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Art Leaders Gallery

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!: In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Suess’ book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, the exhibit will make a stop in Detroit to showcase not only his never-before seen hat collection, but also an expansive assortment of his art, including illustrations and sculptures. Sept. 20-Oct. 5.

Art Leaders Gallery, 33086 Northwestern Hwy., West Bloomfield; 248-539-0262;






Artspace II

Artspace: Cass Corridor artists, from the late 60s art revival to today’s renaissance, are featured in this exhibit. Artists include Gordon Newton, Robert Sestok, Nancy Mitchnick, and Bradley Jones. Sept. 3-28.

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


Museum of New Art

Document USA photograph courtesy of Uta Barth and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

Document USA: The Museum of New Art will host the Document USA exhibit as the inaugural exhibit for it’s new state-of-the-art building. With works from more than 1,000 artists, this massive art exposition not only showcases a variety of artistic pieces, but also allows audience members to play the role of the curator by exploring items used to create the exhibition. The exhibit will “refresh” every 100 minutes, bringing more unique items out for viewers to see. Sept. 28.

15655 33 Mile Rd., Armada; 855-338-6662;


Virgil H. Carr Cultural Arts Center

Creative Spirits Art Exhibit: From age 7 to 80, Creative Spirits showcases art from all, in many different mediums. With an emphasis on senior artists 65 and over, the exhibit guarantees an eclectic range of pieces in a one of a kind show. Until Oct. 28.

311 E. Grand River, Detroit; 313-965-8430;






Dane Cook

The Massachusetts-born observational comic hasn’t had the best year. Last October, his NBC comedy Next Caller got the kabosh after filming four episodes and airing none. Then, at a “Boston Strong” benefit concert weeks after the tragedies, he refused to stream his performance so he could protect his new material, prompting The Atlantic Wire to deem him “the world’s worst successful comedian.” Make your own opinion at his first comedy tour in four years, “Under Oath.” Sept. 21. $64+.

Fox Theatre, Detroit.


Photograph by Robyn Von Swank

Sarah Silverman

Her satirical style of comedy has made her one of the biggest names in stand up, and has worked on everything from Saturday Night Live to her own show, The Sarah Silverman Program. The comedienne will bring her show to Royal Oak for one night only. Sept. 22. $45.

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




Wayans Brothers

After getting their start on the sketch show In Living Color, brothers Shawn and Marlon Wayans blew up in the comedy world. They have written for various films, including the first two installments of the Scary Movie franchise, and have produced such films as White Chicks and Little Man. The hilarious duo will bring their show to Detroit for a night full of laughs. Sept. 26. $32+.

The Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4700;






DIFFA’s Dining by Design

In partnership with the Michigan AIDS Coalition (MAC), DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is hosting a three day event that pairs local talent in the design, art, and architectural community with sponsors to create a dining environment like no other. Over the years, DIFFA has provided more than $40 million to AIDS organizations nationwide. #Sept. 26-28. $75-250.

The former Federal Reserve Building, 160 W. Fort St., Detroit; 248-545-1435;




Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival

Photograph by Seth Olenick

The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, presented by Funny Or Die, will feature performances from Flight of the Conchords, Dave Chappelle, Demetri Martin, and many more. Not only will the audience get to watch these famous comedic acts, but there will also be street vendors, psychics, food, and more activities at DTE’s outdoor music theater. Sept. 1. $30+.

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


Art and Apples Festival

This September, Rochester will host its 48th Art and Apples Festival. The three-day extravaganza will include various food vendors, an array of entertainment, and of course, plenty of art pieces from across the country. Sept. 6-8.

Rochester Park, 6th St. and Pine St., Rochester; 248-651-4110;





Old Car Festival

Take a drive into history at Greenfield Village’s Old Car Festival. Watch as hundreds of authentic vintage automobiles from 1890-1932 flock the grounds of the museum. Various presentations will occur at the event, and participants can talk to the car owners about their prized possessions. Sept. 7-8. $18+.

The Greenfield Village at Henry Ford Museum, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;




DIY Street Fair

For two days and three nights, Ferndale will be filled with live music, food, drink, kids activities, and more during the DIY Street Fair. Local artists and businesses will showcase their works and there will also be a 5K run with proceeds benefitting Ferndale Public Schools’ art programs. Sept. 13-15.

