Arts & Entertainment





Anton Art Center

Aglow will be exhibited in the Main Gallery until July 14. Black | White will be on display in the Main Gallery beginning July 14.

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



• An exhibit composed of two works by Stephen G.A. Mueller will be on display through Aug. 3.

• Featuring work by artists from both Windsor and Detroit, Artcite’s Summer Art Fest will display work throughout downtown Windsor. Beginning July 19.

1109 University Ave. W., Windsor; 519-977-6564;


Cranbrook Art Museum

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America is an exhibition celebrating Michigan’s contributions to Modern design, the industrial architecture of Albert Kahn, and other Michigan designers. Through Oct. 13.

• In Danish ceramist Anders Ruhwald’s fist solo exhibition in Michigan, he will present his investigations into the nature of Modernism in the exhibit Anders Ruhwald at Saarinen House: The Anatomy of a Home. Through October.

39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3320;


Detroit Artists Market

An exhibition of art exploring the theme and concept of “Edge,” juried by guest juror Melanie Manos. Through July 13.

4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-993-7831;


Detroit Institute of Arts

• An overview of the colorful prints by Ellsworth Kelly will be on display. May 24-Sept. 8.

• Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat will confront the complexities of identity, gender, and power through eight video installations and two series of art photography. Public programs and an illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibit. Through July 7.

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

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery

Hypertension. Through July 19.

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


Toledo Museum of Art:

For the first time in the region, a collection of works by indigenous Australians will be exhibited in Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art from the Hood Museum of Art. Through July 14. Free admission. (Some special exhibits require purchased tickets.)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tue.-Thu.; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun.

2445 Monroe, Toledo; 419-255-8000;


University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA):

• The national touring exhibit Isam Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 features 60 drawings, ink paintings, calligraphic works, and sculptures and interpretive materials from this museum and others. Through Sept. 1.

Admission is free, donations accepted. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. 12-5 p.m. Sun.

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


Wayne State University Art Department Gallery

Marilyn: Artist and Icon. Opening July 5.

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






Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• Natalie Merchant, of 10,000 Maniacs fame, joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to perform songs from past decades and selections from her recent record. 8 p.m. July 11. Tickets $35+.

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



Kerrytown Concert House

Soprano Jane Schoonmaker Rodgers will be joined by pianist Kevin Bylsma to present a large variety of musical genres for the Week After Art Fair Song Fest. 8 p.m. July 24-26.

415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-769-2999;






20th Annual Garden Walk

Northville hosts its annual Garden Walk for the 20th consecutive year. Tour five private gardens. A garden market, live music, and homemade refreshments at historic Mill Race Village complement the charming experience. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. July 10.

Northville; 248-348-3263,





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The APBA Gold Cup

Have a picnic and see the H1 Unlimited Hydroplanes race at speeds near 200 miles per hour, right on the Detroit River. The first cup was awarded in 1904 and maintains its status among the most prestigious trophies in all of motor sports. $15+. July 13-14.

The Detroit River Regatta Association, 17640 E. Nine Mile Road, Eastpointe; 586-774-0980,



American Polish Festival and Craft Show

A pierogi-eating challenge, live music from the biggest names in polka, performances by regional dance groups, Polish Kitchen cuisine, and a beer tent can make anyone Polish at heart. $5 parking fee. July 12-14.

The American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights; 586-264-7990,


Art in the Park: Plymouth

Over 400 artists from around the country travel to Plymouth this month, bringing with them their paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, glass, woodwork, photography, folk art, and other fruits of their craft to sell at this “signature Michigan” event. A free shuttle service operates continually between Plymouth City Hall and the ACH plant, and parking is free. Visit website for shuttle hours. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. July 13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 14.

51220 Northview, Plymouth; 734-454-1314,


Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival

Jazz, R&B, and the premiere of the documentary The Rebirth of Paradise Valley. The soul-soothing best of jazz and R&B hits will bring out the music lover in you, with performances by jazz greats Ronnie Laws, Tom “Jamaica Funk” Brown, and R&B singers Christopher Williams and Kimmie Horne. $15 to see the documentary. Festival is free Fri., Sat., and Sun. before 4 p.m. $3 Sat. and Sun. after 4 p.m. July 19-21.

