DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Forecasters say it’s going to be an unseasonably chilly weekend, which gives you two basic options for fun: Get comfy in a venue and let the warmth of great music and company wash over you, or get outside and keep moving.
Luckily for you, those options abound in metro Detroit this weekend, from a Belle Isle run to lots of theater and orchestra shows. Check out our guide to what’s hot this weekend.
Summer And Smoke
This is the final weekend to catch “Summer and Smoke” by Tennessee Williams at the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University. The sultry Southern tale features a young woman who can’t resist the rakish doctor who lives next door. Shows happen at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 19; 8 p.m. Friday, April 20; and 8 p.m. Saturday April 21. Get tickets here.
New World Symphony
Friday and Saturday nights, famed conductor Leonard Slatkin will lead the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Dvorzak’s love letter to America known as the “New World Symphony.” Both shows happen at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Detroit. Ticket prices start at $15. Get tickets here.
Run With Cops
You know what’s more fun than running from the cops? RUnning with them! Check out the third annual “Run With Cops” event at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Detroit’s Belle Isle. You can join a 1 mile, 5k or 10k. And it’s your chance to hoof it with Detroit Police Chief Ralph L. Godbee, the city’s bomb squad, dive team, and mounted unit.
You can register on site beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Wayne State University Physician Group’s Family Medicine will host “Keeping Kids Healthy” from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, inside Crittenton Medical Professional building on the campus of Crittenton Hospital Medical Center, W. University Dr., Suite 250, Rochester Hills.
The health fair is FREE and open to the public, and includes personalized immunization reviews, blood pressure readings and body mass index (BMI) calculations. Snacks and beverages will be served, and children can enter to win an iPod nano. (Contest entrants must attend and be under 18 years of age to win).
A physician and certified nutritionist will be on site to answer questions parents may have regarding a child’s lifestyle, eating habits and physical activities. For more information, call 248-650-6301.
The Detroit Zoo will host its annual Earth Day celebration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21,celebrating wildlife and environmental conservation. There will be earth-friendly art projects, games, a scavenger hunt, hands on science experiments, family yoga classes, zookeeper talks. Live music will be a fun part of the day. Get more information here.
There’s still time to see the Pearl Fishers Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Detroit Opera House. Reviewers say expect to see gorgeous music, exotic dances, and incredible costumes. Get tickets, showtimes and reviews at EncoreMichigan.com. Read our interview HERE with the star of the renowned Broadway show.
Here comes the Cake Boss!
“Cake Boss” Buddy Balastro is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills at noon Saturday for a food loving event called “What’s Cooking Detroit.” Visit for vendor displays, cooking seminars and demonstrations, and free food samples from some of the most world-renowned chefs and cooking personalities. The event happens noon to 7 p.m, with tickets at $12. Kids 12 and under are free. Get more information here.
The Detroit Tigers take on the Rangers this weekend — and Sunday is Kids Day. All kids get a Comerica Park Scoreboard Photo Frame. The game starts at 1:10 p.m.
Here I Am
Melissa Etheridge is live on stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at SoundBoard at Motor City Casino Hotel. Tickets start at $65. Get tickets here.
The University of Michigan will host the Men’s Football Experience May 30-31, giving you a chance to learn what it’s like to suit up in the locker room, walk down the famous tunnel and play on the field at the Big House.
Proceeds from the program, now in its third year, will benefit the “Men of Michigan” Prostate Cancer Research Fund. Best yet? The entire coaching staff will participate so you can experience what it’s like to be a real Michigan player.
For more information, call 734-936-5752 or visit FootballExperience@umich.edu.
From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Detroit Institute of Arts, check out “Meet Me at the DIA: A Program for People with Early Stage Dementia and their Caregivers.” It’s a discussion about art, based on the observations and connections made by the group. Participants leave the DIA with small prints of artworks so the conversation can continue. Tickets are $17 per couple for members and $20 for non-member couples. Get more information here.