10 Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 16-18)

Art exhibits, musicals, and concerts take over metro Detroit this Valentine's Day weekend


See more of Nabil Mousa's mixed-media art in The American Landscape: An Exploration of Art & Humanity by Nabil Mousa // Photograph Courtesy of Arab American Musuem

Arab American National Museum: Located in the museum’s main floor gallery, the American Landscape: An Exploration of Art & Humanity by Nabil Mousa mixed-media exhibit focuses on the politics of LGBTQ rights in the U.S. Through April 8. Free with museum admission. 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org

Flint Institute of Arts: The Art of Containment – Vessels from the Sidney Swidler Collection features more than 40 contemporary ceramics that are used to hold food, drink, and flowers. The items in the display were gifted to the museum by Swidler, who has collected more than 1,000 ceramic works since 1984. Through March 18. Free with museum admission. 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint; 810-234-1695; flintarts.org

Orchestra Hall: With sisters Michelle and Christina Naughton on piano, An American in Paris features work by the composers Darius Milhaud and George Gershwin. The music is inspired by the sounds of Times Square, Central Park, and the streets of Paris from an outsider’s point of view. Feb. 16. $15+. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Auggie Smith can often be heard on various XM Radio stations and his comedy act won him the title of Club Comic of the Year. Smith’s sets focus on pop culture and politics, and the comedian has gained a loyal following across the country. Feb. 15-17. $10+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

The Henry Ford: The Minds on Freedom performance uses empowering speeches and images in the form of a 30-minute musical to explore the civil rights movement. Feb. 1-28. $16.50+. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org

Excision: Jeff Abel, better known as Excision, is a Canadian DJ and producer. His 2018 tour featuring The Paradox is making a stop in Detroit. He’ll be accompanied by Liquid Stranger, Protohype, and Dion Timmer. Feb. 16 and 17. $39.50. The Fillmore Detroit; 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com

Mark Farner: Flint-native and Michigan Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Mark Farner is perhaps best known as the former lead singer of the rock band Grand Funk Railroad. Popular in the ’70s, the band’s hits include “We’re an American Band” and a rock ’n’ roll cover of “The Loco-Motion.” Feb. 16. $25+. Andiamo Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3200; andiamoitalia.com

Allesee Hall: Written by George Brant, Marie and Rosetta is centered around Sister Rosetta Tharpe — a woman who is said to have influenced both Elvis Presley and Ray Charles with her musical talents and style — and her first rehearsal with her mentee Marie Knight. Feb. 15-March 11. $20+. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Meadow Brook Theatre: Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical begins in Kentucky and takes audiences through Clooney’s rise to fame. The artist’s signature songs, including “Mambo Italiano” and “Come On-a My House,” are woven throughout the show. Feb. 14-March 11. $28+. 378 Meadow Brook Rd., Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com

Startup Love Stories: The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers will gather at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History to share their narratives, as well as music and dance accompaniments. Satori Shakoor hosts the live event. Feb. 16. $25+. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-744-6037; thewright.org

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