Nine Mile, East of Woodward, Ferndale;


Junk in the Trunk

Downtown Rochester’s “Junk in the Trunk” will feature unique items for sale from adults, children, artists, businesses, and anyone in between. Browse the different trunks to find specialty antiques, accessories, glassware, and much more. Sept. 14.

The Farmers’ Market Upper Lot on E. Third St., Rochester; 248-656-0060;


Run Wild

Participants in this Fun Walk, 5K, or 10K will stampede through Huntington Woods and the Detroit Zoo to support veterinary care for zoo animals. The Post-Race Party will feature live entertainment, food, beverages, and children’s activities. Sept. 15. $20+.

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


Detroit Design Festival

The five-day festival celebrates independent design through trunk shows, panel discussions, product launches, and other events. One such event will be a “live documentary” performance by Sam Green and Ya Lo Tengo at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Sept. 18-22.

Various locations throughout Detroit;


The American Sewing Expo

The largest independent consumer sewing expo in the country will feature classes, a fashion show, shopping, and an array of other events for fiber artists. Sept. 27-29. $12+.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-889-3111;


Michigan Renaissance Festival

Enjoy food, art, and a variety of performances alongside lords, ladies, fairies, and other folk at the Michigan Renaissance Festival. Special events include a children’s puppet show, jousting tournaments, and a pub crawl. Through Sept. 29. $21, discount tickets available for children, seniors, and students.

12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly; 248-634-5552;







The Redford Theatre

In The Music Man, salesman “Professor” Harold Hill travels to River City, Iowa to con the citizens into paying him to form a marching band. His plan is to leave as soon as he gets all of the money money, however, things do not go entirely as planned. Shirley Jones, the actress who played Marian Paroo in the film, will be present at all viewings to give autographs. Sept. 13-15. $6. Autographs are $20, photos with Ms. Jones are $10.

A special meet-and-greet dessert reception with legendary actress Shirley Jones will take place before a viewing of The Music Man, in which she played the lead female role. Sept. 14. $40.

In The Graduate, the provocative Mrs. Robinson was a cougar before the term meant anything other than a large cat. Watch as Dustin Hoffman, in his first major role, comes of age in this classic comedy-drama. Sept. 27-28. $5.

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







To commemorate the 40th anniversary of their first concert at the Bowery in Myrtle Beach, the band Alabama will be touring the nation, playing songs from their expansive collection of hits. The Southern rock band has received well over 100 awards during their four decades together, and in 2011, won the Greatest Hits Award at the American Country Awards. Sept. 6. $58+.

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


Local Natives

The California-based indie rock band Local Natives made their big break at the South by Southwest festival in 2009, and since then have had two albums highly ranked in the Billboard lists. Their unique sound puts a pop twist on folk music with the use of harmonies and post-punk guitar style. Sept. 20. $24.

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


The Wiggles

For more than two decades the Wiggles have been entertaining children around the world. Their Taking Off! tour will not only bring a smile to kids’ faces, but the performance will also teach them healthy habits. The show features new music that will have audiences on their feet and dancing along. Sept. 22. $24+.

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


St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival

The Laneway Festival was conceived nine years ago in Melbourne’s Caledonian Lane, where the 13-foot-wide alley teemed with local bands. Since then, the festival featured The XX, Feist, and their once-underground indie pop peers in venues across Australia and, in 2011, Singapore. Laneway debuts on this continent with a lineup that includes Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós, Detroit electropunk group ADULT., and Icona Pop, the creator of stuck-in-your-head-for-a-week hit “I Love It.” Sept. 14. $75.

Meadow Brook Music Festival, 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills;


Photograph by Warwick Saint

Michael Bublé

Michael Bublé comes to Detroit to serenade audiences with his Grammy Award-winning music. His smooth voice separated him from other pop-stars and helped put a jazzy sound back on the radio. The vocalist’s tour is in support of his latest album To Be Loved. Sept. 17. $55+.

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




The Eagles

“One of These Nights,” “Hotel California,” and “Desperado” are just a few of the songs that made the Eagles one of the most popular bands of the 1970s. Their six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and various No. 1 hits are what made them legendary. The “History of the Eagles” tour makes a stop in Detroit this fall. Sept. 21. $50+.

