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big shows

THURSDAY

Twenty One Pilots with Smashing Satellites at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $25. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Craig Owens with When Skies are Gray and Too Close to Touch at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $15 in advance, $17 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

FRIDAY

AWOLNATION with Metric and Pvris at Fillmore Detroit, rock/electronic, 6:30 p.m. Fri. $30-$45. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

Big Ballas Xmas Party with Insane Clown Posse at Crofoot Ballroom, rap, 7 p.m. Fri. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Fox Theatre, holiday/classical, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $26.50-$86.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

The Academy Is at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

SATURDAY

Sublime with Rome, Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker and Mutemath at Fillmore Detroit, rock, 6:30 p.m. Sat. $35-$49.50. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

GRiZMAS at Masonic Temple, electronic, 8 p.m. Sat. $36. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

SUNDAY

Mark Randisi at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, Sinatra, 6:30 p.m. Sun. $30-$60. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 286-3200.

Will Downing’s Sounds of Christmas featuring Kenny Lattimore and Maysa at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $37-$45. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

live music

THIS WEEK

Ralphe Armstrong at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $15 for weekend sets. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra “Home for the Holidays” at Orchestra Hall at the Max, classical/holiday, 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 and 7 p.m. Sun. $24-$105. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Farmington Community Chorus “Go Tell It” at Orchard United Methodist Church, holiday/classical, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $15. 30450 Farmington, Farmington Hills. farmingtonchorus.com.

THURSDAY

Matt Jones & the Reconstruction with Frank Allison at the Ark, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

FRIDAY

Motor City Chorale at St. Paul Lutheran Church, holiday/classical, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free will offering. 375 Lothrop, Grosse Point Farms. (313) 881-6670.

The John Tyner Chorale “Lessons and Carols” at Motherhouse Chapel, classical/holiday, 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free. 610 West Elm, Monroe. (734) 242-5176.

Cold As Life with Aztek the Barfly, Poison Tongues and Freedom at Corktown Tavern, hardcore punk, 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 1716 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 964-5103.

The Siegel-Schwall Band at Magic Bag, blues, 8 p.m. Fri. $25. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

Polish Muslims Christmas Party at Loving Touch, polka/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Hot Club of Detroit featuring James Carter at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $25. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

New Fortune Holiday Feast with Ryan Dillaha and the Miracle Men, the Old Shatterhand, Payback the Thief and Gold Crayon at PJ’s Lager House, pop/rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Home for the Holidaze concert at charity fundraiser with Audra Kubat, Alison Lewis, Emily Rose, Michelle Held, Mike Galbraith and Mark Bolohan at Cadieux Cafe, pop/rock/folk, 9 p.m. Fri. $6, $5 with pet food or winter clothing item donation. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

SATURDAY

Merry TubaChristmas at Central United Methodist Church, classical/holiday, noon Sat. Free. 25 E. Adams, Detroit. tubachristmas.com

Cold As Life with Detroit 442, Bad Assets and the Gutter Ghouls at Corktown Tavern, hardcore punk, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $15. 1716 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 964-5103.

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

Jay and the Americans at Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, vocal group, 8 p.m. Sat. $32-$57. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 943-2354.

The Hummingbirds at MAMA’s Coffeehouse at Birmingham Unitarian Church, folk, 8 p.m. Sat. $15, $13 seniors and students. 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. mamascoffeehouse.org.

Blacktorn at the Ark, Irish music, 8 p.m. Sat. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

Tony Valla & the Alamos with the Britemores, Michael Hurtt’s Haunted Hearts and DJ Adam Stanfel at UFO Factory, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 2110 Trumbull, Detroit. ufofactory.com.

Winter Wunderbash with Tart, Citizen Smile, the Idiot Kids and Coin Laundry at New Dodge Lounge, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 8850 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Black Jake & the Carnies with Duende, Gregory Stovetop and Junglefowl at Blind Pig, rock/roots, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$13. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

SUNDAY

Christmas Jingle II with Mind Alley, Telecrash, Felony Flyers and more at Crofoot Ballroom, rock, 3 p.m. Sun. $15. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 848-9333.

Boys of Fall at Shelter, rock, 6 p.m. Sun. $5. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Robert Grossman in “Dickens: An A Capella Carol” at Performance Network Theatre, 7 p.m. Sun. Pay what you can. 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. (734) 663-0681.

TUESDAY

Rich Willis and the Chillin’ Circuit at Roberts Riverwalk Hotel, jazz/R&B, 6:30-9 p.m. Tues. $5. 1000 River Place Drive, Detroit. (313) 550-4130.

