10 super fun things happening in metro Detroit this week
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Sat-Sun, 3/5-3/6 -
@ the Glass Academy -
Welcome spring at this whimsical exhibition of handcrafted glass birds, eggs, and nests. While youre there you can purchase one of the Glass Academys signature Glassy Chicks, one-of-a-kind blown glass birds that come with a birth certificate recording the day it was crafted. Live demonstrations of glass blowing and other techniques take place throughout the weekend, and information about the academys classes will be available if you get inspired to try your hand at glass artistry.
Runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days; 25331 Trowbridge St., Dearborn; glassacademy.com. Photo by Valerie Zelin.
Ray and Lauras Comedy Showcase
@ Smalls Bar
Real life getting you down? Just cant take another clip of the Republican debate, or another morning digging out your car? A good laugh is just the thing to shake off the winter blahs. Ray and Lauras March Comedy Showcase brings the talents of five local comedians to Smalls Bar for a night of hilarity. If the jokes dont wipe your cares away, the drinks certainly will. This months lineup features Melanie Hearn, Michael Geeter, Zach Martina, Zachary Stein, and Jeff Horste.
Doors open at 8 p.m., shows starts at 9 p.m.; 10339 Conant, Hamtramck; 313-873-1117; smallsbardetroit; cover is $5; 21 and older only. Photo via Small's Bar.
Saturday, March 5 -
Irish Taste Fest
@ Royal Oak Farmers Market -
Get a head start on St. Paddys Day with this event celebrating the Emerald Isle. Irish music and dancing set the mood for a night of traditional and creative Irish-inspired food and drink. Pick your poison from an impressive selection of Irish whiskeys, craft beers, and hard ciders to wash it down, then try your hand at the games. After all, pub games are always more fun when youre a little shamrocked.
General admission begins at 7:30 p.m.; 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; irishtastefest.com; tickets are $15. Photo by Dontae Rockymore.
Wednesday, 3/9 -
Matilda the Musical
@ Fisher Theatre -
Take a nostalgic trip back to a favorite childhood novel this week at the historic Fisher Theatre. The adventures of mischievous Matilda, heroine of Roald Dahls classic childrens story of a brilliant girl who discovers special powers in her quest to take charge of her own life, come to the stage in this Tony Award-winning musical adaptation that is sure to put a smile on your face. After all, who hasnt dreamed of gluing their fathers hat to his head?
Starts at 7:30 p.m.; 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com; 313-872-1000; tickets start at $39. Photo via Broadway in Detroit.
Friday-Sunday, March 4-6 -
Motor City Tattoo Expo
@ GM Renaissance Center -
Got ink? Join stars of Spike TVs show Ink Masters and hundreds of the best tattoo artists from across the country at Detroits premier showcase of tattoo art and culture. Whether you are a working artist or prefer to be the canvas, the expo has something for everyone. Learn more about best practices in tattooing at seminars led by industry leaders, or strut your stuff in the daily tattoo contest. Or just come to enjoy the sight of tattoo aficionados taking over the staid Marriott ballroom. Noon to 11 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday; 400 Renaissance Dr., Detroit; themotorcitytattooexpo.com; $20 for one-day pass, $30 for two-day pass, $40 for weekend pass; children 14 and younger free. Photo by Mike Pfeiffer.
Friday, 3/4 -
Trust the Shooter
@ Inner State Gallery -
Embrace your inner hipster at this exhibition celebrating the unique perspective of urban photographers around the world. Curated by Detroit photographers Jeremy Deputat and Rick Williams, Trust the Shooter shines a spotlight on the overlooked details of city life through the creative street photography of 13 featured artists. Black and white photographer Jason M. Peterson joins the curators for a conversation before the show.
Q&A begins at 5 p.m., opening reception begins at 7 p.m.; 1410 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-744-6505; trusttheshooter.com.
Friday-Saturday, 3/4-3/5 -
@ Redford Theatre -
Hot cars, high action, and beautiful women. Is it any wonder that James Bond is still a legend after all these years? Come out to see the best Bond of them all Sean Connery, of course in the 1964 blockbuster Goldfinger. Sit back in a plush seat and enjoy the beauty of the historic Redford Theatre while munching on popcorn topped with real butter, and enjoy a classic film the way it was meant to be seen.
Shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday; 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com; tickets are $5. Photo: British cinema poster for Goldfinger, designed by Robert Brownjohn.
Saturday, 3/5 -
Who Am I This Time?
@ Penelopes Venue -
In celebration of National Reading Month, the Open Book Theatre Co. is bringing a trilogy of Kurt Vonnegut stories to the stage in a charming comedy about love in all its forms. Through the eyes of narrator Tom, the small-town world of his friends and family come to life in the Michigan premiere of Who Am I This Time? Before the show, University of Detroit Mercy professor Greg Sumner will lead a preshow discussion of Vonneguts life and writings.
Preshow discussion begins at 7:15 p.m., show beings at 8 p.m.; 12219 Dix Toledo Rd., Southgate; openbooktc.com; 734-288-7753; tickets are $20, $15 for students. Photo provided by Open Book Theatre Co.
Saturday, 3/5 -
@ North End Studios -
Artists, poets, musicians, and community leaders come together to honor the contributions of women in the arts and beyond in this annual exhibition curated by Myett Risker. The evening begins with a panel discussion with women who are making their mark on the local art scene, followed by performances from local poets and musical guest Jenny Washington. The exhibit showcases the work of 25 female artists working in a variety of mediums and runs until the end of the month.
Runs from 6-10 p.m.; 4264 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-293-7344.
Thursday-Sunday, 3/3-3/6 -
Low Hanging Fruit
@ Marlene Boll Theater -
University Detroit Mercy Theatre Co., in partnership with the Matrix Theatre Co., presents Robin Bradfords powerful drama about the lives of four homeless women, all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who lean on one another to survive and cope with life on the streets of Los Angeles. The production is part of an effort to raise awareness about homeless female veterans in the Detroit area, and a panel discussion on the topic will follow Sundays show.
Shows start at 7:30 p.m Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday.; 1401 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-993-3270; udmarts.com; General admission tickets are $22-$25. Photo provided by Detroit Mercy Theatre Co.