Arts & Entertainment

July 2011




Ann Arbor Art Center

Artists repurpose discarded objects in Everything AND the Kitchen Sink: Michigan Outsider Artists. July 2-Aug. 15.

117 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor; 734-994-8004.


Anton Art Center

• The Michigan Ceramics Exhibition features a range of sculptures created in ceramic media. Through July 29. (Note: the center will be closed to the public July 1-10)

Going Green features work relating to the general theme “green.”

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


Ariana Gallery

The MAM Show features mosaic work from Michigan artists. Through July 11.

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



• Mixed-media installations, interventions, and performances are featured in Visual Fringe 2011. July 15-24.

• Roxanne Jackson brings select recent works for Monster. Through Aug. 6.

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


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW)

• Mirrors, plywood, and fiber-optic trees constitute Death by Landscape, an installation by artist Annie MacDonnell. July 2-Oct. 9.

• Dennis Michael Jones’ paintings in Sometimes, Somewhere, Someday seek to create a new language. Through July 17.

History of the Present (Selected Works 1985-2009) is a retrospective of Canadian artist Jayce Salloum’s photo-based multimedia pieces. Through July 17.

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


Arts League of Michigan

Great American Artists showcases the work of 11 African-American figurative artists through July 17.

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.

2840 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-281-4779.


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

The Michigan Watercolor Society and Jud Coveyou take up residency in the art center through July 8.

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


Detroit Artists Market

• Artists are exposing Victoria’s secret in Underwear Show, a curated group show that looks at the taboo matter. Through July 16.

DAM Small(er) Show is a rotating showcase of small-scale art by more than 50 local artists. July 29-Aug 27.

4719 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-8540.


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 July 24.

Open Wed.-Sun.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900.


Elaine L. Jacob Gallery at Wayne State University

A summer group exhibition runs through July 29.

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


Ellen Kayrod Gallery

Artists who have previously shown at the gallery return for the Stable Invitational. Through July 22.

4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300.

Flint Institute of Arts

•  Andrew Wyeth’s early and rarely seen works are displayed in Something Waits Beneath It — Early Work by Andrew Wyeth, 1939-1969. Through Aug. 7.

• Edmund Lewandowski’s work is remembered in this first-ever retrospective titled Precisionism and Beyond. Through Aug. 7.

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


Gallery Project

Extremes runs through Aug. 7.

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


Grosse Pointe Art Center

The center’s Our Rivers, Our Lakes event begins July 22 and runs through Aug. 27.

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


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.



Barely There (part one) is a group exhibition that deals with words, concepts, and knowledge. Free. Through July 31.

4454 Woodward, Detroit; 313-832-6622.


Re:View Art Gallery

In conjunction with the Allied Media Conference, a two-person show combines the work of Chitra Gopalakrishnan and Wes Taylor. Through July 23.

444 W. Willis Units 111 and 111, Detroit; 313-833-9000.


River’s Edge Gallery

The premiere of Detroit-based retro painter Slaw’s new work can be viewed in My Life in Pictures and Cars I Love. Through Aug. 6.

3024 Biddle, Wyandotte; 734-246-9880.


Sherry Washington Gallery

Detroit-Beauty Abandoned by Mary King will be on display July 16-Sept. 17.

1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500.


323 East

The gallery’s July exhibition features work by Miss April and Audrey Pongracz.

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



Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints presents work by 41 leading contemporary Chinese printmakers. July 16-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.




Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy music under the stars — and along Lake St. Clair — as the DSO performs open-air concerts on the bucolic grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. 8:30 p.m. July 8-9. Program to be announced, but there will be a fireworks finale. $20-$150.

1100 Lake Shore Rd., Grosse Pointe Shores; 313-576-5111.






National Cherry Festival

What started as a 1926 formal blessing of a cherry blossom has turned into this annual weeklong festival. It includes air shows, bike tours, bed races, classic car cruise, bingo, souvenir tent, cherry-pie spit contest, family sand sculpture contest, golf, classic film series, and more. July 2-9.

Traverse City.


Art in the Park

Celebrating its 32nd year, 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 and rated as one of the “Gems of the Great Lakes” by AAA magazine, and also includes live entertainment. July 8-10.

The streets surrounding Kellogg Park, downtown Plymouth.


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 8-10.

Detroit River, east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge.


A Tapestry of Gardens

This year, the annual event features nine gardens, with several exhibiting garden-themed quilts. Also, plein air artists will be painting in the gardens, and the Troy Historical Museum will host an arts and crafts boutique, plant sale, and student art exhibit. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. July 13.  $10-$12.

