18 can't-miss events happening in metro Detroit this week
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The S.O.S. Band and Midnight Star
@ Sound Board Detroit
Take your time (do it right) when youre buying tickets to see the S.O.S. Band. One of the most influential and talented electro-funk bands to come out of the 1980s, The S.O.S. Band is sure to be a treat to see live. Theyll be joined by Midnight Star, another fantastically vibrant 80s funk band, and if disco was your thing back in the day, you probably remember their second album, Standing Together, which reached No. 54 on the R&B chart. The show is going to be a dance party, so go get your groove on.
Show starts at 8 p.m.; 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; soundboarddetroit.com. Tickets are $35-$50.
Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas the Musical
@ City Theatre
Remember a couple years ago when Olympia Entertainment and City Theatre brought you a cheeky little musical about five friends who spend a night on the town? Well, the women of Girls Night the Musical are back and this time theyre getting through the holiday season together, one glass of wine at a time. Theyll be singing classic holiday tunes like Santa Baby and Most Wonderful Time of the Year, pop classics like Lady Marmalade and Stayin Alive, and new songs like I Will Survive (the Holidays).
Shows start at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with 3 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday; 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; olympiaentertainment.com; 313-471-3465; tickets are $38.
Deeper Dive: Bite of the Amazon
@ Belle Isle Aquarium
Belle Isles Albert Kahn-designed aquarium is one of the most magical places in the city, but it always seems to need some work. It is 112 years old, after all. Sometimes the beautiful blue-green glass ceiling tiles need replacing, other times outdated tanks need updating. Whatever work needs done, the Belle Isle Conservancy manages to craft an exciting event to raise funds all the while ensuring people enjoy this precious gem. This evening of fundraising comes with a special guest of honor: the red-bellied piranha of the Amazon River. Guests will get up close and personal with the beautiful fish plus hors doeuvres and drinks.
Starts at 8 p.m.; 900 Inselruhe Ave., Detroit; belleisleconservancy.org; 313-821-5428; tickets are $40 for general admission and $100 for VIP.
Enter the Haggis
@ The Ark
Since 1995, Enter the Haggis have led the charge among Celtic folk rock bands, delighting fans with their memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency, and high quality recordings. The Toronto-based band has released eight acclaimed studio albums, the most recent debuting at No. 9 on the Billboard Heatseekers charts.
Starts at 7:30 p.m.; 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-763-8587; $20.
Detroit Urban Craft Fair
@ Masonic Temple
Youve already bought every toy in the toy store. Youve outstayed your welcome at Macys its time to get some shopping done somewhere other than the mall, and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair is the place to do it. Youll have access to over 100 local and national makers and crafters, and theyve all curated the best of the wares to make finishing your Christmas shopping a breeze. In the past weve bought jewelry, stuffed animals, food products, coffee, and more. Check out their website before heading out to get an idea of who and what will be available.
Runs 6-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday; 500 Temple St., Detroit; detroiturbancraftfair.com; tickets are $10 on Friday night and $1 on Saturday and Sunday.
@ The Eastern
When youre done shopping at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair (or before you head over, up to you), pop on over to the Lodge, where even more local vendors will be selling their crafty wares. Their vendor list includes names like Detroit Rose Candle, Rebel Nell, Old White House, Detroit Bicycle Co., Sharklion, McClary Bros., and others. It will be a much smaller shopping experience than its competitor at the Masonic Temple, but its still worthwhile if youre looking to pick up some unique gifts to stash under your tree. Plus, its free!
Runs 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sunday; 3434 Russell St., Detroit; entry is free.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical
@ Fox Theatre
Baby boomers and millennials alike get a warm, fuzzy feeling when Burl Ives begins to retell the tale of a certain red-nosed reindeer. The 1964 made-for-TV movie has long been considered a classic, and like all classics its now been bastardized by a touring musical. At least all the integral characters Rudolph, Clarice, Donner, Comet, Hermey the elf, and Yukon Cornelius made it into the stage show. As for those warm, fuzzy feelings? Well, they must have been miscast.
Shows start at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 8 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; olympiaentertainment.com; 313-471-3200 tickets are $25, $37, $45, and $60.
Eroders/The Lipschitz/Primitiv Parts
@ The Painted Lady Lounge
Eroders is one of the citys coolest garage/kitchen rock bands. Listen to The Land Of or Doctor Says and youll hear how great this band is. Its music to jump around to, blare in your house or car, and its music that you definitely want to see performed live. The Lipschitz Rachael Boswell and Daniel Brady Lynch hail from Savannah, Georgia, and they have made a pretty excellent EP out of Pillow Face. Detroits best garage-ish/goth-ish rock band Primitiv Parts will also perform. Songs like So Dark and CCW show how spooky and groovy the all-girl band can be.
The show is at 9 p.m.; 2930 Jacob St., Hamtramck; facebook.com/ThePaintedLadyLounge; Tickets are $5.
Merry & Bright: Holiday Lights Tour
@ Grand Trunk Pub
Silver bells! Its Christmastime in the city! Take a ride on a bus packed with family, friends, and fellow Detroiters and get a gander at all the beautiful holiday lights on display around the city. The tour travels through Campus Martius, the historic Boston-Edison district, Detroit Zoos Wild Lights, and the Wayne County Lightfest, so youre getting plenty of sparkly bang for those 50 bucks. The price of admission includes a toasty warm ride on the bus, plus admission to Wild Lights and Lightfest, plus snacks, hot drinks, and special prizes. Its BYOB, and there will also be an ugly sweater contest.
Tour runs from 5:30-10:30 p.m.; 612 Woodward Ave., Detroit; thedetroitbus.com; tickets are $50.
@ MGM Grand Event Center
Joel McHale is the funniest guy in the world if youre asking Joel McHale anyway. Hes also got super douchey hair and were guessing he regularly gets mistaken for Scott Disick. OK, thats enough Joel McHale bashing for now. Cmon guys, lets be civil. Hes known for being the host of E! Networks The Soup, and hes co-hosted Live! With Kelly a couple times too. Hes been in movies with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler, just to give you an idea of how big a star this guy is. Were guessing hell make a lot of jokes that only white people will get.
Doors open at 7 p.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; mgmgranddetroit.com; 877.888.2121; tickets are $60.