The Friday 5 — March 3-5

Online Only | Published March 2, 2017

1. Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair
March 2-3 • Royal Oak Farmers Market

Yes, you read that correctly — we finally have a “spring” event, even if Mother Nature doesn't agree.

The Royal Oak Market: Spring Art Fair will kick off the art fair season for the Guild of Artists and Artisans, most popularly known for its annual Ann Arbor Art Fair.

The event will take place 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 2 and 3 inside the Royal Oak Farmers Market, 316 E. 11 Mile Road. Event organizers said the indoor show will feature more than 75 jury-selected artists; live entertainment by Wych Elm; beer and wine; and food trucks, including Shimmy Shack, Bigalora, The Mean Weenie, Smoke N Pig and Salt & Sugar Co. Artwork on display will include paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, paper and printmaking, mixed media, fiber and fabrics, digital art, and metals.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit

2. Greater Farmington Film Festival
March 2-5 • Farmington/Farmington Hills

Several socially conscious films will be in the spotlight during the Greater Farmington Film Festival March 2-5.

The festival offers a selection of socially conscious feature films and documentaries that focus on contemporary issues, including depression, autism and the Syrian refugee crisis.

Films will be shown at the Farmington Civic Theater, located at 33332 Grand River Ave. in Farmington; The Smith Theatre at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus,  located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills; and the Holocaust Memorial Center, located at 28123 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills.

Tickets cost $5 per film or $30 for a festival pass. For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets, visit

3. Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition
March 5-April 13 • Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield

The Janice Charach Gallery, inside West Bloomfield’s Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit, will feature incredible glass sculptures and functional pieces by some of the most talented artists throughout Michigan and Ohio during the Michigan Regional Glass Exhibition March 5-April 13.

The juried show is free to the public and is the result of a partnership between the gallery and Albert Young, of Michigan Hot Glass, currently located in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center.

The Janice Charach Gallery is inside the JCC, located at 6600 W. Maple Road in West Bloomfield. For more information, visit or call (248) 432-5579.

4. Taste of Troy
Sunday, March 5 • San Marino Club, Troy

The 25th annual Taste of Troy offers a chance to sample cuisine from more than 30 restaurants while helping out the Boys and Girls Club of Troy.

Taste of Troy will take place 1-4 p.m. Sunday, March 5, at the San Marino Club, 1685 E. Big Beaver Road. Participating restaurants will offer food samples while competing for a number of awards, including the Critic’s Choice and the People’s Choice awards. New restaurants joining the event this year include La Saj Lebanese Bistro, Sedona Taphouse and Naf Naf Grill.

Attendees can bid on gift baskets, sports tickets, spa services, and hotel and restaurant gift certificates in a silent auction. WDIV-TV meteorologist Andrew Humphrey will once again conduct a live auction.

Advance tickets cost $45 per person, and tickets at the door cost $55 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Troy. For tickets or more information, call (248) 689-1687 or visit

5. ‘Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill’
March 2-5, 10-12 • The Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak

The Stagecrafters 2nd Stage presents “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” now through March 12 at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave.

“Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” re-creates a performance of jazz legend Billie Holiday inside a 1959 Philadelphia night club just months before her death. During this performance, Holiday recounts her tumultuous life in between performing 14 of her well-known songs, including “Strange Fruit,” “What a Little Moonlight Can Do” and “God Bless the Child.” Lady Day will have a small dog on a leash and will be smoking nonherbal cigarettes.

Show tickets cost $20 for all performances. Onstage tickets cost $30. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling (248) 541-6430 and using a Visa or MasterCard. All seats are reserved. If the shows are not sold out, tickets may be purchased at the box office one hour prior to the performance.

C & G Staff Writers Victoria Mitchell, Sherri Kolade, Tiffany Esshaki and Terry Oparka contributed to this report.