A roundup of new museum exhibitions, operas and art shows to put on your calendar for the month of October. For a full list of events taking place throughout Southeast Michigan, visit the CultureSource arts and culture calendar.

Wellspring Dance Company

October 7, Michigan Dance Festival at Oakland University
The Michigan Dance Council and Oakland University co-host this day-long celebration of different forms of dance by offering two free community dance classes, workshops, artist talk and showcase gala concert.

1001Opening October 7, 1001 Inventions: Untold Stories from a Golden Age of Innovation at Michigan Science Center
This new temporary exhibition travels back to the 7th Century, exploring the scientific and cultural achievements from Muslim Civilizations stretching from Spain to China, and how they have shaped our modern lives.

October 8, Creature Feature at Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum
This 15th annual event is favorite, as guests interact with a wide array of animals during a night at the museum.

October 13-14, Théâtre de la Ville: L'état de Siege (State of Siege) at the Power Center for the Performing Arts
Apropos for the current day is Albert Camus' alternative fact-filled allegory about defiance in the face of authoritarianism presented by UMS.

Opening October 14, The Science Behind Pixar at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
Learn how Buzz Lightyear, Nemo and more beloved characters made it to our movie screens.

October 14-22, Rigoletto at the Detroit Opera House
Verdi's classic opera moves to New York City's Little Italy in the 1950s.

October 19-22, OUR TOWN Art Show and Sale at The Community House
Michigan artists of all media are featured in this annual exhibition.

October 19-21, Strega Nona and the Magic Pasta Pot presented by Wild Swan Theater
"Bubble, bubble, pasta pot. Boil me some pasta nice and hot," begins the refrain of this beloved children's tale, brought to the Ann Arbor Stage.

Opening October 22, Monet: Framing Life at the Detroit Institute of Arts
In conjunction with Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage, opening the same day, these two new exhibits at the DIA focus on European masters. 

October 23, Mary Chapin Carpenter at The Ark
An Ark performer since her Open Stage days, Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to Ann Arbor as a five-time Grammy Award Winner who has sold more than 13 million records. 

October 26-29, The Turn of the Screw presented by The Scarab Club and Opera MODO
Get in the Halloween spirit with this terrifying British chamber opera.

October 27-29, DSO Pops Series: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Beyond
Calling all Trekkies! Hear the music from some of your favorite sci-fi movies performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Through October 29, Skeleton Crew presented by Detroit Public Theatre
The third in playwright Dominique Morisseau's "Detroit Trilogy" takes us to a 2008 Detroit.

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