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    In this week’s Metro Times we took a look at the state legislature’s role in Detroit’s ongoing bankruptcy — in particular, how it must approve a $350 million pledge for the so-called “grand bargain” to remain intact. And, with last night’s announcement of a significant deal between the city and Detroit’s pension boards and retiree groups, the ball is Lansing’s court now. The new deal, first reported by the Freep, would cut general employees monthly pension checks by 4.5 percent and eliminate their cost-of-living increases. Police and fire retirees would see no cuts to monthly checks, while their cost-of-living increases would be reduced from 2.25 percent to 1 percent. Under the original offer, police and fire retirees cuts were as high as 14 percent, with general retirees as high as 34 percent, that is, if the groups rejected the “grand bargain,” an $816 million proposal funded by foundations, the state, and the DIA to shore up pensions. The sweeter deal for pensions, though, it must be noted, entirely relies on the state legislature approving $350 million for Detroit’s bankruptcy.  And while this broke after Metro Times went to press, that was the focal point of this week’s News Hits column — so, it’s worth repeating: The […]

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  • City Slang: Local releases for Record Store Day on Saturday

    This Saturday, April 19, is Record Store Day, and there is plenty going on in metro Detroit and Michigan. Of special interest to us is Chiodos’ 7” single “R2ME2/Let Me Get You A Towel,” Mayer Hawthorne & Shintaro Skamoto’s 7” “Wine Glass Woman/In a Phantom,” Chuck Inglish & Action Bronson’s 7” “Game Time,” Chuck Inglish & Chance the Rapper’s 7” “Glam,” Chuck Inglish & Chromeo’s 7” “Legs,” Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller & Ab-Soul’s 7” “Easily,” James Williamson’s 7” “Open Up and Bleed/Gimme Some Skin,” Black Milk’s 12” “Glitches in the Break,” Mayer Hawthorne’s 10” “Jaded Inc.,” Wayne Kramer & the Lexington Arts Ensemble’s 12” “Lexington,” and best of all, Ray Parker Jr.’s 10” “Ghostbusters.” We wrote about James Williamson’s release this week. Go shop. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Margaret Doll Rod to play EP release show in May

    Margaret Doll Rod will celebrate the release of her new EP, Margaret, with a show at PJ’s Lager House on Saturday, May 10. A statement reads, “The EP contains 3 new original songs and one Chrome Cranks cover with Italian actress Asia Argento singing background vocals. Margaret moved to Italy after the end of the Demolition Doll Rods where she still lives touring and performing festivals in Europe. The Dollrods were a Garage Rock force for over 20 years, opening for Iggy, Jon Spencer, The Scientist, The Monks and The Cramps. Margaret was the front person and principal songwriter for The Dollrods. Her chief musical foil was Danny Kroha, who joined the Demolition Doll Rods after the now legendary Gories called it quits. Margaret’s sister, Christine, on drums, rounded out the legendary trio. Margaret will do a special performance in the round that night with a 360 degree revolving stage and special guest DJ Adam Stanfel.” The bill will also feature the Stomp Rockets and the Volcanos. Follow @City_Slang

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  • City Slang: Music review roundup

    Send CDs, vinyl, cassettes, demos and 8-tracks to Brett Callwood, Metro Times, 1200 Woodward Heights, Ferndale MI 48220. Email MP3s and streaming links to bcallwood@metrotimes.com. Ricky Rat’s Tokyo Pop/Glitter People (New Fortune) 7” single highlights all that’s great about the Trash Brats guitarist, but also his limitations. The man can write a bubblegum rock ’n’ roll song to match anyone in the city and most beyond. He’s also a killer guitarist, ripping out one throwaway riff after another with reckless abandon. He’s a machine. On his own though, without Trash Brats frontman Brian McCarty, his voice doesn’t have enough strength to do the songs justice. Not that you need to have the greatest voice in the world to sing this stuff – you don’t need to be able to perform vocal gymnastics – but you do have to be able to wail the tunes out. Both of the songs on this single are great, but you can’t help but wonder how much better they would sound with McCarty or somebody similar talking the mic. Still, as they are the songs are great fun. We’re just being picky. The Paper Sound’s Trajectories is a dense, atypically dark Americana-tinged album, unrelenting and […]

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  • Detroit launches website to auction city-owned homes

    “Neighbors wanted.” That’s the message on the homepage of buildingdetroit.org, a new website launched by the City of Detroit today to auction off city-owned homes to prospective buyers who pledge to fix them up and move in. “We are moving aggressively to take these abandoned homes and get families living in them again,” Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement today. “There are a lot of people who would love to move into many of our neighborhoods. Knowing that other people are going to be buying and fixing up the other vacant homes at the same time will make it a lot easier for them to make that commitment.” The website to facilitate the auctions went live this afternoon. The first auction is scheduled to take place Monday, May 5. Officials said in a news release that one home will be auctioned per day, Monday through Friday. Fifteen homes are available for sale on the site, a dozen of which are in the East English Village neighborhood. Any Michigan resident, company, or organization that can do business in the state can bid, according to the website. Properties will be for sale for only one day, with bidding taking place from 8 […]

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  • Tickets for Steven Spielberg, John Williams summer concert sell out in 15 minutes

