Detroit Gin and Vodka Festival: Celebrating its inaugural year, this event features some of the best and most popular gins and vodkas in the world and the people who represent these brands. Every attendee gets 12 drink samples and designated drivers get a special ticket discount. April 28. $20+ Eastern Market, Shed 3, Russell St., Detroit.
Sister Act: In a special live theater event, the Park Players present Sister Act, a feel-good, hit musical in which a singer who witnesses a mob crime must hide as a nun in a traditional convent where she struggles to fit in. April 28-29. $15+. Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Rd., Detroit; 313-537-2560.
Chris Rock: After a nine-year break from live comedy, Grammy and Emmy award-winning comedian, actor, director, and producer Chris Rock returns to joke about family, politics, and class and race relationships on his Total Blackout Tour 2017. April 28-29. $50+. Fox Theater, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200.
Rodgers & Hammerstein: Conductor Daniel Meyer will lead a performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs from Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music, The King and I, South Pacific, Carousel, and others. April 28-30. $19+. Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111.
A Quiet Passion with Cynthia Nixon: In A Quiet Passion, Cynthia Nixon portrays poet Emily Dickinson and her struggle to find solace through art in a biographic portrait directed by Sunset Song director Terence Davies. April 28-30. $7.50+. Detroit Film Theatre, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900.
Jack and Jill Motor City 20-Year Celebration: Jack and Jill of America Inc. is bringing the Harlem Renaissance to life for an evening of ’20s-themed live entertainment, a strolling buffet, and a silent auction. Funds will benefit the Coalition on Temporary Shelter and the Jack and Jill Foundation. April 29. $100+. Whittier Manor, Whittier Wintergarden Room, 415 Burns Dr., Detroit.
Sixth Annual Michigan Shines for Autism Gala: The Women Advocating for Autism in Michigan will honor families and organizations dedicated to autism awareness. Guests will enjoy cocktails, a silent auction, and more. April 29. $250+. DTE Energy Headquarters, 1 Energy Plaza, Detroit; 248-436-5606.
Fourth Annual Choreography Expo: Experience the creative back and forth between Detroit and Montreal dance styles during (313) to the (514) at the 4th Annual Choreography Expo. April 29. $30+. Music Hall Center, 350 Madison St., Detroit; 313-887-8500.
VegFest 2017: VegFest will feature a vegetarian and vegan food court, presentations, shopping, and kids activities. Michael Dorn, who played Klingon Worf in the Star Trek TV spinoffs, is one of the scheduled speakers. April 30. $12+. Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi; 877-778-3464.
Robert Scott Duncanson: In the museum’s Arts and Minds Lecture Series, art historian and curator Shana Klein discusses the works of Robert Scott Duncanson, who was the first black artist to receive international recognition for his self-taught landscapes, murals, and portraits. April 30. Free with museum admission. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-833-7900.