10 Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 11-13)

Enjoy a musical tribute to the queens of soul, comedian Nick Kroll, and a gala benefiting MOCAD
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Nick Kroll
Nick Kroll photograph courtesy of Storm Santos

Pose: Portrait and the Costumed Figure

This exhibition features works of various media, including, graphite, oil, pastel, and mixed media, created by 12 female artists. The portraits and figurative works are rendered in the artists’ diverse, respective styles. Through Oct. 26. No cost. Detroit Artists Market, 4719 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-8540; detroitartistsmarket.org

Nick Kroll

Actor and comedian Nick Kroll has a lengthy resume: Most recently, he’s the co-creator and star of the adult animated Netflix series Big Mouth, which is based on his childhood. Hear more about his younger days on his new standup trek, aptly called the Middle-Aged Boy tour. Oct 11. $29+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth Street, Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com

MOCAD’s 13th Annual Gala + Benefit Art Auction

This big-ticket gala will feature music by Detroit techno artist Claude Young, plus a cocktail reception, dinner, and silent auction. Oct. 11. $1,000+. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-832-6622; mocadetroit.com 

Rent 20th Anniversary Tour

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical Rent returns for its 20th tour. With hit songs like “Seasons of Love,” Rent follows the story of seven struggling artists trying to achieve their dreams in Manhattan’s East Village during the AIDs crisis. Adapted from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “La Bohème,” Rent is a vibrant classic. Oct. 11 and 12. $35+. Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3333; 313presents.com

Tiny Beautiful Things

Adapted from Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life From Dear Sugar and adapted as a play by My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos, Tiny Beautiful Things follows Strayed’s character in a poignant story of hope, forgiveness, and truly listening to other people. Oct. 11-Nov. 4. $10+. The Ringwald Theatre, 22742 Woodward Ave., Ferndale; 248-545-5545; theringwald.com

Bianca Del Rio

The drag queen, comedian, and actor, who won season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, brings her irreverent standup act to Royal Oak this weekend. $40. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com 

Kathleen Madigan

The sharp-tongued St. Louis native stumbled into her nearly 30-year comedy career while telling jokes on open-mic nights. Now, she’s best known for irreverent anecdotes about her Midwestern upbringing and aging Irish Catholic parents. Oct. 12. $30+. Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak; 248-542-9900; comedycastle.com 

Queens of Soul

This musical and photo tribute will honor the one and only queen of soul – Aretha Franklin – as well the music of other legendary divas, from Etta James and Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys and Amy Winehouse. Oct. 11-13. $19+. Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

An Evening With Michael Fabiano

The Michigan Opera Theatre’s 49th season kicks off with a mesmerizing performance from tenor Michael Fabiano, complete with dancers from the American Ballet Theatre. Oct. 12. $35+. Michigan Opera Theatre, 1526 Broadway St., Detroit; 313-237-7464; michiganopera.org

The Verve Pipe

Originally formed in East Lansing in 1992, rock band Verve Pipe has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. After embarking on solo careers, the group has reunited to tour behind their latest album, Parachute. Oct. 12. $30+. The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1818; theark.org


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