Come see the library at night. The Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation is putting on a night tour of the library, where you will learn all the ins and outs of the library’s main branch. There will be a number of surprises to be discovered on this one-hour docent-led tour, including the Grand Staircase, the Pewabic fireplace, and the Ernie Harwell Room. The goal of the event is to raise $1,200 for camera and equipment that teens can use to create short films. Starts at 6 p.m.; 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com; 313-481-1300 $20 suggested donation.
With mainly monochrome palettes and visual lines, Detroit-based artist Elizabeth Youngblood’s work has evolved over a period of several decades to utilize fiber, wire, ceramics, drawing, and paper. With a background in graphic design and typography as well, Youngblood has wide and varied opinions and ideas about art and what she calls crafting. She will be discussing her latest artwork at the BBAC. Starts at 6:30 p.m.; 1516 Cranbrook Rd., Birmingham; bbartcenter.org; 248-644-0866; free.
Never heard of the Babys? Oh, you’ve heard them, but you just might not be able to place them. Chances are you’d do better if somebody were to hum a few bars of swagger-stomper “Back on My Feet Again” or maybe the pathos-tinged “Isn’t It Time.” Chances are better still if you referenced vocalist John Waite’s later work, such as 1982’s “Change” or 1984’s “Missing You,” although his work with Bad English (such as 1989’s “When I See You Smile”) seems to be out of fashion lately. But, yes, Waite was in the group, and the other members wound up playing in such well-known classic rock groups as Journey and Styx, while Tony Brock and Wally Stocker went on to long careers working with Elton John and Rod Stewart. In 2013, they formed a new version of the Babys and have been touring ever since. It will be the Babys’ first appearance in Detroit in more than 35 years when they take the stage at the Token Lounge, after Stompbox and Most Wanted. Doors at 7 p.m.; 28949 Joy Rd., Westland; 734-513-5030; thetokenlounge.com; $25, $35 for main floor seating.
In the Syrian fight for freedom and democracy, there are many stories to be told. Little Gandhi is one such story, about Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar. With his strict code of nonviolent protest, Matar’s story received international attention when his journey was met with tragic consequences. Directed by award-winning metro Detroiter Sam Kadi, the film, released in March, is sure to open your mind about Syria’s plight. Kadi will be part of a Q&A session after the film. Starts at 7 p.m.; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org; tickets are $11.
If you have a talent for storytelling, or just have an idea you want to share, then Hey, Nice Monologue, a new monthly storytelling event in Hamtramck, is for you. A place where anyone with words can speak, this is a great opportunity to meet others who have something to say. The monthly theme is rebirth, reincarnation, reawakening, and re-invention. No matter if you’ve recently made a change in your life or feel you used to be an Egyptian queen, come to this event to share your story. Doors open at 8 p.m.; show runs 9 p.m.-11 p.m.; 10339 Conant St., Hamtramck; smallsbardetroit.com; 313-873-1117; free.
@ The GM Plaza, 300 Atwater St. Detroit, MI
Join the GMRENCEN from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 for the last free ‘On the Plaza’ event on the GM Plaza. Jon Rice will take the ‘On the Plaza’ stage and serenade guests during lunchtime while Ashby Ice Cream & Palazzolo’s Gelato serves up a sweet treat. For more information, visit http://gmrencen.com/ontheplaza/. Free
POCACITO will host a two-part event in Detroit on September 29 & 30, 2016. The first part, Finding the Vision, is a two-hour town hall-style forum on Thursday evening that focuses on defining a visionary post-carbon future for Detroit. Joined by sustainability leaders from Copenhagen, Lisbon, and Turin, this freestyle, open dialogue will encourage you to dream big and, most important, share your ideas, no matter how wild they may seem. The second part, Finding the Way, will take place on Friday at the Scarab Club. FREEhttps://pocacitodetvision.eventbrite.com
Nothing can stop a princess from a courageous adventure when Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream skates into The Palace of Auburn Hills. Relive memorable moments from Tangled, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Princess and the Frog as a cast of world-class skaters brings the adventure of the films to life in this contemporary skating spectacular. $15+http://www.DisneyOnIce.com
If you could swap identities, would you rather be the 26th President of the United States or the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll? It’s a question The TEAM asks in RoosevElvis. On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man — or woman — Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a playfully pointed new work about icons, gender, and nobodies and somebodies.http://ums.org/performance/roosevelvis/
The day before Felicia and Kenny's wedding, someone is murdered at the rehearsal dinner! How could someone in this close knit group commit such an act before their special day? Come enjoy a great dinner and help unravel the clues! 25.00http://www.vanessalynn.info
For over 27 years, the Michigan T'ai Chi Ch'uan Institute has been teaching the traditional syllabus of Wu Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan lineage in Metro Detroit. The beginner classes teach students the 108 posture hand form through one on one instruction. The 108 posture form takes every joint in your body through its full natural range of motion while challenging your balance, improving coordination, relaxing your breathing, and increasing circulation. Stop in for a free introductory class! $70/monthhttp://michigantaichichuan.com
@ Au Cochon, 260 N Old Wordward Ave Birmingham, MI 48009
Need an escape during the week? Head over to Au Cochon in Birmingham weekdays from 3 – 6 p.m. and explore upscale French café cuisine during Happy Hour. Offerings include half-off all appetizers and sides, including pomme frittes and Fromage blanc, a fresh cheese served with truffle honey, lemon and toast points, as well as Au Cochon’s 17 wines by the glass. For $5, guests can enjoy well drinks, and for $6, house cocktails such as the Pear Hiver and Light as a Feather.
Art and music workshops for children. Learn guitar, keyboard, percussion, singing, painting, drawing, ceramic, art crafts, skateboard building, youth theatre, and breakdancing. Children will showcase their new skills during performances on Saturdays at 8pm. $10http://www.garagecultural.org
Are you interested in living a healthier and more active life? Look no further! Step to Greater Health Community Walking Club is a free walking program designed for adults featuring monthly enrichment classes from April through November. Participants at all levels of fitness are welcome. Beginning Monday, April 18, join on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at Palmer Park at 6pm for an experience that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Freehttps://ghcwc.eventbrite.com
@ ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI
Janet Kelman has been chosen to show her newest wall sculpture, Oracle, at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. Oracle is a multi-layered arrangement of luscious glass panels evoking images of streaming water. It will be on display at the Gerald R Ford Museum, September 21 through October 9.
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