Featuring works by American artist Cecil Touchon, whose Modernist- and Constructivist-inspired work takes the form of collages made from discarded Mexican billboards. Through Nov. 30.
Artspace II, 303 E. Maple, Birmingham; 248-258-1540; artspace2.com
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
The BBAC will showcase the work of Michael McGillis, the Birmingham Society of Women Painters, Alaina Plowdrey, and the students of Leslie Masters and Robin Servo. Through Nov. 15.
1516 S. Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham; 248-644-0866; bbartcenter.org
Situations/S(h)ituations is an art installation by Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller, members of the internationally acclaimed electronic band Adult, who call Detroit their hometown. The exhibition promises to address “private matters, performance issues, and the grotesque.” Nov. 9-Dec. 14.
Center Galleries, Manoogian Visual Resource Center 301 Frederick Douglass, Detroit; 313-664-7800; collegeforcreativestudies.edu
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. • 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. • Waylande Gregory: Art Deco Ceramics and the Atomic Impulse celebrates the mastery of Gregory, whose ceramic pieces are definitive Art Deco treasures. Nov. 16-March 30.
39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3320; cranbrookart.edu
David Klein Gallery
Trevor Young’s collection of oil paintings depict “non-places” like gas stations, ATMs, and fast food restaurants. The pieces often assume an ethereal quality and seem to “glow with an inner light.” Through Nov. 30.
163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700,dkgallery.com
Detroit Artists Market
Art for the Holidays will begin Nov. 8-Dec. 28. DAM will offer unique gifts and works of art in a wide range of mediums. “First Grab Friday” (Nov. 8) will offer a first pick of available art. $10+.
4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8540; detroitartistsmarket.org
Detroit Institute of Arts
•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, Man Ray, and many more. Through April 27.
• 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. In conjunction, the Detroit Film Theatre will screen feature length animations and host appearances by contemporary animators. Exhibit tickets include a pass for the theater. Through Jan. 5. $14+.
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org
Flint Institute of Arts
• Toulouse-Lautrec & His World features promotional art from cabarets, theaters, dance halls, brothels, and sketches of working-class Parisians. This is an exhibition rarely seen outside of Europe. Through Dec. 30.
• The exhibition Beatrice Wood: Mama of Dada will highlight the work of this seminal New York artist, whose work was at the forefront of the Dada art movement. Take a look at her drawings and watercolor paintings, and go gaga for dada. Nov. 16-Jan. 12.
• Science in Motion: The Photographic Studies of Eadweard Muybridge, Berenice Abbott, and Harold Edgerton showcases each of these artists’ works and how they invented devices to study and represent aspects of light and motion scientifically and photographically. Through Nov. 10.
• Michael Dunbar: Explorations in Space is an ongoing exhibition that can be found on the FIA grounds and Hurand Sculpture Courtyard. For 30 years, Dunbar has been creating monumental abstract sculptures of steel and bronze that resemble giant gears.
1120 E. Kearsley Rd., Flint; 810-234-1695; flintarts.org
Grosse Pointe Art Center
The Annual Chair Affair event will feature a silent auction of different chair-inspired art pieces. Donations from the event support the art center. Oct. 26.
Grosse Pointe Art Center, 17118 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe; 313-881-3454; grossepointeartcenter.org
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 the point of view of contemporary artists. Through Jan. 5.
4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.org
Oakland University Art Gallery
A retrospective exhibition of pieces from Detroit-based artist Gilda Snowden’s 30-plus-year career will be on display through Nov. 26. Snowden was a 2009 Kresge Foundation Fellow and the chair of the art department for the College for Creative Studies for two decades.
208 Wilson Hall, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-370-3005; oakland.edu/ouag
• Earthly Treasures is an annual holiday showcase displaying giftware and ceramics from more than 80 artists around North America. An opening reception and holiday party features live music, free beverages furnished by local providers, and door prizes. Nov. 7.
• Made by Hand: Detroit’s Ceramic Legacy explores the relationship between Pewabic Pottery and the city of Detroit in the past, present, and future. For the last 110 years, Detroit has supported Pewabic artists, and this exhibit highlights that. Through Jan. 12, 2014
10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-626-2000; pewabicpottery.org
Re:View Art Gallery
Rotations, artist Susan Goethel Campbell’s newest work, will examine the relationship between urbanization and nature. The exhibition will feature a floor installation constructed of inverted sod and its root system, as well as perforated woodblock prints that highlight the underlying growth patterns of cities. Through Nov. 30.
