Arts & Entertainment Listings





Artspace II

The paintings of John Michaels will be on display. His journalistic style affords the observer beautifully rendered, lifelike scenes from beaches and city life. Jan. 2-31.

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


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Terra Nullius means land belonging to no one, and it is the title of an exhibition of the work of U-M faculty artists. BBAC Current Student Works features art from BBAC adult students and is juried by Mary Fortuna. Both exhibits run Jan. 10-Feb. 28.

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


Center Galleries

Multimedia Messenger Service is an exhibit featuring the work of Curtis Glenn, Nolan Simon, and Dylan Spaysky — all CCS alumni. Each week, a new work of art will be presented alongside a film and will remain up until it is replaced with the following week’s pairing. Lisa Poszywak: New Work will also be on display in the Alumni & Faculty Hall. Poszywak is a CCS alumna and Detroit-based artist whose work examines the cultural and personal elements of everyday subjects.

Center Galleries, Manoogian Visual Resource Center 301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit; 313-664-7800;


Cranbrook Art Museum

The Islands of Benoît Mandelbrot: Fractals, Chaos, and the Materiality of Thinking showcases the achievements of this 20th century mathematician, who made significant advancements in both fractal geometry and chaos theory. This exhibition, which includes his charts, graphs, notebooks, instrument readings, and more, explores the power of images to inform and shape new scientific thought. Through March 30.
My Brain is in My Inkstand: Drawing as Thinking and Process is a companion piece to the Mandelbrot Exhibition and features original works by artists, scientists, and thinkers who use drawings as part of their creative processes. Through March 30.
Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse celebrates the mastery of Gregory, whose ceramic pieces are definitive art deco treasures. Through March 23.

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


Detroit Artists Market

3 will highlight the work of Kathryn Brackett-Luchs, Lois Teicher, and Marie Woo, whose paintings, sculptures, and video installations will be open for viewing.

4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8540;


Detroit Institute of Arts

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show will display more than 100 clips from animated films stretching back 150 years and boasting a variety of animation techniques. Ticket prices for the DIA exhibit will include a pass for a screening at the theatre. Through Jan. 5. $14+.
• Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s Saint Francis of Assisi in Ecstasy, a masterfully executed painting from the late 16th century, is on loan from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Connecticut. Through Jan. 12.
Balance of Power: A Throne for an African Prince showcases the wooden throne of Prince Ilori of Nigeria, carved by renowned 19th century artist Olowe of Ise. Through March 16. • Foto Europa will feature more than 70 works by European photographers, with selections ranging from the early days of photography to contemporary examples of the form. Featured artists will include William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Man Ray, and more. Through April 27.

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Flint Institute of Arts

Photograph © Herakleidon Museum , Athens, Greece

• The exhibition Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada (pictured on left) will highlight the work of this seminal New York artist, whose work was at the forefront of the dada art movement during the early 20th century. Take a look at her paintings and pottery, and go gaga for dada. Through Jan. 12.
• Explore the works of French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec at the exhibit Toulouse-Lautrec & His World. Approximately 150 of his pieces —  which depict cabarets, theaters, and dance halls — will be featured in the gallery. Through Dec. 30.
• For three decades, artist Michael Dunbar has been making abstract, gear-like sculptures constructed from steel and bronze. Six of these works are on display in the exhibit, Michael Dunbar: Explorations in Space. Through May.

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


Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Past is Present series features 15 newly commissioned murals by artists from around the world. The exhibit hopes to pick up where Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry left off by portraying the history of Detroit from a contemporary artist’s point of view. Through Jan. 5.

4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622;


Pewabic Pottery

• Made by Hand: Detroit’s Ceramic Legacy is a retrospective celebrating Pewabic’s 110-year history and is hosted by the Detroit Historical Museum. Through Jan. 12.

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


Re:View Art Gallery

Metro Detroit native Sharon Que’s solo exhibition titled Vaporous Quill will be on display Jan. 25-March 1.

