CFPCA Offers Extensive Lineup of Noel Night Activities Saturday, December 1

Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts (CFPCA) will once again showcase its robust participation in Midtown Detroit's 46th Annual Noel Night on Saturday, December 1, 2018. CFPCA students, staff and alumni will engage the community with a variety of events, activities and performances.

Building Utopia

  • Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, 480 W Hancock, Detroit 48201, (313) 993-7813
  • 5:00-10:00 p.m.

Building Utopia, organized by Lauren Kalman, features artists who explore issues surrounding the construction of utopia including the individual in relation to the whole, fabricated spaces and experiences, and the failure of designed systems. Building Utopia features works by Olayami Dabls; EcoTechArt; Aaron Jones; Asma Kazmi; Kambui Olujimi; and Wesley Taylor, Complex Movements in collaboration with Siwatu-Salama Ra. 


  • Art Department Gallery, 150 Art Building, 5400 Reuther Mall (313) 577-2980
  • 5:00-10:00 p.m.

THIS MUST NOT BE THE PLACE YOU THOUGHT IT WOULD BE is a solo exhibition of work by Ryan Standfest, and includes a group of recent paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and videos.

Winter Art and Retail Market

  • Located in Woodward and Warren Park between Cass and Woodward Ave. (313) 577-9789

The Winter Art and Retail Market (WARM) is a fun and festive pop-up holiday marketplace that will feature limited-edition items and one-of-a-king objects from more than 50 local businesses and artists. The WARM is a collaboration between Wayne State’s Office of Economic Development, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History and TechTown Detroit.

Music Showcase

  • Schaver Music Recital Hall, 480 W Hancock St, Detroit 48201, between Cass and Second
  • 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a variety of performances by the Electronic Music Ensemble, Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorale and the award-winning String Quartet IL Segreto. The group, formed by Department of Music alumni, perform a versatile showcase of music from Bach and Beethoven to Sonic Youth, Pish, and MUSE.

Company One Dance Concert at the

  • Maggie Allesee Dance Theatre, 4841 Cass Detroit 48201 (old Main, room 3226, third floor)
  • 6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
  • Tickets are $5 (not including processing fees)

In collaboration with Artistic Director, Lisa Rose LaMarre Wilmot, the Company One dancers have developed a unique 50 minute show centered around ideas and stories from intergenerational exchanges. Through movement, spoken word, and the creative process the dancers will engage you in an experience to remember. Come ready to see, think, and wonder. The show is for families and community members of all ages.

Storytime with Santa Claus 
Join us in the Hilberry Theatre lobby as Santa Claus reads some favorite Christmas stories to the young and young-at-heart. 

  • Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass Ave, Detroit 48202
  • 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • FREE – No ticket required!

A Christmas Carol

  • Bonstelle Theatre, 3424 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48201
  • Adapted from the Charles Dickens story by John Wolf and Tom Aulino
  • 2:00 & 7:00 p.m.
  • ($10.00 student tickets, not including processing fees)

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens’ classic story. When the miserly old Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, now deceased, he begins a journey into the past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre. At just 75 minutes, with no intermission, A Christmas Carol is perfect for families.

Reindeer Run

  • Begins at SW corner of Woodward and Warren, 313-577-1614
  • 5:00 p.m.

Get ready for a rollicking romp around Midtown in this exhilarating scavenger hunt presented by the Wayne State University College of Fine Performing and Communication Arts! Your team of four or more will decipher clues that will lead you to Noel Night destinations, where you will take photos of your “answers”. The first three teams to cross the finish line with the most correct answers will receive a jolly pack of prizes. Check-in at the southwest corner of Warren and Woodward Avenues. The reindeer round up begins at 4:45 p.m. -- teams must be checked in by 4:55 p.m. to participate. The starting bells begin at 5:00 p.m.

Find our table inside the big, heated Winter Art and Retail Market tent at the corner of Woodward and Warren Avenue. Participants can pre-register here or check in at the table inside the big tent on Noel Night.

Noel Night is produced by Midtown Detroit, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization that supports economic growth in Detroit's Midtown district. Call (313) 420-6000 or visit for a complete list of Noel Night activities and attractions.

Da'Stanza Murphy, CFPCA Information Officer, 313-577-5448