Arts & Entertainment

July 2009
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ART

Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): The Windsor Biennial exhibits recent accomplishments in the field of contemporary art. Through July 5.
• Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is an ongoing exhibition. $3; members free. 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013; agw.ca.

Art Leaders Gallery: Enlighten your senses with Art in Bloom, featuring a large variety of floral art in the fields of photorealism to Impressionism, with original and limited editions exhibited. 33030 Northwestern Hwy., West Bloomfield; 248-539-0262.

Artspace II: After being discharged from the Navy in 1946, the late Richard Koslow, sculptor and painter, attempted an almost-successful life as a New York City artist. After returning to Detroit to become an award-winning advertising artist, Koslow moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he created works described as “too modern as a classical landscapist, yet too representational to put his paintings into a museum’s modern wing.” An exhibit of his works runs through July 31. 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540; artspace2.com.

Biddle Gallery: The 14th Annual Climate Controlled Art Fair, showcases home accessories by more than 100 Michigan artists, including handmade pottery, jewelry, clocks, and fashion. Through Sept. 12. 2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779; biddlegallery.com.

Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC): Susan Goethel Campbell, along with Lynne Avadenka, present an exhibit of drawings and book art. Through July 10.
• Husband and wife Blake and Melinda Novotny highlight the people, culture, and lifestyles of South America in a mix of photography, painting, and collage-style works. Through July 10.
• Click Collective is a private group of young photographers located in metro Detroit, which meet biweekly to create and discuss their projects. Their work will be on view through July 10.
• The Students of Ann Van Leeuwen present a collection of papermaking. Through July 10.
• Graffiti opens July 24.
• Bay City resident Mark Piotrowski displays a collection of mostly abstract oil paintings. Opens July 24.

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

Community Arts: 2009 WSU Visual Arts Education Exhibition. Opens June 10.  150 Community Arts Building, Detroit; 313-577-2423.

Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID): Ferndale’s self-taught photographer and musician, Patrick Pantano, presents a collection of his works in Head Shots. Pantano is most recognized for his portraits of Detroit-area rock bands, many of whom have appeared in magazines and record covers. Through July 3. 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit; 313-899-2243; thecaid.org.

Cranbrook Art Museum: In 1954, Toshiko Takaezu graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Since then, she has become among the world’s leading ceramic artists. Taking influence from Eastern and Western aesthetics, Takaezu delves into the idea of vessel form and diverse methods of decoration. Toshiko Takaezu features more than 30 pieces that span the entirety of her career, including dedicated works to her former Cranbrook professors, Maija Grotell and Gerhardt Knodel. $10 adults; $4 students and teens; free for members and children under 12. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 877-462-7262; cranbrookart.edu.

David Klein Gallery: The vivid oils of Flint-born artist Kelly Reemtsen, often depicting 1950-60s fashions and furnishings, are on display. Reemtsen lives in California and is influenced by “cake artist” Wayne Thiebaud. Through July 25. 163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700; dkgallery.com.

Detroit Institute of Arts:  In the 1930s, Polish photographer Roman Vishniac was commissioned to chronicle the lives and stories of Jewish communities throughout Poland. In 1996, Jeffery Gusky set out to photograph what remained of Jewish culture throughout those same towns. Of Life and Loss: The Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky brings their work together. Through July 12. Admission: $8 adults; $4 ages 6-17; $6 seniors. Wed., Thur.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Mon.-Tue. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org.

Detroit Zoo: Last April, students from the College of Creative Studies submitted designs to be reproduced as the official Detroit Zoo poster. Crystal Mielcarek of Harrison Township, awarded Best in Show, will have her poster on display, as well as 54 other student submissions, at the Zoo’s Ford Education Center. Reproductions of Mielcarek’s poster, which has become part of the Zoo’s permanent art collection, can be purchased for $3 at the Zoofari Market. Free with zoo admission. Through Sept. 7. 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-398-0900; detroitzoo.org.

Elaine L. Jacob: Time and Place: Art of Detroit’s Cass Corridor from the Wayne State University Collection runs through June 26. On the campus of Wayne State University, 480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 313-993-7813.

