8 Things to Do This Weekend (Nov. 5-7)

Stand-up by Patton Oswalt, ’Pretty Woman: The Musical,’ and more
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Pretty Woman: The Musical is at the Fisher Theatre. // Photograph courtesy of Matthew Murphy for MurphyMade

Pretty Woman: The Musical

Upon its release in 1990, the film Pretty Woman became an international sensation. Now, 30 years later, fans can relive all its iconic moments with Pretty Woman: The Musical. The production, which opened at the Fisher Theater this week, is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell and features Broadway superstar Adam Pascal as Edward Lewis, plus an original score by the Grammy-winning duo of Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance. $39+. Through Nov. 14. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Boulevard, Detroit; broadwayindetroit.com

Take Root

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit collaborated with Danish Arts in Detroit for its latest installation, Take Root, which presents works from Copenhagen-based artist Jeannette Ehlers, celebrating Black Womanhood. The exhibition focuses on themes of mutual support and sisterhood among women of the global African diaspora. Highlights include Ehlers’s 2021 film, We’re Magic. We’re Real. ­— an allegory on Black Girl Magic — and a surprise collaboration with Detroit artist and healer Halima Cassells. $5+. Nov. 5-Jan. 9. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; mocadetroit.org

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See the installation Take Root at MOCAD through Jan. 9. // Photograph courtesy of Jeannette Ehlers

Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

For its 28th annual event, the Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival is taking on a hybrid format. The Best Documentaries and Shorts Film Competition, as well as interviews with the winners, will take place online. Meanwhile, the Michigan Theatre will host a children’s book fair and show a selection of recent Polish feature films. $12. Nov. 5-7. Virtual and Michigan Theater, 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; annarborpolishfilmfestival.com

Patton Oswalt

Actor, comedian, and writer Patton Oswalt has been cracking people up since 1988, when he started building his lengthy resume of memorable television and movie roles. Among his best known are The King of Queens’s Spence Olchin and the main character, Remy, in Pixar’s Oscar-winning Ratatouille. His most recent projects include starring as Principal Durbin on the NBC comedy A.P. Bio and voicing the titular character in Syfy channel series Happy! If that’s not enough, Oswalt has also filmed seven television comedy specials and released six albums, including the Grammy-winning Talking for Clapping. In his recent Netflix special, Annihilation, which received both Grammy and Emmy nominations, Oswalt discusses the devastating loss of his first wife, in a way that’s both honest and painfully funny. $39.50+. Nov. 6. The Fillmore Detroit, Woodward Ave., Detroit; thefillmoredetroit.com

Yoga for Writers Day Retreat

Yoga instructor Lindsay Madison and Detroit Writing Room founder Stephanie Steinberg will partner to lead a full day of “yoga, journaling, and community connection”— activities intended to help align the chakras and bring about a deeper level of self-exploration. Participants will also enjoy complimentary lunch, water, coffee, and Champagne. $115+. Nov. 6. The Detroit Writing Room, 1514 Washington Blvd., Ste. 203, Detroit; detroitwritingroom.com

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Brendan James performs at The Ark this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Madison House

Game Over

This weekend, you can catch a killer — and a few laughs — when you play a role in the largest interactive comedic, murder-mystery dinner-theater show in the U.S. In addition to a unique, interactive experience, you’ll receive a delicious meal consisting of appetizers, a garden salad, your choice of entrée — Chicken Piccata, Whitefish in Beurre Blanc Sauce, or Vegetarian Stir-Fry — and dessert. Plus, prove yourself the top sleuth and you’ll also take home an exclusive prize package. $65. Nov. 6. Marriott at Eagle Crest Resort, 1275 S. Huron St., Ypsilanti; thedinnerdetective.com

Depression Glass Show

Each year, the Michigan Depression Glass Society hosts the country’s best-attended vintage glass show. Come out to browse 1the 5,000-square-foot display of American-made glassware from before 1980 and see what all the fuss is about. You’ll also have the chance to enter raffles and win hourly door prizes. $6. Nov. 6 and 7. Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn; michigandepressionglass.com

Brendan James

Pop-rock singer-songwriter and pianist Brendan James has performed over a thousand shows to date –—including ones alongside the likes of John Legend, John Mayer, and Paula Cole. He has also reached iTunes’s No. 1 Singer-Songwriter multiple times and had his music featured on more than 15 major television shows and feature films. This Sunday, James will perform selections from his most recent EP, The Howl — an upbeat reflection on his years on the road. $20. Nov. 7. The Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor; theark.org

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