Arts & Entertainment





Ariana Gallery

Trashformations features found objects made into works of art.

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



Borders, by José Luis Torres, features pieces that are both aesthetic and functional. Opening reception Sept. 9; exhibit runs through Oct. 8.

The Eighth Annual Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture is the only Canadian festival of its kind, using fire as a creative art form. This family-friendly exhibit will be held outdoors on Sept. 24.

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


Artspace II

The works of Richard Robinson, a jewelry designer and goldsmith, are on display from Sept. 1-30.

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


Anton Art Center

• Magic & Mysticism examines the world of illusion and the supernatural. Through Sept. 9.

On the Wall allows local artists to display their work on the walls of the Anton Art Center. Through Sept. 24.

The Small Wonders Exhibition displays work smaller than 6 inches in all directions. Sept. 22-Oct. 21.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

Contemporary Voices features the works of Shelley Niro and Jeff Thomas, two artists who use photography to intersect their art. Through Sept. 4.

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

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

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

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


Arts League of Michigan

The Works of Carole Morisseau and Ron Scarbough exhibit, as well as works from the Art of Paradise Valley, are on display through Sept. 27.

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


Biddle Gallery

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

Before the Storm features oil paintings by Detroit artist Donald Cronkhite. Sept. 30-Oct. 30.

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC)

3W3D and Birmingham Society of Women Painters are the featured exhibitions beginning Sept. 9. The works of Elijah Van Benschoten and the students of Andrea Tama are on display through Oct. 7.

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


Detroit Institute of Arts

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

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Ellen Kayrod Gallery

History Story: A Retrospective of Al Hebert’s Work showcases a variety of disciplines. Through Sept. 23.

4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300.


Flint Institute of Arts

Quilting Traditions: The Art of the Amish begins Sept. 10 and runs through Nov. 13.

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


Gallery Project

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

Subjunctive World/Umvelt observes the study of animal behavior. Sept. 21-Oct. 30.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

The 73rd Member’s Show runs through Sept. 3.

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


Lawrence Street Gallery

An exhibition by artist Sherry Foster begins in September.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394.


Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum

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

Open Mon.-Sat.

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


River’s Edge Gallery

3D features work by sculptors who craft pieces out of wood, metal, and more. Through Sept. 16.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Susanne Hilberry Gallery

An exhibition featuring the work of Corine Vermeulen is on display from Sept. 17-Oct. 29.

700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700.


Sherry Washington Gallery

Detroit-Beauty Abandoned, by Mary King, is up through Sept. 17.

1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500.


323 East

Urban Roots features artists’ interpretations of Detroit’s urban-farm movement. Sept. 10.

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



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

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

Open Tue.-Sun.

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






Chamber Music Society of Detroit

• Violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong perform a season opener of Tartini (The Devil’s Trill), Beethoven (Spring Sonata), Paganini, and Elgar. 8 p.m. Sept. 10.

• Violist Michael Tree and bassist Harold Robinson join the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio for an evening of Beethoven, Zwilich (a quintet commissioned by CMSD), and Schubert. 8 p.m. Sept. 17. $43-$75 (students $25).

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


University Musical Society

The vaunted Emerson String Quartet performs an evening of late Mozart quartets, commissioned by the king of Prussia. 4 p.m. Sept. 18. $24-$52.

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


Vivace Music Series

Victor Goldberg, a young Israeli pianist born in Russia, performs a solo program of Brahms, Haydn, and Scriabin, as Vivace begins its 37th year. An afterglow to meet Goldberg follows the concert. 8 p.m. Sept. 24.  $20-$23.

Birmingham Temple, 28611 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills.






University Musical Society

The Mark Morris Dance Group, known for its intricate choreography, performs three numbers: Barber’s uniquely American Excursions, Hummel’s Festival Dance, and Satie’s Socrates. 8 p.m. Sept. 23-24. $18-$48. $18-$42.

Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538.






