Entertainment Calendar: Music, theater and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our picks


at Detroit Film Theatre

Keegan-Michael Key

The star of Comedy Central’s “Key and Peele,” Keegan-Michael Key performs an evening of improv with the 313, a Los Angeles-based comedy group with Detroit roots. Key is from Detroit and co-founded Planet Ant theater in Hamtramck. The 313 also includes Nancy Hayden, Andy Cobb, Maribeth Monroe, Larry Joe Campbell, Tim Robinson (of the new Comedy Central show “The Detroiters”) and Marc Evan Jackson. “Saturday Night Live” alumn and Highland Park native Tim Meadows will open the show with a short stand-up set and he’ll also be part of the ensemble. 8 p.m. Thurs. $20-$135. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.


at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Joel Fluent Greene

Joel Fluent Greene assembled and hosts this event that features performances by Pierre Anthony, Khary Kimani Turner, Trey A. Simon, King Thomas Moore, Ben Will and Greene. Comedian Coolaide and musician and poet jessica Care moore are also part of the festivities. 8 p.m. Fri. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5800.


at Purple Rose Theatre Company

Actor and musician Jeff Daniels returns to his Chelsea theater for a series of acoustic performances. 7 p.m. Mon.-Tues., 2-7 p.m. Wed., 7 p.m. Dec. 29, 8 p.m. Dec. 30 and 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. $78-$88. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.


at Campus Martius

Menorah in the D in 2015.

A family-friendly event Tuesday with menorah lighting, fire juggling, light show, marshmallow roasting and other events. 3-5 p.m. Jewish Family Festival; 5-6 p.m. Menorah lighting ceremony; 6-8 p.m. After Glow party. Free, $10-$15 for after party. 800 Campus Martius, Detroit. menorahinthed.com.

big shows


The Polish Muslims Christmas Party and 35th Anniversary at Magic Bag, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.


I Love the ’90s Tour with Salt-N-Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Coolio, Rob Base and Young MC at Soaring Eagle Casino, hip-hop/pop, 8 p.m. Tues. $27-$69. 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mount Pleasant. (888) 732-4537.

Salt-N-Pepa hit the stage Tuesday for the I Love the ’90s Tour with Vanilla Ice, Coolio and more.


Big Show at the Joe with Trey Songz, Chris Brown, Lil Yachty, Young M.A. and more at Joe Louis Arena, hip-hop, 7:30 p.m. Wed. $20-$129.50. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

live music


Gene Dunlap at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. No cover Thurs, otherwise $15. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.

Holiday Sing-along at Dakota Inn, holiday/traditional, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. and 7 p.m. Fri. No cover. 17324 John R., Detroit. (313) 867-9722.


Empty Houses at El Club, indie rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

Two Cheers, Soft White, the He Bops, Jheremie Jacque and Tanya Allport and Stratos at PJ’s Lager House, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

James Anthony with Jeff Jablonski at Tom’s Tavern, pop/rock, 8 p.m. Thurs. No cover. 10093 W. Seven Mile, Detroit. (313) 862-9768.


DD White with Elise McCoy at Majestic Cafe, pop/rock, 7 p.m. Fri. $10. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Planet D Nonet at Detroit Institute of Arts, jazz, 7 p.m. Fri. Free admission for tri-country residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

Rajiv Dhall and Spencer Sutherland at Pike Room, pop, 7:30 p.m. Fri. $20. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Chris Casello Spectacular with the Sabres and the Hi-Views at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Ralphe Armstrong and ID featuring Larry Coryell at Jazz Cafe at Music Hall, jazz, 8 and 10 p.m. Fri. $30. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.

Downtown Brown with Carmel Liburdi, Leaving Lifted, Ellyeahdehd at Loving Touch, punk/rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

The Torch Twisters at MotorCity Wine, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. No cover. 1949 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 483-7283.

Mazinga with Counter Cosby, Daughters of Eternity and Human Skull at Blind Pig, rock, 9:30 p.m. Fri. $7-$10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.


River Oaks with Mark Rose and the Major Minor at Pike Room, 7 p.m. Mon. $13. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.

Woodman’s 10th annual Holiday Show with Colorwheel at Kelly’s Bar, rock/punk/garage, 9 p.m. Mon. No cover. 2403 Holbrook, Hamtramck. (313) 872-0387.


Danny Stevens annual Holiday Show with Travis Bobier, Dylan Bowman and Joe Marks at Vernors Room, rock, 7 p.m. Tues. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac. (248) 858-9333.



Thirst Wave and Industrial is Not Dead at Small’s Bar, 9 p.m. Fri. No cover before 10 p.m. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

Anthony Attalla at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 22757 Woodward, Detroit. (248) 298-0330.


DJ Karriem Riggins at the Cube at the Max, 9 p.m. Tues. $12. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.


Get Real with Green Velvet and Claude Vonstroke at Eastern Market, 9 p.m. Wed. $35-$40. Shed 3, 1424 Adelaide, Detroit. onlytherealgetreal.com.



“A Christmas Story, the Musical” at Fox Theatre, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 2 p.m. Sat. $35-$75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

“The Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook Theatre, 2 and 8 p.m. Thurs. and 2 p.m. Fri. $21 and up. 207 Wilson, Rochester Hills. (248) 377-3300.

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

“Cirque du Soleil OVO” at Joe Louis Arena, 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Fri., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. $25 and up. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

“Manger Things” improv show at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $15-$20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

Kevin McPeek at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $10-$18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

Kevin McPeek

Kevin Downey Jr. at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Thurs. and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Fri. $9-$12 in advance, $11-$14 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. $17 in advance, $20 day of. 13130 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. (313) 868-1347.


Mike Bonner’s Uptown Friday Night at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 10:30 p.m. Fri. $20. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.

visual arts/film


“Good Ol’ Freda” at Detroit Film Theatre, 1 p.m. Thurs. Free for seniors in the tri-counties. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Animation Festival at Magic Bag, 8 p.m. Thurs. $7. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 544-1991.


Holiday Break Film Series with “Superior Lights on the Shipwreck Coast” at Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 1 p.m. Mon. Different films run daily through Dec. 31. Free with admission onto Belle Isle. 100 Strand, Detroit. (313) 833-1805.

“Bosch: the Garden of Dreams” at Detroit Film Theatre, 6 p.m. Mon.-Dec. 30. $9.50, $7.50 members, seniors and students. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

Tea-Time Theatre: “Alice in Wonderland” at Detroit Film Theatre, 3 p.m. Mon.-Tues. Free. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.


Works by Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild at Village Theater, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mon.-Fri. (and during theater events) through Jan. 2. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. (734) 394-5300.



Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo, 5:30-9 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and Mon.-Dec. 31. $10 in advance, $13 at the gate. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. detroitzoo.org.

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

Wayne County Lightfest on Merriman Road, 7-10 p.m. Thurs., 6-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat. and 7-10 p.m. Mon.-Dec. 29 and 6-10 p.m. Dec. 30-31. $5 cash per vehicle. 7651 Merriman, Westland. (734) 261-1990.


Trunk Show with Fordite Jewelry at Detroit Institute of Arts Museum Shop, 2-8 p.m. Fri. Free admission for tri-country residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

The Alnur Dance Troop performing last year at the Charles H. Wright Museum Kwanzaa celebration.


2016 Kwanzaa Celebration at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 6 p.m. Mon.-Jan. 1. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5800.