Troy Historical Museum, 60 W. Wattles, Troy; 248-540-4249.


Concert of Colors

Entering its 19th year, the diversity-themed music festival adds new venues this year, and includes musical performances representing different cultures from around the world. The event also offers multicultural food, merchandise, and outdoor activities. July 14-17. Free.

In and around Detroit’s Midtown/Cultural Center, Detroit.


Ann Arbor Antiques Show

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. June 16-17. $6.

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


Ann Arbor Street Art Fairs

Together, the fairs attract more than 500,000 attendees, 150 juried artists, free art activities, and performances. July 20-23.

Ingalls Mall Lawn, surrounding the Burton Memorial Tower, and North University on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan.


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 dozens of artisans. July 28-30.

Dodge Park and the City Center, Sterling Heights; 586-446-2489.


Orchard Lake Fine Art Show

Entering its ninth year, this annual event has been named among the top 100 art shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine four years in a row. Enjoy paintings, clay, glass, sculpture wood, fiber, jewelry, photography, as well kids’ activities and live entertainment. July 29-31.

Charter Township of West Bloomfield, streets of Powers and Daly, between 14 and 15 Mile roads, west of Orchard Lake Road.






Detroit Film Theatre

• Céline Danhier’s newest film, Blank City, documents a group of avant-garde filmmakers who emerged out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the late ’70s and early ’80s.

July 1-10. $7.50.


• Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo frequently ranks among the greatest films ever made. The film stars James Stewart as Detective Ferguson, an acrophobic investigating the behavior of an old friend’s wife, whom he develops a perilous obsession with.

 July 2. $5.


• Coming from a team of BAFTA award-winning filmmakers, A Boy Called Dad is about a 14-year-old boy becoming a father while simultaneously trying to reconnect with his own dad.

July 8-9. $7.50.


• Martin Scorsese brings celebrated author and social satirist Fran Lebowitz back into the spotlight with a new documentary, Public Speaking. Lebowitz hasn’t published in almost two decades, but her persona and 1970s works still pack a satirical punch. Just ask Vanity Fair — in 2007 it named her one of the most stylish women around.

 July 8-17. $7.50.


• Before leaving Germany for Hollywood, F.W. Murnau solidified himself as one of his nation’s greatest filmmakers with Faust, his last German film. A silent take on Goethe’s classic, Faust shows what happens when a man sells his soul for personal gain.

July 9. $7.50.

• Widely considered to be W.C. Fields’ comedic masterpiece, It’s a Gift follows a New Jersey grocer who, weary with life in the big city, contrives a plan to relocate to California and grow oranges despite his wife’s opposition.

 July 16. $5.

• Adapted from a Graham Greene novel, and released in England amid the turmoil of World War II, Went the Day Well chronicles a pastoral English village that has been overrun by Nazi agents.

July 16-17. $7.50.

• Mozart’s The Magic Flute, staged by Italian artist William Kentridge, and filmed in high-definition at the grandiose La Scala opera house, can now be seen in all its splendor right in Detroit.

July 22-24. $18-$20.

• The Dutch film Bride Flight is an intricate re-creation of the 1953 KLM flights. Director Ben Sombogaart tells the story of three women who fly to New Zealand as war brides and are separated upon landing. Over the years, they cross paths, lovers, and friendships.

July 29-31. $7.50.

• John Ford’s celebrated 1939 flick Stagecoach follows a group of passengers threatened in Apache territory. Orson Welles reportedly watched it for inspiration several times before writing Citizen Kane. The Western won two Oscars and made John Wayne’s career.

July 30. $5.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-3237.


The Redford Theatre

• The 1968 Academy Award-winning musical Funny Girl features Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice. The film traces Brice from her humble beginnings in the Jewish slums of early 20th-century New York City, to the pinnacle of her fame as a Broadway star in Ziegfeld Follies.

July 8-9. $4.


• The 1982 sci-fi classic Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan stars William Shatner as James T. Kirk, who must battle an old foe seeking revenge. Groundbreaking upon its release, it’s the first feature with a scene entirely generated by computer graphics.

July 22-23. $5.

17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560.






This 1939 Douglas DC-3 is part of the Heroes of the Sky exhibit at The Henry Ford.


Arab American National Museum

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

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

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

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

$6 adults; $3 students and seniors. 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 (1861-65). 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

•  Eyes on Africa and the African Diaspora: The Photography of Asha Walidah and Bill Gosa is the work of two fine-art photographers who travel the world, photographing the people of African descent in Africa and the Western hemisphere. Subject matter includes portraiture, architecture, landscape, and genre images.

