The Friday 5 — March 17-19

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | Online Only | Published March 16, 2017

1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Friday, March 17 • Metro Detroit

Whether you’re Irish or merely Irish in spirit, you’ll find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day revelry to partake in around metro Detroit on Friday. Head to one of the lively Irish pubs in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood or celebrate at your favorite local bar or restaurant; you’ll find that many are offering food and drink specials or even live entertainment.

Downtown Mount Clemens, for instance, is hosting a two-day bash complete with festive food, bagpipers, live bands and a DJ. Bars and restaurants in downtown Utica are ready to celebrate with entertainment and specials all day long on Friday, followed by the annual Lucky Leprechaun 5K on Saturday.

Whatever you decide to do, remember to stay safe and wear your green.

2. See 'A Cinderella Story'
March 18-19 • Michigan Opera Theatre, Detroit

Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet will put a new spin on the classic tale of Cinderella with its production of Val Caniparoli's "A Cinderella Story" March 18-19 at the Michigan Opera Theatre.

The ballet takes place in the 1950s, with music and dance styles to match. Caniparoli's choreography blends classical steps with midcentury styles that are performed to swing adaptations of music by Richard Rodgers. This version of the traditional tale tells the story of Nancy, who is trying to escape from her evil stepfamily to find true love with her own Prince Charming named Bob.

Tickets for the ballet cost $25-$89 and may be purchased online at, by calling (313) 237-7464 or in person at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway St. in Detroit.

3. Support local artists
Now through April 29 • Paint Creek Center for the Arts, Rochester

Artwork of emerging, regional and renowned student artists and professional faculty from the Paint Creek Center for the Arts is now on display in the center’s “Student and Faculty Exhibition.”

The competitive juried show features works created over the past year in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, paintings, photography and mixed media. The exhibition aims to give the public a glimpse into what goes on at the art center throughout the year.

An opening reception will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and the show runs through April 29. The PCCA is located at 407 Pine St. in downtown Rochester. For more information, call (248) 651-4110 or visit

4. Learn about Michigan folklore
Now through May 6 • Lorenzo Cultural Center, Clinton Township

The Lorenzo Cultural Center‘s new exhibit, “Tall Tales and Folklore: Exploring Michigan’s Traditional Stories,” invites visitors to dig deeper into some of Michigan’s most notable folk tales and urban legends.

The exhibit features presentations and performances in the cultural center’s 8,500-square-foot Discovery Hall, and includes a traveling display from Michigan State University and artifacts from other museums and local collectors. In addition, visitors can check out juried artworks with themes of Michigan folklore, myths and legends, and items reflecting stories of American Indians.

The exhibit runs through May 6. The Lorenzo Cultural Center is located on Macomb Community College’s Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. For more information, visit

5. Enjoy local theater
March 17-19 • Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills

Theater lovers looking for a few laughs have two comedies to choose from this weekend.

The Village Players of Birmingham will perform their rendition of the classic comedy You Can’t Take It With You,” in which a mishmash of guests — from eccentric to conservative — come to dinner to meet the new beau of Alice Sycamore.

Showtimes are at 8 p.m. March 17-18 and March 24-25, and at 2 p.m. March 19 and 26. Tickets cost $19. The playhouse of the Village Players is located at 34660 Woodward Ave. in Birmingham. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (248) 644-2075 or visit

Just down the road, St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook will pull back the curtain for its adaptation of the touching comedy “Calendar Girls,” based on the true story of 11 members of a British Women’s Institute who set out to raise money for a good cause in a less-than-traditional way.

“Calendar Girls” will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights March 17-18, March 24-25, and March 31-April 1. Sunday matinees, beginning at 2 p.m., will take place March 19 and 26. Tickets cost $20 for adults, with a $2 discount for seniors older than 62 and students 18 and younger. St. Dunstan’s Theatre Guild of Cranbrook is located at 400 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the box office at (844) 386-7826 or visit

C & G Staff Writers Mary Beth Almond, Maria Allard and Tiffany Esshaki contributed to this report.