Entertainment calendar

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

New Year’s Eve — Big Bashes

Masquerade Gala with live entertainment at Masonic Temple’s Fountain Ball Room, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $145, $1200 VIP table. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.

2016 Resolution Ball with balloon drop, confetti storm, hors d’oeuvres, pizza and coney buffet and ball drop at Fillmore Detroit, 8 p.m. $100. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (248) 543-1000 or resolutionballdetroit.com.

The Countdown to 2016 with DJs, dancing, champagne toast and a 360 degree view of the city at Top of the Pontch at Crowne Plaza Detroit, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $95 and up. Dinner, reserved tables, reserved couches and other packages available. 2 Washington, Detroit. (248) 543-1000 or TopofthePontchNYE.com.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra red carpet event with strolling dinner, party favors and midnight toast at Orchestra Hall, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Packages vary from $40-$500. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5130.

New Year’s Eve Gala with Women Out and About and GOAL with music, dancing, dinner stations, party favors and champagne toast at Emagine Royal Oak, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $55, sold in advance only at eventbrite.com. 200 N. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 414-1000

The Countdown to New Year’s Eve with DJs, hor d’oeuvres, balloon drop and confetti storm, live broadcast of Times Square, midnight buffet and more at the Met Hotel, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. $85 and up, VIP and hotel packages available. 550 Crooks, Troy. (248) 543-1000 or countdown2nye.com.

Motor City Gala with DJs and live entertainment, dancing and more at Atheneum Suite Hotel, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $85 and up, dinner and hotel packages available. 1000 Brush, Detroit. (248) 543-1000 or motorcitygala.com.

Toast NYE with aerial acrobats, tarot card readers, fortune tellers, confetti cannons, DJs, party favors and more at Sheraton Novi, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $55 and up. 21111 Haggerty, Novi. (313) 363-5736 or toastnye.com.

New Year’s Eve concerts

Worship services with Fantasia Barrino and Smokie Norful at Fisher Theatre, R&B, 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Free. 3011 W. Grand, Detroit. (313) 386-8044 or triumphch.org.

Return of the Titans with Whodini, Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane at Masonic Temple, hip-hop, 8 p.m. $65-$95. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

Greensky Bluegrass with Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers at Royal Oak Music Theatre, bluegrass, 8 p.m. $25 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 544-3030.

Electric Six with MPV at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 9 p.m. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

R. Kelly at Fox Theatre, R&B, 9:30 p.m. $49-$175. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

New Year’s Eve — bars and lounges

Gatsby-themed party with live music from Appleseed Collective at Arbor Brewing Co. Microbrewery, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. 720 Norris, Ypsilanti. (734) 480-2739.

Serving 365 drinks to commemorate the 365 days of the year, plus live music by Khary Frazier and a champagne toast at Detroit City Distillery, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. No cover. 2462 Riopelle, Detroit. (313) 338-3760.

Craft cocktails and full menu available, plus the Cotton Bowl on the TVs, balloon drop, DJ and champagne toast at Punch Bowl Social, 8 p.m. $10. 1331 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 749-9738.

DJ, live band and champagne toast at Riverside Marina, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $48.47 and up. 11000 Freud, Detroit. (313) 447-5319

French-inspired small plates, champagne toast and music from Steve Jarosz Latin Trio at Sugar House, 9 p.m. $50. 2130 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 962-0123.

Dancing, party favors and a champagne toast at Firebird Tavern, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $15. Bar will give free People Mover tokens to those traveling to the Red Wings game. 419 Monroe, Detroit. (313) 782-4189.

Thirst Wave dance party with DJs Pleasure Kitten, Elektrsonik and Aaron Hingst spinning new wave, alt-retro, dark ’80s, ’90s alternative and more at Small’s Bar, 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $5-$8. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Hors d’oeuvres from Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails, drink samples, welcome cocktail and midnight toast at the Oakland Art Novelty Co., 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $45. 201 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 291-5295.

Live music by Nata and champagne toast at midnight at Ignite Sushi Bar and Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $30. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

DJ Captn20 and more at V Nightclub at MGM Grand Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $50 and up. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Cigar Masquerade with live music and more at La Casa de la Habana Cigar Bar, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission downstairs, $50 upstairs for VIP party with buffet dinner and more. 1502 Randolph, Detroit. (313) 285-8332.

live music


Pato Motown and Ben Sharkey at AXIS Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, pop/Motown, 5 p.m.-1 a.m. Thurs. $30 cover after 8 p.m. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877) 888-2121.

