Southeast Michigan entertainment calendar Sept. 18 and beyond | Arts & Entertainment

ANNOUNCEMENTS/CANCELLATION/RESCHEDULED • “Festival of Laughs”: featuring Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford and Don “DC” Curry, March 21 and Oct. 3 at the Fox Theatre, has been rescheduled to April 9. • 14th Annual Motor City Blues Festival: featuring Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams, […]


• “Festival of Laughs”: featuring Sommore, Gary Owen, Lavell Crawford and Don “DC” Curry, March 21 and Oct. 3 at the Fox Theatre, has been rescheduled to April 9.

• 14th Annual Motor City Blues Festival: featuring Bobby Rush, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear, Melvia “Chick” Rodgers-Williams, Lenny Williams and Theodis Ealey, Oct. 16 the Fox Theatre, has been rescheduled to March 20.

• A.R. Rahman: Rescheduled for Aug. 13, the Fox Theatre, Detroit.

• David Foster: Jan. 19 at the Fox Theatre, has been canceled.

• MasterChef Junior: Rescheduled to April 23 at the Fox Theatre, Detroit.

• Septemberfest: Annual festival canceled for 2020, downtown Ortonville,

Tickets will be honored for rescheduled shows. Ticketholders have 30 days to request a refund at point of purchase. Tickets on sale at or 800-745-3000,,


• “We Used to Gather”: Exhibit through Sept. 18, Library Street Collective, 1260 Library St., Detroit,

• Cranbrook Art Museum open: “Shapeshifters-Transformations in Contemporary” and “Headspace-Jim Dine’s Glyptotek,” 39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills. Visitors must preregister at

• 2nd Annual Emerge! Art Festival: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (awards ceremony 3-3:30 p.m.) Sept. 19, The Kayrod Gallery at Hannan Center, 4750 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Juried art prize awards highlighting older adult artists (ages 60+) and People’s Choice Awards, hands-on art activities for adults and children, food, music. Public voting for People’s Choice Award open through noon, Sept. 19, at Guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, admission times every 30 minutes, reservations required at 313-833-1300, ext. 0.

• ArtParty @ Home: Patrons can view art and participate in silent auction online through Sept. 24, Anton Art Center, Donations requested.

 • Virtual Brushes With Cancer program: Sept. 25, at GM’s Design Center, virtual art exhibition will showcase 25 unique works of art representing an individual’s journey with cancer, Twist Out Cancer, Tickets $20.

• Royal Park Hotel pop-up gallery: for Paint Creek Center for the Arts, through Sept. 30. Plein Air Artist Painting Days 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 25, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 26, Royal Park Hotel, 600 E University Drive, Rochester. Packages available for art-centered overnight stay with a portion of proceeds benefiting Paint Creek Center for the Arts,, 248-652-2600.

• West of Center: Juried all-media exhibition through Sept. 26, Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady, Northville, masks required, 248-344-0497 virtual exhibition at

• September Art Month in downtown Rochester: The Rochester DDA and over 20 restaurants hosting Taste of Fall through Oct. 19. Magical Mural tours, 14 murals by local artists throughout downtown Rochester, through Sept. 30,

• 35th Annual OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale: Virtual event through Sept. 30, The Community House of Birmingham,

• Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center: Re-opened to in-person viewing for fall exhibitions and online, through Oct. 8. Fall exhibitions include Photographs by Sue Marx, Birmingham Society of Women Painters “Flying Colors,” Madelaine Corbin “MASS + MEASURE” and works by students of Timothy Widener, The Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook Road, Birmingham,, free.

• Park West Gallery: Fall sale, Works Celebrating the Beauty of Music,

• Detroit Institute of Arts: Reopened with timed tickets at

• Paint Creek Center for the Arts: Reopened with virtual and in-person art classes,

• Shapeshifters-Transformations in Contemporary Art: Cranbrook Art Museum has reopened to the public, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills,, 248-645-3329, timed online registration recommended.

• “Perfection of Wisdom in Eight Thousand Verses”: Katherine Kasdorf, Detroit Institute of Arts, Associate Curator of Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, insight and history on a Buddhist manuscript from eastern India,

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Art Talk-Saxon Armor Art on Online with the Detroit Institute of Arts, Photo courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts.

• Art Talk: Saxon Armor, At Home with the DIA, Detroit Institute of Arts, on YouTube.

• Ray and Nancy Loeschner Art Competition: Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park accepting entries for annual show. Two $5,000 purchase awards (two-dimensional and photography) for winning entries, which become part of Meijer Gardens’ permanent collection. Open to all artists, 18+. Register at by Oct. 23.

