7 Things to Do This Weekend (April 22-24)

Embrace spring with an Earth Day Festival, and enjoy performances from Blue Man Group and the show ’The Band’s Visit’
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Blue Man Group PC Lindsey Best
The Blue Man Group’s interactive performance is at the Fox Theatre through April 24. // Photograph courtesy of Lindsey Best

Blue Man Group

In the 35 years since it formed, the Blue Man Group has entertained 35 million people around the world. Now, its members are presenting a fresh show, featuring original music, quirky comedy, vibrant visuals, and even surprise moments of audience interaction. $30+. Through April 24. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

The Band’s Visit

Joyful and offbeat, The Band’s Visit explores the power of music to inspire hope, laughter, and community. It follows a lost band of musicians that stumbles upon a remote desert town and ends up bringing it to life in unexpected ways. The musical is one of just four in Broadway history to have won each of the unofficial “Big Six” Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book, Best Score, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical. $35+. Through May 1. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com

Van Gogh’s Artistic Roots: The Hague School and French Realism

The 12 hand-selected paintings and works on paper that comprise the Detroit Institute of Arts’ newest exhibit were created by Dutch and French realist artists who were contemporaries of Vincent van Gogh. Several of them even had a significant impact on his early artistic development. No cost with admission. Through Jan. 29. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org 

The Band’s Visit PC Evan Zimmerman
Catch The Band’s Visit at the Fisher Theatre. // Photograph courtesy of Evan Zimmerman

Downtown Plymouth Spring Artisan Market

More than 30 metro Detroit vendors will be set up shop in downtown Plymouth for the city’s annual Spring Artisan Market. Food trucks and live musicians will also be on hand to keep shoppers well-fed and well-entertained, as they browse the various goods and hand-crafted wares. No cost. April 23. The Gathering near Kellogg Park, Plymouth; downtownplymouth.org

Spring Fever Market

A showcase of small and local businesses will join the shops at Canterbury Village this weekend. As guests stroll through the streets, they can stop off at outdoor vendor booths offering boutique clothing and accessories, home décor, jewelry, and an array of Michigan-made products. No cost. April 23-May 1. Canterbury Village, 2359 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion; canterburyvillageevents.com

Cranbrook Academy of Art Graduate Degree Exhibition

This weekend, Cranbrook Art Museum will debut the Cranbrook Academy of Art 2022 graduating class exhibit. The featured pieces, from 62 students, represent the culmination of two years of studio work. The exhibition is the museum’s most diverse of the year, showcasing works from 11 academy departments, from painting and sculpture to 3D design, architecture, and metalsmithing. An opening preview party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 23. $10 for admission to the exhibit; the party is free for the museum’s ArtMembers and $20 for the general public. April 23-May 15. Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; cranbrookartmuseum.org

Earth Day Festival

Celebrate our natural world at Ann Arbor’s annual Earth Day Festival. Attendees at this free, family-friendly event will enjoy demonstrations on a variety of nature and sustainability topics, as well as live entertainment, live animal experiences, crafts, and a bevy of other hands-on activities. Children are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite plant or animal and take part in the festival’s All-Species Parade. Organizers ask that visitors support their goal of making this a zero-waste event by bringing their own reusable water bottles. No cost. April 24. Leslie Science & Nature Center, 1831 Traver Road, Ann Arbor; a2earthday.org

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