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Ragamala: Written in Water

Fri., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.

This live music and dance experience created by Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy is based on a second century Indian board game called Paramapadam and the 12th century Persian epic The Conference of the Birds. In addition, the whole thing is about spiritual ascension, so admittedly, there is a lot going on. The whole thing is rooted in South Indian Bharatanatyam classical dance and will employ paintings by Chennai-based visual artist Keshav projected on the stage floor. Don’t be intimidated, though, the performance will be both colorful and beautiful.

Starts at 8 p.m.; 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; ums.org; 734-764-2538; Tickets start at $26. $26

http://ums.org
Power Center for the Performing Arts (map)
121 Fletcher St.
Greater Ann Arbor Area
phone (734) 764-2538
umstix@umich.edu
Ragamala: Written in Water

Two Can Play That Game

Fri., Oct. 20, 8 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 21, 1:30, 5 & 8:30 p.m.

Je’Caryous Johnson is known for creating stage shows like Married but Single, Things Your Man Won’t Do, and For Love or Money — but this play is a little different. Originally a movie penned and directed by Mark Brown, Two Can Play That Game was released in 2001. It starred Vivica A. Fox, who will reprise her role as relationship guru Shanté Smith in this touring production. The play will follow the plot of the original film — Smith makes a plan to get her man in line after he’s caught stepping out with a coworker, but he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve.

Shows at 8 p.m. on Friday, 1.30 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8:30 p.m.; on Saturday; 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500; musichall.org; Tickets start at $59.50. $59.50

http://musichall.org
The Music Hall (map)
350 Madison Avenue
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 887-8503; (313) - (FAX)
info@musichall.org
Two Can Play That Game

Love Never Dies

Sundays, 7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29
phone 313-872-1000
broadwayindetroit.com

An under-celebrated sequel to Andrew Lloyd Weber’s seminal Phantom of the Opera, this musical finds a beleaguered Christine Daaé and her wino husband (yes, Raoul de Chagny, who we always knew was a tosser) seeking fame and fortune in New York. Little do they know, the Opera Ghost isn’t far away. Will Team Phantom’s dreams finally come true? Shows at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, and matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $39

Fisher Theatre (map)
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
New Center
phone (313) 872-1000
Love Never Dies

God of Carnage

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 16
phone 734-433-7673
purplerosetheatre.org

Despite the rather foreboding name, this stage production promises to be hilarious. As the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for best play, we’ll take their word for it. Show times vary. Tickets are $41 for adults, $38 for veterans, senior citizens, and teachers, and $20.50 for students.

Purple Rose Theatre (map)
137 Park St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (734) 433-7673
God of Carnage

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 28

This popular Shakespeare play may come mid-autumn, but the timeless comedy is sure to entertain and delight as the impish fairy Puck attempts to confuse and bewilder a cast of couples who enter a magical forest on midsummer’s night. Show times vary. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for WSU faculty, alumni, and senior citizens, and $10 for students.

Hilberry Theatre (map)
4743 Cass Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 577-2972
A Midsummer Night's Dream

Detroit ’67

Fridays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 22

This two-hour production by Dominique Morisseau dives into the dealings of a brother-and-sister run basement blind pig during the infamous 1967 rebellion in Detroit. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; Tickets to all shows are $20.

Stagecrafters (map)
415 S. Lafayette
Greater Royal Oak Area
phone (248) 541-6430
Detroit ’67

Homemade Ice Cream: Jason Yates + Friends

Wednesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 16

Detroit-born, Los Angeles-based artist Jason Yates will return to his hometown with his largest scale project to date. The exhibit will feature fully outfitted domestic spaces constructed inside the gallery, many of which were inspired by his childhood. Works by locals such as Martha Mysko, Jonathan Baker, Alexander Buzzalini, John Charnota, Leslie Rogers, and Victoria Shaheen will also be featured. The opening reception is Sept. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Wasserman Projects (map)
3434 Russell Street
Downtown Detroit
phone 248-220-4628
Homemade Ice Cream: Jason Yates + Friends

Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos

Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Nov. 12

In celebration of the Mexican and Latin American celebration of the Day of the Dead, this popular ofrenda exhibit will once again return to the DIA. Traditional ofrendas will honor deceased loved ones with their favorite food, drinks, and mementos, along with photographs, sugar skulls, flowers, and more. Entry is free with museum admission. The hours are Tue-Thur:9 a.m.-4 p.m.,Fri:9 a.m.-10 p.m.,Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon: closed.

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) (map)
5200 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone (313) 833-7900
Ofrendas: Celebrating el Día de Muertos

Process of Making: Undergraduate Work from Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design

Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Nov. 3

The student group exhibit will feature works in a variety of media. Opening reception, Friday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.; Admission is free and open to the public.

The Rocky Horror Show

Mondays, Fridays, 8 p.m. and Saturdays, 7 & 10 p.m. Continues through Oct. 30
phone 248-545-5545
theringwald.com

A classic tale of sexual awakening and lowkey cannibalism, The Rocky Horror Show follows engaged couple Brad Majors and Janet Weiss as they enter the macabre lair of Dr. Frank N. Furter and his creepy constituents. Shows at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Mondays, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays except Oct. 28 when shows are at 7 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $10 to Monday night shows and $25 for Friday and Saturday night shows.

Ringwald Theatre (map)
22742 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone (248) 545-5545
The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

Fridays, 8 p.m., Mondays, 8 p.m. and Mon., Oct. 30, 12 a.m. Continues through Oct. 30

In a way, a stage presentation of The Rocky Horror Show is a return to roots, as what became a “picture show” started as a live musical comedy in London in 1973. Leave it to the irreverent cross-dressing thespians at the Ringwald to bring the kinky show to the stage with all the slap-and-tickle you’d expect. The story of clean-cut Brad and Janet, and their descent into a disorienting world of sexual urges, should be a crowd-pleaser.

Shows begins at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Mondays; Shows at 7 and 10 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 30, with a special midnight show on Saturday, Oct. 28; 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-5545; theringwald.com; Tickets are $25 Fridays and Saturdays, $10 Mondays. $25 Fridays and Saturdays; $10 Mondays

http://theringwald.com
Ringwald Theatre (map)
22742 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Ferndale
phone (248) 545-5545
The Rocky Horror Show

The Art of Containment — Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through March 31, 2018

Sidney Swidler’s work as a modern architect helped train his eye to pick up the essential elements of form, texture, glaze selection, craftsmanship, and artistic intent, which he used to collect nearly 1,000 piece of contemporary ceramic art. In 2010, he donated around 800 of those pieces to California’s Crocker Art Museum. Seven years later, he gave 100 pieces to the FIA, a gift that resulted in this exhibit. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
The Art of Containment — Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection

The Border, the Ship

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 31

This disarming video exhibit by Alex Hubbard is carefully choreographed and dynamically composed, but that doesn’t mean a clear narrative will ever emerge or that any of it will make any linear sense. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
The Border, the Ship

The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 7, 2018

A prolific printmaker who created works for nearly 50 years in Holly, Stolpin himself describes his work as “eccentric.” His work revolves mostly around architecture, landscape, fantasy, abstraction, and outer space and this exhibit promises to explore his many passions. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
The Eccentric Vision of William Stolpin

Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 30

An exploration of the museum’s most massive and most miniscule works, this exhibit promises to highlight the importance of size in the experience of art. Hours of the museum are: Monday-Friday: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Flint Institute of Arts (map)
1120 E. Kearsley St.
Greater Detroit Area
phone () -; () (FAX)
Size Matters: Big and Small Works from the FIA Collection
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