10 Things to Do This Weekend (February 2-4)

February brings folk musicians, Irish dance groups, and more to metro Detroit


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Folk duo Mustard's Retreat returns to Ann Arbor after first performing at The Ark in 1974 // Photograph Courtesy of Mustard's Retreat

Sideline: A recent addition to the Mountain Home record label, Sideline is a bluegrass six-piece side project that took off after releasing their first album in 2013. Feb. 2. $20.
The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800; theark.org

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Otherwise known as “The Pitbull of Comedy,” Bobby Slayton has appeared in movies including Get Shorty and Dreamgirls. Feb. 1-3. $10+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Flagstar Strand Theatre: Follow the evolution of traditional Irish dance in the Dublin Irish Dance group’s performance of Stepping Out. Feb. 1. $45+. 12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac; 248-309-6448; flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com

Harlem Globetrotters: The entertaining team known as the Harlem Globetrotters has traveled all over the world for nearly 90 years, showing off their one-of-a-kind basketball skills. Catch them as they take on the Washington Generals. Feb. 3. $26.50+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-7000; 313presents.com

Wild Winter: The fun doesn’t stop at the Detroit Zoo this winter. During Wild Winter weekends, visitors are invited to check out the zoo’s indoor habitats and take part in special activities, such as crafts and zookeeper talks. Feb. 3. Free with admission. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-541-5717; detroitzoo.org

Cranbrook Institute of Science: The Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars exhibit explores what life was like in Rome 2,000 years ago. Featuring four sections — Military Genius, All Roads Lead to Rome, Building Rome, and Lifestyle & Entertainment — visitors will have the chance to learn about moments from the city’s storied history. Feb. 3-July 3. $6+ in addition to museum admission. 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3200; science.cranbrook.edu

The Henry Ford: Celebrate Black History! is a chance to dive into African-American history, from the northern migration to Barack Obama’s presidency. The experience includes interactive music and dramatic performances. Feb. 1-5, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25. Free with museum admission. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001; thehenryford.org

First Aid Kit: Following the release of their album Ruins in January, the Swedish folk duo is coming to Detroit on Feb. 3. $52+. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com

Mustard’s Retreat: Together for more than 40 years, the classic folk duo debuted at The Ark in 1974 and is returning to the Ann Arbor venue for a performance. Feb. 3. $20. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800; theark.org

Fox Theatre: Elmo and the gang are back in town for this month’s performance of Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!. Through Feb. 3. $19+. 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; 313presents.com   

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