Hart Plaza, Detroit;


54th Annual Ann Arbor Art Fair

Every July, some 500,000 visitors flock to downtown Ann Arbor for the Ann Arbor Art Fair. In 2004, it was named the no. 1 art fair in the country by AmericanStyle magazine, and has since made the top 10 every year. This year’s will be held July 17-20.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, 721 E. Huron Street, Suite 200, Ann Arbor; 734-994-5260,



Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire takes arts, crafts, engineering, food, music, science, and technology projects, and “the do-it-yourself” attitude to the next level. Robotics, electronics, rockets, food, and fashion — you’ll find mind-blowing creativity at the The Henry Ford, an apt location for innovation. Visit website for ticket information. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. July 27-28.

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


Arab and Chaldean Festival

Celebrate the festival’s 42nd anniversary — a tradition of celebrating tradition. Special cultural exhibits include the history of Arab medicine, folklore customs, Arab calligraphy, the history of Yemen, and the Sultan Qabos Cultural Center from Washington, D.C. Includes live music, an art gallery, a children’s fair, and a fashion show. July 27-28.

Hart Plaza, Detroit; 248-960-9956,






Redford Theatre

Walt Disney’s classic 1964 musical Mary Poppins stars Julie Andrews, who won an Academy Award for her performance. Mary Poppins takes on the difficult task of caring for the Banks children, but quickly wins them over with her magical ways. 8 p.m. July 12; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. July 13. $5. • The Alfred Hitchcock thriller Notorious stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. The daughter of a convicted Nazi spy is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate an organization of Nazis before the two fall in love. 8 p.m. July 26; 2 p.m., 8 p.m. July 27. $5.

Redford Theatre; 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.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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

• A collective sculptural show, Visions of Our 44th President, features 44 3-dimensional interpretations of President Obama. Through Aug. 4.

Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology is a new permanent exhibit highlighting African American contributions to the four disciplines of scientific advancement since the 17th century.

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.

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

$8 adults. $5 seniors (62+). $5 youth (3-12). Free for children under 3.

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


Cranbrook Institute of Science

• Ongoing exhibits are The Story of Us, a nationally regarded anthropology collection; People of the Woodlands: Objects of Great Lakes Native America, a review of objects, practices, and the environment of Great Lakes native peoples and their complex connection; and Astronomy Lobby, a self-updating display from the Space Telescope Science Institute.

$12.50 adults. $9.50 children (2-12) and seniors (65+).

39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3200,


Detroit Historical Museum

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

Doorway to Freedom: Detroit & the Underground Railroad, which explores Detroit’s role as the “doorway to freedom” in fugitive slaves’ quest to find freedom in the North.

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

• Robert Scherer, Henry Ford, and other great inventors are featured in The Gallery of Innovation, an exhibit focusing on Detroit innovators and the products they created that we still use today.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805;


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Built by the River is a new exhibit exploring Detroit’s maritime history, as Detroit was once a fur-trade epicenter.

City on the Straits, a signature exhibit, surveys the region’s natural environment and the economic development influenced by the natural resources of the Great Lakes and the Detroit River.

The Gothic Room mimics the original gentleman’s lounge of the City of Detroit III, a vessel from the early 1900s. The room’s Lasalle Window, a stained-glass window, is a truly unique example of Great Lakes maritime architecture.

Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes shares the language used by mariners to communicate with sailors, vessels, and people on the shores — the means of which have evolved throughout history, including lights, radios, cell phones, and telegraphy.

• The S.S. William Clay Ford was a Great Lakes freighter built in 1953, resigning in 1987, which transported tons of iron ore and coal from the upper Great Lakes to the River Rouge Steel Plant. Walk its floors, stand at its wheel, and look through its windows and onto the Detroit River at the S.S. William Clay Ford Pilot House.

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


Greenfield Village

Travel through time in the Village’s seven historic districts, the Railroad Junction, Working Farms, Edison at Work, Porches and Parlors, Liberty Craftworks, Main Street, and Henry Ford’s Model T. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. $24 adults. $22 seniors (ages 62+). $17.50 youth (ages 5-12). Free ages 4 & under.

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


Henry Ford Museum

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s, runs through Sept. 2. The exhibit looks at six Depression-era fairs, which heavily influenced modernism and consumerism.

