The Friday 5 — March 2-4

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 1, 2018

1. Autorama
March 2-4 • Cobo Center, Detroit

It’s time to put your pedal to the metal and cruise to Detroit for the 66th annual Meguiar’s Detroit Autorama, taking place March 2-4 at Cobo Center, 1 Washington Blvd.

Autorama — presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts and billed as “America’s Greatest Hot Rod Show” — will feature more than 800 hot rods, customs, trucks and motorcycles from metro Detroit, across the country and around the world. Highlights include a special exhibit of five land-speed racers that ran at the Bonneville Salt Flats; a special appearance by NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. on March 3; and the presentation of the Ridler Award, which is given to the most outstanding new custom car shown for the first time anywhere. The event will officially kick off at 11:45 a.m. Friday, March 2, with a  “Flame Throwing Fest” outside Cobo Hall, where exhaust flames will shoot up in spectacular fashion.

Times are noon-10 p.m. Friday, March 2; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, March 3; and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Admission costs $20 for adults or $7 for children ages 6-12, and is free for children ages 5 and younger. Discount tickets are available at O’Reilly Auto Parts. For more information, call (248) 373-1700 or visit

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2. Greater Farmington Film Festival
March 1-4 • Farmington and Farmington Hills

Film buffs will have an entire weekend of cinematic offerings to take in, as KickstART Farmington presents the Greater Farmington Film Festival March 1-4 at several venues across Farmington and Farmington Hills.

The festival will showcase a selection of recently released feature films and documentaries such as "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City," "The Breadwinner," "A Season in France" and more. Locations include the Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River Ave. in Farmington; the Smith Theatre at the Oakland Community College Orchard Ridge Campus, 27055 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills; and the Holocaust Memorial Center, Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

Tickets cost $6 per film or $30 for a festival pass. For a full schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

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3. Cranbrook Rome exhibit
Now through July 3 • Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills

The Cranbrook Institute of Science’s newest exhibition,  “Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars,” will run through July 3 in the museum’s traveling exhibition hall.

The collection comprises detailed replications and real artifacts to give visitors an in-depth look at what life and technology were like in the age made famous by Julius Caesar. In addition, hands-on activities — including a catapult challenge, colosseum construction with 3-D printed pieces, abacus arithmetic, ancient Roman games and more — will amuse and enlighten people of all ages.

“Ancient Rome: Age of the Caesars” will cost an additional $6-$8 with general admission during all normal museum operating hours.The Cranbrook Institute of Science is located at 39221 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills. For more information, visit

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4. Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra midwinter concert
Sunday, March 4 • Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Grosse Pointe Woods

The Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra will present its midwinter concert at 3 p.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 467 Fairford Road in Grosse Pointe Woods.

The concert will feature father-son musicians Adam and Joachim Stepniewski, who will play the Mozart Concertone, a concerto for two violins. Our Lady Star of the Sea organist Matthew Jakubisin will join the GPSO for the Saint-Saëns Symphony No. 3, the “Organ Symphony.” The concert will open with Fanfare for Brass by Bill Lucas, a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra trumpet section.

Advance tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, and K-12 students attend for free. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information, visit

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5. Cottage and Lakefront Living Show
March 1-4 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

It’s not too early to start planning your summer getaway. Explore housing options and more during the 11th annual Cottage and Lakefront Living Show, taking place March 1-4 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi.

The show will feature a giant sandbox, an oversized Michigan map to show where cabins are located, a seminar on how to set up a family cottage succession plan, a "For Sale or Rent" board, metal art, wood furniture, jewelry, photography and more. Decorative accessories, gourmet foods, handcrafted items and lake-themed merchandise will be available for purchase.

Admission to the Cottage & Lakefront Living Show costs $10. The price is $4 for children ages 6-14, and children ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free. For more information and discounts, visit, or call (800) 328-6550.

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Staff Writers Andy Kozlowski, Sherri Kolade, Tiffany Esshaki and K Michelle Moran contributed to this report.