10 Things to Do This Weekend (March 15 – 17)

Art, poetry, and music suited for a standout weekend

Mahler Symphony No. 5: Conductor Rafael Payare will lead the orchestra in performing Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and its iconic Adagietto. Mar. 14-16. $15+. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Mark Normand: Normand was a semi-finalist on NBC’s hit comedy competition, Last Comic Standing and the winner of the 2013 Carolines Comedy Madness competition. Mar. 14-16. $10+. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Madame X: This 1966 drama starring Lana Turner tells the story of a young woman forced to flee the country after a strange murder. Mar. 15. $5. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com

The Black Queen: The Los Angeles electronic band, who has produced hits like “Ice to Never” and “The End Where We Start,” will be performing tracks from their 2018 album, Infinite Games. Mar. 15. $23+. The Shelter, 431 E. Congress St.Detroit313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com

Quinn XCII: After starting his music career at Michigan State University in 2014, Mikael Temrowski, otherwise known as Quinn XCII, shot to fandom with his 2018 hit, “Straightjacket.” He released his sophomore album, From Michigan With Love, last February. 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451; thefillmoredetroit.com

Motor City Blues Festival: Performers include Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Shirley Brown, Theodis Ealey, Calvin Richardson, and Lenny Williams. Mar. 16. $57+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-6611; 313presents.com

Black Women Rock: Led by poet Jessica Care Moore, the show highlights music and stories of African-American women. Mar. 16 & 17. $45. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit; 313-494-5800; blackwomenrock.com

Artist Demonstration: Lucy Cahill: Using retro magazines and advertisements, Cahill will show museum visitors how she breathes new life into old clippings. No cost with museum admission. Detroit Institute of Art, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900; dia.org

Alvin Alley:This 60th-anniversary tour by the historically African-American Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater features premiere modern dancing. Founded by Alvin Alley in 1958,the company has grown from seven dancers to a nationally beloved group noted for its traveling acts. The group will be performing its signature repertoire, which has proven to be empowering and inspirational. Mar. 15-17. $30+.Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; michiganopera.org

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Watch holiday-themed floats roll on down Washington Avenue for St. Patrick’s Day, with a number of live performances taking place in downtown Royal Oak. Mar. 16. No cost. S. Washington Avenue, Royal Oak; detroit.carpe-diem.events

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