10 Things to Do This Weekend (November 17-19)

Concerts, cocktails, contemporary art – there's a lot going on in metro Detroit this weekend


Basquiat in the Apartment, 1981. Photograph by Alexis Adler. Photograph Courtesy of Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum: Organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Basquiat Before Basquiat: East 12th Street exhibit includes work created by American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat when he lived in New York City’s East Village. Nov. 17-March 11. $10. 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323; cranbrookartmuseum.org

Detroit Cocktail Classic: Detroit’s premier cocktail party will feature local and creative craft drinks. Attendees will receive 12 beverage samples with admission. Nov. 17. $30+. Eastern Market Shed 3, 2934 Russell St., Detroit; 313-833-9300; easternmarket.com

Redford Theatre: Catch up on your favorite flicks at the Tribute to John Candy event, which will feature Planes, Trains and Automobiles and Uncle Buck. Nov. 17 and 18. $5. 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com

Count Basie Orchestra: The 18-time Grammy Award-winning jazz group is bringing their explosive sound to the Orchestra Hall stage. Nov. 17. $19+. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Dirty Heads: The hip-hop/reggae/rock group is touring their newest album Swim Team with support from The Unlikely Candidates and Tyrone’s Jacket. Nov. 17. $25+. The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com

Jay-Z: Hip-hop superstar and 21-time Grammy Award-winner Jay-Z is bringing his 4:44 Tour to Detroit. Nov. 18. $42+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-7000; olympiaentertainment.com

JR JR: Detroit’s power pop duo performs back-to-back nights at El Club. Expect to hear fan-favorite tracks like “Gone” and “Simple Girl.” Nov. 17-18. $20+. El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy, Detroit; 313-436-1793; elclubdetroit.com

Knuckle Puck: Get ready to crowd surf as Knuckle Puck tours their LP Shapeshifter. Nov. 18. $17. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com

Meadow Brook Theatre: Celebrating 35 years this November, Meadow Brook Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol tells the Charles Dickens 1843 tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas to Come. Nov. 10-16. $22+. 378 Meadow Brook Rd., Rochester; 248-377-3300; mbtheatre.com

Fox Theatre: The classic Christmas tale of kindness and redemption is transformed with singing and dancing in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Nov. 17-19. $31.50+. 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; olympiaentertainment.com

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