The Friday 5 — Jan. 11-13

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published January 9, 2019

1. Plymouth Ice Festival
Jan. 11-13 • Downtown Plymouth

For the 37th year, the streets of downtown Plymouth will be lined with nearly 150 glistening ice sculptures during the annual Plymouth Ice Festival, taking place Jan. 11-13.

In addition to professionally carved ice sculptures, the festival will include an Ice Playground with interactive ice carvings, a family petting zoo, warming stations, the DTE Energy Foundation Tubing Run, live entertainment and more. Visitors can also view a dueling chainsaw competition at 7 p.m. Saturday, or watch collegiate ice-carving competitions on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Festival hours are 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

The ice sculptures will be available for viewing 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event, weather-permitting.

For more information, visit

2.  ‘Da Vinci Machines and Robotics’
Jan. 11-13 • Cranbrook Institute of Science, Bloomfield Hills

Learn more about Leonardo da Vinci’s amazing inventions during the final weekend of the “Da Vinci Machines and Robotics” exhibit at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, located at 39221 Woodward Ave. in Bloomfield Hills.  

The exhibit includes personal drawings, reproductions of da Vinci’s artwork and inventions, and lots of hands-on displays that help to paint a picture of the personal life of the historical figure. Visitors will have a unique opportunity to interact with more than 60 machines developed from original da Vinci drawings, including aeronautical, nautical and hydraulic machines, along with architectural innovations and ideas that led to huge leaps in civil engineering.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit

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3. Explore the DIA’s new Asian Wing
Ongoing • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

There’s always something new to see at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and if you haven’t been in a while, the reinstalled Robert and Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing has plenty to discover.

From centuries-old pieces to contemporary ones, the wing includes work from China, Korea, India and Southeast Asia, and joins the recently reopened Japanese gallery. There’s also a gallery devoted to Buddhist art from various parts of Asia.

Among the many highlights are a bronze sculpture of the Hindu goddess Parvati created in southern India in the 13th century, and “The First Prose Poem on the Red Cliff,” a 1558 work by Chinese artist Wen Zhengming that features painting and calligraphy.

The DIA is located at 5200 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For more information, visit

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4. SatARTdays at the Anton Art Center
Saturday, Jan. 12 • Anton Art Center, Mount Clemens

The second Saturday of the month brings free art activities and performances to the Anton Art Center, 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens, as part of SatARTdays, a new program to celebrate the center’s 50th anniversary year.

The first SatARTday, sponsored by First State Bank, will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and will include a body marbling activity presented by Black Light Visuals. 

For more information, visit

5. Ultimate Fishing Show
Jan. 10-13 • Suburban Collection Showplace, Novi

Local anglers can reel in deals on new equipment and catch a boatload of expert tips during the Ultimate Fishing Show this weekend at the Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue in Novi.

The event is dubbed as the “largest pure fishing show in the country,” with over seven football fields-worth of space featuring hundreds of booths dedicated to all things fishing, including tackle, gear, boats, vendors, fishing vacations, seminars and exhibits. Highlights include Lake Ultimate —  a 110,000-gallon indoor lake that will be used for demonstrations — as well as seminars by the show’s headliners, national bass fishing personalities and Michigan residents Kevin VanDam and Mark Zona.

Show hours are 1-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11; 10 a.m-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13. Admission costs $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-14, and is free for children 5 and younger. On-site parking costs $5. For more information, visit or call (800) 328-6550.

Staff Writers Tiffany Esshaki and K. Michelle Moran contributed to this report.