicts based on water. Through July 31.

Collecting for Science: Collections, Science, and Scholarships in the U-M Research Museums showcases the research at the U-M Museum departments of anthropology, paleontology, zoology, and the herbarium. Through July.

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.






Whenever the phrase “jam band” comes up, Phish tends to come to mind. Since its inception in 1983, the band has been notorious for improvisational and meandering live shows, which draw the same kinds of crowds that the Grateful Dead did a generation earlier. Even though Phish broke up for about five years, the quartet has been back together, playing rambling, off-the-cuff tunes since 2009.

7 p.m. June 3. $45-$60.

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

Panic at the Disco

Coming onto the scene in 2005 with the debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, Panic! At the Disco developed a reputation as being one of those ironic mainstream emo bands with obnoxiously long song titles, in the same vein as Fall Out Boy. It’s no surprise, then, that Panic was discovered by Fall Out Boy bassist and figurehead Pete Wentz, and became the first to sign to his burgeoning record label in 2004. Fever was eventually followed up with the sophomore effort Pretty. Odd. It aimed to redefine the band, which also dropped the exclamation point from its name. Panic’s third full-length, March’s Vices & Virtues, was recorded as a twosome of singer Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith, after the other two members quit.

6:30 p.m. June 4. $25-$35.

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

Bamboozle Road Show

Established as a spinoff from the three-day music festival called the Bamboozle, the Bamboozle Roadshow features a variety of musical styles that blur the lines between hip-hop, dance, and electronica. The 2011 lineup features Chiddy Bang, Dev, and Ninjasonik with special guest Pusha T, and the show returns to metro Detroit for the fourth straight year.

7 p.m. June 4. $20-$50.

St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8137.



Despite crafting some of the decade’s finest dance-pop tunes, Swedish songwriter Robyn has struggled to break into the mainstream. But with three solid albums released in 2010 alone, coupled with a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, Robyn is set to make a breakthrough. Don’t miss this chance to catch her live in an intimate venue. Her next visit is sure to be under grander circumstances. (Note: This is a rescheduled date. Tickets purchased for the Feb. 9 show will be honored.)

7 p.m. June 4. $20-$22.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.

Leo Kottke

Known in musical circles as a guitar virtuoso and innovator, Kottke plays with a distinctive finger-picking style that draws heavily from folk, blues, and jazz. Kottke, who regularly incorporates both six- and 12-string guitars into his concerts, actually developed his signature style in response to a serious case of tendinitis he developed in the early ’80s as a result of the aggressive picking style he used earlier in his career.

7:30 p.m. June 5. $35.

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

Gruff Rhys

Rhys is the longtime frontman of the Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals, which attained a significant level of success in the UK with both English- and Welsh-language records. In 2005, however, Rhys struck out on his own, releasing his first solo record, the Welsh-language Yr Atal Genhedlaeth. This past February, Rhys released his third — and easier to pronounce — solo album, Hotel Shampoo, an eclectic mix of songs with influences from across the globe.

June 10. $12-$14.

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

Huey Lewis and the News

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 turned around and 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 hit “I Want a New Drug.” After a nine-year hiatus from recording, the band released a new album, Soulsville, last November.

7:30 p.m. June 12. $10-$37.50.

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


“Gleeks” around metro Detroit can rejoice as the majority of the cast of Fox’s Glee come to the Palace to perform many of the songs made popular again by the show. To capitalize on the astounding success of the program, co-creator Ryan Murphy decided to create another live show, this time featuring 13 of the young performers, including stars Lea Michele and Cory Montieth, as well as relative newcomer and U-M grad Darren Criss.

7:30 p.m. June 13. $52.50-$92.50.

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



NKOTB (New Kids on the Block) has been around for almost 30 years, after forming in 1984 by the same man responsible for the Bobby Brown-led New Edition. While the height of their popularity was back in the late ’80s and early ’90s, the boy-band pioneers are still able to bank on the marketability of nostalgia, with old hits like “Hangin’ Tough” and “You Got It (The Right Stuff).” But the New Kids aren’t just focusing on the past, having just finished working on a new album in conjunction with boy-band torchbearers the Backstreet Boys (BSB). The concert will feature old songs by both, and new work that combines the two into one super-group (NKOTBSB).

