Arts & Entertainment Listings





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

A series of Esteban Chavez’s paintings of landmark Detroit buildings will be on display at the gallery. Oct. 1-31.

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


Center Galleries

College for Creative Studies Center Galleries presents an exhibit of drawings, prints, and watercolors by John Cage, an avant-garde composer and writer. The exhibition acts as a celebration of what would have been his 101st birthday. Until Oct. 19.

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


Cranbrook: Ad for the 1959 Buick Electra 225 at the Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America exhibit. // Photo courtesy of General Motors 2013

Cranbrook Art Museum

Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America is an exhibit that highlights the connections between Michigan’s industries and modern design. Through Oct. 13.

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


David Klein Gallery

New paintings by Trevor Young are up through October 31.

163 Townsend, Birmingham; 248-433-3700,


Detroit Institute of Arts

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show will feature animated masterpieces from the past 150 years and will let visitors observe different animation techniques. Oct. 6-Jan. 5. $8+

• Join the DIA for a variety of free, drop-in workshops this month including tapestry weaving, sugar skulls, and flip books. Various dates throughout October.

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


Flint Institute of Arts

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.

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


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;


Oakland University Art Gallery

Bullets Revisited #1, 2012 © Lalla Essaydi // Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York

Lalla Essaydi: Writing Femininity, Writing Pleasure will feature the works of Moroccan photographer and artist Lalla Essaydi. Examining the role of the Muslim women in today’s society by using Arabic calligraphy and poses from Orientalist paintings, she explores the relationship between writing, femininity, and pleasure. By writing upon the faces and skin of her models with henna, she actively defies the traditional use of calligraphy, an art form customarily reserved for men. Until Oct. 13.

208 Wilson Hall, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-370-3005;


Pewabic Pottery

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. Oct. 19-Jan. 12, 2014

• A Family Halloween Party, perfect for children and adults will allow attendees to make their own sugar Day of the Dead Sugar Skull or Jack-o-Lantern, and you can also make your own raku creation. Oct. 5, 26. $75

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


Re:View Art Gallery

• Artist and sculptor Graem Whyte will have his works featured in a solo exhibit through Oct. 12

• An exhibit by visual artist Susan Goethel Campbell will be featured at the gallery. Oct. 26-Nov. 30.

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


Robert Kidd Gallery

• Artist Cathy Daley will showcase her pieces at the exhibit New Works on Vellum through Oct. 12.

• Kevin Tolman will have his paintings displayed through a solo exhibit at the gallery. Oct. 26-Nov. 30.

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



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;






Chamber Music Society of Detroit

• Opening night at the Chamber Music society features the Emerson String Quartet. The musicians perform the music of Mozart, Britten, and Beethoven. Oct. 5.

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

• Classical Jam features Juilliard-trained musicians who blend classical traditions with improvisation to create a unique concert experience every time. Oct. 18. $30+.

The Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit; 248-855-6070;


Chamber Soloists of Detroit

Una O’Riordan photograph courtesy Cybelle Codish; Aaron Berofsky photograph courtesy Mike Halerz

Detroit Symphony Orchestra cellist Una O’Riordan will open the season with pianist Pauline Martin, violinist Aaron Berofsky, and violist Kathryn Votapek. Oct. 13.

First Presbyterian Church, 26165 Farmington Rd., Farmington Hills; 586-944-5353;


Cranbrook Music Guild

Connected by their Armenian heritage, the Sima Trio is recognized as the gold medal winner at the 2012 International Chamber Music Competition of New England. Oct. 9. $15+.

Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-0256;


Detroit Symphony Orchestra

• For October’s opening weekend, Gil Shaham stars in a program of pieces, such as Bright Sheng, a concerto for violin and orchestra. Oct. 4-6. $13+.

Conrad Tao shines as a pianist in this performance of Tchaikovsky’s fifth, including pieces by Copland and Beethoven as well. Oct. 10-12. $13+.

Benjamin Grosvenor, pianist, stars in Benjamin Britten Centennial. The program includes pieces by Wagner, Britten, Sibelius, and Debussy. Oct. 25-27. $13+.

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


Michigan Opera Theater

Performed in German, The Flying Dutchman is an opera in three acts. The story is a classic saga of a sea captain condemned to sail his phantom ship for eternity, unless he finds a wife to release his curse. Oct. 19-27. $25.

Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING,


University Musical Society

• Male chorus, Chanticleer, has a reputation for impressive interpretations of vocal literature from many eras. The 12 male voices blend seamlessly creating a symphony of sound. Oct. 10. $40+.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor; 734-647-3327;

• An Ann Arbor favorite, the Takács Quartet performs with a unique blend of humor, drama, and warmth, bringing fresh insights to their repertoire. Oct. 12. $24+.

Rackham Auditorium, 916 E. Washington, Ann Arbor; 734-647-3327;

• Several years ago, Andras Schiff performed an eight-concert cycle performance of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas in Ann Arbor. Now he returnsg with Bach’s Goldberg Variations. Oct. 25. $10+.

Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-647-3327;

• Creator and director Roysten Abel’s six-year-old production, The Manganiyar Seduction, combines a light show and world music for a dazzling result. Echoing the show’s peculiar fusion, one critic equated the show’s effect to “a gospel Mass or a slow-building rave.” Oct. 26-27. $18+.

Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-647-3327;

• Blind Summit: The Table, features the existential crisis of a certain stressed puppet. Created by the same critically acclaimed puppeteers who presented spectacles for Olympic opening ceremonies, the show was inspired by Bunraku puppetry, a centuries-old Japanese style. Oct. 29-Nov. 3. $35.

Performance Network, 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538;







Whitney Cummings

As the creator and star of the sitcom Whitney and co-creator of hit show 2 Broke Girls, Whitney Cummings has a solid name in the world of comedy. She will bring her act to Royal Oak this month for a night full of laughs. Oct. 5. $35+.

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


Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik gained fame as a writer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and as a performer at various celebrity roasts, including those for Donald Trump and Charlie Sheen. His comedy show makes a stop in Metro Detroit and will showcase his dark and hilariously offensive sense of humor. Oct. 23-24. $25+.

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


Howie Mandel

The Canadian comedian and Deal or No Deal host first induced knee slaps and uproarious laughter as a playfully snarky intern on medical drama St. Elsewhere. Now, Mandel makes ‘em laugh as an America’s Got Talent judge and improv and observational comedy. He’s also an advocate for ADHD and OCD awareness, both ailments that afflict him.  Oct. 26. $50+.

Macomb Music Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St., Mt. Clemens; 586-541-1107;






Eisenhower Dance Ensemble

This energetic dance group brings their On The Move repertory performances to Oakland University. These 10 dancers create a true spectacle for the audience.

Varner Recital Hall, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-559-2095;






Ann Arbor Antiques Market

This show, which is in its 44th year, contains a wide selection of unique antiques from across the United States and Canada. Oct. 19-20.

5055 Ann Arbor Saline Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-662-0496;


Arts Expo

For any high school students interested in pursuing careers in the arts, from music to media art, the Arts Expo is the place to be. More than 40 college and university art programs will be represented at the event and will enrich students with all the possibilities an art degree can offer. Oct. 28.

Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing;


Celebrity Home Tour of Detroit

Ever wonder where famous Detroiters such as Henry Ford, Rosa Parks, or Stevie Wonder lived? The Celebrity Home Tour of Detroit visits 73 famous Detroiters’ places of residence. This is the last time the tour will be offered. Oct. 10. $35.



Chill on the Hill

89X’s Chill on the Hill features two days of music and fun, featuring artists such as All Time Low, 30 Seconds to Mars, and more. Oct. 4-5. $45+.

Freedom Hill Amphitheatre, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights MI; 586-268-9700;


5th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival

The Michigan Brewers Guild will host the 5th Annual Detroit Fall Beer Festival this October, featuring more than 400 beers from 50 Michigan breweries. So grab a cold one and enjoy local cuisine and live music at one of the largest all-Michigan beer tastings. Oct. 25-26. $35 (designated driver tickets $5).

Eastern Market, Detroit;


Detroit Free Press Talmer Bank Marathon

This unique marathon event takes runners over and under the Detroit River, while crossing international borders and admiring the stunning views. The race offers the options to run a full marathon, half marathon, relay, and 5K. Oct. 20. $40+.

W. Fort St. at Second Ave., Detroit; 313-222-6676;


Detroit Heritage Tours

Preservation Detroit hosts various cemetery tours throughout the city during the Halloween season. Each of the four tours will explore a different cemetery. Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26. $15.

