7 Things to Do This Weekend (Feb. 11-13)

Treat your Valentine to a romantic comedy from Farmington Players Barn, smooth ’70s R&B, or stand-up comedy by Mike Epps
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Writing Kevin Taylor is at Meadow Brook Theatre through March 6. // Photograph courtesy of Meadow Brook Theatre

Writing Kevin Taylor

Fighting a nasty case of writer’s block to finish his overdue third book, successful New York novelist Kevin Taylor becomes convinced his talent has left him the way his wife did. The last straw was a nationally televised meltdown that drives him to hermitry. But then, a teenage superfan shows up for an internship and schemes to reunite Kevin with his wife. Both hilarious and heartfelt, Writing Kevin Taylor is a modern musical all about unlikely friendships. $36+. Through March 6. Meadow Brook Theatre, 378 Meadow Brook Road, Rochester; mbtheatre.com

Mike Epps

Actor and comedian Mike Epps has been climbing his way up the stand-up comedy ranks since he first appeared on Def Comedy Jam in 1995. He would later go on to host the show, in addition to starring in numerous films and TV shows. Some of his most recent credits include The House Next Door, Amazon feature Troup Zero, and Netflix comedy Dolemite Is My Name, in which Epps stars alongside Eddie Murphy. He currently stars in the Netflix comedy series The Upshaws. Next, he’ll appear in upcoming comedies The Trap and The House Next Door. But there’s no need to wait — you can experience Epps’s hilarious No Remorse Comedy Tour show at the Fox Theatre. $64+. Feb. 11. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

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Tokens of Affection tells the story of a 37-year-old relationship. // Photograph courtesy of Farmington Players

Plymouth Ice Festival

More than 110 detailed ice carvings will be displayed on the sidewalks of Downtown Plymouth for the 40th annual Plymouth Ice Festival. Visitors will also have the chance to catch ice carvers in action at live demonstrations and participate in a unique game of bingo. No cost. Feb. 11-13. Downtown Plymouth; plymouthicefestival.com

Tokens of Affection

Perfect for Valentine’s Day, this romantic-comedy play explores the true meaning and value of commitment. Tokens of Affection begins decades after the “happy ending,” when a stunned Frank Garrett learns that his wife of 37 years is leaving him. Matters are further complicated when siblings Charlie and Claire team up, in an attempt to save their parents’ marriage. Now, to rekindle their love, these two relatable characters must embrace the little things: “The compliments, the greetings at the door, the Tokens of Affection.” $22. Feb. 11-26. Farmington Players Barn, 32332 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills; farmingtonplayers.org  

70s Love Jam  

Fall in love all over again to a soundtrack of smooth, nostalgic tunes. Fans will experience some of the greatest hits in R&B and soul, performed live by big-name acts like The New Stylistics, The Whispers, Enchantment, and Howard Hewett.  $59+. Feb. 12. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

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Ditch the typical date night for Bloody Valentine at Phyrte Village. // Photograph courtesy of Phryte Village

All that Jazz: The Roaring Twenties and Beyond

Mimi Fox, who is considered one of the best modern jazz guitarists, will join the Michigan Philharmonic on a trip back through the roaring ’20s this weekend. Members of the audience will hear two of Fox’s own pieces, as well as a number of popular jazz compositions from the likes of George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and James P. Johnson. $30. Feb. 12. Schoolcraft College Vista Tech Center, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia; michiganphil.com

Bloody Valentine

Bored of the age-old dinner-and-a-movie routine? A Valentine’s Day celebration at Phryte Village is sure to shake things up. Explore Phryte Manor’s two haunted attractions — Sunnydale Hospital and the Dead & Breakfast — as well as the outdoor Field of Screams. Guests who make it out alive are invited to celebrate their survival with craft brews, spirits, food, and dancing at the manor’s Phryte Club. $15. Feb. 12. Phryte Village, 2325 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion; canterburyvillageevents.com