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48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit

TODAY

a.m. Learn all about your brain, including how it develops and changes as you age, at Brain Day Detroit at the Michigan Science Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular paid admission ($13 adults, $10 ages 2-12 and free for members). 5020 John R., Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 577-2150.

p.m. Catch The Muggs when they celebrate the release of their brand new record, “Straight Up Boogaloo,” at the Magic Bag. The Scrappers, featuring Eddie Berenek, will get the party started a little early. 8 p.m. $10. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991.

p.m. The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Inc. will hold its annual vocal arts competition. Aspiring young classical music artists will perform before three judges and an audience at Central United Methodist Church. 4 p.m. 23 E. Adams, Detroit. Call (313) 965-5422.

p.m. John Valby, also known as “Dr. Dirty,” will perform on stage at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom. For a mature audience. 8 p.m. $25, $49. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. Call (586) 268-3200.

p.m. Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts continues its Detroit dance connection to the world with “313 To The 312” Choreography Expo, “The creative exchange between Detroit and Chicago.” 8 p.m. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501.

p.m. Singer and actor Trace Adkins shares his talents on stage at the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor. Must be at least 19 years of age. 9 p.m. $35-$75. 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor, Ontario.

TODAY / SUNDAY

a.m. Learn what’s new in backyard living at the Novi Backyard Pool & Spa Show at Suburban Collection Showplace. Exhibitors will have product displays and offer a range of services. $8 adults, $4 children 6-14, and free for those 5 and younger. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Parking is $5. 46100 Grand River, Novi. Call (248) 348-5600.

a.m. Yellow Door Art Market will host “Art Fair Fever,” featuring an artist meet-and-greet, a 15 percent discount on all handmade wares, and a collection for new blankets, books and stuffed animals for the nonprofit organization Project Night Night. Customers who bring items to donate will receive a free “sweet” treat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, noon-5 p.m. Sun. Free. 3141 W. 12 Mile, Berkley. Call (800) 414-1654.

SUNDAY

p.m. The James Tatum Foundation presents the 28th annual classical/jazz concert tribute to Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Orchestra Hall. 5:30 p.m. Sun. $12 (upper balcony), $25 (main floor), $75 (box seats). 3711 Woodward, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 576-5111.

p.m. Don’t miss “The Undateable Comedy Tour: Round 2” featuring Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, Brent Morin and Rick Glassman at the Magic Bag Theatre. 8 p.m. Sun. $20. 22920 Woodward, Detroit. Call (248) 544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.

Jocelynn Brown

1. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at Detroit Opera House

This popular dance troupe returns to the Opera House to perform both classic and contemporary numbers. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. Sun. $25-$83. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

2. Live Butterfly Exhibit at Oakland Mall

View hundreds of these colorful winged insects at the Butterfly Pavilion in Oakland Mall, open this weekend through April 12. See the life cycle of a butterfly, learn about butterfly symmetry and participate in activities. Noon-8 p.m. today and noon-5 p.m. Sun. $3. Center Court, 412 W. 14 mile, Troy. (248) 585-6000.

3. Marche du Nain Rouge on Cass

The annual ceremonious romp through Midtown to banish Detroit’s fictitious red dwarf returns this Sunday. The family friendly (for the most part) Mardi Gras-style parade includes homemade floats and lots of costumes. It kicks off at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Traffic Jam and Snug parking lot at Cass and Canfield in Detroit. Visit marchedunainrouge.com for details.

Melody Baetens