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


Sarah Brightman

The world’s best selling soprano artist, Sarah Brightman, has quite a resume: She performed twice at the Olympic games, starred in various Broadway musicals, and just this past April, released her 11th studio album.  Her Dreamchaser World Tour, named after her recent album, comes to Detroit this fall. Sept. 27. $55+.

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


Blake Shelton

Blake Shelton, one of country music’s hottest performers, comes to the Detroit area this fall with his “Ten Times Crazier Tour.” The four-time Grammy nominee has released eight studio albums, all of which ranked Top 10 in the U.S. country charts. He has also coached the winning teams on #The Voice# for the past three seasons. Sept. 28. $30+.

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



Walk the Moon

If you want to be one of the cool kids at this indie rock gig, secure some face paint with your ticket. Concert goers emulate the band members’ stripes, dots and zigzags in the video of their biggest hit, “Anna Sun.” “There was this sort of theme of being a kid, painting faces, and a ‘Neverland’ and ‘Lost Boys’ sort of thing,” lead singer Nicholas Petricca said. The band named this tune after one of their Kenyon College professors because of her “really cool name.” Sept. 12. $20.

Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8961;


Led Zeppelin 2

Cover and tribute bands likely aren’t at the tippy-top of the musical totem pole, but LZ2 are esteemed nevertheless. Time Out New York and Chicago praised the Chicago-based band for performing the original Zep-style “lengthy, adventurous onstage jams” with exacting accuracy. Kirk Hammett of Metallica poignantly commented, “These guys sound f—ing exactly like Led Zeppelin!” Sept. 21. $12.

Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8961;


Il Volo

This music group features three Italian boys in their late teens, with the dark locks, olive skin, and dreamy voices to match. Not just another boy band, Il Volo is popera — pop opera, that is. Call it One Direction with a sprinkle of parmesan. Though they’ve dominated Top 10 charts across Europe and performed at the Detroit Opera House, American teenyboppers are still sticking to just plain pop. Sept. 5. $46+.

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


Cold War Kids

Lead singer Nathan Willett of the indie rock group described their process of album production as “organic.” And the Californians seemed to hit it right: their fourth album, Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, released in April amid positive reviews. It features a mélange of new additions to the typically grit-rock albums: drum machines; electronic compositions; and co-production by Modest Mouse’s former guitarist Dann Galluchi. Sept. 28. $22+.

Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8961;



A cynic would be shocked to see the pop punk arena still stubbornly producing albums. A decade has passed since Yellowcard topped pouty teens’ playlists along with Simple Plan and Good Charlotte. Those bands no longer dominate the radio, and Yellowcard crooner Ryan Key isn’t complaining. He said last year, “When the band was blowing up… it wasn’t always the best experience and now it kind of cooled down and I prefer it this way.” Sept. 15. $33+.

Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8961;


Electric Six

This band hails from Detroit and might be called a synthesis of glam, synth pop, disco, and metal. Their chosen genre is still hazy. What’s not uncertain is that this group might make some concertgoers blush, with album names like Sexy Trash and Absolute Pleasure — and critics noting their lyrics bear lusty anger and “macho flippancy.” Sept. 7. $10.

Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress, Detroit; 313-961-8961;


Imagine Dragons

The new darlings of the mega-popular alt rock realm have been lionized by Rolling Stone and Billboard. Imagine Dragons released their only album last year, but have seven EPs — a fact frontman Dan Reynolds attributes to his fear of making that first album. “You only do a first album once and you have to live with it forever,” he said. Sept. 17. $25+.

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






Fisher Theatre

Miss Saigon: Set in 1970s Vietnam, Miss Saigon tells of the complicated relationship between a Vietnamese woman, Kim, and an American GI, Chris. The two become separated shortly after marriage, and Kim wonders if her husband will ever return to her or if he will ever meet their son. Sept. 24-Oct. 6. $45+.

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


Penn Theatre

September Hitchcock Series at Penn Theatre: During the month of September, the Penn Theatre will be showing a range of Alfred Hitchcock’s most suspenseful movies. The series includes four of Hitchcock’s trademark films such as Psycho and Vertigo. Sept. 5, 12, 19, 29. $3.

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


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