48 Hours: Best things to do
p.m. Share an evening of laughs with stand-up comedian Bobby Slayton at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle. Also appearing will be Mike Bonner with Manny Shields as the emcee. 8, 10:30 tonight $20. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900.
p.m. Detroit News columnist Neal Rubin will help kick off a series of events at the Lorenzo Cultural Center where exhibits, presentations, performances and film will be used to tell the story of Michigan from different perspectives. Forty events will be included as part of this event. 1 p.m. today. This event continues through May 9. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. To register, call (586) 445-7348. On the campus of Macomb Community College, Clinton Township. Visit lorenzoculturalcenter.com.
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a.m. Stop by the eighth annual Cottage & Lakefront Living Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Experts will be on hand to explain how to set up cottage ownership. Children and adults can roll around inside an inflatable transparent plastic Zorb Globe in a full-size pool at the Cran-Hill Family Zone, among other activities. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $10, $4 children 6-14 and free for those 5 and younger. 46100 Grand River, Novi. Call (800) 328-6550 or visit NoviCottageShow.
p.m. Catch the pop/rock musical "Spring Awakening" at the 2nd Stage at the Baldwin Theatre. Based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play "Fruhlings Erwachen," this show won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2007. 8 tonight, 2 p.m. Sunday. $18 advance. Tickets can be purchased at the box office one hour prior to start of performance for an additional $2. 415 S. Lafayette, downtown Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-6430 or visit stagecrafters.org.
p.m. Enjoy a Spirit of the '60s themed party at the 23rd annual Taste of Troy benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Troy at the San Marino Club. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. $50 advance ($60 at-the-door). 1685 E. Big Beaver, Troy. Call (248) 689-1687.
p.m. The North American Chinese Coalition (NACC), along with the Chinese Association of Greater Detroit (CAGD), Greater Lansing Chinese Association, and the North American Chinese Society of Automotive Engineers present the Beijing (Peking) Opera Troupe live on stage at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 3 p.m. Sunday. $50, $35 (general) and $25 (students). 350 Madison, downtown Detroit. Visit musichall.org or ticketmaster.com.
1. 'Oh Freedom!' concert featuring Patti Austin at Detroit Opera House
Grammy winner Patti Austin performs as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Austin will be joined by a choir of 75 local singers, including Thornetta Davis and Joan Belgrave. 7 p.m. Sun. $25-$200. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.
2. Winter Hockey Classic and Winter Carnival at Clark Park
Before the Winter Hockey Classic starts at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, enjoy the free Winter Carnival from noon-5 p.m. with ice skating, a petting zoo and more. Free. 1130 Clark, Detroit. (313) 842-8534.
3. Charlie Wilson at Joe Louis Arena
R&B singer Charlie Wilson comes through town in support of his newest studio album "Forever Charlie." The album, which debuted in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, features guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and Shaggy. Detroit's own KEM and R&B singer Joe open the show. 7 p.m. Sun. $48-$103. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 983-6606.