6 Things to Do This Weekend (Jan. 7-9)

Art exhibits, classic rock, and Broadway’s hit Carole King musical
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Catch Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Fisher Theatre. // Photograph courtesy of Broadway In Detroit

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is an inspiring true story that, in its six years on Broadway, dazzled more than 2 million audience members — including its namesake herself. Audiences join a teenage King, who is fighting her way into the music industry as a songwriter, and they follow her as she discovers her voice and earns a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical features more than two dozen beloved Carole King hits, including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “One Fine Day,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Natural Woman.” $39. Through Jan. 9. Fisher Theatre, 3011 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com 


For the WSG Gallery’s annual 14+14 show, each of the studio’s 14 artist partners will invite an admired fellow artist to show with them. Always a popular attraction, the exhibit will be filled to the brim with original artworks, including paintings, drawings, prints, jewelry, ceramics, and fibers. Among the featured artists are Janie Paul, Martha Ceccio, Susanne Stephenson, Graceann Warn, and Diana Pancioli. Through Jan. 29. WSG Gallery, 111 E. Ann St., Ann Arbor; wsg-art.com

Jorma Kaukonen

As a founding member of legendary bands Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, Jorma Kaukonen was at forefront of popular rock ’n’ roll, helping to define the San Francisco sound. Now, with a half-century music career under his belt, the Grammy recipient and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer has become one of the most respected interpreters of the American blues, rock, and roots traditions. $40. Jan. 7. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; theark.org

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Grammy winner Jorma Kaukonen performs at The Ark this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Scotty Hall

The Music of Billy Joel

Michael Cavanaugh, who was handpicked by Billy Joel to star in Movin Out, received both Tony and Grammy nominations for his performance in the hit Broadway show. He has since developed his own musical tribute to the “Piano Man.” Attendees will enjoy some of Joel’s greatest hits, including “My Life,” “Movin’ Out,” “Just the Way You Are,” and “River of Dreams.” $24+. Jan. 7-9. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit; dso.org

Happy Together

The Detroit Film Theatre’s latest series, World of Wong Kar Wai, pays homage to the Hong Kong film director, who has become one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema. For Saturday’s showing, the theater will present Happy Together, a searing romance for which Kar Wai received the best director award at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival. The film, which depicts a traveling couple locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy, paints a raw, emotional portrait of a relationship in breakdown. $10. Jan. 8. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org

Intro to Winter Birding

Most don’t think of bird watching as a traditional winter pastime, but the Detroit Audubon Society says the season is rife with avian activity. That’s why the group is partnering with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy to host a beginner birding walk, which will provide opportunities to observe and learn about the various species that roost along the riverfront. The journey will start and end at Valade Park, where afterward, participants can enjoy Winter at Valade activities, like bonfires and hot chocolate. $1+. Jan. 9. Robert C. Valade Park, 2670 Atwater St., Detroit, detroitriverfront.org