Things to Do This Weekend (March 5-7)

Art, music, and International Women’s Day celebrations are among this weekend’s selections
Crys Matthews
Crys Matthews brings her neo-folk sound to The Ark. // Photograph courtesy of Fleming Artists

Crys Matthews

Singer-songwriter Crys Matthews pairs her neo-folk sound – infused with influences from Americana, jazz, and blues – with honest, thoughtful lyrics. The result is a body of poignant work that communicates themes of love, family, and social justice. Matthews’s youth has lent a fresh perspective to her music, but it hasn’t kept her from becoming a regular performer along the folk music festival circuit. She’s played events such as the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, Folk Alliance International, and the Sundance Film Festival. $15+. March 5. Virtual event; theark.org

New York International Children’s Film Festival

Since its founding in 1997, the New York International Children’s Film Festival has been showing fun and thought-provoking movies intended to generate thoughtful discussion and an appreciation for the arts among its youthful audience. This year, the Detroit Institute of Arts is bringing this Big Apple tradition to Motor City families. Viewers will enjoy such selections as The Fantastic Journey of Margot & Marguerite — a coming of age story that blends sci-fi and historical fiction ­— and Beans, in which a 12-year-old Mohawk girl finds herself in the middle of a battle between her indigenous community and the U.S. government. $18+. March 5-14. Virtual event; dia.org

ancient religion
Learn more about ancient religion during the Saturday Sampler Tour. // Photograph courtesy of University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology 

Religious Practice in the Ancient World

The University of Michigan Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is reintroducing Saturday Sampler Tours, previously canceled due to COVID-19. For its first weekend back, the now-virtual, live tour will undertake the theme of ancient religion. The tour will examine the spiritual beliefs and practices from a variety of ancient civilizations, including Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Through the museum’s artifacts, participants will learn about the deities, rituals, funeral traditions, and afterlife preparations of these cultures. No cost. March 6. Virtual event; umich.edu

International Women’s Day Detroit

In honor of the global holiday, International Women’s Day Detroit will celebrate the cultural, socioeconomic, and political achievements of women across the world and right here in metro Detroit. Some of the most recognizable women in the local business, nonprofit, and social media sectors will speak at the event, bringing awareness to women’s issues and calling for gender equality. All proceeds will be donated to Detroit nonprofit Fierce Empowerment, which offers leadership and empowerment programs designed to provide women with the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential. $10+. March 7. Virtual event; iwddetroit.com

Andrew Rathbun
Saxophonist Andrew Rathbun performs selections from his latest album this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Kerrytown Concert House

Impressions of Debussy and Beyond

On his latest album, Impressions of Debussy, Jazz saxophonist Andrew Rathbun reinterprets the stylings of Claude Debussy, playing with the symbiotic relationship between the French composer’s work and jazz music. This weekend, Rathbun will be accompanied in a virtual concert by jazz pianist and Western Michigan University music professor Matthew Fries. They will perform selections from this album, as well as some more traditional renditions, straight from the composer’s pen. No cost. March 7. Virtual event; kerrytownconcerthouse.com

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures From the Driehaus Collection

This weekend, The Henry Ford Museum will debut its latest exhibition — a comprehensive presentation of works from renowned late 19th- and early 20-century American artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. This collection of more than 60 creations spans Tiffany’s 30-plus-year career and ranges from common household items, such as lamps and vases, to one-of-a-kind masterpieces, like his stained-glass “Garden Landscape Window.” $25. March 6-April 25. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn; thehenryford.org

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