Discover the top events and activities happening in Metro Detroit in March and beyond, including concerts, festivals, and more. Plan your month now!

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“Music for the Soul” benefit concert for Accent Pontiac featuring Nicole Joseph is March 10, at The Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac. Other performers include Alvin Waddles and Lavonte Heard. (Photo courtesy of Accent Pontiac)

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By KATHY BLAKE | kblake@medianewsgroup.com | The Oakland Press

February 29, 2024 at 6:00 a.m.

On sale 10 a.m. March 1

• Musiq Soulchild: May 1, Sound Board at MotorCity Casino, Detroit, ticket prices vary.

• 21 Savage, J.I.D., Nardo Wick: May 28, Pine Knob Music Theatre, Independence Twp., ticket prices vary.

• Maggie Rogers, The Japanese House: June 9, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, ticket prices vary.

• Luke Bryan: Adds second date, June 29, to 99.5 WYCD Hoedown, Pine Knob Music Theatre, Independence Twp., (Also headlining June 28, at Pine Knob), ticket prices vary.

• Whiskey Myers, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s: July 6, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre, Sterling Heights, ticket prices vary.

• 2024 Outlaw Music Festival: Sept. 15, featuring Willie Nelson and Family, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Pine Knob Music Theatre, Independence Twp., ticket prices vary.

• The National, The War On Drugs, Lucius: Sept. 25, Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, Sterling Heights, ticket prices vary.

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• P!NK: Adds second date, Oct. 15, at Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, (Also Oct. 14 at Little Caesars Arena), ticket prices vary.

• Comedian Jim Gaffigan: Nov. 22, Fox Theatre, Detroit, ticket prices vary.

Note: Events are subject to change; check with venues for updates. Tickets on sale at 313Presents.com, LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster.com or the XFINITY Box Office at Little Caesars Arena.

Beats

• Sub-Radio, Moontower: 7 p.m. March 1, The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, www.themagicbag.com, $20+ adv.

• Beach Weather: March 2, The Loving Touch, 22634 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, thelovingtouchferndale.com, doors at 6:30 p.m., $20.

• Ricky Montgomery: 7 p.m. March 2, Saint Andrew’s Hall, 431 East Congress St., Detroit, saintandrewsdetroit.com, ticket prices vary.

• The Dan Rafferty Band: 8 p.m. March 2, The Roxy, 401 Walnut Blvd., Rochester, 248-453-5285, theroxyrochester.com, ages 21+, $25+.

• Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz, Jaheim and K. Michelle: March 3, Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, 313presents.com, lineup subject to change.

Fundraisers

• “Music for the Soul”: 6 p.m. March 10, The Flagstar Strand Theatre, Pontiac, with Nicole Joseph, Alvin Waddles and Lavonte Heard, benefit concert for Accent Pontiac, www.flagstarstrand.com, tickets are $45+ standard, and $125+ VIP, available at www.ticketmaster.com/music-for-the-soul-pontiac-michigan-03-10-2024/event/08006029DDB420A2.

Opera

• “Europeras 3 and 4”: March 8-10, Gem Theatre, 333 Madison St., Detroit, https://detroitopera.org, ticket prices vary.

Theater

• “The Chinese Lady”: Through March 3, Tipping Point Theatre, 361 East Cady St., Northville, purchase tickets at www.tippingpointtheatre.com, 248-347-0003, $32+.

• “A Little More Alive” musical: Through March 10, at Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, www.mbtheatre.com, 248-377-3300, www.ticketmaster.com, $37-$46+.

• “Debating Destiny”: 7 p.m. March 1 and 4 p.m. March 2, Senate Theatre, 6424 Michigan Ave, Detroit, presented by Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit, www.mosaicdetroit.org.

• “Footloose”: March 1-10, presented by The Troy Theatre Ensemble, Troy High School, 4777 Northfield Pkwy., Troy. Gen. adm.- $20, ages 60+ are $15, students K-12 are $15, tickets at http://troytheatreensemble.seatyourself.biz.

• “PAW Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure”: March 2-3, Fox Theatre, Detroit, 313presents.com, ticket prices vary.

• “The Magic School Bus-Lost in the Solar System” musical: 1 p.m. March 3, The Berman Center for the Performing Arts, 6600 W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield Twp., 248-406-6677, https://theberman.org, $18-$25.

• “The Cemetery Club”: March 8-24, Birmingham Village Players, presented by Birmingham Village Players, 34660 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, www.birminghamvillageplayers.com, 248-644-2075, advance tickets are $25.

