The Village Players of Birmingham celebrate the 50th anniversary of Auntie Mame. Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis, the musical about a larger-than-life personality living the high life in the Roaring Twenties in New York City who suddenly becomes the guardian of a 12-year-old boy is packed with equally ebullient music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Starring Jay Kaplan and Jillian Felch Frederick with Patty Ward as Mame Dennis and assistant directed by Rachel Biber. Opening Friday, Oct. 28, the show runs through Nov. 13. $21. (248) 644-2075; birminghamvillageplayers.com.
In Appetites: A Cookbook (Ecco), his first book in 10 years, which hit shelves Oct. 25, chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain wrote that he has a “psycho-Ina Garten-like need to feed the people around me” and is “obsessive-compulsive in my work habits and anally retentive in ways that you’d find ideal in a professional brunch cook, but probably disturbing in a husband or parent.” The host of CNN’s wildly successful Parts Unknown — during the show’s 2013 visit to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza, Bourdain revealed that he is Jewish (on his mother’s side) — heads to Detroit’s Fox Theatre 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, where he’ll serve up The Hunger, a live show reflecting on diverse culture, street cuisine and his travels to lesser-known locations around the world. $45-$300. (800) 745-3000; olympiaentertainment.com.
FASHION FOR GOOD
Detroit clothing designer Leslie Ann Pilling and Birmingham jewelry designer Karen Egren are teaming up to exhibit their works — including Pilling’s collection, Blank iTTi Blank and Egren’s timeless styles blended with unusual pieces — at Egren’s studio to benefit Metro Museum of Design Detroit. Beginning with an opening reception 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, the show will continue through Nov. 5. Karenegren.com; blankittiblank.com; mm-o-dd.org.
BIG IN JAPAN
If Japanese anime, video games, comics and animation are your thing, Youmacon 2016 is calling for you. A four-day celebration of all things Japanese pop culture, the 12th-annual convention was founded by Morgan Kollin — look for our interview with him in the Nov. 3 issue of the JN — to expand beyond Comic Con. This year’s event, held Nov. 3-6 at Detroit’s Cobo Center and Renaissance Center, offers more than 30 industry anime celebrities (including Yuri Lowenthal, Jake Paque, Kyle Hebert, Illuminair and more), all-ages mix of interactive games and events, cosplay, live music, exhibitors, artists, video-gaming and table-top gaming rooms, parties — and a Charity Masquerade Ball. Nov. 3-6. Pricing options include a three-day pass ($65) or Friday only ($35), Saturday only ($45) or Sunday only ($25) passes. Youmacon.com. *