Arts & Entertainment

January 2009


Art Gallery of Windsor (AGW): Art for Canada: An Illustrated History is an ongoing exhibition.

Citizen Dandy continues through Jan. 4.

Snow Storms and Stories runs through Jan. 4.

Recent Acquisitions continues through Jan. 11.

A representation of early abstract Canadian art is exhibited in Kathleen Munn and Lowrie Warrener: The Logic of Nature, the Romance of Space, through Feb. 15. $3; members free. 401 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario; 519-977-0013;

Community Arts:
2009 WSU MFA Thesis Exhibition Jan. 9-Feb. 13 with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Jan. 9. 150 Community Arts Building, Detroit, 

Cranbrook Art Museum: Andy Warhol: Grand Slam includes paintings, photographs, prints, and films. Through Jan. 11. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 877-462-7262;

Detroit Institute of Arts: Monet to Dali focuses on artists who profoundly changed the course of European art history. Through Jan. 18.

Jane Hammond: Paper Works represents 15 years of work — resulting from 276 borrowed images that the artist manipulated to produce her own rich vocabulary. Through Jan. 11.

In the Company of Artists: Photographs from the DIA’s Collection allows viewers to experience the lives and stories of creative people through revealing photographs by André Kertész, Man Ray, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman, Robert Mapplethorpe, and others. Through Feb 15.

Master Pieces: Chess Sets from the Dr. George and Vivian Dean Collection includes two dozen chess sets featuring an array of materials and designs from Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and the United States, through March 22. Admission: $8 adults;
 $4 ages 6-17;
 $6 seniors. Wed., Thur.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closed Mon.-Tue. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;

Elaine L. Jacob: Designing an Icon: Creativity and the American Automobile
 runs through Jan. 16.

Curator Bang-Geul presents Spatial Effects: New Digital Art Jan. 30-April 3 with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. Jan. 30. On the campus of Wayne State University, 480 W. Hancock, Detroit; 313-993-7813. 

Ellen Kayrod: 6th Annual Sight Fest: All Media Group Exhibition presents Detroit-area artists’ paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and more. Through Jan. 9. 4750 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1300, ext. 18;

555: Thursday’s View offers a new featured artist each week in the First Floor Gallery, 7-10 p.m. Thurs. and Fri.; 12-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 4884 Grand River Ave., Detroit;

Forum: This student-run gallery offers an opening every week of the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s academic year. Graduate students present work to their peers and the community. From 5-9 on Friday nights. Free. On the Cranbrook campus, New Studios Building, 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 877-462-7262;

Gallery Project: Step Right Up runs through Jan. 11.

Change, Jan. 21-March 3, with a reception Jan. 23. 215 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor; 734-997-7012.

Oakland University Art Gallery: Michigan ceramic artist Jae Won Lee presents Internal Distance(s), which includes four bodies of work. Jan. 10-Feb. 19 with opening reception 6-8 p.m. Jan 10. 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester; 248-370-2100.

Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA): Holiday Objects Up and Down offers a collection of gift items created by Michigan artists, ranging from glass, ceramics, painting, fibers, jewelry, toys, metal, mixed media, and more. Through Jan. 3. 407 Pine St.; 248-651-4110;

Sherry Washington Gallery: Renowned artist Gilda Snowden presents Flora Urbana, a collection of vibrant florals. Through Jan. 10. 1274 Library, Detroit; 313-961-4500;

UMMA Off/Site: The Infinite Landscape: Master Photographers from the UMMA Collection includes new acquisitions such as Edward Curtis, Peter Henry Emerson, Karl Struss, and Edward Steichen — all on view for the first time. Through Jan. 4. Free. 1301 S. University, Ann Arbor; 734-763-8662;



Chamber Music Society of Detroit: Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, who turned in an impressive performance in the title role of Margaret Garner at Michigan Opera Theatre in October, takes to the recital stage with pianist Warren Jones. The program includes Handel, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and others. 8 p.m., Jan. 24. $43-$100. Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile Rd., Beverly Hills; 248-855-6070;

