48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit



a.m. The Belle Isle Nature Center will host its second annual family-friendly Valentine’s celebration, “The Birds and the Bees,” with music, photography, crafts, zookeeper talks, and other educational activities. This is a G-rated event. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 176 Lakeside Drive, Belle Isle Park at the foot of East Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (313) 852-4056 or visit belleislenaturecenter.org.

Comedian Katt Williams plays the Fox Theatre on Saturday.

p.m. Laugh it up with stand-up comedian, actor, rapper, singer, and voice actor Katt Williams when he jokes around on stage at the Fox Theatre. 8 p.m. Sat. $56, $83, $108, $133 and $183. 2211 Woodward, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 471-3200.

p.m. More Stories, More Truth — Youth Workshop at 826 Michigan’s Detroit Robot Factory. Tired of false impressions? If so, listen as Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist, award-winning author, and Detroit community activist Desiree Cooper conducts a master class about the dangers of a single story. This workshop is for ages 12 and older. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday. 1351 Winder, in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Call (313) 818-0255 to RSVP.

p.m. Enjoy seeing a blockbuster film on big screen at Beacon Park inside a large heated winter lodge tent with movie refreshments and more. Beacon Park will host free “February Flicks,” a new series that runs Saturdays through Feb. 24. Movies set for this Saturday are: “Beauty and the Beast (G), 4 p.m.; “Casablanca” (PG), 6:30 p.m., and “The Big Sick” (R), 8:30 p.m. 1901 Grand River, Detroit. Call (313) 962-0101.

p.m. Meet international jazz saxophonist Yancyy and experience his style of music at Jo’s Gallery for a pre-Valentine Day event. Yancyy will be promoting his CD’s and soy candles. 2-4 p.m. Sat.19376 Livernois, Detroit. For ticket information, call (313) 864-1401.

p.m. Be at Masonic Temple for Detroit Roller Derby’s next doubleheader. The top two teams will earn a spot in the championship bout set for spring. Competing will be the Grand Prix Madonnas against the D-Funk Allstars, and the Devils Night Dames against Detroit Pistoffs. Doors open at 5 p.m. Sat., and the first whistle blows at 6 p.m. Tickets ($18) are available at brownpapertickets.com, or at the door day-of-event. Free for kids 12 and younger. 500 Temple, Detroit. Visit detroitrollerderby.com.

p.m. See Cole Porter’s musical “Kiss Me, Kate” performed onstage by Burns Park Players at Tappan Middle School Auditorium. 4 p.m. Sat. $15, $30 (includes parking and the “best seats” in the house). 2251 E. Stadium, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 994-2011, or visit burnsparkplayers.org/ news/kiss-me-kate/tickets.


a.m. See a large display of new recreation vehicles at the 52nd annual Detroit Camper and RV Show at Suburban Collection Showplace. Booths will feature parts and accessories, campground information and RV financing. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sun. $10 adults, (13 and older), $9 seniors (55-plus) and free for children 12 and younger. Parking is $5. Visit marvac.org. Inside all halls at 46100 Grand River, Novi. Call (248) 348-5600.


p.m. Music Hall presents a screening of “Antonio Sanchez-Birdman Live,” accompanied live by original score composer Antonio Sanchez. 7 p.m. Sun. $15-$25. Tickets are available at Music Hall box office and Ticketmaster.com. 350 Madison, Detroit. Call (313) 887-8501 or visit musichall.org.

p.m. Evelyn Millstein, author of “The Underground Railroad: A Movement That Changed America,” will discuss her book and how Michigan’s Underground Railroad played such an important role in America’s history at Source Booksellers. 4 p.m. Sun. Free. 4240 Cass, Suite 105, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 832-1155 or visit sourcebooksellers.com.

p.m. Don’t miss seeing a performance of “Vagina Monologues,” presented by Shawn P Entertainment, at the International Institute. $18-$23. 111 E. Kirby, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 433-8384 or visit brownpapertickets.com.

Jocelynn Brown