CFPCA shared in the 2013 Noel Night merriment...

Detroit's 41st Noel Night was December 7, 2013. Wayne State's College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts contributed numerous exciting events that Saturday evening.


The Detroit News, 12/5/13

"Midtown's annual Noel Night event continues to grow in Christmas cheer"
by Andrea Daniel

When the first Noel Night launched, 6,000 people converged on the cultural center. Forty-one years later, Noel Night continues Saturday to bring entertainment, food, shopping and the spirit of Christmas to the Midtown area. Organizers estimate some 50,000 people braved the cold last year to experience all the area has to offer. Wayne State University venue events include: Wayne State University Art Department Gallery: Exhibit from graduating seniors and winter art market; Bonstelle Theatre: “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas” performances at 2 and 7 p.m.; The Hilberry Theatre: “Big Love” performances at 2 and 8 p.m.; Old Main Building: Performances, art exhibits, anthropology exhibits, planetarium, hand crafted goods for sale and more; Wayne State University Press: Shopping. 40 W. Hancock; Welcome Center: 2013 Metro Detroit Annual Design and Build Competition to benefit Gleaners Food Bank; WDET-FM (101.9) Open house with on-air hosts and hot chocolate. 5-10 p.m. Saturday.



150 Art Building, in WSU’s Community Arts Center, near Cass and Kirby • 313-577-2423 •

5:00–10:00 — Exhibit: Graduating Seniors Exhibition presents works by this year’s student artists finishing their degrees from WSU's James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History.

5:00–10:00 — Winter Art Market - WAM brings together the talents of Wayne State art students, alumni and art based community organizations. Offerings range from one of a kind art objects to limited production design goods. Join us in a festive environment at what has become a favorite Noel Night stop.


3424 Woodward Ave. • WSU Theatre Box Office • 313-577-2972 •
2:00 & 7:00 — ’Twas the Night Before Christmas, by Michele L. Vacca (two performances on Dec. 7, tickets required, $20). A whimsical reimagining of the classic Christmas poem. The Sheldon family anxiously prepares for Christmas day by hanging stockings, decorating the Christmas tree and leaving cookies for Santa. After a grueling visit from Great Aunt Winifred and a particularly stressful Christmas Eve, young Virginia and her father share a late-night visit with the jolly old elf himself. He brings a sack full of friends with him. Read about our production of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas in Broadway World. The WSU Alumni Association presents special discounted pricing and a pre-glow reception connected to the 7:00 performance:


4743 Cass Ave. • WSU Theatre Box Office • 313-577-2972 •
2:00 & 8:00 — Big Love, by Charles L. Mee (two performances on Dec. 7, tickets required, $30). Fifty brides forced to marry their fifty cousins are on the run—only to be pursued and discovered by the fifty grooms. In this modern adaptation of The Suppliant Women by Aeschylus, you’ll plunge and soar on a roller coaster of comedic mayhem, harsh realities and the occasional pop song. This dark comedy explores human rights, gender politics and love. Read more about our production of Big Love in the Detroit Free Press, The Macomb Daily and Broadway World.



Cass Ave. Entrance / Front Foyer
4841 Cass • 313-577-6156 •
5:00–10:00 — WSU Dance Workshop students present a hot chocolate/coffee station outdoors at the front entrance to Old Main and a cookie decorating station just inside the foyer.

Elaine L. Jacob Gallery
Old Main Annex Building, enter at 480 W. Hancock between Cass and Second • 313-993-7813 •
5:00–10:00 — Exhibit: Edmondson / Underwood features large-scale drawings and photographs.

Maggie Allesee Dance Theatre
3317 Old Main • 313-577-4273 •
6:30 & 8:00 — ONSTAGE! Dance Theatre for Youth presents “Jazz – Made in America” concert performance by WSU’s Dance CompanyONE (two 50 min. performances on Dec. 7, $5 at the door, cash only)

Schaver Music Recital Hall
Old Main Annex Building, enter at 480 W. Hancock between Cass and Second • 313-577-1795 •
7:30 — Holiday Favorites performed by WSU’s Choral Union and Women’s Chorale.



Reindeer Run
Begins at SW corner of Woodward and Warren • 313-590-3932 •
4:45 — Get ready for a rollicking romp around Midtown in this exhilarating scavenger hunt. Your team of four or more will decipher clues that will lead you to Noel Night destinations, where you'll retrieve list items from one of our reindeer. The first three teams to cross the finish line with all items will receive a jolly pack of prizes. Sponsored by Tech Town and Wayne State CFPCA, the reindeer round up begins at 4:45 p.m. and the starting jingle bells are at 5:00 p.m. sharp.


Peruse the list of all Noel Night events happening throughout Midtown. Midtown Detroit Inc. provided a Noel Night traffic flow map for help in planning parking.

150 years in the heart of Detroit