48 Hours: Best things to do
The Big Three
The nighttime festival of light and art returns to Midtown. Local and international artists have created 39 art-and-light installations that will stretch from the Detroit Institute of Arts down to Orchestra Hall, where a live video featuring the Pops performance within, "Let's Dance," will screen at 8 tonight. 7 p.m.-midnight tonight in Midtown. Free. Visit www.dlectricity.com.
2. 'West Side Story' with Rita Moreno at Redford Theatre
Actress Rita Moreno will be in attendance at both screenings of the 1961 classic "West Side Story." She stars as Anita in this G-rated classic that earned 10 Oscars. Organ overture starts 30 minutes before each showing. 8 tonight and 1 p.m. Sun. $7 (autographs extra). 17360 Lahser, Detroit. (313) 537-2560.
3. Festival of Praise
Gospel greats Fred Hammond and Donnie McClurkin headline the Festival of Praise at the Detroit Opera House. Native Detroiter Hammond is known as the "Babyface of Gospel" for his longevity in the music business as a songwriter, bassist and vocalist. Singer/songwriter/producer McClurkin has a string of hits to his credit. 7 tonight. $45-$125. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-SING.
a.m. Take advantage of an opportunity to make your own cider at Pittsfield Union Grange. Bring a single bushel of apples or purchase cider apples onsite. You should also bring your own jugs. Make cider, apple sauce, apple butter and have lots of fun with apples. Other activities include a bake sale, apple tasting, a pie-making demo and a visit from the Apple Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 3337 Ann Arbor Saline Road (½ mile south of I-94). Call (734) 769-1052.
a.m. Don't miss the opening weekend of the Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park, with active fun and excitement for the entire family on a court of connecting trampolines. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, which is Facebook Friends Day and offers a discounted rate of $5 for an hour by "liking" Sky Zone Taylor's Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/skyzonetaylor). 23261 Eureka, Taylor. Call (734) 225-2233 or visit skyzone.com/taylor.
p.m. Enjoy an event with a German biergarten theme, complete with a special microbrew tasting area, inside the school gym of Immaculate Conception Parish. Highlights include raffle prizes and live music. 6 p.m. Saturday. $30 advance, $40 at-the-door (includes food samplings, beer, wine and pop). 9764 Dixie Highway, Ira Township. Call (586) 216-2119 or to purchase tickets, visit iccatholic.org/tastefest.
p.m. Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle is the place to be for an evening of laughs with stand-up comic Willie Barcena, who's been seen on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "Moesha," "The Wayans Brothers," "Latino Laugh Festival," "Montreal's Just for Laughs" and his own one-hour Comedy Central special. 8, 10:30 tonight. $18. 310 S. Troy, Royal Oak. Call (248) 542-9900 for reservations.
p.m. Wayne County Parks, the North American Indian Association and American Indian Health and Family Services will host Native American Heritage Day at the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center. See a traditional drumming circle and dancers in colorful regalia. Native American crafts and food will be available for purchase. 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Free. 33175 Ann Arbor Trail, Westland. (Hines Drive will be closed.) Call (734) 261-1990 or visit parks.waynecounty.com.
p.m. Located in historic West Village, Detroit Vegan Soul celebrates its one-year anniversary with a dedication to those who dined at the award-winning restaurant during the past 12 months. T-shirts and gift cards will be raffled throughout the day, and from 2-5 p.m., specials will be offered on the Soul Platter and DVS Burger, the most popular dishes. 8029 Agnes, Detroit. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday. A "Year in Review" video can be accessed Saturday at youtube.com/user/detvegan2012. Vist DetroitVeganSoul.com.
p.m. WDIV-TV Local 4 reporter Andrew Humphrey will be the special guest for "Meet the Scientist Saturdays" program at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 2 p.m. Saturday. Free with museum admission ($8 ages 13-61, $5 62-plus and youth 3-12 and free for members and those younger than 3). 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.
Saturday / Sunday
a.m. From anime and quilts to fashion and sewing challenges, guests attending the 21st annual American Sewing Expo are sure to find something to satisfy their sewing needs at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $14 adults, free for children 15 and younger with a paying adult. One-hour seminars are $14, all-day workshops are $130. Special combinations are available. Parking is $5. 46100 Grand River, between Novi and Beck in Novi. Call (248) 889-3111 or visit www.AmericanSewingExpo.com.
p.m. The U.S. national tour of "Annie" begins at the Fisher Theatre as a new take on the iconic Tony Award-winning original. 2, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. $35-$85 (includes parking and facility fees). 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call (800) 982-2787. Visit broadwayindetroit.com or anniethemusical.com.