10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit This Weekend (Nov. 16-18)

Enjoy the end of the work week with comedy shows, live performances, and pre-holiday events


Dancing with the Detroit Stars takes place at The Townsend Hotel on Nov. 17. // Photograph courtesy of Jerry Richart

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Once the opener for Jerry Seinfeld, comedian Jon Fisch is now touring with his own opener, Mark Sweetman. Drawing from his experiences living in New York City, Fisch is sure to have endless content courtesy of the city that never sleeps. Nov. 15-17. $10+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Marvel Universe Live: The Marvel Universe is assembling to save citizens from evil in this live production. The show will feature fan-favorite heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, and more, as well as acrobatics, pyrotechnics, 3-D projections, martial arts, and motorcycles. Nov. 15-18. $20+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Detroit Public Theatre: Cry it Out is a short play that takes a lighthearted look at the unique challenges new mothers face. The comedy was written by Molly Smith Metzler, whose credits include TV shows like Shameless and Orange is the New Black. Nov. 15-Dec. 9. $25+. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org 

MotorCity Cage Night IV: Catch the biggest names in mixed martial arts at this month’s cage night event. Nov. 16. $25+. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Festival of Trees: The downtown Rochester Festival of Trees will again showcase the finest holiday decorations, wreaths, and, of course, trees. The event kicks off with a cocktail party before opening to the general public. Holiday decorations will be available for purchase. Nov. 16-18. Cocktail preview tickets $50+, no cost for festival. Rochester; 248-656-0060; downtownrochestermi.com

Orchestra Hall: All the way from Czarist Russia, Tchaikovsky’s timeless masterpiece Symphony No. 4 is coming to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra thanks to composer John Storgards. Daniel Bjarnarsson’s Violin Concerto will also be performed by Pekka Kuusisto. Nov. 16-18. $15+. 3711 Woodward Ave.; Detroit; 313-576-5100; dso.org

Audra McDonald: Audra McDonald, who has been featured in Porgy and Bess12th Night, and 110 in the Shade, is an absolute force of musical theatre. The only person to win a Tony Award in every acting category, the singer will stop into Ann Arbor this month for An Evening with Audra McDonald. Nov. 17. $12+. Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-764-2538; ums.org

The Townsend Hotel: Local Detroit celebrities will take center stage at this year’s Dancing With the Detroit Stars, a charitable gala event. The fundraiser will also have a silent auction and a live DJ, and proceeds will go to the South Oakland Shelter, a nonprofit that runs numerous homeless shelters. Nov. 17. $100+. 100 Townsend St., Birmingham; 248-809-3773; my.southoaklandshelter.org

Cranbrook Art Museum: In the new exhibit Annabeth Rosen: Fired, Broken, Gathered, Heaped, ceramics artist Annabeth Rosen uses already fired broken clay to make her unique sculptures. The pieces explore topics like endurance, labor, and feminism. Nov. 17- March 10. $10. 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323; cranbrookartmuseum.org

The Brian Setzer Orchestra: Brian Setzer is somewhat of an authority on holiday music. Setzer has four holiday albums and has been performing this particular Christ Rocks! Tour holiday show for 15 years. Nov. 18. $30+. Little Caesars Arena, 2645 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

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