48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. Stop by Detroit Fiber Works and see a show featuring abstract pieces by artist Anita Sewell. 4-8 p.m. Free. (Sewell will do an artist talk 4-8 p.m. July 9.) The show runs through July 30. 19359 Livernois, Detroit. Call (313) 610-5111 or (313) 457-3431.

p.m. Southwest Detroit’s concerts, which recognize different cultures and music, will kick-off the series this weekend with a celebration of African-American music at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center (also known as the Mexicantown Mercado). 2-6 p.m. Free. 2826 Bagley, Detroit. Call (313) 332-8267 or visit www.swsol.org/celebrate-southwest.

p.m. The Orion Township Library will host its annual Summer Reading Kick-Off Outdoor Fest with music performed by the Boogie Woogie Kid, Matthew Ball, an attorney turned boogie, blues, and ragtime musician. Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. 825 Joslyn, Orion Township. Call (248) 589-0056.

Saturday / Sunday

a.m. Historic Fort Wayne presents Colonial Days, featuring historians and re-enactors representing French, British and early U.S. troops and civilians. Activities will also include musket and artillery firing demonstrations, and a fife and drum corps performing music of the era. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. (Guided tours of the complex will be offered at $5 for adults and free for children younger than 12). Parking is $5. 6325 W. Jefferson (a the foot of Livernois), Detroit. Visit historicfortwaynecoalition.com.

p.m. The musical “Scandalous Hair,” written, produced and directed by Ali Du’Shua, will be performed live on stage by local talent at Northwest Activities Center. Du’Shua is a native of Ypsilanti who currently lives in Detroit. 4 p.m. (matinee), 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday $20, $30, $35 V.I.P. (Buy three matinee tickets, get one free). 18100 Meyers, Detroit. Call (855) 422-4414.


a.m. Don’t miss Sunday Market at Eastern Market in Shed 5, where you’ll find the work of many local artists and crafters for sale. Items include textured scarves, jackets, silver and beaded jewelry, silk-screened Detroit-themed T-shirts. Purchase lunch from one of the many food trucks on site, and enjoy music by a host of local musicians. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Russell, between Mack and Gratiot, downtown Detroit. Visit easternmarket.com.

a.m. The Historic Packard Proving Grounds presents its seventh annual Cars “R” Stars event, featuring iconic cars of the ’50s and ’60’s, including finned vehicles and the station wagon. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $5. Van Dyke, south of 23 Mile, Shelby Township. Call (586) 247-5921 or visit carsrstars.com.

p.m. The Elp Legacy Tour with drummer Carl Palmer stops in town at the Magic Bag. Palmer, who was born in Birmingham, England, has performed nearly four decades with such bands as Atomic Rooster, and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. 8 p.m. $35 advance. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991 or visit themagicbag.com.

Jocelynn Brown