7 Things to Do This Weekend (April 9-11)

Indulge in various art forms this weekend, from painting and film to classical, folk, and metal music
Johnathan Biss
Johnathan Biss take to the piano during the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s virtual show on Friday. PC DSO

Jonathan Biss Plays Schumann

Pianist Jonathan Biss will perform Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto — a tender, romantic melody composed as a serenade for his wife. Schumann was a German composer, widely regarded as one of the greatest of the Romantic Era. As a bonus, Biss will execute the bombastic Overture of Gioachino Rossini’s La scala di seta. $12. April 9. Virtual event; dso.org

Laith Al-Saadi

Since the age of 16, Ann Arbor native Laith Al-Saadi has made his living solely as a vocalist and guitarist of blues, vintage R&B, jazz, and classic rock. In addition to watching his album Real spend six weeks atop the iTunes Blues chart, he has since shared international stages with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Joe Walsh, Bob Seger, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. His soulful vocals, powerful melodies, and down-to-Earth personality even secured him a spot in the Season-10 finale of NBC’s The Voice. $40. April 9. Emagine Royal Oak, 200 N. Main St., Royal Oak; 248-414-1000; emagine-entertainment.com 

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride, which brings a comedic twist to the 1973 fantasy-romance novel of the same name, has become a classic in its own right. This 1983 adaptation, starring Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, and André the Giant, takes audiences on a fairy tale adventure through the mythical kingdom of Florin. After a long separation from his true love, one man must battle a myriad of evils to find and save her. $5. April 9. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lasher Road, Detroit; 313-537-2560; redfordtheatre.com

Tom Paxton and The DonJuans
Tom Paxton and The DonJuans perform virtually on Saturday. // Photograph courtesy of The Ark

Tom Paxton and The DonJuans

Singer-songwriter Tom Paxton, who received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his fifty-plus-year career, is best known for folk hits like “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Bottle of Wine.” His songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Bob Dylan. This weekend, Paxton will join forces with the Grammy-winning songwriting duo of Don Henry and Jon Vezner — better known as The DonJuans — for an intimate concert experience, featuring original songs and an audience Q&A. $20. April 10. Virtual event; theark.org

Jonathan Davis and The Science Fair

Head to the Tin Roof this Saturday to enjoy dinner, drinks, and a live performance by rock legend Jonathan Davis. Though best known as the frontman of Korn — the band often credited with pioneering the nu-metal genre — Davis has collaborated with numerous artists, experimenting with genres from alternative rock to rap, electronic, and world music. His joint and solo projects have earned Davis 15 platinum albums over the course of his more than three-decade career. His unusual tenor vocals, which alternate from deep and angry to atmospheric, and even high-pitched, have become almost universally recognizable. No cost. April 10. Tin Roof Detroit, 47 E. Adams Ave., Detroit; 313-262-6114; tinroofdetroit.com

Artist Rachel Pontious, pictured above, presents her debut solo show at Playground Detroit this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Samantha’s List

Mise en Abyme

Detroit fine artist Rachel Pontious, whose paintings have been exhibited at White Brick Gallery, Tessellate Gallery, Roy G. Biv Gallery, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Ann Arbor Art Center, renders visual, nonlinear narratives that examine the ways humans relate to one another, as well as to objects and to the spaces we inhabit. This weekend, her debut solo exhibition, Mise en Abyme — a name that means “placed into the abyss” — will premiere at Playground Detroit. It will feature her latest series of artworks, which represent a personal, embodied experience of the sevens of the tarot deck. She employs the rich history of this ancient practice to provoke themes of personal evolution and of contemplation as a way of knowing. No cost. April 10-May 15. Playground Detroit, 2845 Gratiot Ave., Detroit; 313-649-7741; playgrounddetroit.com

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

This weekend, the Senate Theatre returns. Its comeback screening is one of the most influential epic silent films. Live organ music will accompany the 1925 adventure-drama Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which follows the title character on a journey of growth and redemption and concludes in an iconic, climactic chariot race. $12. April 10. Senate Theater, 6424 Michigan Ave., Detroit; 313-894-0850; senatetheater.com  

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