A Thousand Clowns
Playwright Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns finds free-spirited writer Murray Burns raising his 12-year-old nephew in a small New York City bachelor pad. When his unorthodox parenting techniques draw the attention of two social workers, the sparks fly: Burns falls in love with one of the social workers and is forced to make some difficult decisions about his future. Runs 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, March 2-4; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5. Ann Arbor Civic Theatre, 322 W. Ann St., Ann Arbor; 734-971-2228.
4 on 4 Indoor Flag Football Tournament
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To some, the opportunity to play football on the same turf the Pittsburgh Steelers just practiced on for Super Bowl XL is a big deal. But even if the location is less-than-hallowed ground to you, the fun of a 4-on-4 flag football tournament should be attractive enough. The tourney will follow a two-game round-robin format, which will be followed by a single elimination playoff (3-game guarantee). Deadline for entries is Friday, March 3. Call 586-781-2756 or visit detroitsportsclub.com to register. Event takes place Saturday, March 11, at the Pontiac Silverdome, 1200 Featherstone Rd., Pontiac.
Friday & Saturday3 & 4
Fourth Annual Video Festival and Sound Art Installation
The 555 Gallery's Fourth Annual Video Festival and Sound Art Installation features the works of several independent musicians, videographers and animators including Justin Brewer, Yoni Goldstein, Natalie Chickee, Cooper Holoweski, Ben Hernandez, Chris Turner, Jamie Sonderman and Ed Gardiner. The gist is pretty simple: If you like to look and you like to listen, this is your chance to do it in a thought-provoking and unusual way. 8 p.m. at 4884 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-894-4202. There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend this event.
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Here's an auto show for the folks who aren't afraid to get their hands dirty you know, the ones who actually work on cars? Fans of Kustom Kulture, hot rods, low riders, chop tops and extreme sports know that this weekend's Autorama is a hot place to be. Where else can you check out a wild cartoon hot rod, the Defibrillator (pictured); and meet actor Ben Jones (better known as Cooter from The Dukes of Hazzard)? Chrome-lovin', flat-black-diggin' grease monkeys unite at Cobo Center, One Washington Blvd., Detroit; 313-877-8000.
The Detroit Puppet Theater's latest production, Purim Shpiel was taken from the Old Testament's Book of Esther. The story follows a poor Jewish girl who marries the rich and powerful King Ahasueros and then, with the help of her Uncle Mordecai, manages to overthrow the king's anti-Semitic Prime Minister Haman, who had planned to destroy all of the Jews. With gorgeous Persian scenery and lovely hand crafted puppets, this tale of laughter and tears is perfect for the entire family. 2 p.m. every Saturday in March at Detroit Puppet Theater, 25 E. Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-961-7777. $7 for adults and $5 for children.
Rap 'n' Roll Bowl
We're all about musical integration here at Night & Day, and what better way to spread the love than with an event called the Rap 'n' Roll Bowl? One part urban, one part rock, this unusual lineup will feature such bands as Abstrakt Intellekt, Motown Rage, Tommy Gun, Median and Forced Wake. 8 p.m. at the Trolley Stop, 8820 Pelham Rd., Taylor; 313-292-6464.
It's a trifecta of dance this weekend in Ann Arbor. Three professional ballet companies the Michigan Classic Ballet Company, Ballet Esprit of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Gem City Ballet of Dayton, Ohio come together to perform everything from such classics as Les Sylphidies to contemporary pieces. 7:30 p.m. at the Power Center, 121 Fletcher St., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538. $18 for adults and $14 for senior and students.
Detroit Oscar Night
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Since the event itself is about as shallow and celebrity-obsessed as possible, why not celebrate Oscar Night the philanthropic way? The Ilitch Charities for Children foundation presents Detroit Oscar Night a chance to watch the Academy Awards broadcast on the big screen. Food and live entertainment will be provided. 6 p.m. at Uptown Palladium, 250 N. Old Woodward, Birmingham; 248-644-3456. Tickets are $50.
He's still one of DefJam's golden boys, and that's because the former Wu-Tang member still has what it takes to reel 'em in. The call-it-like-I-see-it rapper takes on Murder City this weekend in support of his latest album, Fishscale, the infamous rapper's fifth solo record in 10 years. 7 p.m. at St. Andrew's Hall, 431 E. Congress, Detroit; 313-961-6358. All ages.Send comments to [email protected]