10 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 15-17)

Combat the winter blues at these metro Detroit events


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Moscow Ballet performs Great Russian Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre on Dec. 17 // Photograph Courtesy of Olympia Entertainment

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit: Thirty artists are expected to participate in this month’s Monster Drawing Rally, a live-drawing fundraiser hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The artists will create original pieces, which will be available for purchase following the event. Dec. 15. $10. 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.org

Fox Theatre: Nearly 40 dancers will perform during Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Dec. 17. $35+. 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com

The District Detroit College Basketball Showcase: Little Caesars Arena hosts its first college basketball games at the stadium: University of Michigan vs. University of Detroit Mercy, and Michigan State University vs. Oakland University. Dec. 16. $40+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-7000; olympiaentertainment.com

Redford Theatre: Bing Crosby stars as a World War II veteran in the 1950s classic White Christmas. The showing includes a special performance by the Casali Holiday Dancers. Dec. 15. $5. 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com

98 Degrees: The boy band is on its 98 Degrees at Christmas tour. Hear brand-new music as well as old favorites like “I Do” and “The Hardest Thing.” Dec. 17. $43+. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-309-4700; soundboarddetroit.com

Home for the Holidays: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs carols and classics at this annual holiday show. Dec. 15-17. $19+. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Karen Newman: Also known as the “Voice of the Detroit Red Wings” for her regular renditions of the National Anthem, Karen Newman will host her annual holiday concert. Dec. 15. $40+. Andiamo Showroom, 7096 East 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200; andiamoitalia.com

Mannheim Steamroller: Founded by Grammy winner Chip Davis, the new-age music group’s show will feature holiday music favorites and multimedia effects. Dec. 16. $30+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com

The Jazz Gospel Messiah: Performing a combination of gospel, jazz, and classic music, the Too Hot to Handel show will feature the Rackham Symphony Choir, the Too Hot Orchestra, and a selection of soloists. Dec. 16. $33. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; michiganopera.org

City Theatre: ‘Twas A Girls Night Before Christmas The Musical is the sequel to the beloved Girls Night: The Musical. The ladies are back to gossip, laugh, and cry as they prepare for the holiday season. Dec. 14-17. $43. 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3465; olympiaentertainment.com

Fisher Theatre: With a full display of fantastic sets, costumes, and chorus girls, the Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular will feature tunes like “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Silent Night.” Dec. 12-17. $35+. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com

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