What's Going On: 10 ways to stave off boredom in metro Detroit this week

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Fri-Sun, 4/15- 4/17     
Once
@ Fox Theatre
Once is the hit musical that won eight 2012 Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s based off the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. An Irish immigrant and a Czech immigrant meet each other and spend a week together where they fall in love and create music. The songs in this play don’t have that Broadway musical style — they sound more like indie/folk songs. It’s like being at a Mumford and Sons concert, but with a romantic storyline. 
Night shows at 8 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit; Tickets $37-$75. Photo via Olympia Entertainment.
Fri-Sun, 4/15- 4/17 Once @ Fox Theatre Once is the hit musical that won eight 2012 Tony Awards, including best musical. It’s based off the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. An Irish immigrant and a Czech immigrant meet each other and spend a week together where they fall in love and create music. The songs in this play don’t have that Broadway musical style — they sound more like indie/folk songs. It’s like being at a Mumford and Sons concert, but with a romantic storyline. Night shows at 8 p.m., matinees at 2 p.m.; 2211 Woodward Ave, Detroit; Tickets $37-$75. Photo via Olympia Entertainment.
Friday, 4/15
Greenfield Village Opening Day
@ Greenfield Village
The most exciting Opening Day besides the Tigers is when the historic and always memorable Greenfield Village opens up again for the summer and fall. If you’re unfamiliar with Greenfield Village, it is an 80-acre outdoor museum that has 83 authentic historic structures. The buildings each tell a story of a person who shaped American history, such as Thomas Edison’s workshop and Abraham Lincoln practicing law. 
Opens at 9:30 a.m.; 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn; for tickets check thehenryford.com. Photography by KMS Photography.
Friday, 4/15 Greenfield Village Opening Day @ Greenfield Village The most exciting Opening Day besides the Tigers is when the historic and always memorable Greenfield Village opens up again for the summer and fall. If you’re unfamiliar with Greenfield Village, it is an 80-acre outdoor museum that has 83 authentic historic structures. The buildings each tell a story of a person who shaped American history, such as Thomas Edison’s workshop and Abraham Lincoln practicing law. Opens at 9:30 a.m.; 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn; for tickets check thehenryford.com. Photography by KMS Photography.
Saturday, 4/16
Michigan Fashion Summit  
@ College for Creative Studies
Anyone who’s a fashion student or involved in the fashion world in any sense should attend this highly informative event. The summit will mostly feature workshops and speakers about the business side of the fashion industry. With much of fashion is focused on the actual garment, so this is a way that designers can learn the business side of the industry. You will walk away from the event with a new knowledge of and outlook on the fashion industry and business. That’s what happens when you hear from top leaders in the fashion industry from Michigan. 
Event is from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.; 460 W. Baltimore Ave., Detroit; Tickets $30.72- $257.24.
Saturday, 4/16 Michigan Fashion Summit @ College for Creative Studies Anyone who’s a fashion student or involved in the fashion world in any sense should attend this highly informative event. The summit will mostly feature workshops and speakers about the business side of the fashion industry. With much of fashion is focused on the actual garment, so this is a way that designers can learn the business side of the industry. You will walk away from the event with a new knowledge of and outlook on the fashion industry and business. That’s what happens when you hear from top leaders in the fashion industry from Michigan. Event is from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.; 460 W. Baltimore Ave., Detroit; Tickets $30.72- $257.24.
Saturday, 4/16
MacBeth
@ Opera House
If your Shakespeare knowledge only goes to Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, then seeing the classic MacBeth at the Opera House will expose you to a timeless story about the King of Scotland, his wife, and their thirst and hunger for power. MacBeth is played by Stephen Powell and Lady MacBeth is played by Susanna Branchini. The show opens on the April 16, but also shows on April 20, 23, and 24. 
Show at 7:30; 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; Tickets $59-$149. Photo via Shutterstock.com.
Saturday, 4/16 MacBeth @ Opera House If your Shakespeare knowledge only goes to Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, then seeing the classic MacBeth at the Opera House will expose you to a timeless story about the King of Scotland, his wife, and their thirst and hunger for power. MacBeth is played by Stephen Powell and Lady MacBeth is played by Susanna Branchini. The show opens on the April 16, but also shows on April 20, 23, and 24. Show at 7:30; 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; Tickets $59-$149. Photo via Shutterstock.com.
Saturday, 4/16
Bacon Bash
Royal Oak Farmers Market
We think our dreams have come true over here, because this event is called “Bacon Bash.” If you’re a fan of one of the greatest foods on Earth, (of course you are, it’s bacon!) then you need to attend this event. With the purchase of a ticket, you will get to sample bacon prepared in an endless amount of ways. Wrapped, seasoned, fried, baked, and soaked in delicious booze. A ticket gets you unlimited food sampling and 10 tickets for drink samples. VIP gets you five more tickets for drinks and an earlier arrival at 6:30 p.m. 
Doors at 6:30 p.m.; 316 E. 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak; Tickets $40, VIP $55. Metro Times stock photo.
Saturday, 4/16 Bacon Bash Royal Oak Farmers Market We think our dreams have come true over here, because this event is called “Bacon Bash.” If you’re a fan of one of the greatest foods on Earth, (of course you are, it’s bacon!) then you need to attend this event. With the purchase of a ticket, you will get to sample bacon prepared in an endless amount of ways. Wrapped, seasoned, fried, baked, and soaked in delicious booze. A ticket gets you unlimited food sampling and 10 tickets for drink samples. VIP gets you five more tickets for drinks and an earlier arrival at 6:30 p.m. Doors at 6:30 p.m.; 316 E. 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak; Tickets $40, VIP $55. Metro Times stock photo.
