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Entertainment calendar: music, stage, art and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our pick

“The Whiz of The Wiz”

at Detroit Film Theatre

George Faison

Presented by local performance series the Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, “The Whiz of the Wiz: Storytime with Choreographer & Director George Faison” is a multi-media event created by Faison himself that includes music, film and dance. The producer and writer made history as the first African-American to win a Tony Award, which he received for his work with the 1975 production of “The Wiz.” He also choreographed the films “Josephine Baker” and “The Cotton Club.” 8 p.m. Fri. $30-$50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7971.

big shows

FRIDAY

We Came As Romans with As We Divide, For We Are Many and Behind the Silence at Crofoot Ballroom, metal, 6 p.m. Fri. $19.89. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

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

Cody Jinks with Ward Davis at Saint Andrew’s Hall, country, 8 p.m. Fri. $22. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

THIS WEEKEND

GRiZMAS at Masonic Temple, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $39.50. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

SATURDAY

King 810 at Saint Andrew’s Hall, metal, 6 p.m. Sat. $15. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

Echoes of Pink Floyd at Magic Bag, classic rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

The Verve Pipe at Otus Supply, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 345 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. showclix.com

Paula Poundstone at Royal Oak Music Theatre, comedy, 8 p.m. Sat. $32 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.

Comedian Paula Poundstone appears Saturday at Royal Oak Music Theatre.

Karen Newman Holiday Show at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, holiday/pop, 8 p.m. Sat. $40 and up. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.

SUNDAY

I Prevail with Sleepwave, Hotel Books, Bad Seed Rising and Affiance at Crofoot Ballroom, heavy metal, 6 p.m. Sun. $14.89. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

H20 with Burn, Something to Hate, Empathy and Great Reversals at Magic Stick, punk/metal, 6:30 p.m. Sun. $18. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

The Strumbellas at Saint Andrew’s Hall, rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $19.39. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

WEDNESDAY

Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony and Warren G at Masonic Temple, hip-hop, 6 p.m. Wed. $52-$72. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 638-2724.

Snoop Dogg headlines a hip-hop show at the Masonic Temple on Wednesday.

live music

THURSDAY

Sneak preview benefit show with the Ice Beat Factory and more at Strand Theatre for the Performing Arts, jazz/classical/blues, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. $50-$200. 12 N. Saginaw, Pontiac. FlagstarStrandTheatrePontiac.com.

Epicure at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. 410. 22634 Woodward, Detroit. (248) 820-5596.

FRIDAY

Against the Current and more at Shelter, pop/rock, 6 p.m. Fri. $16. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. (313) 961-8961.

THIS WEEKEND

“Home for the Holidays” with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall at the Max, holiday/classical, 10:45 a.m. and 8 p.m. Fri., 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. and 3 and 7 p.m. Sun. $19-$115. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 567-5111.

FRIDAY

Elvis impersonator Sherman Arnold Christmas Show with Tyrone Hamilton as Ray Charles and Brian Grob as Buddy Holly at Dearborn Heights Moose Lodge, holiday/rock, 5:30 p.m. Fri. $20 (includes dinner). 27225 W. Warren, Dearborn Heights. (313) 274-0286.

Billy Davis and Tyson Meade acoustic recording and discussion at Assemble Sound, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. Free, but space is limited. 2300 17th Street, Detroit.

School of Rock Farmington record label party with Ethos and Willa Rae at Majestic Cafe, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $8. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Kenny Olson and the Motown Showdown with Horse Cave Trio, Eva Under Fire and Spiral Crush at Token Lounge, rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $10. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Royal Oak Symphony Holiday Concert at Royal Oak Middle School, holiday/classical, 8 p.m. Fri. $15, $12 seniors or college students. 709 N. Washington, Royal Oak. royaloakorchestra.org.

Matthew Curry at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues, 8 p.m. Fri. $12.50-$15. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

Home for the Holidaze acoustic showcase with Alison Lewis, Carmel Liburdi, Laura Mendoza, Downtown Brown and more at Cadieux Cafe, pop/rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $6, $5 with food or clothing donation. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

The Scrappers at O’Mara’s Irish Pub, rock, 9 p.m. Fri. $5. 2555 12 Mile, Berkley. (248) 399-6750.

SATURDAY

Merry Tubachristmas at Central United Methodist Church, holiday/classical, noon Sat. Free. 23 E. Adams, Detroit. (313) 965-5422.

Battlecross, Allegaeon and Necromancing the Stone at Token Lounge, metal, 6 p.m. Sat. $15. 28949 Joy, Westland. (734) 513-5030.

Jonny Craig with Kyle Lucas, Whitney Peyton and more at Pike Room, hip-hop, 6 p.m. Sat. $15. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Phil Treais at Dukes of Highland, classic rock/blues, 7-9 p.m. Sat. No cover. 1200 S. Milford, Highland. (248) 877-8230.