555: Thursday’s View offers a new featured artist each week in the First Floor Gallery, 7-10 p.m. Thur. and Fri.; Noon-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 4884 Grand River, Detroit; 555arts.org.

Forum: This student-run gallery offers an opening every week of the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s academic year. Graduate students present work to their peers and the community from 5-9 on Friday nights. Free. On the Cranbrook campus, New Studios Building, 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 877-462-7262; cranbrookart.edu.

Gallery Project: Race runs through July 5.  215 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012; thegalleryproject.com.

Ladybug Gallery: A group exhibition run by the Southwest Artists Network of Detroit features various works by local multi-media artist Teresa Petersen. Petersen, who creates collages from vintage  prints, specializes in “found-object assemblage sculptures.” 1250 Hubbard, Detroit.

Lawrence Street:  The 2009 Summer Invitational opens July 1, with an opening reception July 10. Opens June 3. 22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA): An exhibition by artist Ian Weber runs through Aug. 1.
• Cast Objects Invitational continues through Aug. 1. 407 Pine St.; 248-651-4110; pccart.org.

Sherrus: Best Friends Forever A-Z is a permanent display of animal character paintings by Michigan acrylic artist and gallery owner Sherri R. Mewha. 133 W. Main St., Suite 210, Northville; 248-380-0470; sherrusgallery.com.

Sherry Washington Gallery:  Russell and Nancy Thayer, a married couple hailing from Saginaw, mesh their original works in Our World: Painting and Sculptures. Russell, the sculptor of the two, takes influence from art history, a subject he has taught for many years. Nancy uses her paintings for metaphysical expressions of environment and atmosphere. Through July 4.
• iDeas and iCons exhibits the work of David Driskell, David Fludd, M. Saffell Gardner, Lenore Gimpert, Richard Lewis, Nora Mendoza, Chun Hui Pak, Gilda Snowden, Shirley Woodson, Jocelyn Rainey, and Mark Schwing. Opens July 25. 1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500; sherrywashingtongallery.com.

 

CLASSICAL

DSO at Greenfield Village: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra transforms the historic area into a swell of Americana. In its 17th annual Salute to America, the DSO presents a program of favorite American classics. $22.50.  6 pm. July 1-4. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-271-1621; hfmgv.org.

Meadow Brook Music Festival: Symphonic music under the stars returns as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra comes back to its summer home. The festival kicks off with an all-Tchaikovsky program led by music director Leonard Slatkin. The lineup includes the Swan Lake Suite, the Violin Concerto (with soloist Karen Gomyo), 1812 Overture, and Capriccio Italien. 8 pm. July 25. $30 pavilion and $15 lawn. • The next night, the focus turns to George Gershwin’s music. His Lullaby for Strings, selections from Porgy and Bess, Symphonic Pictures, and the ever-popular Rhapsody in Blue are on tap, with Slatkin on the podium. 7:30 pm. July 26. $30 pavilion and $15 lawn. 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com.

 

EVENTS

Friday Art Walk: Kick the weekend off with a night of art, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres in downtown Northville. On the first Friday of each month, select art galleries are open late, and guests can shop and enjoy art demonstrations. 6-9 p.m. July 3. Downtown Northville; downtownnorthville.com.

Comerica Cityfest: A mix of food, culture and music are all in one place at this annual summer event. Last year, the festival’s opening day was cut short because of rain, so organizers have planned for a belated kickoff performance by hip-hop veterans De La Soul, and local stars The Silent Years, Jazzhead, Magic Shop, The Hentchmen and others. July 1-5. West Grand Boulevard, between Cass and Third, Detroit; newcenter.com.

National Cherry Festival: What started as a 1926 formal blessing of a cherry blossom has turned into this annual weeklong festival. It includes bed races, air shows, bike tours, ultimate air dogs, cherry-pie eating, turtle races, golf, shuffleboard, and more. July 4-11. Traverse City; cherryfestival.org.