Sunday, 4/17
Michigan Humane Society Bow Wow Brunch
@ MGM Grand Hotel
Winner for the best name of a dog adoption event goes to the Michigan Humane Society’s Bow Wow Brunch. It’s is the 27th year of the event and it is shaping up to be one of the best. The event starts with a champagne toast and a silent auction. Plus, there will be furry friends around to mingle with and snuggle. Then, of course, a gourmet brunch will be served with all the classic fixings. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Michigan Humane Society. 
Event stats at 11:30 a.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; Tickets start at $200; michiganhumane.org. Photo via Shutterstock.com.
Sunday, 4/17 Michigan Humane Society Bow Wow Brunch @ MGM Grand Hotel Winner for the best name of a dog adoption event goes to the Michigan Humane Society’s Bow Wow Brunch. It’s is the 27th year of the event and it is shaping up to be one of the best. The event starts with a champagne toast and a silent auction. Plus, there will be furry friends around to mingle with and snuggle. Then, of course, a gourmet brunch will be served with all the classic fixings. All proceeds of the event will benefit the Michigan Humane Society. Event stats at 11:30 a.m.; 1777 Third St., Detroit; Tickets start at $200; michiganhumane.org. Photo via Shutterstock.com.
Sunday, 4/17
Improv at the Point
@ Tipping Point Theatre
Tipping Point Theatre is known for excellence in theatre, and back by popular demand is their one-night-only event Improve at the Point. Were you ever a fan of Whose Line Is it Anyway? It was so great because the comics would completely create an entire scene based off one word from the audience. This show is done in the same style with tons of audience suggestions so get silly! Some of the best improvisors in Detroit will be at the show to spin your suggestions into comedic hijinks. The event is hosted by comic actor Dave Davies. 
Event at 7 p.m.; 361 E. Cady St., Northville; Tickets $20. Photo via tippingpointtheatre.com.
Sunday, 4/17 Improv at the Point @ Tipping Point Theatre Tipping Point Theatre is known for excellence in theatre, and back by popular demand is their one-night-only event Improve at the Point. Were you ever a fan of Whose Line Is it Anyway? It was so great because the comics would completely create an entire scene based off one word from the audience. This show is done in the same style with tons of audience suggestions so get silly! Some of the best improvisors in Detroit will be at the show to spin your suggestions into comedic hijinks. The event is hosted by comic actor Dave Davies. Event at 7 p.m.; 361 E. Cady St., Northville; Tickets $20. Photo via tippingpointtheatre.com.
Sunday, 4/17
Margaret Cho
@ The Soundboard
Margaret Cho has been doing stand-up since the 1990s and has always been so spot-on with her quirky view on life. She is finally gaining more mainstream recognition. Recently, you’ve seen Cho as one of the new hosts on E!’s Fashion Police. She isn’t as versed in fashion like some of the other hosts, but her jokes are hilarious and not quite as mean as some of the other jokes that have come from Fashion Police. Cho’s comedy is fresh, quirky, and has a great feminist point of view. 
Doors at 7:30; 2801 Grand River Ave., Detroit; Tickets are $27, $32, $40. Photo via Wikipedia.
Sunday, 4/17 Margaret Cho @ The Soundboard Margaret Cho has been doing stand-up since the 1990s and has always been so spot-on with her quirky view on life. She is finally gaining more mainstream recognition. Recently, you’ve seen Cho as one of the new hosts on E!’s Fashion Police. She isn’t as versed in fashion like some of the other hosts, but her jokes are hilarious and not quite as mean as some of the other jokes that have come from Fashion Police. Cho’s comedy is fresh, quirky, and has a great feminist point of view. Doors at 7:30; 2801 Grand River Ave., Detroit; Tickets are $27, $32, $40. Photo via Wikipedia.
Sunday, 4/17
Hair Wars 
@ Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
Not to be confused with that movie that made a crap ton of money this past December, the Hair Wars are coming to Detroit and it’s sure to be a great time. Hair Wars is a live event that features some of the best hair entertainers in the business. This event is called “The Motown Show” and will pay tribute to the city’s music, cars, and “hair stars.” 
Doors at 5 p.m.; 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; Tickets around $20, VIP $40 and $100. Photo provided by Hair Wars.
Sunday, 4/17 Hair Wars @ Ford Community & Performing Arts Center Not to be confused with that movie that made a crap ton of money this past December, the Hair Wars are coming to Detroit and it’s sure to be a great time. Hair Wars is a live event that features some of the best hair entertainers in the business. This event is called “The Motown Show” and will pay tribute to the city’s music, cars, and “hair stars.” Doors at 5 p.m.; 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; Tickets around $20, VIP $40 and $100. Photo provided by Hair Wars.
Wednesday, 4/20
Party to Legalize 420
@ Russell Industrial Center
The folks behind MI Legalize, the group that’s collecting signatures in a ballot drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan, are throwing a 420 party to support the cause. The fundraiser includes a cash bar, vendors, guest speakers, an “MMJ medicating tent” and more. All proceeds go to MI Legalize.
Event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 1600 Clay St., Detroit; Tickets $25. Photo via Shutterstock.com.
Wednesday, 4/20 Party to Legalize 420 @ Russell Industrial Center The folks behind MI Legalize, the group that’s collecting signatures in a ballot drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan, are throwing a 420 party to support the cause. The fundraiser includes a cash bar, vendors, guest speakers, an “MMJ medicating tent” and more. All proceeds go to MI Legalize. Event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 1600 Clay St., Detroit; Tickets $25. Photo via Shutterstock.com.