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KEVIN HART

at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Easily one of the hottest comics on stage today, Philadelphia native Kevin Hart will bring his stand-up show to The Palace for two shows Saturday night. Hart, who has also starred in films like “Think Like a Man” and “About Last Night,” often tells personal stories about his family in his act. 8 and 11:30 p.m. Sat. $54.50-$150. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

THURSDAY

Jeff Beck at Michigan Theater, rock, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $45-$99.50. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 668-8397.

Jonny Lang at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, blues, 8 p.m. Thurs. $35-$45. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

FRIDAY

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with the London Souls at Royal Oak Music Theatre, jazz/rock/funk/hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25-$47.50. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Bob Dylan at Fox Theatre, folk/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $35-$129.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Penn & Teller at Caesars Windsor, magic/comedy, 9 p.m. Fri. $25 Canadian and up. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. (800) 991-7777.

SATURDAY

Streetlight Manifesto with Kevin Seconds and Sycamore Smith at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 7 p.m. Sat. $19.50 in advance, $23 day of. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Above & Beyond at Fillmore Detroit, electronic music, 8 p.m. Sat. $35-$45. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

Roger McGuinn at Michigan Theater, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $25-$75. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 668-8397.

SUNDAY

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally at Fillmore Detroit, comedy, 6 p.m. Sun. $39.50. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Gerard Way at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $35. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at Fox Theatre, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $26.50-$66.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

MONDAY

Walk Off the Earth with Scott Helman at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Mon. $25. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Tame Impala with Mini Mansions at Royal Oak Music Theatre, rock, 7:30 p.m. Mon. $32 in advance, $35 day of. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

TUESDAY

Butch Walker at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Tues. $25-$29.50. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Halestorm with the Pretty Reckless and Starset at James H. Whiting Auditorium, rock, 7:30 p.m. Tues. $30. 1241 E. Kearsley, Flint. (810) 237-7333.

WEDNESDAY

Matt & Kim at Royal Oak Music Theatre, indie dance, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $24 in advance, $30 at the door. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Edwin McCain with Ryan Hommel at the Ark, pop/rock, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

live music

THIS WEEK

Pete Siers featuring Dave Bennett and Tad Weed at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs. and 6, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $15 cover for some sets. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 882-5299.

Midtown Men (stars of the original cast of “Jersey Boys”) at Orchestra Hall at the Max, pop, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. $19-$105. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

THURSDAY

The Story So Far at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Danielle Nicole Band at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

For Pete’s Sake: Seeger Birthday Tribute at the Ark, folk, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $10. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Crushed Out, Royal Blackbirds and Junglefowl at Majestic Cafe, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

MPV, Wild Adriatic, Bronze Mambas and Five Pound Snap at Old Miami, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 3930 Cass, Detroit. (313) 831-3830.

Melt Banana and Nice Hooves at Pike Room, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

FRIDAY

Honky Tonk Throwdown with Rain Dogs, Billy Don Burns and more at PJ’s Lager House, country/rock, 6 p.m. Fri. $12, $20 weekend pass. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Hey Rosetta! at Shelter, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $12. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Las Cafeteras at Detroit Institute of Arts, eclectic Mexican, 8:30 p.m. Fri. Free with admission to museum, which is free for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

Great Lake Swimmers with Woven Tangles at Majestic Cafe, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

The Mega 80’s at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

The Prime Ministers, Porchsleeper and the Native Howl at Loving Touch, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $7. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 546-3696.

SATURDAY

No Pulse No Problem Fest with Axe Ripper, Stone Ritual, Snakewing, Swampdog and more at New Dodge Lounge, 1 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $20 in advance, $25 day of. 8850 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Vanguard Voices spring concert at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, classical, 4 p.m. Sat. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 943-2354.

Honky Tonk Throwdown with Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men, Dallas Moore Band, Rickett Pass and more at PJ’s Lager House, country/rock, 5 p.m. Sat. $12, $20 weekend pass. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

The Infatuations Detroit Block Party at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 6 p.m. Sat. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Sherman Arnold’s Elvis tribute at First Baptist Church Festival, pop/rock, 7 p.m. concert, dinner served at 5:30 p.m. Sat. $20 includes dinner. 1602 N. Custer, Monroe. (810) 304-7777.

Detroit Concert Choir “Celebrate America” concert at St. Paul on the Lake, classical, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $20, $18 seniors, $10 students. 157 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. (313) 882-0118.

Foxfest with She Hound, White Shag, Bonehead, Audra Kubat and more at Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom, rock/pop, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 873-2955.

The Business with Come Out Fighting and Bad Assets at Small’s Bar, punk, 8 p.m. Sat. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

The Smith’s United with Re-Cure and the Dukes at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 22920 Woodward, Detroit. (248) 544-3030.

Nigel & the Dropout, the Ill Itches, Characteristics, Tart and Ancient Language at Loving Touch, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $7-$10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 546-3696.

Ethan Daniel Davidson with Colorwheel at UFO Factory, rock/country, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 2110 Trumbull, Detroit. facebook.com/ufofactorydetroit.

Ping Pong with Wild Savages, Archie Powell and the Exports and Junglefowl at Bling Pig, rock, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $7-$10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

SUNDAY

“All About Love” with the Camerata Singers at St. Paul of Tarsus Catholic Church, classical, 3 p.m. Sun. $13, $10 seniors and students, $26 families. 41300 Romeo Plank Road, Clinton Township. (313) 242-7282.

