6 Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 15-17)

Get moving with Bike the Blizzard and Outdoor Yoga or get artsy with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and local galleries
First Romantics DSO
Eduardo Strausser will conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra virtual concert “The First Romantics.” // photograph courtesy of the DSO

Shear Madness

Northville Art House’s latest exhibition showcases the vast possibilities of collage as a versatile and accessible medium. Shear Madness features works from 60 national and international artists, who have combined various and sometimes unlikely materials to create designs, tell stories, or express ideas or emotions — each with their own unique approach. A virtual version of the exhibition can also be viewed from the gallery’s website. No cost. Through Feb. 6. Northville Art House, 215 W. Cady St., Northville; northvillearthouse.org

The First Romantics

This weekend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the individualistic, emotional, and dramatic music of the Romantic period. Reflecting popular themes within the broader Romantic movement of the 19th century, these compositions were often inspired by nature or other art forms, including literature and visual art. The DSO will pay homage to Étienne Méhul, who is considered to be the first Romantic composer, by performing his first symphony, which was revived 30 years later by Felix Mendelssohn — another prominent figure of the early Romantic era. The show is conducted by Eduardo Strausser. $12. Jan. 15. Virtual concert; dso.org

Bike the Blizzard
Bike the Blizzard photograph courtesy of Back Alley Bikes

Conversation with Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama

The Charles H. Wright Museum’s director of education will join the curator of the Institute for the Humanities Gallery at the University of Michigan to present a conversation with Ghanian artist Mohammed Ibrahim Mahama. His current installation, In-Between the World and Dreams, at The Wright Community Gallery utilizes recycled burlap sugar sacks — or jute — to illustrate themes of capitalism, globalization, and African independence. Ibrahim Mahama is also an author and a proponent of youth education in Ghana, where he’s opened an art center that holds classes inside abandoned airplanes. In this conversation, he will discuss his art as well as the principles that inspire his other work, including the importance of creating space for imagination. No cost. Jan. 15. Virtual event; thewright.org

Bike the Blizzard  

Funded by The Hub of Detroit bike shop, nonprofit Back Alley Bikes works to advance youth development and community access in Detroit. This weekend, the organization will host its ninth annual Bike the Blizzard fundraiser — a two-day, ride-what-you-can cyclathon that draws dozens of riders and raises more than $10,000 each year. Some ambitious cyclists will embark on 24-hour solo rides through the night, but others are invited to join organized daytime rides. This year, cyclists also have the option of joining in from their at-home stationary bikes. Participants can stop by the Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corp. Community Center for basic bike repairs, water, hot drinks, and snacks. Funds raised through Bike the Blizzard will support some of Back Alley Bikes’ programming. Minimum fundraising total of $50. Jan. 16 and 17. Cass Corridor Neighborhood Development Corp Community Center, 3535 Cass Ave., Detroit; thehubofdetroit.org

Castalia photograph courtesy of EE Berger

Cocktail Science: The Roots of Bitterness

Learn the science behind your favorite cocktails and improve your preparation game in this virtual class lead by the pros at Castalia at Sfumato. This segment of Castalia’s ongoing cocktail classes will focus on the botanicals that impart bitterness on many popular cocktail ingredients, such as Campari, tonic water, and absinthe. Plus, you’ll learn how to expertly mix up a gin & tonic and a negroni, using an ingredient kit that you’ll pick up from Castalia’s brick-and-mortar in Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood. $65. Jan. 16 and 17. Virtual class; castaliacocktails.com

Outdoor Yoga

Late into the weekend mornings, The Village of Rochester Hills will welcome yogis of all ages to outdoor yoga classes, held in a heated, open-air warming tent at Fountain Park. UpDog Yoga will host meditative slow flow yoga on Saturday and vinyasa (or flow yoga) on Sunday. Jan. 16 and 17. The Village of Rochester Hills, 104 N. Adams Road, Rochester Hills; thevorh.com