8 Things to Do This Weekend (June 17-19)

Art events and stand-up shows from comics like Wanda Sykes, Nikki Glaser, and Leanne Morgan
International Glass Exhibtion PC Habatat
Glass International Exhibtion is at Habatat through July 29. // Photograph courtesy of Habatat

Glass International Exhibition

Founded in 1971, Habatat, is the largest and oldest art gallery in the U.S. devoted exclusively to glasswork. Guests to the Royal Oak institution can now view more than 400 works of art on display for its 50th annual International Glass invitational exhibition. In addition to honoring the milestone anniversary, this special iteration of the event also celebrates 2022 – the International Year of Glass, as declared by the UN General Council. No cost. Through July 29. Habatat, 4400 Fernlee Ave., Royal Oak; habatat.com


A new exhibit that is both educational and entertaining has arrived at the Cranbrook Institute of Science. Treasure’s seven thematic areas — which include underwater treasure, treasures in the attic, buried treasure, gold rushes, and the modern treasure hunt — explore the history of and technology employed in treasure hunting, as well as some of the practice’s prominent people and personalities. Special exhibit features include actual artifacts from shipwrecks and other treasure sites. Plus, a dozen hands-on activities that allow visitors to try out treasure-hunting techniques for themselves. $9.50+. Through Sept. 4. Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills; science.cranbrook.edu 

Nikki Glaser

As host of The Nikki Glaser Podcast and HBO’s FBoy Island, this Comedy Central alum keeps listeners laughing with her irreverent, no-holds-barred commentary. She’ll bring her new stand-up show, One Night with Nikki Glaser, to Royal Oak this weekend. $42.50+. June 17. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; axs.com

Juneteenth Freedom Weekend

A weekend full of family-friendly celebrations, arranged in partnership with the City of Detroit and numerous local organizations, will kick off Friday with the Rhythm and Art Block Party. Hosted by Eastern Market Brewing Co., the event will showcase both visual and musical artists. On Saturday, the Juneteenth Jubilee Stroll will take over Livernois’s Avenue of Fashion, where more than 40 participating businesses will provide patrons with discounts, giveaways, or entertainment. There will also be a health and wellness fair, a local vendors marketplace, and an artists’ hub. Finally, Sunday’s Freedom Festival will feature a plethora of activities, as well as entertainment from various Detroit-area performers, including Slum Village. No cost. June 17-19. Various locations throughout Detroit; jubileeblockparty.wixsite.com

Learn more about this year’s Juneteenth events here.

Nikki Glaser PC Luke Schwartz
Comedian Nikki Glaser is at Royal Oak Music Theatre on June 17. // Photograph courtesy of Luke Schwartz

Magnificent Seven Art Auction

Seven local artists will display original works for this annual one-night exhibition and auction, which raises funds for the Detroit Artists Market. Guests will enjoy live music and a strolling supper as they browse the collection, which will include pieces by Walter Bailey, Judy Bowman, Cailyn Dawson, Laurel Dugan, Ian Matchett, Miroslawa Sztuczka, and Shirley Woodson. $100+. June 18. Detroit Design Center, 4225 Third Ave., Detroit; detroitartistsmarket.org

Wanda Sykes

Following the renewal of her Netflix sitcom The Upshaws and a gig as co-host of the 94th annual Academy Awards, the Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, and writer returns to stand-up comedy with her extensive U.S. tour. $60+. June 18. Music Hall Center, 350 Madison St., Detroit; ticketmaster.com 

Leanne Morgan

With plenty of southern charm in tow, this Tennessee native brings her hilarious motherhood-inspired stand-up routine to Detroit’s Fox Theatre as part of her Big Panty Tour. It’s the first national headline tour for the comedian, whose clips have racked up millions of views on YouTube. $29+. June 18. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313presents.com

The Power of Print

Social realism, a style of activist printmaking that originated in the early 20th century, is the focus of this summer exhibition at the Flint Institute of Arts. Created to bring awareness to social issues of the time — including workers’ rights, fascism, racism, and gender roles — the pieces are as relevant today as they were a century ago. $8+. June 18-Aug. 21. Flint Institute of Arts, 1120 E. Kearsley St., Flint; flintarts.org