    In case you haven’t heard, two of the biggest names in film, Steven Spielberg and John Williams, are collaborating to put on a benefit concert for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this summer. In case you wanted to go- well, you’re too damn late. The DSO says tickets to the June 14 concert were snapped up in a record-breaking 15 minutes after they went on sale at 9 a.m. today. The DSO has since released this statement to fans who didn’t snag seats: Our apologies to everyone who was unable to buy tickets this morning for our historic benefit concert featuring John Williams and Steven Spielberg. Despite increasing our phone and internet system capacity for the day, a surge of hundreds of ticket buyers purchased tickets in a matter of minutes, filling the phone lines and temporarily maxing out our web servers. After a one-hour pre-sale made available to donors and subscribers at 8am, we released additional seats at 9am to the general public, including seats available for as low as $30. All seats sold out immediately. The concert program seems nothing short of top notch: Williams will conduct the orchestra as it performs some of his most iconic tunes, such […]

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A roundup of upcoming art exhibits, dance events, theatrical performances and literary happenings

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Lemberg Gallery 23241 Woodward, Ferndale, 248-591-6623 9/17-10/29 - Love Duet. New work by Ed Fraga.

Lido Gallery 33535 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-792-6248 Through 9/20 - Marie-Claude Bosc. 

Long-Sharp/Curis Modern + Contemporary Fine Art 1260 Library St., Detroit, 866-370-1601 9/17-10/15 - Russell Young: American Envy III. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-6622 9/16-12/30 - Stephanie Nava: Considering a Plot (Dig for Victory). A work in progress, developed by French artist StÈphanie Nava. Its installation at MOCAD marks the artistís first solo exhibition in the United States. The installation is based on the specifications and history of English allotments, or subsistence gardens. 9/16-12/30 - Barely There Part II. Features work that focuses on the body as a generator of knowledge, memory and as an instigator of social, political and spiritual change and as capable of leaving invisible traces to mark space.

Northville Art House 215 W. Cady, Northville, 248-344-0497 Through 9/24 - A Teacher's Legacy: Russell Keeter & His Students. 10/7-10/22 - Outside In. All media landscape exhibit.

Oakland University Art Gallery Oakland University, Rochester, 248-370-3005 Through 11/20 - Multiplicity, Connection and Divergence: African Art from the John F. Korachis Collection. 12/2-12/18 - Senior Thesis in Studio Art Exhibition I. 1/14-4/1 - Idealizing the Imaginary: Invention and Illusion in Contemporary Painting. 4/13-5/13 - Senior Thesis in Studio Art II. 

OCC - Orchard Ridge Campus 27055 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, 248-471-7500 9/15-10/14 - From Our Perspectives: A National Women's Exhibition. Annual National Women's Exhibition. 30 artists' work in variety of media.

Padzieski Art Gallery 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, 313-943-3095 Through 9/24 - Janet Kondziela. 10/13-11/5 - Artists Among Us. 11/16-12/17 - International Holiday Boutique. 1/25-3/2 - Juried Photography Exhibition. 3/6-4/13 - The Fantasy World of Joseph Bergman. 4/25-5/26 - Dearborn Schools City Wide Art Exhibit. 6/7-6/30 - Highlights from the Artists Society of Dearborn & Dearborn Schools. 

Paint Creek Center for the Arts 407 Pine St., Rochester, 248-651-4110 Through 9/24 - Stacey Malasky: Cut Paper. Through 9/24 - Legends of Paul Bunyan, Lumberjack. Paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and mixed media objects that celebrate the American folk hero. Participating artists include Eric Fogle, Jeff Gerber, Matthew Hanna, James Milostan, Fumihiro Ohara and Donna Tauscher. 10/7-11/5 - A Memorial Celebration. A group show of works by former students of Anthony Williams. 10/7-11/5 - A Life in Art. A memorial retrospective of works by beloved Detroit artist Anthony Williams. 11/18-12/31 - Holiday Gift Gallery. 1/20-2/17 - Material Girls. A small group show featuring works by Lynn Galbreath, Evelyn Bachorski Bowman, Sioux Trujillo and Cristin Richard. 1/20-2/17 - Kyohei Abe. 3/2-4/6 - Tom Humes. 3/2-4/6 - Eye Teeth: Caustic Social Visions. Critical/satirical responses to the American social/cultural way of life. 4/20-5/25 - Works on Paper. Featuring Corrie Baldauf, Kyle Miller, Christina Galasso and Yoriko Cronin. 4/20-5/25 - Robert Tucker. 6/8-6/22 - PCCA Student/Faculty Exhibition. 

Paul Kotula Projects 23255 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-544-3020 9/17 - Kathleen McShane: ALEPH. 10/15-12/3 - Peter Williams - Midnight Waltz in D Minor. New series of oil paintings and works on paper by this former Detroit artist that continue to explore his external and internal worlds.

Pewabic Pottery 10125 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit, 313-822-0954 Through 9/18 - 40th Annual Staff & Student Exhibition. 

Public Pool 3309 Caniff, Hamtramck, 313-405-POOL 9/17-10/22 - Hygenic Dress League. An ongoing public art project by husband and wife duo Steve and Dorota Coy that uses an officially registered corporation as a new and original form of art. The HDL uses traditional and non-traditional modes of advertising such as street art, Internet, video sharing websites, word of mouth, magazines and newspapers to promote its "company."

