48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. The Detroit Repertory Theatre will host an evening of comedy, music, romance, sweets and champagne at the Board of Trustee’s annual “Red Night” benefit that’s open to the public. A performance of the critically-acclaimed play “Butler” will highlight the evening. $35 per person. 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. Call (313) 868-1347.


p.m. The Detroit Historical Society’s Winter Film Series continues with “The Loving Story” at the Detroit Historical Musuem. The documentary surrounds a black woman and white man who married in the state of Virginia during the 1950s when such marriages were considered illegal. 3 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Free. Parking is $7. 5401 Woodward (northwest corner of Kirby) Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.

p.m. Be part of a Valentine’s Ragtime Trot at Zal Gaz Grotto Club. Enjoy dancing to music from the 1900 to the 1920s. Pre-ball workshops, set for 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (The Best of Ragtime) or 1:30-3 p.m. (The Tango) will help prepare you for the dance style. $30 per person (includes dance lessons). If you plan to attend the lessons, pack a lunch to eat at the hall. 2070 West Stadium, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 769-0041 or visit vintagedance.com.

p.m. Barefoot Productions presents performances of the modern romantic comedy “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $17, $15 seniors and students with I.D. (All tickets purchased online are $15 each). 240 N. Main, Plymouth. Call (734) 404-6889 or visit justgobarefoot.com.


a.m. Having trouble locating one of your ancestors? If so, attend “Brick Walls,” presented by the Northville Genealogical Society at Northville District Library. Computers will be set up, but if you have a laptop you’re being encouraged to bring it so you don’t have to share. 1:15-4:30 p.m. Sun. 212 West Cady, Northville. To register, call (248) 349-9079.

p.m. The Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research celebrates the recent donation and exhibition of the Gerald W. McNeely Collection of Pewabic Pottery with and exhibit catalog and a limited edition Pewabic Pottery/Cranbrook reproduction “Snowdrop” vase at Pewabic Pottery. Noon-4 p.m. Free admission. 10125 E. Jefferson, Detroit. To reserve a vase ($225, plus tax) prior to the event, or for information, call the center at (248) 645-3307.

p.m. See how animals at the Detroit Zoo do the “wild thing” as a memorable “Love Gone Wild” Valentines Day celebration. Activities include a strolling buffet of hors’deouvres, prepared by the zoo’s culinary staff from Dining in the Wild, two drinks and a commemorative gift. This event is open to singles and couples, ages 21 and older. 4-5:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m. Sun. Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center. Call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.

p.m. The Holocaust Memorial Center, in partnership with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, will present the reading of Sandy Ruskin’s new play, “Struck,” inspired by the Holocaust, at the Holocaust Memorial Center. This event is sponsored by the PNC Foundation. 2 p.m. Sun. $8. Free parking Wheelchair accessible. 28123 Orchard Lake, Farmington Hills. Call (248) 788-2900 or visit JetTheatre.org.

Jocelynn Brown