7 Things to do This Weekend (Sept. 24-26)

Freep Film Festival and Dlectricity return — plus, NF and Hassan Minhaj perform live
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This year’s Freep Film Festival includes showings of the documentary Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale. // Photograph courtesy of Freep Film Festival

Freep Film Festival

The Detroit Free Press’s eighth annual documentary festival kicked off Wednesday and will continue throughout the weekend, with more than 40 screenings and filmmaking events throughout metro Detroit. The lineup features both feature-length films and shorts, such as Who You Gonna Call? The Ray Parker Jr. Story and Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale. This year’s attendees will experience a number of festival firsts, including free selected showings, outdoor screenings, and virtual streaming availability. The Detroit Free Press will also debut the Real Fresh Showcase and Competition, which spotlights top student filmmakers at the region’s universities. $10+. Through Sept. 26. Various locations; freepfilmfestival.com

Smokey Joe’s Café 

The Encore Musical Theatre is kicking off its latest season with the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history, Smokey Joe’s Café. Audience members will find themselves dancing in their seats to the Grammy-winning score of instantly recognizable pop, rock, and R&B standards like “On Broadway,” “Fools Fall in Love,” “Hound Dog,” and “Jailhouse Rock.” $44+. Through Oct. 10. The Encore Theatre, 7714 Ann Arbor St., Dexter; theencoretheatre.org

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Michigan native and rapper NF performs at DTE Energy Music Theatre on Sept. 24. // Photograph by Jonathan Taylor Sweet


Rapper NF will return to his home state of Michigan to perform hits from his latest project, Clouds (The Mixtape), at DTE Energy Music Theatre. Earlier this year, the mixtape became his third consecutive release to debut among the top-three on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The artist is also likely to treat listeners to some of his biggest hits, such as “Let Me Down,” “When I Grow Up,” and “The Search.” $29.50+. Sept. 24. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 33 Bob Seger Dr., Village of Clarkston; 313presents.com


The outdoor celebration of light and art known as Dlectricity will take over Detroit’s Cultural Center area this weekend, featuring works from more than 40 local, national, and international artists. Installations will take the form of video, new media, laser art, interactive design, engineering, and performance. The event will also see the return of the Dlectricity Light Bike Parade. No cost. Sept. 24 and 25. Various locations, dlectricity.com

Funky Ferndale Art Fair

The annual Funky Ferndale Art Fair is not your typical juried show. In addition to the usually high artistic standards, these jurors are looking for art that stands out from the crowd. This makes Funky Ferndale the perfect show for those craving something a little bolder, edgier, and more unorthodox. In addition to irregular takes on traditional art forms — like painting, sculpture, and jewelry — the fair will feature art that’s completely outside the box, including the works of one artist, who creates images from taxidermied insects and butterflies. This year, dogs are getting in on the fun as well. Take home a masterpiece paw-painted by your furry friend, when you reserve a studio slot on the event’s website. No cost. Sept. 24-26. Downtown Ferndale, Nine Mile and Woodward; funkyferndaleartfair.com

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Kresge 2021 Eminent Artist Shirley Woodson debuts a new exhibit at Detroit Artists Market this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Shirley Woodson

Shirley Woodson: Why Do I Delight

Throughout her six-decade career, Detroit artist, educator, and Kresge 2021 Eminent Artist Shirley Woodson has been represented in collections across America, including at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Harlem’s Studio Museum. Why Do I Delight celebrates Woodson’s range and progression, from the muted tones of her early paintings and collages to the richly colored canvases for which she become known for. The exhibition also features tribute works from some of Woodson’s protégés, including Peter Crow, Kimberly Harden, Najama Ma’at, Dwight Smith, Beverly Watson, and Elizabeth Youngblood. Sept. 24-Oct. 23. Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; detroitartistsmarket.org

Hasan Minhaj

Comedian and first-generation American Hasan Minhaj got his big break as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, a role he continued with new host Trevor Noah until 2018. He has since hosted the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner, produced Netflix special Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, and created and hosted Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. That show has been honored with Peabody, Emmy, and Television Academy awards. Head to the Fox this weekend for an evening of sincere personal stories and insightful political commentary, expertly balanced by Minhaj’s sharp and self-deprecating humor. $45+. Sept. 25. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com