Motown in The Courtyard: This summer, enjoy Motown favorites every Thursday in an outdoor garden setting, complete with food, drinks, and free musical entertainment. Each week, the local entertainment varies and reservations aren’t required. Thursdays starting July 9 through Sept. 17 (excluding Sept. 3). The Ritz-Carlton, 300 Town Center Drive, Dearborn; 313-441-2100.

Gold Cup Hydroplane Boat Races: Watch as hydroplanes race at speeds up to 200 mph to win one of the oldest motor sports trophies in the world. July 10-12. Detroit River, east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge; gold-cup.com.

Art in the Park: This annual art fair is founded, directed, and managed by Dianne Quinn and Raychel Rork, a mother-and-daughter team. This event is the second-largest art fair in the state. July 10-12. The streets surrounding Kellogg Park, downtown Plymouth; artinthepark.com.

Detroit Sports Broadcasters Charity Golf: The 23rd annual charity golf scramble includes a 9 a.m. shotgun start, 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner buffet, awards, prizes, and auction. 7:30 a.m., registration, July 13. $50-$140. Cherry Creek Golf Club & Banquet Center, 5200 Cherry Creek Dr., Shelby Township; 586-558-9103.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs: This year event marks the 50th year of what was originally called the Ann Arbor Art Fair. Together, the fairs attract more than 500,000 attendees, 150 juried artists, free art activities, and performances. July 15-18. Ingalls Mall Lawn, surrounding the Ingalls Mall Lawn surrounding the Burton Memorial Tower and North University on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan; artfair.org

Sterlingfest Art & Music Fair: Drawing crowds of more than 120,000 in the past, this three-day festival offers entertainment, food from local restaurants, free nightly concerts, midway games, and more than 100 crafters. July 30-Aug. 1. Dodge Park and the City Center, Sterling Heights; 586-446-2489.

 

FILM

Detroit Film Theatre: How does this not sound like a good, although admittedly offbeat, movie? In Big Man Japan, Daisato is a bit of a bum. Then, one day, the Japanese Monster Defense Bureau recruits him, jacks him up full of electricity, which causes him to grow into a giant sumo wrestler. Daisato then goes out to fight crazy monsters that have, as long as citizens can remember, threatened to stomp Tokyo to the ground. And that’s not all. Daisato’s monster takedowns become the focus of a Japanese reality TV show. Then ratings plummet, the show is threatened, and the public becomes annoyed with the destruction caused by Daisato’s daily monster fights. July 10-12.
• Seraphine who? What? Seraphine was a housekeeper who created some brilliantly colored pieces n the early 20th century. Her art now resides in some of the world’s most famous galleries. In Seraphine, director Martin Provost explores the little-known yet enormously talented painter Seraphine de Senlis. Seraphine is shy and awkward. When German art critic and collector Wilhelm Uhde moves to Senlis, he makes Seraphine’s acquaintance. He’s thunderstruck with her work and does all he can to give her the tools she needs to produce. July 10-12 & 17-19.
• Tulpan is the story of love, joy, and the trials of domestic life in Kazakhstan. This warmly funny, elegant, and richly insightful film is the directorial debut of Sergey Dvortsevoy. The film was the surprise smash hit from Cannes to Toronto to New York. July 17-19 & 24-26.
• Director Christian Petzold takes James M. Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice in a new direction, spinning one of the most spellbinding variations than all the previous attempts. In Jerichow, a chance encounter between Thomas with Turk Ali on the roadside turns into a meeting with Ali’s extremely attractive but angry wife. It’s gripping and steamy and interesting to see how the cultures turn this film, through a fresh interpretation, into something completely new. July 24-26 & 31. All tickets $6.50-$7.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org/dft.

