Arts & Entertainment






Anton Art Center

Patriotism is a group show that features work by members of the Lakeside Palette Club. Through Sept. 22.

• Work from the Oakland University Art and History Department faculty is on display to support the new Oakland University Anton/Frankel Center of Mount Clemens in OU OUT.

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


Ariana Gallery

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

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



A mixed-media show, Inland Empires, by Mike Marcon, mixes Canadian themes with the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations through a collaboration of objects and sculptures. Sept. 7-Oct. 13. Opening reception Sept. 7.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

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

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

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

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


Artspace II

Black and White features work in an array of media from a diverse selection of both nationally recognized and Detroit artists. Artists include Robert Motherwell, Alex Katz, and Al Held. Sept. 1-29.

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


Belian Art Center

Functional and decorative pottery designs by Zabel Belian.

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


Cranbrook Art Museum

George Nelson: Architect, Writer, Designer, Teacher is an exhibit with more than 120 3-D works and exceeding 50 historical documents by one of the most influential American designer of the 20th century.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

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


David Klein Gallery

Paintings by Kim McCarthy and Asya Reznikov are on display Sept. 14-Oct. 20.

163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700,


Detroit Institute of Arts

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

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

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

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Flint Institute of Arts

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

Designs from the Past: Ancient Chinese Ceramic Vessels is in the Decorative Arts Gallery through Sept. 16.

• The 300 finalists from an international cartoon competition are showcased in Drawing Together: International Cartoons. The cartoons were drawn to instill tolerance and alleviate discrimination among young people and adults alike. Sept. 15–Dec. 30. Admission: $7 adults; $5 seniors; under 12 free. 12-5 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and Fri.; 12-9 p.m. Thurs.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.; 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

The 74th Member Show opens Sept. 14. Through Oct. 13.

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


Lawrence Street Gallery

Sisters of the Brush runs through September.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394;


Pewabic Pottery

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

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

Toledo Museum of Art

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

2445 Monroe, Toledo; 419-255-8000,


323 East

In his solo exhibit, Denial, a Canadian street artist, presents a mixed-media and graffiti show that lashes out at mass advertising, politics, and media entities. Through September.

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



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

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

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

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

Benjamin West: General Wolfe and the Art of Empire highlights West’s painting The Death of General Wolfe, along with multiple other depictions of General Wolfe. Sept. 22–Jan. 13, 2013.

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






Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Offering a program of Austro-German music, Windscape members — Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Randall Ellis, oboe; Alan R. Kay, clarinet; David Jolley, French horn and Frank Morelli, bassoon — are hailed for their creative energy. Music by J.S. Bach, J.C. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven. 8 p.m. May 19. $25-$75.

Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W.13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070;


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

It’s an all-Bernstein evening as the DSO and Music Director Leonard Slatkin return to Orchestra Hall for another season. Violinist Joshua Bell and mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke are soloists. 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and Sept. 29. 3 p.m. Sept. 30. $15-$100.

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


University Musical Society

• Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra open the season at Hill Auditorium with Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Mason Bates’ Alternative Energy, and Franck’s Symphony in D Minor. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27. $10-$100.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University, Ann Arbor.

• Experience scenes from the 600-year-old grand opera of China, Kunqu, performed by the Suzhou Kun Opera Theater of Jiangsu Province. 8 p.m. Sept. 28–29. $30-$40.

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 N. University, Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538;


Vivace Music Series

The 38th season begins with the groundbreaking Harlem Quartet. Having performed at numerous venues as well as for First Lady Michelle Obama, the quartet is said to bring attitude to classical music in a bracing, intelligent way. The group plays three pieces: Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet, Borodin’s Quartet No. 2, and Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train.” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9. General admission: $23. Members, students, and seniors: $20.

The Birmingham Temple, 28611 12 Mile, Farmington Hills;






Preservation Detroit Tours

• Spend a day discovering Detroit’s history on foot this summer by taking a walking tour through several locations, which include the Cultural Center, downtown, Eastern Market, and Midtown. 10 a.m. Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.

• After-work Tuesday Tours: Every Tuesday, there’s a different tour: First Tuesday, downtown skyscrapers; second Tuesday, Albert Kahn’s downtown buildings; third Tuesday, downtown sculptures, fountains, and art; fourth Tuesday, a People Mover tour of downtown. 5:30 p.m. Campus Martius, 800 Woodward, Detroit.

• Auto Heritage Tour. 10 a.m. Sept. 15.

• Haunted Fort Wayne Tour. 6 p.m. Sept. 22.

•  Bootlegging Tour on the Detroit River.  6-8 p.m. Sept. 29.



