See a clip from 'Creature Comforts' at 'Watch me Move: The Animation Show' at Detroit Institute of Arts (Aardman Animations)
The Big Three
1. Fall Festival at Detroit Zoo
This annual event offers live entertainment, hay rides, a straw maze, dancing and face painting. The autumn-themed party takes place in the Main Picnic Grove area of the Zoo. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today-Sun. Free with Zoo admission, $5 per child for kids’ activities area, $1-$2 for hayrides. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717.
2. “Evil Dead the Musical” at City Theatre
This campy production based on Sam Raimi’s cult hit film “Evil Dead” returns for a fourth year. Warning: some seats are in the fake blood-splatter zone. 8 tonight-Sat. (through Oct. 26). $29.50. 2301 Woodward Ave., Detroit. (313) 965-9500.
3. “Watch me Move: The Animation Show” at Detroit Institute of Arts
View the history of a moveable art form. This exhibit looks into how animation is done using more than 100 film segments, including both popular and little-known works. Show opens Sunday and runs through Jan. 5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun. $20, $10 ages 6-17. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-4005.
a.m. A Low Cost Shot Clinic is being sponsored by Animal Care Network at Center Stage Rental Hall. Residents ages 18 and up can have their dogs and/or cats immunized at the bi-annual event. The cost is $10 (cash only) per animal. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. 536 N. Perry, Pontiac. Visit michigananimaladoptionnetwork.org.
a.m. “Intimate View of Detroit’s Great Architecture & History” is a tour of nearly a dozen historic apartments and a park in the historic district of Palmer Park. Some of the buildings have been abandoned for decades, some are in stages of revitalization. Proceeds will benefit Detroit’s Palmer Park. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. $15 advance (online) or $20 at the event. Groups will leave every 15 minutes for the guided tour from Detroit Unity Temple, 17505 Second, Detroit. Free secure parking available. For tickets, visit palmerparktour2013.eventbrite.com.
p.m. Comedian/actress Whitney Cummings performs tonight at at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Cummings has been seen on “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien,” HBO’s “Down and Dirty with Jim Norton,” NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Comics Unleashed.” 8 tonight. $35 (tickets available at the door). 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. Call (248) 399-2980 or visit axs.com.
p.m. Enjoy the musical talents of Children of the World as they perform an international dance and music concert in Shain Park. Costumed groups will perform traditional music and dance, representing countries from around the world. 1-5 p.m. today. Free. Merrill at Bates, downtown Birmingham. Call (248) 867-0938.
p.m. Laugh it up this weekend at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle as comic Jim David performs. Also appearing is Bill Boronkay with Melvin Bender as the emcee. 8, 10:30 tonight. $18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. For reservations, call (248) 542-9900.
p.m. As part of the Hamtramck Neighborhood Arts Festival, MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company will perform at Public Pool (location change). 2 p.m. today. Free. 3309 Caniff, Hamtramck. Call (586) 899-2629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today / Sunday
a.m. The Novi Home Remodeling Show’s theme this year is “The JFK Experience — Remembering a Great American President.” The event is at Suburban Collection Showplace and features more than 350 authentic items from JFK’s life and presidency. $9 adults, $8 seniors and free for children 12 and younger. 46100 Grand River, Novi. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Visit novihomeshow.com.
a.m. Take advantage of Bank of America’s Museums on Us weekend, which offers free museum admission to Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders. Participating locally are the Detroit Historical Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Motown Museum (closed Sundays) and The Henry Ford. Cardholders will need to show a photo I.D. along with their debit or credit card. Guests are not eligible for free admission. Visit museums.bankofamerica.com.
a.m. Detroit Gallery Week, presented by Art Detroit Now, continues through the weekend as Detroit galleries offer solo shows, group exhibitions and special programming. Final events will focus on Corktown, Southwest Detroit, the North End, Livernois, Hamtramck, Woodbridge and Grand River areas, along with the Detroit Institute of Arts. Today-Sunday. Visit artdetroitnow.com.
a.m. Don’t miss the 24th annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Be sure to enter to win tickets and camping packages for summer Michigan International Speedway events. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. $9 adults, $8 seniors and free for children 12 and younger. Receive a special $1 off coupon at marvac.org. 46100 Grand River, Novi. Call (517) 349-8881, ext. 10.
p.m. The season opener by the award-winning Michigan Philharmonic, titled “The Golden Flute,” takes place this weekend at Village Theater at Cherry Hill. Flute virtuoso Eric Lamb will performing the title piece by composer Chen Yi. There will also be a rendition of Brahm’s Symphony No. 1. 2 p.m. Sunday. 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton Township. Call (734) 451-2112 or visit michiganphil.org.
p.m. The Troy Historical Society will hold an Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal Fair at First United Methodist Church. Proceeds will benefit the Troy Historical/Troy Historic Village. A team of seven appraisers will be on hand to evaluate everything from needlepoint to sports memorabilia. 1-4 p.m. $5 for verbal appraisals and $20 for informal written ones. 6363 Livernois, Troy. Call (248) 524-3570.
p.m. Find out what a Pizza Palooza is at the Costick Center, where you’re welcome to sample all the pizza and salad you want from 6-7:15 p.m. Sunday. A People’s Choice Award will be presented to the top vote-getting pizzas. Other activities include games, crafts, face painting, a pizza coloring contest, plus Sunday evening football on television. 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Free. 28600 11 Mile, Farmington Hills. Register online at recreg.fhgov.com.