Winter doesn’t have to be a time for hibernation and undue weight gain. Case in point, Campus Martius’ Winter Blast presents any number of opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. Patrons can lace up their ice skates and hit the Rink, glide down a zip line, coast down the giant winter slide, roast marshmallows, and nosh on food truck fare. Between outdoor activities, they can hit a heated tent and enjoy live music, family-friendly entertainment, and beer and cocktails. Plus, the whole thing gets you downtown and close to bars, restaurants, and shopping. Runs 4 p.m.-11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday; 1 Campus Martius, Detroit; winterblast.com; 248-541-7550; admission is three cans of food or $3 that will be directly donated to Matrix Human Services. $3
Gianfranco Rosi crafted this award-winning documentary that follows 12-year-old Samuele as he explores the island of Lampedusa and his efforts to gain mastery of the sea. The island, located 150 miles south of Sicily, is the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living there and documenting the day-to-day culture of the island’s inhabitants. The result is a true-to-life portrait of the island’s people and their lives. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-3237; dia.org; general admission tickets are $9.50. $9.50
The Ann Arbor Concert Band will be playing a smorgasbord of classical pieces at the Michigan Theater on January 22.
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