48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit


p.m. A Teen Arts Workshop, "Godzilla Movie Making" with multimedia artist Nick Tobier, will be held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. 3:30 p.m. today. Free, but spaces are limited. 4454 Woodward, Detroit. Call youth program producer Tylonn J. Sawyer at (313) 832-6622 to register, or send an email to tsawyer@mocadetroit.org.

p.m. See a special musical tribute to family, home and the holidays when Ridgedale Players presents "Home for the Holidays. 8 tonight. $15. 205 W. Long Lake, Troy. Call (248) 988-7049 or visit ridgedaleplayers.com.


a.m. For that last-minute holiday shopping, be sure to stop by Detroit Fiber Works and shop from a trunk show featuring "On This Rock Jewelry" by Janet Hill Talbert. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. today and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Free. 19359 Livernois, Detroit. Call (313) 610-5111 or visit detroitfiberworks.com.

p.m. The Michigan Ballet Theatre presents performances of its holiday classic, "The Magic of Nutcracker" at Oxford High School. 2, 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sunday. $32, $28 seniors and children 11 and younger, and $24 per person for groups of 20 or more. 745 North Oxford, Oxford. Call (248) 652-3117.

p.m. Brighten your family's holiday with a visit to "The Big, Bright Light Show" in downtown Rochester where buildings will be covered with more than 1 million sparkling lights. Buildings on Main will be covered beginning at the South Bridge and extending to University. Also, buildings on Fourth, from Walnut to Water, will be decorated with lights. 5 p.m.-midnight now through Jan. 4. Free. Call (248) 656-0060.

p.m. Treat the kids to "Dinner with Santa" at the Detroit Zoo in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery. Today-Tues. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the buffet-style dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. $39 adults, $34 for children ages 14 and younger. Tickets are required for all ages due to limited seating. Ten Mile at the corner of Woodward, Royal Oak. Visit detroitzoo.org.

p.m. See "Wicked, The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz," by Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman as it's performed at the Detroit Opera House. 2 p.m. today and 2, 7:30 p.m. Sunday (through Jan. 4). $9. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. Visit broadwayindetroit.com.

p.m. Enjoy a lantern-lit journey into "Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village" where you'll be entertained with live music, skating, fireworks and tons of wintertime activities. It's like stepping into a Christmas from days of long ago. 6:30-10 tonight through Tues. (also, Dec. 26, 27). $22, $16 youth and free for those 4 and younger. Member discounts are available. The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood, Dearborn. Visit thehenryford.org.

Jocelynn Brown

1. Merry TubaChristmas at Central United Methodist Church

Hear local tuba, sousaphone, baritone and other brass players perform holiday music, directed by conductor Markita Moore. 1 p.m. today. 23 E. Adams, Detroit. (313) 965-5422.

2. George Clinton book signing at United Sound System Recording Studios

The Godfather of Funk will sign copies of his new book, "Brothers Be, You Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You: A Memoir." Ticket price includes copy of the book. 7-10 p.m. tonight. $40. 5840 Second, Detroit. (313) 833-1833.

3. 'The Great Russian Nutcracker' at Fox Theatre

It seems like "The Nutcracker" is performed every weekend this time of year, but the Moscow Ballet's version has some unique elements. Besides the "Dove of Peace," a 20-foot bird moved by two dancers, this version also has a Russian puppet play and costumes decorated with Swarovski crystals. 3 and 7 p.m. Sun. $28-$122. 2211 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 471-6611.

Melody Baetens