Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. Alt-rock band Mona will perform at the Shelter, with July Talk as special guests, for their North American tour. The band recently signed to Bright Antenna Records and released their EP, “In the Middle,” back in October. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Sat. $25-$80. 431 E. Congress, Detroit. Call (313) 961-8961.

p.m. Catch singer Karen Newman performing her holiday show at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom. 8 p.m. Sat. $40, $50. 7096 E. 14 Mile, Warren. Call (586) 268-3200.

p.m. Stop by the Christmas Bazaar at West Village for some last minute holiday shopping. Items include herbal tea, clay face masks, sachets and more. While there, enjoy hot tea and hot veggie chili to-go. Noon-5 p.m. Sat. 1400 Van Dyke (Agnes Street Shoppes), Detroit.

p.m. Blackthorn, the Detroit-based Celtic folk quintet will entertain at the Ark, marking their 33rd year performing in and around the Detroit area and Midwest. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Sat. and the concert begins at 8 p.m. $20. 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. Visit

p.m. “Do You Hear What I Hear?” will be performed by the Farmington Community Chorus, under the direction of Steven SeGraves, and accompanied on piano by assistant director Jennifer Gale, at the William Costick Center (Dublin Hall). 8 p.m. Sat. $12 advance, $15 at-the-door. 28600 W. Eleven Mile, Farmington Hills. Visit


a.m. Treat the family to a performance of “Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas” at City Theatre. See what happens when Christmas doesn’t turn out the way Nancy planned after buying a brand new tree topper with her own money. 11 a.m., 2, 5 p.m. Sat. and 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Sun. $29.50. 2301 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 471-6611.


p.m. Don’t miss the 16th annual Billie Holiday Revue at Bert’s Motown Room. 7 p.m. Sun. $20. 2727 Russell (between Mack and Gratiot) on the Eastern Market, Downtown Detroit. Call (248) 445-1277 or email:

p.m. A holiday Latin Jazz program will celebrate Hispanic culture at Wayne State University’s Gretchen C. Valade Jazz Center. Special guests will include NYC’s Papo Vazquez and the Mighty Pirates Troubadours, WSU’s Big Band and DPSCD’s Jazz Band for a Parranda Navidena. Also, aspiring musicians from Detroit Public Schools Community District will also perform. 3:30 p.m. Sun. Free. Inside the Hilberry Theatre, 4743 Cass, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 577-8155 or (313) 577-2972.

p.m. Attend a performance of “Joy Ride” by the 95-piece Farmington Community Band at Harrison High School Auditorium. The band will perform jazz standards with a classic big band sound. 3 p.m. Sun. Free. 29995 W. Twelve Mile, Farmington Hills. Call (734) 261-2202.

Jocelynn Brown