Art

• “The Body Eclectic”: Through March 1, Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, 248-544-0394, www.lawrencestreetgallery.com. (Open noon-5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, until 9 p.m. Friday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday)

• Hinamatsuri-Japanese Girls Day: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 3, Japanese dance performances, art, visitors can sample tea, participate in workshops,Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-4005, dia.org.

• “Never in Exile-Detroit’s LeRoy Foster”: Talk, film screening and discussion is 1-3 p.m. March 2, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, https://cranbrookartmuseum.org/events/never-in-exile-detroits-leroy-foster. free with museum admission, children 12 and younger free.

• Fall Exhibitions at Cranbrook Art Museum: Exhibitions include “Skilled Labor-Black Realism in Detroit” and “LeRoy Foster-Solo Show” on exhibit through March 3, Cranbrook Art Museum, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, cranbrookartmuseum.org. 248-645-3323, museum hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday to Sunday, general admission is $10, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays with free admission advance registration recommended.

• Winter Birds and Blooms Watercolor Classes: March 6 and March 13, taught by artist/art teacher Megan Swoyer, inside Niles-Barnard House at the Troy Historic Village, 60 W. Wattles Road, Troy, www.troyhistoricvillage.org/programs/watercolor-classes-winter-birds-blooms, $45/person each, ages 16+.

• Masterpieces of Early Italian Renaissance Bronze Statuettes: Through March 24, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-4005, dia.org/art/exhibitions.

• Skateboard Art Competition and Exhibition: Registration is open through April 5, at downtownrochestermi.com/deck-art. Submit completed registration forms to South Street Skateshop, 410 Main, Rochester. Registration fee is $25 (plus tax) for one blank skateboard deck (while supplies last). Downtown Rochester’s Annual Deck Art is May 9-10.

• Japanese Friendship Dolls exhibit: Through June 5, Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-4005, dia.org/art/exhibitions.

• Regeneration-Black Cinema, 1898–1971: Through June 23, at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, dia.org.

• Sue Marx exhibit: “Images from History-People Who Defined Detroit in the 1960s,” on display in the Detroit Historical Museum’s Detroit Artists Showcase, 5401 Woodward Ave., Midtown Detroit. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m., detroithistorical.org.

• Thursdays at the Museum: 1 p.m. Thursdays, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, self-guided visit of our collections for adults 55 and older. Groups of 25 or more in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties can receive free bus transportation, www.dia.org/events/thursdays.

• The Hawk Makerspace: The Hawk – Farmington Hills Community Center, featuring craft space, specialized equipment including a laser cutter, 3D printer, and sewing lab. Makerspace users may purchase passes to use the equipment during Open Studio hours. Classes are also offered, fhgov.com/play,-explore-learn/the-hawk/amenities/makerspace.

• Drop-in Design: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, self-guided art-making activities in the Cranbrook Art Museum, Art Lab, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, cranbrookartmuseum.org, general admission-$10.

• University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 South State St, Ann Arbor, 734-764-0395, umma.umich.edu.

Auditions

• Auditions for Oakland University Music department: March 8-9. Auditions are for those interested in pursuing a degree in Music Performance, Music Education, and/or Music Technology, as well as the Music minor, Fall 2024, www.oakland.edu/smtd/admissions-and-auditions. Registration closes March 1.

• Shakespeare Royal Oak Auditions: March 11-12, auditions for 2024 season, “Twelfth Night”, July 25-Aug. 25 at Royal Oak’s Starr Jaycee Park, Actors interested, should visit shakespeareroyaloak.com and complete an online request for an audition time slot. Actors can select in-person or virtual. Submitted video auditions will be accepted through 5 p.m., March 11.

Beats, continued

• Day of the Dude, celebrating “The Big Lebowski”: 4 p.m.-midnight, March 6, film viewing at 5 p.m., The Beggars live in the lounge at 8 p.m., 2024 Honorary Dude Contest – register by 8 p.m., ages 18+ in lounge, free admission. Open bowling and pinball, pay to play, all ages. https://bowlerodetroit.com.

• Jazz Night with Ben Sharkey: 7 p.m. March 9, Pontiac Little Arts Theatre, 47 N. Saginaw, Pontiac, tickets at www.theplat.org/events-1, $35+.

• Alice Peacock: 7:30 p.m. March 9, at 20 Front Street, Lake Orion, 20frontstreet.com, all ages, doors at 7:30 p.m., $20+.

• No Quarter, Led Zeppelin tribute band: 7 p.m. March 15, Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren, andiamoshowroom.com, doors at 6:30 p.m., $35-$69+.