With Liberty and Justice for All chronicles America’s journeys to freedom, beginning with the American Revolution and ending with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.

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

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

$17 adults; $15 seniors age 62 and up; $12.50 youth; free for children 4 and under.

• Also: Kennedy Presidential Limousines, Made in America, and Rosa Parks Bus.

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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


Holocaust Memorial Center

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

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


Michigan Science Center

• Featured ongoing exhibits are Space, displaying four towering rockets; Health and Nutrition, which stresses the value of fitness; Motion, which explores the fundamental property of matter and energy; and Engineering, which includes a miniature Mackinac Bridge.

$12.95 adults, $9.95 seniors and youth, children under 2 free. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wed., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thu.-Fri., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sat. – Sun., noon – 6 p.m.

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


Motown Museum

• Guided tours of the museum include The Gallery, which is composed of original stage uniforms worn by famous Motown artists, sheet music, rare photos, and other memorabilia.

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

• Other attractions include Berry Gordy’s Apartment, The Echo Chamber, and Motown Style, which is home to the jeweled white glove made famous by Michael Jackson.

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


Plymouth Historical Museum

Explore Dr. Weldon Petz’s lifetime collection of artifacts of our 16th president in the Abraham Lincoln Exhibit, which includes a rare book from Lincoln’s youth, artifacts from his assassination, even a lock of his hair. Wed., Fri., Sat., & Sun. 1-4 p.m. $5 adults; $2 students.

155 S. Main Street, Plymouth; 734-455-8940,


University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Race: Are we so different? delves into the concept of race through biological, cultural, and historical perspectives. Runs through Aug. 11.

• 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;






She & Him

“She” (Zooey Deschanel) is a doe-eyed movie and TV star whose piercingly clear voice first pricked up ears in a short musical number from the Will Ferrell comedy Elf. “Him” (M. Ward) is a curly-headed indie-folk crooner with a sandpaper voice and bluesy guitar lines out of the John Fahey bible. Together, the duo’s songs — written mostly by She and produced by Him — recall 1970s AM Gold radio. 8:30 p.m. July 1. $45.

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



English music veterans Ian McDonald and Mick Jones formed Foreigner in 1976 with American musicians Lou Gramm, Al Greenwood, and Ed Gagliardi. They came up with the name because, no matter what country they were in, one would be a foreigner since McDonald and Jones were English and Gramm, Greenwood, and Gagliardi were American. Through their long history, Foreigner has seen a number of lineup changes but has remained one of the best-selling bands of all time. 6 pm. July 3. $16+.

Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights, 586-268-9700.


Alice Cooper

At 65, Cooper is old enough to be the grandfather of shock-rock. So hearing him sing the classic teenage anthem “I’m Eighteen” might be a little strange. But strange is what the Detroit native has made a four-decade career out of. 9 p.m. July 5. $35+.

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


Matchbox Twenty with Goo Goo Dolls

Most pop music fans remember Matchbox Twenty’s introduction to the mainstream with the single “Push,” which garnered major radio airplay in 1997. But the song never actually made it the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to 1998, in order to chart the famous list, songs had to be released as singles, and “Push” hadn’t been. That didn’t hinder the band, whose debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, went on to sell more than 15 million copies. The band’s popularity has dwindled somewhat in recent years, while frontman Rob Thomas’ solo career took off, but Matchbox Twenty persevered, releasing its fourth album, North, last year. The Goo Goo Dolls might not have experienced the levels of fame and success they’ve achieved had they stuck with their original formula. Formed in the mid-1980s as the Sex Maggots, the group was forced to change their name by a local club owner who refused to book them because of it. At the time, they played sloppy punk rock in the vein of the Replacements, with song titles like “Up Yours” and “Had Enough.” It took years for the Goos to mellow out and develop the sound that broke them into the mainstream with such hits as “Iris” and “Slide.” 7 p.m. July 6. $22+

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


Dave Matthews Band

Break out your flip-flops and shell necklaces, dude. Dave Matthews is coming to town. DMB allows audience members to record most of their shows and permits nonprofit streaming of the recordings. DMB has, however, worked with the U.S. government to crack down on for-profit bootleggers. 7 p.m. July 9. $37.50+.

