“Live, Lit, Laughter Comedy Jam”
at Fox Theatre
Featuring Lil Duval, Michael Blackson, Tony Roberts, Karlous Miller, Benji Brown and hosted by Rickey Smiley. 8 p.m. Sat. Starting at $103. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. olympiaentertainment.com.
at Orchestra Hall at the Max
Be there for a celebration of Motown founder Berry Gordy and 60 years of the “Motown Sound,” featuring the Temptations, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Ne-Yo, KEM, Big Sean, and others. 7:30 p.m. Sun. Starting at $50 general, and V.I.P. starts at $250. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111 or dso.org.
at Beacon Park
This two-day celebration of Bavarian food and music has German Oktoberfest beers, bratwurst, lawn games and other fall fun. There’s also a large beer tent that will host stein-holding competitions, beer tastings and a Faygo root beer garden with ice cream floats. Dressing up in Munich-style dirndls and lederhosen is encouraged. Noon-midnight Sat., noon-8 p.m. Sun. Free. Grand River and Cass, Detroit DTEBeaconPark.com.
Detroit Tonight Live, presented by a new season of M.L. Liebler, 7 p.m. Thurs. Free. Aretha’s Jazz Cafe, 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.
A2 Jazz Fest Events, 5:30-11 p.m. Thurs., Fri.; 5:45-11 p.m. Sat. Featuring performances by Justin Alter, Marion Hayden and Theo Croker. There will also be live performances and workshops. Free. Walk-ins only. Blue Llama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main, Ann Arbor. bluellamaclub.com.
Angels & Airwaves, 7 p.m. Fri. $38 and up. Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.
Vic Dibitetto, 8 p.m. Fri. (comedy). $25 and up. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. ticketmaster.com.
Norm MacDonald, doors open at 7 p.m. Fri. $35 advance, $40 day of show. Must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (248) 399-2980.
Kate Brennan and Dr. Harvey Reed, 7:30 p.m. Fri. (doors open at 7 p.m.) The two will perform their eighth annual cabaret, and this year’s theme is “Torch Song Soliloquy 3.0.” Featuring Brennan at the microphone, Reed (musical director) on the keyboard, and Ibrahim Jones on bass. $75. All proceeds benefit Matrix Theatre Company. Matrix Theatre Company, 2730 Bagley, Detroit. (313) 967-0599.
J. Balvin, 8 p.m. Fri. $56 and up. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit. olympiaentertainment.com.
Marc Maron, doors open 6:30 p.m. Sat. $35-$45. Masonic Temple, 500 Temple, Detroit. themasonic.com.
West Coast Jazz Jam, 8 p.m. Sat. (jazz). $25. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. Ticketmaster.com.
Chamber Soloists of Detroit, 2 p.m. Sun. Presenting Amy Schwartz Moretti, violin, and Pauline Martin, piano. $125. (Enjoy complimentary light brunch, mimosas and coffee at 1 p.m. Advance registration required.) St. John Lutheran Church Farmington Hills, 23225 Gill, Farmington Hills. (586) 944-5353 or chambersoloistsdetroit.org.
Tycho, doors open at 7 p.m. Mon. $39.50 and up. Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5451.
Roselit Bone at Outer Limits Lounge. This trans femme-fronted 7-piece apocalyptic, cinematic, country and western band will perform in celebration of its third full-length album, “Chisis Actor,” released July 19 on Get Loud Recordings. 9 p.m. Fri. 5507 Caniff, Detroit. (313) 826-0456.
One Night Stan’s Comedy Club, featuring Pete George. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7 p.m. Fri., Sat., and 9:15 p.m. Sat. $10-$16. 4761 Highland, Waterford Township. (248) 875-6524.
Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, featuring Steve McGrew. 7:30 p.m. Thurs., 7:15 p.m. Fri.; 7, 9:30 p.m. Sat. $10-$18. Must be at least 18 years of age to attend. 310 South Troy, Royal Oak. (248) 542-9900.
Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, featuring Sean Patton. 7:30 p.m. Thurs.; 7:30, 10 p.m. Fri., Sat. $14-$16. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. (734) 996-9080, aacomedy.com.
“For the Record: Artists on Vinyl.” This exhibit features more than 100 designs, many of which are paired with original artworks by the same artists taken from the permanent collection of Cranbrook Art Museum. Hours for museum: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Closed Mondays. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors (65 and older), $6 students with I.D. Free for ArtMembers and children 12 and younger. (Exhibit runs through April 19, 2020.) Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. (248) 645-3323, firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY-FRIDAY and SATURDAY-SUNDAY
“100-Year History of the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit.” Learn about the rich history of the organization, the many people it has served and the different cultures that make up the region. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. Free admission to the exhibit and museum. Parking is $9 at all times. (Exhibit runs through Oct. 6, 2019.) Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-1805 or detroithistorical.org.
