Editor’s Picks: What to do, where to go, who to see.
There’s still time to catch a performance of the Village Players of Birmingham’s 94th season opener, Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite. Opening on Broadway in 1968 under the direction of Mike Nichols and starring George C. Scott and Maureen Stapleton, the timeless comedy paints a portrait of three couples occupying a suite at the Plaza Hotel. The Village Players’ production, starring Lisa Rich, Stephen Sussman and Ross Grossman, runs through Sept. 18. $18. (248) 644-2075; birminghamvillageplayers.com.
WRITING ON THE WALL
Watch as more than 50 local and international muralists paint live throughout Detroit’s Historic Eastern Market during Murals in the Market, Sept. 15-24. The second-annual free public arts festival will add to the 75 public murals already strategically placed — thanks to 1xRUN and Inner State Gallery — through the Eastern Market District, helping to expand its walkable footprint and giving visitors a look into businesses and areas often unseen and underutilized. Among the muralists: Ben Saginaw, Chris Saunders, Freddy Diaz, Janette Beckman, Jeff Gress and more — plus Detroit artist Tyree Guyton will be on hand for a new activation. While you’re there, check out the live music, block parties, children’s workshops, artist-curated events, talks, tours, an afterparty and more. Muralsinthemarket.com.
Detroit natives — and lifelong friends — Erin Dilly and Danny Gurwin (his mom is local theater personality Nancy Gurwin) head home to launch Cabaret 313’s fourth season with To Broadway and Back Home, the pair’s story of meeting as nerdy teens at theater camp and seeing their dreams come true on Broadway — with lots of stories and songs along the way. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. $25-$125. Players Club Playhouse, Detroit. (313) 405-5061; cabaret313.org.
CHAMBER SEASON OPENER
Help the Chamber Music Society of Detroit open its 73rd season. At 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, pianist and composer Vijay Iyer ($15-$30) opens the Midtown Series at Wayne State University’s Schaver Music Recital Hall. At 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Seligman Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Iyer joins the Brentano String Quartet (including violinists Mark Steinberg and Serena Canin; $16-$64) to open the Signature Chamber Series. The concert is preceded by a Silent Auction and Reception ($60/$90 with concerts) from 5:30-7:30 p.m., featuring businesses including Shinola Detroit, Bacco Ristorante, Tapper’s Diamonds & Fine Jewelry and the Detroit Tigers.
(248) 855-6070; cmsdetroit.org. *