Arts & Entertainment

Art

 

Anton Art Center

Cut & Paste: The Art of Collage features more than 100 multiple-media artworks from artists all over the country. Through June 6.

Works by members of the Lakeside Palette Club, Mount Clemens Art Association, and Warren Tri-County Fine Arts, Inc. are on display in Juried Group Show through June 16.

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

 

Ariana Gallery

The Annual Glass Show: Features work by Laurie Thal, R. Jason Howard, Josh Hershman, and others in the 50th anniversary celebration of studio glass. Whimsical new jewelry designs by Link Wachler are also on display.

119 S. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-546-8810, arianagallery.com; http://arianagallery.com.

 

Art Center

The PRINT features experimental print techniques by Michigan artists.  Through June 10.

117 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004, ext. 101; annarborartcenter.org.

 

Artcite

Part I of the Artcite 30th Anniversary Show is on exhibit June 1-30. Opening reception is June 1.

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

 

Art Department Gallery

WSU Art Education Exhibition is on display through June 22.

150 Art Building, Detroit; 313-993-7813; art.wayne.edu.

 

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.

• Paintings and lino-block prints by Mary E. Wrinch are highlighted.

Land Marks features contemporary photographs by Christine Burchnall, Stan Douglas, ThinkArchitecture, Bill Vazan, and Douglas Walker.

Re-enacting Resistance features activist art by Jamelie Hassan.

• Work by the filmmaker Nicky Hamlyn, painter Angela Allen, and video artist Simon Payne is featured in Correspondences. All exhibitions are on display through June 10.

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. June 30–Sept. 2.

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

 

Artspace II

Works by Larry Zox and Stanley Boxer are on display June 1-30. Both artists are associated with the Color Field movement.

303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540; artspace2.com/artspace2.

 

Belian Art Center

Canvas and Clay features contemporary paintings and pottery by abstract painter James Homer Brown and ceramic artist Jeremy Forman. Through June 30.

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

 

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. June 17-Oct. 14.

39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3300; cranbrookart.edu/museum.

 

David Klein Gallery

Vitamin P Is Good for You features work by Kristin Beaver, Ben Grasso, Alyssa Monks, Jessica Rohrer, and Trevor Young. June 2-July 14.

163 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-433-3700; dkgallery.com.

 

Detroit Institute of Arts

Seventy-Fifth Annual Detroit Public Schools Student Exhibition features student works in different media. Through June 3.

Five Spanish Masterpieces, including Melancholy Woman by Pablo Picasso, is up June 21-Aug. 19.

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. June 1-Sept. 2. 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; dia.org.

 

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery

No.Town Beyond the Wall: Berlin Artists in Detroit finds similarities between Berlin and Detroit. The collection of artworks is based on personal experiences of 15 artists. Through June 22.

480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 313-993-7813; art.wayne.edu.

 

Flint Institute of Arts

Captured in Glass: Historic and Contemporary Paperweights is the decorative arts gallery’s inaugural exhibition, which includes 300 works. Through June 10.

The Epic and the Intimate: French Drawings from the Snite Museum is on display through July 29 in the Graphic Arts Gallery.

The Golden Age of Painting, 1600–1800, from by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Ky. is on display in the Charles Stewart Mott Wing. Through Aug. 19.

Abstract Expressionism: Then and Now is in the Hodge & Temporary Exhibition Galleries. Through Aug. 19.

Viola E. Bray: A Legacy of Giving is in the Viola E. Bray and Summerfield Galleries. Through Aug. 19.

Designs from the Past: Ancient Chinese Ceramic Vessels is featured in the Decorative Arts Gallery June 30-Sept. 16. 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; flintarts.org.

 

Grosse Pointe Art Center

Faces/Portraits is on exhibit through June 2.

Realism vs. Surrealism is on exhibit June 15-July 21.

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

 

Fredericks Sculpture Museum

Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition is on exhibit June – Sept., 2012.

7400 Bay Rd., Saginaw; 989-964-7125, svsu.edu/mfsm.

 

Lawrence Street Gallery

Prints by Jennifer Hatcher are showcased in June.

22620 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-0394;lawrencestreetgallery.com.

 

Paint Creek Center for the Arts

Both galleries display works in all media by PCCA students and faculty. June 8-22. Opening reception June 8, 7-9 p.m.

