June 21, 2014 at 1:00 am

48 Hours: The best of things to do in Metro Detroit

Audra Kubat (Audra Kubat)

The Big Three

1. River Days at Detroit Riverfront

Tall ships, sand castles, Jet Ski demonstrations, local music of all sorts and kids activities are all part of the fun of River Days. R&B groups Blackstreet and Guy headline tonight and Mary Mary and Keith Sweat are Sunday’s big names. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. $3. Detroit Riverfront from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal and Dock to the William G. Milliken State Park, Detroit. (313) 566-8200 or riverdays.com.

2. Top of the Park concerts at Ingalls Mall

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival is in full swing, and that includes free concerts at the Top of the Park. Tonight hear Audra Kubat, Ralston Bowels, John Latini Trio, Horse Café Trio, DJ Scout and more. Lila Lazarus will have yoga starting at 5 p.m. Sunday’s musical guests are Tom Butwin, Magdalen Fossum, Los Gatos and the film “Despicable Me 2.” There’s also a kids zone both days. While you’re in the area, check out the Ann Arbor Book Festival street festival and writer’s conference (visit aabookfestival.org for info). 5 p.m. today-Sun. Free. 915 E. Washington, Ann Arbor. (734) 764-2538 or a2sf.org.

3. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Detroit Opera House

This story of Dorothy and Toto’s journey to Oz features all the classic songs, plus newer ones from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 2 and 7:30 p.m. today and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sun. (through June 29). $24 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

Melody Baetens


p.m. Nashville recording artist Katie Armiger will be the featured artist at the Canterbury Countryfest at Canterburry Village. Also performing will be Paulina Jayne, the Orbitsuns and Two Tone Tobacco. Enjoy barbecue and more. Don’t forget to take blankets and lawn chairs. 3-10 p.m. today. $15 presale at NepTix.com or $20 at the gate. All ages. 2369 Joslyn Ct., Lake Orion. Call (248) 391-1900 or visit canterburyvillage.com.

p.m. Celebrate the first day of summer at the Willis Village Birthday Block Party. Enjoy live music, food, dancing, a fashion show, children’s activities and a doggie parade. Noon to 8 p.m. today. Free. (Be sure to stop in Flo Boutique, 404 W. Willis, for the “Simply Greta Trunk Show,” featuring clothing designs of Greta Wallace, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.) Willis between Cass and Second, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 831-4901 or visit flowingflava.com.

p.m. He’s made appearances on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “The Tonight Show” as Jay Leno’s correspondent, now see stand-up comedian Rob O’Reilly on stage at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. 10:30 tonight. (Doors open at 9:45 p.m.) $18. You must be at least 18 years of age. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit comedycastle.com.

p.m. Legendary drummer Ginger Baker and his band Jazz Confusion (Pee Wee Ellis, Alec Dankworth and Abass DoDoo) will make an appearance at Magic Bag, performing tracks from their latest CD, “Why?,” along with other material. Doors open at 8 p.m. $40. Visit 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.

p.m. See “De La Tierra,” the inaugural curatorial event from artists Salam Rida and Allison Vince. The show is themed around its title, which in Spanish means “from the earth.” “Two people come together and organically create a singular piece ...” Other artists teams are Ben Saginaw and Julian Spradlin,Ash Nowak and Dai Hughes, Ben Wolf and Vanessa Cronan, Michael Burdick and James Noellert, Robb DiMaria and Ellen Rutt, Amber Locke and Patrick Quinn, and Amanda Itria and Gregory Ducharme. 7-10 tonight. $35 (includes a four-course dinner). 1550 Winder (in Eastern Market), Detroit. Purchase tickets at eventbrite.com.

Today / Sunday

a.m. Learn about the holistic experience at the Holistic Festival this weekend at Gibraltar Trade Center. A variety of products and services will be made available, including tarot readers, psychics, astrologers, reflexology, massage therapy, aromatherapy and herbal products. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday. Free. 237 N. River, Mt. Clemens. Call (586) 465-6440 or visit gibraltartrade.com/thisweek.


p.m. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and the Concept East Theater Group present “Dramatizing the Revolution: A Retrospective of Black Theater in Detroit.” Highlights include re-enactments, a panel discussion, “Black Theater in Detroit, Past and Future” and a poster exhibit of black theater groups. 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Visit thewright.org.

Jocelynn Brown

The story and music of 'The Wizard of Oz' come alive at the Detroit Opera ... (Cylla von Tiedemann)
De La Tierra, a collaborative show, is the inaugural curatorial event from ... (Salam Rida and Allison Vince)