6 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 11-13)

Yuletide shopping and theatre for holiday fanatics, plus art, baseball, and Legos, for the not so festive
Have Yourself a Misery Little Christmas, Ringwald Theatre
Have Yourself a Misery Little Christmas photograph courtesy of the Ringwald Theatre

All Things Marketplace

Eastern Market’s popular All Things Detroit event was cancelled this summer due to COVID, but it’s back just in time to save last-minute shoppers. With the deadline for most online Christmas purchases passed, All Things Detroit’s holiday shop offers a safe, in-person way to grab gifts for anyone still on your list. The best part? They’re all Michigan-made. The Corktown pop-up features items from 25 local businesses, including Blackfolk Apparel, Detroit Respect, Sasha Sass Candles, Cevanna Naturals, and Centurium’s Creations. Free. Nov. 5-Jan. 4. The Build Institute at The Corner, 1620 Michigan Ave., Ste. 120, Detroit; allthingsmarketplace.com

Holiday Magic at The Village of Rochester Hills

Kris Kringle is taking over Downtown Rochester every weekend leading up to Christmas, turning it into a winter wonderland for the whole family. He’ll bring along crafts, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, free hot chocolate, and even some of his real-life reindeer. Plus, Main Street’s famously over-the-top holiday lights are an annual must-see. Free. Nov. 20-Dec. 24. The Village of Rochester Hills, the corner of Adams and Walton Road, Rochester Hills; thevorh.com

Michlug Lego Building Display, the Henry Ford Museum
Michlug Lego Building Display photo courtesy of the Henry Ford Museum

Michlug Lego Building Display

The Michigan Lego Users Group is presenting its latest collection of whimsical masterpieces at the Henry Ford Museum. Guests will see elaborate Lego renderings of local landmarks, such as the Fisher Building and historic Detroit mansions, as well as iconic works of pop culture architecture, including the Hogwarts Castle from Harry Potter, and Downton Abbey’s Highclere Castle. $25. Nov. 27-Jan. 9. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; thehenryford.org

Koshien: Japan's Field of Dreams, the Detroit Institute of Arts
Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams photo courtesy of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dreams

As part of its DFT @ Home series, the Detroit Film Theatre is offering online screenings of Koshien: Japan’s Field of Dream, which gives viewers an inside look at the stern and sober world of Japanese high school baseball. The intimate and moving documentary follows Coach Mizutani and his team through the drama and sacrifice of competing to win the Japanese high school baseball championship — Koshien — a national event as popular as America’s World Series. $10. Nov. 27-Dec. 17. The Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org

Think Small

Lawrence Street Gallery is offering a plethora of safe ways to experience its annual Think Small exhibition. View works from local artists, including Linda Pelowski, Brenda Beene Shackleford, Lori Zurvalec, and Emilie Ball, in-person, in a Facebook Live gallery walk-through, or posted on the organization’s website. All the featured works will be available for purchase in-person or via curbside pick-up. Free. Dec. 3-24. Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave, Ferndale;lawrencestreetgallery.com

Have Yourself a Misery Little Christmas

Due to economic hardship brought on by COVID-19, The Ringwald Theatre is being forced out of its Ferndale home of 14 years. Still, the performance company plans to go out with a bang. For its last production, the Ringwald cast will perform Have Yourself a Misery Little Christmas, a full-length parody of the Stephen King book and film Misery. The piece tells the story of Santa’s No. 1 fan, Annie Willis, who, upon discovering a sleigh wreck near her remote Colorado home, rescues and cares for the sole survivor. But when she recognizes her patient as St. Nick himself, she demands that he rewrite his Naughty and Nice lists according to her preferences. $20+. Dec. 4-31. Streaming; theringwald.com

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