48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
a.m. See what happens when Peter Rabbit goes into Farmer McGregor’s garden, despite his mothers warning during Wild Swan Theater’s performance of “Peter Rabbit” at Towsley Auditorium. 11 a.m. Sat. $8, $10. (Lap passes are $3 for ages two and younger). Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 E. Huron River, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 995-0530.
p.m. Attend a special concert performance and Q&A session with Chicago-based jazz guitarist Nick Colionne and flutist Alexander Zonjic at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center inside Studio A. 7 p.m. Sat. $20. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. Call (313) 943-2354 or visit Dearborntheater.com.
p.m. It’s comedy night at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall as 10 comedians compete for prizes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be available. The entertainment begins at 7 p.m. Sat. $10 ($15 at-the-door). 25300 Five Mile. Visit Detroitaoh.org or email email@example.com.
p.m. Children will enjoy seeing “The Big Friendly Giant” stage production by master storyteller Roald Dahl on the main stage at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. Suggested for ages 7 and up. 4 p.m. Sun. $20 ages 13 and older, $10 ages 2-12, and free for children younger than 2. Family-four packs are $50. 350 Madison, downtown Detroit. Visit musichall.org.
p.m. The Detroit Zoological Society will feature world-renowned polar ecologist and penguin expert Dr. Bill Fraser at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center. Drawing from four decades of research as head of the Polar Oceans Research Group, Fraser will speak on “A Natural Experiment Reveals the Secret World of Gentoo Penguins.” All proceeds will benefit the Polar Oceans Research Group. 6-7:15 p.m. Sun. $25. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. Call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org to purchase tickets.
p.m. The Detroit Historical Society’s Spring Film Series will host a presentation of “More Bob-Lo Memories” at Dossin Great Lakes Museum. 2 p.m. Sun. Free. Remember to bring a snack. 100 Strand on Belle Isle., Detroit. Call (313) 833-5538 or visit detroithistorical.org.
p.m. See Emergent Arts’ “Stage Time” Variety Show at the Yellow Barn, followed by Emergent Arts’ own UNclub open mike. 8 p.m. Sun. Admission is $10 for Stage Time, and a $5 suggested donation for “UNclub.” 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 985-0875 or visit emergentarts.com.
p.m. With bridal season just around the corner, The Brides to Be Bridal Show will be at Forestre Event Center inside the Concorde Inn. Highlights include a fashion show, music, cake samples, and the chance to win up to $10,000 in door prizes. Noon-3:30 p.m. Sun. $7 advance, $9 at-the-door. 1919 Star Batt Drive, Rochester Hills. Call (586) 228-2700 or visit bridestobe.us.