10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit this Weekend (Dec. 7-9)

This weekend is jam-packed with films, musicals, and concerts


Catch The Book of Mormon at The Fisher Theatre this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of The Book of Mormon Broadway

Fisher Theatre: Check out what the New York Times called “the best musical of this century.” The Book of Mormon is a must-see musical comedy that follows the misadventures of a pair of Mormon missionaries. Dec. 4-9. $39+. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com

Ebird and Friends Holiday Show: The Ebirds are back again for their annual Christmas performance. The diverse musical lineup includes fiddles, horns, bagpipes, and guitars. Dec. 6-8. $25+. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1451; theark.org

Jeff “Tain” Watts Trio: Trained by Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Jeff “Tain” Watts is now a musical force in his own right. His drumming is sure to inspire any fan of contemporary jazz. Dec. 7. $20+. The Cube, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

The Piano Guys: This musical force, fronted by Jon Schmidt and Steven Sharp Nelson, has amassed over 1.2 billion YouTube views due in part to producer/videographer Paul Anderson and producer/songwriter Al van der Beek. Dec. 7. $37.50+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

2018 Detroit Historical Society Ball: The annual celebration of metro Detroit’s regional history will take place at the Lexus Velodrome bike racetrack. In addition to a cycle racing demonstration, the black-tie event will also feature dancing, an open bar, and desserts. Dec. 8. $75+. Lexus Velodrome, 601 Mack Ave., Detroit; 313-833-1805; detroithistorical.org

Whiskey N’ Wine Fest: Whiskey and wine will be flowing with complementing dishes available for purchase. The event will also feature games and live entertainment. Dec. 8. $20+ Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; 248-224-5104; whiskeynwinefest.com

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: The 35-minute show Rouse Simmons: The Christmas Tree Ship chronicles an ill-fated 1912 voyage. The crew and cargo of Christmas trees went down when this schooner sank off the coast of Wisconsin. Dec. 8 and 9. No cost. 100 Strand Dr., Belle Isle, Detroit; 313-833 1805; detroithistorical.org 

Arab American Museum: The Countdown to Christmas party is fun the whole family can enjoy. The event features a visit from Santa and a performance by Maples Elementary Arabic Music Ensemble. Dec. 9. $5 suggested donation. 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; 313-582-2266; arabamericanmuseum.org

Ingrid Michaelson Trio: Coming off of a 2018 album inspired by the demise of her marriage, singer Ingrid Michaelson takes aim at a lighter performance for this holiday show. Every ticket purchased online will include a free CD or digital download of her holiday album, Songs for the Season. Dec. 9. $59.50+. Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com

Will Downing’s Soulful Sounds of Christmas: The R&B artist will render Christmas classics with a bit of soul. Hotel and ticket packages are also available. Dec. 9. $35+. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 866-782-9622; soundboarddetroit.com

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