The Heidelberg Project: Art, Energy, and Community celebrates the 25th anniversary of the display created by artist Tyree Guyton. Created to “provoke thought, promote discussion, inspire action, and heal communities,” this project is known as one of the most influential open-air art environments in the world. 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: Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Saying I Do: Metro Detroit Weddings, and Fabulous 5: Detroit’s Award Winners, Detroit Economic Club: 75 Years of Remarkable Speakers and Compelling Conversations and Janet Anderson.

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

• New to the museum is Bells and Whistles, Flags and Flashes: Lost Languages of the Lakes and To Scale: Great Lakes Model Ship Builders.

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.

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


Exhibit Museum of Natural History

Water and You is an exhibit based on the increasing number of people around the world facing water scarcity, water-borne diseases, and political conflicts based on water. Through July 31.

Collecting for Science: Collections, Science, and Scholarships in the U-M Research Museums showcases the research at the U-M Museum departments of anthropology, paleontology, zoology, and the herbarium. Through July.

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.





Josh Groban displays his powerful pipes in a July 16 show at The Palace of Auburn Hills.


The Temptations and the Spinners

There has been much talk lately about what Detroit will be known as in the coming years. The Motor City assembly lines have turned “green,” and many bands are skipping over the Rock City altogether. But thanks to these two groups, the Motown legacy — on the other hand — lives on.

7:30 p.m. July 7. $7-$29.50.

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


A Perfect Circle

Bands are the sum of their parts. So if the parts are Tool’s lead singer, Maynard James Keenan (a Michiganian); Smashing Pumpkins’ guitarist James Iha; Nine Inch Nails percussionist Josh Freese; and arranger/guitar-wizard Billy Howerdel, then you can probably call the band a super group. After six years, they’re shaking the dust off with new music and a 24-city tour.

8 p.m. July 8. $78-$200.

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


Peter Frampton

After the 1976 release of Frampton Comes Alive!, one of the best-selling live albums in the U.S., the golden-locked guitarist’s mug adorned the bedroom walls of teenage girls. You’d think all those years of champagne for breakfast would have taken their toll, but Frampton still has it, as he celebrates the 35th anniversary of that landmark album.

8 p.m. July 8. $22-$42.

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



Things turned sour for Sugarland at the end of the last decade, when the male/female country duo was faced with a lawsuit from former third wheel, Kristen Hall, over a profit-sharing dispute. But sweetness prevailed last year when the lawsuit was settled out of court. Then, in January, Sugarland’s 2010 album, The Incredible Machine, went platinum.

7:30 p.m. July 9. $27.75-$97.50.

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


Cheap Trick

The band the Japanese press loves to call the “American Beatles” wants you to want them. And you best “Surrender” to their wishes if you want to avoid a surprise visit from the “Dream Police.” See what we just did there with the song titles casually tied together to complete a thought? That’s called a “cheap trick.”

8 p.m. July 15. $35-$45.

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


The O’Jays

The R&B group who gave us hits such as “Back Stabbers” and — perhaps more famously — “Love Train,” became known as leaders of the Philadelphia soul scene in the early ’70s. But these dapper dudes originally hail from Canton, Ohio, not far from Cleveland, home of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — to which The O’Jays were inducted in 2005.

8 p.m. July 16. $32-$57.

Chene Park, 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit; 313-393-0292.


Josh Groban

Groban’s image has taken a whimsical turn from the overly earnest choirboy he appeared to be in the easy-listening hits such as “The Prayer” and “You Raise Me Up.” Much of it has to do with his witty personal Twitter account. But a particularly funny moment came thanks to another prolific tweeter — Kanye West. In a parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Groban promotes his forthcoming album — a compilation of Kanye’s most outrageous tweets. He sings excerpts in his operatic style, adding even more absurdity to already inane lines such as, “Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on,” and, “Classical music is tight yo.” The result is comedic gold.

8 p.m. July 16. $59.50-$99.50.

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


Steely Dan

Before they were Steely Dan, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen played in a college band with Chevy Chase on drums. Chase never quite made it in the music biz, despite being blessed with perfect pitch. Steely Dan, though, has won numerous Grammys and worldwide fandom.

They’ll be reelin’ in their 40-plus years at 8 p.m. July 16. $45.50-$85.50.

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


The Goo Goo Dolls

The Goo Goo Dolls might not have experienced the level of 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.”

7:30 p.m. July 17. $22.50-$135.