Re:View Contemporary Gallery 444 W. Willis St., Unit 111, Detroit, 313-833-9000 9/17-10/8 - A-Hunting We Will Go: Works by Mark Dancey. 10/22-11/19 - Dennis Hayes IV. 12/3-12/24 - Re:Collect 2011. Holiday group exhibit. 2/4-3/3 - Adam Shirley. 3/17-4/14 - Megan Heeres. 4/28-5/26 - Greg Fadell. 6/9-6/30 - Matt Zacharias. 

River's Edge Gallery 3024 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-246-9880 Through 9/16 - Static & Erratic. 10/1-11/7 - SLAW: Fly Now...Pay Later. 10/19-11/18 - Reclaimed. 11/12-1/31 - Affairs with Herolnes and Serpents. Featuring Patricia Izzo, Barbara Melnik Carson and Birgit Hutteman Holz. 11/25-12/31 - Beauty in Nature. Maritime artist Leo Kuschel and nature realist Nancy Byrum.

Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, 734-480-2787 Through 9/24 - Intervision. 9/29-10/29 - Great Lakes Small Works. 11/3-11/20 - Songs of the Birds. 12/2-12/11 - Holiday Arts and Craft Sale. 

Robert Kidd Gallery 107 Townsend St., Birmingham, 248-642-3909 11/5-12/10 - Stephen Duren - New Paintings. A dual take on the rural landscape genre.

Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, 313-831-1250 Through 10/16 - Spirit Voices. Lester Johnson and Ronald Neff. Through 10/16 - Purple, Orange, Agnes, Detroit: The Work of Agnes Gira. 10/19-11/20 - 2011 Photography Exhibition. 11/26-12/31 - 98th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition.  

Sherry Washington Gallery 1274 Library St., Detroit, 313-961-4500 Through 9/17 - Mary King: Detroit - Beauty Abandoned. 10/1-12/31 - Super Women: New Paintings. Works by Lenore Gimpert.

Sisson Gallery - Henry Ford Community College 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, 313-845-6485 Through 9/22 - Alma College 30th Annual Statewide Print Competition. 10/3-11/23 - Gumption and Gunpowder. Featuring the work of contemporary artist Dave Wisniewski of Toledo, Ohio. His expressive paintings demonstrate a history of the American Old West as it has rarely been seen before. 12/6-12/9 - Fall Graduating Art & Design Students Exhibition. 

Starkweather Art and Cultural Center 219 N. Main, Romeo, 586-752-5700 Through 10/1 - 2 Men and Their Art. Works by Ken Taylor and Don Wieland.

Start Gallery 206 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit, 313-909-2854 9/17-10/8 - Detroit Classic, Proper. Featuring Chris Turner, Taurus Burns, Shades, Mark Arminski, Marianne Audrey Burrows, Sabrina Nelson, Timothy Orikri, Andy Krieger, Mary Rousseaux and more. 10/14-10/31 - Jump in the Fire. First annual Halloween show featuring national artists, installations, music and more.

Susanne Hilberry Gallery 700 Livernois, Ferndale, 248-541-4700 9/17-10/29 - Corine Vermeulen: Your Town Tomorrow. 11/5-12/31 - Robert Wilbert. 1/14-2/25 - Clinton Snider. 

The Butcher's Daughter 22747 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-808-6536 Through 10/8 - Full Moon and the Invisible Sun. New work by local sculptor and Kresge Fellow Laith Karmo.

The Clay Gallery 335 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, 734-662-7927 Through 10/2 - Elizabeth Lurie. 

University Gallery - Eastern Michigan University 900 Oakwood, Ypsilanti, 734-487-0465 Through 10/21 - Looking Both Ways. 10/31-12/12 - Island. 22 artists on Iceland.

University of Michigan Museum of Art 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395 Through 9/18 - UMMA Projects: Amalia Pica. Through 10/23 - Multiple Impressions: Contemporary Chinese Woodblock Prints. Through 12/31 - Mike Kelley: Day Is Done. UMMA inaugurates its New Media Gallery this fall with Mike Kelley's Day Is Done, which continues the artist's career-long investigation into the relationships between order and transgression, popular and avant-garde culture, while touching on contemporary notions of trauma and repressed memory. 10/8-2/26 - Mark di Suvero: Tabletops. A rare display of the renowned American sculptor's smaller scale pieces from the 1950s to the present. 11/12-2/5 - Face of Our Time. More than 100 works by photographers Jacob Aue Sobol, Jim Goldberg, Zanele Muholi, Daniel Schwartz and Richard Misrach.

Whitdel Arts 1250 Hubbard, Detroit Through 10/30 - 2011 Actual Size Biennial. 11/11-12/9 - Typography. 1/13-2/3 - Fashion Exhibition. 2/17-3/2 - Whitdel Arts Members' Show. 3/16-4/6 - Throwback Installation Show. 4/20-5/11 - Two Person Show (Artsts TBA). 5/18-6/15 - Group Show. 6/29-6/30 - Digital vs. Film. 

Woods Gallery 26415 Scotia, Huntington Woods, 248-581-2696 Through 9/22 - Emily Vastbinder. 9/26-11/8 - William Hames: Images of Iceland. 11/14-12/30 - Palette & Brush Club: Bi-Annual Competition. 

