48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


a.m. Be part of Record Store Day in Metro Detroit when record stores nationwide present special programming in celebration of this day. Detroit Threads (10238 Jos Campau, Hamtramck) will have dee jays spinning techno and electronic tunes from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Also, Found Sound (234 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale) will have local rock bands performing. For a complete list of events, visit recordstoreday.com.

a.m. The Museum of Contempory Art Detroit presents “Thom House: The Work and Life of Tom of Finland at Mike’s Mobile Homestead at MOCAD. The exhibition features work by Tom of Finland (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920-1991) and incorporates artists who supported his work over the years. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., Sun. (The exhibit runs through May 19.) 4454 Woodward, Detroit. Call (313) 832-6622 or visit mocadetroit.org.

a.m. Join hundreds of volunteers for the Spring Clean-Up on Belle Isle, where check-in time for assignments begins at 8 a.m. Sat. The clean-up will begin at 8:20 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to wear work boots and gloves, and bring tools, including lawn rakes, if possible. Jefferson at East Grand Blvd., Detroit. Visit belleisleconservancy.org.

p.m. Increase your child’s knowledge of African-American history and cultural heritage at Freedom School at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Retired educational professionals, artists, writers, media experts and college graduates committed to education will conduct this learning experience. 10 a.m. Sat. Free. Register your child by calling (313) 583-9395, or via email at DIFS313@gmail.com. 315 East Warren, Detroit. Visit thewright.org.

p.m. See “The Complete History of America (abridged)” performed on stage by Detroit Mercy Theatre Company at the Downtown YMCA’s Marlene Boll Theatre. Witness live theatre with just a trio of cast members — Preston Cornelius, T’elay Forbes, and Andrew Papa. 7:30 p.m. Sat., 3 p.m. Sun. $25, $22, $18, and $10. 1401 Broadway, downtown Detroit. Call (313) 933-3270 or visit thetheatreco.com.


p.m. Don’t miss the ninth Motor City Festival of Bands with guest conductor William Himes at the Michael A. Guido Theater inside the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Featured will be individual performances by the Mid-Michigan Brass Band, Farmington Community Band, Downriver Concert Band, Warren Concert Band and the Motor City Brass Band. 3 p.m. Sun. $14, $12 seniors, and $10 students. 15801 Michigan, Dearborn. Call (248) 788-6618 or visit mcbb.org.

Jocelynn Brown