A guide to fall arts and culture events in Metro Detroit

A guide to fall arts and culture events in Metro Detroit

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"Corbeille de Fleurs" by Claude Monet is featured in "Monet: Framing Life" and "Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage" at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

This fall's arts and culture calendar has something for everyone, from Mozart at The Masonic Temple to murder mysteries and a "rock star juggler."

Events are presented in partnership with CultureSource, the alliance for nonprofit arts and culture organizations throughout Southeast Michigan.

Sept. 22-23. Midtown Detroit buildings and public spaces along Woodward from the DIA to MOCAD will light up after dark with immersive light and tech-based installations from international and local artists for Dlectricity, including Rashaad Newsome's King of Arms Parade throughout the streets Friday night and Shade Composition at the Detroit Film Theatre Saturday at 8pm. (See story.)

Sept. 23. Cabaret 313 presents An Evening with Carmen Cusack at The Players Club Playhouse. Entering its fifth season, Cabaret 313 has earned a reputation for bringing top-notch musical talent to intimate Detroit performance venues. Cusack is a recent Tony-nominee for her Broadway debut in the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, "Bright Star."

Sept. 25-Nov. 1. The Community House presents the Women of Influence Lecture Series, featuring conversations with Carolyn Cassin, President & CEO, Michigan Women's Foundation; Jocelyn Benson, CEO, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) and Former Dean, Wayne State University Law School; Denise Brooks-Williams, President & CEO, Henry Ford Hospital, Wyandotte; and Barbara McQuade, Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School and Former U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan.

Sept. 26-30. September is now officially design month throughout Detroit, and that's thanks in large part to its distinction as a UNESCO City of Design. The Detroit Creative Corridor Center (DC3) presents the annual Detroit Design Festival, a citywide celebration of creativity and design, including Eastern Market After Dark September 28 and the 2017 Design Village.

Sept. 29. Founded in 1907 by several renowned sculptors and painters as a place for artists and art lovers to socialize and enjoy art just footsteps from the DIA, the Scarab Club is now celebrating 110 years. While much has changed in Detroit over the past century, the Scarab Club is a continuous source for cultural programming, with regular art exhibits, music and lecture series. (See Page 10.)

Oct. 4-29. When "Shear Madness" hits the Meadow Brook Theatre stage, no two performances of this comedy slash murder mystery set in a hair salon will be the same, as audience members participate in trying to solve the crime.

Oct. 7-Jan. 7. Michigan Science Center's "1001 Inventions: Untold Stories from a Golden Age of Innovation," on view through January 7, explores scientific achievements across cultures dating from the 7th Century through the European Renaissance. Portrayed through more than 60 exhibits, live science shows, films and hands-on workshops, school-age visitors and adults alike will be inspired by the myriad of ways that science, creativity and innovation go hand in hand.

Oct. 8. The 15th annual Creature Feature at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum is a night at the museum to get up close and personal with exotic animals from The Creature Conservatory, Leslie Science and Nature Center, Little Creatures Company and others.

Oct. 12-14. The first performance of maestro Leonard Slatkin's 10th anniversary season as music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra opens with Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony. Slatkin will conduct 13 performances throughout the 2017-18 season, including eight world premieres, and the winter French music festival in February.

Oct. 14-22. Michigan Opera Theatre presents Giuseppe Verde's classic opera, "Rigoletto," in Jonathan Miller's interpretation that moves the story from 16th century Mantua to the streets of 1950s Little Italy, where the mafia reigns supreme.

Oct. 14-March 18. From "Toy Story" to "Finding Nemo," the folks at Pixar have created some of the most enduring film characters in generations. Head to The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation for "The Science Behind Pixar" and learn about the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts that the Pixar artists and computer scientists use to bring their ideas to the big screen.

Oct. 17-18. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons hit the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts with the now-classic musical "Jersey Boys."

Oct. 20. Global Fridays, the Arab American National Museum's regular multicultural music series, hosts Samer Saem Eldahr, the music producer and visual artist otherwise known as Hello Psychaleppo, the creator of the new genre Electro-Tarab, which fuses hip hop, dubstep and Arabic melodies together for a live set of Arabic electronic music and visual arts. Prior to the performance, Eldahr will also give an artist talk.