Work Ann Arbor 306 State St., Ann Arbor, 734-998-6178 Through 10/7 - Altered Ground. 

Work Detroit 3663 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-593-0940 Through 10/7 - Topophilia. 10/21-11/18 - City of Pieces: Street Interventions. Twenty-five years ago, Tyree Guyton responded to the decay of his eastside childhood neighborhood by transforming what had been considered garbage into a two-block long environmental artscape. Guyton has inspired other visionaries to be urban bricoleurs ñ remaking the city from the pieces left behind. The work exhibited in this sharing exists outside traditional art venues, including murals, assemblages, constructions, graffiti, conceptual and performance art that are reflective of life in Detroit. 12/2-12/29 - Beyond Comprehensive: Perspective on Pain. 

WSG Gallery 120 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, 734-761-2287 Through 10/16 - Beyond Words: A Celebration of Book & Paper Arts. 10/18-11/27 - Valerie Mann: Birds I Have Seen. 11/29-1/1 - Annual Holiday Show. 

THEATER

Aaron DeRoy Theatre 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield, 248-788-2900 9/15-10/2 - The Whipping Man. 10/19-11/13 - Imagining Madoff. 12/3-12/4 - Red Diaper Baby. 12/7-1/1 - God of Carnage. Yasmina Reza's savage comedy about two urban couples attempting to maturely resolve an altercation that occurred between their 11-year-old sons in a neighborhood park. 1/25-2/19 - Race. 3/3-3/4 - My Brooklyn Hamlet. Brenda Adelman's acclaimed one-woman show about family, murder, love, betrayal and the power of forgiveness. 5/2-5/27 - M. Butterfly. 

Abreact Performance Space 1301 W. Lafayette #113, Detroit, 313-965-4481 Through 10/1 - Oh, Hell! 10/14-11/5 - Hot Mess Chronicles III. Short ghoulish comedies written by local playwrights. 2/3-2/25 - Burn the Red Banner: Or, Let the Rebels Have Their Fun. A collection of plays by Michigan playwright Franco Vitellla which riff on the Russian comedy aesthetic in a delightfully absurd and hilarious manner. 4/13-5/5 - Endgame. 

Adray Auditorium 5101 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, 313-845-9634 11/7-11/18 - Sleeping Beauty. 4/13-4/22 - Grease. 

Ann Arbor Civic Theater 322 W. Ann St., Ann Arbor, 734-971-0605 9/23-10/2 - ACT: Action and The Actor's Nightmare. Two one-acts by Sam Shepard and Christopher Durang. 11/16-11/20 - How I Learned to Drive. This Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy/drama follows a young girl as she learns to survive and flourish despite devastating circumstances. A special performance Nov.16 at the Ark benefits UMís Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. 3/16-3/25 - The Good Doctor. 6/15-6/17 - The Play's the Thing. Annual play-reading festival.

Arthur Miller Theater 1226 Murfin, Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538 10/6-10/16 - Suddenly Last Summer. 10/27-10/30 - Death of A Salesman. 11/17-11/20 - Trumpets and Raspberries. Mistaken identity farce with a dose of political satire. 1/26-1/29 - Much Ado About Nothing. 3/8-3/11 - Grey Gardens. 3/29-4/8 - Cloud Nine. Sexual identity and politics explored through the lens of two centuries and one family. 5/3-5/6 - Leaving Iowa. Road trip comedy.

Avon Players 1185 Washington Rd., Rochester, 248-608-9077 9/16-9/24 - The Sound of Music. 10/28-11/12 - Frankenstein. 1/13-1/28 - 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. 3/2-3/17 - Mixed Nuts. 5/18-6/2 - Secret Garden. 

Baldwin Theatre 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak, 248-541-6430 9/16-10/9 - Meet Me in St. Louis. 10/14-10/23 - Wit. Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the story of one woman's battle with ovarian cancer. 11/4-11/20 - The Crucible. 12/8-12/11 - Cinderella. 1/20-2/12 - Kiss of the Spider Woman. 3/2-3/18 - The Last Five Years. 4/13-5/6 - Titanic - The Musical. 5/11-5/20 - Palmer Park. 6/1-6/17 - The Bad Seed. Eight-year-old Rhoda Penmark is sugar and spice and everything nice - except when it comes to murder.

Barefoot Productions Theatre 240 N. Main St., Plymouth, 734-560-1493 9/16-9/18 - Escanaba, 

Bonstelle Theatre 3424 Woodward, Detroit, 313-577-2960 10/14-10/23 - Noises Off. 12/2-12/11 - Twelfth Night. 2/10-2/19 - In the Red and Brown Water. his fusion of contemporary African-American culture and elements from Yoruba mythology is an inspiring story about how our choices make us who we are. 4/13-4/22 - Hairspray. 

Broadway Onstage 21517 Kelly Rd., Eastpointe, 586-771-6333 9/16-10/8 - Love Song. 10/21, 10/22, 10/28, 10/29, 11/4, 11/5, 11/11, 11/12, 11/18, 11/19 - Murder Me, Murder Me, My Darling, My Darling 12/2-12/23 - The Christmas Carol Caper, Scrooge This! 1/13-2/11 - Cahoots. 2/24-3/24 - Over the River and Through the Woods. 4/13-5/12 - Mother Superior's Habits. 

Century Theatre 333 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-9800 Through 11/20 - Freud's Last Session. 11/23-12/31 - Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi's Gold. 

