7 Things to Do This Weekend (Dec. 10-12)

Holiday concerts, sledding, shopping, and more seasonal activities
Dianne Reeves 2 PC Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves joins the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for a holiday concert. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Dianne Reeves: Christmas Time is Here

Celebrated jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves will ring in the season with holiday classics from her album Christmas Time Is Here and beyond. Reeves began making music in 1976. Since then, she has received five Grammys, performed at the 2002 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, and cranked out hits like “Better Days,” “Come In,” and “You Taught My Heart to Sing.” $19+. Through Dec. 17. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dso.org

Ebird and Friends

Since its inception in 2007, Ebird & Friends, presented by nationally touring Ann Arbor folk-rock band The Ragbirds, has become an annual yuletide tradition. The family-friendly holiday show celebrates the season with a fresh, new set of songs — including some holiday-inspired Ragbirds’ originals — each year. $35+. Dec. 10 and 11. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; theark.org

Hive (Zgjoi)

Albanian drama Hive (Zgjoi), which received three major prizes at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, is based on the true story of Fahrije — a woman who dares to seek empowerment and independence in her patriarchal village. Fahrije encounters hostility, after uniting the widows of her community to launch a business and carve out a stable existence without their husbands. Audiences follow the women, as they refuse to back down and find themselves embroiled in a dangerous feud, in this tale of oppression, loss, freedom, and sisterhood. $9.50. Dec. 10-12. Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival PC Bruce Harkness
The Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival will feature selections from the album Carols From Kings. // Photograph by Bruce Harkness

Winter at Valade

This weekend marks the start of Winter at Valade Park, a Detroit Riverfront event that celebrates the season with a host of outdoor activities. Visitors can roast s’mores, sip hot chocolate — or a festive libation of the alcoholic variety — enjoy free sledding and ice curling, and warm up by oversized bonfires. No cost. Dec. 10-Feb. 27. Detroit Riverfront, 588 Jefferson Ct., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org

Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival

Vanguard Voices and the Dearborn Community Chorus will come together for the annual Dearborn Holiday Choral Festival. Accompanied by the Vanguard Brass Quintet, each group will showcase its respective musical talents with selections from Carols From Kings, the album by Cambridge’s famous Choir of King’s College. They will also combine their skills, dazzling audiences, in a handful of joint performances. $11+. Dec. 11. Michael A. Guido Theater, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; dearborntheater.com

Black Owned Business Walking Tour

Support local ventures, discover unique holiday gift ideas, and maybe even learn something, all at the same time, on this tour of Detroit’s Black-owned businesses. Your guide will share the stories behind the shops, all the while pointing out some of their picks for made-in-Detroit gifting. Plus, you’ll receive a toasty, complimentary beverage to hold off the chilly December air. $5. Dec. 11. Good Cakes and Bakes, 19363 Livernois Ave., Detroit; detroitexperiencefactory.org

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is a jukebox musical that tells the true story of four regular guys from New Jersey who became an international rock sensation. Witness the rise and fall of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons — a band nearly as famous for its off-stage discord as its on-stage harmonies. The Grammy and Tony Award-winning Broadway show features top 10 hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” and “December 1963.” $30+. Dec. 12-18. Music Hall Center, 350 Madison St., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com

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