June 11, 2014 at 1:00 am

Weekend planner: Your guide to local events

Motown legend Diana Ross comes home for a concert at Freedom Hill on Friday. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

big shows

OUR PICKS

DIANA ROSS

at Freedom Hill Amphitheater

Diana Ross is considered one of the most successful female recording artists in history. During her solo career and her time with the Supremes, the 70-year-old Motown star has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $10 lawn, $39.50-$130 pavilion. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (586) 268-9700.

KIDS IN THE HALL

at Royal Oak Music Theatre

Actors of the classic Canadian sketch comedy “Kids in the Hall” — Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson, Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald — will bring their wacky humor to the stage in Royal Oak Saturday. 6 and 9:30 p.m. Sat. $47.50. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

LUKE BRYAN

at DTE Energy Music Theatre

One of the hottest country stars in the nation, Luke Bryan started his pro career in his 20s as a songwriter for Travis Tritt and Billy Currington. The award-winning musician is regularly at the top of the country charts with fun song titles like “Drunk on You,” “Crash My Party” and “Drink a Beer.” 7 p.m. Wed. and June 19. $25.75 lawn and $55.75 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

THURSDAY

The Flaming Lips at Fillmore Detroit, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $36.50-$49.50. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

AMP Live 2014 with Ed Sheeran, Austin Mahone, Icona Pop and more at Meadow Brook Music Festival, pop, 7 p.m. Thurs. $19.50 lawn, $39.50-$79.50 pavilion. 3554 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Jermaine, the Jacksons at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, pop/R&B/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $55-$75. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Atmosphere with Prof and Dem Atlas at Crofoot Ballrom, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Thurs. $22. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Michael Ian Black at Magic Bag, comedy, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

FRIDAY

Presidents of the United States at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Michael Bolton at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, pop/easy listening, 8 p.m. Fri. $35-$155. 350 Maison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500.

Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, blues/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $20-$25. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Elvis Costello at Michigan Theater, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. Sold out. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 668-8397.

SATURDAY

John Williams and Steven Spielberg with Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall at the Max, classical/pop, 7 p.m. Sat. $1,000 and up. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Big Show at the Joe with Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, J. Cole, Big Sean and more at Joe Louis Arena, hip-hop/R&B, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $20-$125. 19 Steve Yzerman, Detroit. (313) 396-7000.

Jake Owen at Caesars Windsor, country, 8 p.m. Sun. $40.90 Canadian and up. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. (800) 991-7777.

Jamey Johnson at Hollywood Casino Toledo, country, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $40. 1968 Miami, Toledo. (419) 661-5200.

SUNDAY

Kaiser Chiefs with Streets of Laredo at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 6:30 p.m. Sun. $22. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Father’s Day Comedy Fest with John Witherspoon, George Willborn, Dominique and Mark Curry at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, comedy, 7 p.m. Sun. $64-$84. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500.

Ray LaMontagne at Meadow Brook Music Festival, pop/rock, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25 lawn, $29.50-$59.50. 3554 Walton, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine with Negative Approach and CrashDollz at Magic Stick, punk, 8 p.m. Sun. $17. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

TUESDAY

Alejandro Escovedo at Shelter, alt-country/rock, 6 p.m. Tues. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Backstreet Boys with Avril Lavigne at DTE Energy Music Theatre, pop, 7 p.m. Tues. $23.50 lawn, $26-$91 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.

Tedeschi Trucks Band with Greensky Bluegrass and Houndmouth at Freedom Hill Amphitheater, rock/bluegrass, 7:30 p.m. Tues. $10 lawn, $25-$89 pavilion. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (586) 268-9700.

Peter Murphy with Ringo Deathstarr at Magic Stick, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Tues. $23, $100 VIP meet and greet. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

WEDNESDAY

My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult at Shelter, industrial rock, 7 p.m. Wed. $16. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

The Manhattan Transfer with Roy Ayers at Chene Park, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $12 lawn, $17-$35 pavilion. 2600 E. Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-7128.

Broken Bells with Elf Power at Majestic Theatre, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $30.50. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Bruno Mars with Aloe Blacc at The Palace of Auburn Hills, pop, 8 p.m. Wed. $43-$102.50. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

live music

OUTDOOR SUMMER CONCERTS

at Shain Park

Birmingham’s summer concert series continues Friday with the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition Youth Action Board’s Battle of the Bands. (The winning band will play with Red Hot Chili Pepper’s drummer Chad Smith Monday at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts.) The weekly concerts continue on Wednesdays starting with oldies band the Antekes this Wednesday. For a full schedule, visit www.bhamgov.org/summerconcerts. Concert attendees are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. 7 p.m. Fri. and Wed. Free. Merrill and Bates, Birmingham. (248) 530-1650.