City Theatre 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit 10/7-10/29 - Evil Dead: The Musical. 

Clarkston Village Players 4861 White Lake Rd., Clarkston, 248-625-8811 9/15-9/17 - Tomfoolery 10/6-10/15 - Wrong for Each Other. 11/18-12/3 - Rabbit Hole. 1/20-2/4 - Drinking Alone. 3/9-3/24 - At the Sign of the Crippled Harlequin. 5/11-5/26 - Moon Over Buffalo. 

Detroit House 1526 Broadway, Detroit, 313-961-3500 10/15-10/23 - Carmina Burana & the Medium. 11/12-11/20 - The Marriage of Figaro. 12/7-12/31 - Wicked. 1/17-1/22 - American Idiot. Based on Green Dayπs rock opera of the same name, this new musical tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. 4/14-4/22 - The Pearl Fishers. 5/12-5/20 - I Pagliacci. 

Detroit Puppet Theater/PuppetART 25 E. Grand River, Detroit, 313-961-7777 9/17, 9/24 - The Sleeping Beauty. A marionette ballet.

Detroit Repertory Theatre 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit, 313-868-1347 11/3-12/23 - Engagement Rules. 1/12-3/18 - Burying the Bones. 3/29-5/20 - Dead and Buried. 5/31-6/24 - Taking Care of Mimi. 

Farmington Players Barn 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, 248-553-2955 9/30-10/22 - To Kill A Mockingbird. 12/2-12/18 - A Christmas Carol. 2/17-3/3 - Whose Wives Are They Anyway? 4/27-5/19 - Little Shop of Horrors. 

Fisher Theatre 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, 313-872-1000 Through 9/25 - Come Fly Away. 11/15-11/27 - A Christmas Story, the Musical. 1/24-2/5 - Million Dollar Quartet. Inspired by the true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ëní roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. 2/21-2/26 - Rock of Ages. 2/28-3/11 - Shrek the Musical. 4/10-4/22 - Disney's Beauty & the Beast. 5/1-5/13 - Blue Man Group. 

Fox Theatre 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-471-6611 10/22-10/23 - My Fair Lady 11/8-11/13 - Irving Berlin's White Christmas. 3/2-3/4 - South Pacific. 

Gem Theatre 333 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-9800 Through 11/20 - Daddy Long Legs. 11/23-12/31 - The All Night Strut Holiday Show. 

Grosse Pointe Theatre 315 Fisher Rd., Grosse Pointe Farms, 313-881-4004 9/18-10/2 - The Music Man. 11/6-11/19 - The Trip to Bountiful. 1/15-1/28 - Jekyll & Hyde. 3/11-3/24 - Moonlight and Magnolias. 5/6-5/20 - Hairspray. 

Hilberry Theatre 4743 Cass Ave., Detroit, 313-577-2972 9/23-10/15 - A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. These two, one-act musicals constitute a double-feature presenting the hilarious heyday of Hollywood. 10/28-11/19 - Much Ado About Nothing. 12/2-2/4 - The Cripple of Inishmaan. A heartbreaking comedy about a rural 1934 Irish communityís brush with Hollywood. 1/13-3/10 - Cyrano. 2/24-4/21 - Summer and Smoke. 4/6-5/5 - Major Barbara. 

Hill Auditorium 825 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538 10/1 - The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer. John Malkovich portrays a dead serial killer who returns to the stage to present his story in a public reading. Featuring the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra.

Lydia Mendelssohn Theater 911 N. University, Ann Arbor, 734-763-1085 9/15-9/18 - Avenue Q. 10/13-10/23 - The Full Monty. 2/16-2/19 - Noises Off. 3/22-3/25 - The Rake's Progress. 6/7-6/10 - Sweeney Todd. 

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2141 10/22 - Laura Ingalls Wilder. 11/13 - In the Mood: A 1940s Musical Revue. 11/15-11/16 - The Giver. 1/28 - Fiddler on the Roof. 2/25 - In the Heights. 2/26 - Macbeth. 3/2 - Four Score and Seven Years Ago. 3/10 - Sister's Easter Catechism. 4/10-4/11 - Incidents in the Life of A Slave Girl. 4/25-4/26 - All the World's A Stage presents James & the Giant Peach. 

Magenta Giraffe Theatre at 1515 Broadway 1515 Broadway, Detroit, 313-408-7269 9/16-10/8 - Rosmersholm. rarely staged play by Henrik Ibsen takes aim at how political motivations can destroy relationships and lives. 11/11-12/3 - The Altruists. 4/6-4/28 - The Maids. 

Marygrove Theater 8425 W. McNichols, Detroit, 313-862-8000 9/30-10/9 - Eleemosynary 11/4-11/13 - Anatomy of Gray. Explores themes of spiritual survival versus physical survival in the town of Gray, Indiana. 2/3-2/12 - Dogman's Last Stand. 3/23-4/1 - Autobahn. 

Matrix Theatre Company 2730 Bagley St., Detroit, 313-967-0999 10/14-11/13 - Southwest Story. A Southwest Detroit rendition of Romeo and Juliet. 10/28-10/31 - Haunted Theatre. 12/2-12/18 - Puppet Scrooge. 2/10-2/19 - Home Water Workshop. A special reading of a collaboratively written play based on a collection of stories about Detroit and water. 3/2-3/11 - Matrix Teen Company. 3/22 - World Water Day. A showcase of Matrix School of Theatreís winter semester. 4/28-5/20 - Raven's Seed. 5/12 - Waterfest. Annual outdoor picnic with games and performances to celebrate the rivers of Detroit.

