48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit
p.m. “King of Pop” fans won’t want to miss the “MJ Live! Michael Jackson Tribute” when it comes to the Flagstar Strand Theatre for one night. Hear many Michael Jackson’s hits, including “Bad,” “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,” “Dangerous,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black & White,” “I Want You Back,” and more. 8 p.m Sat. $44.50, $54.50 and $64.50. 12 N. Saginaw, Pontiac. Call (248) 309-6445 or visit ticketmaster.com.
p.m. A Village Theater extravaganza celebrates the decade of big hair, pop culture, and rad music with “80’s Party: 2nd Chance Prom,” performed at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill. 7:30 p.m. Sat. $30 (includes one drink voucher for one complimentary beverage at the bar.) 50400 Cherry Hill, Canton. Call (734) 394-5300 or visit cantonvillagetheater.org.
p.m. The kids will love being treated to the Bright Star Touring production of “Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling” at Meadow Brook Theatre. It features the classic story of Henny Penny and Chicken Little, but with a modern twist. 1 p.m. Sat. $12 ($9 for groups of eight or more) On the campus of Oakland University (Wilson Hall, Room 207) 378 Meadow Brook, Rochester. Call (248) 377-3300.
p.m. Attend a lecture, Q&A and book signing for “Black Firefighters and the FDNY: The Struggle for Jobs, Justice, and Equity in New York City (Justice, Power, and Politics)” by David Goldberg, PH.D. assistant professor, Department of African American Studies, Wayne State University. 2 p.m. Sat. Free. 315 East Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.
p.m. See the Michigan premiere of “Ghost Gardens,” by Steven Simoncic and directed by Lynch Travis, at Detroit Repertory Theatre. This live performance unveils what it takes to survive living in a Detroit urban village. It centers around a hustler-turned-preacher, a stripper-turned-nurse and Lorelie, who just wants a baby. 3, 8:30 p.m. Sat., 2,7:30 p.m. Sun. (through July 1). $20 ($17 advance). 13103 Woodrow Wilson, Detroit. Visit detroitreptheatre.com.
p.m. Be there when the award-winning and eclectic Lunar Octet returns to Kerrytown Concert House. 8 p.m. Sun. 415 North Fourth, Ann Arbor. Call (734) 769-2999 or visit kerrytownconcerthouse.com.