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

 

Pewabic Pottery

41st Annual Staff and Student Exhibition features artworks in various media: drawing, painting, fiber, and ceramics. Through June 10.

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

Re:View Art Gallery

Pop art by Matt Zacharias is on display in Childhood, Boyhood, Sonic Youth, the artist’s first solo show. Zacharias conveys his life experiences and memories of popular culture through various media. June 9-July 7.

444 W. Willis, Detroit; 313-833-9000; reviewcontemporary.com.

 

River’s Edge Gallery

Detroit pop-culture art by Bill Morrison is on display June 15-July 16. Meet the artist June 23.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880; artattheedge.com.

The Old Watch Dog, an oil on board, from Clinton Snider’s exhibit the Susanne Hilberry Gallery.

Susanne Hilberry Gallery

New paintings by Clinton Snider are on display through June 16.

• Pots by Warren MacKenzie are featured June 23-Aug. 4. Opening reception is June 23, 6-8 p.m.

700 Livernois, Ferndale; 248-541-4700; hilberrygallery.com.

 

Toledo Museum of Art

For the Birds is inspired by the spring migration of birds. On display in the Gallery 18. Through Sept. 2.

African Art, selected by the University of Toledo art-history students, is featured in the Hitchcock Galley through July 24.

Refraction/Reflection presents photographs that focus on the themes of light, shadows, and reflection. Through Aug. 5.

Revelation paintings by Russian-born Jules Olitski are featured in the Canaday Gallery. Through Aug. 26.

• 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. June 14-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, toledomuseum.org.

 

UMMA

Visual art by Haroon Mirza is on display through July 22. The installation explores the relationship between humans and the surrounding sounds created by objects, forces, and actions.

Recent Acquisitions: Curator’s Choice Part II features modern and historic art from America, Europe, and Asia that was gifted to the museum in the past five years. Through Aug. 5.

The Flatness of Ambiguity showcase about 40 photographs by American photographer Judith Turner. June 9-Sept. 2.

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

 

Whitdel Arts

Collaborative Painting Exhibition is on display June 1-July 1.

1250 Hubbard, Suite B1, Detroit; 313-899-2243; whitdelarts.com.

 

 

 

Classical

 

 

Cantanta Academy Chorale

An evening of music focuses on the themes of hope, faith, life, and love. 3 p.m. June 3. $15.

1571 Commerce, Orchard Lake; cantataacademy.org.

 

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival

A collection of performances featuring highlights from the Russian repertoire — including music by Shostakovich, Glazunov, Stravinsky, Arensky, Rachmaninov, and Prokofiev — mirrors the 19th annual festival’s theme: White Nights: A Musical Journey Through Russia. The opening night concert at the Seligman Performing Arts Center on June 9 includes Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Rachmaninov’s Fantasy for 2 Pianos, and Prokofiev’s Sonata in C Major for Cello and Piano. June 9-24.

Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, various locations; 248-559-2097. For tickets and a complete list of concerts and locations, visit greatlakeschambermusic.com.

 

 

Events

 

 

Christ Church Antiques Show

Local and national merchants gather for a three-day showcase, appreciation, and appraisal of antiques. Featuring a lecture and book signing by designer Jeffrey Bilhuber (10 a.m. June 1), evaluation days by antique experts, and a performance by the Christ Church Choir and Orchestra. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 1-2, and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 3. $10. There’s also a preview party and silent auction from 7-10 p.m. May 31.

Christ Church Grosse Pointe, 61 Grosse Pointe Blvd., Grosse Pointe Farms; 313-885-4841 ext. 117. For featured events pricing, visit christchurchgp.org/antiques.

 

First Friday Experience

Let the weekend begin 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. June 1.

Downtown Northville; downtownnorthville.com.

 

Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

The cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the Firestone Indy Lights Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series show off their agility and speed at the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. June 1-3.

Belle Isle, Detroit; detroitgp.com.

 

Mount Clemens Art Fair

Featuring a variety of artistic expression, from paintings to ceramics, local artists showcase the best of their art forms. June 1-3.

Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens; theartcenter.org.

 

Motor City Pride

A celebration of metro Detroit’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community. June 2-3.

Hart Plaza, downtown Detroit; motorcitypride.org.

