ONE NIGHT ONLY
Actress Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in a one-bedroom walk-up on Tyler Street in Detroit. Her family moved to L.A. — where she attended Hebrew school — and Laurie became a movie star by age 17. Now, at age 84, the three-time Oscar nominee — for The Hustler (1961), Carrie (1976) and Children of a Lesser God (1986) — will return to her hometown for an appearance at the Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20. In An Evening with Piper Laurie, guests will view clips of her films, including 1950s adventure films with Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Donald O’Connor, and TV show Twin Peaks, for which she won a Golden Globe. The viewing will be followed by a discussion with Elliot Wilhelm, curator of film at the DIA, including an opportunity to take questions from the audience. $15. (313) 833-4005; dia.org.
The Jewish Ensemble Theatre opens its new season with a world premiere penned by JET playwright-in-residence Kitty Dubin. Rites of Passage explores the defining moments of life, from birth to death, with Dubin’s trademark blend of laugh-out-loud comedy and heartfelt drama. “It’s really a group of one-act plays, equal parts comedy and drama and each revolving around a Jewish rite of passage — from a bris to a shivah,” Dubin told the JN. Starring Fred Buchalter, Ruth Crawford, Julia Glander and more, the play runs Oct. 20-Nov. 13. $16-$44. (248) 788-2900; jettheatre.org.
Dig in to a (kosher) deluxe deli dinner while watching Deli Man, last year’s fan-favorite and critically acclaimed film by Erik Greenberg Anjou documenting more than 160 years of Jewish deli tradition, guided by Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation deli man, now in Houston. Dinner and a Movie is part of a partnership of events between Temple Israel and Adat Shalom Synagogue celebrating a visit by the esteemed Cantor Jack Mendelson (who is featured in the film) — who both Cantor Neil Michaels (Temple Israel) and Hazzan Daniel Gross (Adat Shalom) count as mentor. (For more about Weekend with Jackie, Nov. 4-6, look for a story in the Oct. 27 issue of the JN.) Dinner and a Movie: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27. $18-$21. Adat Shalom Synagogue, Farmington Hills. Temple-Israel.org/deliman.
SEE THE SPHINX
In 1996, U-M and Interlochen Arts Academy grad Aaron Dworkin, a violinist himself, founded the Detroit-based Sphinx Organization to encourage the participation of blacks and Latinos in classical music, under the direction of special artistic advisor Yo-Yo Ma. Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the organization’s programs, is a conductor-less ensemble of soloists who tour annually, making stops at Carnegie Hall and Chicago’s Harris Theater. At 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, the Sphinx Virtuosi (featuring the Catalyst Quartet, shown) performs at the Berman Center for Performing Arts at the West Bloomfield JCC. Tickets start at $10. (248) 661-1900; theberman.org. *