In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
The Detroit Opera House sprawls across an entire city block, its imposing size and elegant design belying its circuitous history. Originally opened in 1922 as a vaudeville palace—and designed by the renowned architect behind the city's Fillmore and Fox theaters—the space played host to live music and recorded films. But despite the venue’s remarkable acoustics and cheery demeanor, it sat abandoned for long stretches of time over the next few decades. Luckily, fate intervened in 1988 when the opera acquired the building, starting an ambitious remodeling project that culminated in an opening gala featuring Luciano Pavarotti. The opera house’s modern iteration mimics the design of Europe's greatest performance spaces, with an the ornate main hall adorned with vaulted ceilings and sumptuous red curtains.
The Detroit Institute of Arts takes the “s” at the end of its name seriously. The immense Beaux Arts building on Woodward Avenue isn’t only a setting for a top-tier collection of visual works that include Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes, a van Gogh self-portrait, and ancient sculptures from Africa and Asia. It also opens the doors of its lecture halls, event spaces, and auditoriums for craft workshops, wide-ranging talks from historians and people who know how to draw really good cubes, film, and music. The latter two art forms find a home in the Detroit Film Theatre, a gilded, neoclassical auditorium that preserves a sense of coziness amid the grandeur.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies every day for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. Rattling bass shakes the historic Congress Theater's gold-domed interior and main floor as fans dance and weave through the crowds to try to snag an autographed poster, CD, or security guard.
Touring in support of its newest album, Easy Wonderful, alt-rock darling Guster enraptures eardrums with catchy tunes, offbeat humor, and layered vocal harmonies. Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller meld vocal virtuosity with guitar-playing prowess alongside Brian Rosenworcel's multifaceted percussion and Luke Reynolds' keyboard strains. Guster charms ears with the skill of a prince in glass stilettos, crooning such popular songs as "Do You Love Me" and "Amsterdam.” Concertgoers get a double helping of euphonic entertainment, with piano-centered outfit Jack's Mannequin adding its shimmering sound to the evening's tuneful brews.
Teeming with 10 returning players, including 2010–11 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Ray McCallum, the Titans enamor fans and frustrate opponents with fast-paced play and dunking prowess. Today’s deal treats guests to upper-reserved seats equipped with chairbacks comfier than a blanket sewn from Peeps, allowing them to relax during their choice of more than 16 regular-season games. Fans can cheer on the Titans as they face fierce contenders such as St. John’s (December 5) and Butler (January 8). Fueled by applause from his dad, who doubles as the team’s coach, McCallum looks to lead scoring for a second year. Senior center Chase Simon will join senior forward Nick Minnerath to amass points and host fiery midcourt debates about the existence of gravity.