The Friday 5 — Jan. 25-27

Your guide to this weekend's events

By: Jennifer Sigouin | C&G Newspapers | Published January 24, 2019

1. Ferndale Blues & Music Festival
Jan. 25-Feb. 2 • Downtown Ferndale

Ferndale will once again celebrate musicians, artists and local businesses during the annual Ferndale Blues & Music Festival, which kicks off this weekend.

The event runs Jan. 25-Feb. 2, with multiple locations in downtown Ferndale playing host to musical acts throughout the week. The festival gets started on Friday, Jan. 25, with the Blues Festival Kickoff Party at 8 p.m. at Otus Supply, 345 E. Nine Mile Road. Also at 8 p.m., Howe’s Bayou, 22848 Woodward Ave., will host Albert Young & the Straight 8’s, and Dino’s Lounge, 22740 Woodward Ave., will offer karaoke.

The music continues on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a performance by The Grateful Dads at 7 p.m. at Renaissance Vineyard Church, 1841 Pinecrest Drive; a set by Ralph Koziarski & Henry Fienberg at 8 p.m. at Howe’s Bayou; and more karaoke at 8 p.m. at Dino’s Lounge.

For more information, visit ferndalebluesfestival.org.


2. Stagecrafters presents ‘If/Then’
Jan. 25-Feb. 16 • The Baldwin Theatre, Royal Oak

The Stagecrafters production of the Tony-nominated musical “If/Then” debuts Friday, Jan. 25, at the Baldwin Theatre, 415 S. Lafayette Ave. in Royal Oak.

Stagecrafters describes the production as a “fresh and witty musical” that centers around a recently divorced urban planner who “finds herself facing a simple choice when her life suddenly splits in two and each possibility plays out, leading her down two very different paths.”

This weekend’s showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $27. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit stagecrafters.org or call (248) 541-6430.


3. TigerFest
Saturday, Jan. 26 • Comerica Park, Detroit

Sure, there’s snow on the ground — but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some baseball.

TigerFest comes to Comerica Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, offering Detroit Tigers fans a day of baseball activities, including dugout, clubhouse and press box tours; photo and autograph opportunities with players; a Tigers collectible sale; a Kids Zone; a Louisville Slugger bat exhibit; and guest speakers.

Tickets cost $30 for adults and $15 for kids 14 and younger. All attendees will receive a free TigerFest tote bag, courtesy of sponsor Visit Central Florida. Comerica Park is located at 2100 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. For more information, visit www.mlb.com/tigers/fans/tigerfest.


4. Flavors of India  
Saturday, Jan. 26 • Balkan American Community Center, Troy

Warm up with a sampling of dishes from some of metro Detroit’s best Indian restaurants during the Flavors of India Indian Food Festival from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Balkan American Community Center, 1451 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

A variety of Indian restaurants will be serving up their best offerings, including vegan and vegetarian options. The event will also feature musical entertainment, an extensive shopping bazaar and local business marketplace, children’s activities and more. Ticket prices range from $8 to $13, with discounts for tickets purchased online. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.CommunityFlavors.com.


5. North American International Auto Show
Jan. 25-27 • Cobo Center, Detroit

This weekend is your last chance to catch the 2019 North American International Auto Show, which runs through Sunday, Jan. 27, at Detroit’s Cobo Center.  

The annual auto show features more than 740 vehicles on display, along with its usual slate of reveals, interactive exhibits and innovations from the auto industry. This year also marks the last time that the North American International Auto Show will take place in January. Beginning in 2020, the show will be hosted in June.

This weekend’s auto show hours are 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission costs $14 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, and $7 for children ages 7-12. Children ages 6 and younger will be admitted for free with a parent or guardian. Cobo Center is located at 1 Washington Blvd. in Detroit. For more information, visit naias.com.

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Staff Writer Brendan Losinski contributed to this report.