7 Things to Do This Weekend (April 8-10)

Highlights include Tigers’ opening day festivities and a pair of intimate concerts from Jack White
The Script Kevin Westenberg
The Script will perform live at the Royal Oak Music Theatre this weekend. // Photograph courtesy Kevin Westenberg

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will be joined by accomplished English pianist Paul Lewis for a presentation of Beethoven’s serene Fourth Concerto. Over the course of his nearly 20-year career, Lewis has become renowned for his Beethoven renditions and has performed all 32 of the composer’s piano sonatas on tour, in both the United States and Europe. The DSO will also perform Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony, an embodiment of Czech nationalism. $15+. April 7-9. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dso.org

Grand Slam Opening Day Festival
Enjoy sports, beats, and eats at Detroit’s biggest opening day celebration. The Grand Slam Opening Day Festival takes place on the Music Hall Amphitheater festival grounds, where partygoers can stay dry and cozy, inside the large, heated tent. In addition to watching the Tigers kick off the season against the White Sox on massive LED screens, guests can play games, indulge at beer tents and food trucks, and listen to live music from 15 of the area’s best bands and DJs. $15+. April 8. Music Hall Amphitheater, 350 Madison St., Detroit; musichall.org

Jack White

Jack White first earned widespread fame as the lead singer of the White Stripes, after the band released its 2001 album White Blood Cells, featuring breakthrough hit “Fell in Love with a Girl.” He later went solo with 2012 album Blunderbuss, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. albums chart and became the year’s top-selling vinyl album and highest-charting solo debut. To date, White has as accumulated 12 career Grammy Awards, across eight categories. This weekend, the Southwest Detroit native will host a pair of intimate concerts at the Masonic Temple. The set list is sure to include popular hits like “Love Interruption, as well tracks from White’s new LP, Fear of the Dawn, releasing this Friday. $50+. April 8-9. Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St., Detroit; axs.com

Ground Up Reverence Carole Harris MOCAD
Reverence, by Carole Harris, will be among the works on display at MOCAD’s Ground Up: Reflections on Black Abstraction exhibition. // Photograph courtesy of the artist and MOCAD

Ground Up: Reflections on Black Abstraction

Comprised entirely of works by Detroit artists, Ground Up: Reflections on Black Abstraction speaks to finding community and mentorship through collective experience. Each piece represents a deviation from traditional forms of artistry, exploring abstraction as a means of storytelling and cultural preservation. Featured artists include Carol Harris, Shirley Woodson-Reid, Gilda Snowden, Charles McGee, Allie McGee, and Harold Allen. No cost. April 8- Aug. 14. MOCAD, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.com

The Nice Guys

Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe star in this 2016 action-comedy that takes place in 1977 Los Angeles. This underrated buddy flick follows a down-on-his-luck private eye and an enforcer-for-hire who team up to find a missing girl. In the film, the auto industry’s reluctance to integrate environmental protections like the catalytic converter into its cars is mentioned. This showing is part of Cinema Detroit’s “Science on Screen” series, which pairs film screenings with lively scientific discussions. At this screening, engineer John Mueller presents efforts and plans for sustainability in the 21st century. No cost. April 9. Cinema Detroit, 4126 Third St., Detroit; cinemadetroit.com

The Script

Since making its musical debut in 2008, Irish pop rock band The Script has released six studio albums and sold more than 20 million copies, worldwide. This Sunday, The Script will bring its Greatest Hits World Tour to the Royal Oak Music Theatre, where attendees will enjoy an assortment of the band’s most popular tracks, such as “For the First Time,” Hall of Fame,” “Breakeven,” and “Superheroes”. $35+. April 9. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; royaloakmusictheatre.com

Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy

This evocative Japanese film weaves three unique tales about strangeness of true intimacy and the depth and mystery of the human heart. A model discovers her friend is dating the ex who may have been her true love; a disgruntled college student enacts a scandalous revenge plot against his sadistic professor; long-forgotten feelings are awakened by a poignant connection between two middle-aged women. The film, characterized by the trademark insight and cinematic wit of acclaimed director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, showed at the 2021 Berlin Film Festival and was awarded the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize. $9.50. April 10. Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; dia.org

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