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



Rivers Cuomo, Patrick Wilson, Brian Bell, and Scott Shriner form the current incarnation of Weezer, although the lineup has changed four times since the band’s inception in 1992. The original group played its first gig opening for Keanu Reeves’ band, Dogstar. The latest albums from Weezer were 2010’s Hurley and Death to False Metal, which featured previously unreleased tracks. No details have been released about a follow-up album, but in December assistant Karl Koch wrote, “While it’s impossible to say when the next Weezer album will come out, rest assured the band is excited and united in their desire to make it great.” 8 p.m. July 11. $20+.

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


Bruno Mars with Ellie Goulding

Peter Gene Hernandez is known by his stage name, Bruno Mars. He comes from a musical family in Honolulu but moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career. He adopted “Bruno” because it was a nickname his father gave him and “Mars” because “a lot of girls say I’m out of this world,” he says, “so I was like ‘I guess I’m from Mars.’” Before he was signed as a solo artist, Mars wrote songs for Adam Levine, Brandy, Sean Kingston, and Flo Rida. Come “just the way you are” to see Mars at 6 p.m. July 11. $40+.

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


One Direction

After finishing third on the British version of The X Factor, One Direction was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label. The English-Irish boy band became an international success that thrilled fans of all ages. One Direction members Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, and Louis Tomlinson range in age from 19 to 21. They’re known as wholesome, clean-cut, and parent-friendly, and are responsible for the recent resurgence of the boy-band concept. 7:30 p.m. July 12. $29.50+.

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


Barenaked Ladies with Ben Folds Five and Guster

BNL has been testing new ground ever since founding member Steven Page left the band in 2009. He wasn’t just a sideman, either. Page is credited or co-credited for 97 of the 113 so-ngs the band wrote during his tenure. Grinning Streak, BNL’s second album without him, dropped last month. 7 p.m. July 12. $22+.

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


Animal Collective

Animal Collective grew out of the childhood friendships between Noah Lennox and Josh Dibb. In high school, they added David Portner and Brian Weitz to the group. The four usually go by the names Panda Bear, Deakin, Avey Tare, and Geologist, respectively. Although they went to different colleges, the four would come together each summer to record new music. In the summer of 2000, they recorded for months and they say that this was when their sound was created. However, all recordings of this period were stolen. They continue to create experimental psychedelic music and run the record label Paw Tracks. 8 p.m. July 15. $25+.

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


Fun with Tegan and Sara

After he and his first band, The Format, parted ways in 2008, lead singer Nate Ruess formed Fun with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. In late winter of 2012, the band made the pop charts sizzle with the hit single “We Are Young,” which grabbed Billboard’s No. 1 spot. The group has also taken a stance against homophobia by developing The Ally Coalition to “raise awareness and funds to aid in the fight to LGBTQ equality.” 6:30 p.m. July 16. $29.50+.

Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100.


Train, with The Script and Gavin DeGraw

After a three-year hiatus, Train reunited in 2009 to release the international hit single “Hey, Soul Sister.” Their sixth album, featuring the single “Drive By,” was released last spring. Formed in Dublin, The Script debuted in 2008. Their latest single, “Hall of Fame,” became a success when it was released last summer. Gavin DeGraw is best known for his songs “Chariot” and “I Don’t Want to Be,” the theme song for One Tree Hill.  His latest album, Sweeter, was released in 2011. 7 p.m. July 18. $17+.

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


Bon Jovi

It’s hard to imagine now almost 30 years after Bon Jovi broke onto the scene with their third album, Slippery When Wet, the band was considered “hard rock,” even borderline metal. Like most bands, Jon Bon Jovi & Co. have mellowed over the years. 7:30 p.m. July 18. $19.50+.

Ford Field, 2000 Brush St. 200, Detroit.


Vans Warped Tour

This year’s Warped Tour will feature more than 100 bands, including Gold Finger, 3OH!3, Bowling for Soup, Story of the Year, the Used, Chiodos, Reel Big Fish, Allstar Weekend, Hawthorne Heights, and the Early November. 11 a.m. July 19. $37.50.

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




The American rock band Heart first found success in Canada before taking off at home and around the world. Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have had a four-decade long career as the primary members of Heart, which is one of VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.” The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. Heart has contributed to the Seattle music scene and briefly owned Bad Animals Studio, where many artists recorded, including Neil Young, R.E.M., Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains. 7:30 p.m. July 19. $20+.