Michigan Renaissance Festival

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

12500 Dixie Hwy., Holly.


Detroit Jazz Festival

Blues, jazz, gospel, and R&B mingle as the festival enters its 32nd year. The event, subtitled, “We Bring You the World” features the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Anat Cohen Quartet, Chuck Jackson, Vijaj Lyer Trio, Kevin Eubanks, and many more. Also, the 2011 artist-in-residence, Jeff “Tain” Watts, will perform. Sept. 2-5.

Downtown Detroit in various locations.


Arts, Beats & Eats

Entering its 14th year, this annual late-summer bash returns to downtown Royal Oak. Expect cuisine from local restaurants, regional and local attractions, juried fine arts show, and 200 performances throughout the weekend on 10 stages. 11 p.m. Sept. 2-5.

Downtown Royal Oak.


First 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. Sept. 2.

Downtown Northville.


Dance Theatre of Harlem Gala

To coincide with the Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts exhibit, a gala fundraiser for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be held. The event is spearheaded by Detroit’s first lady, Yvette Bing, and includes private exhibit tours, Dance Theatre of Harlem performances, Harlem Renaissance-themed strolling dinner, live entertainment, and more. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. Sept. 9. $250-$1,000.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800.


Grosse Pointe’s Greatest Block Party

Entering its fifth year, this late-summer tradition includes food, refreshments, music, art, a pooch parade, children’s activities, and live entertainment. Sept. 10-11.

Kercheval, between St. Clair and Cadieux, in The Village shopping district of Grosse Pointe.


Northville Victorian Festival

Travel back to a simpler time as the Victorian era takes over downtown Northville for the 23rd year. Enjoy the art, romance of the 1800s, and history of the time as the festival includes a traditional parade, period costumes, storytellers, magicians, musical entertainment, and more. Sept. 16-18.

Downtown Northville.


Ann Arbor Antiques Market

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. Sept. 17-18. $6.

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


Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo

Lace up your sneakers — the annual 5k and 10k race takes place this weekend. If running isn’t your style, participants can take part in the Fun Walk, which routes you throughout the zoo. After the race, is a post-race party, which includes live entertainment, food, beverages, and children’s activities. 8 a.m. Sept. 18. $20-$35.

Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak.


Detroit Design Festival

A weeklong festival that showcases Detroit designers through exhibitions, installations, design shows, studio tours, as well as virtual and roundtable discussions. Sept. 21-28.

Detroit Creative Corridor Center, 460 W. Baltimore, Detroit.


Dining by Design (DIFFA)

The Michigan AIDS Coalition, in partnership with the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), host the annual Dining by Design event in a new Detroit location. Since 1984, DIFFA has given more than $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. Designer tables, live entertainment, dancing, an art auction featuring 150 artists, and food highlight opening night, Sept. 22 ($100). On Sept. 23, the event is open to the public ($5), and on Sept. 24, the gala dinner ($250) will be held. Sept. 22-24.

Willys Overland Lofts, 411 W. Canfield, Detroit.


American Sewing Expo

The weekend event features the latest developments and inspirations for sewing, quilting, needle arts, home decoration, crafting, as well as more than 80 classes a day, 125 booths, and three demonstration stages, covering seven topics a day. Show experts include Stephen “Suede” Baum, Project Runway semi-finalist Sandra Betzina, HGTV Sew Perfect show host, and quilting expert Kathy Delaney. Sept. 23-25.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi; 248-889-3111.






Detroit Film Theatre

Based on the controversial German stage play, From Morning to Midnight is an avant-garde film that received mixed reviews upon its release in 1920. Featuring a new original score by the Alloy Orchestra.

Sept. 23. $10.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.

Main Art Theatre

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

Sept. 2-4. $7.

Quadrophenia, the follow-up to The Who’s rock opera Tommy, centers on Jimmy, a symbol of teenage rebellion in the mid-’60s.

Sept. 9-10. $7.

• Originally released in 2003, The Room is finally hitting theaters outside of Los Angeles. The film follows the relationships of five main characters, posing one major question to each of them: “Whom can you trust?”

Sept. 16-17. $7.

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


Redford Theatre

• Based on the book of the same name, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre stars Humphrey Bogart and Tim Holt as two American men mining for gold in Mexico. With their success comes disaster.

Sept. 9-10. $4.

