10 Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 1-3)

Enjoy a weekend full of arts, food, and charity


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Birmingham Restaurant Week: A list of Birmingham’s best restaurants will be offering special deals, $18 for a three-course lunch and $36 for a three-course dinner, and menus produced by top chefs in the area. Jan. 28-Feb. 8. $18+. Various restaurants, Birmingham; birminghamrestaurantweek.org

Useless Utility: MOCAD’s latest exhibition, curated by Jova Lynne, explores the relationship between work life and everyday domesticity. On Feb. 1, the museum will host an open reception for the new installation, which includes a live DJ set with John FM. Feb. 1-April 21. No cost. MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Avenue; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.org

The Gospel According to André: After growing up in North Carolina during the Jim Crow years, André Leon Talley became the editor-at-large of Vogue and a judge on "America’s Next Top Model." This biographical documentary displays Talley’s hardships, as well as his triumphs, as a black, gay man in fashion. Feb. 2. Free with the cost of admission. Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

Wild Winter: See the animals at the Detroit Zoo—many of whom are more active in colder weather—listen to special zookeeper talks and take part in crafts and other fun activities. Feb. 2. Free with the cost of admission. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org

Comedy for a Cause: Organized by House of Providence—a Michigan charity organization that provides housing, therapy, and education to children in the foster system—this event will feature Adam Trent, an illusionist who has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Also performing will be comedian Amy Barnes, who has written for comedy stars such as Jack Black, Morgan Freeman, and Bonnie Hunt. Feb. 2. No cost. Woodside Bible Church: Troy Campus, 6600 Rochester Rd., Troy; 248-879-8533; thehofp.org

Dennis DeYoung: The former lead singer, keyboardist and co-founder of the band Styx will be performing the album The Grand Illusion more than 40 years after its release in 1977. Feb. 2. $40+. MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 3rd Ave., Detroit; 877-888-2121; mgmgranddetroit.com

Cirque Mechanics: 42 FT: Featuring strongmen, acrobats, aerialists and a galloping metal horse, this mechanically marvelous spectacle has all the whimsy of a traditional circus with modern sensibilities. Feb. 2. $43+. Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township; 586-286-2222; macombcenter.com

From Underground to Motown - 400 Years of Black Migrations in Detroit: African American people began migrating to Detroit at least as early as the 1700’s. Learn about the history and progress of black people in Detroit at the Black History month event, which will feature special speakers, a short documentary, and a panel. Feb. 2. Free with the cost of admission. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800; thewright.org

Detroit Dhamaal 2019: Dance teams from all over the country will perform in the Detroit’s first Bollywood-Fusion dance competition. All proceeds will be donated to Living Arts Detroit—a nonprofit dance organization that helps Detroit youths and families develop artistic skills through a variety of programs. Feb. 2. $15+. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500; musichall.org

Second Best’s Super Bowl Party: The neighborhood bar will hosting a game-day viewing party starting at 4 p.m., serving wings and $5 pitchers of beer late into the night. Jan. 3. No cost. Second Best, 42 Watson St, Detroit; 313-315-3077; secondbestdetroit.com


What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

Related: A Free Beacon Park Movie Festival Offers a Winter Escape Throughout February

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