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Entertainment calendar: concerts, family fun and more

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

our picks


at Bona Sera Restaurant

Electro-pop duo Tart will perform as part of Mittenfest in Ypsilanti on Saturday.

Indie rockers from Detroit, Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor will gather for this annual three-day festival of live music. Proceeds benefit 826michigan, a literary nonprofit. Headliners are Chris Dupont (Thurs.), Frontier Ruckus (Fri.) and Tart and Minihorse (Sat.). 7:30 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. $10 each night. 200 W. Michigan, Ypsilanti. (734) 340-6335.


at Majestic Complex

Rock band Dirtwolf is part of the Black Christmas lineup at the Majestic Complex on Friday.

One of the biggest nights for Detroit’s punk and rock scene, this annual holiday event is headlined by nationally-known Detroit bands Suicide Machines and Black Dahlia Murder, along with regional band Municipal Waste and local heavies like Koffin Kats, Hifi Handgrenades, Bison Machine and the Idiot Kids. 6 p.m. Fri. $35. 4120-4140 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

big shows


Lavell Crawford at Masonic Temple, comedy, 6:30 p.m. Thurs. $50. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.

Blackberry Smoke with Whiskey Myers at Fillmore Detroit, rock, 7 p.m. Thurs. $20-$49.50. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.

NGHTMRE with Joyryde at Royal Oak Music Theatre, electronic, 8 p.m. Thurs. $27.50 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.


The O’Jay’s at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, R&B, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $49. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. (586) 268-3200.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra at The Palace of Auburn Hills, classical/holiday, 3 and 8 p.m. Fri. $44.50.$73.50. 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra will play holiday and classical music during two shows on Friday at The Palace in Auburn Hills.

Holiday Soul Jam at Masonic Temple, soul, 6 p.m. Fri. $51 and up. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.


John Oliver at Fox Theatre, comedy, 7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Sold out. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

John Oliver is performing Saturday, at 7 p.m. and again at 10 p.m., at the Fox.

Greensky Bluegrass with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at Royal Oak Music Theatre, bluegrass, 7 p.m. Fri. and 8 p.m. Sat. $29.50 and up. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.


Jeff Daniels: Acoustic & Unplugged at the Purple Rose Theatre, pop/rock, 3 and 8 p.m. Sat. $78-$88. 137 Park, Chelsea. (734) 433-7673.

Jeff Daniels

Jeezy at Masonic Temple, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Sat. $125 and up. 500 Temple, Detroit. (313) 832-7100.

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

The Dirtbombs with Soledad Brothers and Prude Boys at Magic Stick, rock/garage, 9 p.m. Sat. $20. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs the Music of Prince at Orchestra Hall at the Max, pop/R&B, 10 p.m. Sat. $70 and up. Dinner packages available. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.


Harlem Globetrotters at The Palace of Auburn Hills, 2 p.m. Sun. $13.50-$128.50. 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

live music


Planet D Nonet at Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, jazz, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. and 5 and 9 p.m. Sat. Reservations recommended. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe. (313) 882-5299.


Glenn Tucker’s Sacred & Profane at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.

The Strangers at Loving Touch, country, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Passports for the People fundraiser with Deekah Wyatt, Mahogany Jones, Nique Love Rhodes & the NLR Experience and poet and emcee Fiyah Angelou at Tangent Gallery and Hastings Street Ballroom, 8 p.m. Thurs. $10. 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. (313) 873-2955.


Moondog Centenary Tribute by the Lovely and the Wretched at Detroit Institute of Arts, jazz/experimental, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Fri. Free for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.

Billy Brandt, John Holt & the Sequins and West 7 Mile Renegades at PJ’s Lager House, rock, 8 p.m. Fri. $7. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

LL7 Latin Jazz Machine at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz/Latin, 8 p.m. Fri. $15. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

The Curtis Taylor Quartet at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


Heaven’s Wish at Diesel Concert Lounge, metal, 7 p.m. Sat. $15. 33151 23 Mile, New Baltimore.

Ironsnake at the Machine Shop, rock/metal/tribute, 7 p.m. Sat. $10. 3539 S. Dort Hwy., Flint. (810) 715-2650.

Tunde Olanrian at El Club, hip-hop/R&B/punk, 8 p.m. Sat. $10. 4114 W. Vernor, Detroit. (313) 436-1793.

313 the Live Experience at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 p.m. Sat. $35, $60 per couple. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.

Rockin’ Blues New Year’s Eve featuring Sonny Moorman at Callahan’s Music Hall, blues/rock, 8 p.m. Sat. $25 and up. Dinner packages available. 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills. (248) 858-9508.

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

Homeboy Sandman with Nolan the Ninja, MotorKam and Lord Gulley at Loving Touch, hip-hop, 8 p.m. Sat. $15. 22634 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 820-5596.

Modern Tribe Communications 20th anniversary with Ultra Unit, Duminie Deporres, Greg Sanders and Satta Don Dada at PJ’s Lager House, rock/funk, 9 p.m. Sat. $10. 1254 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 961-4668.

Ben Sharkey at AXIS Lounge at MGM Grand Detroit, jazz, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Sat. No cover. 1777 Third, Detroit. Email for table reservations.

Michigan Comprehensive Cannabis Law Reform Initiative Committee fundraiser with Unlimited Head at Dino’s Lounge, 9 p.m. No cover, free will donation. 22740 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 591-3466.