444 W. Willis, Detroit; 313-833-9000; reviewcontemporary.com
Robert Kidd Gallery
Recent Paintings: Gitche Gumme Series by Rick Vian is on display through Dec. 20.
107 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-642-3909; robertkiddgallery.com
Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor is the newest exhibition featuring one of the founding members of the Abstract Expressionists. Both Gottlieb’s paintings, and mixed-media sculptures will be showcased. Through Jan. 5.
525 S. State St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0395; umma.umich.edu
Wayne State Art Galleries
Edmondson / Underwood will be open for viewing at WSU’s Elaine L. Jacob Gallery. Through Dec. 13.
480 W. Hancock St., Detroit, 48201; 313-993-7813; art.wayne.edu
Michigan Opera Theater
• Diavolo Dance Theater features breathtaking acrobatics and surreal sets. It is led by Jacques Heim, whose credits include Cirque du Soleil. Nov. 2-3. $25+.
• The strength of love is tested in La Traviata, one of the most performed operas in the world. The opera is sung in Italian and English subtitles are projected above the stage. Nov. 16-24. $25+.
• Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic The Nutcracker is back, as performed by BalletMet Columbus. Not just a show, the event features live reindeer, photos with Santa Claus and the nutcracker, a buffet, and holiday arts and crafts. Nov. 29-Dec. 1. $25+.
Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-7464, michiganopera.org
This Detroit native gained national attention after winning the second season of Last Comic Standing on NBC. Since then he’s appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and had his own special on Comedy Central. Nov. 14-16. $20+.
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com
Jim Belushi and the Chicago Board of Comedy
Belushi and his supporting cast of comedians like to think of their improvised sketch comedy show as more of a party than a performance. Enjoy the festivities, and be prepared to participate in the action. Nov. 9. $29+.
The Whiting, 1241 E. Kearsley St., Flint; 810-237-7333; thewhiting.org
A stand-up comedian with 25 years of experience, Madigan regularly appears on television and has become a fixture of the late-night comedy circuit. Nov. 7-9. $25.
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com
And Then, One Thousand Years of Peace derives its imagery from The Book of Revelation, and as its theme suggests, attempts to lift the veil on things obscured from everyday view. Nov. 1. $18+.
The Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-647-3327; ums.org
Hungarian State Folk Ensemble
Regarded as one of the greatest folkloric dance ensembles in the world, and established in 1951, this dance ensemble preserves authentic folk music and Hungarian culture. Nov. 23. $30+.
Music Hall, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8501, musichall.org
The quirky television personality and celebrity chef presents an evening of live entertainment. His Edible Inevitable Tour boasts stand-up comedy, live music, and fun with food—watch out, or you might get pulled up on stage! Brown is known for hosting Iron Chef America and Food Network’s Good Eats. Get ready, this could get very messy. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. $35+.
The Fox Theatre; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200
America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Enjoy one of the country’s oldest and most celebrated parades, which will begin at 9:05 a.m. at Kirby and Woodward Ave., and end at Park and Woodward. Nov. 28.
Cedric the Entertainer
Cedric’s comedic abilities have taken him far. Catch him performing stand-up. His credits include supporting character on the Steve Harvey Show, the title character on The Soul Man, and most recently, host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Nov. 21. $45+.
MotorCity Casino, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4614; motorcitycasino.com/soundboard
Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Classic
The Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions will go head to head on Turkey Day once again. Watch as the NFC North rivals battle it out at Ford Field. Nov. 28.
2000 Brush St., Detroit; 313-262-2000; detroitlions.com/ford-field
Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer and Food Festival
For the sixth year in a row, downtown Grand Rapids will host a premier culinary festival, with wineries, breweries, and restaurants serving up hundreds of impressive selections. Try an array of Michigan beers, sample a few of the more-than-1,000 wines being poured, or sit for a number of food-related seminars conducted by industry experts. With so many offerings, both seasoned gourmets and casual diners will find something to suit their palates. Nov. 21-23. $15+
Devos Place, 303 Monroe Ave., Grand Rapids; 616-742-6500; grwinefestival.com
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey: Dragons
This tour puts an unusual twist on traditional fanfare. Watch as performers showcase their spectacular skills, all in an effort to coax dragons from their hiding places. Acts feature tigers, motorcycles, aerial stunts, and more. Nov. 13-17. $14+.
Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com
Turkey Trot 10K Run
The 31st annual run happens on Thanksgiving Day. Three different runs will be taking place: 10K, 5K, and one mile. The first runs start at 7:30 a.m. No race-day registration. A judged costume contest will also be held in Cobo hall.
Wayne County Lightfest
Experience the Midwest’s longest drive-through holiday light display. Nov. 14-Dec. 31. $5 per car.
Merriman Hollow Area, 7651 Merriman Rd., Westland; Wayne County parks department, 734-261-1990; waynecounty.com
Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo
A unique display of more than 1 million lights showing the magic of the zoo in winter. Live music, refreshments, and photos with Santa. Nov. 23-Jan. 5. $8+.
8450 W. 10 Mile Rd. Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org
Detroit Film Theatre
This month’s batch of films complement the DIA’s Watch Me Move: Pioneers of Animation exhibit. All exhibit visitors receive one complimentary ticket; additional tickets are $5 each. Animation evolved into a sizeable business by the 1920s, and pioneers such as Max and Dave Fleisher were creating characters like Betty Boop and Popeye the Sailor. Watch Early East Coast Studios to learn more. Nov. 14.
• Watch Me Move: Golden Age of Hollywood Animation shows how animators from the West Coast like Walt Disney found their biggest stars not by auditions — they were drawn from scratch. Nov. 15.
• 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. Nov. 16.
• 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. Nov. 16.
• Canada’s National Film Board has produced a staggering number of short animated works, receiving more than 50 Oscar nominations; learn more in Watch Me Move: The National Film Board of Canada. Nov. 17.
• The Silence is a German thriller with English subtitles that shows how 23 years after an unsolved murder of a young girl, a 13-year-old goes missing and her bicycle is found in the same spot as the first girl’s. Nov. 1, 3.
• The Films of Ladislaw Starewicz with Little Bang Theory show surreal puppet animation films from the 1920s and ’30s. Nov. 1.
• Ridiculed for his ears and separated from his mother, Dumbo is the titular character in this classic tale of a young circus elephant. Nov. 2.
• Steamboy illustrates an advance in steam power in 19th century England, but a young inventor quickly discovers those who are greedy and out to seize the new power for themselves. Nov. 2.
• Chico & Rita was nominated for Best Animated Feature in 2012 at the Academy Awards and tells the tale of two performers chasing their dreams together from Cuba to the states. Nov. 8.
• The Iron Giant is a classic ’90s animation movie about a 9-year-old boy who has to protect an alien robot from military forces. Nov. 10.
• Summer Wars is a cyberpunk/sci-fi story that begins with a young boy named Kenji solving a 2,056-digit math riddle sent to his cellphone. Nov. 15, 17.
• Detroit Unleaded is an engaging comedy-drama exploring race relations, humanity and wit. Directed by Rola Nashef, this film is considered a landmark in Arab-American filmmaking. Nov. 15-17.
• Frankenweenie is director Tim Burton’s feature-length version of a short film he made about a young boy who brings his dog Sparky back to life. Nov. 22-23.
• Jason and the Argonauts features the legendary stop-motion animation effects done by Ray Harryhausen. Nov. 22-23.
• A Town Called Panic is a Belgian animated film with animated toys like a horse, cowboy, and Indian. Nov. 24.
• American Promise follows two African-American boys from kindergarten through high school graduation and tells their story of dealing with stereotypes and educational achievement. Nov. 29-30.
In the Auditorium at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-883-4005; dia.org/detroitfilmtheatre/14/DFT
Lorenzo Cultural Center
Admission to the “Real to Reel” film series is free, but registration is required.
• Overlord (1975) is the story of one 20-year-old’s account of military service, from training to D-Day. Woven from archival war footage and a fictional narrative. Hosted by history professor Elton Weintz. Nov. 7.
• Romero (1989) tells the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero, who stood up against the tyrannical oppression of El Salvador. Hosted by political science professor Gary Flemming. Nov. 20.
44575 Garfield, Clinton Township; Registration: 586-445-7348 or lorenzoculturalcenter.com
Main Art Theatre
The Main will be hosting five films this month showing at midnight.
