48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. The Detroit Society for Genealogical Research presents a session titled “New York Research” at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library inside the Explorer Room. Bill Ruddock, a contributing editor for the New York Genealogical & Biographical Register and current editor of the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine, will discuss research resources available in New York. 10:30 a.m. Free parking in the lot on Putnam, between Cass and Woodward. 5201 Woodward (across from the Detroit Institute of Arts), Detroit. Call (248) 761-8356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
p.m. Detroit’s Masonic Temple will be filled with skaters from all across Michigan for the double-header roller derby game with the Detroit Derby Girl home teams facing off to determine rankings in the upcoming championship to be held in the spring. First game begins at 6 p.m., followed by the second bout at 8 p.m. Sat. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) $15. 50 Temple, Detroit. Visit brownpapertickets.com or detroitderbygirls.com.
p.m. See Stewart Francke perform live with his band at Trinity House Theatre. He’ll be performing many of the songs from his 2015 release of “Midwestern.” 8 p.m. (General seating begins at 7:30 p.m.) $12, $15. 38840 W. Six Mile, Livonia. Call (734) 464-6302 or visit trinityhousetheatre.org.
p.m. C. Willi Myles, known as “America’s Everyday Comedian,” will perform his stand-up routine at Monroe County Community College’s La-Z-Boy Center. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $15 reserved seating, $25 VIP (includes balcony seating, munchies and cash bar). Call (734) 384-4272 or visit monroeccc.edu/theater.
p.m. Don’t miss the mixed martial arts Professional event featuring amateur (4 p.m.) and professional fights (6 p.m.) at the Suburban Collection Showplace. Parking is $10 per vehicle. 46100 Grand River, Novi. For tickets, call (248) 252-0427 or visit neptix.com.
p.m. The Family Activity Series Workshop at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will feature hip-hop dance. The entire family can learn hip-hop dance moves. 1 p.m. Sat. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800.
p.m. Enjoy a Black History Month Concert with the Palmer Woods Music in Homes series. “Brilliance of Jazz in Palmer Woods” will feature the Dobbins-Krahnke-Weed-Barefield Quartet at a mansion in Detroit’s Historic Palmer Woods neighborhood. 8 p.m. Sat. $40-$50 (discounts available for groups of 10). The address of the concert home will be revealed at time of ticket purchase. Call (313) 891-2514 or visit palmerwoods.org.
p.m. Originally from Old Hickory, Tennessee, stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze, who’s appeared three times on the “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” will perform on stage this weekend at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Also appearing will be Tom McCarthy and David Luther Glover as the emcee. 8 p.m. Sat. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) $18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900.
p.m. Barefoot Productions will present the modern comedy “Sylvia” by A.R. Gurney. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. $17, $15 seniors (65-plus) and students with I.D. All tickets purchased online are $15 each. 240 N. Main, Plymouth. Call (734) 404-6889 or visit justgobarefoot.com.
p.m. In partnership with the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, the Holocaust Memorial Center will present a reading of “Survivor” by Jeff Stolzer. The reading centers around World War II refugee who is devastated by possibly losing his business. Holocaust Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake, Farmington Hills. 2 p.m. $8. Free parking. To purchase tickets, call (248) 788-2900 or visit JetTheatre.org.