Music and culture options galore in 2018

Melody Baetens, Adam Graham, Michael H. Hodges
The Detroit News


“i found god in myself,” Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Jan. 15-April 27: Ten artworks pay tribute to Ntozake Shange’s epic poem and play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” Visit

Meridian Winter Blast, Jan. 26-28: Returning to Campus Martius with snow, ice, live music, food trucks, zip line, winter slide, skating, polar plunge and more, coinciding with the last week of the North American International Auto Show. Go to

Paczki Day, Feb. 13: It’s Mardi Gras most places, but in Hamtramck, Fat Tuesday is Paczki Day. Lines form at bakeries and many bars go all out with daylong parties.

“2018 Winter Exhibition,” Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, opens Feb. 17: Three new shows feature the work of Carlos Bunga, Danielle Dean and DEPE Space. Visit

40th Annual Classical Roots Celebration, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, March 3: The tribute to black composers and musicians includes Undine Smith Moore’s oratorio, “Scenes from the Life of a Martyr” 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Visit

“Exercising the Eye: The Gertrude Kasle Collection,” University of Michigan Museum of Art, March 10-July 22: The show honors the outsized role the Gertrude Kasle Gallery in the Fisher Building played in the Detroit art of the 1960s and 70s. Visit

Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade, March 11: The United Irish Societies’ parade returns for its 60th year in Corktown. Things kick off at 12:30 p.m. at Sixth Street and Michigan. Visit


Marche du Nain Rouge, March 25: The annual banishing of the Nain Rouge, the red dwarf who brings bad vibes to the city and must be cast out. A costume parade, bands and floats march proudly through Midtown. for info.

Lorde, Little Caesars Arena, March 26: On the heels of her 2017 “Melodrama,” Lorde visits Detroit for the second time, four years after her debut at the Fillmore Detroit. Run the Jewels and Mitski open.

Detroit Tigers Opening Day, March 29: The Detroit Tigers’ 19th season at Comerica Park — and 118th overall — opens March 29 against the Pirates.

“Birthday Candles,” Detroit Public Theatre, May 12-June 3: A world premiere by Noah Haidle that takes audiences from a girl’s 17th birthday through her 117th. Visit

Art Birmingham, Shain Park, Birmingham, May 12-13: One of the earliest summer art festivals, Art Birmingham brings 150 jury-selected artists to the city center.

Motor City Comic Con, May 18-20: Media celebrities and stars from the comic book world will be there, but the costumed attendees are the real attraction. Stay in the loop at

“Star Wars and the Power of Costume,” Detroit Institute of Arts, May 20-Sept. 30: This ticketed show includes 66 original “Star Wars” costumes, and gives visitors a behind-the-scenes peek at the high art of costume design. Visit


Harry Styles, Little Caesars Arena, June 16: The former (and future?) One Direction heartthrob brings his first solo tour to Detroit’s new arena. Listen closely, and you can already hear the screams starting.

Kenny Chesney, Ford Field Aug. 4: The Chezz Dogg brings his sun and sand spectacular to the Detroit Lions home on the heels of Chesney’s live album, “Live in No Shoes Nation.” Opening are Thomas Rhett, Old Dominion and Brandon Lay.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Little Caesars Arena Aug. 16: It’s a livin’ thing: Jeff Lynne brings the former Electric Light Orchestra to Detroit for the first time since 1981, part of a short run that follows the band’s April induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Taylor Swift, Ford Field Aug. 28: Pop’s reigning queen brings the year’s biggest tour to Ford Field. Welcome to the snake pit.

Eminem, TBA: No dates yet, but Eminem’s agent recently spilled the beans that the rapper will perform in 2018, his first series of U.S. dates since playing with Rihanna on the 2014 Monster Tour.

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