What to Do in Detroit This Weekend: Feb. 15-17, 2013

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Looking for fun and entertainment in Detroit this chilly Valentine's Day 2013 weekend? Those with tickets to Lady Gaga's Saturday, February 16, concert at the Palace of Auburn Hills will need to find alternate entertainment. Gaga's fan site reports that the rest of the Born This Way Ball tour has been canceled due to a tear in her hip that requires surgery. But don't worry, the Motor City still has a diverse assortment of fun planned for kids, families, and adults this February 15-17 weekend.

H.Y.P.E. Teen Makerspace--Graphic Design

Friday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Detroit Public Library Main Branch

5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit


Teens ages 13-18 can come to the library and learn to make vinyl stickers, spray paint stencils, silk-screen prints, and other graphic design tools.

Bout Stout Launch Party

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

Woodward Avenue Brewers

22646 Woodward Ave., Ferndale

No cover charge

WAB is celebrating beer and roller derby with the brewery's newest creation, Bout Stout, a Russian Imperial Stout. This party includes a live broadcast of the private closed bout between the Detroit Derby Girls AllStars team and the Brew City Bruisers from Milwaukee. There will be door prize drawings for DDG souvenirs, tickets, and prizes and DDG merchandise for sale.

International Erotic Art Exhibition Dirty Show XIV

Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Berts Warehouse Theater

2739 Russell St., Detroit


I promised diverse activities, and this adults-only event delivers. Despite being dubbed the "Dirty Show," International Erotic Art hosts say the exhibit isn't pornographic. It's a juried show featuring graphic and performing arts. The website promises that it's nothing you wouldn't see in an art museum. The point is to celebrate visual human erotica. Now in its 14th year, the Dirty Show is pretty popular, especially for couples around Valentine's Day. Ticket price covers live entertainment and art display. There's a cash bar.

Jade Simmons

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m. and 8:30 pm; Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m.

Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Free for Macomb, Wayne, Oakland county residents

Non-residents: adults, $8; ages 6-17, $4; seniors, $6; children 5 and under, free

Classical pianist Jade Simmons performs for the DIA's Friday Night Live and Sunday Music Bar events on February 15 and 17. Friday's program includes interactive activities and guided tours. Sunday Music Bar offers music performances in Kresge Court with beverages available for sale. Simmons performs music from her new EP "Playing With Fire" in collaboration with electronic musician Roburt Reynolds. Concerts are free with admission.

The Lion King

Friday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Detroit Opera House

1526 Broadway St., Detroit

From $35

Disney's "The Lion King" is a Tony Award-winning Broadway sensation. It features director Julie Taymor's retelling of the African prideland saga of Simba and his animal entourage. The show is recommended for children ages 5 and up.

Motor City Golf and Travel Show

Friday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cobo Center

1 Washington Blvd., Detroit

Adults, $10; children 13 and under, free

This expo features many golf-related exhibits, displays, and travel deals. Try out golf simulators from True Golf. Check out Folds of Honor and Patriot Day Par 3 contests. Free golf rounds to the first 500 visitors. A portion of ticket proceeds will be given to select Detroit charities.

Children's Activities

Saturday, Feb. 16, noon-2 p.m.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 East Warren Ave., Detroit

Free with admission -- adults, $8; children 3-17, $5; under 3, free

Come at noon for the Make, Say, and Play Hour. Each week in February, activities rotate: dance, music, story-telling, and crafts. On February 16, it's arts and crafts. Then, stay for Meet the Scientist Saturday. Children explore hands-on science activities from the Wright's "Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology!" exhibit. While you're there, check out the Wright's interpretive feature "And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture."

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