Oct. 21. The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra plays melodies from Beethoven, Ellington and Handel when they present Ludwig & The Kings at the Michigan Theater. The highlight of the evening is a collection of pieces from Ellington, Bloch and Handel about King Solomon, focusing on three unique musical interpretations of the famous Hebraic royal.

Oct. 22. This fall, the Detroit Institute of Arts debuts not one, but two major exhibitions of late 19th century paintings — "Monet: Framing Life" and "Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage."

Oct. 27. It's not often one hears of a "rock star juggler," but Marcus Monroe, the award-winning comedian and juggler, performing as part of The War Memorial's Arts at the Alger series on Oct. 27, is just that. How does one mix juggling and comedy? This scrumptious dinner and a show will leave you wanting more.

Opens Nov. 4. Shoetopia!, at the Valade Family Gallery at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, explores the artistry and design of footwear, mixing high fashion designers more commonly seen on the runway, like Comme des Garçons, with the work from renowned architect Zaha Hadid, pushing the boundaries and ideas of shoes.

Nov. 12. The Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings presents a multidisciplinary performance to the story of Mozart's last seven years of life, with violinist James VanValkenburg and photographer Michelle Andonian telling the story of Mozart and the Masons at the historic Masonic Temple.

Nov. 17-19. The New York Philharmonic focuses on Leonard Bernstein during its second major UMS residency, with "Bernstein's Philharmonic: A Centennial Festival." During their weekend in Ann Arbor, there will be a slew of performances, lectures, master classes and more, including "The Young People's Concert: Celebrating Leonard Bernstein," conducted by Leonard Slatkin, Saturday afternoon, November 18th at Hill Auditorium.

Nov. 18. The Juilliard String Quartet makes their annual visit to Detroit with the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, with cellist Astrid Schween now in her second season with the renowned musicians who are known for their bold interpretations of classics.

Opens Nov. 18. The fall exhibitions at the Cranbrook Art Museum fuse art and street culture. "Ryan McGinness: Studio Views and Collection Views" pairs with his Wayfinding skate park, already open in downtown Detroit, by connecting design iconography, logos and other graphics. Additionally, this is the 30th anniversary of Keith Haring's temporary mural created at the museum, marked with the exhibit "Keith Haring: The End of the Line" and the traveling exhibit Basquiat before "Basquiat: East 12th Street, 1979-1980."

Opens Nov. 17. Get your holiday shopping on with local talent, like the more than 125 featured artists in Holiday Market: Silver Belles, opening Nov. 17 at the Anton Art Center.

Nov. 25-26. While "The Nutcracker" at the Detroit Opera House is a Thanksgiving weekend tradition, this year's production, from the Cincinnati Ballet, presents an original interpretation of the beloved classics with contemporary twists — like a whimsical, high-tech set, acrobatics and dancing cupcakes — for Detroit's only live orchestral production of the holiday favorite.

Dec. 8-10. As the weather gets cooler, the students from Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit celebrate favorite winter moments in Detroit, past and present — from shopping at Hudson's to skating at Campus Martius — in "Woodward Wonderland," Dec. 8 through 10 at the Detroit Film Theatre.

Dec. 15. Ever wonder what it's like to see your favorite artist at work? During MOCAD's Monster Drawing Rally, dozens of artists will create artwork during the annual live drawing and performance event that are then immediately for sale.

Through Jan. 2, 2018. "Say It Loud: Art, History, Rebellion" at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History explores social upheaval through art in Detroit over the past 50 years.

Through 2019. This past summer, the Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit 67 Project marked the Detroit Rebellion of 1967 with communitywide discussions, programs, lectures and in-depth examinations at the complex factors that culminated in this major moment in the city's history. However, no tool is more powerful in understanding what occurred, and how to look forward, than hearing the oral histories from those who were there, which shapes the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibit, on view at the Detroit Historical Museum through 2019.


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