a.m. PuppetART Theater begins its 17th season with "Sleeping Beauty." Performances continue Sept. 27-28. 10 a.m. today. $5 children, $10 adults. ($8 per child for workshop following performance.) Puppet gift items start at $1 each. 25 E. Grand River, Detroit. Call (313) 961-7777 or visit puppetart.org.
p.m. The Detroit Zoological Society and Michigan Humane Society will collaborate with over 30 local animal welfare organizations for the fall 2014 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event where hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption. The first 25 guest interested in adopting a puppy will receive a "puppy pass" and will be allowed to enter the tents at 9:45 a.m. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Woodward at the corner of W. Ten Mile, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-5717 or visitdetroitzoo.org.
p.m. Pulp Culture Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host a masked event for suicide prevention, "Motor City Masquerade," at St. Andrew's Hall. Performances will be by the rock band Pulp Culture, The Midfield, Not Blood Paint and Beast in the Field. Doors open at 8 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at-the-door (mask included). A dollar from each ticket will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 431 E. Congress. Call (313) 961-8961.
p.m. Popular jazz singer and songwriter Michael Franks performs at the Detroit Opera House. Joining him will be Rachelle Ferrell, with special guest saxophonist Marion Meadows. 7:30-9:30 tonight. $63-$83. 1526 Broadway, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 237-SING (7464).
p.m. Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum will sponsor the sixth annual Friends of Jacob Family Picnic, a safe outdoor lunch with lots of activities, including a bounce house and prizes at K of C Picnic Grounds. The Friends of Jacob Foundation helps families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders with financial assistance. 1-4 p.m. today. 11541 21 Mile Road, Shelby Township. RSVP at (586) 596-9197 or email@example.com.
p.m. A screening of the PBS documentary, "Slavery by Another Name," will be presented by the Dale Rich Collection, in collaboration with the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. Rich, a lifelong Detroiter, has photographed African-American life and struggles for several decades. A collection of his photos are at the Walter P. Reuther Labor Library on the campus of Wayne State University in Detroit. Wayne County Community College District's Wallace Peace is the guest lecturer. 1-4:30 p.m. today. Free. Friends Auditorium, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 481-1337.
p.m. Pittsfield Open Band: Ann Arbor Community of Traditonal Music and Dance, will perform an open jam of contra dance music at Pittsfield Grange. All instruments are welcome. 3-6 p.m. today. 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline (a half mile south of I-94), Ann Arbor. Call (734) 994-9307.
Today / Sunday
a.m. Due to popular demand, the Ultimate Homerama 2014 continues for one additional weekend. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today and noon-9 p.m. Sunday. $15 per person or $40 for a Family Pack (two adults and children younger than age 18). Parking will be available at Oakland Christian Church, 5100 N. Adams, Rochester. A free shuttle will be available.
p.m. Daryl Hall & John Oates, the No. 1-selling music duo in history, will perform live on stage at Freedom Hill. Mutlu will be the special guest. Doors open at 6 p.m. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 (lawn) and $32.50-$82.50 (pavillion). 14900 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights. Call (586) 268-9700 or visit freedomhill.net.
p.m. Straight from Dakar, Senegal, the Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir performs at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. This group was founded in 1950 by Julien Jouga, Ambassador Artist for Peace, for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 4 p.m. $20. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.
1. Birmingham Street Art Fair in downtown Birmingham
Now in its 40th year, this annual art event is a benefit for Common Ground, an Oakland County-based crisis agency. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free. S. Old Woodward, Birmingham. (734) 662-3382.
2. Opening Weekend at Erebus Haunted Attraction
This popular haunted destination is known for its size (it's four stories), but it's the terror factor that keeps thrill-seekers coming back each year. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight (and various times and days through Nov. 2). $28. 18 S. Perry, Pontiac. (248) 332-7884.
3. Rascal Flatts at DTE Energy Music Theatre
Country chart toppers Rascal Flatts brings their "Rewind" tour to town with special guest Sheryl Crow and opener Gloriana. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $40.45 lawn, $70.85-$142.85 pavilion. 7774 Sashabaw, Clarkston. (248) 377-0100.