10 Things to Do This Weekend (April 5 – 7)

This weekend is all about comedy, art, and theater in metro Detroit

HamiltonThe critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway production has come to Detroit. The hip-hop musical tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton from his early life as an orphan to the bitter rivalry that lead to his violent end. March 12-April 21. $221+. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com

Josh Blue: The winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing is known for his self-deprecating humor, much of which focuses on his Cerebral Palsy. April 4-6. $15+. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Zoe Keating: Hailing from Canada, this cellist and composer fuses classical music with rock and electronic sounds. April 5. $15. Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org 

Detroit International Festival of Animation: The fourth annual event will feature approximately 90 minutes worth of animated shorts by local filmmakers and animators. Hot food and snacks will also be available. April 5-6. $5+. Tangent Gallery/Hastings Ballroom, 715 E. Milwaukee, Detroit; difestofanim.com

Motor City Laugh-a-Thon: The Detroit comedy festival will feature standup routines by Deray Davis, Bruce Bruce, Lil’ JJ,  Adele Givens, and more. April 6. $69. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Great Lakes Art Fair: Celebrating its 11th anniversary this year, the Great Lakes Art Fair is the fastest growing indoor art event in the state. April 6-7. $7. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 248-348-5600; greatlakesartfair.com 

Hansel and GretelEnjoy the classic fairy tale in opera form combined with award-winning puppetry. April 6-14. $35+. Detroit Opera House, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; michiganopera.org 

Salsa at the Garden V: More than a dance lesson, this event features live music performed by Detroit artists, a fashion presentation, and tequila tastings. April 6-7. $10+.The Garden Theater, 3929 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-0888; salsaatthegarden.com 

Classic Broadway: Vocalists Lisa Vroman and Doug LaBrecque, who starred in The Phantom of the Opera, will perform some of the most memorable Broadway show tunes. April 7. $28+. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111;dso.org 

Earl Sweatshirt: The rapper released his first mixtape, Earl, when he was just 16 years old. Since then, he was a member of Odd Future and released three albums. April 7. $61. Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit; 313-961-8961; saintandrewsdetroit.com

What are you doing this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

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