10 Things to Do This Weekend (That Aren’t The Auto Show)

Whether you’re looking for something to do after your auto show visit or want to do something not even related to cars, there’s plenty going on this weekend all around metro Detroit.

Wharton Center for Performing Arts: The Carole King Musical is sure to be Beautiful as the story of her rise to fame is narrated by her music, filled with tracks that have been considered the soundtrack to a generation. This Tony and Grammy Award-winning piece will feature songs like, “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “The Loco-Motion,” and “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Jan. 10-15. $38+. 750 East Shaw Ln., Lansing; 517-432-2000

Detroit Opera House: Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning The Phantom of the Opera haunts the Detroit Opera House stage with brilliant design, thrilling score, and a cast and orchestra of 52. Touted as one of the largest productions on tour, this Broadway hit will sweep audiences off their feet with “Music of the Night.” Jan. 11-22. $35+. 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: Violinist Cho-Liang Lin premieres new music with the DSO. Virtuosity of Cho-Liang Lin culminates the violinist’s career that spans more than 30 years. Jan. 12-15. $25. 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111

Planet Ant Theater: Riot Grrrl 90s, winner of Box Fest Detroit 2016, plays in the One-Act Series at Planet Ant Theater. $10 Jan. 13-30. 2357 Caniff Ave., Hamtramck; 313-365-4948

The Henry Ford: If you’re looking for an alternative to the auto show, Engines Exposed pops open the hoods of dozens of the most memorable vehicles at the Henry Ford. View the engines that started the automotive revolution. Free with museum admission. Jan. 14-Feb. 28. 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; 313-982-6001

Michigan Theater: Mozart Birthday Bash commemorates the prolific composer’s 260th birthday with a couple of his most famous symphonies and a Tchaikovsky suite named Mozartiana. Jan. 14. $20+. 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; 734-668-8463

Chamber Soloists of Detroit: The music of Beethoven, Schumann, and Mozart will be performed by Aaron Berofsky, Kathryn Votapek, Suren Bagratuni, and Pauline Martin, along with the debut of Bloomfield Hills violinist Haeji Kim. Complimentary light pre-concert refreshments will be served from 1-1:30 p.m. Reservations recommended. Jan. 15. $30. St. John Lutheran Church, 23225 Gill Rd., Farmington Hills; 586-944-5353

Music Hall: Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle takes audiences into the brightly colored scenes from storybook favorites created by the famed author and illustrator. The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings their acclaimed production to life with vivid scenic effects and innovative puppetry. Jan. 15. $10+. 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500

Cranbrook Art Museum: The Truth Is I Hear You is a compilation of videos featuring everyday people. A portable recording studio toured metro Detroit and random participants finished the phrase “The truth is…” Through March 19. Free with museum admission. 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; 248-645-3323

Flint Institute of Arts: The Art of Jade explores the profound cultural implications jade has had on society. Jade pieces from China to early Mesoamerica will be featured in the exhibition. Free with museum admission. Through July 30. 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint; 810-234-1695