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The Friday 5 — March 9-11

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published March 7, 2018

1. St. Patrick’s Day parades
Saturday, March 10 • Royal Oak | Sunday, March 11 • Corktown, Detroit

Irish eyes will be smiling all weekend long with St. Patrick’s Day parades on both Saturday and Sunday.

Royal Oak’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians-O’Brien Division, will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the city’s downtown. Organizers note that this year’s parade has an earlier start time due to the cancellation of the run that traditionally precedes the parade.

The parade will kick off at Royal Oak Middle School, proceed south down Washington Avenue to Seventh Street and conclude at the St. Mary parish parking lot. Highlights include the “big head” of Father Solanus Casey from The Parade Company, a float by the Ancient Order of Hibernians-O’Brien Division, bands, sports teams, Scout groups, local businesses and more.

Festivities continue on Sunday, March 11, during the 60th annual Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade in Corktown. The parade begins at 12:30 p.m. and travels along Michigan Avenue. Paradegoers typically arrive early to stake out a viewing spot or to participate in the Corktown Races, beginning at 9:40 a.m. For more information on the parade, visit To learn more about the Corktown Races, visit

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2. Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra concert
Friday, March 9 • Royal Oak

The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled “America!” at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Royal Oak Middle School’s Dondero Auditorium, 709 N. Washington Ave. in Royal Oak.

The orchestra, led by conductor and music director John McLaughlin Williams, will be performed in memory of Marty Markeiwicz, the orchestra’s former principal trumpet. Royal Oak High School band director Dave Jensen wrote a fanfare for brass titled “Remembrance,” which will be performed in honor of Markeiwicz. Another featured work will be Symphony No. 5, “Connecticut,” by Henry Hadley, which has not been performed since 1935 and is filled with “musical images” including tribal dances and bird calls.

Tickets cost $15 for adults or $12 for seniors 60 and older and college students. Admission is free for anyone 18 or younger. Tickets can be purchased by cash or check at the door, or by credit card online at For more information, call (248) 549-0262.

3. ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’
March 11-24 • Grosse Pointe Park

This Sunday, the Grosse Pointe Theatre will kick off its production of the the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Although the musical is from 1961, its satirical view of corporate culture, sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace still holds up today. With its uptempo songs and comic send-up of the business world, the cast and crew say this show should be a crowd pleaser.

The show takes place at Pierce Middle School, 15430 Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe Park. Free parking is available, as is complimentary valet parking. Tickets cost $25. For advance tickets or more information, call the GPT box office at (313) 881-4004 or visit

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4. Michigan Opera Theatre production of ‘27’
March 10-11 • Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

Opera fans can take a step back in time through the Michigan Opera Theatre’s performance of “27” March 10-11 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts.

The opera is performed in five acts, and it takes place at 27 rue de Fleurus in Paris over the course of World War I and World War II. The story follows the relationship between writer Gertrude Stein and her partner Alice B. Toklas, as well as their collaborations with art and literature greats of the time, including Pablo Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henri Matisse, and Ernest Hemingway.

Saturday’s show starts at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday’s show starts at 2:30 p.m. All seats cost $57. The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located on the Center Campus of Macomb Community College, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. For more information, visit or call the box office at (586) 286-2222.

5. ‘Making Home’ exhibition
Now through June 6 • Detroit Institute of Arts

Dozens of artists explore domestic spaces and the idea of home in “Making Home: Contemporary Art from the DIA,” on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts until June 6.

The exhibition consists of roughly 40 to 50 artworks, including photos and mixed media pieces. Some of the most famous works include selections from photographer Carrie Mae Weems’ “Kitchen Table” series. Visitors will find works by some well-known Detroit artists as well, including Tyree Guyton and Charles McGee.

Admission to this exhibition is free with regular museum admission, which means it’s free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. For hours or more information, visit or call (313) 833-7900.

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C & G Staff Writers Sarah Wojcik and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.