Various meeting points; 313-577-3559;


Detroit International Wine Auction

The 32nd Detroit International Wine Auction will take place this year, and pairs fine wine with fabulous fashion. The lead sponsors of the event are General Motors and Cadillac, and raised money goes to fund undergraduate student scholarships and community art programs. Oct. 19. $350+.

Cadillac Square, Detroit; 313-664-7464;


Detroit Spa Week

A large collection of metro Detroit spas participate in this bi-annual event, during which spas offer various treatments for $50. Oct. 14-20.

For a list of participating spas visit


Fall Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market

Discover a flea market amidst the original limestone barracks of Fort Wayne for one weekend only, located at the foot of Livernois Avenue in Detroit’s Delray neighborhood. Antique and bargain hunters will have a wide range of collectibles and arts and crafts to choose from at this event co-presented by the Detroit Historical Society Guild and the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. Oct. 12-13.

6325 W. Jefferson, Detroit; 313-833-7935;


FashionSpeak 2013

Fashion bloggers, stylists, photographers, and more are expected at the one-day FashionSpeak conference. Various 50-minute workshops will be held to educate attendees about different aspects of fashion and to positively support Michigan’s fashion industry. Oct. 3. $40.

Madison Building, 1420 Washington Blvd., Detroit;


Friends of the Freer House

The Freer House presents A Thousand Graces: Freer’s Pilgrimage to the Buddhist Cave Temples at Longmen and his Collection of Chinese Art, an event that explores Charles Lang Freer’s interest in Buddhist art. Various photos, journals, and pieces of art from the Freer Gallery of Art will be shown. Oct. 20. $5+.

Detroit Institute of Arts, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture Hall, 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-644-2500;


Garden Club of America Flower Show

A circus-themed flower show goes all out to display beautiful floral designs and set the standards of artistic and horticultural excellence. The public is welcome.

Grosse Pointe Club, 6 Berkshire Place, Grosse Pointe Farms;


Ghost Hunting Dinner at the Whitney

It has been rumored that the Whitney is haunted, but you can find out for yourself at the restaurant’s Ghost Hunting Dinner. Enjoy a four-course meal and drinks while a psychic medium tries to discover any spirits that might be lurking in the historic house. Oct. 13. $100.

The Whitney, 4421 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-5700;


Holiday Mart

For 55 years, this upscale sale has been benefitting cancer prevention programs for women and prenatal programs at Planned Parenthood in the local area. Dozens of vendors will be present, offering goods such as jewelry and housewares so you can get all of your holiday shopping done at once. Oct. 18-19. $5.

Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms;


Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue

Shop ’til you drop while supporting a good cause. The charity event, which raised more than $1 million nationwide last year, benefits the Josephine Ford Cancer Center and the Francee and Benson Ford Jr. Breast Cancer and Wellness Center. Oct. 17-20.

Saks Fifth Avenue, Somerset Collection, 2800 W. Big Beaver Rd., Troy; 248-643-9000;


Novi Home Remodeling Show

Various exhibits such as kitchen, bath, and flooring will be set up at the Novi Home Remodeling Show. Home improvement experts will be on hand to answer questions and give advice to those interested in remodeling their houses. Oct. 3-6. $7+.

Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-862-1018;


October in the ‘Ville

Northville will host October in the ‘Ville this month, with various events held to celebrate fall, and of course, Halloween. Skeleton sculptures, trick or treat, and haunted tours pepper the lineup of this month-long celebration. Month of October.

Various locations in Northville; 248-349-7640;



Presented by Complete Runner, the second annual Run4Wine is an extremely unique race party. This event is designed for race enthusiasts, walkers, social butterflies, and most importantly, anyone over 21. The first 400 to register will get a commemorative wine glass provided by Fenton Winery & Brewery. Wine tasting is encouraged throughout. Oct. 10. $25+.

Jewel of Grand Blanc, 5270 Perry Rd, Grand Blanc;


Wicked Halloween Run

A wicked fun time is sure to be had at Michigan’s largest Halloween run. Other events, including a costume contest and a dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” will also take place at the race. Runners can participate in either a 10K, 5K or the “Monster Mile.” Oct. 27. $25+.

Kellogg Park, Plymouth; 248-912-8747;


World in America Gala

The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, with area businesses and organizations, will host The World in America Gala 2013 at the Southfield Civic Center, as part of the 90th Annual International Festival/All World Market. The gala sports an emphasis on internationality through the food, drinks, and entertainment provided. Oct. 4. 5:30-9:00.

