The Friday 5 — April 8-10

Your local guide to the weekend

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published April 7, 2016

1. Cheer on the Tigers 
Friday, April 8 • Detroit

Detroit Tigers fans, the day you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. The Tigers' Opening Day is on Friday, April 8, and while the weather is expected to feel more like winter than spring, that won’t stop thousands of metro Detroiters from descending on Comerica Park and the surrounding area. The Tigers will take on the New York Yankees at 1:10 p.m., but if you don’t have tickets to the game, don’t worry. There are plenty of downtown bars and restaurants where you can watch the game and celebrate the start of the season. The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau also has some Opening Day tips on its Experiences in the D blog.

2. Explore local art galleries
Sunday, April 10 • Huntington Woods

The Huntington Woods Public Art, Beautification and Tree Advisory Board is offering its second annual Gallery Hop from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The tour will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Huntington Woods Public Library, 26415 Scotia Road, where people can travel by bus to art galleries in Ferndale, Berkley, Royal Oak and Oak Park.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $5 at the library or the Huntington Woods Department of Public Works, 12795 W. 11 Mile Road. They can be bought on the day of the event at the library for $10. For more information about the event, call the library at (248) 541-4300 or the DPW at (248) 547-1888.

3. Go to the circus
April 7-10 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Step right up ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and witness a classic circus that’s steeped in history. The Detroit Shrine Circus, now in its 110th year, will be at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi all weekend. The circus will entertain crowds with aerial acts, animals, clowns and more. Showtimes are 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices range from $20 to $50. For more information or to order tickets, visit

4. Learn about penguins
Sunday, April 10 • The Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

The Detroit Zoological Society will present a penguin talk by polar ecologist and penguin expert Dr. Bill Fraser from 6 to 7:15 p.m. April 10 at the Detroit Zoo’s Ford Education Center.

The presentation, titled “A Natural Experiment Reveals the Secret World of Gentoo Penguins,” will include Fraser’s four decades of research as head of the Polar Oceans Research Group. Fraser has also served as an adviser on the development of the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which will open April 18. The talk is open to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at under “events.” All proceeds will benefit the Polar Oceans Research Group.

5. Savor the symphony
Sunday, April 10 • Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, Clinton Township

The Macomb Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. April 10 at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts, located at 44575 Garfield on the Center Campus of Macomb Community College.

The ensemble will perform “Masterpieces of the 18th Century.” The “Brandenburg Concerto #1” by Bach will be paired with the “Water Music Suite” of Handel, representing the baroque era. A symphony by Emanuel Bach, the master’s second son, will be followed by an early symphony by Haydn, in the classical period.

For tickets, call the Macomb Center box office at (586) 286-2222 or visit

For more local events, visit our Community Calendar.

Staff Writers Mike Koury, Victoria Mitchell and Maria Allard contributed to this report.