Hey there everyone!
If your house is anything like mine, we’ve been counting down the days until Sunday. Mainly because it’s someone’s birthday. But you can still count down the days until the weekend because there are some really great things happening around town.
Let’s get on to this weeks picks!
15th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday is the big night! The giant 60 foot Norway spruce will be lit during the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Campus Martius.
Can you believe that it is the 15th year that we’ve had the tree lighting ceremony? I can remember that first year like it was yesterday.
This year’s event will feature a performance by Detroit’s own Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cece Winans. Olympic skating duo Alex and Maia Shibutani will also perform and are sure to wow the crowd.
If Campus Martius is too crowded for you, head over to Beacon Park. The tree lighting will be live streamed there. Plus there will also be live performances by Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers and Nadir Omowale.
There will be a free shuttle between Campus Martius and Beacon Park.
Friday, November 16 at 5:00 p.m. get there early because it will get crowded.
Campus Martius is located at 800 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48226
Grand Band At Friday Night Live!
Did you know that there will be six grand pianos in the Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts on Friday night?
Yes, you read that right. Six. Grand. Pianos.
Grand Band, a piano sextet from New York City will be coming to Detroit to perform at the DIA as part of its Friday Night Live lineup.
The band will perform music from Ben Wallace, Julius Eastman and Missy Mazzoli along with new compositions by Paul Kerekes and Detroit composer Harriet Steinke.
Admission to the DIA is free if you live in the Tri-County region.
Friday, November 16 with performances at 7:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48201
P.S. This would be a great alternative if you don’t feel like hitting the Tree Lighting.
Looking for a chill night with some sweet beats?
I suggest heading over to MotorCity Wine in Corktown to listen to the musical stylings of LADYMONIX.
The best part is that there is no cover.
Saturday, November 17 from 10:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.
MotorCity Wine is located at 1949 Michigan Avenue Detroit, Michigan 48216
Love to play Euchre? Of course you do, you’re a Michigander!
On Sunday night Planet Ant will be hosting a little Euchre Tournament.
This is Planet Ant’s end of the year fundraiser. So, why not go and help them out while also having a fun night of playing cards. There will also be some prize money up for grabs, 1st place gets $100 and 2nd place gets $50.
It’s a $10 buy in for an individual and for a randomly assigned partner or $25 for a pair. You can register here.
Sunday, November 18 at 8:00 p.m.
The Ant Hall is located at 2320 Caniff Avenue Hamtramck, Michigan 48212
5th Annual Detroit Fringe Festival
This weekend is the Detroit Fringe Festival, and I’m so excited for some of the shows that will be taking place.
This festival gives Michigan playwrights and performers a venue to showcase their work.
The line-up includes a variety of genres from narrative theater to literary-inspired musical performances to avant-garde performance art pieces.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of.
The Fringe Festival takes place from Thursday through Sunday. Check the schedule for performance times.