The Friday 5 — March 11-13

By: Jennifer Sigouin, | Online Only | Published March 10, 2016

1. Shave your head for a good cause
Saturday, March 12, Romeo

Nearly 200 people will have their heads shaved this weekend in downtown Romeo, and it’s about much more than changing their hairstyles.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation holds signature head-shaving events around the world, where participants collect pledges to shave their heads in solidarity with children with cancer, which raises money to pay for research into childhood cancers.

Locally, the village of Romeo will host the event, which will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. March 12. Main Street will be shut down from St. Clair Street to Lafayette, and there will be a giant heated tent set up with 25 barbers holding onstage shaving fundraisers in 10-minute increments nonstop. Participants and spectators can also enjoy activities and entertainment throughout the day.

To learn more, visit www.RomeoSB.com or www.StBaldricks.org.


2. See Disney on Ice
March 11-13, The Palace of Auburn Hills

More than 50 much-loved Disney characters will glide into The Palace of Auburn Hills this weekend for the Disney on Ice “100 Years of Magic” celebration.

The show, presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt and produced by Feld Entertainment, will feature familiar faces from throughout Disney history, from Mickey Mouse and Pinocchio to “Frozen” stars Anna, Elsa and Olaf. The production includes a sing-along score of family favorites, including “Hakuna Matata,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” “Let It Go and “A Whole New World.” Guests can also enjoy a special Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along preshow. 

“This is a show, more than any other, that is truly for everybody,” producer Kenneth Feld stated in a press release. “When I sit with the audience, I see those that are grandparents, like I am, enjoying a lot of the classic Disney stories, while young kids and young parents really respond to “Frozen” and all the latest Disney stories and animation.”

Showtimes are at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 11; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 12; and 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. March 13. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.DisneyOnIce.com.


3. Rock out to the Bestest Concert Ever
March 12, Royal Oak Farmers Market

With rock music and family-friendly activities, the fifth annual Bestest Concert Ever makes for a fun night out for the entire family.

The event will take place 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. This year’s music lineup includes Miss Paula and the Candy Bandits; The Reefermen; and Soul Hustler. Other activities include craft tables, balloon animals, temporary tattoos, a crazy hair salon, zany face painting, “rockin’ the red carpet” photos, haute couture dress-up, jewelry making, a musical petting zoo and more. Admission is $5, and proceeds benefit the Royal Oak Optimist Club.


4. Go green for St. Paddy’s Day
March 12-13, metro Detroit

While St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until next Thursday, a number of celebrations will kick off this weekend. With events such as the Oakland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Royal Oak on Saturday and the Detroit St. Patrick’s Parade on Sunday, the luck of the Irish won’t be hard to find around metro Detroit.


5. See a piece of Shakespearean history
Now through April 3, Detroit Institute of Arts

William Shakespeare fans have a rare opportunity to see a copy of the First Folio — the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays — on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts through April 3.

The First Folio was published in 1623, seven years after the author’s death, and includes 36 plays collected for publication by two of Shakespeare’s friends and theater colleagues — 18 of which had never been published before.

The copy on display at the DIA is one of 18 on loan to museums throughout the U.S., courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C, in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death this year. The Folger Shakespeare Library has the largest First Folio collection in the world, holding 82 of the estimated 233 copies left in the world today.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. Visit www.dia.org for more information.


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C & G Staff Writers Kristyne Demske, Victoria Mitchell and K. MIchelle Moran contributed to this report.