Jewish Community Center Stephen Gottlieb Festival of the Arts:

This festival is filled with various events for art lovers to enjoy, including lectures, films, concerts, and hands-on activities. There’s also a special appearance by Bebe Neuwirth. See website for complete schedule. Runs through Sept. 2.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus, 6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield; A. Alfred Taubman Jewish Community Campus, 15110 W. 10 Mile Road, Oak Park; 248-661-1900;

Arts, Beats, & Eats

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

Downtown Royal Oak,


Detroit Jazz Festival

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

Downtown Detroit; from Hart Plaza to Campus Martius;


Great Lakes State Fair

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

 Suburban Collection Showplace; 46100 Grand River, Novi;


First Friday Experience:

Stroll through downtown Northville on the first Friday of every month as participating galleries have special exhibits and shops are open late. From 6-9 p.m. enjoy live music, art exhibits, art demonstrations, and other art related events. Sept. 7.

Downtown Northville;


Utica Antiques Market:

This event is the largest outdoor market of its kind in Southeast Michigan.  Thousands of items are offered, from priceless collectibles to jewelry and dolls. $5. Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

11541 21 Mile Rd, Shelby Township;



Formerly known as Grosse Pointe’s Greatest Block Party, this community celebration features continuous live music, a juried art fair, a classic car show, food and refreshments, a children’s play pen, a “Pooch Parade,” and many more activities for the family to enjoy.  Sept. 8-9.

Downtown Grosse Pointe; Kercheval Avenue between Cadieux and Neff in the Village;


DIFFA’s Dining by Design:

In partnership with the Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC), DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is hosting an event that pairs local talent in the design, art, and architectural community and table sponsors to create a dining environment like no other. The first night includes an art auction, and the closing evening features a grand dinner. DIFFA has provided more than $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide by using the resources of the design communities. $100-$250. 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Sept. 13, 15.

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse, 1120 W. State Fair Ave., Detroit;,


Ann Arbor Antiques Market

Celebrating its 44th year, the Ann Arbor Antiques Market extends throughout seven buildings and numerous tents. Antiques and collectibles range from early American to Art Deco. Sept. 15-16.

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


Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo:

Take a scenic run through Huntington Woods surrounding the Zoo or enjoy a Fun Walk through the zoo past many award-winning habitats at this year’s Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo. All proceeds benefit the Detroit Zoological Society. Participants can compete in the 5K and 10K race, as well as the Fun Walk to help support the Ruth Roby Glancy Animal Health Complex and veterinary care for zoo animals. Sept. 16.

Detroit Zoo; 8450 W. 10 mile Rd., Royal Oak;


Crocker House Museum Tuesday Tea Talks at Two:

Sheri DeCew, member of the Blue Water Buttoneers and Michigan and National Button Societies, will share her knowledge of buttons. Learn about what buttons were popular during the era of the Crocker House (1869-1921) or the unique buttons around your house.  $7 for members of the Macomb County Historical Society and $10 for non-members. Sept. 18. 2 p.m.

Crocker House Museum; 15 Union St., Mount Clemens; 586-465-2488;


Detroit Design Festival:

Showcasing the talents of Detroit’s creative communities, this community-supported festival features studio tours, panel and roundtable discussions, lectures, product and fashion shows, product launches, retail happenings, and design battles. Sept. 19-23.

Detroit’s Creative Corridor; the area south of Grand Boulevard and north of the Detroit River, bounded 1-75 and M-10;


Ruth Ellis Center Benefit:

Comedian Wanda Sykes is the special guest at the fourth annual benefit honoring LGBTQ homeless and runaway youth. The Ruth Ellis Center provides support services and long- or short-term places for LGBTQ homeless, runaway, or at-risk youth.  It is the only agency of its kind in the Midwest. Sept. 20. $75-$350.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; 4454 Woodward, Detroit;


Northville Victorian Festival:

Experience the 1800s as downtown Northville transforms into a Victorian Village. The weekend kicks off with a parade and continues with period costumes, storytellers, magicians, musical entertainment, demonstrations, old-fashioned games, food booths, and a unique shopping experience. Sept. 21-23.

Downtown Northville,


American Sewing Expo:

This is the largest independent consumer sewing show in the country. On the vendor floor there are 125 booths of sewing-related products. Also, there are classes, free demonstration stages, fashion shows, live competitions, make-and-take projects, and contests. Sept. 28-30. $14.

The Suburban Collection Showplace; 46100 Grand River, Novi;,


Michigan Renaissance Festival

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

12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly;






Main Art Theatre:

A year after Eric Draven and his fiancée are murdered the day before their wedding, Draven is brought back to life by the crow to seek revenge on his killers. In The Crow, Draven kills the four gang members and then goes after the leader of gang. Midnight. Sept. 7-8.

