10 Things to Do This Weekend in Metro Detroit (March 9-11)

Spring forward with concerts, Broadway performances, fundraising events, and more


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Comedian and native Detroiter Rob Little performs his modern comedy act at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle March 8-10. // Photograph courtesy of Rob Little. 

Macomb Center for the Performing Arts: Hailed as a “flawless commissioned portrait of Gertrude Stein,” contemporary opera 27 explores the life of the literary expat, her relationship with Alice B. Toklas, and the couple’s cultural salon that drew the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. March 10-11. $57. 44575 Garfield Rd., Clinton Township.; 586-286-2222; macombcenter.com

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Detroit native and Second City veteran Rob Little had a successful career as an IBM programmer before leaving the tech world to start a stand-up career. His self-deprecating act is proof that modern comedy doesn’t have to be dark. March 8-10. $10+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Empty Bowls Detroit: With an intention to raise money and awareness for the Cass Community Social Services’ food programs, the fundraising event will include performances by Detroit musicians and samples of homemade soups, bread, cheese, and dessert. Attendees will also receive a hand-painted bowl. March 9. $30. Shed 5, Eastern Market, Detroit; emptybowlsdetroit@gmail.com; emptybowlsdetroit.com

Michigan Golf Show: This year’s show will feature more than 350 exhibitors representing various golfing retailers, resorts, travel destinations, and more. Each ticket will include a year subscription to Golf Digest magazine. March 9-11. $12, children 12 and under are free. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 517-548-1200; michigangolfshow.com

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: Meet some of the museum’s favorite animals at Critters Up Close. This month: frogs and toads. March 10-11. Free with admission. 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-5439; aahom.org

Cranbrook Institute of Science: The museum’s 44th Annual Maple Festival will feature a variety of maple-themed snacks as well as activities that teach guests about the science of maple syrup and sugaring. March 11. $12+. 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3200; science.cranbrook.edu

Blockbuster Broadway: Starring a cast of Broadway artists, this performance features tunes from musicals like Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, and more. March 9-11. $24+. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Lights: Known by the moniker “Lights,” the electro-pop, singer-songwriter from Toronto has a musical style fit for fans of Pvris, Echosmith, and Detroit’s own Flint Eastwood. Some of her more popular songs include “Drive My Soul” and “February Air.” March 9. $21+. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit;
313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com

Motor City Blues Festival: The 12th annual festival will include performances by blues legends, such as Willie Clayton, Sir Charles Jones, Calvin Richardson, and more. March 9. $56.50+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; 313presents.com   

Cranbrook Art Museum: True to Form: Selections from the Permanent Collection draws on the museum’s more than 6,000-item archive, mixing works like Andy Warhol’s Polaroid portraits, Duane Hanson’s lifelike “Bodybuilder” sculpture, and new acquisitions making their Cranbrook debut. March 10 - Dec. 2019. Free with museum admission. 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323; cranbrookartmuseum.org

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