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


Robert Kidd Gallery

Paintings by Kevin Tolman are on display. Tolman, a Detroit native with decades of experience, uses a combination of acrylics and mixed media to produce “tonal, multi-layered spaces to glimpse percussive underlying fields.” Through Jan. 21.

107 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-3909;


U-M Museum of Art

Performing Still Images: David Claerbout and Matthew Buckingham explores the artistic versatility of the single image. Clearbout’s display includes thousands of still images that depict an audience reacting to a musical performance, while Buckingham’s display features a single image that slowly fades to white.
• Adolf Gottlieb is recognized as a founding member of the abstract expressionists, but UMMA is highlighting the American icon’s 1-½-year foray into sculpting in an exhibit appropriately titled, Adolf Gottlieb: Sculptor. Through Jan. 5.
Sibande on Campus features South African artist Mary Sibande’s work titled “The wait seems to go on forever,” which comments on race, gender, and class in post-colonial South Africa using elaborate visual narratives. Through Jan. 12.
Affecting the Audience focuses on the effects of the construction of images, and how the environment in which they are presented impacts the observer through the examination of three works by artists Anthony Discenza, Aurélien Froment, and Dora Garcia. Jan. 11-April 27.
Flip Your Field: Photographs from the Collection presents two contrasting selections of photographs chosen by guest curator Larry Cressman from UMMA’s collection. One selection has “trees” as the common subject, while the other contains photographs that are manipulated through the photographic process to create unique statements by each artist. Through March 16.
• David Osler is the first of three Ann Arbor architects to be featured in the aptly named series Three Michigan Architects. Through April 13.
Fragments from the Past: Islamic Art from the Collection of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology includes artifacts from the 8th to 19th centuries, featuring architectural fragments, furniture, and a host of antique everyday objects from the Middle East. Through April 13.
Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art shows off Duke’s fascination with Islamic art through the presentation of her 5-acre Honolulu estate and its collections. The exhibit contains ceramics, photographs, textiles, paintings, drawings, tile panels, and full-scale architectural elements. Jan. 25-May 4.

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


Wayne State Art Galleries

Foodture by Plantbot is a multimedia installation incorporating elements of biology. The gallery will also display Works by Ryuta Nakajima, which includes traditional and digital media. Jan 31-April 11.

480 W. Hancock St., Detroit, 48201; 313-993-7813;






Chamber Music Society of Detroit

Shuffle. Play. Listen features pianist Christopher O’Riley and cellist Matt Haimovitz performing both classical and pop arrangements, with selections from Bach, Gabrielli, Piazzolla, Stravinsky, Radiohead, and Arcade Fire.  Jan. 10. $30+.

Music Hall, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit; 313-887-8501;

The Jasper String Quartet, recipients of grand prize awards from The Coleman Competition and Chamber Music Yellow Springs, will serenade audience members with compositions from Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert. Pianist Christopher O’Reilly and cellist Matt Haimovitz, who have performed internationally, will accompany the quartet. Jan 11. $15+.
• Cellist David Geringas plays baroque, contemporary, and anything in between. He’ll be teaming up with pianist Ian Fountain, who first found fame as the youngest winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition, to play music from Beethoven, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff. Throughout their extensive careers, both Geringas and Fountain have played with orchestras around the world. Jan 26. $15+.

Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

A Tribute to Led Zeppelin pairs the DSO with a full rock band to crank out classics from these hard rock heavyweights. Jan. 17-18. $19+
• Violist Hilary Hahn will play Beethoven’s overture to The Consecration of the House, Nielsen’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, known as the Great. Leonard Slatkin conducts. Jan. 24-26. $15+.
Carmina Burana, a Carl Orff classic, will be brought to life by the UMS Choral Union, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, tenor Robert Baker, baritone Hugh Russell, and soprano Kiera Duffy. Jan. 30-31. $15+.

