The Friday Five — March 8-10

Your guide to the weekend's events

Metro | Published March 6, 2024


1. Fundraisers featuring drag bingo, horse racing and more
March 8-10 • Various locations

Drag queen bingo
Benefits American Cancer Society Greater Shelby Township Relay for Life, 6 p.m. doors, 6:15 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. show March 8, Shelby Gardens, 50265 Van Dyke Ave., Hawaiian theme, 21 and older, (810) 217-1484

Night at the Races
Hosted by St. Clair Shores Fire Fighters Local 1744 to fight cancer, includes dinner, drinks and virtual horse betting, 21 and older, 7 p.m.-midnight March 8, Blossom Heath Inn, 24800 Jefferson Ave. in St. Clair Shores,

The Lucky Have a Few
St. Patrick’s Day-themed benefit gala celebrates individuals with Down Syndrome, includes full-service dinner, open bar, music and dancing, silent and live auctions, and presentation and live performance by GiGi’s Playhouse Detroit participants, 6 p.m. March 9, Plum Hollow Country Club, 21631 Lahser Road in Southfield,

Pancake breakfast
Benefits Rochester Area Youth Assistance, 8-11 a.m. March 10, Rochester Fire House, 277 E. Second St.,

Music for the Soul
Benefit concert for Accent Pontiac, 6 p.m. March 10, Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St. in Pontiac,

2. Celebrate Farmington's bicentennial
March 8 • Farmington

Taste custom-brewed “1824” Farmhouse Ale and Farmhouse Cider at Farmington Brewing Company, hear live music outside Farmington Civic Theater, shop for “1824” pints glasses and other merchandise at participating businesses, and more, 5-9 p.m. March 8,

3. Cultural Exchange
March 8 • Sterling Heights

26th annual ethnic celebration featuring performances by 20 dance troupes and organizations, more than 40 educational and cultural displays, and desserts, breads and appetizers, 6-10 p.m. March 8, Sterling Heights Community Center, 40250 Dodge Park, suggested minimum donation is $1,

Read the story: Collage of cultures to convene at Community Center

4. Macomb County Annual Secondary Student Show
Starting March 9 • Mount Clemens

Nearly 300 original artworks on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays March 9-April 13, opening reception and awards announcement 1-3 p.m. March 9, Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens,

Read the story: Macomb County students shine in art show

More local art shows:

'Patterns Patterns Everywhere'
Solo show by Birmingham resident and co-founding member of Lawrence Street Gallery Laura Whitesides Host, opening reception 2-4:30 p.m. March 10, works on display 1-5 p.m. Sundays and noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays until March 29, Lawrence Street Gallery, 22620 Woodward Ave., Suite A, in Ferndale,

'People, Places and Things: A Life in Art'
Solo show by Grosse Pointe Woods resident Bette Prudden, public reception 2-4 p.m. March 10, works on display until May 12, Grosse Pointe Congregational Church, 240 Chalfonte Ave. in Grosse Pointe Farms, (313) 884-3075

Read the story: One-woman exhibition by nonagenarian commemorates ‘A Life in Art’

'Eidetic Recipes,' 'Roar' and 'Visions'
Works by Roscoe Hall II, Heather A. Kelly and Robert Beras, opening reception 5-7 p.m. March 8, on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays until April 18, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, 1516 S. Cranbrook in Birmingham,

'12th annual Art Studio exhibition'
5-8 p.m. March 10, Longlong Art Studio, 1909 Livernois Road in Troy,, (248) 808-5828

5. Music, theater, dance and more
March 8-10 • Various locations

‘Beautiful Thing’
30th anniversary of “seminal gay British drama,” 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays and 3 p.m. Sundays (except March 31) March 8-April 1, Ringwald Theatre at Affirmations LGBTQIA+ Community Center, 290 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale,

‘The Cemetery Club’
Story of three Jewish women who make monthly visits to graves of husbands only for one woman to spark romance with man visiting deceased wife, presented by Birmingham Village Players, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. March 8-24, 34660 Woodward Ave.,

Read the story: Village Players present ‘The Cemetery Club’

‘The Vagina Monologues’
Presented by Turning Point, for ages 18 and older, 6 p.m. March 8, The Emerald Theatre, 31 N. Walnut St. in Mount Clemens,

Take Root
Spring concert featuring OU’s professional dance company-in-residence, 8 p.m. March 8 and 2 p.m. March 9, Varner Recital Hall on campus of Oakland University, 371 Varner Drive in Rochester,

‘Puppy Pals Live!’
2 and 4:30 p.m. March 9, Macomb Center for the Performing Arts on Macomb Community College - Center Campus, 44575 Garfield Road in Clinton Township,

‘A Little More Alive’
Folk-pop musical about two estranged brothers who reunite at childhood home after mother’s funeral, 8 p.m. March 7-9 and 2 p.m. March 9-10, Meadow Brook Theatre on campus of Oakland University, 378 Meadow Brook Road in Rochester,

'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee'
Musical presented by theater program at Ferndale High School and Ferndale Middle School, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays March 9-10 and March 15-17, Ferndale High School, 881 Pinecrest Drive,

Read the story: Ferndale musical sees kids enter ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’

‘Big Fish’
Presented by University Liggett School Players, 7:30 p.m. March 7-9 and 2 p.m. March 10, University Liggett School, 1045 Cook Road in Grosse Pointe Woods,

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