Detroit Science Center IMAX: James Tiberius Kirk is back, sort of. He’s younger, though. And so is Spock. So is Scottie and the doctor. In this year’s blockbuster film Star Trek, the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise goes back to the beginning … kind of.
• From the deep, northern waters of Lake Superior to the eastern edges of Lake Ontario, Mysteries of the Great Lakes takes the viewer on a spin through some of most beautiful shorelines and scenery the nation offers. And you’ll stay dry.
• The scariest thing about the deep sea is that no one has any idea what’s going on down there. In Deep Sea, you’ll get a glimpse into some of the most unique, dangerous, colorful creatures — and their habitats. • Animalopolis is a journey into a more lighthearted, dancing, somersaulting, fanciful animal kingdom than the one that exists in reality. But that’s OK, because this IMAX film is fun for the whole family. The film will show you a variety of animals, including cheetahs, bears, crabs, and lions — with no threat of getting maimed. All through July. $7.25-$12.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400; detroitsciencecenter.org.

The Redford Theatre: The Redford is rocking a Charlie Chan double feature. In the 1936 flick Charlie Chan at the Circus, the famed detective is given passes for him and his family, but with strings attached. No answers here; find out for yourself. For the second feature, the 1937 film Charlie Chan at the Olympics, Charlie is asked to attend the Olympics to find out where the spies are keeping the remote-control flying aircraft. Along the way, he’ll have to solve a murder. July 10-11.
• Laura is found dead in her apartment. Detective Mark McPherson comes in to investigate. Through a striking painting of the late damsel and info from potential suspects, McPherson is able to build a mental picture of the girl. But why was Laura killed when everyone seems to love her? And why is McPherson falling in love with the dead girl? It all makes sense at the end of Laura, released in 1944. July 24-25. All films $4. 17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.

Penn Theatre: Amy’s mother is killed in a car wreck in New Zealand, and the 13-year-old is sent to Canada to live with her eccentric inventor father. Amy isn’t too happy until she finds a nest of goose eggs abandoned by the mother. She looks after them, they hatch, and Amy is mama goose. As the weather gets colder, the baby geese need to find their way south. But who’s going to show them the way? Find out in Fly Away Home. July 2.
• America fell in love with a Russian mouse in 1986 when An American Tail hit the screens. It’s the story of Fievel and his travels to America as he is separated from his parents. The belief is that America doesn’t have cats … but of course, we do. July 16.
• In the 1959 film The Shaggy Dog, a boy is turned into, well, a shaggy dog via an ancient spell. You can imagine the hindrance that would put on a young man’s life, especially since it seems to happen at inopportune times. July 23. • Annie is the story of a fiery young orphan and how she’s selected to spend some time with Daddy Warbucks. She charms the household, and Mr. Warbucks helps the young Annie reunite with her long-lost parents. But she’s in danger. July 30. All films $3. 760 Penniman, Plymouth; 734-453-0870; penntheatre.com.

 

MUSEUMS

Arab American National Museum: A Yemeni Community: Photographs from the 1970s by Milton Rogovin reconnects the past community of Lackawanna, N.Y., where a small community of immigrants from Yemen lived until the city’s steel plants closed. Through Aug. 16.
• 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; arabamericanmuseum.org.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Freedom’s Sisters covers more than 100 years of work, and provides detailed descriptions of how the Freedom Sister’s took during the civil-rights movement. Through July 5. Legends of the Music: The Photography of Leni Sinclair runs through October.
• 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.
• Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States. Ongoing on the Main Level.
• Detroit Performs is a photomontage dedicated to those who have gained national and international prominence in the performing arts. Ongoing in the Main Level Corridor.
• Target has initiated a program of Free First Sundays at the museum; general admission at other times is $5-$8. 315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800; maah-detroit.org.

