The Big Three
1. “Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing” at Fox Theatre: This interactive theater experience teaches a lesson for all ages. It stars Elmo and Abby Cadabby, Murry, Grover, Cookie Monster and other “Sesame Street” favorites. 10:30 a.m., 2:30 and 5:30 p.m. today (through Feb. 17). $15-$68. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.
2. Ferndale Blues & Music Festival in Downtown Ferndale: A fundraiser for the Midwest AIDS Coalition and Ferndale Youth Assistance, this annual music festival kicks off this weekend and runs through Feb. 2. Venues around Ferndale will host live blues bands, jazz and rock bands, in addition to DJs and electronic music. Most events are free to attend, but donations are taken in blue piggy banks throughout more than 20 restaurants and other businesses, including Dino’s Lounge, Buffalo Wilds Wings, Sakana, Treat Dreams and the Ferndale Public Library. Visit ferndalebluesfestival.org.
3. Patti LaBelle at MotorCity Casino Hotel: “Lady Marmalade” singer Patti LaBelle has been a top name in R&B, soul, pop and Gospel for more than five decades. Last year LaBelle was given the Living Legend Award at the Black Girls Rock awards. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $50-$75. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 309-4700.
a.m. Midwest Persian Tabby Fanciers will hold its 52nd CFA All Breed, Specialty and Household Pet Cat Show with more than 200 cats on exhibit at Monroe County Community College. Breeds include Maine Coons, Ragdolls, Persians, Orientals, Japanese Bobtails, Russian Blues, American Shorthairs, among others. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. $6, $5 seniors, $4 children, free for those younger than 6. 1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe. Call (734) 8028 or (248) 393-1986.
a.m. Treat the kids to “Owls Winter,” a collection of wintery stories for young children based on Arnold Lobel’s “Owl at Home” at Wild Swan Theater. 11 a.m. today. 6175 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 995-0530 or visit wildswantheater.org.
p.m. Be entertained this weekend by Detroit poet M.L. Liebler and musicians Kenny Tudrick, Coyote Monk, Ted Nagy and others at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall. 7:30-10:30 tonight. $10. 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Visit jazzcafedetroit.com.
a.m. Celebrate Black History Month a little early by attending a Pre-Black History Month Community Prayer Breakfast at Scott Memorial United Methodist Church. 9 a.m. today. Free. A free-will offering will be accepted. 15361 Plymouth Road, Detroit. Call (313) 538-2575.
p.m. You’ve seen him on “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and “Chelsea Lately,” now check out stand-up comedian Adam Ray at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Also appearing will be Sandy Danto with Kevin Kramis as the emcee. 8, 10:30 tonight. $18. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit comedycastle.com.
p.m. It’ll be a night of laughs as Mittens for Detroit and Pinup Girl Clothing present the fourth annual “A Night of Giggles & Gloves,” a comedy show benefiting Mittens for Detroit, at the MGM Grand Detroit Ballroom. 8 p.m. (Doors open with a silent auction at 6:30 p.m.) $50 general, $100 VIP. 1777 Third St., Detroit. Visit neptix.com.
p.m. Enjoy toe-tapping music performed by Metro Jazz Voices at Royal Oak Public Library. The group is known for their jazz standards and popular favorites in four-part harmony. 3 p.m. today. Free. 222 E. Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. Call (248) 246-3727.
p.m. Don’t miss the eighth annual member exhibit at the Northville Art House, which showcases various styles and mediums, and was designed to say, “Thank You” to those who supported the arts in Northville. 1-5 p.m. today (Wed.-Fri.). This exhibit continues through March 1. Free. 215 W. Cady St. Call (248) 344-0497.
Today / Sunday
a.m. Planning to make some home improvements this year? If so, you can talk to a host of specialists at the Novi Home Improvement Show at Suburban Collection Showplace. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. $9, $8 seniors, free for those 12 and younger. 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi. Call (586) 752-6381.
p.m. See “Eric Gutman: From Broadway to Obscurity, One Man’s Journey to Get More Attention” at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts as the opening event for the 2014 Jewish Community Center Stephen Gottlieb Music Series. Gutman, who performed for nearly three years in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning “Jersey Boys,” is a Detroit-born actor and musician. 8 tonight and 2, 6 p.m. Sunday. $27 ($22 for JCC members). Call (248) 661-1900 or visit theberman.org.
p.m. Brides-to-be and their guests are invited to the Brides-to-Be Bridal Show at Petruzzellos Banquet Center. Brides will can get ideas and speak with area wedding vendors inside what could be a possible venue for their wedding and/or reception. Noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. $9 ($7 advance). 6950 Rochester Road, Troy. Call (586) 228-2700 or visit bridestobe.us.