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Music Director Leonard Slatkin leads the orchestra in pieces by Ruggles, Margaret Brouwer, and Gershwin’s famous An American in Paris. Also included is the Triple Concerto for double bass, banjo, and tabla by Edgar Meyer, Béla Fleck, and Zakir Hussain, with the composers on hand to perform. Jan. 9-11. An all-Russian program features Alla Borzova’s Songs for Lada with the MSU Children’s Choir, along with Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, with soloist Olga Kern, Tchaikiovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, and pieces by Glinka and Altschuler. Leonard Slatkin is on the podium. • Jan. 15-18. $19-$123 • That one singular sensation, Marvin Hamlisch, winner of Oscars, Grammys, Emmys, Golden Globes, and a Tony, conducts and performs on piano. Jan. 22-25. $19-$65.

Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter plays Beethoven’s sprightly Piano Concerto No. 2. Also on the program: Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 and Mozart’s Overture to The Marriage of Figaro. Peter Oundjian conducts. Jan. 30-31. $19-$123. Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit; 313-576-5111;

University Musical Society: They’ve been together since 1971, but the venerable Guarneri String Quartet will soon be silent after the 2008-09 season. They’re on their farewell tour, and audiences here can hear them play Beethoven’s sublime String Quartets Nos. 12 and 15. 4 p.m. Jan. 11 $24-$50. Rackham Auditorium, 915 E. Washington.

Pianist Richard Goode returns to UMS after an 11-year hiatus to perform a recital of Bach, Mozart, and Chopin. 4 p.m. Jan. 25. $10-$56. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University.

From the stratospheric countertenor range to the nadir of the bass voice, the 12 men of Chanticleer are renowned for their vocal finesse and variety in programming. $35-$45. 8 p.m. Jan. 29. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Blvd. 734-763-3333;

All venues in Ann Arbor.



Music Hall: The 50 members of the Russian National Ballet bring elegance and energy to performances. 8 p.m. Jan. 10 on the main stage. $27-$47. 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500;

University Musical Society: As its name implies, the Rubberdance Group stretches the boundaries of dance, with contemporary, hip-hop, and classical interwoven Jan. 9-11. $16-$38. Power Center, 121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor; 724-763-3333.



Longhorn World Championship Rodeo: The show features more than 125 cowboy and cowgirls who will be competing in six sanctioned events, including bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, cowgirl barrel racing, and more. 8 p.m. Jan. 3, and noon, and 6 p.m. Jan. 4. $15- $23. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 4 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-646-6666.

Ultimate Fishing Show: Stock up on tackle, rods, boats, and more at the three-day show. Activities include shore lunch fish fry, fly fishing area, an indoor lake, and more. Noon-9:30 p.m. Jan. 8. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Jan. 9. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Jan. 11. $4-$10, children under 5 are free. Rock Financial Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; 800-328-6550.

The North American International Auto Show/Charity Preview: More than 7,000 journalists from about 60 countries will be on hand to cover the unveiling of some of this year’s hottest cars. Jan. 17-24. $6-$12. Since 1989, the Charity Preview has raised more than $76 million for southeast Michigan charities. This year, funds will also go to various services for children. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 16. $400. 888-838-7500 or Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit; 248-643-0250.

Michigan Design Center: The semi-annual Sample Sale includes 60-70 percent off home furnishings, including furniture, lamps, artwork, rugs, and accessories. $7, with a portion benefiting COTS. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 23 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24. Michigan Design Center, 1700 Stutz Dr., Troy; 248-649-4772.

