48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


a.m. Stop by Starkweather Arts Center and see the work of the late artist and illustrator Ken Taylor, who worked as a commercial artist for over 40 years, mostly creating automotive illustrations for major advertising agencies in the Detroit area. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. (through July). 219 North Main, Romeo. Call (586) 752-5700.

a.m.Learn from an FDS specialist and Gleaner’s Food Bank nutrition expert how to eat well and be green at an open house event hosted by Arts & Scraps. Highlights include interactive activities about healthy food choices, a visit to their “Scrap Lab,” and a healthy eating Arts & Scraps project. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 16135 Harper, Detroit. Visit ArtsAndScraps.org.

p.m. The New York City-based all-girl band Lez Zeppelin, and White Shag, will perform this weekend at the Magic Bag. The band was formed in 2004 by guitarist Steph Paynes. 8 p.m. $20 advance. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 541-1991.

p.m. The Detroit-Windsor Dance Academy presents its 32nd annual concert as a tribute to DWDA alumni at Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. 6 p.m. $16-$50. 350 Madison, downtown Detroit. Email: detwindance@aol.com.

p.m. “Meet the Scientist” will feature the National Society of Black Engineers at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. If you know a young Einstein or future tech, be sure to take him/her to discover and explore engineering careers. 2 p.m. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.


a.m.Celebrate summer with a 70-cent single scoop ice cream sundae, available at both of the Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria now through Aug. 31. 1476 W. Maple, Troy; 25101 Telegraph, Southfield, and 50750 Romeo Plank at 23 Mile, Macomb. Call (248) 637-3131.

p.m. Theatre Nova, an Ann Arbor company that promotes new and recent plays, presents “Spin” by Detroiter Emilio Rodriguez. 8 p.m. Sat., 2 p.m. Sun. (through July 10). A suggested donation is $20. 410 W. Huron Ann Arbor. Call (734) 635-8450.

p.m. The Glass Academy presents its 7th annual “Glass Gardens” Show & Sale featuring decorative glass accents for the home garden, including mushrooms, raindrops, and vases. There will be continuous live glass blowing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. Free. 25331 Trowbridge, Dearborn. Call (313) 561-4527 or visit facebook.com/GlassAcademy/.


p.m. The People for Palmer Park, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the revitalization of Palmer Park, will host an open house event at the park’s 130-year-old log cabin, thought to be the only original one in Detroit. 1-5 p.m. Free. Merrill Plaisance, west of Woodward and north of McNichols (Six Mile), Detroit. Visit peopleforpalmerpark.org.

p.m. Farmington Community Band will mark its 50th anniversary with the concert “A Lifetime of Music” at Orchestra Hall. Close to 100 FCB musicians are expected to perform on stage under the direction of Maestro Damien Crutcher. 3 p.m. $10-$50. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. The Max M. Fisher Music Center, 3711 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 576-5111 or visit dso.org.

p.m. Cubanismo! performs at Power Center for the Performing Arts as part of the indoor mainstage acts for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. 7:30 p.m.121 Fletcher, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 764-2538 or visit a2sf.org.

Jocelynn Brown