The Friday Five — Feb. 16-19

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published February 15, 2023


1. Macomb Spring Home Improvement Show
Feb. 18-19 • Warren

The 11th Annual Macomb Spring Home Improvement Show will take place at the Macomb Sports & Expo Center, Building P on the Macomb Community College - South Campus, 14500 E. 12 Mile Road in Warren. Exhibits will include kitchen and bath designs, room additions, roofing and patio materials, swimming pools and spas, landscaping, floor covering and more. Items handcrafted by artisans will also be available. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit

Backyard Pool & Spa Show
Upgrade your outdoor living space by getting ideas and meeting with experts at the Backyard Pool & Spa Show at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave. in Novi. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $13 for adults, $11 for seniors (65 and older) and free for children (12 and younger); parking is $5. For more information, call (248) 348-5600 or visit

2. 'Songs n' Shorts'
Feb. 16-19 • Rochester Hills

Rochester University’s Theatre & Music Department will present "Songs n’ Shorts: A Night of One-Acts and Music" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday on its campus, 800 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills. The "fun-filled cabaret" will feature the premiere of six original performances by students. Tickets are $5 for students and $13 for adults in advance, and can be purchased by calling (248) 218-2149 or visiting

‘Blues in the Night’
"Blues in the Night" began its month-long run this past Wednesday at the nearby Meadow Brook Theatre in Wilson Hall on Oakland University's campus, 378 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester. The musical — which uses songs from artists such as Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen — will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $37. For more information, visit or call (248) 377-3300.

3. Macomb County Polar Plunge
Feb. 18 • Harrison Township

A few weeks ago C & G previewed the Oakland County Polar Plunge, which shattered its 2022 total of $106,497 by raising more than $122,300 for Special Olympics Michigan in 2023. This weekend it's the east side's turn, as the Macomb County Polar Plunge will feature brave souls jumping into the cold water near MacRay Harbor, 30675 N. River Road in Harrison Township.

While the plunge itself will take place at noon on Saturday, there's a number of activities planned to help the organization reach its goal of $60,000. This includes a pre-party with live music by The Reefermen, 50-50 drawings, raffle baskets and more from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday. The cover is a minimum $10 donation. The following morning, the Frozen 5K charity walk/run will begin its check-in at 8 a.m. Saturday. Participants will meet at MacRay Harbor and take a bus to the Freedom Trail entrance at 16 Mile and Crocker roads, then shuttle back by approximately 10 a.m. All will receive a long-sleeve shirt and medal, and any plungers and 5K participants who raise $100 or more will earn a free lunch.

For more about this and other Michigan locations hosting Polar Plunge events through March, visit

4. 'Get Ready! A Motown Experience'
Feb. 17 • Clinton Township

The soulful sounds. The timeless hits. The classic choreography. "Get Ready! A Motown Experience" will pay tribute to iconic Detroit musicians and groups from the past at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Macomb Center for the Perfoming Arts on the Macomb Community College - Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township. Tickets cost $41-55 and can be purchased by calling (586) 286-2222 or visiting The website also has a short video of a previous performance to get your toes tapping.

5. 'Her Perpective: A Celebration of Female Composers'
Feb. 17 • Bloomfield Township

The Spectrum Orchestra will perform "Her Perspective: A Celebration of Female Composers" from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday in the auditorium at Bloomfield Hills High School, 4200 Andover Road in Bloomfield Township. Admission for the winter concert is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors (65 and older) and free for ages 18 and younger. Now in its 10th year and led by its first female music director, the community orchestra comprises adult musicians from around metro Detroit. For more information, visit

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