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


University Musical Society

Siberian pianist Denis Matsuev, who has played with Russia’s Mariinsky Orchestra, will show off his solo skills in Ann Arbor. The program will include music from Haydn, Schumann, Rachmaninoff, and Tchaikovsky. Jan. 26. $10+.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538;


Music Hall Detroit

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, based on the children’s book by Eric Carle, uses an array of puppets to bring to life this uplifting tale. This triple bill also features Carle’s stories Little Cloud and Mixed Up. Jan. 12. $20.

Main Stage, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500;




Comedy Castle

• Scott Henry has appeared on several television shows, in specials for Comedy Central, and has opened for big names like Jeff Foxworthy, Dana Carvey, and Ellen DeGeneres. He has also voiced more than 100 television commercials and has entertained troops in more than 50 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Brad Wenzel will open for him. Jan. 2-4, $10.
• Leif Skyving has been in comedy for 20 years, getting his start in Hollywood’s famous Comedy Store. He has appeared in numerous television shows including Comedy at Club 54, Comedy Kitchen, Last Comic Standing, and General Hospital. Also appearing is Bob Phillips. Jan. 9-11, $10.
• Mark Sweeney has performed on Comedy Central, HBO, and Night Shift with Kevin Ferguson. His extensive resume and large family provides material for his out-of-control set. Matt McClowry opens. Jan. 16-18, $10.
• Adam Ray recently played a supporting role in the Paul Feig-directed movie The Heat and has appeared in According to Jim, Human Giant, and NTSF:SD:SUV. He has also guest starred in Netflix’s revival of Arrested Development and Comedy Central’s Workaholics. Jan. 23-25, $18.
• A former cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, Steve McGrew got his start as a comic in small clubs around Houston. The extensive list of cable shows he has appeared on includes A&E’s Evening at the Improv, Showtime’s Comedy Club Network, and MTV’s Half Hour Comedy Show. Steve Lind will open. Jan. 30-Feb. 1, $20.

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900;


D.L. Hughley

Star of The Hughleys and The Original Kings of Comedy will perform at the SoundBoard stage this month. Jan. 23. $34+.

MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614; 


Adam Carolla

The host of The Adam Carolla Show, which holds the Guinness World Record for the most downloaded podcast, will perform his stand-up comedy Jan. 30 at MotorCity Casino.

MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614;


Fox Theatre

The Moscow Ballet will perform the Great Russian Nutcracker. Athletic prowess and Russian flair make this an incredible performance of a Tchaikovsky classic. Dec. 22. $30+.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200;






North American International Auto Show

The largest annual auto show in North America returns in 2014. Detroit has held an auto show for more than a century, but it was in 1987 when it was made international. More than 500 new car models and concept cars will be on display, and representatives from the companies will be answering questions. $13. Jan. 13-26.

Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-877-8777;

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights

See the zoo in a whole new light with this holiday light display. More than 2 million LED lights will illuminate buildings, animal sculptures and trees throughout the zoo. The event will also feature live entertainment, a musical light show, ice carving demonstrations, and a Lego city and train display.  Dec. 1, 6-8, 13-15, 20-23, 26-30, and Jan. 2-5.  $8+.

Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717;


Michigan Student Film Festival

Co-sponsored by DAFT — Digital Arts, Film, and Television — and the Detroit Film Theatre, this festival invites K-12 students to submit their films for review by a panel of judges. The film submission deadline is Feb. 14. The April film screening will be open to the public. April 26. Free admission.

Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900;


Fire and Ice Fest

Three days of fun for the whole family, including two fireworks displays, dogsledding, tube sledding, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, a light show, ice sculptures, shopping, and trolley rides. Jan. 25-27.

Downtown Rochester;


Greenfield Village

The village will be closed from Jan. 1-April 14.

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


Harlem Globetrotters

The crafty sportsmen/showmen are back in Detroit for an evening of family fun. Watch the Globetrotters perform circus-like feats of athleticism, theater, and comedy. Jan. 3. $20+.

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


Plymouth Ice Festival

Wintry fun for the whole family. Ice skating, snowboarding, arts and crafts, ice carving, and more. Sculptures will remain standing after the event and are available for viewing 24 hours a day. Jan. 18-20.

