7 Things to Do This Weekend (April 16-18)

Art, Broadway, and hoodoo: Weekend events for everyone from the theater buff to the high priestess
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Comedian David Dyer performs at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Brian Kelly

David Dyer

In addition to his day job as a writer for­ NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,­ David Dyer’s comedy credentials include appearances on Dry Bar Comedy and ­Bob and Tom Show, as well as a victory in the Grand Rapids Magazine Joke Off. His energetic physicality and offbeat perspective have earned the Michigan native a reputation as a unique and vibrant performer. $15. April 16 and 17. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 S. Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; annarborcomedyshowcase.com

Jazztopad Festival

Thanks to a collaboration between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Polish National Forum of Music, local audiences can livestream performances by top jazz musicians from across the globe. Artists such as Bobo Stenson, Kuba Więcek, and Dianne Reeves have showcased their diverse musical styles, from the traditional to the avant-garde. This weekend, one of Poland’s most prolific trumpeters, Wojciech Jachna, will present selections from his latest album, Elements. Though grounded in classic jazz themes, the record exhibits bold experimentation, incorporating such unorthodox features as electronics and dynamic guitar parts. No cost. April 17. Virtual event; dia.org

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Detroit Hoodoo Festival focuses on studying and celebrating the African American spiritual practice of hoodoo. // Photograph courtesy of Detroit Hoodoo Festival

Broadway Cast Reunion: Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Amid the live-performance desert of the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway in Detroit is offering theater fanatics an oasis. The Broadway Cast Reunion Series takes Detroiters backstage at many of the major musicals forced to sit out this touring season. This week, the series is chatting with the cast of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. The intimate, livestreamed session will feature personal, unscripted stories and gossip from cast members. Viewers will even have the opportunity to interact and ask questions. $15. April 17. Virtual event; broadwayindetroit.com

Boozin’ Through the ’90s Crawl

Travel back to the land of flip phones, mood rings, and spiked hair this weekend at this ’90s-themed bar crawl. In addition to free entrance at a number of local watering holes, registration will include fun perks, such as tasty, ’90s-themed cocktails, food and drink discounts, live entertainment, and a costume contest. $25. April 17. Level Two Bar & Rooftop, 535 Monroe St., Detroit; barcrawllive.com

Detroit Hoodoo Festival

This weekend will mark Detroit’s first-ever hoodoo festival. The two-day event will focus on celebrating and studying the African American spiritual practice, which is rooted in the Caribbean and the Colonial South. Classes on rootwork, conjuring, and magic will be taught by esteemed local practitioners, including The Motown Witch, Hoodoo Sen Moise, and Houngan Sen Jak. Guests can also receive psychic readings, and stock up on supplies of the craft from vendors such as Enchanted Broomery and Field of Echoes. $100+. April 17 and 18. Hilton Inn Garden, 26000 American Dr., Southfield; detroithoodoofestival.com

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Qualesha Wood, pictured above, is among the artists showcasing their work at Cranbrook’s new exhibit. // Photograph by Katie McGowan (Photography ’22)

All About the Trio

Jazz pianist, composer, and University of Michigan music professor Ellen Rowe will perform in her recurring Kerry Town Concert House series All About the Trio, accompanied by bass player Paul Keller and drummer Pete Siers. This weekend’s installment will celebrate the work of seven-time Grammy Award-winning jazz virtuoso Oscar Peterson. No cost. April 18. Virtual event; kerrytownconcerthouse.com

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition

As the country’s top-ranked, graduate-only program in architecture, design, and fine art, Cranbrook Academy of Art accepts only 75 students each year. This weekend, its class of 2021 will launch their careers with an exhibition at the Cranbrook Art Museum. It will feature works from across the academy’s 11 departments: 2D Design, 3D Design, Architecture, Ceramics, Fiber, Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, and — for the first time — 4D Design. Pre-registration is required, so be sure to reserve your time slot via the museum website. No cost with museum admission. April 18-May 16. Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; cranbrookartmuseum.org