Plymouth International Ice Sculpture Spectacular: This annual event reigns as the oldest and largest ice-carving festival of its kind. Featured are more than 100 statues carved from a single block of ice, or multiple block sculptures ranging from five to 100 blocks. Carvers from the U.S. and Japan will participate. Jan. 23-25. Downtown Plymouth;

Novi Home Improvement Show: This annual event spotlights exhibitors showing off the latest trends in kitchens, baths, doors, windows, and remodeling. Jan. 23-25. Rock Financial Showplace, 46199 Grand River, Novi; novihomeshow.



Detroit Film Theatre: Nobody wants to fall from grace, but that’s what happened to Lola Montès, a 19th-century cabaret dancer. A singer, a dancer, and a mistress to the wealthy, such as Ludwig I, King of Bavaria. But that doesn’t last forever. Lola Montès was the last film by German filmmaker Max Ophüls, who fled Germany as the Nazi’s took power. Jan. 16-18. All tickets $6.50-$7.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-7900;

Detroit Science Center IMAX: The next best thing to seeing something in person is taking it in at an IMAX. So if you can’t make it to the Grand Canyon, head on down to the Science Center for a little trip out West. Grand Canyon Adventure will take you to one of America’s greatest sites, fly you over and drop you down into this expansive natural monument. And it’ll cost only the price of a theater ticket.

From the deep, northern waters of Lake Superior to the eastern edges of Lake Ontario, Mysteries of the Great Lakes takes the viewer on a spin through some of most beautiful shorelines and scenery the nation offers. And you’ll stay dry. Both through January. $7.25-$12.95. 5020 John R, Detroit; 313-577-8400;

The Redford Theatre: If it weren’t for Julie Andrews, those hills never would have come alive with the sound of music. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical The Sound of Music, directed by Robert Wise, is the story of the von Trapps, their neglected children, an unfulfilled nun (Andrews), and the Third Reich. Add some song and dance and you have not just the sound of music, but an evergreen film. Jan. 9-10.

Anatomy of a Murder started off as a bestselling novel written by Michigan’s own Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker. Then Otto Preminger grabbed it, cast Jimmy Stewart in the lead, and had Duke Ellington score the film. It was then nominated for an Oscar and is considered one of the best trial movies. It’s the story of a big-city prosecutor versus the small-town lawyer. Paul Biegler (Stewart) takes the case of Army Lt. Frederic Manion, who is charged with shooting a bartender who allegedly raped Manion’s flirty wife. The big-city prosecutor, played by George C. Scott, comes up to crush Biegler. The story is based on a murder that took place at Big Bay Point Lighthouse in the Upper Peninsula. Jan. 23-24. All films $4. 17360 Lahser, Detroit; 313-537-2560;



Arab American National Museum: Utopian Visions is a visiting exhibition featuring four female artists who live and work in various locations throughout the world but came together to explore the concept of a perfect world. Rima Al-Awar (North Carolina/Toronto), Rana Chalabi (Cairo, Egypt), Roula Ayoub (Beirut, Lebanon), and Emna Zghai (Tunis, Tunisia/New York) created abstract and figural works, as well as projected images for this project. Through March 29.

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

Arab-Americans come from a land that stretches from northern Africa to western Asia. The diversity can be as vast as the land, but they all have a shared sense of history and language, which they brought to America, starting about 1880. Coming to America features these immigrants and the culture they brought. Ongoing in Gallery 1.

Living in America exhibits early Arab-American life and the integral part they played in the early history of the United States. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 2. • Making an Impact celebrates the stories of Arab-American athletes, organizations, physicians, labor leaders, and entertainers. One featured person is Detroit-born journalist Helen Thomas. Ongoing exhibit in Gallery 3. Tickets are $10-$12. Call for details. $3-$6. 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266;

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: Tutankhamun takes viewers from an introduction to ancient Egypt through archaeological discovery to view the private and public pharaoh — and a royal burial. Through January.

Women of a New Tribe is a national exhibit featuring the black-and-white photography of Jerry Taliaferro. His images showcase the physical and inner beauty of African-American women in the 1930s. Through April 6.

