6 Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 21-23)

’Hairspray’ the musical, hoops with the Harlem Globetrotters, and Justin Willman’s magic-comedy mashup
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Hairspray is at the Fisher Theatre through the end of January. // Photograph courtesy of Broadway in Detroit


Upon debuting in 2002, Hairspray became an instant hit, winning eight Tony Awards and making history as one of Broadway’s longest-running musicals. Now, a whole new generation of theater audiences can experience the iconic show live, at the Fisher Theatre. Set in 1960’s Baltimore, Hairspray follows 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in her pursuit for a spot on a popular TV dance show. Audiences will enjoy the beloved musical numbers, such as “Welcome to the ’60s,” “Good Morning Baltimore,” and “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” The cast features such names as Andrew Levitt — known by RuPaul’s Drag Race viewers as Nina West — who plays Edna Turnblad, and Toneisha Harris, from NBC’s The Voice, as Motormouth Maybelle. $39. Through Jan. 30. Fisher Theatre, 3011 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, broadwayindetroit.com

Magic in Real Life with Justin Willman

Star of the hit Netflix series Magic for Humans, Justin Willman is taking his magic and comedy beyond the screen with his Magic in Real Life tour. This Friday, he’ll treat audience members at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom to an intimate evening of family-friendly comedy, mind-blowing magic, and fun surprises. $28. Jan. 21. Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren; andiamoshowroom.com

Reservoir Dogs

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of an iconic crime-drama that helped reshape independent cinema with a special screening of 1992’s Reservoir Dogs, at the Senate Theater. In his debut project, legendary film director Quentin Tarantino tells the tale of a robbery gone wrong, complete with eccentric felons and loads of tension. $6. Jan. 22. Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave., Detroit; senatetheater.com

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Justin Willman’s brings his Magic in Real Life tour to Warren this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Andiamo Celebrity Showroom

Harlem Globetrotters

Since the group’s founding in 1926, the Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their talents across 124 countries and earned a place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. After a year of inactivity, the iconic group is back to entertaining and inspiring families, with its reimagined Spread Game tour. Jan. 22. Athletics Center O’rena, 569 Pioneer Dr., Auburn Hills; harlemglobetrotters.com

PARC After Dark

Hosted by the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex (PARC), the PARC After Dark gala will celebrate the grand opening of the newly restored Jack Wilcox Theatre. The facility, built in 1917, once served as the historic Plymouth High School. In addition to previewing the multi-million-dollar transformation, guests will enjoy cocktails, strolling hors d’oeuvres, and a performance by the renowned Michigan Philharmonic. $100. Jan. 22. Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex, 650 Church St., Plymouth; parc.regfox.com

Miniature Masterpieces: Mandolin Style

Mandolinist and composer Brad Phillips is a resident artist and lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Music and has released two recording projects: “Ridella’s Cave” and “Breaking Free.” This weekend, he will join the Michigan Philharmonic in performing a number of pieces, including Alexander Borodin’s “In the Steppes of Central Asia,” Antonio Vivaldi’s “Concerto for Mandolin in C Major,” Ruth Crawford Seeger’s “Music for Small Orchestra,” and Henry Cowell’s “Persian Set.” They will also premiere Phillips’s new original composition, “Unfolding.” $30. Jan. 23. St. John’s Chapel, 44045 Five Mile Road, Plymouth; michiganphil.org