Detroit Historical Museum: An exhibit featuring more than 200 reproductions of American Judaic treasures from the Library of Congress and other loans from important institutions are on display in From Haven to Home: Jewish Life in America. See how Jewish immigrants sought refuge from persecution abroad and how they settled in America.
• Through memorabilia and photographs, Detroit Chinatown: Works in Progress tells the story of the people who lived and worked in Detroit’s old Chinatown, which was originally on Third Street, on the western fringe of downtown. In the early 1960s, it relocated to Cass Avenue. Through July 5.
• Detroit Artist’s Showcase displays the paintings of Robert Hopkin (1832-1909), whose work has graced Ste. Anne’s Church and the original Detroit Opera House.
• Automotive Showplace celebrates the Model T centennial by displaying a “Tin Lizzie” from 1911.
• Hero or Villain: Metro Detroit’s Legacy of Leadership examines the controversial lives of 16 public figures from the area’s past 300 years, including Augustus Woodward, Jimmy Hoffa, and Coleman Young. • 100 Years Ago allows visitors to relate to past Detroiters through different forms of media that capture daily life in 1909.
• Fabulous 5 adds “Detroit’s Entertainment Venues” to its showcase of local pop culture.
• Detroit’s Classic TV Personalities honors seven notable Detroit TV figures, such as Bill Bonds, John Kelly, Bill Kennedy, and Soupy Sales. Artifacts, as well as footage from their original broadcasts, are on display. General admission $4-$6. 5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org.

Detroit Science Center: Star Trek: The Exhibition is an interactive exhibit that allows fans the opportunity to explore the Star Trek universe through attractions, sets, costumes and props from five TV series and 10 feature films. Highlights include a full-scale recreation of the Transporter Room from Star Trek: The Next Generation, a chance to ride through a Star Trek adventure in a full-motion flight simulator, and more. Through Sept. 7. $14.95-$18.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; detroitsciencecenter.org.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Committed to the Deep: Exploring Underwater Treasures is an exhibit that explores the changes that have taken place in the last century beneath the surface of the Great Lakes. On display will be shipwrecks that divers have explored and the artifacts that have been salvaged.
• L is for Lighthouse is an exhibit that explores lighthouses, lenses, locations, lives of their keepers, and more. 100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org.

Exhibit Museum of Natural History: Relics pays tribute to ingenious gadgets, such as a mirrored ball, rotating galaxy projector, video-projector masks, and much more — some pieced together with unexpected household items. On display indefinitely.
• Dinosaur Tours are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
• Planetarium Shows are generally presented at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. weekdays; call for weekend dates.
• The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, an animated adventure about weather, plays at 12:30 weekdays.
• Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, with recorded narration by Liam Neeson, explains the formation of the early universe. At 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission to the museum is free, but suggested donation is $6. Planetarium price is $4.75. University of Michigan Campus, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.

Henry Ford: Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 is a follow-up exhibit from Stars’ Cars & Guitars that took place in 2007. The exhibit marries music and machines, and offers a selection of hot rides and rare guitars.
• 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 honors this great invention by featuring milestones, including the 15 millionth Model T, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org.

Greenfield Village: Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s home, and the home of Robert Frost. $14-$20. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org.

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit: Three permanent exhibits are on display: The Ethel Averbach Dolls of the World, the Flags of the World, and the Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Wilkonson Immigrant Ship Collection . Free. There’s also the International Café on the lower level. 111 E. Kirby, Detroit; 313-871-8600; imd.org.

Plymouth Historical Museum: Before his inauguration, Abraham Lincoln auctioned off the furniture from his Springfield, Ill., residence, most of which was purchased by Harry Wilton. Wilton’s family resold most of the items to the Henry Ford Museum during the 1930s. Today, the Plymouth Historical Museum will exhibit this collection of rare pieces from the president’s home in In the Presence of Lincoln. Through Nov. 4. Admission prices: $5 Adult, $2 Students ages 6–17, and $10 for families. 155 S. Main St., Plymouth; 734-455-8940.

 

MUSIC

Bad Company & the Doobie Brothers: These bands hook up for a tour of 1970s and ‘80s rock, where the singers don’t wear makeup or sport teased hair. It may have been feathered, but not teased. 7:30 p.m. July 1. $22-$82. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd, Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Staind: There’s no “e.” That’s how it is. Staind, pronounced stained. For nearly 15 years, frontman Aaron Lewis has led this band from cover songs to critical acclaim. After six studio albums and chart-topping singles, Staind has sold more than 12 million records worldwide. Still, no one ever mentions that they’re missing an “e.” 6:30 p.m. July 4. $12-$42. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Blue Oyster Cult: The Blue Oyster Cult’s 1976 hit, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” is a love song and not a song about death, as it was originally interpreted. Yet, wherever you stand on the subject, the song is a damn fine one. It has popped up on several “Great Rock Songs of All Time” lists. VH1 ranks it 55. Mojo dropped it in at 80. Rolling Stone ranked it No. 397 out of 500. Wherever you place it, it’s a rock ‘n’ roll radio staple, and your uncle with the leather vest and collection of 8-tracks probably loves it. 7:30 p.m. July 8. $7-$32.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd;, Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