Stories in Stained Glass: The Art of Samuel A. Hodge, a series of intricate and colorful works focusing on three areas of African-American culture and history — musicians, dancers, and freedom advocates — is one of the ongoing exhibits in the Main Level Corridor.

A Is for Africa includes 26 interactive stations making up a 3-D “dictionary” designed for children. Ongoing in the Lower Level Corridor.

And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture is an expansive, evolving exhibit that recounts the 3.5-million-year-old odyssey that began in Africa and ends in Detroit. Ongoing in the Core Exhibition Gallery. • Genealogy, a work designed by local artist Hubert Massey, depicts the struggles of African-Americans in the United States. Ongoing on the Main Level.

Detroit Performs is a photomontage dedicated to those who have gained national and international prominence in the performing arts. Ongoing in the Main Level Corridor.

Target has initiated a program of Free First Sundays at the museum; general admission at other times is $5-$8. 315 E. Warren, Detroit; 313-494-5800;

Cranbrook Institute of Science: Bring the little ones to experiment with someone else’s playthings in Science in Toyland, a highly interactive exhibit that develops scientific reasoning and research skills. In the museum’s traveling exhibit called Bats: Myths and Mysteries, visitors can visit with live bats and learn about the common misconceptions that cause people to harbor fears. Both exhibits run through January. General admission is $6-$8. Daily hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills; 1-877-462-7262;

Detroit Historical Museum: Automotive Showplace celebrates the Model T centennial by displaying a “Tin Lizzie” from 1911.

Hero or Villain: Metro Detroit’s Legacy of Leadership examines the controversial lives of 16 public figures from the area’s past 300 years, including Augustus Woodward, Jimmy Hoffa, and Coleman Young. • 100 Years Ago allows visitors to relate to past Detroiters through different forms of media that captured daily life in 1908. • Fabulous 5 will add “Detroit’s Entertainment Venues” to its showcase of local pop culture.

Just as men were building Detroit’s landscape of the early 20th century, Amy Lorimer was painting it. The exhibit Detroit Artist Showcase is a mini-gallery of paintings by this historic Detroit artist.

Permanent exhibitions include Streets of Old Detroit, Frontiers to Factories, The Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. General admission $4-$6. 5401 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-1805;

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Smugglers on the Straits examines a tradition of transporting cargo, goods, even people, and how it has changed in the course of three centuries in this region.

Fun, Fast & Fancy: Great Lakes Yachts takes a fanciful look at what yachting has looked like over the years along the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair. Both exhibits run through April. 100 Strand, Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833-1805;

Exhibit Museum of Natural History: U-M particle physicist Aaron Pierce is curator of The World’s Biggest Experiment: At the Frontiers of Particle Physics, the latest exhibit on display exploring research in particle physics. In the Rotunda Lobby through January. A History of Pipes, part of the University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology’s collection of pipes, is a display of 15 types of smoking instruments, tracing the history and materials used for a leisure-time activity that has fallen out of favor. Through March.

Casting Tradition: Contemporary Brassworking in Ghana, exhibits the evolution of a 500-year tradition practiced by Ghana’s Akan people. The exhibit showcases objects from the town of Krofrom, along with interviews, historical interpretations, and media displays of the entire casting process. Through May. Relics pays tribute to ingenious gadgets, such as a mirrored ball, rotating galaxy projector, video projector masks, and much more — some pieced together with unexpected household items. On display indefinitely.

Dinosaur Tours are offered at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. • Planetarium Shows are generally presented at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. weekdays; call for weekend dates. • The Zula Patrol: Under the Weather, an animated adventure about weather, plays at 12:30 weekdays.

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity, with recorded narration by Liam Neeson, explains the formation of the early universe. At 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Admission to the museum is free. Planetarium price is $4.75. University of Michigan Campus, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-0478;

Henry Ford: Out of This World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television features more than 40 costumes from popular films and television shows. Outfits such as Captain Kirk, Darth Vader, and the Wicked Witch of the West’s pointy hat from The Wizard of Oz are all on display. Through Jan. 11.