Alexander Zonjic and his Band with Jeff Lorber and Serieux and their Motown Temptations Review at Trenton Village Theatre, jazz, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $50. 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton. (313) 964-5050.

Third Coast Kings at Cliff Bell’s, jazz, 10 p.m. Sat. $25. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


AwesomeR at New Way Bar, rock, 10:30 a.m. Sun. No cover. 23130 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-9870.

Jarrod Champion at Cliff Bell’s, pop/rock, 11 a.m. Sun. No cover. 2030 Park, Detroit. (313) 961-2543.


OGD featuring Sky Covington at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge, jazz, 8 p.m. Wed. $10. 20510 Livernois, Detroit. (313) 345-6300.



Joker, An-Ten-Nae, Gladkill and more at Magic Stick, 9 p.m. Thurs. $10. 4120 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-9700.


Matthew Dear at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m. Fri. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.


Bass Supremacy with five stages of DJs at Russell Industrial Center, 7 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat. $30, $60 VIP. 1600 Clay, Detroit.

DJ Mobeatz and DJ Mix 1981 with laser light show, complimentary buffet and confetti blast at the Annex, 8 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat. $30, $50 VIP. 24 W. Adams, Detroit. (313) 632-9021.

Thirst Wave with new wave, alt-retro, dark ’80s and ’90s alternative at Small’s Bar, 8 p.m. Sat. $8-$10. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

DJ Denis Celic and Friends at the Bosco, 8 p.m. Sat. 22930 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 541-8818.

Country Club Disco with Golf Clap, Pontchartrain, Ghita Sisters and Players Club at Grasshopper Underground, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $10. 22757 Woodward, Ferndale. (248) 298-0330.

Enter the Dojo Party with a DJ, appetizers and an ice luge at the Peterboro, 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Sat. $50. 420 Peterboro, Detroit. (313) 833-1111.

Bey Ball Dance Party with DJs Graffiti and Dante Lasalle with Britney Stoney at Blind Pig, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10. 208 S. First, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-8555.

Studio V with Captn20 and party favors and champagne toast at V Nightclub at MGM Grand Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat. $50. 1777 Third, Detroit.

Bleu Out with Eran Hersh, Kenneth Thomas and more at Bleu Detroit, 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Sat. $10-$450. 1540 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 974-7799.



“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at Fisher Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 2 and 8 p.m. Sat., 1 p.m. Sun. and 8 p.m. Tues.-Wed. (through Jan. 8). $44 and up. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (313) 872-1000.

Julia Knitel portrays Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” at the Fisher Theatre through Jan. 8.

“Sister’s Christmas Catechism: the Mystery of the Magi’s Gold” at City Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs.-Fri. $38. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

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

Dobie Maxwell 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.


Ray and Laura’s Superstars with Brad Wenzel, Mike Szar, Blain Hill, Andy French, Brett Mercer, Ellen Stachowicz and more at Small’s Bar, 8 p.m. Thurs. $5. 10339 Conant, Hamtramck. (313) 873-1117.

The Matt Naas Variety Show at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 8 p.m. Thurs. $20. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.


“New Year’s Eve Showdown” interactive improv game show at Go Comedy! Improv Theatre, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sat. $35-$50. Early show includes hors d’oeuvres and prizes; late show is food, prizes and a champagne toast. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. (248) 327-0575.

L.A. Hardy at Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Sat. $25-$30. 212 S. Fourty, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080.


“50 First Jokes,” stand-up comedians telling the first jokes they wrote in 2017 at the Ark, 7:30 p.m. Tues. $10. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (734) 761-1451.


“Mom’s Gift” starring Cindy Williams at Meadow Brook Theatre, 8 p.m. Wed. (through Jan. 29). $27-$42. 2200 N. Squirrel, Rochester. (248) 370-3316.

visual arts/film


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


“Bitter Sweet: Coffee, Tea and Chocolate” and “Detroit After Dark” at Detroit Institute of Arts, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs., 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Wed. Free admission for tri-county residents. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7900.



Kwanzaa Celebrations at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 6 p.m. Thurs.-Fri., 5 p.m. Sat. and 3 p.m. Sun. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. (313) 494-5800.

The Alnur Dance Troop performs a African dance to the song Brand New Day during a Kwanzaa celebration at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

“World of Predators” at Cranbrook Institute of Science, 1-4 p.m. through Friday. Museum admission is $13, $9.50 seniors and children. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 645-3200.


Early New Year’s Eve Masquerade Adult Night at LEGOLAND Discover Center Michigan, 7-10 p.m. Thurs. $23.50. 4240 Baldwin, Auburn Hills.


Noon Year’s Eve with cookies, cocoa and more at Detroit Historical Museum, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Free. 5401 Woodward, Detroit.

Meridian Motor City NYE Drop at Campus Martius and Cadillac Square, first drop hits at 6:30 p.m. for the little ones and then resets for midnight. VIP packages are available. 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. 800 Woodward, Detroit.

The Meridian Motor City NYE Drop event heads back to Campus Martius and Cadillac Square for an outdoor New Year’s Eve party.

Wild Lights at Detroit Zoo, 5:30-9 p.m. Sat. $10 in advance, $13 at the gate. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak.

Rockin’ NYE with live music and more Downtown Wyandotte, party starts at 6 p.m. Ball drops at 9 p.m. for a family-friendly celebration and again at midnight. Free. Biddle and Maple, Wyandotte.

Detroit Circus with aerial acts, fire dancing, acrobatics and more at Village Theatre, 7 p.m. Sat. $20. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton.