What's Going On: 10 things happening in metro Detroit this week

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Wednesday, 4/6 -
Women in E
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -
MOCAD is famous for bringing some of the strangest and unusual events and exhibitions to Detroit. At this event, you will meet and hear from the women who participated in “Women in E” installation by Ragnar Kjartansson. Kjartansson is an Icelandic artist who creates complex installations that share music, sculpture, and cinema. 
Doors at 6 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.org; admission is free.
Wednesday, 4/6 - Women in E @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - MOCAD is famous for bringing some of the strangest and unusual events and exhibitions to Detroit. At this event, you will meet and hear from the women who participated in “Women in E” installation by Ragnar Kjartansson. Kjartansson is an Icelandic artist who creates complex installations that share music, sculpture, and cinema. Doors at 6 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.org; admission is free.
Thursday, 4/7 -
American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression
@ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit -
Hometown legend Iggy Pop will be in attendance when this photo exhibit debuts in Detroit. Photographer Andreas Neumann photographed Pop and his band, which features Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, in the Mojave Desert for the cover of their new LP Post Pop Depression. The exhibition features 20 photographs of Pop and his band. The exhibit falls on the same evening as Pop’s concert at the Fox Theatre, his first Detroit solo show in years. Pop and his band will head to
MOCAD after the concert for an afterglow. All ticket proceeds will benefit Homme’s charity, the Sweet Stuff, and MOCAD. 
Doors at 9:30 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.org; tickets are $40.
Thursday, 4/7 - American Valhalla: The Art of Post Pop Depression @ Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - Hometown legend Iggy Pop will be in attendance when this photo exhibit debuts in Detroit. Photographer Andreas Neumann photographed Pop and his band, which features Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme, in the Mojave Desert for the cover of their new LP Post Pop Depression. The exhibition features 20 photographs of Pop and his band. The exhibit falls on the same evening as Pop’s concert at the Fox Theatre, his first Detroit solo show in years. Pop and his band will head to MOCAD after the concert for an afterglow. All ticket proceeds will benefit Homme’s charity, the Sweet Stuff, and MOCAD. Doors at 9:30 p.m.; 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.org; tickets are $40.
Thursday, 4/7 -
Deep House Yoga
@ Populux
House music and yoga? It seems strange at first glance, but this popular event at Populx is returning after successful classes in the past. The class will feature a vinyasa mixed-level flow led by instructor Carol Ann. The music will be provided by DJ alissa.jo. The best part is that if you’re a regular yogi or a first-timer, all are welcome to learn new stretches and meditate to some funky house music. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $20.
Thursday, 4/7 - Deep House Yoga @ Populux House music and yoga? It seems strange at first glance, but this popular event at Populx is returning after successful classes in the past. The class will feature a vinyasa mixed-level flow led by instructor Carol Ann. The music will be provided by DJ alissa.jo. The best part is that if you’re a regular yogi or a first-timer, all are welcome to learn new stretches and meditate to some funky house music. Doors at 7 p.m.; 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $20.
Friday, 4/8 -
Welcome to Night Vale
@ Fillmore -
Welcome to Night Vale is a fictional podcast series created by comedians Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. The bimonthly podcast shows the ins and outs of the fictional town of Night Vale. The podcast features news from the town along with strange announcements and events. The creators of the podcast decided to take the show on tour and will bring “Ghost Stories” to Detroit. We’re assuming there will be stories of past ghost hauntings that no doubt happened in Night Vale. 
Doors at 8 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $27.50.
Friday, 4/8 - Welcome to Night Vale @ Fillmore - Welcome to Night Vale is a fictional podcast series created by comedians Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink. The bimonthly podcast shows the ins and outs of the fictional town of Night Vale. The podcast features news from the town along with strange announcements and events. The creators of the podcast decided to take the show on tour and will bring “Ghost Stories” to Detroit. We’re assuming there will be stories of past ghost hauntings that no doubt happened in Night Vale. Doors at 8 p.m.; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $27.50.
Friday, 4/8 -
Speakeasy Dance Party
@ DIA -
During Prohibition,speakeasies were established places where you could go and drink illegally. You could dance, eat snacks, and sample artisinal gin, something that sounds like it was made by a modern-day hipster. The first-ever event will feature band leader and a vintage jazz band. There will even be instructors to teach you the best dances of the period, like the Charleston and the Peabody. The event is on the second level in the Rivera Court. 
Doors at 7 p.m.; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org; free with museum admission.
Friday, 4/8 - Speakeasy Dance Party @ DIA - During Prohibition,speakeasies were established places where you could go and drink illegally. You could dance, eat snacks, and sample artisinal gin, something that sounds like it was made by a modern-day hipster. The first-ever event will feature band leader and a vintage jazz band. There will even be instructors to teach you the best dances of the period, like the Charleston and the Peabody. The event is on the second level in the Rivera Court. Doors at 7 p.m.; 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org; free with museum admission.
Fri-Sat, 4/8-9 -
Neil Berg’s Pianomen 
@ City Theatre -
If you haven’t heard of Neil Berg, he’s a Broadway producer with a special talent of bringing songs from different artists together for one night of music. Called “Pianomen,” the night features the music of two of the greatest songwriters ever, Billy Joel and Elton John. You’ll hear classics like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” “Your Song,” and, of course, “Piano Man.” 
Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 3 p.m. on April 9; olympiaentertainment.com; 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $35.
