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Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends

Sat., Jan. 19, 11 a.m., Sun., Jan. 20, 11 a.m., Mon., Jan. 21, 11 a.m., Fri., Jan. 25, 11 a.m., Sat., Jan. 26, 11 a.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 11 a.m., Fri., Feb. 8, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 9, 11 a.m., Sun., Feb. 10, 11 a.m., Fri., Feb. 15, 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 11 a.m. and Sun., Feb. 17, 11 a.m.

Cold weather blows, but winter can be a blast — and it is, thanks to Quicken Loans Winter Blast Weekends. Entering its 14th year, the fest will switch to a four-weekend, totally free admission format this year, continuing the tradition of wintery, family-friendly programming full of marshmallow-roasting, ice sculptures, free ice skating (on the first and last weekends), zip-lining, a Polar Plunge to support the Special Olympics, and the return of a festival favorite, the 30-foot slide. This year’s musical lineup welcomes headliners Thornetta Davis and Laith Al-Saadi, DJs as part of the Movement Music Festival showcase, as well as 30 other artists. free

North American International Auto Show

Mondays-Sundays, 9 a.m. Continues through Jan. 27

Now that the international automotive media swarm is gone, Detroit's annual auto show opens to the public. This is one of the last years the long-running industry expo will be held in the winter; organizers are reportedly considering switching NAIAS to a warmer weather event. $14

Michigan Central Station Winter Festival

Mondays-Sundays, 5:30 p.m. Continues through Jan. 27

Ford Motor Co. is celebrating its recent acquisition of the old Michigan Central Station with a winter festival set to coincide with the North American International Auto Show. Organizers say to expect a 3D-light show projected onto the historic building's facade, live painting, ice carving, fire pits and s'mores, and food trucks. History buffs, take note: The company will also display artifacts that have been scrapped, stolen, or otherwise removed from the long-abandoned train station, which have been coming out of the woodwork in recent months — including the once grand train station's historic clock that was anonymously given to the company after it purchased the building. Free

2019 U.S. Figure Skating Championships

Jan. 19-27, 5:30 p.m.

Usually, when “Detroit” and “figure skating” share a sentence, the next names that usually follow are “Nancy Kerrigan” and “Tonya Harding.” Nearly 25 years since the infamous Cobo Arena knee-bashing (which also perhaps cemented the word “Whyyyyyy!” in pop culture history), the U.S. Figure Skating Championships returns to the city with a triple-axle-landing vengeance. The 2019 iteration will post up at Little Caesars Arena for a six-day, 15-session event during which champions will be crowned in women, men, pairs, and ice dance categories at Junior and Senior Championship levels. What’s at stake? Well, it’s the final qualifying event to determine the U.S. teams eligible for Olympic competition, that’s what. $15+

Annica Cuppetelli: Measures of Constriction

Through March 2, 6-9 p.m.

Interested in how fashion is tailored to constrict the female figure and ultimately, to transform it, the artist borrows techniques and materials from garment-making to create forms that evoke fashion but function instead as sculpture and space. Free admission

Rent

Tuesdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Continues through Jan. 20

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 525,600 (x 20) minutes since a little-known composer unleashed one of the most influential musicals in the history of American theatre. Celebrating 20 years, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to preach love, diversity, and creativity in spite of circumstance. The rock opera has scored a Pulitzer Prize and four Tony Awards, and has received the Hollywood treatment with a film starring Rosario Dawson — and now, a stunning 20th-anniversary production. Described as a “re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini’s opera, La Bohème,” Rent tracks one year in the lives of seven New York City artists and dreamers struggling to live life as their truest selves among the HIV/AIDS crisis. Opening night performance begins at 8 p.m. $39

Fisher Theatre (map)
3011 W. Grand Blvd.
New Center
phone 313-872-1000
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Songs of the Social Justice Movement 2019

Sun., Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m.

$15.00-$20.00

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Baker's Keyboard Lounge (map)
20510 Livernois Ave.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (313) 345-6300; (313) 345-6303 (FAX)
webmaster@bakerskeyboardlounge.com
Songs of the Social Justice Movement 2019

Not Your Mama's Visionboard Party

Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.

$25.00

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Detroit Mama Hub (map)
18032 James Couzens Freeway
Greater Detroit Area Not Your Mama's Visionboard Party

Heroes on Deck; WWII on Lake Michigan

Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.

Donation

Michigan Military Technical Museum (map)
16600 Stephens Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone (586) ; (586) (FAX)

Rent (Touring)

Sun., Jan. 20, 2 p.m.

$49.00-$119.00

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The Wrectory Club (map)
3011 W. Grand Blvd
Midtown
phone 313-972-1135
Rent (Touring)
Token Lounge (map)
28949 Joy Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone 734-513-5030
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