 

Preservation Detroit Tours

Each Saturday, experience the sights, sounds and history of Detroit from the best view possible — on foot. Walking tour locations include Detroit Cultural Center, Downtown, Eastern Market, and Midtown. 10 a.m. June 2.

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

What Is Style? Workshop: A workshop and tour of architectural styles in Detroit. Registration is available online only, and the event will begin at Preservation Detroit offices. 10 a.m. June 9. $50.

Preservation Detroit, 4735 Cass, Detroit; preservationdetroit.org.

 

313 Trivia

The Detroit Historical Society hosts 313 Trivia the first Wednesday of each month. Register as a team of three or five, or register solo and be paired with a team of players. The games feature five rounds of 10 trivia questions. Winners receive a complimentary Hard Rock Café tab for the evening, gift cards to the Hard Rock Café and two free-admission passes each to the Historical Museum. Funds raised during the competition go toward the museum’s $20.1-million Past > Forward campaign. 6:30 p.m. June 6. $10.

Hard Rock Café Detroit, 45 Monroe, Detroit; pastforward.detroithistorical.org.

 

Music on the Plaza

In its 25th year, Music on the Plaza is a celebration of music and musicians, especially jazz. 7 p.m. June 7.

The Village Festival Plaza, Kercheval and St Clair, Grosse Pointe; thevillagegp.com.

 

Cars & Stars

An evening of secret agents and Dr. Evils featuring dancing, aerialists, and a performance by pianist and composer Burt Bacharach. This event will benefit education. 6:30 p.m. June 8. $150-$550.

Music Hall, 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8510, musichall.org.

Bravo Bravo

Voted the best annual party by Detroit young professionals, this evening includes music, networking, and restaurant food. 7:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. June 8.  $110.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; michiganopera.org.

Pleasant Ridge Home and Garden Tour

An architectural tour of Pleasant Ridge’s most stylish and historic gardens and residences. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 9. $20.

Call 248-541-2900 for tickets or visit pleasantridgehistory.com for more information.

 

Downtown Hoedown

The 30th annual Downtown Hoedown features some of country music’s biggest names, including Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, Jana Kramer and more than 40 artists performing on three stages. June 8-10. $20-$100.

Comerica Park grounds, Detroit; for full artist schedule, visit wycd.cbslocal.com.

 

Auto Heritage Tour

Follow in the footsteps of Henry Ford, Henry Leland, and the Fisher brothers, and see the birthplace of the Model T as you tour key landmarks that aided in the development of Detroit’s auto history. All tour proceeds go to the ongoing preservation of the Ford Piquette Plant. 10 a.m. June 16.

Detroit Public Library, Detroit; 313-577-7674 for more information visit preservationdetroit.org.

 

Cirque D’Or performs acts of physical daring June 23 at Meadow Brook Music Festival

Cirque D’Or

Human pyramids, tribal drums, and more than 20 performers bend, spin umbrellas with their feet, scale poles, and tame a golden dragon. 2 p.m. June 23. $17-$22.

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

 

Pewabic in Detroit Bus Tour

A history and tour of the Pewabic tile located in public places and buildings in the city of Detroit. 10 a.m. June 23. $50.

Pewabic Pottery Building, 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit; preservationdetroit.org.

 

Detroit River Days Festival

Indulge in the days of summer with music, sculpturing, and other eco-friendly activities presented by the Detroit RiverFront Conservacy. June 22-24.

Detroit Riverfront; 313-334-4600, detroitriverfront.org.

 

Woman’s Club Home and Garden Tour

A city-wide tour of the most unique architecture and craftsmanship of Royal Oak residences. 10 a.m. June 23.

Royal Oak Woman’s Club; 404 Pleasant, Royal Oak; 248-808-1528, rowc.org.

 

54th Annual Target Fireworks

The Detroit River will shimmer with the vibrant colors of the annual fireworks. 10:06 p.m. June 25. (Rain date June 26).

 

 

Film

 

 

Redford Theatre

A wealthy heiress (Claudette Colbert) wanting to escape her high-society problems finds a rogue reporter (Clark Gable) willing to listen in It Happened One Night. 8 p.m. June 1; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 2. $4.

• A night of adolescent antics and adventures, American Graffiti is the picture of life as a teenager in the early 1960s. 8 p.m. June 15; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June16. $4.

• Humphrey Bogart plays a man torn between helping his former lover (Ingrid Bergman) and the complications of war in Casablanca. With Claude Rains. 8 p.m. June 29; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 30. $4.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.

