8 Things to Do This Weekend (March 12-14)

Catch film screenings, music events, and even more St. Patrick’s Day celebrations
Ireland with Michael
Irish tenor Michael Londra hosts the Ireland with Michael virtual concert on March 12. // Photograph courtesy of Venuworks

Ireland with Michael

We may be missing out on this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, but this virtual concert offers a way to celebrate this Irish American Heritage Month from the comfort of your home. As host of the event, Emmy-nominated Irish tenor Michael Londra will showcase his own ethereal voice, as well as tell stories of his home county and introduce other guest singers and musicians from across Ireland. These acts include world champion Irish dancers, fiddlers, pipers, and 10-piece harpist group Cláirsí Neamhaí. (Find more St. Patrick’s Day events below and in this story). $25+. March 12. Virtual event; 313presents.com

Dave Landau

Stand-up comedian Dave Landau was a finalist on season eight of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has appeared five times on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. He was also the co-host of the highly popular Compound Media radio show The Anthony Cumia Show with Dave Landau. Landu’s common targets include pop culture, current events, and his family. But he’s not afraid to laugh at himself either, often taking aim at his own flaws and failings. $10+. March 12 and 13. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; comedycastle.com

Canaan Cox

Indie singer Canaan Cox combined catchy and energetic melodies with relatable lyrics to form his own, unique brand of new country, and the world of music has taken notice. His debut single, “Lie,” became Music Row’s most added song of the year, when it climbed to the chart’s Top 50 in just three months. Join Cox at Tin Roof this weekend to hear songs from his latest EP, Stilettos, which features upbeat singles like “Stay Home” and “Hung Over You.” No cost. March 12 and 13. Tin Roof, 47 Adams Ave. E., Detroit; tinroofofdetroit.com

313 Day - Snipes Pistons
Snips is teaming up with the Detroit Pistons on 313 Day. The shop’s mobile truck will offer giveaways and sell a limited-edition Adidas sneaker (pictured above). // Photograph courtesy of Snipes

313 Day

In honor of 313 Day, sneaker store Snipes is teaming up with the Pistons to tour the city on a mobile truck. They’ll stop at schools, community centers, and Snipes’s six metro Detroit locations to interact with residents and hand out Detroit Mini Donut coffee and donuts. The stops will also feature local artists, athletes, and performers, as well as sneaker and apparel giveaways. The truck will also sell a limited-edition Adidas sneaker. No cost. March 12 and 13. Snipes, 4685 Conner St., Detroit; Snipes, 3300 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; Snipes, 2027 W. Eight Mile Road, Detroit; Snipes, 19215 W, Eight Mile Road, Detroit; Snipes, 14157 Telegraph Road, Detroit; Detroit Phoenix Center, 8801 Woodward Ave., Detroit; Madison Carver Academy, 19900 McIntyre St.; Detroit; snipesusa.com

Paddy’s in the Park

Bands, bagpipes, drummers, and food vendors will line the streets of Grosse Pointe Park’s social district this weekend for Paddy’s in the Park. Local businesses will be joining in the St. Patrick’s Day celebration by offering various festive beverages, such as Smithwick’s, Mountain Town’s Irish Red ale, Danny Boy cocktails with Quiet Man Irish whiskey, and of course — green beer. No cost. March 13. Grosse Pointe Park, 15115 E. Jefferson Ave., Grosse Pointe; grossepointepark.org 

Banjo 3
Banjo 3 performs live from Ireland during a virtual concert with The Ark. // Photograph courtesy of The Ark

We Banjo 3

Live from Ireland, the two sets of brothers that comprise folk band We Banjo 3 will perform their genre-bending music ­— which combines Americana, bluegrass, Celtic, and pop — in a virtual concert for The Ark. The band’s latest studio recording, Haven, spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart and was named folk album of the year by Ireland’s largest radio station. $20. March 13. Virtual event; theark.org

Genius: Aretha

This Saturday, Detroit’s Monroe Street Drive-In will be one of the few cities across the nation to premiere Genius: Aretha. Each season of the National Geographic anthology series Genius focuses on one of the world’s brilliant innovators. This season, which stars double-Oscar nominee Cynthia Erivo, will tell the story of Aretha Franklin’s unrivaled career and musical prowess. It will go even further, to explore her monumental impact upon music and culture. Learn more about the show and the drive-in event here. No cost. March 13. Monroe Street Drive-In, 32 Monroe St., Detroit; emagine-entertainment.com

Playing with Fire

After being turned away both by the Juilliard School and The Cleveland Orchestra with the same explanation — no one would hire a woman conductor — Jeannette Sorrell decided to found her own orchestra. Nearly 30 years later, she remains conductor and musical director of the Grammy-winning Apollo’s Fire orchestra. Playing with Fire is a documentary, by Oscar-winning director Allan Miller, that tells the story of Sorrell, while also examining the art of conducting. But the film’s finest attribute is the soundtrack, which features classical renditions from Apollo’s Fire, as well as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. No cost. March 12-21. Virtual event; ums.org