• For $16, you get two tickets to No Sex Please, We're British!, valid Thursday, September 8, through Saturday, September 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. (up to a $32 value). • For $16, you get two tickets to Survive Another Day, valid Thursday, October 20, through Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. (up to a $32 value). • For $29, you get four tickets to No Sex Please, We're British!, valid Thursday, September 8, through Saturday, September 10, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 11, at 2 p.m. (up to a $64 value). • For $29, you get four tickets to Survive Another Day, valid Thursday, October 20, through Saturday, October 22, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. (up to a $64 value).
Keyshia Cole's soaring vocals and raw, emotion-laden R & B have netted her a platinum album and four Grammy nominations. Channeling experiences of passion and heartbreak into her powerful voice, Keyshia lets loose with cannonades of soulful singing, tugging on heartstrings and teaching even the most logical robot what it means to love. Coming off her recent album Calling All Hearts, Keyshia will draw on hits from her four studio records, including such chart-toppers as "Let It Go," "Heaven Sent," and "I Remember." Up-and-coming R & B wunderkind Miguel complements Keyshia's set with his own dulcet tones, rounding out the evening with melodious aplomb. Rhythms and blues swirl together at Chene Park on the banks of the Detroit River, which fills the open-air venue with cool watery breezes and the bubbly murmurs of ticket-scalping merfolk.
Music director Dr. Gregory Cunningham brings his agile baton-wielding skills to the podium of the Warren Symphony Orchestra for a second year. Teaming up with the Oakland Chorale—Oakland University's elite, competitive touring choral ensemble—the orchestra will usher in the holiday season with a program that awakens cheer in Yuletide lovers and Grinch collaborators alike. Selections from Handel's Messiah send the spirit soaring on famous choruses, and a slew of popular wintery tunes keeps the auditorium cozy as hot cocoa drunk from a hand-knit mitten.
Shakespeare in the Park in Royal Oak bills itself as Michigan's only professional outdoor Shakespeare event, and for two remaining weekends this summer, the professional players will take to the open-air stage in a re-imagined version of the Bard's classic comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona. The 1960s-styled production features a cast of actors that bring the 16th-century play to life through vibrant, sleek, Mod-motifs. The lawn-style seating of the outdoor theater allows visitors to bring blankets or lawn-chairs to enjoy the arts in casual, summer style, with free parking nearby. Water Works is offering a special August 6 performance of the production, specifically designed for the hearing-impaired, in which costumed members of TerpTheatre's shadow actors interpret the lines onstage while the action plays out.
As a benga beat pulses through the crowd, the Kenya Safari Acrobats defy gravity and the body's limitations as they leap through hoops, tumble from human towers, and limbo under bars. In one of their most famous and startling acts, a single performer stacks, climbs, and then balances on a single-file tower of rickety wooden chairs. Meanwhile, other performers juggle up to six straw hats, bend metal with their hands and teeth, or walk across a bed of nails. As artistic ambassadors of their native Kenya, the acrobats tie educational relevancy to their school performances in stories that highlight the importance of physical fitness, respect for elders and the true meaning of the Swahili phrase "hakuna matata," which The Lion King incorrectly translated as "get rich or die trying."
The Avon Players have transported audiences to alternate worlds with full-scale, community-sourced theatrical productions since 1947. Tony Award–winning musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (January 13–28) spins an uproarious tale of a group of adolescent misfits competing for first place in the titular bee, and Mixed Nuts (March 2–17) sets the perspective of a Midwest transplant and aspiring writer against a zany New York apartment complex. Secret Garden recreates Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel on the stage, wringing sniffles from even the happiest of comedy masks and sending haunting music emanating from the enchanting Yorkshire estate where the story unfolds. The theater's dramatic double A-frame building stands out against a scrim of trees and forces tardy, helicopter-bound guests to land in the parking lot like everyone else.