10 Things to Do This Weekend (July 8-10)

A Chris Stapleton concert, Art in the Park, and the music of Harry Potter performed by the DSO
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Craig Robinson is performing five stand-up shows at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. // Photograph courtesy of Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle

Craig Robinson

Best known for his deadpan portrayal of Darryl Philbin on NBC’s The Office, as well as voicing LeVar “Freight Train” Brown on Fox’s The Cleveland Show, the Chicago-based comedian, actor, and singer returns to his stand-up roots this summer with a small-stage tour. He’ll perform five shows during his three-day stop at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. $40+. Through July 9. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; comedycastle.com

Uncle Sam Jam

Following cancellations in 2020 and 2021, Uncle Sam Jam finally returns for its 11th year. This weekend’s lineup includes performances from local and national acts such as Grinder, Grand Funk Railroad, Dokken, and 50 Amp Fuse. Each day of the event will also feature attractions like monster truck rides, a petting zoo, cornhole tournaments, and Friday night fireworks. No cost. Through July 10. Woodhaven Civic Center Park, 23101 Hall Road., Woodhaven; unclesamjamfest.com

Tracy Jones

Stephen Kaplan’s comedic drama follows the play’s title character, Tracy Jones, as she navigates a mid-life crisis. Her dead-end job at the bank has demoralized her, and being defined by such a common and indistinct name — “Tracy Jones” — has caused her an identity crisis. As a solution, she throws a party and invites every woman with the name to attend. She waits expectantly for her guests to arrive, and the audience waits along with her to find out what will happen. $33+. Through July 24. Tipping Point Theatre, 361 E. Cady St., Northville; tippingpointtheatre.com   

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See Chris Stapleton live at Comerica Park on July 8. // Photograph courtesy of Becky Fluke

Chris Stapleton

Expect to hear chart-toppers like “Tennessee Whiskey” and “Millionaire” when eight-time Grammy Award-winning country rocker Chris Stapleton brings his All-American Road Show tour to Comerica Park. Special guests Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Marty Stuart, and Madeline Edwards will also perform. $49+. July 8. Comerica Park, 2100 Woodward Ave.; 313presents.com

Fire in the Mountains

Immerse yourself in the culture, scenery, and daily life of a Himalayan community with Fire in the Mountains. The film, shown in Hindi with English subtitles, recounts the story of one local woman who competes for business, rallies against patriarchy, and cares for her paralyzed son. The movie has earned several awards, including from the Indian Film Festivals of Los Angeles and Melbourne. $7.50+. July 8-10. Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org 

Art in the Park

More than 400 artists from around the country will bring paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, and more to downtown Plymouth’s Kellogg Park for this annual art fair. Food vendors and live entertainment will also be on-site. No cost. July 8-10. Kellogg Park, 298 S. Main St., Plymouth; artinthepark.com

Art in the Park
Art in the Park returns to Plymouth this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Raychel Rork

Scarab Club Garden Party

This weekend marks the Scarab Club’s annual soiree held in its lush gardens. The theme is An Evening in the Tropics, which means fruity drinks and tropical food, as well as a souvenir tiki cup to take home. As always, guests will also enjoy the sounds of live music. $55+. July 9. The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St., Detroit; scarabclub.org 

The Magical Music of Harry Potter

Local Harry Potter fans will gather under the stars for an outdoor concert featuring songs from all eight films. The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will perform favorites such as “Hedwig’s Theme,” “Hogwarts Hymn,” “Dumbledore’s Army,” and “Buckbeak’s Flight.” $25+. July 10. Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, 160 Festival Drive, Rochester Hills; 313presents.com

Downtown Detroit Art and Architecture Walking Tour

This two-hour walking tour spotlights the art and architecture of Detroit. A knowledgeable guide will lead participants through various districts to examine such landmarks as the lively art alley The Belt and the majestic Guardian Building, providing context and factoids along the way. $20. July 10. First National Building, 660 Woodward Ave., Detroit; thecityinstitute.com

Zoofest: The Wild Walk 4 Mental Health

Hosted by local charity Words of Hope 4 Life, which works to foster mental wellness in the community, Zoofest promises not only a full day of family fun at the Detroit Zoo, but also an opportunity to support an important cause In addition to the walk — and all the usual attractions of the zoo — attendees will enjoy a scavenger hunt, complimentary food and beverages, a raffle, music, and more. $40. July 10. Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak; wordsofhope4life.com

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