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10 Things to Do in Detroit This Weekend

By Crains Detroit Business1. On Sunday, Sting will perform as part of his ‘Back to Bass’ tour at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Sting will showcase all of his hits, stripped down, as they haven’t been played in years, as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career. He will perform songs spanning across decades, from his 1985 debut The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to his latest release, Live in Berlin. For more information, visit the event’s website.

2. All weekend, enjoy the exhibit Detroit Revealed: Photographs 2000-2010 at the DIA. Photographs and video inspired by Detroit, its people, diverse culture, and industries in work created from 2000–2010 will be displayed. The artists shed light on life in the Motor City during the past decade, a time characterized by challenges that continue to influence the landscape and society of Detroit in the post-automotive era. For more information, visit the event’s website.

3. On Saturday, the Indigo Girls will perform at The Filmore in Detroit. Performing since the 1980s, the American folk rock music duo, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will play songs from past and recent albums, including the most recent Beauty Queen Sister. For more information, visit the event’s website.


4. All weekend, visit the Heidelberg Project on Detroit’s East Side. The open-air art exhibit in the heart of an urban community features everyday, discarded objects that create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 25th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives. For more information, visit the event’s website.

5. All weekend, enjoy films for adventure-seekers of all ages at the Xtreme Adventures Film Festival at the Henry Ford in Dearborn. Watch educational and entertaining films on the largest IMAX screen in Michigan. The adventure films include Tornado Alley 3D, Rescue 3D, Conquest of Everest: The Wildest Dream, Coral Reef Adventure, and Lewis & Clark Great Journey West. For more information, visit the event’s website.

6. On Friday and Saturday, visit the November exhibit at Bloomfield Galleries: Feast! Celebrating Food, Dining, & Drink, in Bloomfield Hills. The show focuses on still life paintings of food and wine, restaurant scenes, and the crowds they contain. Carrying only oil paintings, the gallery is also lined with hundreds of additional genres. For more information, visit the event’s website.

7. On on Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the Michigan Depression Glass Society’s 39th annual All Depression and Era Glass show and sale at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn. Over 20 dealers from 10 states will fill the showroom with American-made glassware from the 1920′s to 1960′s including depression glass, elegant glass, Fire King, Pyrex, Fenton and more. For more information, visit the event’s website.

8. All weekend, follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. Based on the beloved movie classic the exhibit is the first Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed traveling educational exhibit. Visitors of all ages are invited to come along with Dorothy and Toto on a multi-sensory, cross-disciplinary exploration of the Land of Oz. For more information, visit the event’s website.

9. All weekend, visit Youmacon 2011, Metro Detroit’s first and only anime convention, at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Meet anime voice actors face to face, compete for masquerade and cosplay trophies and shop for treasures of your favorite fandom. Enjoy all-night gaming and video programming, as well as a dedicated video/audio track featuring fan-created music videos and beyond. For more information, visit the event’s website.

10. All weekend, The Detroit Institute of Arts is bringing back its Inside/Out project, which debuted last fall. This year, the DIA will bring 80 reproductions of paintings from its collection to the streets and parks of the greater metro Detroit area. In each participating community, seven pieces will be clustered within walking or bike-riding distance in a grand, open air gallery. For more information, visit the event’s website.

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