Southfield Civic Center, 2600 Evergreen, Southfield;


Zoo Boo

This annual “merry-not-scary” Halloween celebration hosted by the Detroit Zoo features a trick-or-treat path, live entertainment, and a haunted reptile house. There will also be a Zombie Zone filled with spooky games and activities. Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. $8+.

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






Main Art Theatre

October is the month of Main’s Midnight Series, showing classic movies at midnight in the Halloween spirit.

Eyes Wide Shut (1999), starring Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise tells the story of a New York City Doctor and a one night adventure. Oct. 4+5. $7+.

Frankenstein (1931) is a horror classic, in which a scientist assembles a living creature from parts of corpses. Oct. 11-12. $7+.

Old Boy (2005) • After being released from an extensive imprisonment, the protagonist finds he must locate his captor within a short period of time. Oct. 18-19. $7+.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a cult classic, starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. The newly engaged couple fall into the strange residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Oct. 25-26.

Main Art Theater, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-542-5198;


Michigan Theatre

The Craft (1996) is a tale of Sarah, played by Robin Tunney, who befriends a group of outsiders. The four girls form a supernatural coven and wreak havoc in this 90’s horror flick. Oct. 5. $7.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a cult classic in a subgenre of horror flicks based on the life and career of Wisconsin serial killer, Ed Gein. Oct. 19. $7.

Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) is a cult classic, starring Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry. The newly engaged couple fall into the strange residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. $7+.

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


Redford Theatre

• The Three Stooges are up to their usual antics – The Three Stooges Festival, with a screening of many of the famous, funny movies. Oct. 11-12. $5.

The Shining (1980) starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall explores sanity in a spooky hotel. Oct. 18. $6.

• In lieu of the Halloween spirit, Hitchcock’s classic, Psycho, offers thrills. Oct 25-26. $4+.

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







Arab American National Museum

• Join an artist talk with California-based, Palestinian-American John Halaka. Landscapes of Desire features metaphorical landscapes inspired by the ruins of Palestinian villages and homes that have been destroyed since 1948. Rubber stamped words create the landscapes and compel the viewer to “remember,” “resist,” “return,” and “forgive.” Oct. 11. In the main floor gallery, free with admission. Exhibit runs through Jan. 5, 2014.

Patriots & Peacemakers: Arab Americans in Service to Our Country features an interactive exhibit with personal narratives highlighting Arab American men and woman discussing their service to this country.

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


Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Inspiration Through Art: Works by Darold Gholston and Henry T. Heading features two metro Detroit artists who specialize in contemporary realism. Gholston, who is legally blind, will alter the natural shape of his subject’s faces to add interest. While Heading’s subjects are achieved with photographic accuracy. Combined, the two share universal themes to share the world’s beauty in their unique ways. Through Oct. 13.

• Still wondering if you know what it means to be in love? Follow this dramatic play, Hope’s Alabaster Box, as two newlyweds face a roadblock that could tear apart their marriage. Oct. 5. $10.

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


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,


Dossin Great Lakes Museum

After a five-month remodeling project, this museum reopened last May.

Built by the River is the newest permanent exhibit in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery. This exhibition traces hundreds of years of Great Lakes maritime history, with an emphasis on the development of southeastern Michigan.

A River’s Roar showcases the history of Detroit hydroplane racing. The Gold Cup, the oldest active trophy in motorsports, has been awarded in Belle Isle’s course more than anywhere else. Through April 2014.

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


Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Show at Macomb Community College

The Michigan Mineralogical Society will host a collection of exhibits containing rare and beautiful gems, minerals, and fossils for the whole family to enjoy. There will be more than 36 exhibits at the event, with displays from several prominent universities and museums, including the Smithsonian Institute, the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Oct. 11-13. $4+.

Macomb Community College Expo Center, 14500 E. Twelve Mile Rd., Warren; 734-994-3048;


Greenfield Village

Prepare for the Thanksgiving gorge-fest at Fall Flavor Weekends. Gaze at the cooking demonstrations’ fantastic yield — wine-stewed pears, beef and potato pie, fried sweet onions, peach cobbler — and gobble up samples. Then wipe the drool and chocolate crumbs off your mug and purchase local produce, honey, meats, and more at the Village’s farmer market. Oct. 5-6. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village: Frightful fun for everyone is what you’ll find at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village this year. Nine hundred hand-carved pumpkins light the pathway as the spirits of Greenfield Village come alive. Collect candy, dress up in a costume, and be prepared to feel the whoosh of a Headless Horseman. Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27. $13+.