REO Speedwagon & Styx: Two of the Midwest’s finest power balladeers come together in a swirling vortex of hair, guitar leads, and power chord-driven love songs. Songs like “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” by REO Speedwagon, and “Mr. Roboto,” by Styx, will surely jolt you back in time. 7 p.m. July 9. $17-$62. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Zappa Plays Zappa: What’s better than Frank Zappa doing Frank Zappa songs? Give up? It’s Dweezil Zappa doing Frank Zappa songs. Zappa Plays Zappa is a tribute show by one of the Zappa clan doing daddy’s rock compositions … with way less facial hair. 8 p.m. July 9. $41-$44. MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 313-237-7711.

Aretha Franklin: Man, what a hullabaloo her hat caused at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The dang Smithsonian wants it. The hat’s designer got almost as much attention as the swine flu outbreak. Everyone almost forgot that Aretha is famous for her music — and not for sporting hats. But Aretha doesn’t need too much introduction, does she? Well, how about this one thing: Rolling Stone, in 2008, ranked Aretha, “The Queen of Soul,” the No. 1 singer of all time. That’s serious. 7:30 p.m. July 11. $45-$50. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.

Tom Jones: Tom Jones could sing the barnacles off a boat at the bottom of the ocean. Tom Jones could sing the calories out of a sundae. Tom Jones could sing the wedding ring off of a married woman, and maybe a married man. He’s just that good. From pop to soul, Sir Tom Jones sings until he sweats. As the kids say these days, the Welsh vocalist works it up there on the stage. 7:30 p.m. July 12. $25-$65. Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 586-268-7820.

Green Day: Green Day started as teenage punks playing in the basement. Now, more than 20 years later, they’re dads, playing to sold-out shows in places like the Palace of Auburn Hills. Their punkness is a little more polished now. Their music may be closer to pop than when they started, but Billie Joe Armstrong and the boys still have that snarl. 7:30 p.m. July 14. $25-$49.50. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Judas Priest & Whitesnake: Whitesnake figured out how to get their videos to the top of the MTV rotation back in the late ’80s. All you have to do is date actress Tawny Kitaen — as lead man David Coverdale did — and have her dance around on the hood of a car in a white dress. Shortly after that video hit the airwaves, it shot to the top of the regular lineup and was burned into the brains of teenage boys across the nation. Oh, Judas Priest is also on the bill. But Tawny Kitaen is just so much prettier than Rob Halford. 7 p.m. July 15. $17-$52. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

George Clinton & War: There’s gonna be a whole lotta funk on this particular night. George Clinton, a funk mastermind, is the reason groups like P-Funk, the Parliament, and Funkadelic exist. And at 67, Mr. Funk doesn’t look as if he’ll be slowing down anytime soon. War is also a child of funk. With songs like “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” they have sold more than 50 million records worldwide. 8 p.m. July 17. $22-$37. Chene Park, 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit; 313-393-0292.

Lyle Lovett: Country star (and Julia Roberts’ ex-husband) is bringing his acclaimed country style to Meadow Brook. With his numerous singles and albums and Grammys, he’s no pine rider when it comes to the country music baseball team. He’s an all-star. 8 p.m. July 17. $15-$45. Meadow Brooks Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.

