The Friday Five — Jan. 20-22

Metro | Published January 18, 2023


1. Fire & Ice Festival
Jan. 20-21 • Rochester

An ice carving competition, a climbing wall, cornhole, face painting, ax throwing, kids games, music, marshmallow toasting and a fireworks display are some of the many free activities expected at the Fire & Ice Festival from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at East Third and Water streets in Rochester. The Rochester Fire Department will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. both evenings; there will also be a Food Truck Rally and a Tastefest Tent available throughout the weekend. A free shuttle can be taken from Buffalo Wild Wings, 1234 Walton Blvd. in Rochester Hills. For more information, visit or

Read the story: Fire and Ice Festival returns after two-year hiatus

2. Cold Rush
Jan. 21 • Warren

Living up to its name, the real-feel temperature will be around 30 degrees during Cold Rush, scheduled for 2-9 p.m. Saturday at Warren City Hall, 1 City Square. Check out ice sculptures, do some outdoor skating, warm up with hot cocoa and s’mores over a bonfire, patronize a local food truck and more. Admission and parking are free, as will be most activities. For more information, visit

3. 'Clue: On Stage' 
Jan. 20-22 • Royal Oak

Based on the 1985 movie and inspired by the classic board game, "Clue: On Stage" will combine comedy, murder and mystery during its run Jan. 20-Feb. 5 at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak. Showtimes for the Stagecrafters performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $33, but there is also a package deal available that includes a two-course dinner at nearby Imaginate. For more information, call (248) 541-6430 or visit

Read the story: Mystery brewing in Stagecrafters’ production of ‘Clue’

'Winnie the Pooh' and 'National Geographic Live'
On the east side, Macomb Community College's Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township, will play host to two events on the big stage. The musical "Winnie the Pooh" will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Macomb Center for the Perfoming Arts. For more information, visit or call (586) 286-2222. The following day, "National Geographic Live" will feature a scientist discussing bringing extinct species back to life at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lorenzo Cultural Center. For more information, visit or call (586) 445-7348.

4. 'Van Gogh in America'
Ends Jan. 22 • Detroit

The "Van Gogh in America" exhibit will be on display one final weekend at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. See 74 of his authentic works from around the world from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The DIA was the first public museum in the United States to purchase a painting by Vincent van Gogh, his "Self-Portrait" (1887); this year marks the 100th anniversary of that acquisition. Tickets cost $19 for adults and $7 for children. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or visit

Mount Clemens
The Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens, will host an opening reception and awards ceremony for "Small Works" at 2 p.m. Saturday. The exhibit comprises pieces by members of the Lakeside Palette Club of St. Clair Shores, Mount Clemens Art Association, Romeo Guild of Art, Shelby Township Fine Art Society and Warren Tri-County Fine Arts Inc., and will be on display until Feb. 25. For more information, visit or call (586) 469-8666.

Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Suite A, will hold a mid-month reception for "Best of the Best" from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit showcases award winners from the gallery's 2022 competitions and will be available to view in person until Jan. 27. For more information, call (248) 544-0394 or visit

5. Bridal Show
Jan. 22 • Shelby Township

Connect with hundreds of wedding professional from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday during the Bridal Show at The Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township. Couples can take advantage of show-only discounts, while brides will receive free gift bags and have a chance to win a gift card. For free tickets and more information, visit

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