Getting Your Groove On — Plus— In November
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Oh, yes we did … Break out your old hairspray bottle for the arrival of “Rock of Ages,” an homage to MTV’s glorious beginnings, featuring hits from ’80s hair bands Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, Poison, Whitesnake, REO Speedwagon, Twisted Sister and more. As the New York Times put it, “ … this karaoke comedy about warped-vinyl dreams is about as guilty as pleasures get.” Need we say more? Opening at the Fisher Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 21, show tickets range from $49 to $195. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; (313) 872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com
Dance, Dance, Dance
Über-DJ Paul Oakenfold invades The Fillmore on Saturday, Nov. 20, with his popular brand of dance floor grooves. Stick around for the end of his set if you want to hear some real gems — that’s when, if the mood strikes him, he sometimes delves into classic jams and other funky tracks outside his norm. Admission is $25 at the door. 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; (313) 961-5451; livenation.com.
The Sky Club, located above the Sangria Tapas Cafe in Royal Oak, is, how you say, ¡tiempo debil caliente! This upscale lounge provides one of the area’s hottest night scenes, if hanging with the pretty people and listening to Latin music is your idea of hot. Energetic Soul Dance Studio hosts “Salsa Nights” every Wednesday and Thursday night, with Salsa lessons from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. Baila the night away as DJ Cisco spins Latin music until the wee hours. 401 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak; (248) 543-1964.
Words & Music
Every Thursday night, Black Ink Collective takes over 1515 Broadway to present Detroit’s up-and-coming poets, singers, musicians and comedians for an open-mic jam. It’s a great chance to experience some of this fair city’s rising stars on the ground floor. Soul is hosted by poet Ben Jones and comedian Josh Adams. $5 in advance and $10 at the door. 1515 Broadway, Detroit; (313) 965-1515;
The Burton Theatre, an independent cinema that has taken root in the city and features classic art house, independent, LGBT, foreign and cult films, also plays host to a rare treat — Wham City Comedy Night on Monday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Not your standard fare, the absurdist art/music collective that nurtured indie music god Dan Deacon is also known for its wacky hijinks and off-brand humor. This is a don’t-miss. 3420 Cass Ave., Detroit; (313) 473-9238; burtontheatre.com.
We are suckers for good classical music, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra playing both Rachmaninoff and Dvorak is enough to get our nod for a good time. From Thursday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 14, the DSO performs Rachmaninoff’s The Isle of the Dead, and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World.
It gets better, too: Accompanying the DSO is contemporary composer Bright Sheng, who will be unveiling the world premier of his concerto Zodiac Tales. Sheng, who was mentored by the legendary Leonard Bernstein, received fellowships from the MacArthur, Rockefeller and Naumberg foundations, among other notable achievements. He’s basically “the man!” Tickets range in price from $19 to $121. 3711 Woodward, Detroit; (313) 576-5111; dso.org
The Detroit Opera House welcomes Puccini’s classic La Bohème from Saturday, Nov. 13, through Sunday, Nov. 21. “La Bohème” the four-act opera that inspired Broadway’s tour de force, Rent, as well as the cinematic menagerie Moulin Rouge, is still the original — and, in our opinion, the gold standard. 1526 Broadway, Detroit; (313) 237-7464; motopera.org
On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit rejoins with the Ann Arbor Film Festival to showcase “Shadowbox Cinema II,” a collection of short films. The organizers hope to re-create the art house film experience with this event, which is free to all. 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; (313) 832-6622; mocadetroit.org
Before Pygmalion, playwright George Bernard Shaw was perhaps best known for his comedic examination of antiquity’s two most powerful figures, paired together, in Caesar and Cleopatra. Treat yourself to a special one-time screening of Stratford’s acclaimed 2008 production of this Shaw classic, starring Christopher Plummer, Nikki M. James and Diane D’Aquila on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m., at the Detroit Film Theater, located within the Detroit Institute of Arts. 5200 Woodward, Detroit; (313) 833-7900; dia.org
Thursday nights at the MGM Grand’s Ignite Sushi Bar & Lounge will transport you to the heyday of New York’s famed Rainbow Room. Swing to melodious dance classics and learn to channel your inner Astaire or Rogers in between bites of sushi and sashimi. Mr. Smooth offers free ballroom dance lessons at 6 p.m. each week. Ignite offers a tapas-style menu — or head to the cigar lounge and sip on an 18-year-old scotch, yum! 1777 Third St., Detroit; (877) 888-2121; mgmgranddetroit.com
Heeby Happy Hour
What’s better than winding down the work week with friends, beers and … Torah?! That’s right, the perfect way to nourish your inner-Yid is with the hipster of the black hat set, Rabbi Leiby Burnham, and Torah on Tap. Held monthly on a Thursday evening, Burnham leads the discussion on topics relevant to young Jewish professionals; plus the booze is free. God will be grateful; your liver may not. Thursday, Nov. 18, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; the location will be announced after we go to press, so keep tabs through the Facebook group site: Detroit “Torah on Tap” Cluster.