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big shows

THURSDAY

Waka Flocka Flame at Saint Andrew’s Hall, hip-hop, 7 p.m. Thurs. $22.50. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

WXOU 50th Birthday Bash with Alvvays, Flint Eastwood and George Morris & the Gypsy Chorus at Crofoot Ballroom, indie rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $15. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Neil deGrasse Tyson at Fox Theatre, science, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $48.50-$250. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Rihanna at The Palace of Auburn Hills, R&B/pop, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $30.50-$151. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Patty Larkin at the Ark, folk, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

FRIDAY

David Nail at Saint Andrew’s Hall, country, 6 p.m. Fri. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Adam Lambert at Fillmore Detroit, pop, 7 p.m. Fri. $25-$55. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

Kirk Franklin at Fox Theatre, Gospel, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $25-$75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Mike Epps with Sommore, Earthquake, Gary Owen and Tommy Davidson at Joe Louis Arena, comedy, 8 p.m. Fri. $52-$175. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

SATURDAY

Soul 70s Super Jam with Stylistics at Fox Theatre, soul, 7 p.m. Sat. $59.50-$89.50. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

The Cult at Fillmore Detroit, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $25-$55. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

DJ Biz Markie at Saint Andrew’s Hall, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Gogol Bordello at Royal Oak Music Theatre, gypsy punk, 8 p.m. Sat. $29.50 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Paul Zerdin at Caesars Windsor, comedy, 9 p.m. Sat. $20 Canadian and up. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. (800) 991-7777.

SUNDAY

Tyrese and Monica at Fox Theatre, R&B, 7 p.m. Sun. $59.50-$125. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

TUESDAY

Charlie Puth at Saint Andrew’s Hall, pop, 6:30 p.m. Tues. $20. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper with Harbinger and Anguish at Small’s Bar, metal, 8 p.m. Tues. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

WEDNESDAY

Metal Church with Hatchet and Tyrant at Token Lounge, 6 p.m. Wed. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Acid Mothers Temple with Mounds and Sisters of Your Sunshine Vapor at Marble Bar, psych/rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $14. 1501 Holden, Detroit. (313) 551-3158.

live music

THIS WEEKEND

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

THURSDAY

Matt Dmits, June Star and Matt Monta at PJ’s Lager House, roots/rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Coco Montoya at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $27 and up. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

FRIDAY

Leaether Strip with Ludovico Technique and DJs Elektrosonik, Aaron Hingst and Void6 at Small’s Bar, Industrial, 8 p.m. Fri. $10 in advance, $13 day of. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

The Ragbirds album release party with the Appleseed Collective at Magic Bag, Americana, 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Walls of Jericho at Shelter, metal, 8:30 p.m. Fri. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Ex American, Feeble Curses, Eprom Colony and Little Animal at New Way Bar, electronic/pop, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

The Scrappers and Dude at O’Mara’s Irish Pub, rock, 10 p.m. Fri. $5. 2555 12 Mile Road, Berkley, (248) 399-6750.

SATURDAY

Sherman Arnold and the Interstate Band with Tyrone Hamilton as Ray Charles at Dearborn Heights Moose Lodge, Elvis tribute, 6 p.m. Sat. $20 (includes dinner and show). 27225 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights. (313) 274-0286.

MPV with Five Pound Snap, White Bee and Sweat at Small’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $5. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Victor Villarreal, Bars of Gold, Cavalcade and Mountain Club at Dunwell Dry Goods, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $6. 10229 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. (313) 818-3715.

Gil Shaham performs “Bach Six Solos” with original films by David Michalek at Hill Auditorium, classical/film, 8 p.m. Sat. $12-$60. 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

RJ’s Kansas City Six at Guy Hollerin’s Blues & Brews, Holiday Inn, 8 p.m.-midnight Sat. $5. 3600 Plymouth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-9800.

YUM with the Erers, Junglefowl and the Idiot Kids at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Diane Coffee with Moonwalks, Jack and the Bear at Marble Bar, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 1501 Holden, Detroit. (313) 551-3158.

Panic in Detroit with David Bowie tributes from local musicians at Northern Lights Lounge, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 660 W. Baltimore, Detroit. (313) 873-1739.

SUNDAY

Ezra Furman, the Kickstand Band and Sleepy Kitty at PJ’s Lager House, indie rock, 9 p.m. Sun. $8. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

MONDAY

Chon, Polyphia and Strawberry Girls at Shelter, metal, 6 p.m. Mon. $13. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Wayne State University Mondays at the Max at Music Box at the Max, classical, 7:30 p.m. Mon. $5-$15. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

WEDNESDAY

Pokey LaFarge with the Cactus Blossoms at Populux, rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $15 in advance, $18 day of. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 883-9700.

A benefit for the Brad Phillips family with Brian Vander Ark, Joshua Davis, May Erlewine, Seth Bernard, Millish and Drew DeFour at the Ark, folk/rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $25. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

“Calendar Girls” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. and 2 and 8 p.m. Wed. (through April 10). $27-$42. 2200 N. Squirrel, Rochester. (248) 377-3300.

T.J. Hemphill’s “Perilous Times” at Detroit Opera House, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 3 p.m. Sat. $31.50 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

“Sex with Strangers” at Detroit Public Theatre at Allesee Hall at the Max, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through April 3). $35, $20 students. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

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

Jim McHugh at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $9-$12 in advance, $11-$14 at the door. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.

“Devil Dog Six” 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. (through May 15). $17 in advance, $20 at the door. 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. (313) 868-1347.

Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me A Tenor” at St. Dunstan’s Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $18, $16 seniors and students. 400 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 737-3587.

OPENING TUESDAY

“If/Then” at Fisher Theatre, 8 p.m. Tues.-Wed. $35 and up. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

WEDNESDAY

“Are You My Mother?” at Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 9:30 a.m. and noon Wed. $15, $5 children. 44575 Garfield, Clinton Township. (586) 286-2222.

visual arts/film

WEDNESDAY

Opening night of the Italian Film Festival of Metro Detroit with “Noi E La Giulia” at Detroit Film Theatre, 7 p.m. Wed. Free. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. italianfilmfests.org.

etc.

THURSDAY

Critic and scholar Claire Bishop at College for Creative Studies’ Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. 201 E. Kirby, Detroit. collegeforcreativestudies.edu

THIS WEEKEND

Bunnyville at Detroit Zoo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $9 with non-perishable food donation. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.

SATURDAY

Moon Dusters Ballroom Dancing at Livonia Civic Center, 8:30-11:30 p.m. Sat. $8. 15218 Farmington, Livonia. (734) 658-9980.

our picks

MARSHMALLOW DROP

at Catalpa Oaks County Park

Children scramble as marshmallows are dropped from a helicopter. Catch a marshmallow and turn it in for a goodie bag. 10 a.m. Fri. 27725 Greenfield, Southfield. (248) 858-0906.

TODD’S 35TH ANNIVERSARY

at Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom

This party is a throwback to the new wave dance nights at now-closed Detroit dance club Todd’s. There will be a fashion show and dancing set to music chosen by DJ Charles English. 8 p.m. Sat. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 873-2955.

RESTORATIONS, CREEPOID AND THE DIRTY NIL

at Majestic Cafe

Philadelphia-based rock bands Restorations and Creepoid come through town with Dundas, Ontario’s Dirty Nil. The latter is on a nationwide tour in support of their debut album “Higher Power.” 8 p.m. Wed. $10 in advance, $12 day of. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

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