• Alfreda Sings Aretha tribute: 7:30 p.m. March 15, Macomb Center Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, www.macombcenter.com, $41.25+.

Classical/Orchestra

• Lenten Concerts: Noon, Fridays through March 15, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 620 Romeo Street, Rochester, stpaulsrochester.org, Christa Grix, harp-March 1; Christopher Harding, piano-March 8; Amanda Ross, trumpet-March 15; 30-minute concerts, free admission.

• Oakland Winterfest-Michael Stephen Brown, piano: 8-9:30 p.m. March 1, Oakland University Varner Recital Hall, 371 Varner Drive , Rochester, oakland.edu/smtd/performances-and-events, $30 general, $10 students, online-$12.50.

• Classical Roots-Steven Banks: March 1-2, Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit,dso.org, $15-$75+.

• Macomb Symphony Orchestra: 3 p.m. March 3, Macomb Center Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, www.macombcenter.com, gen. adm. $25.

• Global Jam: 7 p.m. March 7, with the OU Latin Jazz Ensemble, Pontiac Little Art Theatre, featuring Oakland University Latin Jazz Ensemble, followed by open community jam, www.thePLAT.org, free admission.

• Red Carpet Film Scores-Detroit Symphony Orchestra: March 8-10, Orchestra Hall, 3711 Woodward Avenue, Detroit,dso.org, $24-$110+.

• Michigan Philharmonic-Tchaikovsky Spectacular: 2 p.m. March 10, pre-concert at 1:15 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 45201 N. Territorial Road, Plymouth, featuring internationally acclaimed cellist, Deborah Pae, www.michiganphil.org, gen. adm. $35.

Comedy/Magic Shows

• Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle: The Sklar Brothers-Feb. 29-March 2; Raanan Hershberg-March 3; Billy Ray Bauer-March 7; Michael Kosta-March 8-9; Tina Friml-March 10; at 310 S. Troy St., Royal Oak, www.comedycastle.com, 248-542-9900, ages 18+, ticket prices vary.

• One Night Stans: Paul Farahvar-Feb. 29-March 2; Lowell Sanders-March 7-9; at 4761 Highland Road, Waterford Twp., OneNightStans.Club, 248-249-1321, ages 18+, ticket prices vary.

• Michael Carbonaro: 8 p.m. March 2, Music Hall Center, 350 Madison St., Detroit, www.musichall.org, ticket prices vary.

• John Crist: 7 p.m. March 7, Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 West 4th St., Royal Oak, www.royaloakmusictheatre.com, ticket prices vary.

• Comedian Billy Reno: 8 p.m. March 8, Younger’s Irish Tavern, 120 S. Main St., Romeo, www.youngerstavern.com/showroom, ages 21+, $15+.

Dance

• Take Root: Oakland University’s dance company: 8 p.m. March 8, Varner Recital Hall, 371 Varner Drive, Rochester, oakland.edu/smtd/performances-and-events, $22 general/$12 students.

• Oakland University Senior Dance Concert: 8 p.m. March 9, Varner Recital Hall, 371 Varner Drive, Rochester, oakland.edu/smtd/performances-and-events, $14 general/$8 students.

Film

• Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner (the Director’s Cut)”: 8 p.m. March 1, The Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, redfordtheatre.com, tickets $14.50.

• Art Deco Extravaganza: 6 p.m. March 2, Redford Theatre, 17360 Lahser Road, Detroit, redfordtheatre.com. A special event for Art Deco Weekend, in conjunction with the Detroit Area Art Deco Society, https://daads.org, includes admission to the 8 p.m. screening of “Gold Diggers of 1933”, features drinks, appetizers, theatre tours, special intermission entertainment, $35+.

• Emagine Theatres-Winter Kids Film Series: Through March 7, with a different film each week, Emagine-Entertainment.com, tickets are $3 per person.

• Detroit Film Theatre at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, dia.org, ticket prices vary.

• Emagine Theatres specialty screenings: Open caption, sensory-friendly and dementia-friendly screenings are offered at Emagine locations including Novi, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, Hartland, Woodhaven, Emagine-Entertainment.com.

• Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave., Farmington, www.theFCT.com.

• Milford Independent Cinema: 945 E Summit St., Milford, milfordcinema.org/tickets, $5+.

• The Maple Theater: Closed recently, 4135 W. Maple Road, Bloomfield Twp., themapletheater.com, 248-855-9091, closed.

Misc.

• 71st Annual Detroit Autorama: March 1-3, Huntington Place Cobo, 1 Washington Blvd., Detroit, https://autorama.com/attend/detroit, gen. adm.-$27+.