Kristen’s Mindblowing Benefit with Old Empire, the Feigers and Remnose, plus art auction and karaoke at New Dodge Lounge, rock, 7 p.m. Sun. Free will donation. 8850 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Dan and Lauren Gross with the Cliff Monear Trio at Birmingham Temple, classical, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $28, $25 seniors and students. 28611 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 788-9338 or (248) 661-1348.

The Infamous Stringdusters at Magic Bag, bluegrass, 8 p.m. Sun. $20. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

Tim Barry with Two Cow Garage and Jeremy Porter and the Tucos at Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ, rock/punk, 8 p.m. Sun. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7130.

MONDAY

Lo-Fang at Majestic Cafe, indie pop, 8 p.m. Mon. $15. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

The Rentals with Rey Pila and Radiation City at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Mon. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 546-3644.

Ancient River, Antique Scream, Wormhole and Alchemists at the Rockery, rock, 9 p.m. Mon. $5. 1175 Eureka, Wyandotte. (734) 281-4629.

TUESDAY

Sonny Knight and the Lakers at Magic Bag, pop/R&B, 8 p.m. Tues. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

Comedian Jake Johnson at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$20. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Comedian Matt McClowry at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $11 in advance, $13 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

“Meshuggah-Nuns” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $26. 2200 N. Squirrel, Rochester. (248) 370-3316.

“How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying)” at Farmington Players Barn, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. . $20, $18 seniors and students. 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 553-2955.

“Bus Stop” at Ridgedale Players, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $17, $15 seniors and students. 205 W. Long Lake, Troy. (248) 988-7094 or ridgedaleplayers.com.

Comedians Mike Lebovitz with Martez Jackson at Joey’s Comedy Club, 9 p.m. Fri. and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Sat. $16. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

“Faust” at Detroit Opera House, 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $21-$124. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

THURSDAY

A benefit for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America with comedian Mike Stanley and more at Elizabeth Theater, 7 p.m. Thurs. $25, $50 VIP. 2040 Park, Detroit. (248) 737-0900.

Comedian Jimmie Walker at Joey’s Comedy Club, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

SATURDAY

“Michigan Dances at the Carr” with Robin Wilson with Harge Dance Stories and Big Red Wall Dance Company at the Carr Center, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. (313) 965-8430.

Null Paradox, interactive rock opera, at Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 8 p.m. Sat. $27, $22 students. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. (734) 394-5300.

SUNDAY

Comedian Jimmie Walker with Heather Kozlakowski and Joel Fragomeni at O’Mara’s Irish Restaurant, 8:30 p.m. Sun. $20. 2555 12 Mile, Berkley. (248) 399-6750.

visual arts/film

THIS WEEK

Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival at Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, through May 21. $12 per film, $360 for a pair of festival passes. 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield. (248) 661-1900.

“I Am Big Bird: The Carol Spinney Story” at Cinema Detroit, 7:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 5:15 p.m. Mon. and 7:15 p.m. Mon.-May 21. $9. 3420 Cass, Detroit. (313) 281-8301.

book events

THIS WEEK

Farmington Hills native and Michigan State University graduate Allison Leotta signs her new mystery, “A Good Killing,”

7 p.m. Fri. at Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth, Ann Arbor

2 p.m. Sun. at Derby Room at Fox Run Village, 41000 Fox Run Road, Novi.

7 p.m. Mon. at Schuler Books at Meridian Mall, 1982 E. Grand River, Okemos.

MONDAY

Detroit Book Lunch with Gerald Posner, C.J. Box, Laura Lippman, Lily King and Lev Raphael at Burton Manor, 11 a.m. Mon. $40. 27777 Schoolcraft, Livonia. (586) 685-5750 or bookandauthor.info.

etc.

OUR PICK

THE DETROIT-BERLIN CONNECTION SECOND ANNUAL CONFERENCE

at Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

This event aims to gather community organizers, business owners and artists from all backgrounds to cultivate a cultural exchange between the two cities in hopes of helping Detroit achieve what Berlin has in regards to diversity, tourism and commerce. 4-9 p.m. Wed. Free. 4454 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-6622.

THIS WEEKEND

Motor City Comic Con 2015 at Suburban Collection Showplace, 12:30-7 p.m. Fri., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $25-$30 per day, $70 weekend pass, $10 per day for child, $20 weekend pass for child, $5 parking. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (248) 426-8059 or www.motorcitycomiccon.com.

67th Annual Spring Polish Festival at St. Stephen, 4 p.m. midnight Fri., noon-midnight Sat. and noon-7 p.m. Sun. 18858 Huron River, New Boston. (734) 753-5268.

SATURDAY

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo dog and cat adoption event at Detroit Zoo, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. Free, admission to zoo extra. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

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

Bike PATH: Pedaling Ahead Toward Health, a 60-mile cycling route from Metro Beach to Belle Isle, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. $30. 31300 Metro Parkway, Harrison Township. (586) 541-0003 ext. 214.

Touch-A-Truck, get up close with big vehicles, plus arts and crafts and family fun at West Riverfront Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 1801 W. Jefferson, Detroit. www.detroitriverfront.org/2015TouchATruck.

Bark in the Park with dog-friendly activities at Canton Dog Park, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sun. Free. Denton, north of Cherry Hill Road, Canton. (734) 394-5310.

Birmingham Hometown Parade in downtown Birmingham, 1 p.m. Sun. Free. Starts on South Old Woodward at Daines, ends at Shain Park with more festivities. (248) 530-1880.

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