National Velvet stars a young Elizabeth Taylor as a girl with a passion for horses. Mickey Rooney is the former jockey who trains her for the Grand National in England.

Sept. 23-24. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.

Penn Theatre

• In Kung Fu Panda 2, Jack Black returns as the voice of everyone’s favorite talking panda, Po. This time, he takes on an old enemy with the help of his friends.

Sept. 1. $3.

760 Penniman, Plymouth; 734-453-0870.






Arab American National Museum

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country is an exhibit that tells true stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that Arab-Americans have played throughout history. Opens Sept. 11.

Arab Civilization: Our Heritage features Arab contributions to the early world. Ongoing in the Community Courtyard.

Coming to America focuses on Arab immigrants and the culture they brought to the United States. Ongoing in Gallery 1.

Living in America exhibits early Arab-American life. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 2.

Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3.

$6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Under 5 free.

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


Birmingham Historical Museum & Park

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

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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

The Heidelberg Project: Art, Energy, and Community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the display created by artist Tyree Guyton. Through Nov. 27.

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

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

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

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

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


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


Detroit Historical Museum

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Also: Scripps-Booth “Da Vinci Pup” Cyclecar, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Fabulous 5: Detroit Destinations, Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, Motor City, Jerome Biederman, Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Award Winners, Detroit Economic Club: 75 Years of Remarkable Speakers and Compelling Conversations, and Janet Anderson. Opening Sept. 23 is Lorenzo Cultural Center Exhibit — 1950s: Affluence and Anxiety in the Atomic Age.

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.

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.

Also: Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes and To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders.

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


Exhibit Museum of Natural History

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

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

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


Henry Ford Museum

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

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

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

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


Greenfield Village

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

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

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


Piquette Model T

Fashion and the Automobile: An Exhibit in 10 Eras is presented by guest curator Victoria Mobley of Harrison Township. The display highlights the relationship between fashion and automotive design, and how together they have evolved over the years. Through Oct. 5. $10. Wed.-Sun.

461 Piquette, Detroit.






Country crooner Toby Keith performs Sept. 30 at DTE Energy Music Theatre.

Peter Bjorn and John

PB&J, a Swedish rock trio, found their biggest hit with the 2006 single “Young Folks.” Although the song reached the top 20 in the United Kingdom, it never charted on this side of the pond. Regardless, the song has been featured in several American TV shows, video games, and was even sampled by Kanye West.

8 p.m. Sept. 1. $15-$18.

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


Ted Nugent

The Nuge’s debut album said it best: “Detroit city, she’s the place to be.” Born and raised here, the Motor City Madman (or Uncle Ted, if you prefer) has sold 30 million records. Few can hold a candle (or perhaps more aptly, a pick) to his guitar abilities, which — like the card-carrying N.R.A. member himself — smoke any beast standing in the way of rock ’n’ roll.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 3. $10-$55.

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


Alison Krauss and Union Station

It might be inaccurate to call her the “Midwest farmer’s daughter” that the Beach Boys sang about, but the Illinois native’s gentle bluegrass music will certainly make one “feel all right.” One of the youngest artists to ever win a Grammy (she first won in 1991, at age 20), Krauss has since won 26 of the statues — more than any other singer. Paper Airplane, released in April, is her 14th album. It succeeds Raising Sand, which won her and Robert Plant six Grammys (including Album of the Year) in 2009.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 8. $29.50-$49.50.

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


Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance

Remember when acting 10 years old was the new 20? Blink-182 certainly does. Formed in ’92, the band split six years ago, after a wildly successful fifth record. They reunited two years ago, but have yet to deliver fans a new record. My Chemical Romance joins the headline in support of their post-apocalyptic Danger Days record. A comic book based on the album is reportedly being written by lead singer Gerard Way, who won an Eisner Award for his previous series, The Umbrella Academy.

7 p.m. Sept. 11. $23-$55.

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


LeAnn Rimes

Fifteen years and 37 million record sales ago — back when Britney Spears was still hustling for a label deal — Rimes debuted at age 14 with Blue. That record would eventually go platinum six times.

8 p.m. Sept. 15. $37-$50.95.