Planet D Nonet featuring RJ Spangler at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 5 and 9 p.m. Thurs. Reservations recommended. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Dinner show with tributes to Gene Pitney, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Johnny Rivers, Reba McEntire and Roy Orbison, plus buffet dinner, dancing and toast at Silver Shores Banquet Center, variety, 6 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. dinner, 8:30 p.m. show Thurs. $60. 1 James DeSana Drive, Wyandotte. (734) 282-1257 or (734) 285-8516.

Old School Bash with Howard Hewett, Alexander O’Neal, Cherelle, Al Hudson. S.O.S. Band and One Way at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, R&B, 8 p.m. Thurs. $54-$90. 850 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500.

Screw, the Zotz, Johnny Cadaver and the Headless Torsos and Tiger Sex at Token Lounge, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

The Mega 80s at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $35. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Nick Moss Band at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 8 p.m. Thurs. $45. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Stone Clover, Ford Theatre Reunion and Slumlord Radio at PJ’s Lager House, Irish/rock, 9 p.m. Thurs. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Sweet Sixteen NYE with Valley Hush, Market, James Linck, DJs and more at Club Reign, pop/rock/dance, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Thurs. $20-$35. 2055 Gratiot, Detroit. eventbrite.com

Alexander Zonjic with Alex Bugnon at Trenton Village Theatre, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Thurs. $50. 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton. (313) 964-5050.

Charles and Gwen Scales at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $35, $60 couples. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.


For Ghosts, the Paper Sound and Yell at New Way Bar, pop/rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.


Planet D Nonet featuring RJ Spangler at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Sat. $15. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Speak Low If You Speak Love, Signature Mistakes, the Beautiful Gorgeous and Northerner at Pike Room, rock, 6:30 p.m. Sat. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 544-3030.

McKinney Zone Quartet featuring Gayelynn and Carlos McKinney at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Black Note Graffiti with Resistance, Spiraling Suns and Big Bad Wolf at Blind Pig, rock, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $7-$10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.


Empty Chair Night with Annie and Rod Capps, Joel Palmer and Sharon Tse at Trinity House Theatre, folk, 7 p.m. Sun. $12, $9 subscribers. 38840 W. Six Mile, Livonia. (734) 464-6302.

Gemini with Mosaic at the Ark, folk, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $15. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.


Stef, Mega Bog, Shells and Belle Isles at Lo & Behold Records and Books, indie rock, 9 p.m. Tues. $5. 10022 Jos Compau, Hamtramck.



National Theatre of Scotland presents “A Christmas Carol” at Power Center, 2 and 9 p.m. Thurs., 4 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 and 6 p.m. Sun. $50 and up. 121 S. Fletcher, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

Phil Palisoul at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $18-$35. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

BT at Joey’s Comedy Club, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:15 p.m. Sat. $16 and up. 36071 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 261-0555.

Joe List at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Thurs. and Sat. $12-$25. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


Detroit Circus at Village Theater, 7 p.m. Thurs. $20. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. (734) 394-5300.


Poet Jamaal May at Detroit Institute of Arts, 2 p.m. Sun. Free for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 883-7900.


50 First Jokes at the Ark, 8 p.m. Mon. $10. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

visual arts/film


“Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation” at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show Sat. $7. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.



Holidays in Henry Ford Museum, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs.-Sun. Free with museum admission. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.


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


Detroit Underground Hip-Hop Awards at Saint Andrew’s Hall, 5 p.m. Sun. $10. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

our picks


at Campus Martius

The Drop is a free New Year’s Eve party at Campus Martius with a Detroit-themed ball drop, plus live music, carriage rides, bars and more. There’s also a ticketed party inside an 11,000-square-foot heated and carpeted tent (free until 7 p.m., after that it’s a ticketed event). An early party for kids runs 4-7 p.m. with the Detroit Youth Choir, a magician, face painting and the like. The ball drops again at midnight for the adults with food, bars, and a 8-by-14-foot LED screen showing the Cotton Bowl game. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Wed. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit. motorcitynye.com.


at Bona Sera

An annual fundraiser for literacy nonprofit 826michigan, Mittenfest features top local indie, pop and rock bands from all over the state. Thursday’s headliner is Dead Kind, a band featuring members of Deadbeat Beat and Rebel Kind. The Drinkard Sisters from Detroit kick things off on Friday and on Saturday, Pinckney’s Chris Bathgate closes out the event. 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $10 donation per night to 826michigan. 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. mittenfest.org.


at The Palace of Auburn Hills

World famous basketball troupe Harlem Globetrotters bring their family-friendly fun and comedic stunts to The Palace. Doors open at 1 p.m. Sat. $20-$45. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.