The Friday 5 — Jan. 22-24

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published January 22, 2016


1- Check out the Auto Show
 Now through Jan. 24, Cobo Center, Detroit

This weekend is your last chance to catch the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. The NAIAS, now in its 28th year as an international event, has become one of the world’s most prestigious auto shows. During the public show, car enthusiasts will have a chance to explore a wide array of exhibits from automakers and suppliers, and get a peek at upcoming releases, concept vehicles and more.

The NAIAS is open 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m- 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $13 for adults or $7 for children 7-12 and seniors. Admission is free for children 6 and younger. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

2 - Have some cold-weather fun at the Fire and Ice Festival
Jan. 22-24, downtown Rochester

From snowshoeing and dogsledding to ice skating and sledding, the Rochester Fire and Ice Festival has all of your winter activities covered in one location: East Water and Third streets in downtown Rochester.

Other offerings include carriage rides, food trucks, face painting, ice carving demonstrations, a pet adoption tent and a 5k race, as well as fireworks on Friday and Saturday night.

The festival runs 5-9 p.m. Jan. 22, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Jan. 23 and 9-5 p.m. Jan. 24.

3 - Take the kids to see a show
Jan. 24, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

The Berenstain Bears have been around since 1974, and now they're taking the stage to entertain younger and older generations alike. 

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts will present “The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical” at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Jan. 24. The production is an adaptation of the Berenstain Bears books. The show runs 55 minutes and is recommended for kids ages 2-7.

The Macomb Center for the Performing Arts is located at 44575 Garfield Road, at Hall Road, in Clinton Township. For tickets or more information, call (586) 286-2222 or visit

4 - See 'Toruk-The First Flight'
Jan 22-24, The Palace of Auburn Hills

The Palace of Auburn Hills will be transformed into the mythical world of Pandora during Cirque Du Soliel’s “Toruk-The First Flight,” based on James Cameron’s “Avatar” movie. The show is an immersive multimedia experience that combines visual effects, skilled performance artists, puppetry and music.
The show runs Jan. 22-24, and tickets are still available at

5 - Support local artists
Metro Detroit

Take a break from the cold and warm your spirit with a visit to a local art gallery or museum. Art lovers have a number of exhibitions to choose from around metro Detroit.

• The Janice Charach Gallery in West Bloomfield is hosting new exhibition titled “Exploring the Figure,” which features several artists and their interpretations of the human figure. The gallery is located in the Jewish Community Center for Metropolitan Detroit, 6600 W. Maple Road.

• The Paint Creek Center for the Arts in Rochester will debut its “Members Biennial Exhibition” on Jan. 23. The exhibition includes 55 individual pieces of art — including oil and acrylic paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, ceramics and more  — by 30 member artists. The PCCA is located at 407 Pine St. in downtown Rochester.

• The Grosse Pointe Art Center’s first show of 2016, “Detroit: Yesterday and Today,” is all about the Motor City and features work from 20 local artists. The GPAC is located at 17118 Kercheval Ave. in the Village.

For more local events, check out our Community Calendar.

C & G staff writers Mary Beth Almond, Mike Koury, Maria Allard and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.