48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
p.m. The December Dance Concert at Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will highlight world-class guest artists, a dance faculty, emerging choreographers and work from Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Trey McIntyre. 2:15 p.m. Sat. $20, $15 students and alumni. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 577-3010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
p.m. Support small business owners by shopping for unique gift items at the Holiday Shopping Delight at Country Corners Complex Clubhouse. 1-5 p.m. Sat. Free. 30300 Southfield, Southfield. Call (877) 738-8262.
p.m. The Juilliard String Quartet, currently in its 70th season, will perform in concert at Seligman Performing Arts Center. 8 p.m. Sat. $32-$64 adults and $16-$32 students. 22305 W. 13 Mile at Lahser, Beverly Hills. Call (248) 855-6070 or visit ChamberMusicDetroit.org.
a.m. Shop with 90 vendors selling handmade goods at the DIYpsi 2015 Holiday Market at Riverside Art Center. Items for sale include paper products, ceramics, jewelry, apparel, and other sewn items. Food by Wurst Bar, Shimmy Shack, Go Ice Cream!, and others. Local brew will be available from Cultivate Coffee & Tap House. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun. 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Visit diypsi.com.
p.m. You still have time to attend “Holiday Splendor: Tinsel & Trees Fundraiser” at Cranbrook House, a new holiday tradition started this year by Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary. Featured will be about a dozen decorated trees and other holiday decor. Noon-4 p.m. Sat., Sun. $20 (nonmembers), $15 (members). Tickets are available at-the-door. Call (248) 645-3149 or visit hoursgardens.cranbrook.edu.
p.m. See “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” performed at the Farmington Players Barn. Watch as six awkward spelling champions compete for a top prize, but learn there’s more to life than winning or losing. 2, 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. (Performances continue Dec. 18-20). $20 adults, $18 seniors 62-plus, students. 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington. Call (248) 553-2955 or visit farmingtonplayers.org.
p.m. Get in the spirit of the holidays by seeing a performance of “Christmas Bells,” a holiday comedy by Hope, Joes & Wooten, performed by Barefoot Productions. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $17, $15 seniors 65-plus and students with I.D. 240 N. Main, Plymouth. Call (734) 404-6889 or visit justgobarefoot.com.
p.m. Be sure to visit the Detroit Film Theatre for one of metro Detroit’s favorite holiday traditions, “Woodward Wonderland,” that tells the story of winter in the Motor City, yesterday and today. Highlights include Motown Christmas songs and the 12th floor of the old J.L. Hudson’s Dept. Store, once in downtown Detroit on Woodward. Today, Sun. $24 adults, $18 seniors and students, and $15 youth ages 5-17. Inside the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Visit mosaicdetroit.org.
p.m. The Detroit Historical Society’s Fall Film Series will feature “The Hudson’s Building,” directed by Gary Glaser, at the Detroit Historical Museum. This 1997 film chronicles the history of Hudson’s Dept. Store, once in downtown Detroit. 3 p.m. Sat., Sun. Free. Parking is $7. 5401 Woodward (northwest corner of Kirby), Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.
p.m. Don’t miss the 15th annual Holiday Dinner Dance, presented by Moondusters Ballroom Dance Club, at Burton Manor. Enjoy ballroom dancing with music by the Mike Wolverton Band (7:30-11 p.m.), and the latest hits played by DJ Dr. Bob (4:30-6 p.m.). Formal or Sunday best attire is requested. Doors open at 4 p.m. Sun. Family-style dinner begins at 6 p.m. $36. 27777 Schoolcraft, Livonia. For reservations, call (248) 968-5197 or (734) 422-2887.
p.m. Join the Downriver Council for the Arts and Dearborn Symphony Orchestra musicians for three performances as part of the Downriver Sunday Chamber Music Series Cabaret Style. Proceeds will benefit the programs and services of the Downriver Council for the Arts. 2 p.m. Sun. $20 ($50 for all three performances). 81 Chestnut, downtown Wyandotte. Visit downriverarts.org.
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