Entertainment calendar: Concerts, theater, and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our picks

BEN FOLDS

at Orchestra Hall at the Max

Ben Folds teams up with the DSO for a concert of his pop hits.

Pop/rock singer, songwriter and pianist Ben Folds teams up with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a concert that includes his pop hits and a movement from his piano concerto. Folds gained mainstream success in the 1990s with his band Ben Folds Five, which hit with popular single “Brick” in 1997. 7 p.m. Sun. $35-$110. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

big shows

THURSDAY

The Head and the Heart and Band of Horses with Strumbellas at Fillmore Detroit, rock, 6 p.m. Thurs. $35-$65. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

Our Last Night and Hands Like Houses with the Color Morale and Out Came the Wolves at Crofoot Ballroom, heavy metal, 6 p.m. Thurs. $17. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

The S.O.S. Band and Midnight Star at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, R&B/funk, 8 p.m. Thurs. $40-$50. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

Dianne Reeves at Orchestra Hall at the Max, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $19-$99. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Dianne Reeves performs at Orchestra Hall at the Max on Thursday night.

FRIDAY

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience at Fillmore Detroit, classic rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $30-$75. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

Twiztmas Party with Twiztid and G-Mo Skee at Crofoot Ballroom, rap, 7 p.m. Fri. $1. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Dee Dee Bridgewater and Geri Allen at Carr Center, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $45-$65, $25 students. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. (313) 965-8430.

Martina McBride at Dow Events Center, country, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $37-$67. 303 Johnson, Saginaw. (989) 759-1330.

McBride

R. Kelly at Fox Theatre, R&B, 8 p.m. Fri. $32-$102. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Delta Rae with Penny & Sparrow at Magic Bag, pop/folk, 8 p.m. Fri. $25. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

SATURDAY

Rooney with Romes at the Shelter, rock, 6 p.m. Sat. $18. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Jodeci, Silk, Shai and H-Town at Masonic Temple, R&B/pop, 7 p.m. Sat. $65-$200. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

Steel Panther with Wilson at Fillmore Detroit, rock/metal, 7 p.m. Sat. $20-$40. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

Mac Miller with the Whooligan and ClockworkDJ at Royal Oak Music Theatre, electronic, 7:30 p.m. Sat. $34 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Joel McHale at MGM Grand Detroit Event Center, comedy, 8 p.m. Sat. $59.50-$69.50. 1777 Third, Detroit. (877)888-2121.

SUNDAY

Game Grumps Live at Fillmore Detroit, comedy, 6:30 p.m. Sun. $20-$35. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

Will Downing’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas featuring Najee at Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, jazz, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $35-$50. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.

WEDNESDAY

Pete Yorn at Magic Bag, folk/rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $29.50. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

Dave Koz at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, jazz, 8 p.m. Wed. $25-$75. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.

Koz

live music

THURSDAY

Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 7 p.m. Thurs. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

Kevin Devine at Loving Touch, indie rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $15. 22634 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 820-5596.

Tuff at Token Lounge, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $15. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

A Wilhelm Scream with La Armada, Braidedveins and Young Hunger at Small’s Bar, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $13. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

THIS WEEKEND

Storm Large “Seven Deadly Sins” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, classical/pop, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $15-$100. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Handel’s “Messiah” with Fort Street Chorale and Chamber Orchestra at Fort Street Presbyterian Church, classical, 3 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $20. 631 W. Fort, Detroit. (313) 961-4533.

Handel’s “Messiah” at Hill Auditorium, classical, 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $12 and up. 825 N. University, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538.

FRIDAY

Narco Debut, Mover Shaker, Andy and the Pandys and more at Majestic Cafe, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $5. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Blindshot, Nowadays, Due North, 10/90, PT’s Revenge and Fires in Japan at Loving Touch, punk/rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Partial proceeds benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5506.

March of the Ant, Bogart, the Suburban Soul Surfers and AllDay MonDay at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Pink Talking Fish at Magic Bag, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $15. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

The Orbitsuns CD release show at Sabby’s Lounge, alt-country, 8 p.m. doors, 11 p.m. show. No cover. 25010 Harper, St. Clair Shores. (586) 771-5121.

The Orbitsuns take the stage Friday at Sabby’s Lounge for a CD release show.

Cosmic Light Shapes vinyl release party with 3ft at UFO Factory, psych/rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2110 Trumbull, Detroit. ufofactory.com.

Carolyn Striho Group at Stray Cat Lounge, pop/rock, 9:30 p.m. Fri. No Cover. 40813 Garfield, Clinton Township. (586) 741-8544.

Cam at Coyote Joe’s, country, 7 p.m. doors, 10 p.m. show. $10 in advance, $15 t the door. 49440 Ryan, Shelby Township. (586) 254-4666.

SATURDAY

Tiny Moving Parts with Microwave and A Will Away at Loving Touch, rock, 7 p.m. Sat. $13. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Cavani String Quartet with Celino Romero at Seligman Performing Arts Center, classical, 8 p.m. Sat. $32-$64, $16-$32 students. 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills. (248) 855-6070.