Fri-Sat, 4/8-9 - Neil Berg’s Pianomen @ City Theatre - If you haven’t heard of Neil Berg, he’s a Broadway producer with a special talent of bringing songs from different artists together for one night of music. Called “Pianomen,” the night features the music of two of the greatest songwriters ever, Billy Joel and Elton John. You’ll hear classics like “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” Scenes From an Italian Restaurant,” “Your Song,” and, of course, “Piano Man.” Show starts at 7:30 p.m. on April 8 and 3 p.m. on April 9; olympiaentertainment.com; 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Tickets $35.
Fri-Sat, 4/8-9 -
Detroit International Festival of Animation
@  Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom -
The Detroit International Festival of Animation will be premiering with two evenings of long- and short- form animation films. The event is inspired by similar animation festivals, but will feature a gallery of animation as well. The film event is 90 minutes and will show a variety of animation styles and processes. The gallery will have comic and animation style art, as well as a mini expo of local artists, animators, and comic creators. Don’t forget about free popcorn and a cash bar, too. 
April 8 - Expo 6 p.m.-midnight, showtimes 7 and 9 p.m.
April 9 - Expo 4 p.m.-midnight, showtimes 5, 7, and 9 p.m. 
Tickets $10; 715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit
Fri-Sat, 4/8-9 - Detroit International Festival of Animation @ Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom - The Detroit International Festival of Animation will be premiering with two evenings of long- and short- form animation films. The event is inspired by similar animation festivals, but will feature a gallery of animation as well. The film event is 90 minutes and will show a variety of animation styles and processes. The gallery will have comic and animation style art, as well as a mini expo of local artists, animators, and comic creators. Don’t forget about free popcorn and a cash bar, too. April 8 - Expo 6 p.m.-midnight, showtimes 7 and 9 p.m. April 9 - Expo 4 p.m.-midnight, showtimes 5, 7, and 9 p.m. Tickets $10; 715 E. Milwaukee St., Detroit
Saturday, 4/9 -
An Evening with Molly Ringwald
@ Wayne County Community College -
For those of you that think that the only highlight of Molly Ringwald’s career was being the Queen Bee in every ’80s flick, then think again. It turns out that Ringwald has a spectacular singing voice. She starred as Sally Bowles on Broadway during a revival of Cabaret, and was also the lead in the touring company of Sweet Charity. In 2013, she released a beautiful jazz album that was inspired by her childhood. The performance at WCCC will be an evening of classic jazz covers with a modern and contemporary twist. 
Doors at 7:30; 21000 Northline Rd., Taylor; tickets are $37.
Saturday, 4/9 - An Evening with Molly Ringwald @ Wayne County Community College - For those of you that think that the only highlight of Molly Ringwald’s career was being the Queen Bee in every ’80s flick, then think again. It turns out that Ringwald has a spectacular singing voice. She starred as Sally Bowles on Broadway during a revival of Cabaret, and was also the lead in the touring company of Sweet Charity. In 2013, she released a beautiful jazz album that was inspired by her childhood. The performance at WCCC will be an evening of classic jazz covers with a modern and contemporary twist. Doors at 7:30; 21000 Northline Rd., Taylor; tickets are $37.
Sunday, 4/10 -
Cirque Ziva
@ Fox Theatre -
Cirque Ziva isn’t your average acrobatic live show. Produced by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, the show is thrilling, artistic, and moving for the audience and the performers. The Golden Dragon Acrobats has been relentlessly touring and creating shows for the past 30 years, making them the longest running Chinese acrobatic team with more than 200 performances in the United States alone. Not only are the acrobats amazing, but the lighting, set design, and music are pleasing and visually stunning.
Doors at 3 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; olympiaentertainment.com; tickets are $41. Photos by Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Olympia Entertainment.
Sunday, 4/10 - Cirque Ziva @ Fox Theatre - Cirque Ziva isn’t your average acrobatic live show. Produced by the Golden Dragon Acrobats, the show is thrilling, artistic, and moving for the audience and the performers. The Golden Dragon Acrobats has been relentlessly touring and creating shows for the past 30 years, making them the longest running Chinese acrobatic team with more than 200 performances in the United States alone. Not only are the acrobats amazing, but the lighting, set design, and music are pleasing and visually stunning. Doors at 3 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; olympiaentertainment.com; tickets are $41. Photos by Amitava Sarkar courtesy of Olympia Entertainment.
Tue-Sat, 4/12-17 -
Love Letters
@ Fisher Theatre -
Need a good cry, but you’re sick of watching The Notebook for the 100th time? Head out to the Fox Theatre to see the timeless Broadway play Love Letters, which follows a 50-year relationship between pen pals Andrew and Melissa. The couple sends each other letters as they both get married to different people, have children, and experience life. It’s a true story of first loves and hopefully second chances.The play stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal and is written by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. 
Show times vary; 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com; tickets are $55-$65. Photo courtesy of Broadway in Detroit.
Tue-Sat, 4/12-17 - Love Letters @ Fisher Theatre - Need a good cry, but you’re sick of watching The Notebook for the 100th time? Head out to the Fox Theatre to see the timeless Broadway play Love Letters, which follows a 50-year relationship between pen pals Andrew and Melissa. The couple sends each other letters as they both get married to different people, have children, and experience life. It’s a true story of first loves and hopefully second chances.The play stars Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal and is written by celebrated playwright A.R. Gurney. Show times vary; 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com; tickets are $55-$65. Photo courtesy of Broadway in Detroit.