48 Hours: Best things to do
The Big Three
1. Masque at Russell Industrial Center
Taking elements of an adult Halloween party, club night and formal ball, Masque features a live performance by Nadia Ali, plus fortune tellers, dancers, a laser show, DJs and dancing and more. 9 p.m. Saturday. $40-$59.99. 1600 Clay, Detroit. (313) 872-4000.
2. ‘The Color Purple’ at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Jennifer Holliday stars in this musical based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. 8 p.m. p.m. Saturday-Sun. $39.50-$54.50. 350 Madison, Detroit. (313) 887-8501.
3. Treats in the Streets at Detroit Historical Museum:
Dress up your little one for trick-or-treating in the museum’s “Streets of Old Detroit” exhibit. Children aged 12 and younger are welcome. Noon-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 5401 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 833-7979 or visit detroithistorical.org.
a.m. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo will host its sixth annual Boo at the Nature Zoo on the island near the Blue Heron Lagoon. Children are encouraged to wear costumes and bring bags for Halloween treats. Highlights include a scavenger hunt and walk through an indoor forest trail to search for treats to Halloween-themed music. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Free. Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Boulevard, Detroit. Call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.
a.m. Don’t miss the Depot Town Harvest Festival with Halloween fun and excitement. Activities include a corn roast, face painting, henna tattoos, glass pumpkins, a farmers market, pumpkin painting, a bounce house, a children’s Halloween parade, storefront trick-or-treating and more. 9 a.m.-2 pm. (Dog costume contest at 1:45 p.m.). Free. Rain or shine. Cross Street, Depot Town, Ypsilanti.
Saturday / Sunday
a.m. Local fiber artists won’t want to miss the eighth annual Fiber Expo at Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. Learn about the age-old crafts of felting, rug hooking, knitting, spinning and other ways to use natural fibers. Breeders will be on hand with some of their fiber animals, including alpacas, sheep and angora rabbits. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. $4 ($6 both days), free for children younger than 12. 5055 Ann Arbor Saline, Ann Arbor. Visit FiberExpo.com.
a.m. See the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibit of 28 ofrendas, an essential part of the traditional Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, created by local artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $8 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 6-17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. (This exhibit runs through Nov. 2, when a public talk at 2 p.m. will feature participating artists discussing their ofrendas.) For membership, call (313) 833-7971 or visit dia.org.
p.m. See rod puppets, created in the tradition of Russian folklore, as they come to life in “Firebird” at PuppetArt Detroit Puppet Theater. 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 25 E. Grand River, Detroit. Call (313) 961-7777 or visit puppetart.org.
p.m. The internationally renowned Sima Trio of New York returns to Metro Detroit in concert at St. John Armenian Church. The ensemble includes cellist Ani Kalayjian, pianist Sofya Melikyan and violinist Sami Merdinian. Meet the musicians at an afterglow celebration. 3 p.m. Sunday. $20 adults, $10 for those younger than 18. Call (248) 569-3405. 22001 Northwestern Highway, Southfield. Call (248) 569-3405.
p.m. Celebrate the written word while meeting and mingling with Michigan authors at Leon & Lulu as part of a benefit juried book fair for the Oakland Literacy Council. About 50 authors will autograph and sell books, and read excerpts from their work. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 96 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. Call (248) 288-3600 or visit leonandlulu.com.
p.m. Local folk/cabaret singer Jeff Fish will perform a mini concert on Sunday in the lower level of City Kitchen as a benefit for the Grosse Pointe Theatre. Fish has appeared in “Pump Boys & Dinettes” back in 1994 for the GPT and, last year, in “The Fantasticks!” for another local group. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. $25. For tickets, call (313) 881-4004 or visit gpt.org.
p.m. Professor, actress, motivational speaker and author Loretta Morman, a graduate of Michigan State University and owner of Life Beyond the Norm, will present her “Unique You Workshop” for tweens and teens, considered to be a “life lesson” for young girls of color, at the Pink Pump. 3-5 p.m. Sunday. $25. 309 S. Main, Royal Oak. To register, call visit uniqueyouworkshop.eventbrite.com.