Sheila Landis and Rick Matle at Chapman House, jazz, 8:30 p.m. Sat. No cover. 311 Walnut, Rochester. (248) 759-4406.

Terry Lee Goffee - Tribute to Johnny Cash at Saint Andrew’s Hall, country, 9 p.m. Sat. $12. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Sonny Fodera at Magic Stick, electronic, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$15. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Ernie Krivda Quartet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

Farmington Hills Youth Theatre performs “The Music Man” at Costick Center, 7 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 1 and 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. 28600 W. 11 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 473-1848.

Theatre Nova Ensemble presents “Sugar Plum Panto” at Yellow Barn, 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 23). $20 suggested donation. 410 W. Huron, Ann Arbor. (734) 635-8450.

Matt McClowry 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.

“Dot” at Detroit Public Theatre at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun. and 7 p.m. Wed. (through Dec. 11). $35, $30 seniors, $20 younger than 35. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Tony Deyo 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.

“The Realization of Emily Linder” 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 Dec. 23). $17 in advance, $20 day of. 13130 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. (313) 868-1347.

“A Christmas Carol” at Bonstelle Theatre, 7 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. and 2 p.m. Wed. $10-$30.

1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival with Amer Zahr at Arab American National Museum, 7 and 9 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $20. 13624 Michigan, Dearborn. (313) 582-2266.

“2.5 Minute Ride” a one-woman show at Matrix Theatre Company, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. $20, $15 seniors and students. 2730 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 967-0599.

“Legally Blonde the Musical” at Players Guild of Dearborn, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 2:30 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 4). $20. 21730 Madison, Dearborn. (313) 561-8587.

“The Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 23). $21 and up. 207 Wilson, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at Farmington Players Barn, 8 p.m. Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 18). $16, $14 seniors and students. 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 553-2955.

SATURDAY

“The First of His Kind – the Roland W. Hayes Story” at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Sat. $30-$50. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8500.

SUNDAY

“Hansel and Gretel” with Grosse Pointe Symphony at St. Clare of Montefalco, 2 p.m. Sun. $15, $12 seniors, free for students. 1401 Whittier, Grosse Pointe Park. gpsymphony.org.

visual arts/film

THIS WEEKEND

“White Christmas” at Redford Theatre, 8 p.m. Fri and 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. $5. 17360 Lahser, Detroit. (313) 537-2560.

TUESDAY

“AM I: Too African to be American, Too American to be African?” film screening with moderator Fatou-Seydi Sarr of ABISA at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 6 p.m. Tues. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5800.

etc.

THIS WEEKEND

Novi Equestrian Expo at Suburban Collection Showplace, 2-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10, $5 children, $5 on Friday only for seniors, $5 parking. 46100 Grand River, Novi. (248) 662-0108.

Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village, 6:30-10 p.m. Fri.-Sun. (through Dec. 30). $26, $23.50 seniors, $19.50 ages 3-11, discounts for members. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. (313) 982-6001.

FRIDAY

Krampus Night with variety show, art exhibition, vendors and more at Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom, 7 p.m. Fri. $15, $10 with unwrapped toy or three canned food donation. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. krampusnightdetroit.com.

Deeper Dive: Bite of the Amazon with red-bellied piranha at Belle Isle Aquarium, 8-11 p.m. Fri. $40 in advance, $50 at the door, $100 VIP. Belle Isle, Detroit. belleisleconservancy.org/deeperdive.

SATURDAY

Tree-decorating event at the Farmer’s Hand, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. Free. 1701 Trumbull, Detroit. (313) 377-8262.

Noel Night featuring free admission and programming at more than 100 museums, venues and shops in Midtown, 5-10 p.m. Sat. Free. noelnight.org

SUNDAY

Special Needs Santa at Laurel Park Mall, 9-11 a.m. Sun. 37700 Six Mile, Livonia. laurelparkplace.com.

holiday shopping events

THIS WEEK

Potters Market at Southfield Pavilion, 6-9 p.m. Thurs. preview sale, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free admission; $10 for preview sale. 26000 Evergreen, Southfield. (248) 554-5570 or thepottersmarket.com.

Pottery like these bud vases from Sara and Tom Gelsanliter will be on sale at the annual Potters Market in Southfield this weekend.

Holiday Shop at Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-4 p.m. Sun. through Dec. 22. 1516 S. Cranbrook, Birmingham. (248) 644-0866.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair at Masonic Temple, 6-9 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $10 Friday (partial proceeds benefit Living Arts), $1 admission Sat.-Sun. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.

Handmade Glass Holiday Show and Sale at the Glass Academy, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Free. 25331 Trowbridge, Dearborn. (313) 561-4527.

Art for the Holidays at Detroit Artists Market, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. through Dec. 30. Free. 4719 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 832-8540.

COMING UP

Holiday Shopping Expo at Costick Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 10. Free. 28600 11 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 871-2500.

Holiday Party at Brightly Twisted, 5-9 pm. Dec. 15. Free. Bring mittens or hats donation for a hand-dyed Brightly Twisted scarf. 12856 Farmington, Livonia. (248) 310-8579.