THIS WEEKEND

Ralphe Armstrong Quartet at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 p.m. Thurs., and 6, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $15 for some sets. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 822-5299.

THURSDAY

The Witches at Whitney Garden Party, rock, 5 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.

Scythian at the Ark, Celtic, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

The Detroit Vanguard Series Vol. 6 at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Saintseneca with Blessed Feathers and Empire! Empire! at Blind Pig, folk/rock, 9 p.m. Thurs. $10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

FRIDAY

Boondox with Aqualeo and Bukshot at Harpo’s, hip-hop, 5 p.m. Fri. $12. 14238 Harper, Detroit. (734) 787-2157.

Spice 1, Yukmouth, MC Eiht and more at Majestic Theatre, hip-hop, 7 p.m. Fri. $25. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Ingenious Band at Magic Stick Lounge, R&B/soul, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Josh Krajcik at Magic Stick, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $12. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

Wilbert Peagler at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 and 10 p.m. Fri. $10. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

Friday the 13th Crystal Lake Blood Bath with Jigsaw, Project Born and more at Pike Room, hip-hop, 8:30 p.m. Fri. $15. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

The Oscillating Fan Club, Jeecy and the Jungle and Eleanora at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $7. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

The B. Williams Experiment at MotorCity Wine, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 1949 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 483-7283.

The Rogers Jones Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Ben Ottewell at Shelter, indie rock, 9:30 p.m. Fri. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Munson Hill with Jack and the Bear and J.W. Carlson at Blind Pig, rock, 9:30 p.m. Fri. $7-$10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

Grayling with MAN Inc. at Cadieux Cafe, rock, 10 p.m. Fri. $5. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

SATURDAY

Whitey Morgan and the 78s, Doop & the Inside Outlaws and Hellbound Glory at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock/country, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Nirvana and Mudhoney tribute bands at Small’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $6. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Alan Barnes at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 and 10 p.m. Sat. $10. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

Domestic Problems with Shotgun Soul at Magic Bag, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

Michael Angelo Batio at Token Lounge, rock/metal, 8 p.m. Sat. $8. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

The Social Bandits, Zahnder Michigan, RJ Silver and Walter Hooper at Callahan’s Music Hall, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Josh White Jr. at the Ark, folk, 8 p.m. Sat. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Hakon Kornstad at Kerrytown Concert House, jazz, 8 p.m. Sat. $10-$25, $5 students. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Rogue Satellites record release with Dutch Pink and Siamese at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $7. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Jesse Kramer’s Acacia CD release party at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

SUNDAY

Velcrofibs, Black Tie Event, Chasing the Riots and Opposite Kid at Pike Room, rock, 5 p.m. Sun. $10. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Corky Siegel and Marcella Detroit with the Chamber Blues Ensemble at the Ark, blues/folk, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

MONDAY

Tyler Ward with Brynn Elliott, Mikey Wax and more at Shelter, pop/rock, 6 p.m. Mon. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

UMS Choral Union Summer Sings: Joseph Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli at Hill Auditorium, classical, 7 p.m. Mon. $5. 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

TUESDAY

Alexander Zonjic at the Whitney, jazz, 6-10 p.m. Tues. $15. 4421 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-5700.

Ann Delisi’s Essential Music with Dutch Pink at Majestic Cafe, rock, 7 p.m. Tues. No cover. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Bach and Piazzolla at North Hills Christian Reformed Church, classical, 7 p.m. Tues. $15 and up. 3150 Adams, Troy. (313) 576-5111.

Beethoven String Quartet at Planterra Conservatory, classical, 8 p.m. Tues. $15 and up. 7315 Drake, West Bloomfield Township. (313) 576-5111.

The Features with Palaces at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Tues. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

WEDNESDAY

Bobaflex with Romantic Rebel at Token Lounge, rock/metal, 6 p.m. Wed. $12. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

The Knocks with ASTR at Pike Room, electronic/dance, 7 p.m. Wed. $12. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops and Grace & Tony at the Ark, folk, 8 p.m. Wed. $60. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

stage/comedy

OUR PICK

‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’

at Detroit Opera House

This story of Dorothy and Toto’s journey to Oz features all the classic songs, plus newer ones from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through June 29). $24 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

THIS WEEK

“Better Living Through Human Amusements” at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $18. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

“The Wizard of Oz” at Stagecrafters at the Baldwin Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.,-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through June 22). $20-$22. 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 541-6430.

