10 Things to Do This Weekend (May 17-19)

This wide variety of standout events includes classical and theatrical performances
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Waitress wraps up its stay at the Fisher Theatre this weekend. // Photograph courtesy of Tim Trumble

Waitress: Catch the Tony Award-nominated production as it wraps up its Detroit run this weekend. The musical follows a waitress named Jenna who feels trapped in her small town and rocky marriage. When a nearby county decides to hold a baking contest, she sees a chance at a fresh start. Through May 19. $39+. Fisher Theatre, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit; 313-872-1000; broadwayindetroit.com 

Mozart’s Great G Minor: Hear one of the most widely admired pieces from the prolific composer, as well as selections from Arnold Schoenberg and Aulis Sallinen. May 16-19. $10+. The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Rd., West Bloomfield Twp.; 248-661-1900; dso.org

Mamma Mia!: See the critically acclaimed musical about a bride-to-be and her plan to find her real father performed by the Downriver Actors Guild. May 16-19. $14+. Catherine A. Daly Theater on the Avenue, 2656 Biddle Ave., Wyandotte, 734-407-7020; downriveractorsguild.net

Branches Crew Second Benefit Gala: View hundreds of classic GM vehicles and enjoy live entertainment, strolling dinner, an open bar, and a silent auction — all while benefiting local children in need. Proceeds will go to Branches Crew, a nonprofit humanitarian organization. May 17. $125. GM Heritage Center, 6400 Center Dr., Sterling Heights; 248-906-1458; branchescrew.org

Jim Jefferies: Jefferies, who has had his own show on Comedy Central, will perform his unique style of controversial and thought-provoking comedy. May 17. $49.50+. Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980; royaloakmusictheatre.com

Revolution: The Beatles: Jeff Tyzik conducts restorative arrangements of The Beatles’ No. 1 hits during this performance. May 17-19. $24+. Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-576-5111; dso.org

Detroit Heritage Theatre Festival: Experience theatrical events written and performed by Detroit students at a different venue in the city every day this weekend. Events include a monologue competition, a 10-minute play competition, and more. May 17-19. No cost. Various locations; 313-683-195; detroitheritagetheatrefestival.org

Slayer: Formed in 1981, the thrash metal band is coming to the DTE Energy Music Theatre as part of its final world tour. May 19. $29.50+. DTE Energy Music Theatre, 7774 Sashabaw Rd., Village of Clarkston; 800-745-3000; 313presents.com

Omar Apollo: This Chicano singer-songwriter blends genres with his soulful, bilingual R&B-indie-pop music. May 19. $18+. El Club, 411 W. Vernor Highway, Detroit; 313-279-7382; elclubdetroit.com

Speakeasy Sundays: May Spectacular: A part of Art Deco restaurant and club Cliff Bell’s monthly burlesque revue, the May Spectacular will feature performers Roxi D’Lite, Tila Von Twirl, and Miss Holly Hock, among others. May 19. $20+. Cliff Bell’s, 2030 Park Ave., Detroit; 313-961-2543; cliffbells.com


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