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


Styx & Yes

Before the huge success of the hit song “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes had blazed the long, abstract trail of progressive rock in the ’70s. Chicago band Styx jumped on that trail in 1975 with the hard-rocking ballad “Lady,” and followed up two years later with its biggest hit, “Come Sail Away.” The song solidified its place in pop culture when it appeared at the close of the pilot episode of the short-lived, but much-loved, NBC show Freaks and Geeks.

7 p.m. July 20. $17-$172.

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


Jimmy Buffett

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.

8 p.m. July 21. $34-$135.

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


Keith Urban

What are the chances that a country star would have “Urban” — the antithesis of everything country — as a last name? It might help to know that Keith Urban is from New Zealand and first found success with music in Australia. They do things differently Down Under. For one, all the toilets flush in the opposite direction, and their winter runs from June to August. Plus, “Keith Rural” just doesn’t have the same ring.

7:30 p.m. July 23. $28-$78.

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


Pat Benatar

Benatar gets the award for most cleverly titled rock memoir of recent years, with her 2010 tome, Between a Heart and a Rock Place. It chronicles a long career that began in the ’70s and peaked in the ’80s with “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” and “We Belong.” Still unrelenting, Benatar has toured every year since 1996.

7:30 p.m. July 24. $7-$32.

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



For Interpol’s lead singer Paul Banks, playing Detroit’s Fillmore is a bit of a homecoming. Born in England, Banks relocated to Bloomfield Hills, where he spent a number of his childhood years before moving off to Spain and eventually New York. It’s been said formative years shape futures; perhaps something in Bloomfield Hills helped make Interpol into the moody, brooding band they are today.

7 p.m. July 25. $35-$80.

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


Britney Spears with Nicki Minaj

When she debuted with the instant hit “…Baby One More Time” in 1998, Britney Spears was just shy of turning 17. But Brit is all grown up now, as she prepares to celebrate her 30th birthday this December. It’s a frightening milestone for a pop diva who’s seen her fair share of public meltdowns.

7 p.m. July 28. $29.50-$350.

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

Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard is the envy of a large subset of young men across the country. A lot of it is related to Gibbard’s position as frontman for one of the most successful indie-to-mainstream crossover bands of recent memory, as well as his involvement in the equally beloved Postal Service (the band, not the mail carriers). But most are probably just jealous of his marriage to doe-eyed actress, singer, and indie darling, Zooey Deschanel.

7:30 p.m. July 28. $30-$45.

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


The Beach Boys

Wouldn’t it be nice if the Beach Boys’ good vibrations could play all summer long? God only knows it would be fun, fun, fun. Original members Mike Love and Bruce Johnston are still cruisin’ thanks to Love’s business acumen — he owns the rights to the Beach Boys’ name. It ruins Brian Wilson’s smile just thinking about it.

8 p.m. July 29. $15-$37.50.

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


Steve Earle

Earle is a rambler, by any definition. Born in Virginia, he made a career out of his blend of hardened outlaw country in Nashville before settling in New York City a few years ago, after a stint in prison on drug and weapons charges. Meanwhile, he’d been married seven times. And in addition to his music career, he’s also an actor and writer, having appeared in the critically acclaimed HBO television shows The Wire and Treme, and recently penning his first novel, I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive. The title is taken from a Hank Williams song and also shared with his latest full-length album.

8 p.m. July 30. $25.

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


Journey with Foreigner and Night Ranger

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.”

7 p.m. July 31. $25-$135.

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







Performance Network Theatre

• The Tony-nominated play Next Fall is wrapping up its Michigan premiere. Luke, a devout Christian, has yet to tell his parents he is gay. However, when Luke falls into a coma, his partner Adam, an atheist, must meet Luke’s family in the hospital room.

Through July 3. $22-$41.

• Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh concerns an amorous love triangle among Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France; her good friend and portrait painter, Elisabeth Vigée le Brun; and the fictitious playboy, Alexis de Linge.

Opens July 28. $22-41.

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


Water Works Theatre Company

• With a promise to incorporate Starr Jaycee Park’s starry skies and pastoral spaces, director Jeff Thomakos presents Shakespeare’s The Tempest. King Prospero, having been exiled with his daughter, Miranda, to an island courtesy of his brother, attempts to restore his daughter to her rightful place in Milan. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket and enjoy the park before the show.

Opens July 21. $20.

• Lane Riosley’s The Commedia Tales of Aladdin provides viewers with a Water Works daylight family show. Returning for a third year, the comedic production is suitable for all ages.

Opens July 29. $6.

• Making its debut performance, Summer Sonnets offers audiences a free afternoon of Shakespeare’s most famous love poems.

July 30. Free.

320 W. Seventh St., Suite 200, Royal Oak; 248-399-3727.

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