6 Things to Do This Weekend (March 25-27)

Experience ”The Bachelor Live on Stage,” sing along with Darius Rucker, and crack up at the Festival of Laughs
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Country artist Darius Rucker is performing at the FoxTheatre. // Photograph courtesy of David McClister

Asking Strangers the Meaning of Life

The works of playwright William Missouri Downs have been brought to life in more than 300 productions across the U.S., including the Detroit Repertory Theatre’s 2011 iteration Forgiving John Lennon. Described as a “seriously ridiculous comedy,” Asking Strangers the Meaning of Life follows a man claiming to be Franz Kafka and a parade of strangers all searching for purpose in a post-pandemic world. $20+. Through April 3. Detroit Repertory Theatre, 13103 Woodrow Wilson St., Detroit; detroitreptheatre.com

Darius Rucker

Darius Rucker first rose to fame as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since bursting onto the country music scene in 2008, he has produced four Billboard Country No. 1 albums, earning him a whole new legion of fans. He also scored his third career Grammy with his rendition of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel,” which became one of the top five best-selling country songs of all time. This February, he topped the Country Radio charts with hit single “Beers and Sunshine,” off his first solo album since 2017. This weekend, you can hear these tracks and more at the Fox Theatre. $29+. March 25. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

Festival of Laughs

The annual Festival of Laughs brings together some of the biggest names in comedy for a hysterical evening of lively storytelling and unbridled wit. This year’s lineup features trailblazing female comedian Sommore, whose film credits include Soul PlaneSomething New, and Friday After Next, and Gary Owen, dubbed “Black America’s favorite white comedian” by Ebony magazine. In addition to numerous hits films, Owen starred in his own BET docuseries, The Gary Owen Show, which was released last year and chronicled his dynamic, interracial family life in small-town Ohio. The festival will also feature a performance from one of comedy’s fastest rising stars, Lavell Crawford, who first gained national exposure on NBC’s hit reality series Last Comic Standing. He has since appeared on AMC’s Breaking Bad, Comedy Central’s Workaholics, E!’s Chelsea Lately, and Showtime’s Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam. $59+. March 26. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

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Comedian Lavell Crawford is among the comedians you can see at this weekend’s Festival of Laughs. // Photograph courtesy of 313 Presents

Vegas Night

This Saturday, the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) will host its biggest annual fundraiser: Vegas Night. This year, the event carries an added layer of significance, celebrating the centennial anniversary of the graduation of Henry Tarrant, Detroit Mercy Law’s first Black graduate. The virtual casino-themed fundraiser will feature breakout rooms with music and raffles, as well as games like bingo, jeopardy, and trivia. There will also be a silent auction proffering a host of exciting items, including a Detroit Pistons jersey signed by star forward Jerami Grant and an autographed photo of Red Wings star Givani Smith. Proceeds will fund the BLSA’s range of merit- and need-based scholarships for Detroit Mercy Law minority students. $10. March 26. Virtual event; blsavegasnight.com

American Ballet Theatre Studio Co.

The American Ballet Theatre Studio Co. is a select group of exceptionally promising young dancers, who render works from both well-established and up-and-coming choreographers. This weekend, at Music Hall, they will demonstrate the versatility and range of the evolving world of ballet by performing a set featuring classical, neoclassical, and contemporary styles of dance. $30+. March 26 and 27. Music Hall, 350 Madison Ave., Detroit; musichall.org

The Bachelor Live on Stage

The Bachelor Live on Stage offers a front-row seat to the journey you’ve been watching on TV. The show, hosted by a Bachelor Nation favorite Becca Kufrin, will feature numerous recent cast members and even some of the audience members themselves. The lucky few will be invited on-stage to experience all the fun and drama of the mansion for themselves. Experience all your favorite moments, from the glamorous limo entrances to the outrageous group date, and cheer on the contestants as they vie for the final rose of the evening. $30+. March 27. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

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