48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. Brooklyn Outdoor, a Detroit-based advertising company, and the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy will host an event featuring musical performances by Greater Alexander and Kysia at a living billboard bar as a benefit for the conservancy. Apple Ale, a new beer, will be available for sale to help benefit local charities. 3-9 p.m. Sat. 2000 Michigan, Detroit. Visit brooklynoutdoor.com.
p.m. Attend the fourth annual Detroit Doll Show at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Shop for arts and crafts from local vendors, be part of the Doll Look-Alike Contest (doll must be present), and take part in hands-on doll workshops. Dolls for sale will range from $10-$600. For ages 5-95. 1-7 p.m. Sat. 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Visit detroitdollshow2015.eventbrite.com.
p.m. The Fall Festival of the Arts 2015 continues this weekend with a miniature and craft boutique at the Downriver Council for the Arts. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat. (The show runs through Nov. 21). Free admission and parking. 81 Chestnut, Wyandotte. Call (734) 777-6109 or visit downriverarts.org.
p.m. The Oakland County Genealogical Society and the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research present “Planning and Preparing a Successful Research Trip,” a program designed to help beginners and experienced genealogists. It will be held at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Curt Witcher, manager for the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be the featured speaker. 1-4 p.m. Sat. 5500 N. Adams, Troy. Call (248) 548-1737 or visit ocgsmi.org.
p.m. Get in on the adult coloring book trend when Barnes & Noble invites customers nationwide to color as part of their All-American Art Unwind event. Look for the three activity stations throughout the store — Create, Connect and Color. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. Visit BNArtUnwind.com.
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p.m. See award-winning director T.J. Hemphill’s “Mama’s Got A Plan” at Detroit’s Fisher Theatre, starring Detroit native Redaric Williams and Grammy-nominated gospel singer and Detroiter Lisa Page-Brooks. 3 p.m. Sat., 4 p.m. Sun. $36.50-$51.50. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call 1 (800) 982-2787 or visit broadwayindetroit.com or ticketmaster.com.
p.m. “A Christmas Carol” returns to Meadow Brook Theatre. 2, 6:30 p.m. Sat. and 2 p.m. Sun. $20 adults and kids. (Nov. 20-22: $33 adults, half price for kids ages 5-12). Performances continue Wed.-Sun. through Dec. 24. 207 Wilson, Rochester. Call (248) 377-3300.
p.m. Shen Wei Dance Arts, one of the premiere international dance companies, will perform at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 8 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. $30, $40, $50. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.
a.m. Don’t let your favorite pup miss the Dog Holiday Photo Shoot at Troy Community Center. Participants will receive one 4-by-6-inch photo with a holiday frame and digital copies. Proceeds will benefit Troy’s Dog Park Fund. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $15 residents, $20 nonresidents. Registration is required. Pets should be on a leash and enter on the north side of the center. 3179 Livernois, Troy. Visit troymi.gov/RecreationRegistration or email Kelly Molinar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents ‘Legends’ at The Palace of Auburn Hills
Big cats, stunning horses, daredevils and more are part of the show, which is hosted by ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson. 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. today and 1 and 5 p.m. Sun. $15-$55. 6 Championship Drive, Auburn Hills. (248) 377-0100.
2. ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! the Musical’ at Fox Theatre
The mean one heads to the stage of the Fox Theatre for a six-night run that wraps up Sunday. The Broadway smash is inspired by Seuss’ original story and includes songs from the animated TV special and new music by Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason. 2, 5 and 8 p.m. today and 2 and 5 p.m. Sun. $35-$75. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.
3. Festival of Praise at Joe Louis Arena
The Joe will be filled to the rafters with joy during this mega gospel music concert. Organized by Detroit native Fred Hammond, the event features Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, Israel Houghton, Isaac Carree, Jessica Reedy and Zacardi Cortez. Marcus Wiley from the “Yolanda Adams Morning Show” is the host. 8 tonight. $25-$60. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 396-7000.