48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
p.m. Drummer and band leader Carl Allen will entertain at the Jazz Cafe with “The Art of Elvin,” a tribute band dedicated to his two drum influences, Art Blakey and Elvin Jones. Allen’s band includes Diego Rivera (tenor sax), Xavier Davis (piano) and Rodney Whitaker (bass). 8 p.m. Sat. $35. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8500 or visit Ticketmaster.com or Startickets.com.
p.m. Grab your knitting or crocheting bag and head on over to the main branch of the Detroit Public Library to join members of the Detroit Knitting and Crochet Club for an afternoon of stitching on the third level. If you don’t know how to knit or crochet, just look for the “help” table to learn the basics. 1-3 p.m. Sat. 5201 Woodward, Midtown Detroit. Visit meetup.com/Detroit-Knitting-and-Crochet-Club.
SATURDAY / SUNDAY
a.m. The MI Earth Day Fest returns to Rochester Municipal Park/City Center for its 11th annual event where thousands come together to “Make Earth Day Matter.” Food trucks and vendors will offer a variety of healthy organic/natural meals, snacks and drinks. Highlights include an 11 a.m. parade Sat., and an 8 a.m. RARA 5K Fun Run Sun. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat., or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. 580 Pine, Rochester. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or miEDF.com.
a.m. Antique and bargain hunters won’t want to miss the annual Historic Fort Wayne Flea Market, presented by the Historic Fort Wayne Coalition. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Tours of the Historic Fort Wayne complex will be available for $5 per person. Refreshments will be available for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. 6325 W. Jefferson (at the foot of Livernois), Detroit. Visit historicfortwaynecoalition.com.
p.m. MoreDances Contemporary Dance Company presents “Spring Dances,” featuring solo and new works at Southfield Parks & Recreation Arts & Activities Building. “Unforgotten” by Janet Clayton-Reid and “Skye” by Darcie Mapel Swisher, will premiere. Also featured will be guest performers from Dance Grosse Ile and Dancing Feats. 3 p.m. Sun. $18 at-the-door prior to the concert. 26000 Evergreen, Southfield. Call (248) 796-4620.
p.m. Emergent Arts continues with its new series of shows at the Yellow Barn in Ann Arbor called “Stage Time,” featuring standup comedy, magic, music and more. The 8 p.m. Sun. show will be followed at 9:30 p.m. by Emergent Arts’ own UNclub Open Mic. Tickets to “Stage Time” are $10 at the door or available online at emergentarts.com. A $5 donation is required for the UNclub event. 416 W. Huron, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 985-0875.
p.m. Attorney turned Boogie, Blues & Ragtime musician Matthew Ball, aka “The Boogie Woogie Kid,” will perform on the piano at the Farmington Community Library. He’ll entertain guests with his All-American program of family piano favorites from the Swing era. 2 p.m. Sun. Free. 32737 Twelve Mile, Farmington Hills. Call (248) 553-0300.
p.m. Get your groove on at the Hustle for History Weekly Dance Lessons at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Have fun exercising muscles and strengthening bones with other dance enthusiasts. 5 p.m. Sun. Free for members, $7 non-members. 315 E. Warren, Midtown Detroit. Visit thewright.org.