10 Things To Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (May 19-21)

From Beethoven to Comic Con, Detroit has you covered.


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“Women in the Water,” photography; Seth Crosby, Grade 12, Renaissance High School // Photograph Courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Photograph courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Detroit Institute of Arts: From paintings and prints to drawings and photography, the 80th Detroit Public Schools Community District Student Exhibition will feature hundreds of pieces of artwork created by Detroit Public School students. Through May 28. Free with museum admission. 200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org.

Orchestra Hall: Conductor Leonard Slatkin will lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. The show will also feature a performance of seven Bob Dylan poems accompanied with music composed by John Corigliano. May 18-21. $15+. dso.org.

Fox Theatre: Named the “2016 Just for Laughs Stand Up Comedian of the Year,” Sebastian Maniscalco will perform at the Fox Theatre in support of his new comedy special, Why Would You Do That?, this month. Maniscalco, who hosts the podcast The Pete and Sebastian Show, has appeared on Showtime and Comedy Network. May 19. $39.75+. 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com.

Fox Theatre: Animated characters from the PBS educational children’s show Wild Kratts, are brought to life in The Wild Kratts – Live! May 20. $20+. 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com. 

Meadow Brook Amphitheatre: Accompanied by bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers and keyboard player Jeff Babko, Steve Martin and Martin Short’s An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Lives will include standup, film clips, and insight into the duo’s careers. May 20. $35+. 234 Festival Dr., Rochester; 248-377-0100; palacenet.com.

Motor City Comic Con: Spanning three days, this year’s festival will include exhibitors, panels, gaming, a kid’s cosplay contest, photo ops, and more. Ron Perlman, perhaps best known for his role as biker chief Clarence Morrow in Sons of Anarchy, will be making a special appearance. May 19-21. $75 for an adult weekend pass. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-426-8059; motorcitycomiccon.com.

Redford Theatre: Built in 1928 and preserved as one of America’s original silent theaters, the Redford Theatre is dusting off the 1984 cult-classic Revenge of the Nerds, actor Curtis Armstrong, who played ‘Booger’ in the film, will make a special appearance at three screenings. May 19-20. $10. On Sunday evening, stay after the film to meet and greet Armstrong for snacks, beer, and conversation. May 20. $35. 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com.

Kris Kristofferson: Golden Gloves boxer, graduate of Oxford, veteran Airborne Ranger helicopter pilot, Hollywood actor, and three-time Grammy award winning singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson brings his legendary status to Royal Oak for an intimate night of acoustic music. May 19. $39.50+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Allesse Rehearsal Hall: In The Harassment of Iris Malloy by Zak Berkman, Detroit Public Theatre performs a show about a single mother who faces backlash after being intimate with a senator. Running through May 28. 3771 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org.

Great Art — Great Park: The North Rosedale Park Civic Association and Detroit Fine Arts Breakfast Club are co-sponsoring a juried art show and sale of work on May 20. Proceeds will benefit the installation of a Charles McGee sculpture and Hubert Massey mosaic in North Rosedale Park.  Gala preview, $45, from 3-5 p.m; $10, art auction at 5 p.m. North Rosedale Park Community House, 18445 Scarsdale St., Detroit; 313-506-7049 or m.davis52@att.net.

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