The Friday 5 — Feb. 21-23

Your guide to this weekend's events

C&G Newspapers | Published February 19, 2020

1. Great Lakes Comic Convention
Feb. 21-22 • Macomb Community College Sports & Expo Center, Warren

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Great Lakes Comic Convention, which returns this weekend to the Sports and Expo Center on the South Campus of Macomb Community College, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren.

The annual comic, toy and collectible event will feature more than 150 vendors, artists and crafters, along with celebrity guest appearances, a costume contest, a classic video game arcade, free board-gaming, a Dungeons and Dragons campaign, panel discussions and more. 

Convention hours are 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Admission costs $15 per day or $25 for a two-day pass. Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger. For tickets or more information, visit

2. African American Read-In
Saturday, Feb. 22 • Southfield Public Library

Celebrate Black History Month with a good book during the African American Read-In from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Road in Southfield. 

The second annual event will explore books by African American authors. Participants can listen to book readings and, if they wish, read a selection aloud to the group. 

For more information, visit or call (248) 796-4200.

3. ‘Creatures Great & Small’ art exhibit
Now through March 14 • Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester

The animal kingdom and the art world collide in the Paint Creek Center for the Arts’ latest exhibit, “Creatures Great & Small,” on display through March 14. 

The exhibit features 64 works that paint a beautiful picture of the relationships and inspirations that embody the animal theme.

The PCCA is located at 407 Pine St. in Rochester. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit

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4. ‘100 Years of Music, Magic and Community’ exhibit
Now through April 26 • Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

Orchestra Hall — home of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra — is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and its complicated, storied history is told in a new exhibition at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave. in Detroit,  

On view through April 26, the exhibition, “100 Years of Music, Magic and Community,” features historical photos, artifacts and anecdotes about Orchestra Hall. The exhibition includes artifacts from the DSO’s archives as well as a display of small busts of all the DSO’s music directors. Visitors will be able to see rare art, architectural documents, concert programs, photos, news clippings and more, and they’ll be able to watch videos and listen to historical recordings of the DSO. 

For admission, hours or more information, call (313) 833-1805 or visit

Related story: Exhibition spotlights the highs and lows of Orchestra Hall’s history

5. ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’
Feb. 21-22 • Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, Sterling Heights

The De La Salle Collegiate Wig and Mask Society, or WAMS, will present the award-winning musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at 7 p.m. Feb. 21, and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Warren Consolidated Schools Performing Arts Center, located at 12901 15 Mile Road in Sterling Heights.

A De La Salle press release describes the Broadway show, set in 1927, as a “screwball comedy ... with classic Gershwin tunes, romance, exuberant production numbers, and a hilarious script poking fun at class snobbery in the Prohibition era.”

The show includes approximately 100 students from De La Salle Collegiate, Dakota, Regina and Stevenson high schools.

Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at or by contacting WAMS Executive Director Kevin Fitzhenry at (586) 541-6210 or via email at

Related story: Student production celebrates music of Gershwin


Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond, K. Michelle Moran and Maria Allard contributed to this report.