Funky Ferndale Art Fair. Shop with over 100 juried artists from across the country for various handmade items, including Halloween decorations, sweaters hats, and more. Highlights include free interactive cultural activities. Free. Along Nine Mile, just west of Woodward, downtown Ferndale. funkyferndaleartfair.com.
Mount Clemens Clinton River Live. This new music festival will feature Pieces of a Dream, who’ll headline the event with keyboardist James Lloyd and drummer Curtis Harmon. Alexander Zonjic, Evan Garr and others will also perform. There will be food trucks and other refreshment vendors. Free. 12:30-8:30 p.m. Sat. In front of the Gazebo on the Clinton River, behind Mount Clemens City Hall, One Crocker, Mount Clemens. (419) 280-1073.
Rockin’ the Shores Beer, Music and Bourbon Festival. Enjoy live music, bourbon tasting, ice cold craft beer and food trucks. Live music will be performed by Sponge, the Verve Pipe, Eva Under Fire, the Lows, Ricky’s Rat Pack, Half Light Music, Orbitsuns, Visitor Music, Dark Eyed Dreamers, Michigan Rock School and others. 1-11 p.m. All ages until 9 p.m. Must be at least 21 years of age to attend from 9-11 p.m. Free to attend. $30 day of event for sampling the beer and bourbon from 5-8 p.m. Held along Mack in St. Clair Shores. rockintheshores.com.
UniverSoul Circus. Witness various performing acts from around the world, including Chinese aerialists, pretzel twisting contortionists, tigers, clowns and so much more. Various days and times today through Sept. 29. Tickets start at $20. Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre, 2600 Atwater, Detroit. (313) 393-0292.
Noir City Detroit with Eddie Muller. Opening night for the annual three-day film festival. 7 p.m. Fri. Detroit Film Theatre, Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. $7.50 members and seniors, $9.50 non-members. For assistance or information about access, call (313) 833-4686. dia.org/dft.
Birmingham Oktoberfest. Featuring the fall release of Bell’s Brewery Octoberfest Beer. Three different craft beers will be available at tasting stations, along with German inspired craft cuisine by the Community House and Greenspace. Live entertainment will be provided by John Orischak. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fri. $39 advance or $45 at-the-door. The Community House, 380 S. Bates, Birmingham. (248) 644-5832.
“Coming Up for Air” Film Presentation. Filmed in Michigan. $10, VIP: $35. 8 p.m. Fri. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser, Detroit. (313) 537-2560, redfordtheatre.com.
World Premiere of “Cleopatra.” This original play, which uses the history of Cleopatra, combined with music, choreography, bold design and spoken word, will be presented by A Host of People at a newly renovated theater. It illustrates how women, POC, and LGBTQIA+individuals in positions of power risk losing control of their images. Through Tues. $5-$20. Andy Art Center, 3000 Fenkell, Detroit. ahostofpeople.org.
Benefit Cruise for SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary. Cruise the Detroit River while watching the sun set along the Detroit-Windsor skyline, listening to live music and enjoying a moveable feast of vegan hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Board the boat at 201 Joseph Campau, near downtown Detroit. Boarding begins at 5:45 p.m. and the boat sales promptly at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 each, and available at sashafarm.org.
Longacre House Celebrates 150th Anniversary. Two special events will commemorate the anniversary. A Victorian Garden party will be held. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. All ages welcome. Also, a Roaring 20’s “All That Jazz” gala will be held. 7 p.m.-midnight. Enjoy a strolling dinner, open bar (wine, beer, signature cocktail) and entertainment. Dress in Roaring 20’s attire. $50 per person. Longacre House, 24705 Farmington, Farmington Hills. (248) 473-1800.
Brickworld LEGO Exposition. Highlights include displays, hands-on activities and a variety of vendors. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Single-day tickets are $13, or $12.50 cash at the door, free for kids younger than three. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. (317) 572-LEGO (5346) or brickworld.com.
A Celebration of Red Pandas and Rhinos. Red panda-monium will kick off a weekend of celebrating wildlife as the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) hosts back-to-back festivities for these two endangered species. Learning activities will be held throughout the day at the rhino habitat, with storytelling at 11 a.m., and 1, 2 p.m.. Zookeeper talks will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. $10-$18. Learn about the threats facing these animals. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. Ten Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717 or detroitzoo.org.