Lovers of hair grease unite: For one night only, in the tradition of old time honkytonks and roadhouses, Ann Arbor’s much-loved music venue, the Ark, will be transformed into Arkie’s Roadhouse. The reason for this low brow reformation? The Rockabilly Ball, hoss. There will live entertainment from outlaw poet laureate/Texas songsmith Billy Joe Shaver and an after-show dance party headlined by local guitar fave, Bill Kirchen. This event is the Ark’s 8th Annual Fall Fundraiser. 316 South Main, Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800. Tickets range from $50-$500, and all proceeds benefit the venue.
Friday-Saturday • 12-13
Even though the diminutive stature and epicene air of Neil Sedaka made him one of the most unlikely teen idols of the 1950s, it’s impossible to deny the indelible mark he’s made on the world of American pop music. The composer, whose career spans more than six decades, penned such enduring classics as "Where the Boys Are," (made famous by the princess of proper, Connie Francis), "Calendar Girl" and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," and will be making a rare appearance at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren; 586-268-3200.
Friday-Saturday • 12-13
Grosse Pointe Glass Art Show
Looking for a gift for that person who has everything? A little short of that million bucks they asked for? Then get thee to the Second Annual Grosse Pointe Art Glass Show and Sale. Featuring a variety of unique hand-blown, sculpted and cast glass pieces, this show will benefit the Fort Street Chorale of Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit. Begins Friday with a champagne reception at 5:30 p.m. and continues Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church Annex, 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe; 313-282-8880.
Saturday • 13
To close its 34th season, the Michigan Opera Theatre presents Charles Gounod’s Faust. This classic case of good v. evil tells the story of the lonely and aged Dr. Faust who, despairing over his unhappy and unremarkable life, turns to the devil Mephistopheles for one last chance at happiness. The price of this exchange comes at the expense of the lovely and virtuous Marguerite, the object of Faust’s desire. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway, Detroit; 313-237-SING. Runs through Nov. 21. Due to brief nudity, audience discretion is advised.
Saturday • 13
After 25 years spent venue-hopping, the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID), has found a permanent home. To commemorate this step forward, CAID looks back with the exhibit, Metamorphosis. In this installation, five former board members will present works spanning the past 20 years. Each of the five old-schoolers will also invite a local emerging artist of their choosing to present alongside his or her own works. A display spotlighting CAID’s history and impact on the local art scene of will be on view as well. Metamorphosis kicks off with an opening reception Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. CAID is now located at 5141 Rosa Parks Blvd., Detroit (formerly detroit contemporary). PHONE??? Runs until Dec. 18.
Saturday-Sunday • 13-14
Autumn Harvest Indian Festival
FUN FOR ALL
There is no better way to honor our native forefathers than to embrace the beauty of their traditions. As part of the Autumn Harvest Indian Festival, metro Detroiters can experience the allure of such 19th-century Native American customs as the women’s fancy dance and the jingle-dress dance, while feasting on buffalo burgers, fry bread and corn soup. There will also be teepee and wigwam demonstrations, crafts and storytelling for the kids. Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield; 248-352-0990. Visiting Scouts can also receive credit towards their Native American and Diversity badges. The festivities run 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Sunday-Wednesday • 14-17
The Eternal Present
Written and directed by Otto Buj, The Eternal Present is an independent feature-length film produced in the Windsor/Detroit area. It tells the story of a young man who unwittingly gets involved in the death of an elderly woman he stops to help. It’s not until he reads about the accident in the local paper a few days later that he realizes he was a critical part of the events that led to her demise. Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre (in the Daniel Patrick Kelly Theatre), 121 University Ave. W., Windsor; 519-253-7299. Show time is 8 p.m. every night.
Monday-Tuesday • 15-16
Jazz Legends Documentary Film Series
Forget about the Monday morning blues; it’s time for Monday evening jazz. As part of its Community Outreach program, the Southfield Public Library will host a two-night Jazz Legends Documentary Film Series, beginning on Monday the 15th, with docs on B.B. King and John Coltrane, and continuing on Tuesday the 16th with films on Louis Armstrong and Max Roach. Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd, Southfield; 248-796-4224. This event is free and open to the public: Showtime for both nights is 7 p.m.
Tuesday • 16
Cognoscenti insist that rock ‘n’ rollers Shutdown 66 are the real deal -- but the true measure of a band’s worth should really be gauged by their stage show. With that in mind, let Night & Day introduce you to our favorite Aussie band since the Missing Links. These guys hold up their end of the rock ‘n’ roll bargain with snotty three-minute rip ups and balls-to-the-wall R&B devilry. Finally, modern day garage rock that does more than suckle from the lo-fi teet. With Fortune & Maltese, and the Phabulous Pallbearers and the Riots. Warning: You’ll be calling in sick on Wednesday. Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave, Detroit; 313-961-4668.
Tuesday • 16
Flutes, Friends and Fa-La-La
The children of the Fun Arts and Recreation (FAR) Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts will be joined by local legends Alexander Zonjic and Josh White Jr. this week. The celebrated jazzheads will participate in Flutes, Friends and Fa-La-La — a unique performance showcase that allows the special-needs students of FAR to present the musical and artistic talents they have learned throughout the year. Seligman Performing Arts Center, 22305 W. 13 Mile, Beverly Hills; 248-646-3347. Proceeds go to FAR.
Tuesday • 16
The truth is, any band whose concert T-shirt simply says "Rock ‘n’ Roll Motherfucker" is all right in our book. But the Datsuns — some of the most feral performers in the biz — play an effusive standing-on-the-shoulders-of-each other/nobody-does-it-better brand of cock rock. They’ll make you swear that nobody else ever came before. With hometown golden boys, the Sights. The Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700.