Trace of Lime, the Social Bandits and Mike Moody at Majestic Cafe, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. 8. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Sweat at Loving Touch, rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $8. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Lee Murdock’s Holiday Concert at MAMA’s Coffeehouse at Birmingham Unitarian Church, folk, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 38651 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. leemurdock.com.

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

Alberto Nacif & Aguankó at Kerrytown Concert House, Latin jazz, 8 p.m. Sat. $15-$30, $5 student. 415 N. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 769-2999.

Earthless at El Club, rock/psych, 9 p.m. Sat. $15. 4144 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

Rattlesnake Shake: A Peter Green Fleetwood Mac Tribute with Mega Wedge at Cadieux Cafe, rock, 9 p.m. Sat. $5. 4300 Cadieux, Detroit. (313) 882-8560.

SUNDAY

Farmington Community Band performs “Joy Ride” at Harrison High School Auditorium, holiday/classical, 3 p.m. Sun. Free. 29995 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. (248) 261-2202.

Glenn Tucker’s Jazz Nativity at St. Matthew St. Joseph Episcopal Church, holiday/jazz, 5 p.m. Sun. $10, $7 students. 8850 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 871-4750.

Billie Holiday Revue with Sky Covington at Motown Room at Bert’s, jazz, 6 p.m. Sun. $20 in advance. Gently used coats and blankets will be collected. 2727 Russell, Detroit. (313) 567-2030.

King Dude with Blood & Sun at Marble Bar, rock, 7 p.m. Sun. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. 1501 Holden, Detroit. (313) 338-3674.

WEDNESDAY

Mango Lane, Jungle H. Green and Hala at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 8 p.m. Wed. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Arthur Colvin, Sean Madigan Hoen, Nathaniel Shannon & the Vanishing Twin and Damien Done at UFO Factory, rock/ambient, 8 p.m. Wed. $5. 2110 Trumbull, Detroit, ufofactory.com.

stage/comedy

THIS WEEK

“Wintertime” at the Studio Theatre, 7 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $10-$15. 4743 Cass, Detroit. (313) 577-2972.

“The 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. (through Dec. 23). $21 and up. 207 Wilson, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

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.

Keith Fields 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.

Sean Kent 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.

“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.

“Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” at City Theatre, 6:30 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun. $29.50. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

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

THURSDAY

Risk! live show and podcast with Kevin Allison at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. Thurs. $15. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.

SUNDAY

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” at Fox Theatre, noon, 4 and 8 p.m. Sun. $30 and up. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Moscow Ballet will perform the “Great Russian Nutcracker” at the Fox Theatre on Sunday.

TUESDAY

“A Christmas Story, the Musical” at Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through Dec. 24). $35-$75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

WEDNESDAY

Kurt Metzger and Barry Crimmins with Rob Mailloux and Blain Hill at Small’s Bar, 7 p.m. Wed. $20. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. smallsbardetroit.com.

visual arts/film

THURSDAY

Photography of Brian Day at Savannah Blue, 6-8 p.m. Thurs. 1431 Times Square, Detroit. (313) 926-0783.

Photography by Brian Day is on display Thursday at Savannah Blue in Detroit.

THIS WEEKEND

“It’s a Wonderful Life” with appearance from actress Karolyn Grimes at Redford Theatre, 8 p.m. and 2 and 8 p.m. Sat. $7. 17360 Lahser, Detroit. (313) 537-2560.

etc.

THURSDAY

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

Brightly Twisted boutique will host a holiday party on Thursday in Livonia. Bring mittens or hats to donate and receive a hand-dyed scarf.

THIS WEEK

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.

SATURDAY

Christmas Tiki Show and Sale at Chin’s, noon-10 p.m. Sat. Free. 28205 Plymouth, Livonia. (734) 525-2446.

Open House at Fido Personal Dog Training, noon-4 p.m. Sat. 23400 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 607-9350.

Detroit Roller Derby at Masonic Temple, 6 p.m. Sat. $12 in advance, $15 day of. 500 Temple, Detroit. detroitrollerderby.com.

Mitten Market with shopping, food and entertainment at Royal Oak Farmers Market, 6-11 p.m. Sat. Free. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 246-3276.

SUNDAY

Polka Booster Club of America’s Christmas Celebration Dance at St. Clement Banquet Center, 12:30 p.m. Sat. (2:30-6:30 p.m. dancing). $16 dancing only, $25 dinner and dancing. 19600 Ford, Dearborn. (734) 422-1901 or (586) 573-6227.

TUESDAY

WWE Smackdown Live at Joe Louis Arena, 7:45 p.m. Tues. $23-$123. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

WEDNESDAY

The Holiday Shop at TechTown Detroit, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wed. 440 Burroughs, Detroit. techtowndetroit.org/shop.