48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit



a.m. Join Friends of the Detroit River for a large-scale cleanup of the shores and small islands in the lower Detroit River at the Rotary Park. Needed are small craft boat owners, volunteers, families and friends, or anyone interested in helping to clean up litter along the waterfronts. Be sure to bring gloves, boots, extra life jackets (if you have a team), and dress for the weather. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. today. Free lunch will be available. Volunteers with or without small outboard boats are welcome. Trenton. Call (734) 767-4626.

p.m. Stand-up comedian, actor and author Lewis Black brings his all-new 2015 "The Rant Is Due: Part Duex" tour to the Fox Theatre. 8 tonight. $49.50-$75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. Call (800) 745-3000 or (313) 471-6611.

p.m. Join a Family Activity Series Printmaking Workshop at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History as part of it's 50th anniversary with this ongoing Saturday event series for the entire family. Noon today. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800.

p.m. Experience a performance of "The Cross and the Light," the Wilde Award-nominated musical, at St. Patrick of White Lake. 8 tonight. $10-$35. 9086 Hutchins, White Lake. Call (734) 788-7073 or visit CrossAndLight.com.

p.m. Catch Alexander Zonjic and Friends when they return to the Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe in Grosse Pointe Farms. 9, 10:30 tonight. Reservations are recommended. Cover charge is $40 per person. 97 Kercheval, Grosse Pointe Farms. Call (313) 882-JAZZ (5299) or visit dirtydogjazz.com.


a.m. "Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015" pulls into Greenfield Village at Henry Ford Museum for three consecutive weekends starting today. This fun-filled event gives children the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas, as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today and Sun. (This event continues May 2-3 and 9-10). $11.75-$34.25, depending on age. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Call (866) 468-7630 or visit www.ticketweb.com/dowt or thehenryford.org.

a.m. It's time for the annual Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market, two days of shopping for collectibles, contemporary treasures and a variety of arts and crafts, presented by the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Free admission. Secured parking is $5 per vehicle. Refreshments will be available for sale, and tours will be offered at $5 per person. 6325 W. Jefferson, Detroit. Call (313) 628-0796.

p.m. Be there when the "Blue Man Group" theatrical tour returns to the Fisher Theatre with brand new content. The group is best known for multi-media performances featuring "three bald and blue characters" who take the audience on a fun journey. 2 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sun. $29-$89. Call 1-800-982-2787 or visit broadwayindetroit.com or ticketmaster.com.

p.m. The Matrix Theatre Teen Company presents performances of "Starting With Us," which attempts to answer the question "What happens when oppression goes too far?" The play is an adaptation of Lope de Vega's 17th-century play "Fuente Ovejuna." The plot has been modernized and relocated to center around a group of Detroit teens looking forward to spending time on Belle Isle. 8 tonight and 3 p.m. Sun. $12, $8 seniors and students. 2730 Bagley, Detroit. Call (313) 967-0599.


a.m. Belle Isle Nature Zoo's Mudpuppypalooza celebrates Detroit River Salamander, also known as the "not otter" and "slime dog." Highlights include educational activities such as mask making, games, mudpuppy cookie decorating, zookeeper talks and the chance to view mudpuppies up close while learning about the species. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun. Jefferson at E. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Visit detroitzoo.org.

a.m. Journalist Jack Lessenberry will deliver a lecture titled "The Media Today — And Why the Holocaust Still Matters" at the Holocaust Memorial Center. 11 a.m. today. Free. 28123 Orchard Lake, Farmington. Call (248) 553-2400.

Jocelynn Brown

1. Dave Chappelle at Fillmore

Comedian and actor Dave Chappelle is best known for his popular Comedy Central sketch comedy show "Chappelle's Show," which ran 2003-06. He brought his stand-up material to the Fillmore for six shows this week; the last two are 7 and 9:30 tonight. $57.50. 2115 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 961-5450.

2. Bookstock at Laurel Park Place

This annual used book and media sale kicks off Sunday with an early bird pre-sale 8:15-11 a.m. ($20 admission). Get in free the rest of the day, until 6 p.m. The sale continues 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through May 3. 37700 Six Mile, Livonia. (734) 462-1100 or bookstock.info.

3. Hair Wars at Adoba Hotel

Color is the theme of this year's competitive hair-styling showcase, so expect its wild creations to be even more bright and wild than usual. 6:05 p.m. Sun. $20, $40 VIP. 600 Town Center, Dearborn. (313) 534-8318.

Melody Baetens