• Director John Carpenter’s 1982 horror classic The Thing is the story of a group of scientists in Antarctica who discover more than they’re looking for underneath the ice. Nov. 1-2, $7.
• Leslie Nielsen stars in Airplane!, a movie alleged to be the funniest of all time. Nov. 8-9, $7.
• My Neighbor Totoro is an Japanese animated feature in which children communicate with otherworldly spirits.
• Purple Rain is Prince’s film debut and a cult classic. Nov. 22-23, $7.
• Nothing gives an introduction to the holiday season quite like Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin as a boy left to defend his house from dimwitted burglars after his family goes on vacation without him. Nov. 29-30, $7.
Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-542-5198; landmarktheatres.com
• They’re on a mission from God. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star in The Blues Brothers, the iconic Saturday Night Live spin-off about two blues musicians trying to raise money for an orphanage. Nov. 4.
• In Bridesmaids, Kristen Wiig is a broke and lovelorn maid of honor trying to make it through her best friend’s wedding. Nov. 11.
•Dustin Hoffman stars in The Graduate as an aimless college grad who becomes romantically involved with an older married woman and then falls in love with her daughter. Nov. 18.
• This is Spinal Tap is a fictional documentary of a band struggling with fame and life on the road. Nov. 25.
All shows $8+. 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397; michtheater.org
• In the 1955 comedy Mister Roberts, Henry Fonda will do anything to get off a boring World War II cargo ship. Nov. 8-9. $5.
• The Redford’s Family Animation Rarities Festival compiles classic animated shorts for all age groups. Nov. 16. $5.
• Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Karolyn “Zuzu” Grimes, It’s a Wonderful Life is one of the most beloved Christmas films. Grimes will make an appearance at each screening and will host a special “meet and greet” dinner at the Fisher Mansion. Film: Nov. 22-23. $6. Event: Nov. 23. $85.
Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com
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.
• Arts of the Middle East Uprisings will be on display Nov. 8-Feb. 9 at the Main Floor Gallery, with an opening reception and artist discussion Nov. 16. The exhibit examines the role of expressive media in such uprisings. $4+.
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints features nearly 200 works by 50 artists, which 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; thewright.org
Detroit Historical Museum
• Riding the Rails: How Rail Transportation Helped Build Detroit, features Detroit’s early reliance on mass transportation, the introduction of the automobile in the 20th century and new initiatives to lessen dependence on the automobile in the 21st century. Through Dec. 2013
• Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy” uncovers how Detroiter’s were affected by World War II, and what they did to supply 30 percent of the war material for the U.S. before 1945.
• Doorway to Freedom—Detroit and the Underground Railroad explore how Underground Railroad “conductors” provided access to Canada across the Detroit River.
5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805, detroithistorical.org
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
The Lost Mariners Remembrance is an annual program that honors sailors who lost their lives on the Great Lakes. A lecture will be given by author Michael Schumacher, whose forthcoming book November’s Fury chronicles the Great Lakes Storm of 1913. A lantern vigil at the Edmund Fitzgerald anchor begins the night, followed by a performance by balladeer Lee Murdock and an Honor Guard escort of the memorial wreath to the Detroit River. Nov. 10. $10+.
100 Strand Dr., Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-5538; detroithistorical.org
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 light bulb. Open Fri.-Sun. for the month of Nov. See website for details. $17.50+.
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001, hfmgv.org/village
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. Oct. 26-Jan. 26, 2014.
A half-century has officially passed since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In remembrance, the museum will host two nights of panel discussions devoted to that historic day and its political impact. Guest speakers will include Dan Rather and Secret Service Agent Clint Hill. Those attending will get to view the limousine that transported Kennedy on that landmark day 50 years ago. On Nov. 22, museum admission will be free to the public — an event sponsored by Target. Nov. 18-22. $50+.
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. The center also houses a multilingual library. $5+.
28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400; holocaustcenter.org
Michigan Science Center
The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll explores the inseparability of music and science. After learning about the building blocks of music, instruments, rock ‘n’ roll history, sound, and music business careers, guests can create their own rockin’ recordings. Through Dec. 31.
5020 John R. Street, Detroit; 313-577-8400; mi-sci.org
U-M Museum of Natural History
Between Power and Spirit: Sacred Spaces in Ancient Peru is a collection of black-and-white photography brought back from Joe Hines’ travels to Peru in the ‘70s and ‘80s for U-M field work.