• “Trusting the Journey” abstract art exhibit by painter Sam Kthar: Through Oct. 30, Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road, Farmington Hills, masks required,

• Detroit Institute of Arts: Dutch and Flemish Prints and Drawings from 1550 to 1700 through Nov. 29, Detroit Institute of Arts,

• 8th Annual “Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos”: Exhibit Sept. 26-Nov. 8, The Detroit Institute of Arts. Features ofrenda altars, or offerings created by local artists in celebration of Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead), honoring the life and memory of lost loved ones. Share a photo on Facebook at using the hashtag #DIAOfrendas2020 by including the names of lost loved ones and the years they lived. Timed admission tickets to the DIA can be reserved in advance at or by calling 313-833-4005.

• “Voting Matters” exhibition: Sept. 27-April 4, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, interactive in-person multimedia exhibition that illustrates the work of African Americans from pre-Reconstruction through the present day, of what it means to have the “right to vote” in democratic societies around the world,


• The Parliament Room Tent Series: Back Forty, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and Marbrisa Music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 19, The Insiders-Tom Petty Tribute Band 7:30-10:30 p.m. Sept. 25, tent in the parking lot at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale,

• Your Generation: Sept. 18-19, Sept. 25, The Morrie, 260 N. Woodward Ave., Birmingham,

• Brendon Davis Trio: 7-10 p.m. Sept. 18 and Jesse Kramer Trio 7-10 p.m. Sept. 19, The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, also livestream,

• Lamb of God, livestream: Sept. 18 and Sept. 25, performing new album and more, pre-show features band interviews and performances from Whitechapel, Bleed From Within. Livestreams begin at 5 p.m., tickets $15 per show,

• Island Guys: 4-8 p.m. Sept. 19, perform on the patio, Brownie’s on the Lake, 24214 Jefferson Ave., St. Clair Shores,

• International Peace Day Concert: 4 p.m. Sept. 20 with Mark Stone, Oakland University associate professor of world music and percussion, livestreaming from Oakland University,

• Curtis Taylor Trio: 2 p.m. Sept. 20, Rochester Hills Public Library presents live Zoom presentation with award-winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor. Open to RHPL cardholders. Registration at, 248-656-2900.

• Collision Six: 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 24, outdoor concert, Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester,, $30.

• Harmonic Swell & The Bridge of Reverberation: Pop-up concert, 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 25, outdoors and socially distanced, Berkley between Clark’s Ice Cream at 3312 12 Mile Road and Odd Fellows Antiques,

• LiveNation Live From Home: Concerts include Miley Cyrus, Melissa Etheridge, Kidz Bop at, #Togetherapart.

• “Rewind”: The Gilbert Jackson Chorale of Waterford Twp. recorded concerts at For info or requests, email [email protected]


• Call for Pontiac performing artists: Through grant funding, performing artists who are residents of Pontiac (musicians, singers, dancers and stage performers) invited to The PLAT – Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre, to perform for a recording to be viewed on the website. Participants receive $50,


• DSO Digital Series: Includes Saint Georges’ First Symphony-Sept. 18, Detroit Symphony Orchestra,, pricing varies.

• DSO Yoga + Live Music: 9 a.m. Sept. 19; 7 p.m. Sept. 22 and 9 a.m. Sept. 26, Sosnick Courtyard, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit,

• Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Recordings of previous concerts on DSO Replay at

• “Mambo Encore”: Michigan Philharmonic of Plymouth,,


• Colin & Brad “Stream of Consciousness” 8 p.m. Sept. 18, live via Zoom,, $35.

• Comedy Night at Fisk Farm: 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Road, White Lake, presented by White Lake Historical Society. Gates open at 7 p.m.,, ages 18+, sold out.


• TEDxDetroit: Ideas worth spreading, Sept. 30, virtual for the first time, free. Al Jean, a Farmington Hills native and showrunner of “The Simpsons,” plus talks from some of the past 11 years with new updates, live Q&A opportunities. Register at


• Royal Starr Film Festival: “Drive-In Nights” Michigan Shorts night Sept. 17, featuring “Bruised Fruit,” “Verso,” “Something Blue” and “Autolysis,” “Road Runner.” “Forged in Flint,” and “American Trial-The Eric Garner Story” featured Sept. 24, at Emagine Novi, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road. Gates at 7 p.m. with films starting at 9 p.m., purchase tickets at, $30+ per vehicle.

• Canterbury Village Drive-In Powered by Emagine: Fundraisers Sept. 17 and Sept. 24. “The Lego Movie” (PG) and “The Lego Batman Movie” (PG) featured Sept. 24, at 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion, no coolers or outside food/drinks, purchase tickets at, $25 per vehicle, proceeds to benefit Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

• Canterbury Village-Powered by Emagine: Sept. 18-20 at Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion. Tickets at,, rain or shine, $20-$30+ per car.

• Emagine Novi: “Spider-man Far From Home” (PG-13), Sept. 18; “Lord Of The Rings The Two Towers Extended Version” (PG-13), Sept. 19; “Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets” (PG-13), Sept. 20 in south side parking lot of Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, 44425 W. 12 Mile Road, Novi. COVID-19 precautions, concession delivery to car, no outside food or beverages allowed,, $30 per vehicle with no more than six people. RVs and limousines excluded. Pre-show activities, contests, concessions, happy hour specials start at 6:30 p.m., movies start at 8:15 p.m.

