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big shows

SATURDAY

WWE Live Holiday Tour at Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $18-$113. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Carl Craig with Al Ester at TV Lounge, 9 p.m. Sat. No cover. 2548 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 965-4789.

TUESDAY

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at The Palace of Auburn Hills, holiday/classical/rock, 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. $35.50-$72.50. 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Led Zeppelin 2 at Saint Andrew’s Hall, classic rock, 8 p.m. Tues. $12. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY

Mittenfest X with Frontier Ruckus, Matt Jones, Fred Thomas, Misty Lyn & the Big Beautiful, Bonny Doon, Lorettta Lucas, Minihorse, Britney Stoney and more at Bona Sera, indie rock, 7 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through Jan. 2). $10 donation per night to 826michigan. 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. mittenfest.org.

WEDNESDAY

Get Real with Claude Vonstroke and Green Velvet with Shiba San and Will Clarke at Russell Industrial Center, electronic, 8 p.m. Wed. $35-$45. 1600 Clay, Detroit. (248) 858-9333.

Greensky Bluegrass with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers at Royal Oak Music Theatre, bluegrass, 8 p.m. Wed. (also Dec. 31). $25-$35 each night, $50 both nights. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

live music

THIS WEEK

Gene Dunlap at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs. and Sat. $15 on Saturday. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 822-5299.

SATURDAY

Holiday Sing-A-Long at the Dakota Inn Rathskeller, holiday/traditional, 7-1 p.m. Sat. 17324 John R, Highland Park. (313) 867-9722.

Oba Rowland, the Black Santa Show featuring Jon Connor and Stalley at Saint Andrew’s Hall, hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $25. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Eliza Neals and the Narcotics with the Reefermen and White Shag at PJ’s Lager House, rock/blues, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Woodman with the Britemores and Old Empire at New Dodge Lounge, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. No cover. 8850 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5963.

Kiyoshi and Abigail Stauffer with Obie Iyoha and DJ Skoob E at Blind Pig, hip-hop/folk, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $7-$10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Crossroads Ceili at the Ark, Celtic/British Isles, 7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $15 each night, $25 dinner/show each night. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

SUNDAY

Gino Fanelli and the Jalopy Brothers at D’Amato’s, New Orleans jazz, noon-3 p.m. No cover. 222 S. Sherman, Royal Oak. (248) 584-7400.

A Very Country Christmas with Paulina Jayne, Daniel Harrison and the $2 Highway and Audrey Ray at Saint Andrew’s Hall, country, 7 p.m. Sun. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Ben’s Friends at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 p.m. Sun. $5. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

MONDAY

The GFK Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Mon. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Alex Chilton Birthday Party with Chris Richards & the Subtractions, the Dives featuring David Bierman, the Dirk Kroll Band and Jay Clark Reid at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Mon. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

TUESDAY

City of Giraffes with Oakhill and Devin & Taylor at Pike Room, rock, 7 p.m. Tues. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

WEDNESDAY

The Keigo Hirakawa Trio at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Wed. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

clubs/djs

SATURDAY

Juke Joint with DJ Karriem Riggins at Elizabeth Theater at Park Bar, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 2040 Park, Detroit. (313) 962-2933.

Slow Jams presents VO5 with DJ Dez Andres at Marble Bar, 9 p.m. Sat. $5-$10. 1501 Holden, Detroit. (313) 551-3158.

Industrial is Not Dead old school night at Small’s Bar, 9 p.m. Sat. No cover before 10 p.m. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze” at Fox Theatre, 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 and 7 p.m. Sun. $29. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

“Newsies” at Detroit Opera House, 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. $35-$89. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

THURSDAY

“A Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 2 p.m. Thurs. $20 and up. 207 Wilson Blvd., Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

SATURDAY

“Baphomet the Musikal” a holiday variety show inspired by Santa, Satan and Saturn at Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom, 7 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show. $10. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 873-2955.

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

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

DJ Dangler at Joey’s Comedy Club, 9 p.m. Sat. $12 and up. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

TUESDAY

Sensory-friendly performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Power Center, 2 p.m. Tues. $55. 121 S. Fletcher, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

etc.

THIS WEEK

Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, 6:30-10 p.m. Sat.-Mon. $24, $18 youth, discounts for members. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

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

SATURDAY

Free Day at Michigan Science Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. Free. 5020 John R, Detroit. (313) 577-8400.

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

our picks

EXTENDED HOURS

at Detroit Institute of Arts

Have more time to view “30 Americans,” “Detroit Weather: 365 Days” and other exhibits this week when the DIA extends its hours for the holiday season. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat.-Mon. and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Free admission for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

“SPIKE & MIKE’S SICK AND TWISTED FESTIVAL OF ANIMATION”

at Magic Bag

This annual cartoon event is all that the title implies, and also a yearly tradition. The Bag has been hosting this event, which spawned the careers of Beavis and Butthead, since 1992. This year’s highlights are the titles “Reggae Shark,” “Weenis: 12 Days of Elvis,” “Bat Metal” and “Captain Awesome.” Doors open one hour before show time. 9 p.m. Sat. and Wed. (and 9 p.m. Jan. 2) $7. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

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