7:30 p.m. June 16. $32.50-$92.50.

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


Elvis Costello & the Imposters

Costello, one of only a few ever to get a ban lifted from Saturday Night Live, has been recording music since the early ’70s, bearing responsibility for such hits as “Pump It Up,” “Oliver’s Army,” and “Radio, Radio.” Now, he’s touring with backing band the Imposters, who are basically just the Attractions with a few changes.

8 p.m. June 20. $45-$50.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


The Monkees

Hey, hey, it’s the Monkees. At their age, though, few would still accuse them of “monkeying around.” Long removed from their heyday in the 1960s, when the band was releasing albums to coincide with its massively popular and musically influential television program, this 45th reunion tour still features three of the four original Monkees.

8 p.m. June 23. $63-$386.

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


Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates have been making music together since 1972. The duo had a great deal of success in the late ’70s and the ’80s, with six No. 1 hits, including “Private Eyes,” “Maneater,” and “She’s Gone.” Since then, the pair has toured and recorded fairly regularly, despite never duplicating the same success. They make a stop in Detroit on their Do What You Want, Be Who You Are tour.

8 p.m. June 23. $45-$50.

MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.


Matt & Kim

Matt plays the keyboard and Kim plays the drums. They both sing. It’s that kind of simplicity that punctuates the duo’s style, from its name to their music. But that simplicity doesn’t prevent the Brooklyn-based pair from putting on a frenetic, rollicking rock show. These indie darlings storm into Detroit at 8 p.m.

June 24. $20.

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


Katy Perry

Perry has never been a stranger to controversy, having alternately bothered gay rights groups with her 2007 debut single “Ur So Gay,” Christian groups with her 2008 smash “I Kissed a Girl,” and parents with a top-heavy Sesame Street appearance. With the repetitive, compose-by-numbers beats of producer-du-jour Dr. Luke and her devotion to her vocoder, nobody could accuse Perry’s music of being particularly challenging, but bubblegum isn’t meant to be hard to chew.

7:30 p.m. June 28. $38-$48.

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


Owl City

Adam Young started Owl City as a venue for musical experimentation in his parents’ basement in Owatonna, Minn. After gaining a great deal of notoriety through MySpace, Young managed to score a major record deal with Universal Republic, which released his 2009 album, Ocean Eyes, featuring the hit “Fireflies.” Owl City has often been compared to the better-known band the Postal Service, mostly due to a similar indietronica sound and an uncanny vocal resemblance to the Postal Service’s Ben Gibbard.

6 p.m. June 29. $25.

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

Mötley Crüe

Despite 30-some years of breakups, solo albums, and near-death experiences, the Crüe still won’t go away. The fact that the band’s most recent album, 2008’s Saints of Los Angeles, was a top-10 record and earned them a Grammy nomination is proof positive that nostalgia for ridiculous hair and spandex is still alive and well. This current tour features other ’80s hair metal throwbacks Poison, and punk trailblazers the New York Dolls.

7:30 p.m. June 29. $29.50-$99.50.

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




City Theatre

Based on the life of Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, Ernie is set during Harwell’s last night at Comerica Park, just as he’s about to thank the city of Detroit, when a young boy asks him to retell his story. Written by Mitch Albom.

Runs through June 26. $20-$25.

2301 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3469.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre

The Model Apartment, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies, follows Max and Lola, a couple of aging Holocaust survivors who try to escape from their troubles to Florida, to find that they have troubles aplenty in their new home.

Through June 5. $32-$41.

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


Performance Network Theatre

In its Michigan premiere, the Tony-nominated play Next Fall tells the tale of a gay couple, Adam and Luke, who are at odds about religion. When Luke, a devout Christian who is closeted to his family, falls into a coma, Adam, the atheist, must meet the family for the first time in the hospital room.

Opens June 2. $22-41.

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

Tipping Point Theatre

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play Crimes of the Heart follows Babe Magrath, a woman accused of shooting her husband, a senator, and won’t tell anyone, even her lawyer, why she did it. Babe relies on her sisters, Lenny and Meg, to help her through the ordeal.

Through June 25. $28-$30, Seniors 62 and older receive a $2 discount.

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

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