The Friday 5 — Jan. 29-31

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published January 28, 2016


1 - Listen to the blues
Now through Feb. 6, Ferndale

The Ferndale Blues & Music Festival kicks off Jan. 29 and runs through Feb. 6. During the weeklong event, nearly 40 concerts will take place at 14 venues throughout Ferndale, Royal Oak Township and Pleasant Ridge. Proceeds from the festival will benefit Ferndale Youth Assistance and MAC Health of Matrix Human Services, formerly the Michigan AIDS Coalition.

2. Spend an evening with the puppets of 'Avenue Q'
Now through Feb. 7, Stagecrafters, Royal Oak

Stagecrafters will present its production of the Tony award-winning musical “Avenue Q” now through Feb. 7 at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak.

This adult-themed musical, which revolves around a New York neighborhood where human and puppet residents coexist, is not your average puppet show. According to the Stagecrafters website, the “laugh-out-loud musical satire — 'Sesame Street' for grown-ups — is part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.”

This weekend’s showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31. Tickets cost $22-$24, and can be purchased at or by calling (248) 541-6430.

3. Calling all ‘Seinfeld’ fans
Jan. 30, Congregation Beth Shalom, Oak Park

The music from “Seinfeld” is unmistakable, and local fans of the show have a unique chance to learn more about how it was created.

Jonathan Wolff, the theme’s composer, will give a talk at 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Congregation Beth Shalom synagogue, 14601 Lincoln St. in Oak Park. Wolff will discuss his work on “Seinfeld” as well as share memories from other TV shows that he’s worked on.

4. Watch hockey to support disabled veterans
Jan. 30, Berkley Ice Arena, Berkley

The Bloomfield Hills High School girls hockey team will face off against the Michigan Warriors at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in a special charity hockey game to benefit disabled Michigan veterans.

The game, hosted by the city of Berkley, will take place at the Berkley Ice Arena, located at 2300 Robina Ave. Tickets cost $5 at the door, and all proceeds will benefit the Michigan Warriors Hockey Program, a nonprofit organization that provides disabled veterans with an opportunity to live a healthy, active lifestyle through playing hockey.

4. Catch a high school musical

Two audience favorites are coming to local high school stages this weekend:

• Students at Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” Jan. 28-30 at the school’s auditorium, 22980 E. 13 Mile Road.

Showtimes are are 7:30 p.m. each night, with an additional matinee performance at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday. Online tickets cost $12 for adults, and $10 for seniors and students with ID. Tickets at the door cost  $15 and $12. Children younger than 12 who come to the Saturday matinee performance dressed as a Disney character will be admitted for free.

Chippewa Valley High School students will present “Shrek the Musical,” an adaptation of the 2001 Dreamworks film, this weekend and next weekend at the school’s Henrichsen Auditorium, 18300 19 Mile Road in Clinton Township.

Two different casts will take turns bringing favorite characters — including Shrek, Fiona, Donkey, Dragon and Gingie — to life. Shows will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 5-6, and at 1 p.m. Feb. 6. Tickets cost $10 and are available online at

C & G Staff Writers Josh Gordon and Thomas Franz contributed to this report