Based on the 2005 French film Joyeux Noel, Silent Night is a Pulitzer Prize-winning contemporary opera by American composer Kevin Puts — and the Michigan Opera Theatre brings it to the Detroit Opera House Nov. 12-20, along with a host of complementary programs. The opera tells the story of actual historic events during World War I, when a Christmas carol unites opposing soldiers for a spontaneous ceasefire on Christmas Eve. Among the soldiers in the opera is a German Jewish lieutenant — a decision made based on history: Prior to the rise of the Nazi party, German Jews considered themselves fully German and served in the military as well as partaking in all other aspects of German culture. $29-$152. (313) 237-7464; michiganopera.org.
Put on your shopping shoes and head to Steppin’ Out with Sisterhood at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield Wednesday, Nov. 16. Starting with boutique shopping (10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.) offering local, national and international wares, the event is followed by a luncheon (noon) and highlighted by a strolling fashion show presented by Just Girls Boutique featuring Guys N Gals, On The Fly and Sundance Shoes. $60/$85 includes four raffle tickets. (248) 408-4876; temple-israel.org.
TAKE THE CAKE
“If you grow up in a Jewish house, you grow up eating,” Duff Goldman, the grandson of Holocaust victims, has said. A former graffiti artist, classically trained pastry chef (he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America) and metal craftsman, Detroit-born Goldman blowtorched his way into the hearts of audiences around the country: The executive chef at the Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes is featured on the Food Network’s Ace of Cakes. Celebrated for his ingenious, sculptural — and often life-sized cakes — like a Hogwarts castle, Star Wars characters, a replica of the Stanley Cup and more, Goldman heads back to Michigan to dish on his life, Jewish holidays, his favorite foods and more. Presented by Friends of Jewish Senior Life, Goldman will be the guest speaker at the third-annual Jeffrey Zaslow Media Night 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17. Zaslow’s wife, Fox 2’s Sherry Margolis-Zaslow, will also speak. Guests can also purchase a copy of Friends Cook, a communal cookbook created by JSL, with a foreword written by Goldman. $36-$54; $118 for VIP seating. (248) 661-1900; theberman.org.
After Russian artist and architect Viktor Hartmann died at age 39 from an aneurism in 1873, a memorial exhibit of more than 400 pieces was shown. Inspired by viewing the exhibition of his friend’s work, composer Modeste Mussorgsky composed his most famous suite, Pictures at an Exhibition, consisting of 10 musical portraits bound together by a promenade theme. The piece, along with works by Liszt and Schumann, will be performed by Russian pianist Alexander Ghindin as he makes his Chamber Music Society of Detroit debut 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19. At 6:45 p.m., a pre-concert lecture will focus on Pictures at an Exhibition, including slides of Hartmann’s artwork. $16-$32 for students; $32-$64 for adults. Seligman Performing Arts Center, Beverly Hills.
(248) 855-6070; cmsdetroit.org. *