10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit This Weekend (August 10-12)

From broadway shows to blues concert festivals, there's plenty to do to celebrate the end of the work week


Broadway Hit Wicked flies into the Detroit opera house from August 8 until september 2. // Photograph courtesy of Joan Marcus

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Chris Newberg, a quirky stand-up comedian, has performed on The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and America’s Got Talent. He’s also toured with Dane Cook and written songs for American Idol. $10+. Aug. 9-11. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Detroit Film Theatre: The weekend-long international Detroit Dance City Festival will include showcases by local performers, networking, classes, and opportunities for children to learn dance techniques. Aug. 10-12. No cost. 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

Redford Theatre: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey, the theater is hosting a showing of the film in its original format. Witness the mysterious mission turned man-versus-machine-showdown of Dr. Dave Bowman and other astronauts in the classic space movie. Aug. 9-12. $10. The Redford Theatre, 177360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com

Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum: As part of this month’s Critters Up Close event, guests will have the chance to interact with insects. Aug. 11-12. No cost with museum admission. 220 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor; 734-995-5439; aahom.org

DNR Outdoor Adventure Center: Learn how to fold a traditional paper crane as well as a gray wolf, red fox, and bullfrog during Origami Day. No cost with admission. Aug. 12. 1801 Atwater St., Detroit; 844-622-6367; michigan.gov/oac

Blues on the Hill: Artists Millie Jackson, Sir Charles Jones, Bobby Rush, Lenny Williams, Latimore, and Theodis Ealey will each take to the stage during this month’s Blues on the Hill concert series. Aug. 11. $29+. Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metro Pkwy., Sterling Heights; 586-268-9700; freedomhillamphitheater.com

David Byrne: In celebration of his new album, American Utopia, the founding member of the band Talking Heads will perform new songs while on his world tour. Vocalist Benjamin Clementine will open the show. Aug. 10. $37.50+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200; 313presents.com

Lynyrd Skynyrd: American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will finalize their 40-year career with the Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. The tour will also feature The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Jamey Johnson. Aug. 10. $25+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com

Slightly Stoopid: The southern California band, whose music has been described as “a spiritual bath of positive party energy,” is embarking on its School’s Out For Summer 2018 Tour. Slightly Stoopid will be joined by reggae and dub band, Stick Figure, and three-piece rock band, Pepper. Aug. 11. $25+. Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, 234 Festival Dr., Rochester; 248-377-0100; 313presents.com

Detroit Opera House: The Broadway sensation Wicked tells the story of the witches in the Land of Oz: Elphaba and Glinda, who are eventually known as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, respectively. Aug. 8-Sept. 2. $43+. 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com


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