Entertainment calendar

big shows

OUR PICK

DETROIT COBRAS

at Majestic Cafe

As the Magic Stick continues its transformation into electronic dance music venue Populux, the Majestic Cafe next door has been re-fitted as more of a live music venue than a cafe. The sound system has been upgraded and while food is still served, live music is the major focus. The newly polished Majestic Cafe debuts Friday with garage rock mainstays the Detroit Cobras along with Radio Burns and Blaire Alise and the Bombshells. 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 883-9700.

THURSDAY

Rachelle Ferrell at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, R&B/jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $38-$45. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

FRIDAY

Pennywise at Saint Andrew’s Hall, punk, 7 p.m. Fri. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Mat Kearney with Parachute and Judah & the Lion at Royal Oak Music Theatre, pop/rock, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $26.50 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Wayne Shorter Quartet at Orchestra Hall, jazz, 8 p.m. Fri. $18-$99. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Lena Prima at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, jazz/swing, 8 p.m. Fri. $25-$49. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.

Neil Diamond at The Palace of Auburn Hills, pop, 8 p.m. Fri. $49.50-$150. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

SATURDAY

Coal Chamber with Filter and Combichrist at Harpo’s, metal, 5 p.m. Sat. $25. 14238 Harper, Detroit. (734) 787-2157.

Excision with Minnesota and Protohype at Royal Oak Music Theatre, electronic/dance, 8 p.m. Sat. $29.50. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 339-2980.

John Valby at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, comedy, 8 p.m. Sat. $25-$49. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.

Trace Adkins at Caesars Windsor, country, 9 p.m. Sat. $25 Canadian and up. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. (800) 991-7777.

SUNDAY

Bob’s Burgers Live at Fillmore Detroit, comedy, 7 p.m. Sun. $29.50-$49.50. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

live music

OUR PICK

NO COVER FRIDAYS

at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe

Now through April 10, this swank and comfortable jazz club is waiving cover charges on Friday nights for the 6 p.m. show. Reservations are still recommended, though. This week, hear the music of saxophonist Carl Cafagna. 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 6, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $15 cover except Thursday and 6 p.m. Friday. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 882-5299.

THURSDAY

Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs works by Sibelius and Grieg at Congregation Shaarey Zedek, classical, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $25, $10 students. 27375 Bell, Southfield. (313) 576-5111.

The Hot Sauce Committee at Saint Andrew’s Hall, hip-hop/pop, 8 p.m. Thurs. $12. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Lloyd Cole at the Ark, singer/songwriter, 8 p.m. Thurs. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Tauk with Pleasant Drive at Huma Room at HopCat Detroit, rock, 9 p.m. Thurs. $10. 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828.

THIS WEEKEND

The Bill Heid Piano Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. and 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

FRIDAY

Have Mercy with Weatherbox, You Me and Everyone We Know, Head North and Mover/Shaker at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $12. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Violet Void, Eprom Colony, Just Plurals and more at Small’s Bar, Goth/industrial, 8 p.m. Fri. $5-$8. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Spring Equinox celebration with Muruga Booker and Ralph Koziarski at Innate Healing Arts Center and Goldengate Vegetarian Cafe, trance jazz, 8 p.m. Fri. $10 suggested donation. 18700 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 366-2247.

Torche with Nothing and Wrong at Loving Touch, metal, 8 p.m. Fri. $12. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 546-3696.

53 Willys and the Luddites at PJ’s Lager House, rock/blues/folk, 9 p.m. Fri. $8. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Duende with Troy Gregory and the Detroit Ditch at Cadieux Cafe, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

SATURDAY

Bestest Concert Ever with Horse Cave Trio, Motor Honey, Candy Band, Tilted Axes and Detroit Evenin’ Gentlemen at Royal Oak Farmers Market, pop/rock, 5-8 p.m. Sat. $5, free for kids younger than 3. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 246-3276.

Blockhead with Arms and Sleepers at Magic Stick, electronic/dance, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Adam Rudolph and Ralph Jones perform as part of “Yusef Lateef: Towards the Unknown” exhibit at Trinosophes, 8 p.m. Sat. $10-$20 suggested. Exhibit runs through May 10. 1464 Gratiot, Detroit. (313) 737-6606.

Gasoline Gypsies, Native Howl and North Wind Tour at Small’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $5-$8. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Frijid Pink, Victor Perinao’s Kingdom Come and the Luckouts at Token Lounge, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $8. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

The Muggs album release party with the Scrappers at Magic Bag, rock/blues, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

The Normandies and Swingset at Plymouth Coffee Bean Co., pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. No cover. 884 Penniman, Plymouth. (734) 454-0178.

Stikyfut, Bronze Mambas and Blakdog at New Way Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

Twistin’ Tarantulas album release party with Old Shatterhand at Huma Room at HopCat Detroit, rockabilly/country/rock, 10 p.m. Sat. $10. 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828.

SUNDAY

Homeless Ministry Benefit Concert with George Bedard and the Kingpins at Ann Arbor Vineyard, rockabilly, 4 p.m. Sun. $10 donation. 2275 Platt, Ann Arbor. (734) 477-9135.

James Tatum Foundation 28th annual classical and jazz concert and tribute to Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Orchestra Hall, classical/jazz, 5:30 p.m. Sun. $12-$75. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Remnose, Spaires, Tone & Niche, Ancient Language and more at Magic Stick, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $10. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Tinsley Ellis at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25-$30. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Michigan Women Go Pink charity concert at Kerrytown Concert House, classical/jazz, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sun. $25-$35, $10 students. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

MONDAY

Lúnasa at the Ark, Irish folk, 8 p.m. Mon. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

TUESDAY

AF the Naysayer with Ka$h tha Kushman, Pastel Arsenal and Metatron Sic-Hop at Majestic Cafe, hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. Tues. $5. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Led Kaapana with Mike Kaawa at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, Hawaiian music, 8 p.m. Wed. $20. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500.

