48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Join the Rev. Horace Sheffield & "On the Line" for a live broadcast and free home cooked breakfast at Jorgensen Ford. 8-10 a.m. today. Free. 8333 Michigan at Lonyo, Detroit. Call (313) 584-2250.
p.m. In its eighth year, Palmer Woods Music in Homes celebrates Mardi Gras with "Rags & Rhythms," featuring the Alvin Waddles Fats Waller Review and a New Orleans-inspired feast. 8 tonight. $45 ($40 for groups of 10 or more). To RSVP, call (313) 891-2514 or visit palmerwoods.org.
p.m. The wedding season is just around the corner and Haberman Fabrics is offering a free DIY demo with tips and techniques for adding sparkling embellishments. Rhinestone trims and appliques in-stock at regular price will be available for 20 percent off. There will be a $20 gift card door prize. Noon today. Free. 905 S. Main, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-0010 or visit habermanfabrics.com.
p.m. Stop by the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase for the return of stand-up comedian Andy Pitz as he jokes on stage about life's often overlooked absurdities. 8, 10:30 tonight. $15. 212 S. Fourth, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 996-9080 or visit aacomedy.com.
p.m. His style of delivery is casual and laid-back. Don't miss sharing a few laughs with stand-up comedian Bobby Tessel at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle. Tessel has appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "The Late Show with David Letterman." Also appearing will be Matt Holt, with Julie Lyons as the emcee. 10:30 tonight. $18. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit comedycastle.com.
p.m. Just in time for Valentines Day, Planet Ant Theatre premieres "Armchair Dating," an original dating comedy. 9 tonight (Performances continue Feb. 6, 7, 13 and 14). $10. (Tickets are available in advance and at the box office 30 minutes before showtime, based on availability.) 2357 Caniff, Hamtramck. Call (313) 365-4948 or visit planetant.com.
TODAY / SUNDAY
a.m. Be sure to catch the "Great Train Show" at Suburban Collection Show Place (Hall C). This is a national traveling show geared toward model railroad enthusiasts. Highlights include 200-500 tables of train dealers, a variety of operating model railroad and toy layouts in different scales. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday. $8 adults, free for those younger than 12. (Admission must be paid with cash or a major credit card). Parking is $5. 46100 Grand River, Novi. Call (248) 348-5600 or visit Greattrainexpo.com.
p.m. See "Cain's Row," a new play collectively written by the Matrix Theatre Company's Writers Circle. Learn what happens after two brothers spend eight months in jail for possession of marijuana. 8 tonight, 3 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $8 seniors (65-plus) and students with valid I.D. 2730 Bagley, Detroit. Call (313) 967-0599.
p.m. Don't miss seeing a performance of "Becky's New Car," presented by the Rosedale Community Players at Peace Luthern Church. 8 tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, available at the door, are $15 and $14 (seniors and students). Popcorn is always free. (Performances continue Feb. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m.) 17029 W. 13 Mile, Southfield. Call (313) 532-4010, visit rosedalecommunityplayers.com or email: email@example.com.
Sea Life Michigan at Great Lakes Crossing
The newest attraction at outlet mall Great Lakes Crossing is the Sea Life Michigan aquarium. It houses more than 5,000 animals, including clown fish, an octopus, turtles, eels, starfish and many more. Get interactive with a touchpool full of crabs, shrimp and starfish or see the underside of stingray or shark as it swims above as you walk through a 180-degree ocean tunnel. The grand opening was Thursday. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. (also open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.). $23.50 adults, $18.50 ages 3-12. 4316 Baldwin, Auburn Hills. (866) 622-0605.
WinterFest in Palmer Park
This annual event has food, music, horse and carriage rides and winter activities, but the big attraction is the too-cute Doggie Fashion Parade. Pets should be pre-registered at peopleforpalmerpark.org. 1-4 p.m. today. Merrill Plaisance, west of Woodward, Detroit.
Sphinx Finals Concert at Orchestra Hall at the Max
Andrew Grams conducts this annual celebration of diversity in classical music. The concert features three senior division finalists and the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra. Audience members can text their vote. Watch the concert at Orchestra Hall or online at dso.org/live. 2 p.m. Sun. $10-$20. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.