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Best of the best: 5 fun things to do Sept. 19-25

September 18, 2013


Sept. 18--Over the summer, he supplied the voice of Dusty Crophopper in animated kiddie movie "Planes." This fall, DANE COOK is back on the road again with his first love: stand-up comedy. His just-launched Under Oath tour stops by Detroit's Fox Theatre on Saturday as part of a Midwestern weekend that also includes dates in Chicago and Milwaukee. Cook's humor isn't particularly political or topical, but it's definitely candid and sometimes controversial. "As a comedian, I am obligated to tell you the truth, my truth," he said to Entertainment Weekly in an interview over the summer. Though he has an army of online haters who regularly dissect and dis his humor, Cook's numbers speak for themselves. He's among the most successful U.S. comics of the last decade.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit. 313-983-6611. $25-$99.50.

Gee, who knew! The man who created the Cat in the Hat had a lifelong passion for headwear and kept a vast collection hidden in a secret closet at his home. Select items from that closet are coming out in grand fashion for "HATS OFF TO DR. SEUSS!," a touring exhibit that arrives Friday at West Bloomfield's Art Leaders Gallery. The hat show is making the rounds in 2013 to mark the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," one of Theodor Seuss Geisel's earliest books. Accompanying the hats will be a display featuring authorized reproductions of some of Dr. Seuss' works of art. Seems he did a lot of painting and drawing when he wasn't busy pondering the fates of Whoville and Sam-I-Am.

Friday-Oct. 5, Art Leaders Gallery, 33086 Northwestern Hwy., West Bloomfield. 248-539-0262. Opening event featuring exhibit curator Jeff Schuffman runs 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

There'll be some fresh blood onstage when the forever-young WIGGLES bring their preschool-friendly song-and-dance show to the Fox on Sunday. The group, formed more than two decades ago in Australia, said farewell to some longtime members last year and welcomed newcomers Simon Pryce (Red Wiggle), Lachlan Gillespie (Purple Wiggle) and Emma Watkins (Yellow Wiggle). As the first female Wiggle in history, Watkins is breaking a gender barrier, but she's taking all the love she's getting from girl fans in stride. "It's really nice that girls have a choice, I guess," she told the Associated Press last month.

2:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit. 313-983-6611. $15 and up.

The DETROIT DESIGN FESTIVAL, created in 2011 to showcase top and emerging design talent in the area, is nothing short of a citywide celebration of creativity. Events held everywhere from downtown to the Cass Corridor to various neighborhoods range from product launches and trunk shows to panel discussions and open houses. There are even film and theater components. The Detroit Film Theatre is screening a documentary about famed architect-inventor-futurist Buckminster Fuller (accompanied by live narration and a live appearance by indie rock band Yo La Tengo), and local theater troupe Fratellanza will be shaking things up with a performance of its highly unconventional play "String Up the Moon."

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A festival with a decidedly different focus will have its unveiling Saturday at the Hastings Street Ballroom and Tangent Gallery. The first-of-its-kind MICHIGAN BURLESQUE FESTIVAL will celebrate the quaint art of burlesque in all its rich varieties. Organizers promise to deliver everything from stripteases and fan dancing to bawdy comedy to onstage performances involving acrobatics, chains and Hula-Hoops. Performers include the Weird Sisters Circus, a local novelty aerial troupe; Cleveland burlesque star Bella Sin and Detroit's own Lushes LaMoan.

8 p.m. Saturday, Hastings Street Ballroom/Tangent Gallery, 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit. 313-873-2955. $20 VIP, $15.


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