The Crane Wives at Huma Room at HopCat Detroit, Americana, 9 p.m. Wed. $5. 4265 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 769-8828.

clubs/djs

THURSDAY

J. Phlip with Gabi and K_La at Necto Nightclub, 9 p.m. Thurs. $20. 516 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 994-5436.

SATURDAY

The Hot Leather Magic Bang! dance party at Blind Pig, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $8-$11. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

stage/comedy

OUR PICK

“LUCE”

at Meadow Brook Theatre

“Luce” is the story of a boy from war-torn Africa adopted by suburban American parents who grows to be a remarkable high school student. The plot thickens when a teacher calls him out in regards to a disturbing assignment. 2 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 6 p.m. Sat., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. and 8 p.m. Wed. (through April 12). $26-$41. 207 Wilson Blvd., Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

THURSDAY

Laughs at the Limelight with Mike Bonner with Ray Hollifield and Peggy Neilson Beattie at Limelight Grill & Bar, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 30200 Van Dyke, Warren. (586) 751-7883.

THIS WEEK

Spotlight “Still Got It” Players perform “Casserole Casanova” at Village Theatre, 1 p.m. Thurs., 7 p.m. Fri., 2 and 7 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $14-$16. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. (734) 394-5300.

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” the musical at University Detroit Mercy Grounds Coffeehaus, 7 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m. 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (also March 27-29). $20, $17 seniors and other UDM discounts, $10 ages 4-18. 4001 W. McNichols, Detroit. (313) 993-3270.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Detroit Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. $25-$83. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

“Flashdance the Musical” at Fisher Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. $35-$125. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

“Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?” at City Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 1 p.m. Sun. $38. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-3465.

Comedian Debra Digiovanni at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“Rumors” at Stagecrafters Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through March 29). $18-$22. 415 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak. (248) 541-6430.

Comedian Gary Gulman at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12-$16 in advance, $14-$18 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

“The Glass Menagerie” at Abreact Performance Space, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through March 29). $20. 1301 W. Lafayette, Detroit. www.theabreact.com.

“Good Men and True” at Planet Ant, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $10-$20. (through March 28). 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck. www.planetant.com.

“Love, Sex and the IRS” at St. Dunstan’s Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (also 8 p.m. March 27-28). $18, $16 seniors and students. 400 Lone Pine, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 737-3587.

FRIDAY

Comedian Rob Little at O’Mara’s Irish Pub, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2555 12 Mile, Berkley. (248) 399-6750.

SATURDAY

Motor City Bhangra Competition at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, dance, 6 p.m. Sat. $20-$45. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 943-2354.

SUNDAY

Undateable Comedy Tour with Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Ron Funches and Rock Glassman at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. Sun. Sold out. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

visual arts/film

THURSDAY

“Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage” at AMC Forum 30, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $12.50. 44681 Mound, Sterling Heights. (586) 254-1381.

OPENING FRIDAY

“VIPs from the Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection” including Howdy Doody at Detroit Institute of Arts, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. (through Sept. 20). Free with museum admission, which is free for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 877-7900.

ONGOING

“Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit” at Detroit Institute of Arts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. (through July 12). $14-$19, $9 youths. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-4005.

etc.

OUR PICK

MARCHE DU NAIN ROUGE

The annual ceremonious romp through Midtown to banish Detroit’s fictitious red dwarf returns this Sunday. The family-friendly (for the most part) Mardi Gras-style parade includes homemade floats and lots of costumes. It kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Traffic Jam and Snug parking lot at Cass and Canfield in Detroit. Visit marchedunainrouge.com for details.

THIS WEEKEND

Novi Backyard Pool and Spa Show at Suburban Collection Showplace, 3-9 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $8, $4 ages 6-14, $5 parking. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (734) 398-9700.

Live butterfly exhibit at Oakland Mall, noon-8 p.m. Sat. and noon-5 p.m. Sun. (through April 12). $3. Center Court, 412 W. 14 Mile, Troy. (248) 585-6000.

SATURDAY

Ultimate LGBT Wedding and Anniversary Expo at Southfield Civic Pavilion, 12:30-4 p.m. Sat. Free will donation. 26000 Evergreen, Southfield. www.btlweddingexpo.com.

Battle of the Bands XI swing band competition and dance at Masonic Temple Crystal Ballroom, 7 p.m. Sat. $25. Dance lessions 7-8 p.m., battle at 8:15 p.m. 500 Temple, Detroit. (248) 879-3706.

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

SUNDAY

Carnival of Care at Suburban Collection Showplace, noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (248) 267-0229.

MONDAY

Ferndale Cat Shelter Fundraiser with food from Komodo Kitchen, live music and more at the Oakland, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Mon. $30 in advance, $40 at the door. 201 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. www.ferndalecatshelter.org.

WEDNESDAY

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan Cookie Gala at DTE Energy Headquarters, 6-9 p.m. Wed. $100, $170 per couple. One Energy Plaza, Detroit. (313) 870-2562 or gssem.org/cookiegala.

planning ahead

“Heathcliff Notes” with Kathe Koja and a performance of “The Heights” by NERVE at Book Beat, 7 p.m. March 26. Free. 26010 Greenfield, Oak Park. (248) 968-1190.