10 Things To Do This Weekend (June 2-4)

Concerts, festivals, exhibits, and more to cure your weekend boredom


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The Anne Frank exhibit parallels the famous diarist's life with the events of World War II and the rise of Adolf Hitler. // Photograph courtesy of the Holocaust Memorial Center

Detroit Institute of Arts:  Brinda Kumar, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will speak about Detroit industrialist/art collector Charles L. Freer during the From Traveler to Aesthete: Charles Lang Freer and Indian Art lecture. Tours and a benefit reception follow the program. June 4. Free with museum admission. 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

Orchestra Hall: Guest conductor James Gaffigan and violinist Nicola Benedetti will perform a new piece by jazz musician Wynton Marsalis before the Detroit Symphony Orchestra closes its 2016-17 season with Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony. Lena Leson of the University of Michigan’s Gershwin Initiative will lead ConcerTalk, a behind-the-scenes look at the art of making music, before the performances. June 1-3. $15+. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

The Scarab Club: Music for Strings Plus One will feature the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s principal trombone player Kenneth Thompkins alongside a string quartet. French composer Nicolas Bacri’s Partita da Camera, a composition arranged for clarinet and a string trio, will also premiere. June 4. $20+. 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit; 313-831-1250; scarabclub.org

Comedy Castle: Raanan Hershberg is co-founder of Character Assassinations, a series of Kentucky-based comedy roasts about fictional and historical characters. When he’s not running his show, you can find him opening for sold-out theaters across the U.S. June 1-3. $10+.  310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Ferndale Pride: Celebrating the local LGBTQAI community, the annual street festival will include live entertainment, a children’s area, food, and more. The event is expected to attract thousands to the city’s downtown area. June 3. Free.    West Nine Mile Road, Allen Street, and West Troy Street in downtown Ferndale; ferndalepride.com

Taste of Ann Arbor: Hosted by Ann Arbor’s Main Street Area Association, the annual food festival will offer samples from a variety of restaurants in the city’s downtown area. June 4. Tickets for food tastes can be purchased for $1 each.  Main Street in Ann Arbor; 734-668-7112; mainstreetannarbor.org 

Camp Bacon: A five-day celebration of all things bacon will teach attendees “the story behind the bacon” and detail the process that goes into each crispy slice. The festival’s schedule includes a food film festival, the Bacon Ball, a street fair, and more. Through June 4. Prices range from free to $295 per event. Zingerman’s Roadhouse; 2501 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-663-3663zingermanscampbacon.com

Main Art Theatre: In The World’s End, five men go on an adventure crossing off stops on their beer bar crawl bucket list with the pub The World’s End being the last on their list. The night grows increasingly dangerous as the old friends realize reaching the pub is the least of their worries. June 2-3. $7. 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-542-5198; landmarktheatres.com

Anne Frank Exhibit Tour: A museum docent will lead a tour of the Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibit about Anne Frank, which was developed by the Anne Frank House and sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. The tour of the exhibit, which tells the story of Frank and her family along with world events before, during, and after the rise of the Nazi party, is followed by a presentation from a Holocaust survivor. June 4. Free with museum admission. Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills; 248-553-2400; holocaustcenter.org

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Rock music’s “Prince of Darkness” returns to perform a genre-defying blend of gothic, rock, and post-punk with an emphasis on emotionally intense lyrics. June 3. $59.50+.  The Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit; 313-638-2724; themasonic.com

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