Sound Board, in the MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River, Detroit; 866-752-9622.


They Might Be Giants

With 14 studio albums (including the platinum-selling Flood and a children’s record, Here Come the ABCs) They Might Be Giants have been a music staple for both Generation X and the Echo Boomers. Who hasn’t heard “Boss of Me,” the theme to Malcolm in the Middle? And didn’t it seem every fourth-grade science teacher taught us “The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas”? The Giants’ newest album, Join Us, touts 18 tracks and — for the first time in four years — not one is a children’s song.

8 p.m. Sept. 17. $18-$20.

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



Never mind Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks,” TobyMac proves records that rap about Jesus can still get played. An overtly Christian rapper, Toby has sold more than 10 million records.

7 p.m. Sept. 18. $15-$39.50.

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


Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl rode the ’90s alternative boom twice in three years: first as the drummer of Nirvana, and later as the front man of Foo Fighters. A far less self-destructive leader than Kurt Cobain, Grohl has given his own band the direction to survive through three decades, garnering six Grammys in the process. With their seventh album, Wasting Light, the band brought in producer Butch Vig — the man who, 20 years ago, persuaded Kurt to put a little reverb on that opening riff of Nirvana’s breakthrough single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

7 p.m. Sept. 19. $29.50-$49.50.

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


Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks

You may not know Stephen Malkmus, but you probably love a band that worships his first group. From 1989 to 1999, Malkmus fronted Pavement — a musical act so apathetic toward success, they prefaced their 1994 Tonight Show debut by singing in Elmo-falsetto voices. (Afterward, Jay Leno bumped Malkmus’ guitar to the floor and offered a gentlemanly “oops.”) Following a Pavement reunion last year, Malkmus’ solo group, the Jicks, recorded their fifth album, Mirror Traffic, which dropped last month.

8 p.m. Sept. 20. $20.

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


Enrique Iglesias

The kids who hacked off their jeans at the knees in ’92 were trading in their cutoffs for Latin chinos and unbuttoned silk shirts by ’99. Enrique’s mega-hit, “Bailamos,” is largely to thank for that. Selling more Spanish language albums in the ’90s than anyone else, Iglesias’ 100 million record sales and eight No. 1 Billboard dance hits (he shares the record with Michael Jackson) have kept people dancing “like no tomorrow” into the 21st century.

7 p.m. Sept. 30. $19.50-$89.50.

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


Toby Keith

Having celebrated his 50th birthday this summer, Toby Keith should count his accomplishments whenever his thoughts wander into the dark troughs of midlife crisis: Toby, remember you have 49 charting singles, and 36 of those were in the Top 10 (and 19 of those were No. 1 hits). You also publicly insulted the Dixie Chicks’ songwriting and Photoshopped their lead singer standing with Saddam Hussein. Keep your head high.

7:30 p.m. Sept. 30. $29.50-$69.50.

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






Come Fly Away gets off the ground at the Fisher starting Sept. 13.

Photograph by Greg Mooney


Barn Theatre

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

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


Fisher Theatre

Come Fly Away uses the music of Frank Sinatra to tell the story of four couples’ love trials. Choreographed by Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp. Sept. 13-25. $39-$89.

3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000.


Performance Network Theatre

A nominee for best play at the 2010 Tony Awards, Time Stands Still is the story of a photojournalist who returns home from Iraq and faces difficult life decisions. Sept. 22-Oct. 23. $22-$41.

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


Purple Rose

Directed by Guy Sanville, Consider the Oyster tells an unusual love story. After Gene Walsh proposes to his girlfriend during a Detroit Lions Super Bowl victory celebration, the couple’s future changes drastically. Through Sept. 3. $25-$40.

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


Planet Ant

Set in Chicago in the early ’90s, Criminal Hearts is the story of an agoraphobic woman who befriends a burglar after he crawls through her window. Sept. 10-Oct. 2. $10-$20.

2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948.


Tipping Point Theatre

Vampires, mummies, and werewolves are all a part of The Mystery of Irma Vep, a Gothic comedy. Sept. 1-Oct. 9. $26-$30.

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


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