Comedian Tony Deyo with Frazer Smith and Collin Bullock at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs, 9:30 p.m. Fri. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“The Last Romance” at Purple Rose Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. and 3 and 8 p.m. Wed. (through Aug. 30). $27-$42. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.

“Endangered Species” at Detroit Repertory Theatre, 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 3 and 8:30 p.m. Sat. and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. (through June 22). $17 in advance, $20 at the door. 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. (313) 868-1347.

“Guys and Dolls” at outdoor Greek Theater at St. Dunstan’s Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $20, $18 seniors and students. 400 Lone Pine, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 737-3587.

“Love, Loss and What I Wore” with Anqunette Jamison at Two Muses Theatre at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $20, $17 seniors and students. 6800 Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield Township. (248) 850-9919.

Cole Porter’s “You Never Know” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 6 p.m. Sat., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. and 2 and 8 p.m. Wed. (through June 22). $29 and up. 207 Wilson Hall, Rochester. (248) 377-3300.

Comedian Pat McGann at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $11-$13. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

SATURDAY

Comedian Paul Piziks with Heather Kozlakowski at Laff Tracks Comedy Club, 8:30 p.m. Fri. $12. 30850 Beck, Novi. (248) 924-9578.

SUNDAY

Improv Comedy Games Reloaded with CP, Foolish, Shanie D and more at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 8 p.m. Sun. $25-$60. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. (248) 837-0097 or (313) 576-6820.

visual arts

THIS WEEK

“Little Black Helicopters: The Conspiracy Theory Show” at Tangent Gallery, 6-11 p.m. Thurs. and 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. $5. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. www.tangentgallery.com.

THURSDAY

“Rootwork: The Artwork of MonkeyTeeth (an exhibit of hoodoo, conjure and voodoo)” at Scarab Club, 6-10 p.m. Thurs. 217 Farnsworth, Detroit. (313) 831-1250.

FRIDAY

“Midwestern Voices and Visions” at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 6-8 p.m. Fri. open reception, (runs through July 27). 4454 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-6622.

“Ian Hornak: A Hometown Retrospective” at Anton Art Center, 6-8 p.m. Fri., gallery talk at 5 p.m. Fri. (runs through Sept. 5). 125 Macomb Place, Mount Clemens. (586) 469-8666.

film

THIS WEEKEND

“Invasion of the Body Snatchers” and “War of the Worlds” at Redford Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri. and 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. $5. 17360 Lahser, Detroit. (313) 537-2560.

SUNDAY

Royal Shakespeare Company Live in HD “Henry IV - Part 1” at Michigan Theater, 7 p.m. Sun. $18-$22. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

etc.

OUR PICKS

NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

at Polish National Alliance Hall

Visual artists from graffiti to wood working will come together with punk and rock bands and other performers for this multimedia celebration of creativity. There will also be food and beer. 7 p.m. Fri. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. 10211 Conant, Hamtramck. neardeathexperience.brownpapertickets.com.

HARLEY FEST

at Freedom Hill

Besides loads of motorcycles, Harley Fest also has live music from local rock bands and southern heavy metal band Jackyl. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Free. 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. (586) 268-9700.

THIS WEEKEND

Hamburg Family Fun Fest at Manly W. Bennett Memorial Park, noon Thurs.-Fri., 8 a.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. Free. 10405 Merrill, Hamburg. (586) 861-7209.

Liberty Fest at Heritage Park, 1-11 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. Free. 46202 Heritage Park Road, Canton Township. (734) 394-5460.

Steamtopia Steam Punk Convention at DoubleTree Hotel Dearborn, 3 p.m.-midnight Thurs., 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat. and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $40, $75 weekend, $125 VIP. www.SteamTopia.biz.

Motor City Irish Festival at Western Graham Field, 5-11 p.m. Fri., noon-11 p.m. Sat. and 1-8 p.m. Sun. $12, $5 ages 12-17, free for under 12. 14841 Beech Daly, Redford Township. www.motorcityirishfest.com.

Motor Muster at Greenfield Village, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. and 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free with village admission, $24, $22 seniors, $17.50 kids. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

SATURDAY

Moon Dusters Ballroom Dancing with live band at Livonia Civic Center, 8-11 p.m. Sat. $8. 15218 Farmington, Livonia. (248) 968-5197.

Michael Ian Black brings his comedy routine to the Magic Bag on Thursday. (Mike Lawrie / Getty Images)
Folk group Carolina Chocolate Drops will perform Wednesday at the Ark. (Rick Diamond / Getty Images)
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