What to Do in Detroit This Weekend: April 26-28, 2013

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Detroit may have been rainy this week, but this April 26-28 weekend, forecasts as of publication say temperatures should be in the 60s with little to no chance of precipitation. Get out of the house this weekend and take in one of these fun activities around metro Detroit.

MI Earth Day Fest

Friday, April 26, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Third at Water Street, Rochester


Celebrate Mother Nature with green wellness, vehicle, and renewable energy exhibits. Sample local, organic foods and products. Try free yoga, massage, and health screenings; experience dance, music, and entertainment. Kids, enjoy a rock wall climb, straw bale maze, and crafts area. A parade and pep rally starts the festival. Free giveaways, too.


Friday, April 26, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m., 5 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

Costick Center

28600 W. 11 Mile, Farmington Hills

$10, kids 3 and under free

Sky's The Limit Productions and The Farmington Hills Youth Theatre present a silly adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass." Two complete casts are made up of 159 local kids.

Detroit Tigers Negro Leagues Weekend

Friday, April 26, 7:08 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 1:05 p.m.; Sunday, April 28, 8:08 p.m.

Comerica Park

2100 Woodward, Detroit

From $15

Take a walk down memory lane with retro Tigers vs. Atlanta Braves action. On Friday, enjoy a pre-game Detroit Stars Singing Competition Finals. On Saturday, the Tigers and Braves will don vintage uniforms of the Detroit Stars and Atlanta Black Crackers for the 19th annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game. Come early Sunday to honor 1984 World Series Champion Larry Herndon as the 2013 recipient of the Detroit Tigers African American Legacy Award. Sunday is Kids Day -- children 14 and under get a free hat.


Friday, April 26, 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.

Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University

4743 Cass, Detroit

$25 and $30

If you liked "Quills" (Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet), you'll adore "Marat/Sade." This play-in-a-play features the Marquis de Sade's "The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat" when he was a ward at Charenton Asylum. De Sade was fascinated with death and sex after witnessing guillotine slaughters in the Revolution. He wrote lurid, contraband tales that were smuggled out. To channel the irrepressible marquis, director Abbe du Coulmier helped him form an inmate acting troupe that depicted Marat's shocking bathtub murder by Charlotte Courday.

Slow Art Day

Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cranbrook Art Museum

39221 Woodward, Bloomfield Hills

Adults $8, seniors $6, students $4 with ID (event is free; lunch is extra)

Cranbrook Art Museum is participating in Slow Art Day, a worldwide event that gathers visitors to explore their local museums and galleries. Participants view five works of art for 10 minutes each and meet to discuss over lunch. Register in advance on the website.

The Original Funkfest

Saturday, April 27, 7 p.m.

Fox Theatre

2211 Woodward, Detroit

From $49

Nobody does funk like the Motor City, and no venue celebrates the genre with such verve. Funkfest is a five-hour event with a lineup par excellence. The father of funk, George Clinton and band Parliament P Funk Allstars headline the show. Ohio Players and United We Funk, featuring Barkays, Mary Jane Girls, Con-funkshun, and Dazz Band, play, too.

Buster Keaton Festival

Saturday, April 27, 8 p.m.

MCTOS Redford Theatre

17360 Lahser Road, Detroit

$12 adults, $8 children

The Motor City Theatre Organ Society Redford Theatre is throwing a one-night bash to honor Michigan local and silent-movie great Buster Keaton. The Keatons spent summers on Lake Michigan in Muskegon, Michigan. So this festival is dear to local hearts. Tickets get you four Keaton favorites: "Electric House," "Playhouse," "The Scarecrow," and "The Goat." Come at 7:30 p.m. for a half-hour, pre-show organ concert on MCTOS's Barton organ. Organist is Fr. Andrew Rogers, who also accompanies the silent films.

An educator and Michigan native, Marilisa Sachteleben writes about weekend events in her state's most pivotal city of Detroit.

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