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Sure, the beautiful people never have trouble catching a cab to the Upper West Side for a show at Lincoln Center — must be nice! Now, you can be the envy of those downtown hipsters — aspiring to attend the Metropolitan Opera — when The Met: Live in HD makes its celluloid return to Detroit.

Of course, if you need the real deal, we’ve got that, too. Opera … You think we’re crazy? Perhaps. Maybe we could use some analysis. Got that, too. How about catching a Paul Simon show? Not the former U.S. senator, silly.

And, what Thanksgiving would be complete without an excessively early countdown to Christmas? Need an early yuletide fix? White Christmas will get you through. (We’ll likely pay for that last comment.) Sop up the gravy, Detroit!

Analyze This!
God, sex, love and the meaning of life — sound like fun? It is! Witness as Dr. Sigmund Freud and young professor and author, C.S. Lewis, engage in provocative debate (and a few jokes, too) on the day that England enters World War II in Mark St. Germain’s award-winning off-Broadway play, Freud’s Last Session. Through Nov. 20. $33.50-$44.50. Century Theatre, 333 Madison Ave., Detroit. (313) 963-9800; gemtheatre.com; ticketmaster.com.

Lincoln Center on the Big Screen
For the sixth year, opera fans outside of New York can rejoice: The Met: Live in HD, the Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody award-winning series of live, high-def performance transmissions, has returned to a cineplex near you.

Through May 2012, Metro Detroiters can view Donizetti’s Anna Bolena (Nov. 2), Wagner’s Siegfried (Nov. 5), Mozart’s Don Gionvanni (Nov. 16), Philip Glass’s Satyagraha (Nov. 19 and Dec. 7) and many more, along with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes features. Participating movie theaters (18 in Michigan) include Commerce Township 14, AMC Livonia 20, Canton Cinema and Ann Arbor 20 IMAX. For dates and details, visit metoperafamily.org or
fathomevents.com.

Opera: Need It Live?
The Michigan Opera Theatre’s 41st season is in full swing. This month, head to its home at the Detroit Opera House and take in one of the most celebrated operas ever written: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, which made its Viennese premier in 1786, is still going strong.

The world-famous overture introduces an entertaining parade of mistaken identities, cross-dressing and infidelities, and features the debut of American conductor Kazem Abdullah. Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Nov. 12-20. Tickets start at $29. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING; michiganopera.org.

Hey Julio: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary or Thyme?
From “Mother and Child Reunion” and “Slip Slidin’ Away” to a tour of West Africa and the Caribbean, legend and 12-time Grammy winner Paul Simon’s current tour setlist includes favorites spanning four decades. And, for a huge performer like this, you can’t get more intimate than the Fox Theatre. 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. $39.50-$110. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; olympiaentertainment.com or ticketmaster.com.

White Christmas: Good For The Jews?
Yes, we know it’s a “Christmas” musical. But White Christmas also is a charming, wintertime frolic that will thrill lovers of old Hollywood, not to mention fans of the gorgeous music of tribesman Irving Berlin, composer of the Broadway show’s songs. Wednesday, Nov. 9 through Sunday, Nov. 13. $25.50-$100. Fox Theatre, Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; olympiaentertainment.com or ticketmaster.com.

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