10 Things To Do This Weekend (August 11-13)

Looking for a festival, concert, or comedy show? Metro Detroit has you covered this weekend.


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Photograph Courtesy of Christopher Bakriges

Fine Art Fair: Between 3,000 and 6,000 attendees are expected to attend this year’s event, which will feature work by local artists, plus food, beer, and music. A portion of money earned through the sixth annual Fine Art Fair’s sponsorships and booth rentals will be reinvested back into the community through charitable organizations. Aug. 12. Free admission. 19803 Ralston St., Detroit; detroitfaf.com

Transgender Pride in the Park: To celebrate the 51st anniversary of Compton’s Cafeteria Riot, transgender people and allies alike are welcome to come together for a day of picnicking. The six-hour event is put on by Transgender Michigan. Aug. 12. Free. Donald Red Geary Park. 1198 Earl Blvd., Ferndale; transgendermichigan.org

Comedy Castle: For just three days, the multi-talented J. Chris Newberg is here to show all that he’s got. Newberg has performed on America’s Got Talent, written songs for American Idol, and his jokes have been used on many late-night TV shows. Aug. 10-12. $10+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Foreigner: The band is hitting the road for The 40th Anniversary Tour, which will feature Foreigner’s most iconic songs, including “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Special guests  include Cheap Trick — known for “I Want You to Want Me” and “Surrender” — and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. Aug. 11. $30+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

Idina Menzel: Throughout the 50-plus city global tour, the Tony Award-winning artist will perform songs off of her newest album idina., along with other classic pop and musical theater favorites. Aug. 11. $30+. Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, 160 Festival Dr., Rochester Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

Bruno Mars: As part of his first full-length tour since 2013, Bruno Mars is traveling worldwide to perform hit songs off his latest album, 24K Magic. The Grammy award-winning artist is known for his singles “Uptown Funk” and “Just the Way You Are.” Aug. 12. $49.50+. The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

Matisse Meets Jazz: Two Detroit natives, pianist/composer Christopher Bakriges and violinist Gwen Laster, return to Michigan for four area performances of music inspired by the artwork of Henri Matisse. The pair use projected Matisse images and his words about jazz and life that were published in his book, Jazz. Shows are Friday, August 11, 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit.; Saturday at the Pontiac Public Library, 60 E. Pike Street, Pontiac; and Sunday 10 a.m. at First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Ann Arbor; and Kerrytown Concert House at 4 p.m., 415 N. 4th Ave., Ann Arbor. bakriges.com/events.

Kane Brown: After covering the songs of his favorite country artists, Kane Brown was made Outbreak Presents’ discovery-worthy artist of 2016. His newest song, “What Ifs” featuring Lauren Alaina is currently one of iTunes' top songs. Aug. 12. $40+. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com

Taking Back Sunday: Supporting their seventh full-length album, Tidal Wave, which features songs such as “You Can’t Look Back,” “Holy Water,” and “Homecoming,” the American rock band is joined by special guests Every Time I Die and All Get Out for the metro Detroit stop of their summer tour. Aug. 13. $27.50+. The Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-858-9333; thecrofoot.com 

Brantley Gilbert: Joined by fellow country rockers Tyler Farr and Luke Combs, Brantley Gilbert heads to metro Detroit for his The Devil Don’t Sleep Tour. Aug. 13. $29+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com

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