48 Hours: best things to do in Metro Detroit



a.m. The West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission presents "Winterfest" at Marshbank Park. Highlights include lots of free, winter-themed activities for the family, including ice carving demonstrations, snowshoeing, cardboard sled races, horse-drawn wagon rides, family snowman building contests, bowling, a meet-and-greet with a reindeer, sled dog exhibition, s'mores roasting and more. 1-4 p.m. today. 2805 Hiller, West Bloomfield Township. Call (248) 451-1923.

p.m. Norm Stulz returns to Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, where he started his professional stand-up comedy career back in 1981. Stulz will be joking around on stage about his personal life. Doors open at 9:30 tonight. $18. You must be at least 18 to attend. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900.

p.m. The Magic Bag presents the "Anti Freeze Blues Festival," featuring Lazy Lester and Siegel-Schwall Blues Band playing everyone's favorite old time blues songs. Lester is best known for his hits recorded with Ernie Young's Nashville, Tennessee-based Excello label, and the Siegel-Schwall Band, which hails from Chicago, made its name as an American electric blues band. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit themagicbag.com.

p.m. Don't miss the Royal Oak Toy Show at the Royal Oak Farmers Market with more than 50 dealers from all over Michigan and the Midwest, offering collectible and antique toys, and appraisals. Theme of the show is toys and how they relate to the history of Detroit and Michigan. $4, free for children 12 and younger. 316 East Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. Call (248) 354-3091.

p.m. See "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya," based on a well-known Japanese folk tale, at the Detroit Film Theater. The film tells the story of a bamboo cutter and his wife who discover a tiny baby nestled inside the folds of a bamboo shoot. 3 and 7 p.m. $8.50, $6.50 seniors, students and DIA members. Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward. Call (313) 833-1930 or visit dia.org.

p.m. Take part in a new weekly Saturday event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History when it presents its "Family Activity Series Health & Nutrition Workshop." Noon today. Free with museum admission ($8 adults, $5 seniors 62-plus, youth 3-12, free for members and children younger than 3.) 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5808 or visit thewright.org.

p.m. Don't miss the "Go Comedy! All Star Showdown," a variety show at Go Comedy! Improv Theater. 8 and 10 tonight. $18 (a "Name This Show" at midnight is free). All three events repeat Jan. 24 and 31. 261 E. Nine Mile, Ferndale. Call (248) 327-0575 or visit gocomedy.net.


a.m. The magic of winter awaits you at the Detroit Zoo as part of its "Wild Winter" weekends. Featured as part of this family event are children's music, zookeeper talks, games and crafts. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today and Sunday. Free with zoo admission ($14, $10 seniors 62-plus, ages 2-14, active military with I.D. and free for those younger than 2 and Detroit Zoological Society members.) 10 Mile at Woodward, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.

Jocelynn Brown

1. 'Kinky Boots' at Fisher Theatre

Written by Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein and rock icon Cyndi Lauper, "Kinky Boots" is about a shoe factory on the verge of bankruptcy that gets fabulous. Lauper won a Tony Award for her score. 2 and 8 p.m. today 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. and 8 p.m. Mon.-Wed. (also Jan. 22-25). $35-$95. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. (800) 982-2787.

2. North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center

The annual car extravaganza opens to the public today with more than 500 vehicles on display. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. today, 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sun. (through Jan. 24). $13, $7 seniors and ages 7-12. 1 Washington, Detroit. (248) 283-5173.

3. March on Main in Milford

In celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this march begins at Prospect Hill Shopping Center and travels to Central Park, where there will be music and refreshments. Lineup starts at 12:15 p.m., march at 1 p.m. Sun. Free. 516 Highland, Milford. meetmeinmilford.com.

Melody Baetens