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Kick Off the Season with the Maccabeats

The a cappella group that’s brought millions of families together around the light of YouTube is coming to town. See The Maccabeats, a 14-member student group from New York’s Yeshiva University, that thrilled kids (and their parents) — and rose to viral stardom with “Candlelight,” a Chanukah music video that parodies Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” (and was one of the most-viewed holiday videos last year), the “Purim Song,” set to Pink’s “Raise Your Glass,” and “Lecha Dodi,” sung to the melody of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” — live in Detroit.

Bring the kids for an interactive Havdalah performance and reception at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3 ($18/advance tickets for members; $18/advance for non-member under 30; $25/advance ages 30 and up), or at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. (Free to members; $5/kids and $10/adults, non-members.)

Congregation Shaarey Zedek, 27375 Bell Road, Southfield. (248) 357-5544;

The beloved March sisters, based on author Louisa May Alcott’s own family growing up during the American Civil War — who dealt with issues as relevant today as they were when her book was published in 1868 — come to musical life in Forever After Productions’ magical Little Women. Thursday-Monday, Dec. 1-5. $15.

The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton. (734) 453-0088; or

More than 40 Midtown Detroit cultural venues — including the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Science Center, Detroit Historical Museum and more — will open their doors free of charge during the 39th Annual Noel Night, a Cultural Center-wide “open house.” Also on-hand: horse-drawn carriage rides; family craft activities; 120 music, theater and dance groups (check out the Blind Boys of Alabama); plus plenty of food and shopping. 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

Activities take place in and around Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center institutions, primarily between Cass and John R and Kirby and Willis. Free shuttle service is offered between participating venues. For details and parking info, call (313) 420-6000 or visit

The stage of the Fox Theatre is transformed into a winter holiday wonderland for eight performances of Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Tuesday, Dec. 13- Sunday, Dec. 18. Ornaments come to life, gingerbread men flip mid-air and toy soldiers march on thin wires in this elaborate, fantastical circus created by Neil Goldberg, creator of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy. $20.50-$65.50. Fox Theatre, Detroit. (313) 471-6611 or (800) 745-3000; or

In its world-famous tradition of ball-handling wizardry, basketball artistry and some of the most original family-friendly thrills to be found, the original Harlem Globetrotters will celebrate its 86th consecutive year in 2012.

We can help their newly signed rookie class (including the world’s tallest pro basketball player, the shortest Globetrotter ever and the team’s first female in 19 years) kick off its 2012 World Tour 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 26. $17-$125.

Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (800) 745-3000; or



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