Heroes of the Sky is a permanent exhibit focusing on adventures in early aviation.

With Liberty and Justice for All explores the struggles that arise when free men and women actually try to be free. This exhibit assembles a collection of national artifacts highlighting four pivotal periods of history, beginning with the American Revolution and ending in the 1960s with the civil-rights movement. Permanent exhibit.

The automobile ultimately shaped American culture as we know it today. Automobiles in American Life honors this great invention by featuring milestones, including the 15 millionth Model T produced, as well as the Ford Mustang. Permanent exhibit. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;

Greenfield Village: Nearly 100 historical buildings are here; visit notable attractions such as the birthplace of Henry Ford, Noah Webster’s home, and the home of Robert Frost. $14-$20. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001;

International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit: Three permanent exhibits are on display: The Ethel Averbach Dolls of the World, the Flags of the World, and the Mr. and Mrs. Larry S. Wilkonson Immigrant Ship Collection . Free. There’s also the International Café on the lower level. 111 E. Kirby, Detroit; 313-871-8600;

Motown Historical Museum: The museum at Hitsville U.S.A. houses Motown’s original recording Studio A, where stars such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and The Jackson 5 recorded their first hits. $5-$8. 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-875-2264;

Selfridge Military Air Museum: The theme is planes — from the indoor armed forces exhibits to Navy and Air Force planes outside. Tours by appointment. $3. Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Hall and Jefferson, Harrison Township; 586-307-5035;



Siegel-Schwall Band: Say that five times fast. OK, done? Now, check this out: The Siegel-Schwall Band, though it may be hard to say, is a blues/rock outfit from Chicago formed more than 40 years ago by Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall. Some of the biggest names in Chicago blues have sat in with these two, including Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, and Muddy Waters. Those three aren’t benchwarmers, either. 7 p.m. Jan. 2. $25. Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.

John Hammond: He’s often referred to as John Hammond, Jr. But that’s not him. That’s his father, a famed record producer and talent scout. John Paul Hammond, the son, who is playing Ferndale’s Magic Bag this month, is a blues singer and guitarist. He won a Grammy in 1990, provided the soundtrack for Dustin Hoffman’s 1979 film Little Big Man, and, it’s said, had Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix play with him in the same band for a mere five days during the 1960s. Oh, and he’s a Vanderbilt (just like CNN reporter Anderson Cooper). 7 p.m. Jan. 3. $25. Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.

David Bromberg: This folksy singer/songwriter/American guitarist can play rhythm and lead at the same time — which isn’t easy. That’s like trying to keep your eyes open while sneezing. His newest album, released in 2008, was actually recorded more than 25 years earlier. It’s called Live New York City 1982 . 8 p.m. Jan. 8. $35-$42. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1818.

City and Colour: City and Colour is the folk creation of Canadian musician Dallas Green. The name comes from his name — City, as in Dallas, and Colour, as in Green. Pretty clever, huh? Anyway, Green formed this acoustic band four years ago and is often accompanied on stage by other Canadian artists. City and Colour won a 2007 Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year for the release Sometimes. 8 p.m. Jan. 9. $19.39. The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward, Detroit; 313-961-5450.

Robert Gordon: Gordon is a 61-year-old rockabilly singer who was highly influenced and affected by Elvis Presley — and it’s quite obvious just by looking at him, let alone watching him handle a mike. 8 p.m. Jan. 9. $15. Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.

Metallica: The drummer of Metallica, Lars Ulrich, is a little hard of hearing from being the drummer of Metallica. Now there is a lesson in that, boys and girls, but at the same time that’s the toll of rock ‘n’ roll. These four guys aren’t spring chickens (or should we say roosters?) anymore, but they’re still out there, whippin’ their thinning hair and thrashin’ their guitars. Their newest album, Death Magnetic, was released in September and has done extremely well. 7 p.m. Jan. 13. $58-$78. Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Dr., Detroit; 313-471-6606.