 

 

Museums

 

 

Arab American National Museum

Fighting for Democracy: Who is the “We” in “We the People?” highlights the stories of seven individuals and their dedication to their country and civic engagement. Through June 10.

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country showcases stories of heroism and self-sacrifice that Arab- Americans have played in our country. Through June 12.

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

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

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

Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3. $6 adults; $3 students and seniors. Under 5 free.

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

 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Moving to His Own Beat — Fela: The Man, The Movement, The Music features the life and music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Through June 17.

Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, Social and Political in African American Art is composed of more than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed-media by 36 artists. Through June 3.

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. $5-$8.

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

Detroit Historical Museum

The museum will be closed until Nov. 23 for renovations.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org.

 

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. Also: To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders.

100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org/main/dossin.

 

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. 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; lsa.umich.edu/exhibitmuseum.

 

Greenfield Village

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. 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; 313-982-6001; hfmgv.org/village.

 

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 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.

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

 

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. There’s also a multi-lingual library. $5-$8 admission.

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

 

 

Music

 

 

Radiohead plays locally for the first time in 15 years June 11 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

 

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Some might be surprised to learn that the Chili Peppers have roots in Michigan. Singer Anthony Kiedis hails from Grand Rapids, and drummer Chad Smith, a Lahser High School grad, spent most of his formative years in Bloomfield Hills. But the two Michiganians didn’t meet until 1988, when Smith auditioned for the then dummer-less band in L.A. The rest, as they say, is pop-music history. 8 p.m. June 1. $42.50-$62.50.

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

 

Roger Waters ‘The Wall Live’

Waters said that he’s performing Pink Floyd’s The Wall in its entirety again to explore this question: “Will the technologies of communication in our culture serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?” That was the same question he asked when he last visited Detroit in 2010. Turns out the answer isn’t so simple. 8 p.m. June 5. $58-$202.

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

 

The Shins

If you’ve seen The Shins before, you won’t recognize the James Mercer-fronted indie band this time around. That’s because Mercer cleaned house last year and replaced the entire band. The Shins’ first album in five years, Port of Morrow, was released in March. 7 p.m. June 6. $35-$58.

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

Johnny Mathis

Mathis is a prime example of stamina. As a star athlete in high school, the singer was a track-and-field and basketball star. When Columbia Records discovered 19-year-old Mathis singing at a jazz club, he was forced to choose between a record deal and Olympic tryouts. His athletic endurance has translated well to music, though. The performer has released more than 130 albums and is still a star after 50 years in the biz. 8 p.m. June 7. Price TBA.

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

 

Earth, Wind and Fire

This elemental Chicago-bred R&B band might have been the inspiration for “Captain Planet,” a 1990s children’s cartoon aimed at inspiring eco-responsibility — a full decade before “green” was hot. The band’s stance on environmentalism isn’t publicly known, unlike their disregard for the Oxford comma. 8 p.m. June 8. $60.50-$76.

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

 

Radiohead

The 2012 doomsayers just might be right, and evidence of the impending end of humanity will be on full display at The Palace as Radiohead, British alternative-rock royalty, makes its first area appearance in 15 years. 7:30 p.m. June 11. $69.50.

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

 

Bowerbirds (ABOVE)

This just might be the Bowerbirds’ year. After releasing a couple of spare, folky albums in 2007 and 2009, the North Carolina duo of Philip Moore and Beth Tacular almost parted ways. The romantically linked couple broke up, and then Tacular fell ill and the two reconciled. That might be oversimplifying it, but the events led to the creation of the group’s far more expansive and polished third album, The Clearing, released in March, likely to put Bowerbirds on the map. Clear your schedule for this one. 8 p.m. June 11. $10-$12.

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

Brad Paisley

Paisley has patterned his countrified Southern rock act after the likes of cowboy-hat wearing contemporaries Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, but not Toby Keith — who’s more of a plaid kind of guy. 7:30 p.m. June 16. $35-$72.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.

 

ZZ Top and 3 Doors Down

Got a clean shirt and new shoes, but don’t know what you’re going to do? Turn off that XBox and check out these guitar heroes in the flesh — and facial hair. 7 p.m. June 27. $25-$49.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.