Meadow Brook Theatre 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester, 248-377-3300 10/5-10/30 - Something Wicked This Way Comes. 11/19-12/23 - A Christmas Carol. 1/4-1/29 - Nunset Boulevard. 2/8-3/4 - Mary Stuart. 3/14-4/8 - Spreading It Around. 4/18-5/13 - From My Hometown. 5/23-6/17 - Xanadu. 

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622 10/11 - ImaginOcean. 11/20 - Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical. 1/28 - Treasured Stories by Eric Carle. 2/12 - The Ugly Duckling. 2/14-3/4 - FELA! The Broadway Musical. 3/15 - Clifford the Big Red Dog. 3/25 - The Hundred Dresses. 5/16 - The Rainbow Fish. 

Performance Network 120 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, 734-663-0681 9/22-10/23 - Time Stands Still 11/10-1/1 - Ain't Misbehavin'. 1/12-2/19 - God of Carnage. In this 2009 Tony-winner for Best Play, two couples meet to discuss a playground altercation between their young children. Hostility rumbles just under the surface, as their civilized battle of wits and words devolves into a hilariously chaotic evening. 3/8-4/8 - Dead Man's Shoes. 4/19-5/27 - Red. 6/14-7/15 - In the Next Room or, The Vibrator Play. 

Planet Ant Theatre 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck, 313-365-4948 9/15-10/7, 10/8 - Love Song. 10/14-10/29 - Original Comedy. 11/18-12/10 - Sunday Punch. 1/6-1/21 - Original Comedy. 2/17-3/10 - Snowbound. An exploration of the American pioneer experience that looks at love, family, duty, strength and sadness in an environment that is unyielding in its challenges. 3/30-4/14 - The Best of the Ant Farm. 4/27-5/19 - The Rise and Fall of Little Voice. 6/1-6/16 - 2011 Box Fest Winner. 

Players Guild of Dearborn 21730 Madison, Dearborn, 313-561-8587 9/16-10/2 - On Golden Pond. 11/11-12/4 - The Wizard of Oz. 1/13-1/29 - 'til Beth Do Us Part. 3/2-3/18 - Almost, Maine. 4/27-5/20 - The Producers. 

Power Center for the Performing Arts 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538 10/27-10/29 - Gate Theatre of Dublin: Endgame and Watt. Considered the leading interpreters of Samuel Beckett, Gate Theatre performs a double-bill of two of his one-act plays. 11/10-11/13 - Falstaff. 12/8-12/11 - The Beux' Stratagem. 1/20-1/22 - Einstein on the Beach. 3/15-3/17 - The Andersen Project. 4/12-4/15 - Chicago. 

Purple Rose Theatre 137 Park St., Chelsea, 734-433-7673 9/22-12/17 - Escanaba in Da Moonlight. The classic Yooper comedy returns to its original home. 1/19-3/10 - A Stone Carver. 3/29-6/2 - White Buffalo. 6/21-9/1 - On Golden Pond. 

Quirk Theatre 124 Quirk Hall, Ypsilanti, 734-487-1220 10/14-10/22 - Imaginary Invalid. 12/2-12/11 - Go, Dog. Go! 2/3-2/16 - Dead Man's Cell Phone. 2/10-2/19 - No Child. 4/13-4/21 - Guys and Dolls. 6/1-6/9 - Spring Show TBD. 

Ridgedale Playhouse 205 W. Long Lake, Troy, 248-988-7049 9/16-9/25 - Love, Sex and the IRS. 10/28-11/13 - Return Engagements. 2/17-3/4 - Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. 5/4-5/20 - Squabbles. 

Ringwald Theatre 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-545-5545 9/16-9/26 - Southern Baptist Sissies 10/14-11/7 - Hedwig and the Angry Inch. 11/25-12/19 - Silent Night of the Lambs. A twisted take on two classic tales: One part thriller (The Silence of the Lambs) and one part holiday TV special (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer). 12/21-12/23 - The SantaLand Diaries and Season's Greetings 1/14-1/30 - Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches. 2/17-3/12 - Liz-A-Palooza! In honor of Elizabeth Taylor's birth month, Who Wants Cake? presents two works running in repertory: Elizabeth the Beautiful, which tells the story of the famous actress, and Suddenly Last Summer, the film version of which starred Taylor. 3/30-4/22 - Speed-the-Plow. 5/11-6/4 - The Divine Sister. This outrageous comedy pays homage to nearly every Hollywood film involving nuns.

Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti, 734-480-2787 9/22-10/1 - Long Days Journey Into Night. 10/6-10/9 - August: Osage County 11/3-11/5 - The Diary of Anne Frank. 12/8-12/17 - Christmas Belles. 

Rosedale Players/Peace Lutheran Church 17029 W. 13 Mile Rd., Southfield, 313-532-4010 10/14-11/5 - Picasso at the Lapin Agile. This absurdist comedy places Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. 2/3-2/25 - Deathtrap. 4/20-5/11 - Moonlight & Magnolias. 

