48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
p.m. Celebrate Robert Gordon’s 70th birthday bash with the Stomp Rockets at the Magic Bag. Doors open at 8 p.m. Sat. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Call (248) 544-1991.
p.m. Get your laugh on with stand-up comedian Tom Cotter at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle. Cotter has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” his own special “Comedy Central Presents ... Tom Cotter,” “The Howard Stern Show,” and most recently he was a guest, for the third time, on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. $20. Guests must be at least 18 years of age. 310 South Troy, Royal Oak. Visit comedycastle.com.
a.m. Find ways to develop your own backyard project at the Novi Home & Garden Show at Suburban Collection Showplace. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. $10 adults, $9 seniors (55-plus) and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is $5. Call (248) 662-0013 during show hours, or visit novihomeshow.com.
p.m. See performances by M.F. Production’s Latin Jazz All Stars at the Jazz Cafe at Music Hall. 8 p.m. Sat. and Sun. $30. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.
p.m. Treat the kids to a puppet performance of “Squirrel Stole My Underpants,” an adventure tale for families, at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 2 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Rivera Court (second level). 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit dia.org.
p.m. Performances of the world premiere of “Capital,” by James Armstrong, continue at Detroit Repertory Theatre. 3, 8:30 p.m. Sat. and 2, 7:30 p.m. Sun. $17 advance, $20 at-the-door. (Performances run through May 14.) 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. Call (313) 868-1347 or visit detroitreptheatre.com.
p.m. The Farmington Community Library will host Matthew Ball, aka the Motor City Boogie Woogie Kid, the attorney who turned musician and now has over 3.7 million YouTube views of his live performance. 2-3 p.m. Sun. Free. 32737 West 12 Mile, Farmington Hills. Call (248) 553-0300.
p.m. Catch a performance of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” at Music Hall. 4 p.m. Sun. The show is recommended for ages 3 and older. 350 Madison, Downtown Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.
p.m. Sunday Music Bar at the Detroit Institute of Arts will feature a performance by freelance musician cellist Cecelia Sharpe sharing the stage with such local artists as jessica Care moore, Monica Blaire, Invincible, Stacey “Hotwax” Hale, and Nick Speed. 1 and 3 p.m. Sun. Kresge Court (first level). 5200 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 833-7900 or visit dia.org.
p.m. Award-winning baseball writer Tom Gage, who worked at The Detroit News on the Tigers beat from 1979-2015, will autograph copies of his book, “The Big 50: Detroit Tigers,” at Barnes & Noble. 14165 Hall, Shelby Township. Call (586) 247-7416. (Gage will also be at the Grosse Pointe Public Library — Ewald Branch, 15175 E. Jefferson in Grosse Pointe, at 7:30 p.m. Mon.)
p.m. The Seattle band Minus the Bear will play at St. Andrews Hall as part of a tour promoting their just-released album, “Voids.” 7 p.m. Sun. $24. 431 E. Congress, Downtown Detroit. Call (313) 961-8961.