6 Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 29-31)

Attend a folk music festival from your couch or head to Downtown Detroit for winter family fun
Ann Arbor Folk Festival
Jeff Daniels, pictured above, hosts the Ann Arbor Folk Festival this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of The Ark

State of Mind

Playground Detroit Gallery presents a collection of works by various local artists including Shingo Brown, Dustin Cook, and Cyrah Dardas. The featured artworks utilize vibrant colors and have been fashioned using upcycled, vintage plexiglass. The wide-ranging styles, techniques, and subject matter, however, demonstrate each artist’s unique approach. No cost. Through Feb. 12. Virtual exhibition; playgrounddetroit.com

Wine Glass Painting Class

Designing a unique piece of drinkware is a great way to spend socially distanced time with friends or engage your creativity with a solo artistic exercise. The Painted Glass’s instructor-led wine glass painting classes are two hours long and include the vessel and painting supplies. But if you’re looking to drain a glass while you paint one, you’ll need to BYOB. $35+. Jan. 29 and 30. The Painted Glass, 25543 Five Mile Road, Redford Charter Township; 313-537-8004; paintedglassonline.com

Ann Arbor Folk Festival

Michigan-native and Good Night, and Good Luck actor Jeff Daniels will host the 2021 Ann Arbor Folk Festival this weekend. The lineup includes virtual performances both from well-known artists, such as Raul Malo and Alan Doyle, and up-and-coming artists like Amythyst Kiah and Ron Pope. $25+. Jan. 29 and 30. Virtual event; theark.org

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Ice Ice 90s Weekend will feature ice carving demonstrations and other fun outdoor activities. // Photograph courtesy of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy


Premiering this weekend, Supernova is a poignant, modern love story that follows partners Sam and Tusker — played by Academy Award-nominated actors Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci — as they cope with Tusker’s recent diagnosis of early-onset dementia. Determined to enjoy as much of each other’s company as possible before the disease takes its toll, the couple embarks on a road trip across the country to visit old friends, family members, and places from their past. $10. Jan. 29-31. Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St.; 248-542-5198; landmarktheatres.com 

Ice Ice 90s Weekend

Watch live ice carving demonstrations and competitions every day this weekend while enjoying nostalgic music from local DJs at the Detroit Riverfront’s ’90s-themed ice festival. This social distancing-friendly activity will take place outdoors, but visitors can stay toasty with the help of outdoor fire chimneys, warm drinks, and marshmallow roasting. No cost. Jan. 29-31. Robert C. Valade Park, 2670 East Atwater St., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org 

Auditioning the World

Abstract photographer Bill Jackson is known for producing graphic images with strong lineal elements and neutral, monochromatic color palettes. His works are often inspired by contemporary classical music, which is expressed through his use of pattern and repetition. Auditioning the World displays works spanning the past 20 years of Jackson’s long and storied career. No cost. Jan. 30-Feb. 19. M Contemporary Art, 205 E. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale; mcontemporaryart.com