6 Things to Do This Weekend (April 1-3)

Catch a Celtic Woman concert, a performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, and follow the NCAA final four on the big screen
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Pass Over is at Theatre Nova through April 17. // Photograph courtesy of Sean Carter Photography

Pass Over

Ann Arbor’s professional nonprofit Theater Nova presents a thrilling and hopeful show from New York-based award-winning writer Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu. Pass Over depicts an average day in the lives of two young Black men, Moses and Kitch. They spend it on a Chicago street corner, evading a slew of potential threats — whizzing bullets, hostile police officers, and so on — while surviving on their banter and their shared dreams of deliverance. $22. Through April 17. Theatre Nova, 410 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor; theatrenova.org


A pair of brothers, each with decades-long musical careers, make up global art-pop duo Sparks. The combination of Ron Mael’s witty lyrics with the dramatic falsetto of his brother Russell has earned them widespread recognition in countries like Germany, France, and the UK. Plus, they’ve collaborated with such musicians as Franz Ferdinand, Faith No More, and Todd Rundgren. This weekend, you can experience Sparks’ genre-defying sound through tracks like “This Town Ain’t Big Enough for Both Of Us,” “When I’m With You,” and “When Do I Get To Sing My Way?” $35+. April 1. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; royaloakmusictheatre.com

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Head to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend for a performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, featuring violinist Isabelle Faust (pictured above). // Photograph courtesy of Felix Broede

Schumann and Sibelius

Feel the strength of the Finnish spirit through Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony, a work commissioned by the government of Finland for the composer’s 50th birthday. The piece is best known, perhaps, for its “swan call” motif, which has influenced musicians from Leonard Bernstein to John Coltrane. The performances will be conducted by Jukka-Pekka Saraste and feature violinist Isabelle Faust. $15+. April 1-3. Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dso.org

NCAA Basketball Tournament: Final Four

Get your brackets ready and head to your local Emagine Theatre to watch the final four tournament between North Carolina and Duke on the big screen. Emagine will be hosting its own bracket tournament and offering game-day specials on Michigan craft beer selections. Plus, admission is completely free. No cost. April 2. Emagine Theaters; locations at emagine-entertainment.com

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Celtic Woman is performing at the Fox Theatre on April 3. // Photograph courtesy of 313 Presents

Community Gala

The Flint Institute of Arts and local nonprofit Communities First Inc. are partnering to present the 15th annual Community Gala, which will celebrate the FIA exhibition Sons: Seeing the Modern African American Male. The exhibit, featuring photographs of African American men from Flint, by artist and photographer Jerry Taliaferro, has proved popular since its January debut. Guests at the gala will enjoy live music, a strolling buffet, and a discussion with Taliaferro. $55+. April 2. Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 East Kearsley St., Flint; flintarts.org

Celtic Woman

Grammy-nominated music group Celtic Woman is known for its fusion of traditional Irish music and contemporary songcraft. Its current tour, Postcards from Ireland, will stop at the Fox Theatre this weekend, showcasing the group members’ angelic voices and instrumental virtuosity. They will be accompanied on stage by Irish dancers and bagpipers, in a celebration of Ireland’s rich musical and cultural heritage. $59+. April 3. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313presents.com