10 super happy fun things happening in metro Detroit this week
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Thur-Sun, May 12-22 -
Mosaic MidSummer Soulstice
@ Detroit Film Theatre -
The internationally acclaimed Mosaic Youth Theater of Detroit has opened for legends like Al Green, Aretha Franklin, and the Temptations. Theyve toured Africa, performed at the White House, and won national awards an impressive resume. Now theyre working with legendary Motown arranger Paul Riser for MidSummer Soulstice, a mashup of 60s and 70s soul music hits and A Midsummer Nights Dream.
Shows begin at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. on Sundays; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-872-6910; mosaicdetroit.org; tickets are $24 for general admission and $18 for students.
Fri-Sat, May 13-14 -
Meet Your Best Friend
@ Detroit Zoo -
The Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Zoological Society have teamed up to create this furry, fuzzy, all-around cuddly event that will bring together hundreds of cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens from 35 animal welfare organizations to make finding the perfect pet incredibly easy. Adoption fees and policies are different and set by each welfare group, but a valid adult ID will be required for anyone hoping to take home a new family member. All cats and dogs will have up-to-date medical care and vaccines. For health and safety reasons, current furry friends will not be permitted to attend the event.
Runs from 1-7 p.m on Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday; 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; michiganhumane.org/zoo; there is no change or parking or admission for this event, but regular admission and parking charges apply to those visiting the zoo.
Sat-Sun, May 14-15 -
Red Bull Hart Lines
@ Hart Plaza -
Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler is the mastermind behind this epic alternative sporting event. Detroits iconic park, Hart Plaza, will be transformed into one gigantic skatepark with an innovative and one-of-a-kind course layout and format. Twenty-five of the worlds best skateboarders will compete, with the final rounds broadcast live on Red Bull TV. This year participants will include Felipe Gustavo, Ryan Decenzo, and 2015 Red Bull Hart Lines winner, Curren Caples, along with Sheckler himself.
Gates open at 1 p.m.; 1 Nelson Mandela Dr., Detroit; redbull.com/hartlines.
Sat-Sun, May 14-15 -
Palmer Park Art Fair
@ Palmer Park -
Palmer Park is home to Detroits only log cabin betcha didnt know that little factoid. The park also used to be known for hosting all sorts of illicit interactions, but its been cleaned up and turned into a place where families can enjoy wholesome activities, this art fair being just one of them. The fair was a staple event in the 70s and was resurrected three years ago. Now, 75 juried artists and 15 high school students set up for the weekend selling all sorts of beautiful things.
Runs 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday; 910 Merrill Plaisance, Detroit; palmerparkartfair.com; free admission.
Saturday, 5/14 -
@ The Crofoot -
Brian Posehn may not be a household name, but you will definitely recognize his face because hes been in a slew of movies and television shows. Hes most recognizable from The Sarah Silverman Program and the CW show Mission Hill. You may also recognize him from the TV show Just Shoot Me and the film The Five Year Engagement. After getting married and having children, Posehns stand-up is even more relatable to the average Joe. His newest stand-up special is called The Fartist and is hilarious. There can never be too many fart jokes, right?
Doors open at 8 p.m.; 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com; tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Saturday, May 14 -
The Magic Flute
@ Detroit Opera House -
One of Mozarts most infamous and well-known pieces, The Magic Flute, will be enchanting audiences at the Detroit Opera House for a special performance. The music itself is stunning and beautiful (it is Mozart, after all) but the story is exciting and entertaining. A handsome Prince and his magical flute take a journey and encounter a fun cast of characters including a giant serpent, an evil queen, and a secret brotherhood.
Show runs from 7:30-10:30 p.m.; 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; michiganopera.org.
Saturday, May 14 -
@ Royal Oak Farmers Market -
In the tradition of Metro Times and Ultimate Fun Productions events, this tasting will feature a slew of locally and internationally procured tequilas. You can taste tequilas neat or in creative craft cocktails made by local bartenders. There will also be over 40 salsas for sampling, Mexican beers available for purchase, live entertainment, and fun and games. General admission tickets come with 10 tabs, each redeemable for a tequila sample. VIP tickets guarantee early admission plus five extra drink tickets.
VIP admission begins at 6:30 p.m.; 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; tequilamundo.com; general admission begins at 7:30 p.m.; VIP tickets are $65, general admission tickets are $45.
Sunday, May 15 -
Detroit 67 opening night
@ Max M. Fisher Music Center -
Detroit 67 is an original play by local artist Dominique Morisseau that has gained national attention since its debut. The play won the Kennedy Prize for drama inspired by American history in 2014. Morisseau graduated with a BFA in acting from the University of Michigan and was inspired by the riots that happened in 1967. It was originated at the Public Theatre in New York City and is the first of a three-part cycle of plays inspired by the writers hometown.
Starts at 3 p.m.; 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; detroitpublictheatre.org; tickets are $100.
Sunday, May 15 -
Corktown Studios Review
@ Janice Charach Gallery -
Corktown Studios is a great space for up-and-coming artists to work on their new art and to show off their hard work to an audience. The Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield will be showcasing a ton of different artists from the Corktown area. Its sometimes hard for residents of Oakland County to get down to the Corktown area, so its a great way for everyone to see this wonderful artwork.
Opening reception from 1-4 p.m.; 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield; 248-432-5579; charachgallery.org; admission to the opening reception is free.
Thursday, May 19 -
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -
Leave that snow white taffeta ball gown at the dress shop and forget about flying in flowers from halfway around the world this unique wedding expo will help you create the gorgeous AND locally procured wedding and reception youve been dreaming of. The folks behind Detroit Cultivated put together this reception experience so brides and grooms can get a feel for working with their hand-selected vendors. There will be a three-course seated dinner by the Root executive chef Nick Rodgers, beverage pairings by Cafe 78, floral designs by pot and boxs Lisa Waud, and more.
Runs from 6-9 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroitcultivated.com; tickets are $60.