 

Ted Nugent w/REO Speedwagon and Styx

Though the Nuge is now synonymous with neo-conservatism, bow hunting, and guns, the Redford Township native dodged the Vietnam draft in the ’70s — his own admission — by enrolling at Oakland Community College. It’s also interesting to note that the architect of songs titled “Let’s Go Get Stoned” and “Journey to the Center of the Mind” in his early career claims that he’s never done drugs and abstains from alcohol — except for the little bit of South African red wine he tasted in 1990. Love him or hate him, The Motor City Madman always puts on a good show. Nostalgia rockers REO Speedwagon and Styx round out the evening. 7 p.m. June 28. $25-$65.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.

David Gray

It’s been 10 years since Gray was nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy (despite being an active musician for at least a decade prior). The decade since hasn’t been quite as kind to the English songwriter, as none of his subsequent albums have caught on with critics and fans the way his breakthrough, White Ladder, did. And while the recordings have been uneven, Gray’s live show has never faltered. 8 p.m. June 28. $25-$65.

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

 

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers

Don’t expect a comedy show, folks. Steve Martin is a bona-fide musician, having won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2010. Signs of Martin’s musical prowess appeared early in his film career, though, as in The Jerk, when Martin’s character serenades Bernadette Peters with the ukulele tune “You Belong to Me.” 8 p.m. June 28. $45-$65.

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

 

Toby Keith

Having celebrated his 50th birthday last 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. 7 p.m. June 29. $29.50-$86.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.

 

The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour

The surviving members of the Beach Boys — including troubled mastermind Brian Wilson — will perform together in Detroit for the first time in more than two decades, putting aside years of bitter squabbles and legal wrangling to celebrate 50 years of sun-soaked tunes. 7:30 p.m. June 30. $25-$69.50.

DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-8215.

 

 

 

Theater

 

 

The City Theater

Ernie, a play by Mitch Albom, is dedicated to Hall of Fame Detroit broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Through July 29.

2301 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3465, olympiaentertainment.com.

 

Detroit Repertory Theatre

After Mimi got Alzheimer’s, her two daughters and a grandson had to take care of her. Now Mimi is dead. Who killed her? A family member, or a veterinarian who thinks we should deal with our loved ones as we would with our pets? Taking Care of Mimi is a mystery by Marilynn Barner Anselmi. Through June 24.

13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; 313-868-1347; detroitreptheater.com.

 

Meadow Brook

In Xanadu, a Greek muse from the heavens, appears in California to inspire an artist to create the first roller disco. Through June 17. $24-$39.

Oakland University, 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester; 248-377-3300, mbtheatre.com.

 

Michigan Theater

Frankenstein, screened live from the National Theater, is directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle, and features Johnny Lee Miller as The Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein. June 6-7.

603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734- 668-8463, michtheater.org.

 

Performance Network Theatre

The comedy In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play, explores female sexuality and gender roles in the Victorian age. Without an idea about why it works, Dr. Givings uses vibration therapy to treat female patients’ “hysteria.” When his jealous wife tries the device for herself, erotic chaos begins. Adult themes. June 14-July 15.

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

 

Planet Ant

2011 Box Fest Winner, part of Late Night series, runs June 1-16.

2357 Caniff, Hamtramck; 313-365-4948; planetant.com.

 

Purple Rose

In White Buffalo, a small-town family’s life is interrupted when the birth of a white buffalo calf brings a flood of spiritual followers. White buffaloes symbolize peace on earth and unity to mankind in the Sioux tradition. Through June 2.

• In On Golden Pond, Ethel and Norman Thayer receive an unexpected visit from their daughter, her fiancé, and his son. When Norman and the boy develop an unexpected friendship, the Thayer family rediscovers the joy in life. June 21-Sept. 1. $25-$40.

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

 

Ringwald Theatre

The Divine Sister is the story of Mother Superior, who, on her quest to build a new school for the convent, has to deal with a young postulant with “visions,” sexual hysteria, a mysterious visitor, a schoolboy, and an old suitor who tries to make her forget her vows. Through June 4.

27742 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-399-3727; theringwald.com.

 

Tipping Point Theatre

Trying to cope with the deaths of their husbands, three Jewish women meet in the cemetery every month. As they talk about the past and quarrel, they start to heal and attempt to date again. The Cemetery Club is a bittersweet comedy about life and friendship. Through June 17.

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

 

 

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