6 Things to Do This Weekend (April 2-4)

Celebrate Easter weekend with family festivities, outdoor explorations, and Oscar-nominated films
Explore the Kensington Metropark Nature Area during a guided tour this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Huron-Clinton Metroparks

Stride into Spring

Usher in the season by exploring the natural wonders of spring at the Kensington Metropark Nature Area. You’ll be guided on a 90-minute exploration of the grounds’ woods and nature trails, observing various signs of spring. Hikers will search for newly budding flowers upon plants and trees; tadpoles swimming in the pond; birds who have returned from migration; and tracks from animals recently awakened from their long, winter slumber. $5. April 2. Kensington Metropark, 4570 Huron River Pkwy., Milford; metroparks.com

Zen Zadravec Trio

First inspired to become a jazz musician by the music of Miles Davis, Detroit composer and jazz pianist Zen Zadravec has studied piano from the age of five. He received two Oscar Peterson Awards for excellence as a jazz pianist and has studied with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Kenny Barron, Don Thompson, Jand ohn Gittens. Now, he leads the Zen Zadravec Trio. Accompanied by his bandmates on bass and drum, Zadravec will perform jazz standards, as well as original compositions at the Blue LLama Jazz Club. $10. April 2. The Blue LLama Jazz Club, 314 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; bluellamaclub.com

Bunnyville
Bunnyville is full of family-friendly Easter activities. // Photograph courtesy of the Detroit Zoo

Bunnyville

Behold colorful chalk drawings, play bunny bingo, and even meet the Easter Bunny at the Detroit Zoo’s annual Easter celebration. Additional Bunnyville festivities include crafts, photo opportunities, and zookeeper talks. While there, families will also have the opportunity to visit the zoo’s usual host of animal residents. No cost. Through April 3. The Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd., Royal Oak; detroitzoo.org

At Our Table

This year, Jewish arts and culture nonprofit Reboot is reimagining Passover as “Plastover” and asking people of Jewish faith to abstain from single-use plastic. Detroit interdisciplinary artist Olivia Guterson’s installation At Our Table embodies the project’s message about throwaway culture and environmental responsibility. Suggested donation of $5. Through April 4. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.org

Join the University of Michigan Musical Society for a virtual performance by two of the Middle Easts’ most prolific female vocalists. // Photograph courtesy of UMS

Oscar Nominated Short Films 2021: Animation

Experience all five films nominated for the Oscar Academy Awards Best Animated Short, back-to-back. These include Disney-Pixar’s Burrow, which follows a naïve, young rabbit on her quest to dig the burrow of her dreams; the French Genius Loci, about a young loner who sees a vibrant unity among urban chaos; Opera, which portrays both the beauty and the absurdity of our history and society; If Anything Happens I Love You, a rumination on loss; and Yes-People, which follows a diverse assortment of people face through their everyday challenges. Animated shorts from the Academy’s short-list — Kapaemahu, The Snail and the Whale, and To Gerard ­— will be shown as a bonus. $10. Through April 4. Landmark’s Main Art Theatre, 118 N. Main St., Royal Oak; landmarktheatres.com

Arab Women in Music: The Works of Asmahan and Umm Kulthum

The University of Michigan Musical Society presents a digital concert by the National Arab Orchestra, which will perform music by two of the Middle East’s most prolific female singers: Asmahan and Umm Kulthum. The women, who rose to fame in the mid-20th century, have been credited with sparking a period of creative vibrancy in Egypt. Kulthum has even been dubbed “The voice of Egypt.” Lubana Al Quntar, a descendent of Asmahan, and Mai Farouk, who has rendered Kulthum’s works in major venues around the world, will provide vocal accompaniment. No cost. Through April 5. Virtual event; ums.org

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