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48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit



p.m. Actor and comedian Hal Sparks will be in town to perform stand-up at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Doors open at 7 Sat. $20. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. 310 South Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 or visit

p.m. Feel the beat when the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble livens things up at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall. 8, 10 p.m. Sat. $35. 350 Madison, Detroit. Visit or

p.m. Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church will launch a new concert series in support of Michigan-based talent of all ages. The concert will open with a performance by attorney-turned boogie, blues, & ragtime musician Matthew Ball, aka the Boogie Woogie Kid, who specializes in music from the era of the church’s earliest roots. 7 p.m. Sat. 17150 Maumee, Grosse Pointe. Visit


p.m. Share a frightening good time at Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village with the entire family. Stroll down streets and alleys with over 1,000 carved jack-o-lanterns and costumed characters, and enjoy historically themed Hallowe’en fun. 6:30-9 p.m. Sat. and Sun. This is a rain-or-shine event with the complete program presented in all weather conditions. 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Parking is $6 for nonmembers and free for members. For tickets, call (313) 982-6001 or (800) 835-5237, or visit

p.m. Treat the little ones to the Detroit Zoo’s annual “merry-not-scary” Zoo Boo celebration, featuring a half-mile decorated trick-or-treat trail through the front area of the zoo. 5-8 p.m. rain or shine Sat., Sun. (This event continues Oct. 16-18 and 23-25). $8, free for those younger than two. 8450 W. Ten Mile, Royal Oak. For information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit


p.m. See singer and actress Vanessa Williams live in concert at the Sound Board. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $35-$50. Inside MotorCity Casino Hotel. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. Call (866) 782-9622.

p.m. The 24th annual “Souper Bowl,” a benefit for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, will be held at the American Polish Century Club. Highlights include raffles throughout the day and continuous live entertainment, including Celtic bands, singers, and Irish step-dancers. Noon-7 p.m. Sun. $20. Tickets are available at the door. 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights. Call (586) 573-4121 or (586) 751-3575.

p.m. “Compania Flamenco,” starring Jose Porcel and his company of dancers with live orchestra, will be performed at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Sun. $30-$50. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit or

p.m. Don’t miss the special event at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle featuring Jake “The Snake” Roberts, the son of Grizzly Smith. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $25 show. $15 meet and greet. Tickets are available online at 310 South Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 9900.

Jocelynn Brown