48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. See “Why Not Me? A Sammy Davis Jr. Story” performed on stage at Performance Network Theatre. The play is set in 1989, just before his death. 3 p.m. Sat. 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 663-0681 or visit pntheatre.org/contact.


p.m. See “The Return of Mr. Scrooge” by T.J. Hemphill, at the Millennium Theater. Featured performers include Eric Deon, Corey McClure, gospel singer Tasha Page Lockhart and Kavahna Webb. 8 p.m. Sat.; 4 and 7:30 p.m. Sun. $30 reserved, $25 general. 15600 J.L. Hudson, Southfield. Call (313) 590-2936.

p.m. Drive through a living nativity scene and take “The Road to Bethlehem” at New Hope Assembly. $10 per car. The entry fee includes discount coupons for area restaurants, a 15-minute CD of music and narration to play in your car as you drive past nine large theatrical scenes with 40 actors and live animals. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 14000 Racho (two blocks north of Eureka), Taylor. Visit newhopeag.com.

p.m. Stop by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for the Family Activity Series: Kwanzaa Card Making. Noon Sat. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.

p.m. This is the final weekend to see “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” performed at Farmington Players Barn. Watch as six awkward spelling champions compete for top prize, but learn there’s more to life than winning or losing. 2, 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $20 adults, $18 seniors 62-plus and students. 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington. Call (248) 553-2955 or visit farmingtonplayers.org.

p.m. “A Christmas Carol” at Meadow Brook lets you and the entire family experience Christmas early again this year. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $20-$40. 207 Wilson Blvd., Rochester. Call (248) 377-3300.


p.m. The spirit of the holidays will be alive when Will Downing’s Sounds of Christmas, featuring Kenny Lattimore and Maysa, can be heard at the Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel. 7:30 p.m. Sun. Doors open one hour before showtime. You must be at least 21 years of age to attend. 2901 Grand River, Detroit. Visit ticketmaster.com.

p.m. Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker” will dazzle the audience at the Fox Theatre with the much-anticipated holiday tradition. $28-$122. 2211 Woodward, downtown Detroit. Call 800-745-3000 or visit nutcracker.com/buytickets.

p.m. Children are invited to have Pancakes with Santa at Performance Network Theatre. 1 p.m. Sun. (This event precedes the final performance of “Dickens: An A Capella Carol” which begins at 2 p.m.) $5. (Then, at 7 p.m., local actor/singer/songwriter Robert Grossman performs on stage.) 120 E. Huron, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 663-0681 or visit pntheatre.org/childrens-programming.

Jocelynn Brown