48 Hours: Best things to do in Metro Detroit



a.m. Help make this a memorable Christmas for little ones by donating a toy when 104.3 WOMC, "Detroit's All-Christmas Hits Station," hosts its annual Santa's Toy Castle event at Kroger Marketplace to benefit the Salvation Army's holiday distribution for needy children in Detroit. There will be lots of family-friendly activities. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. today. 14945 23 Mile, Shelby Township. Call (586) 677-9043.

p.m. The Gina T. Fashion & La Familia Committee presents "The Art of Fashion," a high fashion experience tonight at the Carr Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m A champagne reception begins at 7 p.m. with live piano music. Free. 311 E. Grand River, Detroit. Call (313) 434-9597 or (313) 460-8660.

p.m. Check out "Soul Food Junkies," featuring "Self-Determination: The Politics of Urban Land, Food & Community Agriculture" with Malik Yakini, when the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents another screening as part of its "Liberation Film Series." 2-6 p.m. today. Free. 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Call (313) 494-5800 or visit thewright.org.

p.m. Detroit native Mike Stanley will do a live taping of his new comedy album with Gerri Madera and Martin Butler at the Magic Bag. After spending 10 years sharpening his skills in Chicago, Stanley spent the past year and a half in Los Angeles working as a regular at the Hollywood Laugh Factory. Doors open at 8 tonight. $12 advance. 22920 Woodward, Ferndale. Visit themagicbag.com.

p.m. Once again, Page's Food & Spirits will be the setting for a performance by vocalist Meri Slaven, who'll be joined by Scott Gwinnell on keys, and featuring special guest drummer Jerry McKenzie. 7-10 p.m. 23621 Farmington, Farmington. Call (248) 477-0099.


a.m. Don't forget "Santa's Last Stop" Arts & Crafts Show at Gibraltar Trade Center, where you can do lots of last minute shopping for basketry, candles, clothing, dolls, toys, needlework and so much more. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday. Free. 237 North River and I-94, Mount Clemens. Visit gibraltartrade.com/christmascraft.php.

p.m. Stagecrafters Youth Theatre presents the classic children's book "The Neverending Story," based on the novel by Michael Ende, at Baldwin Theatre. The play runs about 90 minutes and is recommended for ages 5 and older. 3, 7 p.m. today and 1 p.m. Sunday. $12 adults, $8 youth. All seats are reserved. 415 Lafayette Ave., Royal Oak. For reservations, call (248) 541-6430 or visit stagecrafters.org.


p.m. See "Rouse Simmons: The Christmas Tree Ship" at Dossin Great Lakes Museum as a continuation of the Detroit Historical Society's monthly Film Series at Dossin Great Lakes Museum. The Rouse Simmons was a ship that sank in Lake Michigan during a storm in 1912. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 100 Strand Dr., on Belle Isle. Call (313) 833-5538.

p.m. The Marie T. Hermann ceramic exhibition, "Act of Curiosity," will open alongside "Mass Hypnotism," featuring a mass-hypnotism performance by Marcos Lutyens, at Cranbrook Art Museum. 4 p.m. Sunday. Free with museum admission: $8 general, $6 65 and older, $4 students with I.D., and free for children 12 and younger. ("Drop-In Art Sunday" activities for children will be from 2-4 p.m.) Upcoming dates for "Acts of Curiosity" are Jan. 29, Feb. 6 and March 6. 39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills. Call (248) 645-3300 or visit www.cranbrookartmuseum.org.

p.m. The Detroit Historical Society continues its monthly Film Series with a presentation of "A History of Hudson's" at the Detroit Historical Museum. 3 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Parking is $6. 540l Woodward Ave., northwest corner of Kirby, Midtown Detroit. Call (313) 833-1805 or visit detroithistorical.org.

Jocelynn Brown

1. Big Holiday Biergarten at Fisher Building

Get festive at the Fisher Building today with holiday shopping, music, and a biergarten. The Parade Company will have colorful floats and big heads on display, and you can join in on a free tour of the Fisher Building at 5 or 7 p.m. All ages welcome. 2-8 p.m. today. Free. 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit. Call Pure Detroit for more information, (313) 873-7873.

2. 'Wicked' at the Detroit Opera House

The untold story of the witches of Oz sets up at the Detroit Opera House for a monthlong run, starting this week. The 2.5-hour production stars Laurel Harris and Carrie St. Louis as Elphaba and Glinda. John Davidson — he hosted "Hollywood Squares" and other game shows in the '80s and '90s — plays the role of the Wizard. 2 and 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Sun. (through Jan. 4). $49-$179. 1526 Broadway, Detroit. (313) 237-7464.

3. Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Neeme Järvi at Orchestra Hall at The Max

The DSO's former conductor Neeme Järvi returns to lead the ensemble in performing "Tragic Overture" by Brahms as well as works by Stenhammar and Strauss. Per Tengstrand is the featured pianist. 8 p.m. today. $15-$100. 3711 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 576-5111.

Melody Baetens