Femi Kuti: His father, Fela Kuti, laid down the roots for Afrobeat — a mix of jazz, funk, and African percussion — and Femi Kuti is extending its reach. Femi, hailing from Nigeria, is an award-winning singer/songwriter instrumentalist. On top of that, his voice was featured in the videogame Grand Theft Auto. 8 p.m. Jan. 16. $22.50. The Majestic Theatre, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.

David Allan Coe: Coe was the man during the ’70s and ’80s. That was the height of this 69-year-old country singer’s popularity. We’re not saying he isn’t the man anymore, ’cause he is. How can you not be after releasing 41 studio albums spanning a 50-plus-year career?. 8 p.m. Jan. 16. $26.50. Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St. Pontiac; 248-332-2362.

Leon Russell: Listen to this list: Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, Sinatra, Jerry Lee Lewis, “Wall of Sound” creator Phil Spector, the Stones, and that’s just a few of the artists Leon Russell has played with. Under a cowboy hat, behind a huge white beard, draped in long white hair, is Russell, an acclaimed singer/songwriting pianist and guitarist. 8 p.m. Jan. 17. $25. Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward, Ferndale; 248-544-3030.

The Blind Boys of Alabama: Formed in 1939 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, this gospel group has continued to tour nationally and internationally. One member remains and still tours as long as his health allows him. They recorded their first album in 1948 and just last year released Down in New Orleans, their 61st. 8 p.m. Jan. 19. $35-$42. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1818.

The Killers: This post-punk, alternative, indie rock four-piece comes from Vegas. Formed in 2002, these guys have been well received and have gained more popularity with each release. Their newest, Day & Age, hit the shelves in November. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22. $35. The Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center, Ypsilanti; 734-487-2282.



Andiamo Celebrity Showroom: The Murder Mystery Players, Inc. presents Date With Death, an interactive comedy in which the audience cracks the case. 7 p.m. Jan 28. $40. 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200.

Fox: Take a trip back to 1960s Baltimore in the Tony award-winning Hairspray, where a big girl with big hair steals the show. Jan. 9-11. $27-$72.

Sesame Street Live! When Elmo Grows Up features Elmo and all his furry friends in a show that’s sure to tickle audience members of all ages. Through Feb. 15. $12-$32. 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-6611.

Detroit Repertory: August Wilson’s Radio Golf follows the story of Harmond Wilks, a man on a quest to be Pittsburgh’s first African-American mayor. Through March 22. $17-$20. 13103 Woodward, Detroit; 313-577-2972.

Fisher: Follow 17 aspiring Broadway dancers on their journey to stardom in A Chorus Line. Through Feb. 1. $25.50-$76.50 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000.

Gem: Join Frank, Sammy, Joey, and Dean in The Rat Pack Is Back, a musical re-creation of the famous “Summit at the Sands” show. Through Jan. 4. $39.50. 333 Madison, Detroit; 313-963-9800;

Hilberry: Born Yesterday is a comedy about what happens when a corrupt politician brings his showgirl mistress to Washington, D.C. Opens Jan. 9. $20-$30. 4743 Cass, Detroit; 313-577-2972.

Jewish Ensemble Theatre: Two by Two is a musical comedy relating the tale of Noah’s Ark. Through Jan. 11. $33-$39. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield; 248-788-2900.

Meadow Brook: Judy Garland looks back on her life in the Michigan premiere of Beyond the Rainbow. Jan. 7-Feb. 1. $30. 207 Wilson Hall,Oakland University,
 Rochester; 248-377-3300.

Music Hall: Relive your favorite childhood storybooks through the music of Chad Henry’s Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 on the main stage. $7-$17. 350 Madison, Detroit; 313-887-8500.