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


Redford Theatre

In this 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic, birds suddenly and inexplicably attack a northern California coastal town. Tippi Hedren, who played the starring role of Melanie in The Birds, will sign autographs at all three showings. $5. 8 p.m. Sept. 28 and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept 29.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;








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. Children under 5 free.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit Historical Museum

Closed until Nov. 23 for renovations.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805,


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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


Exhibit Museum of Natural History

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

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

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

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


Greenfield Village

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Henry Ford Museum

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

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

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

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

Automobiles in American Life and Society features automotive milestones, including the 15-millionth Model T, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit.  Also: Dymaxion House, Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus.

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


Holocaust Memorial Center

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

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






Known for black-and-white face paint and elaborate stage ensembles, Kiss has branded a signature image through flamboyant — and flammable — performances since the 1970s. Acts have included spitting blood (later revealed to be eggs dyed with red food coloring), guitar smashing, and fueled pyrotechnics. Relive the glory days and join the Kiss Army. 7 p.m. Sept. 5. $36-$90.50.

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


Randy Travis:

In 1986, when country music consisted of singers wallowing in the post-urban cowboy recession, Travis turned country back to the basics. He rose as the dominant male country voice until stars Garth Brooks and Clint Black rose. Born in a small town outside of Charlotte, N.C., Travis learned how to play guitar at age 8 and became the first country artist to go multi-platinum after his breakthrough album Storms of Life. 9 p.m. Sept. 7. $33.90-$56.50.

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



Canadian indie rockers Metric started in Toronto but continue to hop the globe, stationing themselves in Montreal, London, New York City, and Los Angeles. Synonymous with New Wave-catalyst musicians such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, and Tegan and Sara, Metric has an eclectic, adventurous outlook that encapsulates elements of synth pop, new wave, dance-rock, and electronica. Making a slash into the media pool of cinematic soundtracks, Metric’s song “Eclipse (All Yours)” made its way onto the Grammy-nominated soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and the single “Black Sheep” appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. 7 p.m. Sept. 8. $32-$39.

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


Jason Aldean:

Native Georgian, country singer, and guitarist Jason Aldean fell in love with country music at a young age. Aldean’s first performance came when he was 14. After high school, Aldean’s music career became his priority. He encountered a close call after his contract with Warner-Chappell Publishing stopped dead in its tracks. Nevertheless, the soon-to-be star caught the attention of Broken Bow Records, an independent label that signed Aldean and nurtured the release  of his first debut album, titled Jason Aldean. Some of Aldean’s biggest hits include “She’s Country,” “Big Green Tractor,” and “Don’t You Wanna Stay,” performed as a duet with Kelly Clarkson. 7:30 p.m. September 13. $33-$57.75.

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


Glen Hansard And Iron & Wine:

Known for his involvement with film and music groups The Fames and The Swell Season, the Irish-born Hansard piloted his first-ever solo album Rhythm and Repose. Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, known for his whispered lyrics and gifted storytelling, surprised listeners with his latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, swapping previous notes for ’60s and ’70s prog rock and psychedelic influences, stating he worked from memories of his parents’ record collection for inspiration. 8 p.m. Sept. 15. $35-$40.

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


The Jesus and Mary Chain:

Inspired by The Velvet Underground, The Jesus and Mary Chain fueled an explosive growth and experimentation in rock, blending the energy of that genre with the sonic adventurism of ’60s avant-garde. At the music’s core lies skeletal guitar pop and synthesized beats. The Jesus and Mary Chain revolve around the songwriting partnership of band members and brothers Jim and William Reid. After breaking up in 1999, the band reunited in 2007. 7 p.m. Sept. 15. $30.

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


Smokey Robinson with the DSO:

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the fourth-oldest symphony in the United States, tunes up with Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Born and bred in Detroit, Robinson has impacted the music world beyond individual contribution. He’s credited for encouraging his fellow musician and friend Berry Gordy to build the Motown Record dynasty. Robinson founded The Miracles while still in high school, and the music group continued to dominate the R&B scene throughout the ’60s and early ’70s. In later years, Robinson became the vice president of Motown Records, acting as producer, talent scout, and songwriter. 8 p.m. September 15. $25-$85.

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


Celtic Thunder:

Taking fans by storm, Celtic Thunder returns to Detroit to perform its signature eclectic soft rock, Broadway theatrics, and classical sounds. The five-man ensemble recently received a spot on Billboard’s Top World Music Artists scale. Celtic Thunder pays homage to their native Irish heritage through traditional song, spun with contemporary style. 8 p.m. Sept. 16. $56.50-$67.80.

