Big 3: Top entertainment events this weekend

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1. ‘Tribute to Detroit’ variety show at City Theatre

FOX 2’s Lee Thomas hosts this evening of comedy, dance and song featuring some of the station’s favorite personalities like Amy Andrews, Deena Centofanti, Jason Carr, Monica Gayle, Charlie Langton, Charlie LeDuff, Sherry Margolis and Jay Towers, plus other performers like Samuel Pickens from “Motown the Musical.” The evening is a benefit for ClarityLFT, the Lee Thomas Foundation. 7 Saturday. $50, $100 VIP. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 757-6851.

2. ‘The Nutcracker’ at Detroit Opera House

The BalletMet Columbus performs this Tchaikovsky classic. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sun. (through Dec. 6). $25 and up. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

3. The Comedy Get Down at Joe Louis Arena

One of the “Original Kings of Comedy,” Cedric “the Entertainer” headlines this lineup of hot comedians with strong acting chops, including Eddie Griffin, D.L. Hughley, George Lopez and Charlie Murphy. 8 Saturday. $49.75-$89.75. 19 Steve Yzerman Drive, Detroit. (313) 396-7000.

Melody Baetens

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