350 S. Main St., Plymouth; 1-855-423-3378;






Detroit Film Theatre

Many of this month’s films complement the museum’s Watch Me Move: Pioneers of Animation exhibit. All exhibit visitors receive one complimentary ticket; additional tickets are $5 each, unless otherwise noted.

• Animation evolved into a sizeable business by the 1920s, and pioneers such as Max and Dave Fleischer were creating characters like Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor. Watch Early East Coast Studios to learn more. Jan. 3.
• It could easily be said that no other Hollywood studio matched the imaginative cartoon output of Warner Bros, the studio behind Looney Tunes. Watch Warner Bros. Animation to get the inside scoop. Jan. 4.
Avant-Garde Animation tells how artists such as Oskar Fischinger, Fernand Leger, and Lotte Reiniger experiment with the abstract, non-narrative possibilities of the movie screen. Jan 5.
Celebrate 40 Years of Film A weekend of movies and events. Jan. 10.

5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-883-4005;


Michigan Theatre

The Land Before Time is a kid-friendly animated feature about a group of dinosaurs trying to escape to the safety of The Great Valley. Jan. 12. $10. Jan. 18.

603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397;


Redford Theatre

• Alfred Hitchcock’s 1943 film, Shadow of a Doubt starring Teresa Wright and Joseph Cotten, follows two detectives as they track down the Merry Widow Murderer. Jan. 3-4. $5.
• The director’s cut of Amadeus, the story of Mozart and his contentious relationship with Antonio Salieri, will be showing for two nights. Jan 17-18. $5. In True Grit, grizzled cowboy Rueben J. “Rooster” Cogburn is hired to by a 14-year-old girl to find the man who murdered her father. Jan. 31-Feb. 1. $5.

Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560;






Arab American National Museum

John Halaka: Landscapes of Desire will be at the Main Floor Gallery through Jan. 5. The exhibition of the Palestinian-American artist’s work features 23 landscape drawings inspired by Palestinian homes and villages ruined since 1948, and is embedded with one-word mantras like “remember” and “forgive.”
Creative Dissent: Arts of the Arab World Uprisings will be on display on the Main Floor Gallery. The exhibit examines the role of expressive media in such uprisings. Through Feb. 9. $4+.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints features nearly 500 works by 50 artists that examine relations between Africans, Europeans, and indigenous populations for a period of more than 500 years. Through Jan. 5.

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


Detroit Historical Museum

Made by Hand: Detroit’s Ceramic Legacy is a 110-year retrospective of Pewabic Pottery, a pinnacle of art and craftsmanship in Detroit.

5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805,


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

The Great Lakes Gallery’s exhibit A River’s Roar looks back on the history of hydroplane racing in Detroit. Learn about the racers and their boats that have torn up Detroit’s waterways for more than 100 years. Through April.

100 Strand Dr., Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-5538;


Henry Ford Museum

James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition dives into the making of Cameron’s Golden Globe winning film. Learn about the technology that brought the film to life by directing your own scene with a virtual camera, and viewing a large collection of concept art. Through Jan. 26.

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


U-M Museum of Natural History

The museum will host two planetarium shows this month. The Sky Tonight: Star Talk will feature constellations, stars, and planets observable in the night sky. Jan. 2-3. Season of Light provides insight into the evolution of winter customs, and how people attempt to “light up” the winter season. Jan. 2-3.

1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478,




Chembo Corniel

To pay homage to jazz pianist Thelonious Monk and Afro-Cuban musician Mongo Santamaria, percussionist Chembo Corniel and his band will play two nights of Latin-Jazz fusion. Jan 31-Feb. 1. $30+.

Jazz Cafe, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500;


Jake Bugg

In support of his new album Shangri La, Jake Bugg will bring his blue-collar swagger to the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Jan. 15. $25.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. 4th St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980;


Jay Z

The 17-time Grammy-winning hip-hop artist will bring his Magna Carter World Tour to the Palace in support of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail. Jan. 10.