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


The Temptations

The Temptations first formed in 1960 in Detroit as the Elgins. The Tempts continue to perform with their only living member, Otis Williams, still in the lineup. They’re best known for the hit singles “My Girl,” and “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” which are both in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. In February, the Temptations received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and Otis Williams accepted the award along with children of the former members. 9 p.m. July 19. $55+.

Silver Creek Event Center. 11111 Wilson Road, New Buffalo. 866-494-6371.


Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band

You could enjoy a “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” wash it down with an ice-cold Landshark Lager, then waste away in Margaritaville while reading Swine Not? and still not get to the heart of what made Buffett a household name in the first place — his music. 7:30 p.m. July 20. $39+.

Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.



Beyoncé got her start as the lead singer of Destiny’s Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. During a hiatus from Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé released her debut solo album, which garnered five Grammys. Since then, Beyoncé has earned many titles, including one of the 100 greatest artists of all time, the third greatest woman in music by VH1, and as Jay-Z’s wife, Mrs. Carter. 8 p.m. July 20. $48+.

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


Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Gin Blossoms

Ah, the ’90s — a time when you could call your friend at home to make plans to meet at a specific location at some agreed-upon point and time in the future, and he’d actually show up (without a reminder text message)! Yes, times were simpler then, and so was the music, as evidenced by the straightforward alt-rock and spikey hair of Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and, to a lesser extent, Gin Blossoms. 6 p.m. July 21. $15+.

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


Lynyrd Skynyrd and Bad Company

Lynyrd Skynyrd isn’t from “Sweet Home Alabama,” Mississippi, or any of the other states most associated with the Deep South. The native Floridians tour on the heels of their latest album, Last of a Dyin’ Breed. 7 p.m. July 23. $25+.

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



Because, around here, the loudest line of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” comes early: “Just a city boy, born and raised in south Detroit.” … Wherever “south Detroit” is. (This time around, it’s Windsor.) 8 p.m. July 24. $99+.

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


Oakaloosa ’13

Founded in 2011, Detroit Sports Zone is a nonprofit group committed to exposing people of all ages to sports, art, culture, and life-skill development and mentoring. DSZ is proud to present the Oakaloosa Music Festival — southeast Michigan’s first fully philanthropic music festival. A percentage of every dollar raised will help fund the restoration of Historic Fort Wayne. Girl Talk and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony headline this “music festival with a purpose.” The lineup also includes Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Trick Trick, Robert James, Royce Da 5’9,” Kaleido, Ro Spit, Paulina Jayne, Freddy Todd, DJ A.M.F, and Hir-O. $35+. 12 p.m. July 27.

Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 Jefferson Ave., Detroit;


Steely Dan

Before they were Steely Dan, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen played in a college band with Chevy Chase on drums. Despite being blessed with perfect pitch, Chase never quite made it in the music biz. Steely Dan, on the other hand, has won numerous Grammys and worldwide fandom. 7:30 p.m. July 27. $45+.

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


Justin Bieber

RT @DetBieberFan: OMG! @justinbieber is finally coming 2 #Detroit! Can’t w8 2 c him perform w/o 140-character limit. PLEASE RETWEET. 7 p.m. July 28. $99+.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-983-6606.


Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Rob Zombie headlines this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Zombie is a solo musician and founding member of the band White Zombie. After gaining prominence as a musician, Zombie also ventured into screenwriting, directing, film producing, and acting. The festival will also feature Five Finger Death Punch, Mastodon, and Amon Amarth. 1 p.m. July 28. $28.

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






The City Theatre

In its third return to the City Theatre, Ernie, written by Mitch Albom, tells the story of Detroit Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell and his final broadcast at Comerica Park. Through July 7. $20-$25.

2301 Woodward Ave, Detroit; 800-745-3000;


Performance Network Theatre

In the Michigan premiere of Becky Shaw, the story of step-siblings Suzanna and Max takes a dark turn after Suzanna sets Max up on a blind date in this witty and comedic thriller. Until July 28. $27-$41.

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




Purple Rose

In the world premiere of Miles and Ellie, two teenagers who are in love eventually become separated. After 20 years and a divorce, the two could possibly receive a second chance at love. Through Aug. 31.

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



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