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Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

Fri., Aug. 23, 4 & 9:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 24, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Sun., Aug. 25, 4:30 & 7 p.m., Mon., Aug. 26, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Tue., Aug. 27, 7 & 9:30 p.m., Wed., Aug. 28, 7 & 9:30 p.m. and Thu., Aug. 29, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
Cinema Detroit 4126 Third Street, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

“She’s a friend to our minds,” Oprah says of the late Toni Morrison in the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am — a reference to her seminal 1987 novel, Beloved. A filmmaker and friend of Morrison’s for nearly four decades, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart, The Trans List) provides an intimate look at the evolution of the prophetic iconoclast, novelist, and first African-American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The film, which debuted less than two months before Morrison’s death earlier this month at the age of 88, acts as a compelling mosaic of Morrison’s remarkable life (save for the tragic loss of her son Slade, with whom she notably co-authored a series of children’s books), including the construction of her earliest works, 1977’s Song of Solomon and Beloved, as well as her time as an editor at Random House and when she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama in 2012. 313-482-9028

Play Ball! Transforming the Game, 1876–2019

Tuesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Continues through Sept. 15
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown

It’s back. Just in time to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 World Series championship, the DIA will once again look at baseball culture through the lens of an art history museum. This year’s exhibition explores the evolution of America’s pastime with a special focus on two championship teams, the 1887 Detroit Wolverines, Detroit’s first professional baseball and championship team, and the 1984 Detroit Tigers. Highlights include Ty Cobb memorabilia; the history of baseball cards, including the first card of an African-American player, Jackie Robinson; handwritten scorecards kept by announcer Ernie Harwell; and baseball-themed works of art from the DIA’s collection. 313-833-7900

Texas Hippie Coalition

Thu., Aug. 29, 6 p.m.
Harpo's 14238 Harper Avenue, Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$20

Brews Cruise Detroit

Thu., Aug. 29, 6-9:30 p.m.
Detroit Princess Riverboat 201 Civic Center Dr., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Buy Tickets$45 - $60

What better way to kick-off the Labor Day Weekend?! Grab your friends and aboard the Detroit Princess for the end of summer BREWS CRUISE! Enjoy sampling dozens of Craft Brews, Detroit Skylines & SUNSET VIEWS. Event is 21+ More Details and Tickets: (248) 918-9128

Vegan Cocktail Showcase

Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
GreenSpace Cafe 215 W. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale Greater Ferndale Area

Buy Tickets$20-$40

Free Concert Series

Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
The Waterfront Wyandotte 507 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte Greater Detroit Area

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Ximena Sarinana

Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
Saint Andrew's Hall 431 E. Congress St., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$25


Phantogram with special guests Bob Moses

Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m.
The Fillmore 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Buy from Ticketmaster$29.50-$54


Steely Dan

Thu., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre 3554 Walton Blvd., Rochester Hills Greater Rochester Area

Buy from Ticketmaster$35+

Open Mic Night

Thu., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak Downtown Royal Oak

Buy Tickets$5

An Open Book: An Evening With Justin Furstenfeld Of Blue October

Thu., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
The Ark 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor Downtown Ann Arbor


Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers

Thu., Aug. 29, 1:10 p.m.
Comerica Park 2100 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

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(313) 471-2255

Michigan State Fair

Thu., Aug. 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri., Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sat., Aug. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun., Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Mon., Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Buy Tickets$8 for Adults; $6 for children; $30 Ultimate Wristband

Held Labor Day weekend, The Michigan State Fair is fun for the entire family, featuring family friendly activities, contests, equestrian shows, petting farms, carnival rides, Shrine Circus, pig racing and so much more! Basic admission for the fair begins at $8 for adults and $6 for children. Visit for more information. 248-348-5600

Brevity Shakespeare's "Hamlet"

Thu., Aug. 29, 8-9:30 p.m., Fri., Aug. 30, 8-9:30 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 31, 8-9:30 p.m.

Buy Tickets$15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors

@ First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 West Cross Street, Ypsilanti
The flagship production of Brevity Shakespeare, Hamlet, will be performed on August 29, 30, and 31 at the First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, 1110 West Cross Street. Curtain at 8:00 pm. Running time is approximately ninety minutes. Hamlet is set in the postcolonial years of an unnamed Caribbean island nation: lush and decaying greenery, crashing waves on rocky cliffs, and thick, heavy heat. The production features Macallan Winning, Emily Wilson-Tobin, Aminata Sow, and Glen Thomas Rideout. Karl Sikkenga, Artistic Director of Brevity Shakespeare, directs. For further information, call (734) 985-0315, or go to (734) 985-0315

Last Thursday Dance Party with Sold Only As Curio and DJ Madame Zora

Thu., Aug. 29, 8-11:59 p.m., Thu., Sept. 26, 8-11:59 p.m., Thu., Oct. 31, 8-11:59 p.m. and Thu., Dec. 26, 8-11:59 p.m.
Barter Detroit 11601 Joseph Campau, Detroit Hamtramck

Free No Cover Dance Party every last Thursday of the month at the coolest new cocktail place in town. Live Music from Sold Only As Curio, special guests musicians, DJs and performers from all around the Detroit and the metro area.

