10 Things to Do in Metro Detroit this Weekend (Nov. 2-4)

Kickstart the new month at one of these local events

Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: Once named Comedian of the Year by ABC’s The American Comedy Awards, Craig Shoemaker’s jokes are known for being funny and less than politically correct. Topics for his upcoming show include family, race, gender, and sex. Nov. 1-3. $20+. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com

Mayday Parade: The alt-rockers of Mayday Parade came to define the pop-rock sound of the mid 2000s. Their top hits include “Miserable at Best,” “Jamie All Over,” and “Terrible Things.” Nov. 2. $27.50+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com

Sam Beam: In just 16 short years, Sam Beam has gone from film professor to indie music sensation. Beam, who fronts the band Iron and Wine, has grown to become one of the biggest names in folk music. Nov. 2. $40+. The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8397; michtheater.org

Champions of Magic: Five world-class British illusionists are bringing their show to Detroit for the first time during the Champions of Magic tour. Expect to be amazed as they showcase their impossible escapes, mind reading, and unpredictable tricks. Nov. 2 and 3. $25+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Arlo Guthrie: Folk artist Arlo Guthrie returns with his ’60s counterculture music. He will be joined on stage by his daughter, musician Sarah Lee Guthrie. Nov. 3. $39.50+. The Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8379; michtheater.org

David Cook: As winner of American Idol’s seventh season, rock singer David Cook has a cult-like following. The Nashville-based artist has sold more than 2 million albums since the show launched him to stardom. Expect to hear songs from his 2015 album, Digital Vein. Nov. 3. $30+. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800; theark.org

The Violent Femmes: Founded nearly 40 years ago, the Violent Femmes helped both launch and define the pop-punk genre. Decades later, the group is still touring with the sarcastic, and self-loathing lyrics they’re famous for. Nov. 3. $35. Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-9700; majesticdetroit.com

All Things Detroit Shopping Experience & Food Truck Rally: Local businesses will take the spotlight at this Detroit-based trade show. The event will feature food trucks, shopping, and more. Nov. 4. $5+. Eastern Market Sheds 3, 4, and 5, 2934 Russell St., Detroit; 877-873-5307; iloveallthingsdetroit.com

Veg Bash: Vegetarians and vegans alike will celebrate at this month’s Veg Bash, a gathering of plant-based food, drink, and living. Besides plentiful dishes, the event will feature live music and shopping for plant-based products. Nov. 4. $12. Packard Proving Grounds, 49965 Van Dyke Ave., Shelby Twp.; migreenteam.com

Third Eye Blind: The highly popular rock band was immediately launched into stardom in 1997 when their self-titled debut album sold more than 6 million copies. Now over 20 years since Semi Charmed Life first hit the airwaves, Third Eye Blind has a seven-track cover album that is scheduled to be released before the end of the year. Nov. 4. $45+. Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

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