N&D Center

13 WED • OPERA Donizetti’s Don Pasquale — Opera always seems to be about lovers getting buried alive together, or some other dramatic way of dying such as being stabbed or wasting away. It’s sometimes just too tragic for words. But the new production by Michigan Opera Theatre, Gaetano Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, is opera buffa, which means comic and delightful, with its characters riding the frothy white waters of love’s labors lost. Donizetti wrote in the bel canto style of the 19th century, which focuses on breathtaking arias by the principals and gives full reign to MOT’s stellar cast of voices. With Donato Di Stefano as Don Pasquale, Jesus Garcia as his nephew Ernesto, Ying Huang and Jennifer Aylmer alternating as Ernesto’s true love, Norina, and Mariusz Kwiecien as Norina’s brother, Dr. Malatesta, the two-hour morality tale will leave you thrilled, elevated and energized. Performances are at the Detroit Opera House (1526 Broadway, Detroit), Wed., Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Fri., Nov. 15 and Sat., Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.; and Sun., Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Call 313-961-3500 for the details.


14 THU • THEATER What’s Next? A married couple, Bessie (Barbara Busby) and Henry (Council Cargle) have retired to their house in the woods. Bessie, the romantic, wants to go outside and be drenched by the imminent thunderstorm while Henry, her sedate husband prefers to sit in a comfortable chair and read a book. After a series of knocks at the door, their quiet respite becomes a veritable house of mayhem and sets in motion a begging of the question: "What’s Next?" A young woman, a young man, a failed robbery and a bossy neighbor create a hilarious backdrop of confusion, half-truths and cover-ups. Running every Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 29 at the Detroit Repertory Theater, 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit; call 313-868-1347 for further information.


15 FRI • ART Zubel Kachadoorian "Zubel gave a lot of inspiration to a lot of artists," said metro Detroit sculptor and painter Robert Sestok. "But I think his own work was underrated in this area." Kachadoorian, who won many prestigious awards in the 1950s and ’60s (the Prix de Rome Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome and the Rosenthal prize from the National Institute of Arts and Letters) kept his profile very low. But despite his reserved character, the boundlessness of his talent has never gone unnoticed; and his paintings are now owned by museums including the DIA, the Smithsonian Institute and the Tate Gallery in London. His works have transcended his time on Earth and will be presented in a special exhibition at the Paint Creek Center for the Arts, 407 Pine St., Rochester; call 248-651-4110 for more information.

15-17 FRI-SUN • ANTIQUE SHOPPING RM Classic Cars Productions Inc. We all know that the love affair between Motor Citians and their cars is sacred. Our pasts are set to a sound track that was heard from a driver’s seat, and the smell of a new interior is Detroit’s parfum d’essence. It is no surprise then to learn that despite the frigid autumn air, the mania of cruisin’ continues. Lifelong car collectors, Richard and Linda Kughn will be selling their personal collection without reserve at the Novi Expo Center, and this array of pristine beauties is nothing short of amazing. Cars for sale include a 1909 Kissel Kar speedster, a well-preserved Locomobile 48, a beautifully restored 1931 CG Imperial Dual Crown Phaeton and a 1937 Arrow Travelodge camping trailer. Perhaps most unique is the lot of Tucker automobile parts from which it would be possible to construct a complete vehicle. Head on over to the Novi Expo Center, 43700 Expo Center Drive (off I-696 at Novi Road), Novi and find the auto of your dreams. Call 248-348-5600 for further details.



17 Sun • MUSIC Peter Case and the Beeline Band — He of that voice that rattled pubescent libido on the early-’80s Plimsouls’ classics such as "Million Miles Away" and was later reinvented to become one of the best singer-songwriters to slither beneath the radar since Cisco Pike. Case’s ratty, semiautobiographical snippets give Steve Earle, Todd Snider and old Kristofferson a run for their beer money. Truly. And Case’s latest — his ninth solo — Beeline is a graceful, benevolent and sincere romp through murky back alleys where we can imagine his heroes such as Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie and John Lennon sittin’ around on crates, passing the bottle and calling a tune. Case, then — for fans of song — is not to be missed. At The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. For information call 734-761-1800.