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


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.

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


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;


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,






Avenged Sevenfold

California-based rock band Avenged Sevenfold will make a stop in Detroit this month during their Hail to the King tour. The tour is in support of their recent album, which is the sixth that the band has made in the studio since they formed in 1999. Deftones and Ghost B.C. will be special guests at each performance. Oct. 13. $67+.

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


Disney On Ice

Watch Disney’s most beloved characters come to life on ice as they celebrate 100 years of magic. The Disney On Ice tour stops in metro Detroit for nine performances, each one with performances from favorites such as Mulan, Pinocchio, and of course, Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Oct. 16-20. $22+.

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


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;



Although he started his career as an actor on the well-known teen television series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, this rapper won his first Grammy for Best Rap Album just this year. His highly anticipated tour, Would You Like a Tour, will also feature star Miguel and rapper Future. Oct. 12. $50+.

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


The Head and the Heart

This Seattle Indie band will bring their soulful sound to the Royal Oak Music theater, with special guests Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, and Quiet Life. The group got together in 2009 and have been gathering acclaim since they first released their self-titled album in 2011. Oct. 29. $25+.

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


J. Cole

This Grammy-nominated rap star has spent the past year recognizing the importance of following your dreams, even holding a lecture at Harvard University discussing where his lyrical inspiration comes from. In the What Dreams May Come tour, his single “Power Trip”, ranked highly on the Billboard lists, can be heard at Detroit’s Masonic Temple. Oct. 10. $40+.

Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-832-7100;



Award-winning and platinum-selling band Switchfoot has had numerous hits throughout the decade, including “Meant to Live” and “Dare You to Move.” Their current Fading West tour brings them to Royal Oak for one night only. Special VIP tickets are available and include a meet-and-greet with the band. Oct. 4. $25+.

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






City Theatre

Evil Dead: The Musical is a hilarious — and bloody — musical that takes elements of famous cult films such as Army of Darkness, and puts them to music to create one unique theater experience. This is the only musical with a “splatter zone”…no explanation necessary. Oct. 2-26. $30+.

2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3465;


Farmington Players

This theatre nestled within a barn will feature Dracula just in time for Halloween. This scary, yet comedic drama opens on a new stage floor and will follow Count Dracula as he terrorizes the residents of London.

32332 W. 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills; 258-553-2955


Fisher Theatre

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. Through Oct. 6. $45+.

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


Hilberry Theatre

• Witness first-hand the reenactment of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, Macbeth, a tale that forces its main character to discover the importance of humanity compared to heroism. Through Oct. 12.

Our Town has been described as “the greatest American play ever written,” as it highlights the story of two families in small town America and how to acknowledge small feats as the very essence of life itself. Oct. 11-20.

Dead Man’s Cell Phone features Jean, the main character who finds a cell phone in a cafe and starts taking down messages from people like his mistress for the man who is no longer alive. Oct. 17-26.

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


JET (Jewish Ensemble Theatre)

The Sisters Rosensweig by Wendy Wasserstein details the emotional, midlife dilemmas of three Jewish sisters as they reunite on holiday. Through Oct. 20. $41+.

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


The Game’s Afoot illustration by Chet Johnson

Meadow Brook Theatre

The Games Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays features world-renown actor William Gillette playing a Sherlock Holmes who’s been shot and wounded in the arm at the Palace Theatre. Watch the story unfold as this comedy-murder-mystery-thriller makes its Michigan premiere. Oct. 2-27. $25+.

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


Purple Rose

The Vast Difference by Jeff Daniels is a classic comedy featuring a male flight attendant and his impending vasectomy. This play explores the relationship between fathers and sons, the Detroit Tigers and what it’s like “to be a man”. Through Dec. 14. $27+.

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


Tipping Point Theatre

Blithe Spirit is a comedy involving a husband torn between two lovers: one dead and one alive. A series of séances resurrects old lovers in this witty presentation. Through Oct. 13.

Love, Loss and What I Wore is a romantic comedy that uses clothing as a vehicle to access some of the most vulnerable moments in a woman’s life. Oct. 25-27. All performances $25+.

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


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;


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