• MJR Digital Cinemas: Concession pickup and delivery through the DoorDash mobile app at select locations including MJR Southgate Cinema 20, MJR Waterford Cinema 16, MJR Chesterfield Cinema 16, and MJR Troy Grand Cinema 16,


• DIA At Home: Family art projects Neighborhood Collage and Art-Making-Stabiles, freestanding geometric sculptures. Access the Detroit Institute of Arts online to view collections and online resources for children and adults,,,

• Pure Michigan virtual tours: Live cams at beaches and exhibits through #VirtualPureMichigan campaign, on Pure Michigan’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels,

• Michigan History for Kids: For third- and fourth-graders, exploring history and heritage of all Michigan peoples,

• CreativeBug: Joann Fabrics & Crafts offers two months free website subscription with access to thousands of online arts and crafts courses,

• Libraries: Limited hours while closed, curbside and online services, including e-books,


• “Art in the Rough: 6-10 p.m. Sept. 19, downtown Imlay City, featuring 20+ artists pop-up galleries. View live chainsaw artist Matayo Montoya, live music by Motor City Josh and The Big 3, Michigan craft beer and wine samplings, and food truck fare. Purchase tickets in advance at the City of Imlay City offices, 150 N. Main Street, Imlay City, 810-724-2135, $20 each, includes complimentary beer and wine samplings,

• Michigan Renaissance Festival Food Parade: Sept. 19-20, 12600 Dixie Hwy., Holly. Drive-through experience featuring festival favorite foods, entertainment, vendors and a chance to support the Michigan Renaissance Festival, revamped for COVID-19, $20+ per car, (no vans, motorcycles, campers), limited, timed tickets,

• German Oktoberfest: Sept. 18-Oct. 4, Brown Iron Brewhouse, 57695 Van Dyke, Washington Twp., and 30955 Woodward Ave. Suite 510, Royal Oak, features 25+ imported German beers, German Oktoberfest menu, and staff dressed in their best lederhosen and dirndl, 586-697-3300,


• Emagine Virtual Cinema: Emagine and partners provide select films at home via TV, mobile devices or computer through Emagine Virtual Cinema. Bleeker Street and Magnolia Pictures $12 per movie, Distrib Films US $10 per movie and subscription-based Film Movement $12 per movie;

• “Runner”: documentary about Olympic athlete Guor Marial, virtual cinema 7 p.m. Sept. 27, as a part of Freedom House Detroit fundraiser, “Voices of Freedom” campaign,

• “Sicilia!”: DFT @ Home virtual tickets, through Oct. 1, Detroit Film Theatre,, $12+.

• “Nomad-In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin”: DFT @ Home virtual tickets, through Oct. 1, $9.99+


• A Virtual Evening with We Banjo: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20, The Ark of Ann Arbor’s 24th annual fall fundraiser, MC’d by Acoustic Café’s Rob Reinhart,, $10-$500.

• “Night of Hope” fundraiser: 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 26 virtual event features local musicians Jill Jack and Bob Mervak, performers and speakers from around the world, silent/live auction to benefit The Bonnell Foundation for people with cystic fibrosis. Tickets at


• Autonomous vehicle exhibit: The Michigan Science Center in partnership with Ford Motor Co., open Thursday-Sunday. Reserve tickets in advance,, free, 313-577-8400,

• Royal Oak Historical Society Museum: Annual Cruisin’ Woodward Exhibit, at the Northwood Firestation, 1411 Webster Road, Royal Oak, free entry, donations accepted,

• The Henry Ford: Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village has reopened, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn. Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the Giant Screen Experience closed until further notice,

• Capturing a Culture Change-Motown Through The Lens of Jim Hendin: Motown Museum open to small groups,  masks required. Online tickets, Guests will be greeted by associate outside. New hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

• Ford House grounds and gardens: Historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford in Grosse Pointe Shores, open with timed entry, social distancing and masks. Register in advance,, $5 each. Ford House, historical buildings, visitor center and museum store closed. Ford House mobile app available at and App Store.

• Cranbrook Institute of Science: Open to the public, visitors required to register online in advance, limited capacity. Option to view museum collections and videos at Cranbrook House & Gardens open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Grounds open for free this year. Acheson Planetarium, Cranbrook House, Conservatory Greenhouse remain closed,


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“Working-A Musical” at Ridgedale Players stars (from left) Mara Kapsis, Mark Hinton, Alonzo Luzod, Christine Kapusky Moore, Shannon LaFrate and Jared Hoffert, Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4. in Troy. (Courtesy Ridgedale Players)

• “Working-A Musical”: Sept. 25-27, Oct. 2-4, Collaboration between Ridgedale Players and Stagecrafters brings live theater to the outdoors at Ridgedale Players, 205 W. Long Lake Road, Troy. Bring chair or blanket to sit on, adv. purchase recommended, $15,, 248-988-7049.

Note: Many events are canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check with venues for updates.

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