Marcus Elliot Quartet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Tues. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Harbormaster, Mac Saturn and Mind Alley at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Tues. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

WEDNESDAY

Belterra, Ronny Tibbs and Jeremy Waun at Loving Touch, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $5. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

clubs/djs

FRIDAY

Mechanize with DJs Aaron Hingst, Jay Misanthropia, Scary Guy, Inno and Wilhelm K with Doc Colony and fashion show by Evolution Division at Small’s Bar, 9 p.m. Fri. No cover before 10 p.m., $3-$7 after. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

SATURDAY

Todd’s and Liedernacht/City Club reunion with DJ Charlies English at Northern Lights Lounge, 9 p.m. Sat. $6. 660 W. Baltimore, Detroit. (313) 873-1739.

WEDNESDAY

Thirst Wave with DJs Pleasure Kitten, Aaron Hingst, Sofu and Jamie James at Zeke’s Rock and Roll BBQ, 10 p.m. Wed. $3 after 11 p.m. 240 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 206-7130.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

“A Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 7 p.m. Thurs., 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., 8 p.m. Mon.-Wed. and 2 p.m. Dec. 24. $20 and up. 207 Wilson Blvd., Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

“Newsies” at Detroit Opera House, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun., 8 p.m. Mon.-Tues. and 1 and 8 p.m. Wed. (through Dec. 27). $35-$89. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

“Santa’s Twerkshop” at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

Jim Short 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.

Dave Landau at Joey’s Comedy Club, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $12 and up. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

Andy Hendrickson at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $10-$13 in advance, $12-$15 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

“Herb the Green Knight” 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. $17 in advance, $20 day of. (through Dec. 27). 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. (313) 868-1347.

FRIDAY

Mike Bonner’s Uptown Friday Night “Friday Before Christmas” at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 10:30 p.m. Fri. $20. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

SUNDAY

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at Fox Theatre, 3 and 7 p.m. Sun. $28-$122. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

OPENING TUESDAY

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” at Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (also Dec. 24-27). $29 and up. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

WEDNESDAY

“Christmas Queens” contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race including Willam, Katya, Zamolodchikova, Jinkx Monsoon, Ginger Minj and Sharon Needles at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 8 p.m. Wed. $25-$50, $75 VIP. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (248) 268-2840.

visual art/film

WEDNESDAY

“Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation” at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. Wed. (also 8 p.m. Dec. 26 and 30). $7. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-3030.

etc.

THIS WEEK

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, 6:30-10 p.m. Thurs.-Wed. (also Dec. 26-28). $24, $18 youth, discounts for members. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

The Lodge: a drinking and shopping excursion at the Eastern, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. 3434 Russell, Detroit. (313) 914-1104.

THURSDAY

R.J. Fox, author of “Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine,” at Pages Bookshop, 6 p.m. Thurs. 19560 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 473-7342.

SATURDAY

Detroit Santarchy bar crawl starting at Gaelic League Irish-American Club, 7 p.m. Sat. 2068 Michigan, Detroit. detroitsantarchy.net.

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

WEDNESDAY

Ugly Christmas Sweater Charity Party to benefit Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation at the Townsend Hotel, 8 p.m. Wed. $10-$49.99. 100 Townsend, Birmingham. (248) 955-3009.

our picks

‘Downton Abbey’ Screening Party

at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts

See a sneak peek of the first hour of season six of the popular PBS show “Downton Abbey” before it premieres Jan. 3. Period costumes are encouraged. 8 p.m. Thurs. Tickets are free, but registration is required and there is a four-ticket limit. Arrive at 6:30 for a trivia and costume contest in the Lorenzo Cultural Center next to the Macomb Center. 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. macombcenter.com (586) 286-2222

Festivus Benefit Concert

at Royal Oak Farmers Market

Dance to the music of the Detroit Cobras, Howling Diablos and the Royal Black Birds, plus beer, cocktails, food trucks and, of course, a Festivus Pole and airing of grievances. The event is a fundraiser for South Oakland Shelter for the homeless. 5 p.m. Sat. $15. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. festivustix.com.

No Rest Fest

at Tires

If you hate it when punk bands play long sets, No Rest Fest is for you. Nice Hooves, Clear Soul Forces, the Armed, Reverend, Mexican Knives, Golden Torso, the A-Gang, Old Gods and more will play high-energy, blistering sets that are only 10 minutes. There are ramps in this venue, so bring your skateboard. 8 p.m. Sat. $5 (benefits Charity Music). 6541 E. Lafayette, Detroit.

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