Beyoncé: If you liked it, according to Beyoncé, you should have put a ring on it. But, if you actually think about it, liking someone doesn’t necessarily mean you should put a ring on it. “I like you. Will you marry me?” That’s not how it should go. So, despite the faulty logic of Beyoncé’s song, it was a huge hit. Are you people even listening to the words? 7:30 p.m. July 18. $20.75-$110.75. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Chris Isaak: Chris Isaak is a pretty man. But he didn’t get to where he is solely on looks; he’s actually pretty darn good at what he does. And what he does is act and play music. He jams a version of rock, roots, and rockabilly through those pearly whites and dark eyes of his. He’s on tour promoting his newest album, Mr. Lucky, which was released in February. 8 p.m. July 19. $15-$45. Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.

Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is country and crazy all jammed into the same show. It’s a side of country that Toby Keith wishes didn’t exist. It’s powerful, weird, loud, sweaty, and, if you go, Slim will make a believer out of you. 8 p.m. July 19. $12. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

Yes & Asia: Who needs fancy names like REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake to be famous rockers? Why not “Yes,” the word for affirming something? Or, wait, how about the continent “Asia?” Man, those are good names. Too bad they’re taken. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $12-$56.50. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Smokey Robinson: Robinson is also known as the “King of Motown.” That’s pretty exciting, eh? Do you think he makes his family members call him that? Jokes aside, Smokey was one of the primary figures of Motown Records, helping to transform Detroit into a music capital. And though Motown physically left those houses on West Grand Boulevard for the sunshine of L.A. in ‘72, the Motown spirit is still a major part of the city. 7:30 p.m. July 23. $12-$52. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Gordon Lightfoot: “In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed, in the ‘Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral.’ The church bell chimed ‘til it rang 29 times for each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.” And that, my friends, is a piece of the song that made Gordon Lightfoot a household name. But he wrote so much more, too. 8 p.m. July 23. $20-$46.50. Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.

Def Leppard, Poison, & Cheap Trick: Is July ‘80s rock month in Michigan or something? You’ve got the Speedwagon, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Styx. What else could possibly come to the state right out of your ’80s rock record collection? Well, ladies and gents, how about Def Leppard, Poison, and Cheap Trick? It’s like time warp overload. You’re gonna need eyeliner, ripped jeans, hairspray, a double guitar, and a chip on your shoulder for this one. 7 p.m. July 24. $30-$122. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

The Jonas Brothers: The Jonas brothers are like the New Kids on the Block with guitars and tight jeans and pop/rock songs. And no offense, but only one of those kids is actually cute. But enough about their faces — how about that music? 7 p.m. July 26. $29.50-$89.50. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100.

Dave Matthews Band: College kids all over Michigan are getting pumped for this one. And they were also pumped for DMB’s newest release, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which dropped in June. It’s the first studio album since 2005. DMB, if you don’t know, is a bit of a jam band with elements of rock and jazz. The 10-minute song is no stranger to Mr. Matthews. So, if you’re into it, you’re into it. 7 p.m. July 28. $37-$72. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100.

Vans Warped Tour: You’ll find a lot of the older kids saying, “The Vans Warped Tour is still happening?” And you’ll find a lot of the younger kids saying, “Dad! I need a ride to Comerica Park for the punk rock festival!” For nearly 15 years, this thing has been going on. It’s changed with the times and still draws just as many as it did back on a sticky summer day in 1995. The bands have changed, the outfits have changed, the venue has changed, but the vibe is still the same. 11 a.m. July 31. $33. Comerica Park parking lot, downtown Detroit.

 

THEATER

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom: Everyone likes the extravagance of a big Italian wedding. In Tony ’n’ Tina’s Wedding you can be a part of the celebration. Enjoy a traditional supper, dance, and maybe even quarrel with the actors, all while watching the show. $63 (includes buffet, champagne toast, cake, and performance). 7:30 pm. July 17. 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200

Detroit Puppet Theatre: PuppetArt, founded by a troupe of masters of puppetry trained in the former Soviet Union, presents Sleeping Beauty. The classic tale is given a new twist, using no words but only music and the movement of marionettes. $5 for children. $10 for adults. July 11 and 25. 25 E. Grand River, Detroit; 313-961-7777; puppetart.org

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