48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
p.m. Catch New York indie rockers Caveman with Frightened Rabbits when they come to town for a performance at St. Andrew’s Hall. The band will be touring in support of their upcoming album, “Otero War,” set to be released June 17 by Cinematic Music Group. 8 p.m. $20. All ages welcome. 431 E. Congress, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 961-8961.
p.m. The North American International Banjo Committee, a group of volunteer banjo players from across the U.S. and Canada, will present its annual convention and music festival at the Double Tree Hotel. 2 p.m. $5. Free parking. 5801 Southfield, Dearborn. Call (810) 229-7304 or email email@example.com.
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a.m. Be sure to attend Art Ambience 2016, a huge display of local downriver talent, at Woodhaven Community Center. See a wide range of art mediums, including fiber, wood, oil paintings and more. There will also be free activities for the entire family both days. Noon-5 p.m. both days, with demonstrations from 1-4 p.m. 23101 Hall, Woodhaven. Call (734) 777-6109.
a.m. “The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation” at Campus Martius. The 10 swings are a traveling interactive public installation that play and compose music as they’re activated by persons swinging. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. both days. Woodward at the foot of Fort in downtown Detroit. (The swings will be at Campus Martius daily through May 8). Visit Facebook.com/CampusMartiusPark.
p.m. See the Michigan premiere of “Sistas,” written by Dorothy Marcic, when it is performed on stage at Meadow Brook Theatre. Songs will range from the music of Billie Holiday to Beyonce. Shows at 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m, 6:30 p.m. Sunday. 2200 N. Squirrel (on the campus of Oakland University), Rochester. $27-$42. Call (248) 370-3316 or visit mbtheatre.com.
p.m. “The Full Monty” will be performed at the Farmington Players Barn Theater by the Farmington Players. $16, $14 seniors 62-plus, students. Shows at 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. (Performances run through May 21) 32332 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills.
a.m. Add a furry friend to your family by attending Mutts, Meows & Mimosas on the patio of Como’s Restaurant. Tigerlily Cat Rescue and other animal adoption groups will be on hand with animals available for adoption. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 22812 Woodward in Ferndale. Call (586) 883-4459 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
p.m. Acclaimed singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell performs at the Magic Bag. 8 p.m. $15 advance. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991.
p.m. Cranbrook Academy of Art will open the doors to its private studios for its annual open house event. Student artwork will be for sale. Also, along with faculty members, students will show off their creative spaces. Check-in is at the front desk. Plan to stay for lunch and make purchases from food trucks on site, including the El Guapo Grill, the Mack Shack and What Up Dough! 1-5 p.m. Free. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. Visit cranbrookart.edu.