St. Dunstan's Theatre Guild 400 Lone Pine, Bloomfield Hills, 248-737-3587 10/14-10/29 - Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. 11/18-11/20 - The Aantsy Aardvark. 1/20-2/4 - She Loves Me. 3/16-3/31 - Escanaba in Love. 4/13-4/21 - Waiting for Godot. 6/1-6/16 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. 

The New Theatre Project at Mix Performance Space 130 W. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti, 734-645-9776 9/30-10/23 - The American Crowbar Case. 11/30-12/18 - Fugue. 2/10-3/4 - TBA. 4/6-4/29 - Decision Pending. 5/11-6/3 - All Alone With You. 6/22-7/15 - The Tempest Project. 

The Village Players 34660 Woodward, Birmingham, 248-644-9667 9/16-10/2 - Follies. 11/4-11/13 - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 1/13-1/22 - Lost in Yonkers. 3/9-3/25 - Lucky Stiff. 5/11-5/27 - The Secret Garden. 

Tipping Point Theatre 361 E. Cady St., Northville, 248-347-0003 9/15-10/9 - The Mystery of Irma Vep. 11/3-12/18 - The Importance of Being Earnest. 1/19-2/19 - The Love List. 3/15-4/15 - Fiction 5/10-6/17 - The Cemetery Club. 

University of Michigan - Flint 303 E. Kearsley Street, Flint, 810-762-3300 9/22-9/25 - Animals out of Paper. 10/28-11/13 - The Women of Lockerbie. 11/4-11/20 - Our Lady of 121st Street. 3/23-4/1 - Little Women, the Musical. Based on Louisa May Alcott's classic novel, this family-friendly musical follows the adventures of the beloved March sisters as they grow up in Civil War America.

Varner Lab Theatre 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester, 248-370-2030 11/14-11/19 - The Dining Room, 

Varner Recital Hall 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester, 248-370-2030 1/12-1/15 - Cosi Fan Tutte. 5/18, 5/19, 5/20 - Captain Louie. 

Varner Studio Theatre 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester, 248-370-2030 10/6-10/16 - Little Mary Sunshine. 11/10-11/20 - The Women of Lockerbie. 2/2-2/12 - Much Ado About Nothing. 3/22-4/1 - Grey Gardens. 

Village Theater at Cherry Hill 50400 Cherry Hill Rd., Canton, 734-394-5300 9/16-9/25 - The Music Man. 10/20-10/24 - Thoroughly Modern Millie. 11/11-11/20 - I Hate Hamlet. 12/8-12/11 - Santa Lives! Yes, Virgina, There is a Santa Claus. 1/13-1/14, 2/17-2/18, 3/23-3/24 - Trouble in Silver City. Dinner theater. 2/17-2/26 - Cheaper by the Dozen. 3/8-3/12 - A Midsummer Night's Dream - The Musical. 4/20-4/29 - Into the Woods. 5/10-5/13 - The Oz Monologues. 5/23-5/26 - Flapper. 5/31-6/4 - The Littler Mermaid. 

WCC College Theater Crane Liberal Arts Building, Ann Arbor, 734-971-2228 11/4-11/6 - Cinderella: The Untold Story. 5/18-5/20 - The Phantom Tollbooth. 

Wild Swan Theater 416 W. Huron, Ypsilanti, 734-995-0530 10/20-10/22 - Once Upon a Time. 12/8, 12/9, 12/10, 12/11 - Little Women. 1/26-1/28 - Under the African Sky. 2/7-2/8 - The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. 3/14-3/18 - Shipwrecked. 3/22-3/24 - Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot. 5/3-5/6 - The Cricket in Times Square.

WSU Studio Theatre 4743 Cass, Detroit, 313-577-2972 10/20-10/29 - A Doll's House. 11/25-12/3 - Trouble in Mind. 1/19-1/28 - Fantasio. 3/1-3/10 - A Night of One Acts. 3/29-4/7 - The Louise-Heck Rabi One-Act Festival.

DANCE

Detroit Opera House 1526 Broadway, Detroit, 313-961-3500 10/29-10/30 - Bad Boys of Dance. 11/25-11/27 - The Nutcracker. 1/26-1/29 - Shen Yun Performing Arts. Presents classical Chinese dance and music in a lavishly colorful and exhilarating show. 3/29-4/1 - Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. 4/27-4/29 - Swan Lake.

Fox Theatre 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-471-6611 12/11 - Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker.

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township, 586-286-2141 10/16 - Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel. 10/29 - Blast. 35 brass, percussion and visual performers brought together in a unique explosion of music and theater. 12/2-12/3 - Macomb Ballet Company presents the Nutcracker. 1/14 - Moscow Festival Ballet presents Cinderella. 2/18 - Feet Don't Fail Me Now. 2/24 - Ballet Folklorico de Antioquia, Colombia. 3/31 - Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. 5/4-5/5 - Macomb Ballet Company presents The Wizard of Oz.

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts 350 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-7622 10/15 - Compania Flamenca Jose Porcel. 10/21 - Kings of Salsa. 11/25 - National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China. 3/23 - Moscow Festival Ballet. 4/13 - Lakota Sioux Dance Theatre. 5/5-5/6 - Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

Northern Lights Lounge 660 W. Baltimore, Detroit, 313-873-1739 10/15 - Hell's Belles Girlie Revue. Halloween-themed burlesque, with music from Haf/Life and MC Jimmy Doom.

