'A Thieves' Game' is at the Detroit Dreaming Film Festival this weekend. (Sam Logan Khaleghi)
The Big Three
1. Shiver on the River on Belle Isle: This free, family-friendly ecology event includes ice rescue demonstrations, arts and crafts, a magic show for kids and access to many Belle Isle points of interest, including the aquarium, nature zoo, coast guard station, boat club, conservatory, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and yacht club. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Free. Enter Belle Isle at Jefferson at East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. (734) 288-3889.
2. “American Idiot” at Detroit Opera House: A Broadway musical set to the songs of Green Day’s seventh studio album, 2004’s “American Idiot.” The Grammy and Tony Award-winning production also includes Green Day songs “21 Guns” and “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).” 2 and 8 p.m. today and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. $34-$89. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.
3. 2014 Academy Award Nominated Short Films at Detroit Film Theatre: The Detroit Film Theatre program, which is more than three hours long and has one intermission, includes five animated and five live-action films ranging from 6- to 30-minutes long each, plus a collection of “highly commended” animation shorts. 7 tonight; 1 and 6 p.m. Sun. (weekends through Feb. 20). $8.50. 5200 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-4005. Read Tom Long’s review of the program at
p.m. See Winter in Bloom 2014 at Cranbrook House, featuring Laurie Tennent Botanicals from Cranbrook Gardens as part of an afternoon exhibition stroll. 1-2 p.m. today. Free. 380 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills. Call (248) 645-3149.
p.m. Grammy-nominated Latin percussionist Chembo Corniel will heat up the stage tonight at Jazz Café at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Joining him will be current masters of Afro Cuban music — Ivan Renta, Elio Villafranca, Carlo De Rosa and Vince Cherico. 8, 10 tonight. $30 advance, $40 at-the-door. 350 Madison Ave., Detroit. Call (313) 887-8532.
p.m. “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde,” a classic drama by Moises Kaufman, comes to life on stage at Hilberry Theatre. 2, 8 p.m. today. $12-$30. 4743 Cass Ave., corner of Hancock St., Detroit. Call (313) 577-2972 or (313) 577-3010.
p.m. You’ve seen him on A&E, Showtime, VH-1, MTV, Comedy Central and CMT, now see stand-up comedian Steve McGrew live on stage at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Also appearing will be Steve Lind with Jeff Horste as the emcee. 8, 10:30 p.m. $20. 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 for reservations.
p.m. See the late actor John Wayne starring in his only Oscar-winning performance as “Rooster” in the 1969 Paramount movie “True Grit” at the Redford Theatre. Kim Darby and Glen Campbell also star in the two-hour movie. 2, 8 p.m. today. (An organ overture will be performed 30 minutes before each start time). $5. 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit. Call (313) 537-2560 or visit redfordtheatre.com.
p.m. “Movies at the Marquis” series returns with a romantic theme just in time for Valentine’s Day. See “Love Actually,” starring Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Colin Firth and others. 7:30 tonight. (Different film presentations continue Feb. 8, 15 and 22.) Call (248) 349-0345 or visit downtownnorthville.com.
Today / Sunday
a.m. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can beat the winter chill with free admission to local museums through its “Museums on Us” program. Participating local museums include the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit Historical Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, Motown Museum and The Henry Ford. To enter, just present your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card along with a photo ID. This program continues the first full weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of each month. Visit museums.bankofamerica.com.
p.m. Don’t miss the second annual Detroit Dreaming Film Festival (DDFF), presented by Matrix Theatre Company. The films unveil the diversity, struggles and triumphs of the City of Detroit, giving local filmmakers a venue to share their stories. First film showing is 3:30 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. $7 per block. 2730 Bagley St., Detroit. Call (313) 967-0599 or visit matrixtheatre.org. For a schedule, visit detdreamingfilmfest.org.
p.m. Looking for a fun indoor activity for the kids? Treat them to Craft Sundays at the Arab American National Museum. 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, 16 and 23. Free. You must RSVP, and parental supervision is required. Space is limited to 25 children per session. 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Call (313) 624-0219.
p.m. Sunday may be groundhog day, but at Detroit’s Palmer Park the WinterFest & Doggie Fashion Parade kicks off with fun for the entire family, snow or shine. Canines will prance around Lake Frances as they compete for prizes. Other highlights include horse and carriage rides ($5 per adult, $2 per child), ice skaters, cross-crountry skiers, snow shoe travelers, bonfires, live music, warming tents and more. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. Merrill Plaisance, just west of Woodward Avenue and north of Six Mile, Detroit. Visit peopleforpalmerpark.org.
p.m. Eastern Michigan University organist Michael Burkhardt, the Detroit Handbell Ensemble and EMU student brass musicians perform “Pipes, Bells, and Brass” for a Winter 2014 Music and Dance Event at Pease Auditorium. 4 p.m. today. Free. College Place (on the campus of EMU), Ypsilanti. Call (734) 487-2282 or visit emutix.com.