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


Jon Batiste

This Juilliard-trained jazz pianist and his band Stay Human will perform their playful brand of contemporary jazz, which Batiste hopes will help unite the audience with the performers. Jan 21. $30-40.

Jazz Cafe, Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500;


Patti LaBelle

The former singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles will bring her Grammy-winning voice to Detroit this month. LaBelle has sold more than 50 million records worldwide over her 50-year music career. Jan. 26. $45+.

MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614;


Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys

Dr. Ralph Stanley has been playing bluegrass music for more than 50 years, and the bluegrass legend has announced this will be his last tour. Come see one of the founders of bluegrass music before it’s too late. Jan. 12. $70.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1451;


Zac Brown Band

The multiplatinum, three-time Grammy-winning group has scheduled a New Year’s Day show to meet the demand for their New Year’s Eve performance at Joe Louis Arena. Their unique brand of southern rock and vibrant live performances has earned them critical acclaim and a massive fan base. Jan. 1. $40+.

Joe Louis Arena, 19 Steve Yzerman Dr., Detroit; 313-396-7444;






Detroit Opera House

In American Idiot, inspired by the Green Day album of the same name, three close friends reflect on their relationship with suburbia. This musical production features Green Day hits like “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” and “Holiday.” Jan. 31-Feb. 2.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464;


Fisher Theatre

War Horse chronicles the relationship of a teenager named Albert and his horse, Joey, as they face World War I. The Tony award-winning play boasts life-size puppets. Through Jan. 5. $40+.

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


Hilberry Theatre

In Birth and After Birth by Tina Howe, parents at a 4-year-old’s birthday party become so consumed by discussions of child rearing that they ironically neglect the very child they’re discussing. Jan. 15-24. $12.
Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde examines the intrigue and courtroom battles concerning Wilde’s “indecent” relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas. Jan. 10-March 22. $30.
The Doctor in Spite of Himself, a Moliere classic, follows a woodcutter named Sganarelle as he impersonates a doctor to make some quick cash. Through Feb. 8. $30.

4743 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2972;


JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre)

It’s April 9, 1947, in Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting, and the Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey wants to start Jackie Robinson at first base and effectively desegregate baseball. Who will side with Rickey? Jan. 29-Feb. 23. $40+
The Scullery Maid, by playwright Joseph Zettelmaier, depicts the adventures of a Jewish scullery maid and cook named Mariam, who works in King Edward III’s castle. The production promises to address issues of religion, family, and freedom. Through Jan. 12. $40+.

6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900;


Meadow Brook Theatre

Harris Cashes Out is the story of Harris Wellborn, a failed lyricist and composer whose one off-Broadway production lasted only a single performance. His neighbors, however, scheme to make some money off of Wellborn’s past. Jan. 8-Feb. 2.

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


Purple Rose

Redwood Curtain, by Lanford Wilson, follows a half-Asian teenage piano prodigy as she befriends a Vietnam War veteran, whom she suspects may be her father, who lives with other veterans in Northern California’s giant redwood forest. Jan. 16-March. 14. $22+.

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


Tipping Point Theatre

In the wacky comedy Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Arlene, the wife of a car salesman, is having an affair with her dentist, Mitchell. Eventually, Arlene and Mitchell conspire to kill the husband at a local Howard Johnson’s motel. Jan. 30-March 9. $29+.

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


The Ringwald Theatre

Boys in the Band, which was first produced in 1968 and boldly depicted the lives of gay men, chronicles the events of a birthday party that goes awry when unresolved conflict between the attendees bubbles to the surface. Jan. 10-Feb. 3. $20.

22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-5545;


Arthur Miller Theatre

U-M’s University Musical Society will host writer and magician Rob Drummond, who will perform Bullet Catch, a show devoted to the history of magic’s infamous bullet-catch routine. The evening will culminate with Drummond’s attempt at this dangerous magical feat. Jan. 7-12. $40.

1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-763-3333;
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