• Michigan Psychic Fair: Noon-6 p.m. March 3, Allen Park Prestige Banquet Hall, 6600 Allen Road, Allen Park, and noon-6 p.m. March 10, Farmington Hills Comfort Inn, 30715 W. Twelve Mile Road, Farmington Hills, www.mipsychicfair.com, $5 admission each, additional fees for individual services.

• Puppy Pals Live!: 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. March 9, Macomb Center Center for the Performing Arts, Main Stage, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, www.macombcenter.com, gen. adm. $25+.

• Ortonville Small Business Shamrock & Easter Market is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 9, Brandon Middle School, 609 S Ortonville Road, Ortonville, featuring more than 40 vendors, musician Ed Leavy, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091004142147&mibextid=LQQJ4d.

• Priscilla Presley: 7:30 p.m. March 10, Music Hall Center, 350 Madison St., Detroit, www.musichall.org, ticket prices vary.

• “The Psychology of Serial Killers”: 8 p.m. March 15, Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac, 248-309-6445, www.flagstarstrand.com, featuring Dr. Rachel Toles, ticket prices vary.

Museums

• Rochester Hills Museum presents Cabin Fever Lecture Series, 7-8 p.m. Fridays in March, beginning with “Oakland County Abolitionists: Setting the Stage for the Underground Railroad”, March 1, at The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm – Calf Barn. Museum Members free, non-members $5/adults, $3/seniors and students. Register at www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms.

• Bank of America customers receive free admission: March 2-3, and the first weekend of each month to museums and cultural institutions across the country, including Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History, Michigan Science Center, Arab American National Museum, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, and Motown Museum, bit.ly/2NvmECM.

• Cranbrook Institute of Science Speaker Series: “Harnessing Immune Strategies Against Cancer” is March 7, doors at 6 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., Cranbrook Institute of Science, 39221 Woodward Ave., Bloomfield Hills, RSVP at https://science.cranbrook.edu/explore/speaker-series/resetting-battle, free.

• Royal Oak Historical Society Museum: “How the Ice Age Shaped Royal Oak” speakers program by Bob Muller is 7 p.m. March 8, 1411 W. Webster Road, Royal Oak, royaloakhistoricalsociety.com, 248-439-1501, tickets $15.

• The Wright: Ruth E. Carter-Afrofuturism in Costume Design exhibit is through March 31. Explore Ruth E. Carter’s Black Panther and Wakanda Forever collections at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, 313-494-5800, open Tuesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and open until 7 p.m. on Thursday, closed on Mondays, reserve timed tickets at thewright.org, $30+ gen adm., $20 for seniors 62+, $15 for youth, ages 5-17, free for under 5.

• Detroit Historical Museum: 5401 Woodward Ave. (NW corner of Kirby) in Midtown Detroit, detroithistorical.org. Permanent exhibits include the famous Streets of Old Detroit, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” the Gallery of Innovation, Frontiers to Factories, America’s Motor City and The Glancy Trains, museum gen. adm. is $10.

• The Zekelman Holocaust Center: New permanent exhibit at the center, 28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, www.holocaustcenter.org, 248-553-2400.

• Michigan Science Center (Mi-Sci): 5020 John R. St., Detroit, museum gen. adm. is $18+. Standard Mi-Sci films are available as a $6 add-on to general admission tickets. Mi-Sci is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday and until 8 p.m. the first Friday of each month, 313-577-8400, www.mi-sci.org.

• The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, Ford Rouge Factory Tours Monday-Saturday, purchase tickets online, prices vary, thehenryford.org.

• Motown Museum, 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, motownmuseum.org.

• Ford House: Historic estate of Edsel and Eleanor Ford, 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, fordhouse.org/events, 313-884-4222.

• Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society: Open 1st/2nd/4th/5th Sundays of the month and 3rd Fridays, 1-4 pm, (holidays excluded) with exhibits including “Four Communities” exhibit at The Orchard Lake Museum, 3951 Orchard Lake Road, Orchard Lake. Admission is free, donations are welcome, www.gwbhs.org, 248-757-2451.

• Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, detroithistorical.org.

• Meadow Brook Hall offers Guided House Tours and Self-Guided Tours, check available times and purchase tickets at meadowbrookhall.org/tours, ticket prices vary. Meadow Brook Hall, 350 Estate Drive, Rochester, on the campus of Oakland University.

• Sloan Museum of Discovery: 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, www.sloanmuseum.org, 810-237-3450, admission prices vary.

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