July 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

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

Don Was headlines the Concert of Colors this weekend. (Michael Buckner / Getty Images)

The Big Three

1. Women’s Empowerment Expo at Cobo Center: Filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry is keynote speaker at this uplifting and educational event. Other special guests are actor Morris Chestnut, R&B performer KEM, Salt-N-Pepa, Raheem Devaughn and R&B Divas of L.A. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. today. $42. 1 Washington, Detroit. (313) 259-4123.

2. Wyandotte Street Art Fair in downtown Wyandotte: Find quirky, colorful pieces of art, munch on savory and sweet treats or rock out to a local band. The main attraction is the arts and crafts, though, with creations in the realm of fiber, glass, wood, metal, paint, pottery and mixed media. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. art fair, noon-11 p.m. entertainment today. Free. Biddle between Eureka and Oak, Wyandotte. wyandottestreetartfair.org.

3. Concert of Colors at Max M. Fisher Music Center: See the highlighted event of this annual diverse music festival, the Don Was Detroit All-Star Revue at 8 p.m. tonight. This year, the multi-genre band will perform Bob Seger’s “Live Bullet” album. 1 p.m. today-Sun. Free. 5711 Woodward, Detroit. concertofcolors.com.

Melody Baetens


p.m. Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performs tonight on the grounds of the Ford House. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks at 10 p.m. $20. 1100 LakeShore, Grosse Pointe. Visit fordhouse.org.

p.m. Don’t miss the 15th annual Michigan Elvis Fest at Riverside Park with 16 artists, most performing Elvis tributes. A kids’ zone will feature bounce houses and carnival games. Noon to midnight today. $25, free for those 12 and younger. Depot Town, near East Cross and North Huron, Ypsilanti. Call (734) 483-4444 or visit mielvisfest.org.

p.m. Treat yourself to “mo” music, beer, food and art at the MoPop Festival at Freedom Hill Amphitheatre. Noon-midnight today. $60. Rain or shine. 14900 Metropolitan Pkwy., Sterling Heights. Visit mopopfest.com.

Today / Sunday

a.m. If you love great food, music and want to celebrate the history of Paradise Valley, then be sure to stop by Hart Plaza for the return of the Detroit Paradise Valley Music Festival. Among performers at this third annual event will be Slave, Marcus Belgrave, Joan Belgrave, Kimmie Horne, Dion Yates, Millie Scott and 30 bands playing everything from jazz to Neo Soul. Admission is free up to 2 p.m. ($5 after 2 p.m.) 11 a.m.-midnight today and Sunday. Jefferson at the foot of Woodward, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 877-8057.

a.m. Discover unique handmade items at “Art in the Park” in Plymouth, where more than 400 artists from 32 states will showcase their work for sale, including paintings, ceramic, glass and fiber art. Other highlights include live entertainment, interactive displays, children’s activities and various cuisines. Visitors are encouraged to park at the ACH Plant (14425 Sheldon, just off M-14) and use the round-trip shuttle service, available continuously all weekend. The drop-off point will be Plymouth City Hall, near the start of the fair. Call (734) 454-1314 or visit artinthepark.com.

p.m. “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin, named No. 1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine, will perform tonight at DTE Energy Music Theatre with stand-up comedian Dwayne Gill as the opening act. $25-$65 (pavilion) or $15 (lawn). Call (800) 745-3000.

p.m. “Ernie,” Mitch Albom’s play about Detroit broadcast legend Ernie Harwell, returns to the City Theatre for its third year. 3, 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. Sunday. $25.45-$30.55. Suitable for all ages. Performances continue through Aug. 17. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. Visit olympiaentertainment.com.

p.m. Attend the “We Are Family” Southfield Festival of Hope, a day of activities for the entire family, including food, games, live music, karaoke and carnival rides from Wade Shows Inc. Noon-11 p.m. today and 2-8 p.m. Sunday. $22. 26275 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. Call (248) 356-1020.

p.m. Midtown Detroit Inc. will sponsor a performance of the Shakespeare comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at New Center Park. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Free. 2998 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Visit ShakespeareinDetroit.com.

Jocelynn Brown