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big shows

FRIDAY

Uncle Kracker at Royal Oak Music Theatre, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $9.95 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

KEM with Avant at Fox Theatre, R&B/soul, 8 p.m. Fri. $55-$108.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Kevin Gates at Majestic Theatre, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Fri. $25 in advance, $30 day of. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Dionne Farris and Russell Gunn at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, jazz, 8 and 10 p.m. Fri. $30. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 877-8501.

SATURDAY

King Diamond with Exodus at Fillmore Detroit, metal, 7 p.m. Sat. $25-$45. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

“Mythbusters: Jamie and Adam Unleashed” at Fox Theatre, television/science, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $35.50-$100. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Atif Aslam at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Pakistani pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $55-$300. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.

DMX, Juvenile, Trina, Mystikal, Chubb Rock and Fat Joe at Masonic Temple, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Sat. $49.50-$89.50. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.

Papadosio with Thriftworks at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $18. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Dramatics featuring Willie Ford, Ray Goodman and Brown and the Floaters at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, soul, 8 p.m. Sat. $30-$65. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.

SUNDAY

Musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Christmas Concert at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, classical, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $15-$20. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

The English Beat featuring Dave Wakeling with 1592 at the Magic Bag, rock, 8 p.m. Sun. $25. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

WEDNESDAY

Modern Baseball with Pup, Jeff Rosenstock and Tiny Moving Parts at Saint Andrew’s Hall, pop/punk, 6 p.m. Wed. $16.50. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis and Friends at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, jazz, 8 p.m. Wed. $45. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.

live music

FRIDAY

“Joy — An Irish Christmas Tour” featuring Keith and Kristyn Getty at Orchestra Hall at the Max, Celtic/holiday, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $30-$60. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Nine Inch Nails tribute band This Broken Machine with GameBjork and Julie Haven as Tori Amos with DJ Pleasure Kitten at Small’s Bar, rock/pop/electronic, 8 p.m. Fri. $6-$8. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Health with Picture Plane at Pike Room, noise rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $13 in advance, $15 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

The Riverboat Ramblers at PJ’s Lager House, Dixieland/jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. No cover. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Together Pangea with White Reaper at Marble Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 1501 Holden, Detroit. (313) 551-3158.

Beekeepers, Deadbeat Beat and Sros Lords at Kelly’s Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 2403 Holbrook, Hamtramck. (313) 872-0387.

Laura Rain and the Caesars, Shiver, Bricktown Station and Emily Infinity at New Way Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $7. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

SATURDAY

Volumes and Northlane at Shelter, metalcore, 6 p.m. Sat. $16. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Motor City Soul at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill, Motown/soul, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. (734) 394-5300.

Linear Downfall, Juggable Offense, Victor Periano’s Kingdom Come and Warren DeFever at PJ’s Lager House, noise/rock/psych, 9 p.m. Sat. $6. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Simply Saucer, Rocket 455, Johnny Ill Band and DJ Nai Sammon at UFO Factory, punk/rock/garage, 9 p.m. Sat. $12. 2110 Trumbull, Detroit. ufofactory.com

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

“Elvis at 80” with Terry Mike Jeffrey at Orchestra Hall, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. $19-$105. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

SUNDAY

Terror with Code Orange Kids, Take Offense and more at the Shelter, hardcore, 6 p.m. Sun. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

MONDAY

Frnklero and the Cellabration at Crofoot Ballroom, alternative rock, 7 p.m. Mon. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Hip in Detroit presents Her Dark Host acoustic set at Ink Addict, metal, 8 p.m. Mon. $2 minimum donation. 22007 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 268-3343.

Rocket from the Tomb at Pike Room, rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

WEDNESDAY

Born Ruffians at Loving Touch, rock, 7 p.m. Wed. $12. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 546-3696.

Takács Quartet at Rackham Auditorium, classical, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $26-$46. 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

clubs/djs

FRIDAY

Slow Magic and Giraffage with Lindsay Lowend at Populux, 9:30 p.m. Fri. $10. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. populuxdetroit.com

SATURDAY

Michael vs. Prince with DJs John Arnold and Todd Osborn at Northern Lights Lounge, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 660 W. Baltimore, Detroit. (313) 873-1739.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

Heywood Banks at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $22. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

Theatre Nova’s “An Almost British Christmas” at Yellow Barn Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $20 suggested donation. 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor. (734) 635-8450.

“Jersey Boys” at Fisher Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. and 8 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through Dec. 6). $25-$130. 3011 W. Grand, Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

Dave Landau with Matt Holt and Reese Leonard at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Fri. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

“Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” at City Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun. $25. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-3465.

“The Velocity of Autumn” by Eric Coble at Matrix Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 13). $20, $15 seniors and students. 2730 Bagley, Detroit. matrixtheatre.org.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” at the Ringwald Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. and 8 p.m. Mon. (through Dec. 7). $10 and up. 22742 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 545-5545.

“A Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. and 2 p.m. Wed. (through Dec. 24). $20 and up. 207 Wilson Blvd., Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

SATURDAY

“Tribute to Detroit” variety show with FOX 2’s Lee Thomas and friends at City Theatre, 7 p.m. Sat. $50 and up. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. Ticketmaster.com.

Magic Men Live at Royal Oak Music Theatre, 8 p.m. Sat. $24.99-$54.99. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

visual arts/film

FRIDAY

Warner Bros. Cartoon Shorts at Michigan Theater, 11:30 a.m. Fri. $7. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 668-8397.

“Star Wars” art show at UFO Factory, 7 p.m. Fri. 2110 Trumbull, Detroit. ufofactory.com.

Open house at Your Detroit Arts Portal, 7-11 p.m. Fri. 1641 Porter, Detroit. (313) 268-2986.

“White Christmas” and caroling sing-along at Michigan Theater, 7 p.m. Fri. $16. 603 E. Liberty, Ann Arbor. (734) 668-8397.

SATURDAY

Homeless and Hungry Draw-A-Thon with local artists at Trinosophes, 8 p.m. Sat. Each picture is $25, donated to Capuchin Soup Kitchen. 1464 Gratiot, Detroit. (313) 737-6606.

etc.

THIS WEEK

Holiday Tours at Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. starting Friday. $12, $11 seniors, $8 ages 6-12. 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores. (313) 884-4222 or fordhouse.org.

Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo, 5:30-9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (through Dec. 20, also Dec. 21-23 and 26-31). $9 in advance, $11 at the gate. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

Wayne County Lightfest in Westland, 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. and 6-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Dec. 31. $5 per vehicle. Enter Hines Drive at Merriman, Westland. waynecounty.com.

SATURDAY

Small Business Saturday Trunk Show at Northville Art House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 215 W. Cady, Northville. (248) 344-0497.

Moon Dusters Ballroom Dancing at Livonia Civic Center, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Sat. $8. 15218 Farmington, Livonia. (248) 968-5197.

Moon Dusters Ballroom Dancing at Livonia Civic Center, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Sat. $8. 15218 Farmington, Livonia. (248) 968-5197.

our picks

“THE NUTCRACKER”

at Detroit Opera House

The first of seven performances of Tchaikovsky’s Christmas classic start Friday with the BalletMet Columbus. 2:30 p.m. Fri. and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 6). $25 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

THE COMEDY GET DOWN

at Joe Louis Arena

One of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” Cedric “the Entertainer” headlines this line up of hot comedians with strong acting chops including Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy. 8 p.m. Sat. $49.75-$89.75. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 396-7000.

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