48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. The Belle Isle Conservancy, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and local partners, will offer Belle Isle Summer Saturday. Today’s event, themed “Arts and Culture,” will be the last one of the season. Activities will include yoga, golf sessions, doing the hustle, chess competitions, kayak instructions with water explorations, Isle tours and storytelling. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jefferson at the foot of East Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (313) 331-7760 or visit belleisleconservancy.org/annual-events/bliss/.
a.m.Don’t miss the seventh annual Motor City Black Age of Comics Convention at Bert’s Entertainment Warehouse. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat. Then, 7:30 p.m.-midnight, there will be a presentation of live action short films, animations and documentaries by various creators. Free. 2727 Russell, between Gratiot and Mack, Downtown Detroit. Call (313) 645-5895 or email email@example.com.
p.m. Bitter Sweet Vinyard’s presents “Sophisticated Palates Wine & Cheese Tasting” in support of music and art. 7-10 p.m. Sat. $20 advance and $25 at-the-door. Ten percent of the profits will benefit a local charity. 19954 Livernois, Detroit. Call (734) 749-4738 or (586) 944-6576.
p.m. Grand Slamm Records Presents a Dion Price exclusive release party and video premiere, “Down,” hosted by Dion Price and Chess Moves, at Music Hall. $15 with proof of purchase (receipt) for a “Down” single. Doors open at 8 p.m. The video premieres at 11:15 p.m. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.
p.m. Stories of African traditions will inspire youth at the “Sky’s the Limit: Our Children of the Future” event at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 3 p.m. Sat. $10 adults, $5 children. Every child will receive a complimentary museum membership with admission. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 442-3227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
a.m. Learn what’s new in the world of sewing, from quilting to garment making, at the American Sewing Expo at Suburban Collection Showplace. Be sure to see “Quilted Portraits by LUKE,” featuring the work of quilt artist Luke Haynes. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $14, free for children 15 and younger. One-hour seminars are $14 and all-day workshops are $130. Special combination packages are available. Parking is $5. 46100 Grand River in Novi. Call (248) 889-3111 or visit AmericanSewingExpo.com, or Facebook.com/AmericanSewingExpo.
a.m. Don’t miss seeing “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” the new exhibit at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 1-5 p.m. Sun. (Closed Mondays). $8 ages 13-61, $5 seniors 62-plus and youth ages 3-12, and free for members and children younger than 3. (This exhibit continues through Jan. 3, 2016). 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit TheWright.org.
p.m. Follow the smell of ribs cooking on the grill to the Northville RibFest at Ford Field/Park. Participatinig vendors include Parks Old Style BBQ, Red Wood Grill, Stonewood Smokehouse, Hog Wild BBQ, Niko’s Greek Stand, Chicken Shack, The Corn Man, Rub Pub BBQ, Big Mike’s Southwestern Grille, and Smoke Ring BBQ. There will be live music all weekend, including performances by Reefermen, Tosha Owens, Danny D, Killer Flamingos and Dan Tillery. Noon-11p.m. Sat. and noon-8 p.m. Sun. Free admission and parking. Call (248) 202-4662 or visit northvilleribfest.com.
p.m. See what happens when transgender issues are explored in a production of “A Kid Like Jake,” by Daniel Pearle, at the Matrix Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. $20 general, $12 students and seniors 65-plus with I.D. Group rates available. (Performances continue through Oct. 11). 2730 Bagley, in Detroit’s Mexicantown. Call (313) 967-0599 or visit matrixtheatre.org.
p.m. See “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” presented by the Grosse Pointe Theatre, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Auditorium as the opening production for its 68th season. This is a new musical based on the motion picture, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” 32 Lake Shore, Grosse Pointe Farms. 8 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. (Performances continue Oct. 1-3). $24. Parking is free. Call (313) 881-4004 or visit gpt.org.