Free Admission to Cranbrook Gardens

Through Oct. 31, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cranbrook House & Gardens 380 Lone Pine Rd, Bloomfield Hills Greater Birmingham Area

Stroll through the Sunken Garden, discover a garden folly on The Mountain, and take a moment to unwind by the Reflecting Pool or Japanese Garden. Enjoy free self-guided admission to all 40 acres of Cranbrook Gardens - featuring extensive plantings, fountains, statuary, lakes and streams - and watch as they evolve from spring through fall! Free admission to Cranbrook Gardens is provided by presenting sponsor, PNC Bank, and sponsors All Seasons Independent Living, fleurdetroit, Holiday Inn Express Birmingham-Detroit, and Roberts Restaurant Group. Cranbrook House tours and special events require admission. Please visit our website to learn more. 248-645-3149

Total Sensory Freakout: Detroit’s Zeitgeist Collective, 1997 to 2008

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Continues through Sept. 2

University of Detroit Mercy’s Libraries / Instructional Design Studio presents "Total Sensory Freak-out: Detroit's Zeitgeist Collective, 1997 to 2008." This art exhibit documents the 11-year life of the independent, community-run art gallery and theater. The library is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. This is the sixth exhibit in a series showcasing Detroit’s cultural history and curated by Maurice Greenia, Jr., who has selected playbills, postcards, original artworks, newspaper articles and other items from his collection. Greenia is an artist and works at the Detroit Mercy Library. 313-993-1795

Discover Your Special Power at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan's Ninjago Event Days

Through Sept. 2, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Great Lakes Crossing 4362 Baldwin Rd., Auburn Hills Greater Detroit Area

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan wants families to discover their radical powers at NINJAGO Event Days Saturday, July 20 to Monday, Sept. 2. Based on The LEGO NINJAGO Movie, the event days will have several activities for kids and parents to hone their skills to become a master NINJAGO warrior. Guests will be challenged to create a ninja battle scene, accomplish a scavenger hunt and build their own mech machine to fight the forces of evil and help Master Wu’s team prevail. Kids can meet and greet Kai, one of the stars of NINJAGO and watch the movie.


Mondays-Fridays, 12-1 p.m. Continues through Nov. 1
Campus Martius Park 800 Woodward Ave., Detroit Downtown Detroit

Come play the 100+ year old French sport of Petanque. Similar to Italian Bocce, Petanque (Pay-Tonk) is a fun way to while away your work day. We supply all of the equipment, and teach you how to play. 734-771-0924

Welcome To Paradise

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Aug. 31

(734) 433-7673

Aboriginal Totems

Mondays-Sundays. Continues through Dec. 3


The Generous Pour at The Capital Grille

Mondays-Sundays, 5-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 1
The Capital Grille 2800 West Big Beaver Rd., Troy Greater Royal Oak Area

The Capital Grille’s annual The Generous Pour wine event has returned for its eleventh year. This year’s theme is Legends of the Land, where guests can sip on any combination of seven select wines including the Maggy Hawk 2015 Pinot Noir, the 2015 Cenyth Red Blend, and the Arrowood 2013 Red Blend. Each is from California’s Jackson Family that tell a unique story of origin and sustainability. From July 8th through September 1, 2019, guests are offered a customized wine tasting paired with the restaurant’s classic menu items, including hand-carved steaks and fresh (248) 649-5300

Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous

Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 19
SJHS Oakland Hospital 27351 Dequindre, Madison Heights Greater Detroit Area

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is an international fellowship of people who have experienced difficulties in life as a result of our relationship to food and eating. Our program of recovery is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. We make use of AA principles to gain freedom from addictive eating. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins at FA meetings. Membership is open to anyone who wants help with food. 313-629-3767

After Dark

Thursdays, 8-11 p.m. Continues through Oct. 10
The Apparatus Room 250 W Larned St., Detroit Greater Detroit Area

Every Thursday evening, After Dark showcases local Detroit artists in performance. From jazz to hip hop to R&B to house and techno, After Dark is committed to highlighting a diversity of new voices emerging from all corners of Detroit.

Live T-shirt Screen Printing

Ongoing, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Detroit Shipping Company 474 Peterboro St., Detroit Cass Corridor

Check out Armadillo Printwear at the Detroit Shipping Company, 474 Peterboro St. for a live t-shirt screen printing demonstration. Our staff is available to demonstrate and talk about the screen printing process. 313-460-8333

The Big Picture Guided Tour

Tuesdays-Sundays, 1 p.m., Fridays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit Midtown


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