1109 Geddes, Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478, lsa.umich.edu/ummnh/
The award-winning country artist released a collection of ’70s rock covers this summer, fittingly titled Under the Covers. Catch her rocking out at the Sound Board in the Motor City Casino Hotel. Nov. 10. $25+.
2901 Grand River Ave, Detroit; 313-309-4614; motorcitycasino.com/soundboard
He’s only 22, but he’s already a blossoming country music star. His Let’s Be Crazy Tour is swinging by the Fox Theatre this month. Nov. 10. $33+
The Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com
The innovative U.K. electronic musician is traveling across the pond to perform at an event put on by the University Musical Society. Blake will be performing songs from his critically acclaimed 2013 album Overgrown. Nov. 11. $20+.
Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org
The nine-time Grammy-winning, R&B singer-songwriter will be coming to Detroit in support of his fourth studio album, Love in the Future. Legend has lent his award-winning voice to the tracks of various artists including Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, and Rihanna. He also stars on the TV show Duets alongside Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke, and Jennifer Nettles. Nov. 12. $31+.
The Fox Theatre; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.org
The controversial rapper comes to the Palace of Auburn Hills in support of his new album Yeezus. The 21-time Grammy Award-winning artist brings along Kendrick Lamar on the tour. Nov. 10. $30+.
6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Seattle-based hip-hop duo are bringing their show to Detroit along with guests Talib Kweli and Big K.R.I.T. The duo topped the charts with their singles “Can’t Hold Us” and “Thrift Shop.” Their independently released debut album The Heist found the No. 1 slot on iTunes and was certified Gold. Nov. 2. $38+.
The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com
The long-awaited The Self-Titled Tour is coming to Auburn Hills in support of the band’s newest chart-topping album. With a more upbeat sound, and showcasing the group’s musical diversity, Paramore will be also joined by Metric and HelloGoodbye.
Nov. 21, $35+. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com
With more than 40 million albums sold, it’s no wonder why her The Truth About Love tour sold out. Fortunately, the pop rock superstar responsible for chart-topping hits like “Just Like a Pill” extended her tour. Nov. 6. $40+.
The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com
The Disney sensation will be in town to perform music from her debut pop album, Stars Dance. Nov. 26. $40+.
The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com
Wayne Shorter Esperanza Spalding Commission
As part of Detroit’s Jazz Festival Community series, saxophonist Wayne Shorter will team up with singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding to perform one of Shorter’s original jazz compositions. The two musicians will be joined by the Wayne Shorter Quartet and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Vince Mendoza. Nov. 2. $36+.
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org
Big Love by Charles L. Mee is a modern interpretation of Aeschylus’ The Suppliant Women. In this darkly funny tale — performed by Wayne State University’s graduate students — 50 women escape to a villa in Italy to avoid marrying their cousins. Be prepared for plenty of laughs as well as sharp social commentary. Through Dec. 7. $30.
4743 Cass Ave., Detroit; 313-577-2972; hilberry.com
JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre)
4,000 Miles, a comedy-drama by Amy Herzog, follows 21-year-old Leo, who has just finished a cross-country bike trip, as he ends up living with his 91-year-old grandmother in her apartment for a month. Together, this mismatched pair learns to cope with life’s hardships, while simultaneously developing a deepened understanding of each other. Nov. 6-Dec. 1. $41+
6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900; jettheatre.com
Meadow Brook Theatre
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ timeless story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the real meaning of Christmas, will be running Nov. 16-Dec. 23. $18-$41
207 Wilson Hall, Oakland University, Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com
Tipping Point Theatre
Local playwright Joseph Zettlemaier’s Ebenezer takes place 15 years after the events of the classic A Christmas Carol. Scrooge is a changed man, but is near death on Christmas Eve. This reimagined “Carol” follows the last breaths of Ebenezer Scrooge and looks back on a life of hope and transformation. Nov. 21- Dec. 31. $30+
361 E. Cady St., Northville; 248-347-0003; tippingpointtheatre.com
The Ringwald Theatre
The theatre’s seventh season contains the theme “The Power of Words,” which is present in Neil LaBute’s play Reasons to be Pretty. The performance tells of a couple and the difficulties they face when physical appearances come up in conversation. Oct. 11-Nov. 4. $10+.
22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-5545; theringwald.com