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



Gotye, pronounced “go-ti-yay,” is the stage name for the Australian-Belgian electronic pop trickster Wally de Backer. Known for his multi-instrumental skills, de Backer experimented with music in his homemade bedroom studio as a teenager. After a brief encounter with a makeshift band, things quickly disintegrated, leaving de Backer to pull toward cut-and-paste electronic music. This year, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” a duet sung by Gotye and vocalist Kimbra, climbed its way onto Billboard’s Hot 100 and Rock Songs charts. 7 p.m. Sept. 18. $45-$85.

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



Like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Van Halen, and The Who, Rush’s success has lasted through the decades. Producing hits throughout the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, the Canadian power trio is one of rock’s longest-lived bands. Despite receiving the cold shoulder by mainstream pop radio, Rush’s die-hard following testifies to their perseverance. A 2010 documentary on the band, Behind the Lighted Stage, followed Rush during their most recent tours. In June, Rush released their 19th full-length album, Clockwork Angels. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18. $49.50-$126.

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


Steve Vai:

Vai set the bar high for rock guitar virtuosity in the ’80s with his six-string wizardry. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper inspired Vai as a teenager to get involved with music. Frank Zappa asked Vai to join him, earning nicknames like “Stunt Guitarist” and “Little Italian Virtuoso.” Currently, Vai stands as one of the top guitarists of the day, and even created a seven-string guitar that caught on toward the late ’90s by metal acts. After an impressive portfolio of work, Vai pursued a lifelong interest when he began harvesting honey among five bee colonies in the backyard of his home. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. $29.50-$49.50.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.



Born Saul Hudson in 1965, the British-American musician and songwriter started his music career as the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses. Born into a creative family, Slash’s mother was a costume designer who worked on the David Bowie film The Man Who Fell to Earth. After Guns N’ Roses debut in 1985, the band quickly earned a reputation for abusive drug and alcohol use. Unlike other band members who were forced to quit the band, Slash kicked his addiction. Today, he’s recognized as a pinnacle part of the band’s image, with his long black mane and top hat, despite leaving GNR in 1996. 7 p.m. Sept. 22. $15-$45.

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


Peter Gabriel:

English singer/songwriter Gabriel was the lead vocalist and flutist of Genesis, leading the band to new levels of theatricality. After leaving that band, Gabriel embarked on a successful solo career, where he was no less ambitious but more subtle in method. Gabriel’s first solo release, 1977’s So, explored dark, cerebral territory as he interwove avant-garde, electronic, and world-beat influences into the mix. The album won a record nine MTV Music Awards and the album’s biggest hit, “Sledgehammer,” is the most-played music video in the history of the station. 8 p.m. Sept. 26. $35-$125.

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


Peter Yarrow:

An original member of the folk-music trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, Yarrow co-wrote the song “Puff, the Magic Dragon” in 1963. The three band members had met two years earlier in Greenwich Village, then known as the center of the American folk revival. Yarrow also has been a prominent figure in social and political activism. In 2000, he founded Operation Respect to “shift the American educational paradigm to educating the whole child — not just in academics but in character, heart, social-emotional development.” 7:30 p.m. September 30. $35.

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






Fisher Theatre:

Featuring music by Elton John, Billy Elliot the Musical won 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Billy is a small-town boy who goes from the boxing ring to ballet class and discovers a new talent that inspires his whole community and takes him on a life-affirming journey. $39-$89. Sept. 4-16.

Fisher Theatre; 3011 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit;,


Hilberry Theatre:

To kick off the Hilberry’s 50th season, the old standby The Mousetrap will hit the stage. Engaging audiences for 60 years, The Mousetrap is the world’s longest-running play. In the drama, a group of travelers are snowed in together and are being killed off one by one. The survivors must find the killer before the killer finds them. Sept. 21-Oct. 13.

Hilberry Theatre; 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit;


JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre):

The season opens with a comedy about how producer David O. Selznick summoned screenwriter Ben Hecht and director Victor Fleming (The Wizard of Oz) to help him rewrite the screenplay for Gone With the Wind. The drama Moonlight and Magnolias uncovers how these three men spent five days to create a screenplay that would become one the most-beloved films of all time. Sept. 19-Oct. 7.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre; 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900;


Performance Network Theatre

Set in 1937 St. Louis, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is narrated by Tom Wingfield, who tells of his woes of working in a shoe factory to support the family when he would rather be a poet. He also has to find a husband for his preternaturally shy sister, Laura, to please his persistent mother. Laura and Tom’s father had abandoned the family long ago and their mother dreams of her days as a Southern belle as the family faces tough financial conditions. $22-$41. Sept 27-Oct. 28.

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


Tipping Point Theatre:

One of the longest-running comedy thrillers on Broadway, Deathtrap tells the story of a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, Sidney Bruhl, who hits a dry spell. After receiving a promising manuscript from a student, he decides to collaborate with him, leading to many plot twists.  Sept. 6- Oct. 7.

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


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