Power Center for the Performing Arts 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-2538 9/23-9/24 - Mark Morris Dance Group. 10/21-10/22 - Cloud Gate Dance Theatre: Water Stains on the Wall. 2/2-2/5 - Dancelucent 2012. The University Dance Company presents an evening of modern dance featuring four innovative works. 2/18 - Random Dance: FAR. 4/19-4/21 - Ballet Preljocaj: Snow White.

Varner Recital Hall 2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester, 248-370-2030 10/1 - Michigan Dance Council Day 2011. This annual dance event celebrates the great diversity of dance forms and cultures in Michigan. All are invited to participate in master dance classes including Congolese, contemporary ballet, Caribbean, modren, jazz, Detroit jit/hip-hop and salsa. The day culminates with a showcase concert. Visit michigandance.org. 10/29-10/30 - Eisenhower Dance Ensemble. 12/1-12/3 - Oakland Dance Theatre & OU Repertory Dance Company. 3/4 - Senior Dance Concert. 4/12-4/15 - Young Choreographers Forum.

Varner Studio Theatre

2200 N. Squirrel Rd., Rochester, 248-370-2030 12/8-12/10 - From Floor to Ceiling.

LITERATURE

Art Gallery of Windsor 401 Riverside Dr. West, Windsor, 519-977-0013 11/3-11/5 - Bookfest Windsor. Readings, panel discussions, workshops and more.

Baldwin Public Library 300 W. Merrill, Birmingham, 248-647-1700 10/18 - Danielle McGuire. The author of At the Dark End of the Street, a groundbreaking new history of the civil rights movement highlighting sexual violence in the broader context of racial injustice and the fight for freedom. 10/2 - Jaimy Gordon. National Book Award winner will be speaking and signing copies of her books.

Copper Colored Mountain Arts 7101 W. Liberty, Ann Arbor, 734-904-7487 9/23 - An Evening with Pulitzer Prize Winner Franz Wright. One Pause, a new Poetry Series at Copper Colored Mountain Arts, welcomes Pulitzer Prize Winner, Franz Wright for a reading, book-signing and reception. His most recent works include Wheeling Motel and Earlier Poems. Walking to Martha's Vineyard was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. At this event, Wright will be reading from his newest work, Kindertotenwald, a collection of prose poems. 10/7-10/8 - One Pause Poetry: Second Annual Fall Conference. Featuring nationally recognized poets Jericho Brown, A. Van Jordan and Aaron McCollough to its Fall Conference. The conference will include a free public reading, a workshop, writing in response to art, a master class on poetry as an act of devotion and conversations with poets, where the guests will discuss their poetic process.

Gem Theatre 333 Madison Ave., Detroit, 313-963-9800 9/19 - Moth GrandSLAM. This season's winners come together to battle it out for Moth supremacy in Detroit. Theme: Point of no return.

Grosse Pointe Art Center 16900 Kercheval Ave., Grosse Pointe, 313-821-1848 9/29, 11/3 - Poet Follies. Poetry readings in the gallery.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit 15110 W. Ten Mile Rd., Oak Park, 248-967-4030 11/2-11/13 - Jewish Community Center Book Fair. One of metro Detroit's premier literary events, featuring best-selling authors in fiction and non-fiction, plus politicians, entertainers, historians, leading chefs, Pulitzer Prize winners and talented local authors.

Lido Gallery 33535 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, 248-792-6248 9/23 - Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series: Dawn McDuffie Book Release. 10/21 - Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series: Zilka Joseph Book Release. 11/18 - Lido Gallery Poetry & Music Series: New Readers Reading.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-832-6622 10/21 - Rob Halpern. Halpern is the author of two books of poems, Rumored Place, which was nominated for a California Book Award, and Disaster Suites, as well as several chapbooks. With local author Peter Markus. 11/11 - Kenneth Helphand: Defiant Gardens. Helphand will give a talk accompanied by a slideshow presenting topics and ideas explored in his work Defiant Gardens. 12/15 - Mel Nichols and Tyrone Williams.

Scarab Club 217 Farnsworth, Detroit, 313-831-1250 Every third Wednesday - Woodward Line Poetry Series.

The Display Group 1700 West Fort St., Detroit, 313-833-1560 9/22 - A Celebration of Books. Wayne State University Press annual fundraiser, presenting new fall titles, more than 100 other new and favorite books, and dozens of distinguished local authors. VIP reception: Includes a copy of Detroitland and a commemorative Detroitland glass, valet parking, strolling supper catered by Slow's Bar BQ, 50 percent off all books until 6:30 p.m. General admission: Includes valet parking and Slow's Bar BQ.

University of Michigan Museum of Art 525 S. State St., Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395 9/15 - Derek Mong and Jesmyn Ward. 9/29 - Tony Hoagland. 10/3, 10/5 - Jennifer Egan. The author of The Invisible Circus; Look at Me, a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2001; Emerald City and Other Stories; and The Keep, which was a national bestseller. 10/6 - Stacey D'Erasmo. 10/20 - Connie Voisine.10/21 - Mark Webster Reading Series. One MFA student of fiction and one of poetry, each introduced by a peer, will read their work. 10/31 - Anne Stevenson.

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