HARDBOILED FILM FUN
Three days, six classic film noir gems! The Redford Theatre is hosting Noir City Detroit, its first-annual Detroit film noir festival Friday, Sept. 23-Sunday, Sept. 25. Hosted by Czar of Noir Eddie Muller, founder of the Film Noir Foundation, the festival kicks off with a double-feature of The Killers (1946, starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner and directed by Robert Siodmak) and 99 River Street (1953, starring John Payne and Evelyn Keyes and directed by Phil Karlson, nee Karlstein). Other films to be screened include Double Indemnity, The Prowler, Blue Velvet, The Lady from Shanghai and Woman on the Run. $7-$25. (313) 537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.
ON THE STAGE
The Farmington Players launches its new season with a production of Jeff Daniels’ comedy The Vast Difference. Opening 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23, and running through Oct. 15, the play co-stars Gary Weinstein and is directed by David Reinke — who also directed its 1993 debut at Daniels’ Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea. $14-$16. The Farmington Players Barn, Farmington Hills. (248) 553-2955; farmingtonplayers.org.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling, self-titled debut record, storytelling singer/songwriter Marc Cohn will perform the record in its entirety, including the iconic opening track, “Walking in Memphis” — which he has described as a song about “a Jewish gospel-music lover” — 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Ark in Ann Arbor. $55-$75. (734) 761-1818; theark.org.
Put some flowers in your hair and head to the West Bloomfield JCC for the Farber Family Folk Fest 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, hosted by the Institute for Retired Professionals. Sing along with some of your favorite songs from the 1960s and ’70s, featuring song leaders Annie and Rod Capps with Jim Bizer. $8, or free for IRP members; includes refreshments. (248) 432-5406; jccdet.org. *