February 15, 2014 at 1:00 am

48 Hours: The best of things to do this weekend

'Casablanca' will show for free at the Redford Theatre. (Detroit News Archives)

The Big Three

1. ‘Casablanca’ at Redford Theatre

Take your Valentine to see this 1942 classic free of charge. The black and white film stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Arrive 30 minutes early to enjoy the organ overture. 2 and 8 p.m. today. Free. 17360 Lahser, Detroit. (313) 537-2560.

2. Dance Theatre of Harlem

at Detroit Opera House

This multicultural dance institution returns to Detroit with a four-part program that includes the music of Bach, Philip Glass, Arvo Part, Aretha Franklin and James Brown. 7:30 tonight and 2:30 p.m. Sun. $21-$76. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.

3. Billy Joel at The Palace of Auburn Hills

American treasure and recent Kennedy Center honoree Billy Joel celebrates 50 years as a professional musician with a flurry of tour dates and a monthly stint at Madison Square Garden. The “Piano Man” singer, one of the highest-grossing touring artists in the world, has sold out The Palace 13 times during his career. 8 tonight. $35-$119. 6 Championship, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.

Melody Baetens


p.m. If sipping tea and shopping for vintage jewelry are two of your favorite things, then don’t miss the Vintage Jewelry Sale and Tea at the Birmingham Community House. Today: 11:30 a.m. $40 (includes preview) or 12:30-5 p.m. $5 (jewelry show only). 380 S. Birmingham. Call (248) 644-5832.

p.m. Things will be smooth sailing and lots of fun at the 56th annual Detroit Boat Show at Cobo Center. Walk through 300,000 square feet of everything boating with hundreds of exhibitors showcasing new boats for 2014. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays and 3-9 p.m. Tues.-Fri. (through Feb. 23). $12 adults, free for children 12 and younger with an adult. 1 Washington, Detroit. Call (800) 932-2628 or visit detroitboatshow.net.

p.m. Palmer Woods Music in Homes presents music of legendary 20th and 21st century African-American composers, including Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson in the historic Palmer Woods area of Detroit. 8 tonight. $40 (or $35 each for groups of 10 or more). Call (313) 891-2514 or visit palmerwoods.org. (The address will be provided with ticket purchase.)

p.m. Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with a performance of “Red Night at the Rep” at the Detroit Repertory Theatre. 7:30 tonight. $35 (includes the play “My Occasion of Sin,” unlimited champagne, sweets and raffles). 13103 Woodrow Wilson. Visit detroitreptheatre.com.

Today / Sunday

a.m. For unconditional love, why not adopt a four-legged friend at your local PetSmart store? To find your nearest PetSmart store, call (877) 473-8762 or visit petsmart.com/adoptions/.

p.m. Winner of five Tony Awards for its Broadway revival in 2004, “Assassins,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will be performed at the Farmington Players Barn. 8 tonight, 2 pm. Sunday (continues through March 1). $18 adults, $2 discount for seniors this Sunday, and $2 off any performance for students. Group discounts available. 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. Call (248) 553-2955 or visit farmingtonplayers.org.


p.m. Stop by the historic Fillmore Theater for a family-friendly event called “Jazz Speaks for Life.” This Black History Month event from the Detroit Jazz Festival Community Series will feature music of the Jason Moran Trio and vocals of Alberto Mizrahi and other soloists performing Dave Brubeck’s musical exploration of civil rights, “Gates of Justice.” 3:30 p.m. Sunday. $15-$25. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 961-2115 or visit detroitjazzfest.com.

p.m. Contemporary jazz guitarist Peter White will be the special guest performer when Trenton Village Theatre hosts Alexander Zonjic and Friends. 7 p.m. Sunday. $30. 2447 W. Jefferson, Trenton. Call (313) 964-5050 or visit dypac.com.

Jocelynn Brown

Ashley Murphy in 'Return.' (credit Rachel Neville)