7 Things to Do This Weekend (March 26-28)

From a program on Diana Ross and Motown to a DSO show with Broadway tunes, this weekend delivers a diverse array of entertainment
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RFD Boys hit The Ark’s virtual stage this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Andy Rogers

The RFD Boys

Since their live debut in 1969, Ann Arbor’s The RFD Boys have become Michigan legends, known locally for sneaking bits of humor between their lively bluegrass ballads. But the band has achieved national recognition as well, appearing on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited and performing alongside folk and country greats, from Bill Monroe to Randy Travis. No cost. March 26. Virtual event; theark.org 

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Two acclaimed British playwrights have reinterpreted Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s enduring 1797 poem of the same name as a thrilling, gender-swapped musical. The family-friendly tale follows a sorcerer and his rebellious daughter as they struggle to save a small town from annihilation, while also juggling the wonders and challenges of the girl’s newly emerged magical powers. But, in order to succeed, the pair will have to overcome the much greater challenge of healing their relationship and working together. $25. Through April 11. Virtual event; broadwayindetroit.com

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Catch a livestreamed program on March 26 about The Supremes’ vocalist Diana Ross and The Motown Sound. // Photograph courtesy of Washington, DC History & Culture

Dianna Ross and The Motown Sound

The Washington, DC History & Culture organization will host this livestreamed program in celebration of singer, actress, and record producer Diana Ross’s 77th birthday. The Detroit native became a Motown sensation in the 1960s as lead singer of the vocal group The Supremes — Motown Records’ most successful act. To this day, the group remains the best-charting female group in U.S. history, with 12 No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition to experiencing some of her greatest hits, viewers will learn about the pop-culture impact and historical context of Ross’s work. The program will also cover the role of the Motown genre, which achieved crossover success, in the racial integration of popular music. No cost. March 26. Virtual event; facebook.com 

The Three Stooges Festival

Vaudeville comedy troupe The Three Stooges delighted audiences for nearly 50 years with their legendary slapstick humor. This weekend, the Redford Theatre honors their legacy with The Three Stooges Festival, which will show six of the comedians’ classic works: Disorder in the Court, A Pain in the Pullman, Termites of 1938, Three Sappy People, How High is Up, and Fuelin’ Around. $5. March 26. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit; redfordtheatre.com 

Mark Knope

A standup comedian of more than 25 years, Mark Knope has perfected a fun and energetic stage presence, characterized by celebrity impressions, vocal sound effects, and animated facial expressions. He has showcased his wide-ranging material — he covers everything from tattoos and golf to “dating grandmothers” and breast implants — on numerous television shows, including Comcast’s Comedy Spotlight on the Road, Comedy Central’s Stand-Up, Stand-up, Fox’s Nightshift­­, and ABC’s America’s Funniest People. $15. March 26 and 27. Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, 212 South Fourth Ave., Ann Arbor; 734-996-9080; annarborcomedyshowcase.com

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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra presents a virtual night of Broadway tunes this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of the DSO

Broadway: Then and Now

This two-part concert will engage audience members on a journey through musical theatre history, beginning on Broadway in the early 1900s. Hear the showstoppers from hit musicals throughout the years, performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. $12. March 26 and 27. Virtual event; dso.org

Girl Scout Cookie Beer Pairing

Griffin Claw Brewing Co.’s pairing skills are on display at this event. The local brewery is matching its beers with Girl Scout Cookies provided by Brownie Troop #76440 at Pembroke Elementary School in Birmingham. Try combinations like crispy Lemon-ups with Madame, a sorachi ace rice lager, or the peanut butter-filled, chocolate-coated Tagalongs with Soupy C, a cinnamon, caramel, and Italian espresso milk stout. No reservations are required. $12 for flights with four cookies and four beer samples. March 28. Griffin Claw Brewing Co., 575 S. Eton St., Birmingham; 248-712-4050; facebook.com

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